Hands gripping tight. Heart a-thumping. You close your eyes and the crowd is below, admiring, expectant. It’s time to shine. You start to spin 360 as you skin-the-cat, once, twice, three times. You elegantly drape your body into the gazelle, feeling the adulation from below. For a magical moment you taste the glitz and glamour of the circus, before coming back to reality. Here you’re the star of your own journey… and it feels even better.
Always wanted to try one of the aerial disciplines but didn’t know where to start? Go for the trapeze. You can rely on the static trapeze to stay strong, stable and still while you get your head around the height, master all your moves and develop your strength, balance and agility. It’s one less thing to worry about.
You can expect to start off with simple knee hangs or hocks (remember hanging from branches as a kid?) and move on to graceful mermaids, strong planches and even the bird’s nest for the super bendy. Whatever stage you’re at, you’ll get that buzz of achievement and endorphins as you build on your skills and your self belief every single time.
You can also try the dance trapeze, which spins on one rope, inviting more floorwork and fancier, ‘dancier’ routines put to music.
Find a whole new admiration for your body and what it can do. From simply getting up onto the trapeze to executing a full-on routine – you’re going to work hard and it’ll show.
You’ll soon be looking down at abs of steel, super-strong shoulders, bulging biceps and a beautifully defined back. You’ll feel flexible, fit and agile. You’ll develop determination, stamina and self belief, and you’ll expand your creativity as you set moves to music and build jaw-dropping routines. Go you.
But the best bit? You’ll be having so much fun you won’t even know you’re working out.
Trapeze artists (that’s you) should wear something tight-fitting that won’t get in the way – but flexible enough to move in. You might want to layer up with legwarmers, long socks and gaiters to avoid bumps and bruises on the backs of your knees, elbows, wrists, back and hips.