On my recent trip to New York City I experienced one of the most incredible and amazing things I have ever done: Flying Trapeze. It was well worth the sore muscles (upper and lower back, shoulders, arms and core!) for days afterwards.
As soon as I arrived home I began doing research on where I can do this again locally. Unfortunately, I will have to drive to gain flying trapeze experience again (2.5 hours, 4 hours, or 4.25 hours). Luckily, I will be in one of those towns this fall anyway! I may combine a football weekend with flying trapeze, no complaints with that plan!
Although no flying apparatuses are to be found in the immediate surrounding areas of Charleston, there is a studio that offers static trapeze among other things. Aerial Fit in Charleston offer aerial yoga and circus fitness classes as well as aerial skills classes. Although I thought Barre Fitness was an expensive workout, as it turns out, it is pretty affordable compared to Aerial Fitness! So, to get my toes wet and decide if it is for me, I’m signing up for a single Beginner Trapeze and Aerial Hoop class this week!
Now, back to my flying trapeze experience in New York! First of all, it almost didn’t happen, thanks to some lovely rain that was occurring in the vicinity. However, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise! Because of the earlier morning rain and a potential of more that day, a few individuals cancelled and there were only four of us that stuck around for the wet version of flying trapeze. What made this great is that a typical class has up to ten people, which means, our class with only four was able to fly more than double the amount of what we could have done in a full class! Perfection!Let’s get started. First, we put on harnesses, nice and tight! Then we were taught what they were going to say and what we would do with each command. There was a quick rundown of what we would do on our first flight and then off we went up the very tall ladder! Surprising enough, we were to do a fly from the platform, then a knee hang, before flying again to falling in the net, all on our first turn. I thought they were kidding! I can hardly describe my nerves as I scaled the ladder (like a squirrel!). The platform did not look that tall from the ground, of this I assure you.
Once on the platform our harness ropes were then transferred from the ladder ropes to the flying ropes. Then, toes over, leaning out, holding on to what may have been around a 40 lb. bar, bend the knees, and away you go!
The adrenaline [and screams] that came along with that first flight was crazy! Then, they really do expect you to do the knee hang, on your first flight! Intense is an understatement. Upon falling into the net after my first flight, I was shaking so hard I could barely get to the edge to get out of the net. After a couple more runs on the bar, we then incorporated a flip into the net.
Enjoy the video of me at the point where it includes a knee hang along with the flip at the end. The yelling is the guy at the bottom controlling my harness who tells you what to do and when (you could barely hear him on the bar, hence the loud yelling).
Now that you have visually experienced the awesomeness that was flying trapeze, enjoy some photographic gems (oh wait, I’m not going to post those!), I mean masterpieces, from the on scene photographer.
If you ever get the opportunity to experience the wonder of flying trapeze, without hesitation, take it!
I will leave you with a few of the lyrics from the song Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze:
She flies through the air with the greatest of ease
The daring young girl on the flying trapeze
She does all his work while he takes his ease
And my love he’s stolen away
He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease
The daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, all the girls he could please
And my love he’s stolen away