Workout Wednesday: Flying Fantastic Trapeze

We're seriously considering running away with circus


I'm slightly scared of heights, so trapeze isn't exactly my first port of call when it comes to exercise. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be up there swinging from a bar, wearing a sequined jumpsuit and make-up that would give the acts in Cirque du Soleil a run for their money, my body just won't play ball.


Thankfully, at Flying Fantastic Trapeze, height isn't an issue. The bar is within arm's reach while standing on the ground, or in my case, while standing on a cushioned blue matt. Yes, safety comes first here. Thank god! 


Now, for those of you who are thinking, 'how much of a workout can you get from holding onto a bar?' let me tell you, I've never seen so many sculpted arms and thighs in my life! While regulars were pulling themselves up with ease, I was struggling to kick a leg over. Engaging your core is key. 

Once I had this down-pat, I managed to follow most of the poses asked of me, including The Mermaid, The Birdcage, Hocks and Bird's Nest. I could've done this all day, it's that fun. The only thing that stopped me was my muscle fatigue. Yes, this is a serious workout. 

What you need: tights and a t-shirt or vest (you don't want anything that's loose), no socks needed.

Difficulty: 4/5 - be prepared to get blisters on your hands and hit the point of muscle fatigue.

Location: Flying Fantastic, Battersea, Farringdon, Wimbledon and Old Street. 

How do I book: Book through the website. Classes start from £22.

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