A cheap hoop wouldn’t require a pricey gym membership or for her to spend her rare free time at a fitness center. Benton started hula hooping for just half an hour each night while her husband watched TV.
She started paying attention to what she ate and hitting the gym to tone up even more—but she never gave up her love for hula hoops. Whenever friends asked her secret to losing the post-baby weight, she was eager to share the answer: hula hooping. Hoping to share her fun workout with other women, Benton started a hula hoop fitness class. After five years as owner of Happy Hoops in Nashville, she closed those doors to pair up with a business partner and create FXP Fitness.
FXP Fitness uses hula hoops, but at two pounds and 41 inches in diameter, they’re not the wimpy little ones you’ll find at Toys “R” Us. Her routine has changed form, but Benton still swears by hula hooping for keeping her in shape.