It’s #FitnessFriday and today I am talking all about my experience at Twin Cities Trapeze Center! Yes, that’s right, Britany and I went to a FLYING trapeze class!
Studio: Twin Cities Trapeze Center, LLC
Location: 719 Minnehaha Avenue EAST, Saint Paul MN 55106
I had a friend in college who grew up in a town that had a circus and she participated in the flying trapeze. I always thought it would be really cool to try but I am scared of heights and honestly, didn’t know there were places that let you try it!
The Twin Cities Trapeze Center offers a range of classes including flying trapeze, static trapeze, kids classes, trampoline, and aerial silks classes. They also do private events and parties.
What to Expect: I wasn’t sure what to expect. I figured we would do some stuff on the ground and that we would maybe get one or two rounds to try out the actual flying part. Well that was wrong! We got a few minutes of instructions and one round of the knee hang on a lower bar with the help of an instructor and then we were ready to fly! We were both like “uh, really?” and thought we would get more practice time on the low bar.
The Class: The flying trapeze class is $45 for 90 minutes. Our class included 3 newbies (me, Britany, and one other girl) plus 2 “seasoned” flyers who had been before and were trying out new skills. They put us in a rotation so we knew when it was our turn (and staggered me and Britany so we could take pictures and video of each other). This picture I took of Britany demonstrates how high up it was!
Once you climb up the ladder, you are on the platform. They hook the rope up to you and you are good to go! They bring the bar closer to you so you can stand on the edge of the platform and reach out for it. That was the hardest part for me. The bar was heavier than I expected and it felt like it was going to pull me off the platform. The instructor is holding on to you but it’s still a weird feeling to trust him and lean off the platform. Once you get a good grip on the bar, you listen for their instructions. First, you bend your knees and then you jump!
Sounds easy, right?
Let’s see how it played out in pictures…
I did it! What a rush!
Here’s a video of my second go round:
(If the video isn’t work in here, check it out on YouTube).
For the first jump, I just hung and swung and then dropped when I said I couldn’t hold much longer. After that, we were allowed to attempt a knee hang but I never got there. I did one more jump and just hung, but that was it. It was still so scary the second time. Darn fear of heights! Fear is a weird thing isn’t it? Even after doing it myself and watching others do it over and over, I still could not NOT be afraid once I was up on that platform.
Britany was a rockstar! She did the knee hang and attempted the catch 3x! I enjoyed the rest of the class staying on the ground taking pictures and video for the others.
Bottom Line: The staff and everyone in the class were very nice and helped me and encouraged me. Even so, I think it would be nice if there was a class just for newbies. It was fun to see the more experienced flyers do tricks but it was also intimidating and I felt like I needed to hurry to get through my turn since others were waiting.
I definitely recommend Twin Cities Trapeze Center for anyone looking for a fun class or event, or if you want to become a regular and step up your flying trapeze game!
Check out Twin Cities Trapeze if you are in the Minneapolis area!
***We were not compensated by Twin Cities Trapeze in any way, all opinions are our own.