Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Be More Dog
I am definitely a cat person. A weekend spent lazing about at home lying in the sun sounds just about perfect for me. So it was with some trepidation I agreed to take part in O2's Be More Dog campaign. They sent me two boxes - the 'dog' box containing an adventure, and the 'cat' box containing all the ingredients for a lazy weekend. After much umming and ahhing I opened the dog box - to be told I would be spending my Sunday having a Trapeze lesson!
On Sunday myself and fellow adventurer Reda went down to Woolwich to the Aircraft Circus to learn all about static trapeze. As may be obvious the static trapeze is all about doing moves on a still trapeze, versus a flying trapeze where you are swinging backwards and forwards. I was pretty apprehensive, as I have basically no muscles at all, but our amazing instructor Moira did a great job of introducing us to the trapeze, and getting us to the point where we could even pull a few shapes!
Even just getting on to the trapeze, which was only a few feet off the ground, involved a lot of strength and balance that I do not possess, and there was a point where I thought I would spend the whole session unable to get off the ground at all! But I made it up with some (a lot) assistance, and as you can see from the pictures above managed a reasonably successful mermaid and star position.
I was pretty hot and sweaty after the class, but not out of breath, though my muscles really ached the next day. My usual exercise involves some sort of aerobic exercise such as running so I am not used to doing much strength or conditioning work, so this was a great change.
We had a private class but they also run taster sessions and group classes on all sorts of aerial circus arts including silks and flying trapeze (eek!). It was so impressive seeing all of the advanced students and professionals looking so amazingly elegant and composed in the air, when I was only about five foot off the air and flailing like a mad thing! It definitely gives me a whole new respect for circus performers.
Thanks so much to O2 for providing the experience, and to Moira and Aircraft Circus for the class!
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