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    26 Things Aerialists, Acrobats & Circus Freaks Will Understand

    Whether you do silks, lyra, pole or trapeze, you don't have to be in Cirque du Soleil to know #circushurts.

    1. Stuff that looks awesome often feels awful (until you get used to it.)

    2. You hurt in places you didn't know a person could hurt.

    3. New tricks don't come as quickly as you'd like.

    4. When you finally nail them, the hardest moves don't get the most applause.

    5. You collect bruises all over your body.

    6. And some sexy underarm burns.

    7. Your hands aren't looking too great, either.

    8. Basically:

    9. You will get up close and personal with your apparatus in places where the sun don't shine.

    10. Your wallet's also feeling the pain.

    11. Because most of us don't have ceilings like this at home.

    12. Or backyards like this.

    13. So you have to get creative when you can't train in your usual space.

    14. When you finally get your own apparatus, you want to spend every single minute together.

    15. Your non-circus friends don't always get what you do.

    16. Try as you might to coax them into the air.

    17. Your new muscles may actually bust a shirt or two.

    18. At one point, you will accidentally flash your training partners.

    19. Your clothes will get stuck, tangled or otherwise mutilated by the apparatus.

    20. But it's OK, because you've got leggings for every day of the week.

    21. No matter your sense of personal style.

    22. Though wearing your circus gear outside between workouts sometimes feels a little weird.

    23. But it can also help you find other members of the tribe.

    24. You'll make friends you can trust more than you ever imagined possible.

    25. Who will also keep you in line.

    26. Because wherever you go, you're part of a big, crazy circus family that will literally catch you when you fall.

    H/t Circus Problems and hop_float_fly.

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