Are you scared of heights?
I know a lot of people are, and I am getting a little more nervy as I get older, but as a general rule, I don’t mind heights. I was really, really, nervous doing my bungee jump in New Zealand, infact I nearly chickened out completely. It was only my friend Char saying ‘you’ll really regret this if you don’t do it’ and the fact that it was non-refundable, that had me throwing myself off the platform! (It still gives me clammy hands just thinking about it!)
But when I was offered the chance to try a flying trapeze lesson in Regent’s Park with Gorilla Circus, I couldn’t say no. I asked my friend, Leah, if she wanted to come with me and without thinking about it, she said yes!
Upon arrival we had a quick safety chat; no walking under the net, listen to instructions and do as you’re told, and if you walk into a stake in the ground you will be laughed at.
Our class was a mixture of ages although mostly women in their 20s out trying something new with friends, and one guy who seemed to have been quite a few times before. After a brief warm up, we practised the routine that we would be performing on a low bar, assisted by two of the instructors.
The routine included holding the bar (thumbs under) with straight arms, swinging our legs up and over the bar with pointed toes, letting go with our arms, swinging back up, releasing your legs before a quick back flip and off. No big deal.
Leah nervously went first, so I positioned myself to take some pictures, and before I knew it she was in the net. Unfortunately, I think the nerves had got the better of her and she had jumped with bent arms. It understandably knocked her confidence but did have another go just to say she’d done it before calling it a day on her flying trapeze career (read about her experience here!)
Situated in Regent’s Park for the Summer, Gorilla Circus offers trapeze lessons for anyone interested aged 7-70. A single class costs £24. I was given this class complimentary but all opinions are my own.
Have you or would you try a flying trapeze class? I’ll definitely take another class if I get the opportunity!