One of my New Years resolutions was to try a flying trapeze class, and this past Sunday – I completed a two hour session at Boston’s new TSNY (Trapeze School New York.) Up until Sunday, the most experience I had with trapeze had been watching cirque du soleil in Batimore 5+ years ago…(ha!)
We spent the first ten minutes warming up (think stretching, jumping jacks, mountain climbers) before one of the instructors began verbally taking us through our first trick. Each of us were given a harness belt that was fastened VERY VERY tightly around the waist and then one by one, we climbed the ladder to the platform and were given the opportunity to fly!
The class was a group of ten (which I was informed is the largest class TSNY offers…they usually have around 3-5 students in each group.) There were 3 instructors present – one at the top of the platform with the flyer, another on the ground calling out flying instructions and a third who was the “catcher” (the person who catches the flyer mid air!)
The instructors teach the tricks in a simple series that makes the flying trapeze easy to learn. My group consisted of all first-timers – and it was clear that each and everyone of us was going to learn at a different pace depending on our strength, flexibility, fear of heights, natural ability etc! The instructors did an incredible job observing each of us, and providing individual feedback and advice in order to help us succeed.
Its safe to say that I LOVED trapeze from the moment my feet left the platform. I haven’t done anything gymnastics related since high school, but muscle memory is a great thing! I felt confident and excited throughout the class – and would love to try to incorporate this fun sport into my life. At the end of class, each of us took turns making our first “catch” – below is a video of mine! Apologies in advance for the poor quality video…
Surprising things I learned during class:
- The instructors are circus folk! A few of the guys who taught my class had grown up performing circus before joining TSNY. All of them were super talented and fun to hang with during class.
- You have to sign away your life. As with most physical-based classes, you have to sign a wavier before class that essentially prevents you or your family from blaming the company if something goes wrong. However, just to be clear – the instructors were very serious about safety and I felt well taken care of during the class.
- Climbing the ladder is nerve wracking! I have no fear of heights and am somewhat of an adrenaline junkie – however that first time up was scary. (I only had the chance to fly 4 times in 2 hours since our group was so large, but I would say the first 2 times up the ladder…my heart was pump, pump, pumping pretty darn quickly.)
- The trapeze bar is HEAVY. Far heavier than I had anticipated anyway!
- Strength training pays off in a big way. I work out regularly to maintain a healthy heart and weight, but was extra thankful for my training while performing trapeze. I felt strong and well prepared to learn. The instructors recommend yoga, aerobics, running, weights while you are on the ground in order to train for trapeze.
- Trapeze is a thing. Normal, “real-life” people with full time office jobs can take up trapeze as means of exercise, art and/or just a cool hobby. TSNY offers single classes and workshops year round for anyone looking to learn.
- I think they can improve their marketing strategy. This is just my personal opinion, however a LOT of people in Boston have no idea TSNY exists in the city. During the class, a photographer was present taking action photos of each of us flying. Post class, we were given the opportunity to purchase the pictures for about $20 (per person). To me, it seems as though it would be a good idea to provide these photos to students for FREE – as a surefire way to promote classes through social media outlets. Just my opinion though! The photographer was also pretty unfriendly towards us, which was the only negative aspect of the entire experience. (I didn’t buy her pictures. Oh well!)
Overall – I fell in love with this bad-ass sport. I already signed up for two more classes this coming February and am looking forward to improving my skills! TSNY offers you a 2 for the price of 1 deal after you complete your first class, and I couldn’t pass that up.
Interested in learning trapeze? Take a class! You can check out TSNYs full schedule online and browse through all they have to offer. (Flying trapeze, silks, trampoline, etc…so much to learn.)