The history of slacklining has been explained by many before me.
Here are some of the numerous benefits as to why you should slackline:
- Calm your busy mind
- Increase your Focus power
- Improve your Core Stability
- Reconnect with yourself
- Eliminate Stress and Tension
- Have fun learning a functional, new skill
“Slacklines are the best tool we’ve seen for building stability for steep or sketchy trails. They’re also the most fun you and the kids can have in the backyard without marshmallow guns.” BACKPACKER MAGAZINE
“The best type of ski training is the kind you don’t know you’re doing. Like
slacklining, which involves balancing on a tight, bouncy length of
webbing…thoroughly works your balance system.” SKIING MAGAZINE
Slacklining is a unique way of delivering a highly effective workout, indoors or outside.
The dynamic nature of the slackline means your mind and body will never be bored – in fact you’ll be consistently mentally stimulated and physically challenged.
Slacklining is a whole body, functional workout, and will test your head, too.
Developed from the rock climbers of Camp 4, Yosemite National Park, California; lightly tensioned webbing, rigged between two fixed anchor points, provides an excellent form of active recovery; a constantly changing matrix delivers a full-body challenge, requiring super levels of awareness and control.
In the beginning, every aspect of learning to slackline is a challenge.
But as you move from key balancing principles, on to varied techniques, you won’t find your motivation dulled by repetition. You’ll be achieving more, each and every attempt, as your brain begins to build neural pathways for this new skill. It’s like learning to ride a bike, except with a faster and greater reward.
The more you put in to the line, the more it wants to kick your ass. Slacklining pushes you to push yourself. If it’s too easy, you’re not trying hard enough!
Balancing is an integral part of numerous sports. But rather than me try to tell you why, let’s see what people all over the world are saying about why you should choose slacklining…
“Professional surfers, snowboarders, and cyclists have taken up slackline training as a means of improving core strength and mental resolve. Whether you’re an aspiring surfer, climber, or Cirque de Soleil performer, learning to walk on a slackline will undoubtedly improve your performance.”
Applying Slacklining to Crossfit:
“Learning to walk on a slackline involves learning to quiet the involuntary muscle movements that cause the line to vibrate, which is similar to learning to stop shaking when supporting yourself on the gymnastic rings. However, slacklining takes all this to a much higher level.”
Are you interested in applied science? The scientific arena are just beginning to get their teeth into slacklining…
“Their calculations point to a theoretical “sweet spot,” or optimal conditions for a person to balance on a line with minimal effort. Such a model may help scientists better understand how the brain and body work together to pull off difficult tasks.”
Slacklining has also been described as a form of moving meditation.
“Walking the slackline makes you look within,” notes accomplished highliner Shawn Snyder. “Everytime I walk a highline it’s almost like a beautiful enlightenment … an experience that opens your eyes, softens your heart, and quiets you a little bit.”
The 2012 Youth Olympic Games are even encouraging slacklining!
Are you a fitness industry professional looking to slackline? These trainers at TruFit recommend slacklining as a compliment to any workout. “In addition, there are numerous stretching, isometric and resistance exercises that can be done..”
To try slacklining for yourself, you can contact Harry here.