Tired of running on a treadmill or “climbing” stairs to nowhere? There are different (and, yes, fun) ways to stay in shape that are far from the same old workout routine. Fly high with Trapeze-Experience.
Childhood dreams of running away and joining the circus can come true with Trapeze-Experience, founded by professional trapeze artist Peter Gold. With set-ups in the Hamptons and Rhinebeck, New York, the experience put down stakes earlier this year on Flagler Drive, to teach beginners and intermediates alike the thrill of flying.
Classes are an intensive two hours long that end with students participating in a mid-air catch with one of the trainers. “It blows them away,” Gold says of the moment someone “flies” for the first time. “It’s empowering, and breaks through the self pressure and limits people have, thinking, ‘Oh I’m not strong enough’ or, ‘I can’t do it.’”
Trapeze is a full-body workout, focusing mostly on abs and shoulders. “You can start out not being in great shape,” Gold says. “But as you move up, you need more and more of a body connection—strength and conditioning, mental and emotional.”
Gold, who has more than 20 years of trapeze experience, says it’s also a great activity for families to experience together.
“It is the safest extreme sport there is, period,” he says. All participants are harnessed with belts, and there is a net below, and, of course, experienced coaches ready to teach you to fly. Trapeze-Experience will be back in town in September, so book a class early, because they fill up fast. trapeze-experience.com