A fun and alternative outdoor activity to my fitness routine
I was looking for ideas to spice up my fitness routine. The sun is starting to shine, and I was craving a good opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and shake off my winter hibernation mood. When you live in London, you learn to enjoy these rare moments the best you can!
So, I started my search for fun and alternative fitness ideas outdoors, as I was starting to get sick of going to the gym indoors, and I came across the Gorilla Circus website. This circus school in London runs flying trapeze outdoor classes.
It seemed a fun way to workout outdoors.
For those who are not familiar with this activity, a flying trapeze is a specific form of the trapeze in which a performer jumps with the trapeze from a platform so that gravity makes the trapeze swing.
I was thrilled with the idea of experiencing a circus class. Just to set the right expectations, I am a very clumsy person; this personal ‘feature’ is part of my very inner charm.
Clumsiness + a flying trapeze lesson… what could go wrong?
I checked if my husband was up for the challenge. Let’s face it, what’s more romantic than falling in a safety net together? His immediate reaction was to double check if I was serious, then he reluctantly kind of agreed.
I did not even allow him to have second thoughts. I went straight ahead and bought the trapeze class tickets. It was a smooth step, I booked and purchased the tickets online in 2 minutes.
Done! I could not allow him to have second thoughts.
On the day
We arrived at the Queens Gate on Kensington Gardens on a sunny Sunday. It was the perfect day to fly.
When we spotted the trapeze area, we were quite impressed. The structure was approx. 10m high, but we were not discouraged! Just slightly shaking 🙂
We went to meet the group; it was a nice mix of complete beginners like us and some more experienced people. After the intros, we covered the safety rules, started the warm up, went through some exercises on the floor and then headed straight to the trapeze. At that point, my husband asked me… “remind me what I am doing here?”. I kept a straight face; we can do it.
We took turns, and – lucky us – we were among the first ones. It’s always rewarding to be an example to others by showing what they should not do.
Let me just share the first challenge… the stairs!!
The trick was to focus on one step at a time, step by step, step by step, and I reached the top! I had an amazing instructor waiting for me who told me in a super relaxed vibe to enjoy the moment. I got ready for the fly.
Security belts check, safety net check, Raquel shaking check.
The adrenaline was pumping at this point. All ready, hoopppp.
And there I was, flying! Hanging by my bare arms 10m high. Let me tell you, in this situation your mind can only be there, living the moment. I loved it!
Being quite honest, I am not the most gracious ‘acrobat’, I looked more like a sweet chimpanzee hanging on a liana. I could not care less; I was ‘flyiiiiing’.
Then I heard the instructor on the ground saying “OK, time to go down. Back forward back forward hands off”
Hands off?? WHATTTTT!!!… At that moment I thought “no way! I will stay here hanging all my life. It’s a nice view anyway”.
But they persisted…
As you can imagine, the back flip turned into a butt land (I told you… gracious).
This fly felt like it had taken an hour but it had only lasted a few seconds. I was shaking so much, my legs and arms were trembling with the adrenaline. Ahhhhh!
Accordingly to the instructors, the first jump is to face the fear and the second one is for fun. So I went for a second round.
And the hours passed.
It was a perfect Sunday morning.
I found the flying trapeze a great alternative to working out indoors. We spent a sunny morning outside doing exercise and testing our comfort zones while having fun. For me, it was an adventurous experience outdoors but I felt in safe hands, thanks to a very experienced and cool crew of instructors. Thanks, Gorilla team 🙂
And you, are ready for the adventure??