Ever since I watched the first episode of Circus of the Stars in the 1970s, I knew I wanted to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Preferably wearing something sparkling with diamonds and flattering drappy scarves.

When I discovered the aerial hoop (or lyra hoop if you wanna be fancy) my inner 6 year old leaped with joy and grapped that hoop with both hands and refused to let go.

Carrie in hoop

Balancing in hoop

So now, I’m a 41-year-old marketing pro who fancies herself an understudy for the next Cirque du Soleil producttion. My background isn’t in tumbling, dance or cheer, although I have been studying pole fitness for about eight months. I’m more inclined to curl up on the couch with a great book than break a sweat, but there’s just something compelling about that hoop.

“I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames.” Les Brown, author and motivational speaker