Flying Trapeze: Getting Into The Swing Of Things


Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 9.20.34 PMChecked off the list: May 2011

Ah, the human fascination with flying. I too am guilty of it! Although I haven’t sky dived yet, I figured I’d start a bit closer to the ground and work my way up so I signed up to take a flying trapeze class at Emerald City Trapeze in Seattle. The instructors there were top notch and the class was really great. After a few hours of introducing us to the art of trapeze, hanging around upside-down, then climbing up the thin wobbly ladder to get to the platform, I felt ready to give it a real go!

The ultimate goal of this class was to do a knee hang while swinging and grab onto the catchers wrists and let go of your trapeze bar. Sounds straight forward, however, if you are uncomfortable with heights, this can be a bit of a challenge. I have noticed that the older I get, the more heights intimidate me. I don’t want that trend to continue year over year so I decided to face that growing fear and stunt it. I climbed up the ladder and instantly got a case of the wobbly knees. Before I could calm my excitement and nerves that battled deep inside my gut, the instructor yelled “Hep!” (in other words, GO!), I swung into action without giving myself time to process and realize any fears. Adrenaline kicked in and I couldn’t believe it…I did it! Instantly got hooked and wanted to do it again and again. Luckily, I was able to since the class was two hours long.

Whether you’re looking for a fun new activity, to overcome your fear of heights, or a unique date idea, flying trapeze is a must. Put on your comfortable workout gear that’s fitted and doesn’t have any zippers or buttons. Also, be sure to take off any hand jewelry since you’ll be using your hands and arms quite a bit on your own and with a partner. Find a local school and give it a try!

Would you try this if you haven’t already? For those of you who have, what was your experience like?

Catch me here (pun intended):


  1. How awesome was it to let go, TWICE!

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