Before you can run away to join the circus, you need to be in good enough shape to, well, run. But these days, you don't have to put up with smelly elephants or creepy clowns to get a taste of circus life. Instead, you need only head as far as the local gym to get a circus-inspired workout, complete with calliope music.
While many gyms offer classes that include a mix of tumbling, juggling and trapeze work, there's only one workout that's been endorsed by Cirque du Soleil, and that's Jukari Fit to Fly, which was developed in conjunction with Reebok and is offered at Equinox. Jukari Fit to Fly features circus equipment that's been modified so that it's easier and safer for us mere mortals to use. Not only can you indulge your childhood fantasy of flying with ease like the daring young man -- or woman -- on the flying trapeze, you'll get to tone your upper body and your core abdominal muscles.