Meet the Cirque crew Strongman Mark Flores tells all
Tell us more about your act? Basically it is a duo act [Flores and Carl Ganley], and we do certain poses and acrobatic tricks using each other to balance on. I’m always the guy up on top, upside down, and my partner is they guy who stops me from ending up on the floor. We finish the act by climbing up a ladder with me balancing on one hand on his head. What is your training schedule like at the gym? I go to the gym but I don’t train with weights. My training is more directed towards what I do when I perform. I do cardio and a lot of my own body weight training. I’ve got my own specific programme of what I do so it’ll be things like handstands, resistance training and jump-based exercises. Why don’t you perform with safety wires? It’s restrictive. Some of the acts don’t lend themselves to having safety wires attached and the other thing is if someone is coming to see a show called Adrenaline they prefer it raw, frightening and dangerous. It’s a bit of both. Do you ever get nervous? There’s definitely a certain amount of apprehension and respect for what we do. The stunts are dangerous and can result in not-so-good things if you are not concentrating. What has been your worst injury? I don’t like talking about injuries. Thankfully I’ve been lucky I haven’t been critically injured but that also comes down to a lot to do with our preparation. What is the hardest stunt for you? Physically, probably the Strongman solo act, but mentally it’s the act when there are more than a couple of people on stage. As soon as you involve more than one other person then it’s about coordination, concentration, always remembering your cues – it is about split second timing. What can the audience expect from the show? The audience can expect to be wowed. It’s a very raw, entertaining spectacle. If you’re not on the edge of your seats then I will be surprised.