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Spots are popping up to try circus arts as exercise | Live Well CV: Health and Wellness

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PITTSBURGH — In May of this year, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed its doors after 146 years of operation. At the exact same time, the custom of circus arts as exercise — incorporating trapeze, the lyra hoop, rope or aerial silks — has never been more popular.

“Circus arts as an available type of workout probably didn’t start popping up until the last couple of decades,” said Kelsey Keller, co-owner of Iron City Circus Arts on the South Side, which opened last month, about two weeks after the Ringling Bros. circus closed. “It’s something that they have seen in the movies or on TV but did not realize it was available in their hometown.”

Keller and her co-owner, Jenly Deiter, both had dance backgrounds as kids, but fell in love with aerial arts as adults. They had been instructors at Fullbody Fitness in Brentwood, and purchased the business when the owner was ready to sell|They bought the company when the owner was ready to sell, and had been instructors at Fullbody Fitness at Brentwood|When the owner was prepared to sell they’d been instructors at Fullbody Fitness in Brentwood, and bought the business|When the owner was prepared to sell, they had been teachers at Fullbody Fitness at Brentwood, and bought the business. They eventually|They dropped some of that studio offerings|the other offerings of the studio, such as Zumba, to focus on the circus classes, which had taken off in popularity|focus|concentrate.

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