Meet the Cirque crew Strong­man Mark Flores tells all

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - YALLA! -

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.

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