Among many things, Mikaël Bruyère-L’Abbé is a flyer. He loves the circus and performing, and even went to college for it. He attended the National Circus College in Montreal. His colleague Maude Arseneault attended the same school.
"When we warm up and stuff it's two hours. Before that, I train during the day, so I'd say five to six hours a day I am active," Bruyère-L’Abbé, a Cirque Eloize performer, said.
The amount of core strength an acrobat needs is critical to both performance and safety.
"I do Chinese pole, so it's really my arms that are used, so if I don't want to get injury to my shoulders I have to work them to stabilize everything there," Arseneault said.
If the city has no gym, the acrobats workout wherever they can.
"It's not much about lifting weights, more about lifting your own body weight and be able to control what your body does. So lots of push-ups, pull-ups," Bruyère-L’Abbé said.
The rigors of touring make it hard to eat well and maintain their weight.
"We're strict. I try to make my food most of the time so it's healthy," Arseneault said.
They follow strict diets, including plenty of fresh fruits and lean proteins. However, the performers said they still crave something sweet on occasion.