The flying trapeze isn’t just for circus folks anymore. It’s also for newbies like me who like to switch up the old workout routine every now and then. But to me, what’s even more appealing than the fitness element is the dizzying height, the graceful acrobatic moves and the challenge of learning something new. The Trapeze Federation just opened in February so naturally, I went to check it out. It was even more amazing than I thought it would be. When you arrive, you’ll do some light stretching, fill out a waiver and practice hanging from your knees at a bar that is about 7 feet off the ground. This gets you used to what you are about to experience when you shimmy up the ladder to about 30 feet in the air. After getting belted up, you climb up and reach out for the bar as your toes dangle from the edge. Once the teacher yells “hup” that’s your command to swing into space, hang from your knees and then do a back flip into the net. Once you master that, you might be ready for the catch. This is where you perform the knee hang and then extend your upper body and reach back to grasp hands with the catcher on the other swing. It’s all extremely invigorating. While it may seem intimidating at first, if you just listen to the instructors and do exactly as they say, it is surprising how quickly you catch on and feel comfortable. With that said, if trapeze lessons have been on your adventure agenda for awhile, now’s the time to scratch it off the list. I highly recommend it. Just be sure to schedule a massage appointment for the next day! It’s a huge workout for every single muscle in your body. If you go: Trapeze Federation is located in an open lot just south of International Drive at 7032 S. Kirkman Road. Classes are offered Wednesday and Thursday at 4:15 p.m., Friday at 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Classes are available for birthday parties, corporate functions and private lessons, too. http://youtu.be/rC7KmMfRZ38