Catherine Van •
KOLO 8 - Aug 5, 2013
RENO, Nev. -- The fabulous 50s and 60s are back in town. Hot August Nights aren't just for carlovers. At the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, people are putting their hula hooping skills to the test. This year, folks are trying to break a Guinness World record. Check out what all the hoopla is all about.
People as young as six years old came by the Atlantis tonight to shake and spin their way into the record books.
Every year, Gordon Cornell comes back in the competition with a new goal in mind.
"I'm going to try to do my age is 53, so I'm going to try to do 53," Cornell said.
He's been at it for five years, but says hula hooping keeps him young.
"When you get older, you have to keep yourself into shape and I'll only be able to do this for so long before I break my hip or tear something off," Cornell said. "I want to experience life as long as I can."
Currently, the record to beat is Paul Blair's 132 hula hoops, so what's the secret.
"Move like Shakira!" one contestant said.
It's all in the hips.
"You have to have good muscle coordination in the stomach and in the hips and there isn't a lot of mid-core exercises and there are a lot of people who will do hula hooping and stay in really good shape," Cornell said.
The tricky part is having the hula hoops spinning three times around without them falling below your knees.
So whether it's for competition or exercise, hula hooping is a sport where ate is just a number.
The hula hoop contest will held every night until Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.