Swinging through the air with the greatest of ease

Two people demonstrate how to properly do the swinging trapeze at Swing It Trapeze at the OC Fairgrounds.

The chalk on my hands helped me grip onto the swing bar. The harness around my waist reassured me I was protected. Yet, as I stood on the edge of a 30-foot drop with a swing bar in both hands I couldn’t feel anything but fear.

There was no turning back though — I was going to jump.

To be more accurate I was going to “hop” as Nick Selvy, owner of Swing It Trapeze, would say.

The anticipation of jumping was the real monster. My heart pounded throughout my body and its brute force was most dominating in my throat. My fidgety hands were trying to find the best grip on that bar and my knees questioned whether they should wobble or stay still.   

“Ready, knees in position and…hop,” Selvy said.

My feet were now off the ramp and I was gliding in the air. It was both exhilarating and frightening and when that adrenaline rush hit it never left.

After letting go of the bar and falling backward, the giant net beneath me caught my fall.

I can be quite impulsive, so when I got an email from my editor asking if anyone was interested in taking a free trapeze swinging lesson, I jumped at the opportunity.

When I arrived at the OC Fairgrounds and into the Swing It Trapeze class, the manager greeted me at the door and I was told I had to sign two waivers. After that I met Selvy. Within a matter of 10 minutes, I was on my way to learn how to trapeze.

It was a two-hour session and by the end of it I knew how to do a back flip in the air, wrap my legs around the bar to swing upside down, and attempted to do the catch and fall, a move where I’m hanging upside down about to be caught by another swinger and let go of the swing bar.

It takes a lot of upper body strength to stay on that bar and it’s a total body workout. The two hours I spent learning how to swing was probably one of the best workouts I have ever done for my body.

Swing it Trapeze is a relatively new company. They formed in 2012 and their current home site is at the OC Fair and Events Center. Open five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday, they offer three classes 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Each class is two hours long with a total of 10 students in each class.

They work with people of all ages some as young as two and others as old as 86. The first class runs $60 and the following classes drop to $50. Parking is free for all, and participants should enter through Gate 2 on Fair Drive or Gate 4 on Arlington Drive.

Swing It Trapeze advises its students to wear comfortable clothing, yoga pants with a T-shirt and no loose items or jewelry.  

For everyone who seeks adventure and feeds off adrenaline, Swing It Trapeze is the place to go. There is no greater feeling than flying and Swing It Trapeze gives that experience.

I can’t wait to book my next swinging lesson with them.

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