Our bodies are no strangers to the workout that two straps hanging from the ceiling can provide.
But in front of a crowd? Cirque School's latest, a TRX Suspension class, might provoke our inner-exhibitionists to come out of the closet.
We profiled Cirque School last year, when it was just a wee little twink, gaining its aerial wings in a temporary space at Absolution in WeHo.
Now, as popular and massive as Sagiv, the aerial trainer we may or may not have crushed on when we checked it out in 2008, Cirque School LA has packed up and moved out on its own to a bigger space in Hollywood near the 101.
Like any kid confronting its first taste of freedom, Cirque School refuses to conform, adding even more unconventional (and impressively difficult) workouts to its repertoire, including the aforementioned TRX Suspension class.
And though you may have heard differently, being strapped to the ceiling in front of five or more circus performers is – believe it or not – an entirely new experience for us.
The challenging class, which blends military training with acrobatics, might be the most serious workout we've ever given our core. With a variation of exercises planted around the hanging straps (each student is provided their own set to work with), participants train their entire bodies through extensive core development.
Of course, Cirque School's other rebellious new classes, like juggling, acro-fit (tumbling, handstands, etc.), and a flexibility/stretch class might make the training space the gayest gym in LA (which is quite an achievement considering the fitness landscape of the city) for the third year in a row.
Since we've been avid supporters since its infancy, when do we get the “Our kid likes to do it with straps!” bumper sticker that would make us such proud daddies?
Single TRX class, $25; 6 pack of TRX classes, $125
Cirque School's new location:
5640 ½ Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Enter through an alley on the south side of Hollywood Blvd.