DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — It's the greatest show on earth's greatest fitness routine.
Former Ringling Bros. performer Heather Wolf, who struck out on her own to create Jugglefit — a juggling-based workout at ArtsCetera in Cobble Hill — has begun organizing a free lunchtime juggling group in Cadman Plaza on Mondays at noon through the social networking community Meetup.com.
Wolf, who says that juggling is a good way to stay fit and bring Downtown Brooklyn workers out from behind their desks at lunchtime, welcomes jugglers of all levels — including complete first-timers. Wolf provides balls and pins and will give any instruction needed. The group meets on the lawn in Cadman Plaza.
"Juggling actually burns about 280 calories an hour," she said. "And, for those that drop the ball often, it's also good for doing squats and lunges."
Wolf came up with the idea after learning about The Bryant Park Jugglers, a group that offers free "lunch break juggle" lessons in the Midtown park from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday all summer long.
She thought the same idea would fly in Downtown Brooklyn and launched the weekly event in late May.
Word is spreading about the fledgling group.
"We have about five members currently but every week we expect more," she said. "People are taking notice and many stop to ask about what we're doing."