I believe last week I left off saying I was going to post a list of my new trapeze tricks and their explanations, seeing as I have learned a bunch recently. Though I unfortunately don’t have photos yet, I’ll try to tell you how they work.
Seated Back-flip: While this trick is basically all in the name, it starts with the acrobat sitting on the bar, legs together and pointed forwards at a 90 degree angle from the hips. The acrobat will then snap their legs over their head as they lean backwards, then back-flipping off the bar to dismount.
Front Flip Dismount: This move was kinda problematic for me, as the day I did it we were trying a one-legged harness, which puts a lot more pressure on the stomach. the acrobat will hang off the bar with their hands, swinging their legs back and forth to gain momentum until they snap their legs over their head, throwing their arms forward. This caused some problems and I kinda got stuck upside down on my second front flip down, which was not comfortable.
Splits Underbar: In this trick, the acrobat will do a knee hang, then grab onto the bar with both hands. They then extend both legs, one in front of the bar and the other behind it. By putting pressure on their back leg, they can arch their backs.
Pullover: Ooooh boy. This move was not my friend during practice. The concept is, hanging from the bar by their hands, the acrobat will pump their legs back and forth until they can swing them up and over the bar, so they end in a hip balance on top of the bar. Now, I don’t quite have the core for this, so my efforts were mostly met with failure. Finally, in the next class, I managed to do one, mostly with my mentor using the harness to basically haul me over the bar. Even then, I somehow got my legs stuck in the ropes . . . nevertheless, I did it.
Lune: This pose is when the acrobat sits sideways on the bar, grabbing one rope with both hands and placing both feet against the opposite rope. Then, the acrobat will gently extend their arms, until their body is in a curved shape below the bar, being held up by the feet and hands.
Plank: This is a move I used to do in silks, so this was easier. You simply sit sideways on the bar, put your hands behind you to grab the rope, and walk your feet up the other rope until your body is vertical, a foot above the bar.
Man on the Moon: this pose used my neck a lot, which hurt. It is also terribly complicated to explain without pictures, but I will say that it uses your head and neck on one rope to keep you in place and a leg draped across the bar. It’s harder then it looks.
Leaning Stag: This move has one arm holding a rope, the other arm extended straight up. One leg is on the bar, pointing straight out, while the other leg hangs below the bar so that your toe touches the your other knee.
Tah-dah, the moves I have learned. Sadly, I had to miss this tuesday’s class, since I’ve been sick for the last couple days. Luckily, I’ve gained a lot more confidence in class, when it comes to being self-directed. For example, I no longer wait to get into the harness in class, and I can do up the harness myself. In order to get momentum, each time you go up onto the bar, another student holds a rope below you and “hauls you away”. I now don’t wait to be asked for this, even though it still scares me. Scott knows I watch the other students while they go up, because he will sometimes ask me to do the moves they showed me. While we don’t have much of a communicating relationship other then him yelling instructions as I contort myself on the bar, we both have a pretty good understanding of my limitations and how far he will push me.
Now, for the grand finally: fitness projects. Yes, I am aware I promised you one each week and I have failed, but I am finally catching up. In order to get into shape, I’ve been using the standard fitness test from my PE class, which has three components: how many sit-ups you do in a minute, how many push-ups you do in a minute, and how fast you can run 1 kilometer.
As I’ve been doing them in gym class, my last record was:
- Pushups: 41
- Situps: 73
- 1k: 5:13
Now, though I’ve been sick, I’ve been keeping with a routine of 60 push-ups and sit ups per day, in segment of 20. My next fitness test is scheduled for next weekend, so perhaps expect a little post then on my progress. Until then, adios.