If you live in or around a big city, chances are you’ve heard of recreational flying trapeze. In recent years, flying trapeze schools have popped up all over the U.S., from Miami to Dallas, and many people are simply enamored by them. If you haven’t heard of doing flying trapeze or have been meaning to try it, let me make this pretty clear: it is a Bucket List must.
Besides the fact that I’m a little biased (I am a professional flying trapeze artist and have worked at a number of different flying trapeze schools), I truly believe everyone should experience “flying through the air with the greatest of ease!” Admittedly, it probably won’t look effortless your first time, but I can tell you it will be easier than you think. Trapeze schools and their staff walk you through the entire thing and you will be connected to 2 safety lines in addition to having the safety of the net (and yes, there is always a net). Add in its extremely reasonable price (most classes are around $50) and the fact that it’s becoming more and more accessible, virtually eliminating the need to make a special trip or vacation to cross it off your list (unlike some things such as swimming with whale sharks or seeing the northern lights), and you’ve got yourself a unique, exhilarating, affordable, and accessible Bucket List item!
So, why else should you add flying trapeze to your Bucket List?
If you’re like me, you enjoy physical activity but would prefer not to get your workout in the gym. If you seek out crazy fun activities where you learn something new every time and have the ability to progress, flying trapeze is for you! Flying trapeze will work out muscles you never knew existed—trust me! More specifically, flying trapeze is great for your shoulders, arms, abs, back, and core. While it won’t count as your cardio, flying trapeze is definitely a workout, and a unique one at that.
Flying trapeze is pretty unique, and chances are you’ve never done anything like it before. Between someone holding you on a platform 25 feet in the air to maybe doing your first backflip (also 25 feet in the air), flying trapeze will challenge your body and your mind. The best part about flying trapeze is even if you are calm as a sunset and can do the beginner trick perfectly, there is so much more you can learn. Achieving simple tricks like a split and layout could lead to an endless array of daring tricks, currently peaking with tricks such as the quadruple somersault (which only a handful of people in the world can currently do). All of this combines to provide you with a uniquely challenging experience, and one that can continue to challenge you throughout your lifetime.
Face it, at its core flying trapeze is a giant adult swing set. With that being said, how awesome is that?! It’s something that people literally get giddy about because it’s so stinkin’ fun! Also, people who tend to gravitate toward flying trapeze are pretty awesome people. Chances are you’ll meet some great individuals, whether its like-minded, adventure-seeking patrons or inspiring and eclectic staff members. The flying trapeze world is one of the most welcoming circles with some of the most kind-hearted people. Don’t miss out on this Bucket List must!
Have you ever done flying trapeze? What’s been your experience? One and done and crossed it off your bucket list or addicted flyer? Let me know in the comments—I’d love to hear from you!