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Rachael Lust

Rachael Lust

1. Tell us your roots - where were you born and raised? I was born in a small, rural town in Ohio and still live there with my husband and our 8 year old son.

2. Why hooping? How did the journey begin? My mom is a gymnastics coach and I was very involved with the sport for most of my childhood. When I was introduced to the hoop in early adulthood, it replaced that void that I had been experiencing since quitting gymnastics.
My husband got me into the flow arts when he showed me fire poi for the first time. I then decided to try hooping in hopes of being a fire hooper one day. I fell so in love with the hoop I didn't put it down for years. While I eventually went on to fire hoop, I enjoy regular hooping more.

3. What has the hoop taught you about life? I think one of the biggest things that hooping has taught me is that we are capable of almost anything if we are willing to work hard enough for it. Sometimes convincing your own mind that something is possible is the hardest challenge. We tend to make excuses for why we can't do something. But if you want it bad enough, you will work through the obstacles.

4. What's next? How is your hoop life evolving? What's next? I have no idea. I never expected any of this to happen and I'm not sure whats next in terms of my career. Building and maintaining myself as a business does take up some of my time but my main focus right now is on training.
The last few years I've been working on gaining back some tumbling skills and incorporating them into my hooping. It's a lot harder on your body in adulthood but I'm working on it.

5. What aspect of the hoop community do you value the most and what do you hope to contribute to the future of hooping? I've met so many great people over the years during my travels. It's really neat to have friends from all over that I've connected with through hooping.
I hope I can continue to inspire people to pick up a hoop and motivate others to keep practicing.