Blog 15 Way Way Way Out of My Comfort Zone

Bog 15 Way Way Way Out of My Comfort Zone

Thursday night took me so far out of my comfort zone that I needed a map, a compass and a passport to get back into it. However let’s talk about Monday first. Monday night at circus was a lot of fun. We did a bit of strength work in the first half of training and I always enjoy that. We worked on the rings for ten seconds at a time and you wouldn’t believe how long ten seconds can feel when you’re trying to hold your own weight. First we had to hold ourselves above the rings and if anyone could they could start to move their arms outwards. I used up my whole ten seconds just trying to stay up there. Then we had to hold our weight underneath the rings in false grip and if we could, lower yourself down and then up again. I spent my time just hanging on. You really needed at least one go to get to grips with the move (and yes I meant that pun) and then the next two shots were a little less tricky. Part of these moves are strength and part are balance. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a man doing the Iron Cross on rings but it’s gorgeous to look at. I love the rings. I don’t know if I could ever get an Iron Cross but this is one of the exercises that I would just enjoy just doing the progression towards. Nick showed a very black sense of humour about last week’s crash and you may recall that I was seriously considering taking up knitting rather than go back to trapeze. I did think though that I would like to have another go because otherwise I would always be thinking what other tricks could Nick have shown me. We tackled what I was nervous about first and we did the hold Nick trick. We decided before we started that if I got into trouble I would yell out down and Nick would get off. We’ve discussed this before but I just needed to hear it again to get my confidence up. So I got into catcher’s hold, I took hold of Nick, he went into pike and everything was sweet. Nick reckons that last week I was tired from the flying trapeze adventure and now everything was back to normal. Just imagine I could have left and not come back, brr it gives me chills to think about it. My reward from the Universe for doing this was to do a really speccy partner thing with Nick that I don’t think I could even describe. I’ll try. We started in the Escher then I climbed up onto Nick and then sat in front of him then slid down him and then my feet were behind me and that’s where I get lost. We did it twice. I have no idea what happened but it was a lot of fun. But wait there’s more. Nick snuck my old nemesis in, the Crucifix. At this point I thought he’s not going to let it go just go through the motions he’ll know you tried and you can move on. So I went through the motions completely expecting to slide through like I have every time and then suddenly I was there. I had the Crucifix, HUZZAH! I was so happy I did a happy dance and bought myself and ate a whole box of malteasers on the way home. 11375183_385244735007993_1867105999_n[1] The Crucifix had arrived and no-one was more surprised than myself. But that’s not all. We finished off a very successful trapeze session with improvements in my knee hangs so I left a very happy camper. Thursday night the place was ridiculously packed. We had to keep moving to make room for each group’s activity and that was a challenge. By the time we had moved three times during our juggling session we had an on the spot warm up because there was nowhere we could play a game. It’s surprising how warm you can get just by jumping up and down, running on the spot and doing jumping jacks. You can even get your poor brain completely overhauled when your trainer keeps calling out alternate arms while you’re jumping with your legs. I left my comfort zone when Alessandro decided we should all do acro balance. Ryan Alli and Amanda were like bloody mountain goats leaping on one another and keeping their balance. I on the other hand am more like a Clydesdale and Clydesdales should not be climbing onto other people. Don’t get me wrong I love watching acro stuff, they do this table top thing which I thought was brilliant and I joined in on the staircase thing, but acro balance is not for me. At least now I have an idea of what is involved with acro balance and that does increase my enjoyment of watching it, however the next time someone even says acro balance in front of me I’ll be heading for the hills. 11116984_630719163729976_99767955_n[1] The Staircase. Allrighty it’s over to rest of the pictures. Please come and join us if you’d like to. Zig Zag circus has classes Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at Point A and Glengowrie YMCA. 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Blog 14 More Trapeze Please

I would like to give a little bit of space in this blog to another circus company this week. Normally I just rave about how wonderful the Zigzag circus is, (training at Glengowrie YMCA and Point A Adelaide Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) but I crossed the border on Sunday and I want to share.

I went to the Fly Factory at Blackburn in Victoria. They run a flying trapeze experience and because I had come so far just to do the flying trapeze I thought I’ll do the morning and afternoon sessions. I am now resolved to the fact that South Australia needs it’s own flying trapeze. My goodness I can’t remember when I have felt so alive. Ok I’ll start at the start.

If you do the experience they have heaps of safety precautions and I mean heaps and I think that was part of why I was so happy to leap off that platform each time, well not the first time. The first time I was flat out terrified. The second time I was quite terrified. The third time nervous but ok. The fourth time I’m moving to Victoria.

The experience lasts for two hours and you feel like it lasts for five minutes. The instructors have a comedy routine that entertains you as well as teaches you and I cannot believe their program. I thought tops I would get a swing and I would have gone home happy but noooo you get much much much more than that. Did I say much much?

You swing, you get your feet up on the bar you release the bar are you saying omg yet? You do a backward somersault and now I hope you’re sitting down when you read this, a raw raw raw beginner first time gets to be caught. I couldn’t believe it. I thought they were joking. But they teach you the moves and you do it and I am now a complete absolute trapeze addict.

For the second session I was absolutely prepared to just do the same stuff again and maybe not be so terrified this time but they bumped me up. I got to try some new stuff because I had done the first session how cool is that? I felt very spesh. If you go to Melbourne you would be insane not to try this. Fly Factory you are awesome. Wow. Watch this space South Aus is getting a flying trapeze.

So for Monday night training I was all flying trapeze this and flying trapeze that and everyone very kindly listened to me and watched my phone video of getting caught. I must have watched it a 100 times. This prompted Alessandro to share a very funny story about his time at the Moscow Circus school, and it involved a circus swing which he had to operate in a double story facility. Since he did the actions too it was a pretty funny story and I could really visualise him swinging past people trying to get to the upper level of this building.

Peter showed me a different way to backward roll but I still don’t care for them. Lily did a beautiful handstand completely unassisted and nup I’m not jealous at all. Alessandro played with knives and there’s a very cool video of him on the ZigZag facebook page. He’s swinging knives and the music from the Black Keys, Chop and Change is perfect for it, Liam said after watching the video this is why we never argue with Alessandro and Bianca said he looked hard core. Then it was time for trapeze.

I knew I was tired after my big weekend and that’s why I wanted to lift Nick before I did anything else because I figured I would have more energy than if we did it later. I’m trying to hold him for ten seconds so he can do a trick while I’m holding him. It will look awesome if we can do it. I knew maybe four seconds in I was in trouble. I jumbled my words, I think because I may have panicked a little, and I was trying to get out of this hold as quickly as possible. I must have shut my eyes because everything felt slow and when I opened them Nick and I were on the mat, the acrobats and the aerialists who had been working one mat over had come round and formed a circle around us and Alessandro was there too. I was most impressed by the speed of the response. People asked me if I was all right and I thought you’d be better off asking Nick as I nearly killed him again. Nick explained what the heck just happened.

He said you let go of me but I didn’t let go of you. I lowered you down and moved you to the side so all you hit was my hip. Now you’d have to say that’s pretty cool. He was in the middle of a move and he’s got enough mental wherewithal to save himself and save me. I think that’s impressive. I have some very speccy bruises now and I wish I could post a picture of them because I’m wearing them like a badge of honour but I don’t think my pins are camera friendly. Nick said now that you’ve fallen you can see it’s not a big deal. He’s right but I found it very disconcerting to be up there on the swing one moment and down there on the mat the next. I didn’t care for falling off the trapeze or dropping Nick much and I was tempted to go home and take up knitting but I thought finish the evening and then go home and have a think about it.

I told Nick that I did his cool flip off thing on the flying trapeze and he said you can do it here. I hung upside down on the trapeze, he held my hands and said legs off and wallah I did the cool flip off thing. That made me happy. We also did foot hangs and elbow hangs and I love that stuff but I do find it pretty ouchy.

I’m four pages in and I haven’t even done photos yet so I’m just going to say Thursday night training was brilliant. I really enjoyed this back flip land on your feet thing we did. I didn’t achieve the move but at least I can practise it now.

Allrighty it’s over to the pictures. Please come and join us if you’d like to. Zig Zag circus has classes Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at Glenelg and in the city.

At Glengowrie YMCA and Point A in the city those acrobats are unstoppable.

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These are some very rare pictures of an air mermaid, you won’t see these anywhere else!

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Finally the apparently (thank goodness) unkillable Nick!

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Blog 13 Trish Got her Chin Up

Bog 13 Trish Got Her Chin Up

 

Circus Monday night was fantastic and I learned a lot, my chin up happened on Thursday night but let’s do Monday night first.

Lily did a beautiful handstand Monday night, her shape was lovely and you could see how this sort of stuff is just nice to watch. She looked like she could have stayed up there forever.

For tumbling we had to roll in the opposite direction that we normally roll in and I was fine rolling forwards in another direction but trying to roll backwards in another direction messed with my head something terrible.

Alessandro demonstrated more I’ve got eyes in the back of my head skills when he said cartwheels for those who’ve done backward rolls. Lily looks straight at me whispering do you think he means you? I laughed it off, with the amount of people at training Monday night there was no way he could have noticed my excellent backward roll avoidance plan and in the next breath he says Trish do a backward roll. I don’t know how he does it. I’m thinking of starting a People Who Don’t Like Backward Rolls support group we could be the PWDLBR, there that rolls off the tongue!

Bianca came to play with us on trapeze Monday night and my goodness did that step things up a notch. Bianca is a dancer and possibly a little bit of a ninja. She has the ability to listen to a few directions, ask a few questions and then off she goes and she can do these really complex things with Nick. I was amazed and it looked beautiful. So he was up on the bar, she got up and wrapped her knees over the bar. Then he put his legs through her knees and with his feet on her chest and her crunching and then throwing herself up he sent her back up to the bar. My description isn’t quite doing it justice. When she was up on the bar she slid down Nick while doing the splits and then turned in some way so that she was hanging off his feet and I reckon she finished by going back up to the bar and then just lightly stepping down. It was beautiful, it was amazing and it looked fantastic. So when Nick said Trish do you want a go I thought yes I really really do. I didn’t do it right but I didn’t damage Nick and that was my main concern as well as staying alive myself and I have to tell you it was a wild wild ride. It was like being on a roller coaster. One minute you’re upside down and I was trying to figure out in my head which way I needed to go and then he’s calling hep and you’re just about flying through the air until you make contact with the ropes and then you still have to do the second part of the move and I was still catching my breath from the first part. I tell you this stuff makes the rides on the Royal Show nothing by comparison. It was fantastic.

I also got to lift Bianca Monday night and now I’ve started holding people in catcher’s hold and lifting them up and down as a rep. I did three reps and that’s the first time I’ve been able to do that. Woo Hoo.

We also did some cool elbow hanging (put an ish in there for mine) and I’m improving on hanging from one leg. Slowly but it’s getting there. I also had a go at hanging from my feet but yowch that’s a painful one.

I learnt a bit about spotting in trapeze too last night which was really interesting and now I can be of help to another person whose bigger than me. That’s cool.

The thing with trapeze is that the stronger you get the more cool things you can do so it really motivates you to get your strength going. Wouldn’t it be nice to just buy a pound of strength at the shops and not have to work for it all?

I told you at the start that I learned a lot tonight well another thing I learned is that what happens in Circus is not quite like the way things happen in the outside world. Nick, Bianca and I had a conversation about weight while we were doing stuff on the trapeze. I said you never talk about a person’s weight it’s just not done. Alessandro rocks up and says maybe it’s not done in the outside world but within these walls you need to work out who is going to be a good partner for who and you can’t decide just because you want to be smaller or bigger than someone else. Nick said it was no different to working out who was stronger or more flexible. I found this whole conversation kind of revelationary and freeing. Your weight is what your weight is and there’s no judgement on the number it’s just a piece of information necessary to match you up with a partner. Mmm I went home thinking about that one.

Chris said he could see I had arm muscles and that was the nicest thing anyone could have ever said to me. Alessandro has very kindly given me a chin up progression program and these days I’m sporting guns!

Thursday was great fun. We had Alli, Amanda, the Remarkable Ryan and Paula. The place was packed and we had barely room to swing an acrobat. There was the General Circus Class, the Contortionists and the Aerial classes and we were all sorting out how to fit on the one mat.

General Circus Class started with juggling and Alessandro gave me some new tricks to wow my students with back at school. Paula and I made sure we witnessed Alli’s improving juggling skills because she says no-one watches when she does it really well.

Warm up was chasey and then we stretched. We did some hanging and then some tumbling and before I knew it, it was time for free skills. I had some trapeze homework so I went and did that. Ryan is working on his flips and they’re looking good. Paula was doing some great work with handstands and tumbling. Alli did some beautiful work with her aerial stuff. I was supposed to be filming that but I mucked it up. I’m sure someone else had another go though so footage could be floating around somewhere. She looked really good doing it.

I went back to having a play at aerial somersaults. I have the grace of a Clydesdale in mud but I just really enjoy doing them. They make me happy. Paula gave me some tips and then did some speccy stuff on the mat.

For a break I mosied over to Alli and Alessandro and joined them for some ab work and that was awesome. Three sets of fifteen reps each, yowza. We had the beginner and advanced version or the abvanced version? Yes did you see what I did there? Alli did the advanced I stuck to the beginner version.

Then people were starting to remember that they had homes to go to and Alli Alessandro and I were doing some front lever work and I asked for clarification on my last set of exercises in my chin up program. and that’s when the night took a whole new turn for Trishy.

Alessandro said I’ll demonstrate and he did and he said you should have one in you by now. I was feeling like everyone in the world had a chin up except me and I shook my head and I said nup no I don’t. Show me he says. I show him a chin up from a standing position and I explain it’s not a real chin up because I’m not starting from the hanging position. He says you just need to be pumped up. He runs through this breathing exercise with me after he tells me to shake my arms out, breathe in breathe out breathe in again now go for it. I went for it and all of a sudden my arms just kept going and I went up and up and up until I had done the chin up and got down again. It didn’t feel awful it felt controlled. I had the biggest smile you can imagine. I had wanted this for so long. Circus training and Alessandro training is pretty cool hey?

There’s not too much in the way of pictures this week. there’s a lot of videos though over on iconosquare so pop over there if you’d like to see what people are getting up to. Please come and join us if you’d like to. Zig Zag circus has classes Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at Glenelg and in the city.

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A rare pic from those acrobats working over at Point A.

Blog 12 I love Circus

I Love Circus

Circus Monday night was fantastic. There was no part of it that I didn’t enjoy. I am so grateful to have this place where I can exercise, have fun, muck around with people and then try new things. It’s awesome and I appreciate it.

I even enjoyed the animal walks Monday night and normally I pray that Alessandro will forget some of them because they are murder to do. Julie did this really funny disabled sloth movement on the way back from one of the walks and declared since she was recovering from a big workout the day before that it was the animal movement form that took the least amount of energy. Come to think of it Lily was doing a really  good sloth imitation before training started so I guess the sloth was our animal of the night. It’s amazing what you learn at circus because I was also being informed about gastropods from Lily and how they eat with their feet and that they have lots and lots of teeth, who knew?

So a girl on facebook posted this picture of two people doing splits on the static trapeze and in my eyes it’s one of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. I’ve printed it, laminated it, I have it in my car and I’ve dreamt of doing it. I brought it to training to show Nick and it was on. Now here’s the picture so you know what I’m going on about. I don’t have anyone’s permission to use it so if the owner asks me to take it down I’ll do that.

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We had Julie and Kurt coming for a play on trapeze and then Alessandro arrived too and all of us were working out how to make this picture a reality and we did it. I can’t tell you how cool it is to see a picture think how beautiful and then make it happen. It’s better than the lottery. I am grateful that I am strong enough to do it and flexible enough and that Kurt was willing to come over and play too because I needed him to do the bloke part of the splits. I appreciate how patient everyone was and how they explain things so you know exactly what your job is. Doing that takes all the fear out of something and you get to just enjoy it. Goodness I love Circus, I really really do. Like really.

Here’s the results of our work.

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As you can see I’m doing the bloke’s job and at some stage I want to be the pretty one.

You know what else? Nick said I was advanced at trapeze. I don’t know if he was saying it to make me happy but my head nearly exploded. I was chuffed, seriously chuffed. What a night, a great great night.

Thursday night we were joined by the contortionist people because their trainer had to cancel and they were a lot of fun. Every now and then they would bust a move and you would think – ouch. Christian did this shoulder thing and I thought I don’t think the joints are supposed to move that way. The girl I worked with, Jessica I think was her name, was so complimentary for handstand practice that I loved her. She said I was a board and then she said I don’t think that’s being complimentary but I said nope I’m very happy to hear that. We also had Kurt and he is up for any challenge so they made a very fun night.

Now add to the mix the Remarkable Ryan, Liam, Andrew and Alli and it was an extremely funny night. Jessica called Ryan a little superstar I should mention that to him when I see him next.

So for training Thursday night we juggled, all manner of things in all manner of ways. We played chasey to warm up and then we stretched. We did handstand practise and then some more stretches and then we tumbled. We had free skills next and I broke out the trapeze because a couple of people fancied a go on it.

The Remarkable Ryan had gone off to be remarkable somewhere and I have to say the conversation was getting a little adult around the trapeze area. There have been times when I have found circus training to be quite educational. It all started because we were going to have another go at that picture I am obsessed with. We were trying to work out who should be on top of the trapeze and who should be below. Since in my picture the woman is on the top I’m hoping to be the one on the top for one of these attempts, so far I keep getting the man’s role. I want to be the pretty one and so far it’s been Kurt and Alli doing that.

Liam, Alessandro, Kurt and Andrew were doing some really fun stuff on the balance bars and I wished I’d got a picture. It was ninja type stuff. Jumping up from the ground and landing on a high balance bar and then play fighting still on the bar. They warmed up by jumping on this cylinder thing and even that looked cool to try.

I love circus. I was thinking back to when I used to go to the gym and I’m not knocking that now but I used to play on the pull up bars and I would try and get a couple of people to play with me. Then there were people so serious sweating and cursing and looking hot and bothered and there were other people crying on pieces of equipment wishing they hadn’t eaten a packet of Tim Tams and I thought this isn’t fun. Circus is fun. I do cool things, I am only limited by what my body can and can’t do and everyone comes there to play.

Allrighty I’ll finish with two speccy pictures from the acrobats. Please come and join us if you’d like to. Zig Zag circus has classes Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at Glenelg and in the city.

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Blog 11 Safety

We had a big turn out Monday night, the cold is definitely not putting people off from training. Silks, acrobats and general circus class all looked like they were out in full force.

We weren’t able to use our regular room for handstand practise so Alessandro was pretty quick about coming up with an alternative activity, I found that impressive. When one of my lessons gets stuffed up at school I find it a real ordeal coming up with an alternative activity on a moment’s notice. We ended up doing handstands in the middle of the floor and we did 15 seconds on then swap partners. We did that maybe four times each and I really enjoyed that.

We actually jumped through hoops for tumbling, I’ve never done that literally before. We started with a new thing that Alessandro called Monkey jumps. I had a go but I figured that must be for the more advanced folk and left it at that. Then Alessandro appears with a hoop and full grown adults are jumping through this hoop. I tell you if you ever don’t want to train there’s so much to see it’s like coming to a show. I could have watched them forever. Then Alessandro said come and have a go and I did not see how my body was going to fit through a hoop. However you put your hands in one spot and your feet in another and all of a sudden you’ve jumped through a hoop. It was pretty cool really. Maybe we should light it on fire for the next go?

I felt like I was moving forward in trapeze which was lovely so I’m now working on holding Nick for ten seconds but I mucked something up which was not good when you’re working with a partner. I confused the difference between getting down from a move and getting off the trapeze all together and poor Nick had to rely on his reflexes not to fall off. That’s the kind of mistake I’m only going to make once but it’s an awful feeling to think you may have caused your training partner to get hurt.

Alessandro, Lily, Grant, Peter and I did some work on the rings and I really enjoyed that.

On Thursday night we did animal walks instead of stretches and they were murder. I’ve decided that I am co-ordinationally challenged. There should be a support group for my condition, I may even start that support group. We had to do a bear walk with opposite arms and legs and there was no way I could do it. It just wouldn’t work I felt like I was trying to retrain my brain and it was fighting me. Even when I went as slow as possible and was chanting this hand this foot now repeat I still couldn’t get it. I’m practising that one with the kids at school.

Do you know the only problem with circus training is that it does not go on for long enough. There is so much to do and so little time to do everything in. You never get bored but you do run out of time every night.

Only a few photos this week  and please come and join us if you’d like to. Zig Zag circus has classes Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at Glenelg and in the city.

 

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