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This is How we Roll with SwingIt Trapeze

SwingIt Trapeze in Anaheim, California

As an adventure/travel blogger, I’ve been able to do so many amazing and unique activities. From skydiving to swimming with great white sharks, the last five years of my life have been one hell of a ride. People assume because I love adventure that I don’t get nervous. They also assume that I’m capable of extreme sports and activities just because I’m willing to try them but that’s not always the case. On Saturday, I took a trapeze lesson with SwingIt Trapeze in Anaheim and I was both nervous and newbie but I had an amazing time giving it a try. Regardless of my ability, when I give something my all, I’m always happy with the results.

I booked the two-hour SwingIt Trapeze beginner lesson and a friend, Brenda, joined me for an afternoon of adventure. As we drove up to Anaheim, Brenda told me how scared she was to get on the platform. She’s afraid of heights and this was a big leap for her. I worried that she wouldn’t enjoy herself and even questioned inviting her. She’s so laid-back though that I figured even if she hated the experience, we’d still have fun together.
Practice bar at SwingIt Trapeze, Anaheim, California

When we arrived, the lead SwingIt Trapeze instructor was calming and reassuring. We were given instructions on a training bar before heading up to steps to the actual platform. Brenda is extremely physically fit and she dominated on the practice bar. I knew if she could get over her fear of heights, she’d be awesome at trapeze. While I don’t have a fear of heights and I love jumping off of anything and everything I can, I worried about my physical fitness. Getting my legs over the bar would be a challenge but I’d worry about that when the time came.
First jump at SwingIt Trapeze, Anaheim, California

There were five people in our group and Brenda was up first. She climbed the steps and walked onto the platform. Once she was hooked in, she had to put her toes over the edge and reach for the bar. I could see that she was stalling and I held my breath in anticipation. This was the hardest part. She yelled down, “I can’t do it. I’m going to come down.” I wasn’t sure if I should encourage her or say it was fine to come down but I chose gentle encouragement.

First jump at SwingIt Trapeze, Anaheim, California

She took the leap. We weren’t expected to try any stunts on the first jump. The instructor asked her to swing her legs back and forth three times before leaning back and landing on the net.

When Brenda put her feet on the ground, she was shacking so badly I thought we were going to go home before I even had a chance but not only did she want to stay, but she was excited to get back up there. I tried to keep my grin to a minimum but I couldn’t help but feel proud. I don’t think she would have booked this experience on her own and now she was loving it.

Lessons at SwingIt Trapeze, Anaheim, California

I climbed the stairs with ease when it was my turn and when I put my feet on the edge, I could feel my heart racing. I wasn’t going to back out; those adrenaline-filled moments are what I love most. It’s never that I’m unafraid. I’m afraid but I love the fear. Is that bizarre? I don’t want the kind of fear where I’m worried about my family or my life, but the good fear before a great adventure is indescribable.

I focused on the trainer’s voice and did exactly what she asked. I, too, was shaking when I finished my turn but I could have run back up the steps and gone a dozen times because I was so full of adrenaline. I loved it! I wanted more and more and more.

Trapeze backflip at SwingIt Trapeze, Anaheim, California

On the second and third turn, we practiced back flips off of the bar. My hands were already starting to hurt but I pushed through it because it was worth it and it would be worth hours or even days of pain. I felt accomplished and capable.

It was time for more instruction. We were going to try and hang upside down from the bar and we needed to understand the timing before we tried it for ourselves.

Hanging upside down at SwingIt Trapeze

Brenda nailed it on the first try. She seemed confident and made it look easy. I could do this… right? But I didn’t get the timing on the first attempt and my hands slipped off the bar on the second attempt. By the third attempt, I was tired and my hands were hurting. I gave it everything I had. I focused. I jumped. I waited and listened for the instructor’s voice. I pulled with all of my energy and effort, but I didn’t get it. And I was ok with that. It wasn’t about being the best; it was about trying something new and trying my best. I was happy.

Hand grab at SwingIt Trapeze, Anaheim, California

Not only did Brenda hang upside down, but she managed to do a hand grab where she hung upside down from the bar and reached for the hands of one of the trainers. He grabbed her and she let go of the bar with her legs to swing from his hands. I was yelling and clapping with excitement. What an accomplishment on the first lesson. She continues to impress me. I always try to surround myself with positive people who push their limits and Brenda is a great example of that drive and passion.

We had so much fun together that we’re already planning our next high flying adventure in California with Skull Canyon Zipline. We can only hope for equally fantastic instruction and support that we received from SwingIt trapeze.

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23 thoughts on “This is How we Roll with SwingIt Trapeze

  1. paranoiasnfm says:

    Wow!
    Great experience! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Brenda says:

    Thanks for making me sound so AWESOME! Lol!

    1. Lesley says:

      You were/are awesome!

  3. Karla | karlaroundtheworld says:

    Hey, I tried trapeze in the Philippines too. It’s a lot of fun! I was initially scared but realized there is nothing to be afraid of. Loved it a lot.

  4. Karla | karlaroundtheworld says:

    Hey, I tried trapeze in the Philippines too. It’s a lot of fun! I was initially scared but realized there is nothing to be afraid of. Loved it a lot.

  5. Shandos says:

    That looks like so much fun! I’m not the best with heights, but I think with the reassurance of the safety ropes and the nets I could do it.

  6. Shandos says:

    That looks like so much fun! I’m not the best with heights, but I think with the reassurance of the safety ropes and the nets I could do it.

  7. My friend invited me to do this once but I chickened out coz I was too scared. But this looks so much fun! Wish I did it! ๐Ÿ™

  8. My friend invited me to do this once but I chickened out coz I was too scared. But this looks so much fun! Wish I did it! ๐Ÿ™

  9. Meg Jerrard says:

    Wow this looks like amazing fun!! I totally know what you mean about being addicted to the fear, I’m in the same boat as you. I just did my fourth skydive on the weekend, I end up craving that adrenaline after a while. But trapeze is something completely foreign to me, I would love to give it a go!! I hadn’t even thought about it as an option to be honest. Thanks!

  10. Meg Jerrard says:

    Wow this looks like amazing fun!! I totally know what you mean about being addicted to the fear, I’m in the same boat as you. I just did my fourth skydive on the weekend, I end up craving that adrenaline after a while. But trapeze is something completely foreign to me, I would love to give it a go!! I hadn’t even thought about it as an option to be honest. Thanks!

  11. Tess Andrade says:

    I’m scared of heights but try to push myself to do activities that alleviate this fear. Looks like this is one of those other activities I need to try at some point. Looks like a lot of fun!

  12. anna says:

    Looks awesome!! Like what Karla said, they just opened one in the Philippines. Can’t wait to try it out when we do head back!

  13. anna says:

    Looks awesome!! Like what Karla said, they just opened one in the Philippines. Can’t wait to try it out when we do head back!

  14. Stacey Valle says:

    I heard about trapeze in Anaheim and Santa Monica! I always wanted to do that but keep putting it off due to money and perhaps feeling that I”m not really physically fit for it. I haven’t worked out my arms and legs in a long time, so I was afraid that I wouldn’t able to make it through and waste my money.

    And I know what you mean about being afraid but love fear (although not to the point about worrying about your life or family). The fear before great adventure is indeed indescribable! I did zip-lining in Thailand, and I really want to do many other thrilling activities, like white rafting, etc.

    Your post is definitely making me reconsider about trapeze! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Stacey Valle says:

    I heard about trapeze in Anaheim and Santa Monica! I always wanted to do that but keep putting it off due to money and perhaps feeling that I”m not really physically fit for it. I haven’t worked out my arms and legs in a long time, so I was afraid that I wouldn’t able to make it through and waste my money.

    And I know what you mean about being afraid but love fear (although not to the point about worrying about your life or family). The fear before great adventure is indeed indescribable! I did zip-lining in Thailand, and I really want to do many other thrilling activities, like white rafting, etc.

    Your post is definitely making me reconsider about trapeze! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Rob says:

    I never thought to try a trapeze lesson, honestly I had no idea that you could do trapeze lessons. I looks like a lot of fun, I am like you not afraid of heights but maybe a little out of shape. If we make it down to Anaheim I think I will have to give it a go!

  17. Rob says:

    I never thought to try a trapeze lesson, honestly I had no idea that you could do trapeze lessons. I looks like a lot of fun, I am like you not afraid of heights but maybe a little out of shape. If we make it down to Anaheim I think I will have to give it a go!

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