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Trapeze

For a while now, I have been dying to try trapeze. It looks scary yet exhilarating, challenging but freeing. On my birthday, Ashley and I finally signed up to take a class with the Trapeze School New York, located on the Santa Monica Pier.

I got butterflies in my stomach the minute I glanced up. Why did I have the urge to hurl myself off a platform 23 feet in the air?! Great idea, Sara.

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Before getting started, we got strapped in and were given instructions on how to do the routine. It sounded simple when the instructor explained it, but I knew that there was no way it could be easy when you’re flying back and forth.
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My heart was pounding out of my chest as I climbed up the ladder. Even scarier was jumping off the platform! But you get the biggest adrenaline rush ever.

The routine worked like this: you jump off the platform, holding the bar with both hands and wait for the direction of the instructor.

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Then you swing your knees over the bar. It was SO tough for me to do!

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Then you take your hands off the bar and hold on with your legs!

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It was terrifying and extremely difficult! But so much fun.

Ashley was a natural.

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After practicing the routine a few times, they had us do backflips on our landing.

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She got a star for that performance!

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We practiced that routine over and over. At the end of the class we got to do a “catch” with one of the instructors. He swung on a bar at the other side, waiting to catch us!

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Ashley’s turn!

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What an amazing night, flying through the air and watching the sun set over Santa Monica. Trapezing was an experience I’ll always remember and can’t wait to try again.

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One thing checked off the bucket list!

~S

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