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hoop

1. a rigid circular band of metal or wood
2. 
a. a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
b. (as modifier): hoop iron
3. Croquet any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven
4. Basketball the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket
5. Austral informal a jockey

hoop

[hüp]
(civil engineering)
A ring-shaped binder placed around the main reinforcement in a reinforced concrete column.
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Like hooping, it has become something of a passion.
Helps burn fat: Hula hooping requires effort from some of the biggest muscles in the body.
Like Mel, Sharon enjoys hooping as she watches TV but also takes it on holiday as the hoop can be taken apart and carried quite easily.
The American Council on Exercise says hula hooping promotes cardiovascular and respiratory health, increases blood flow to the brain, boosts energy and coordination, strengthens torso and leg muscles, and also enhances spinal flexibility.
Hooping has become so popular that Emma now has six members of staff who hold hula hoop workshops and classes across the UK.
Hula hooping makes exercise fun," says Kelly, who runs both adult and children's classes in Teesside.
What goes around comes around" doesn't apply just to karma or a song by Justin Timberlake but also to - yes, really - the practice of hula hooping.
Hooping tones the bits of the body that many women are self-conscious about, taking in the area from under the bust, through the waist and hips down to the glutes.
Now, following the recent Hula Hoops Hoopathons in aid of Sport Relief, which set a new hooping world record, the craze is once more sweeping across the nation.
According to some fitness experts, hooping is comparable to an aerobic workout, such as jogging, in its ability to raise heart rate, burn calories and cultivate energy in the body.