WHY YOU SHOULD SLACKLINE

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.

Challenge
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!

Cross-Training
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.”

Scientific research being carried out on a slackline, Santa Monica, USA

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.”

Moving Meditation…

The 2012 Youth Olympic Games are even encouraging slacklining!

“Another positive effect is that the training also helps to improve posture. Try out this new type of balance training!”

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.

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5 thoughts on “WHY YOU SHOULD SLACKLINE

  1. Great article Harry, I enjoy your writing, keep it up! I would add that slacklining also has a great application in martial arts. I take classes in a self defence system called Guided Chaos, an American ‘soft’ or ‘internal’ martial art. A couple of it’s main principles are balance and the ability to hold your body in a relaxed and fluid state – almost as if all your joints are on steel ball bearings…

    I’m a slacklining newby but I have found it to be a wonderful training aid to practice these principles. I’ve discovered the slackline ‘knows’ if you are holding tension in your body, it was quite a revelation to discover this and also interesting that as progress is made on the slackline, it carries over into other parts of your life.

    Thanks again for all the information.

    • Hi Simon,
      Wow – you’ve realised some amazing revelations in balance there, my friend. Good job. I encourage you to keep using the slackline as part of your martial path, it will reveal even more wonders!
      Thanks for getting in touch,
      H

  2. Hi Harry, would like you to enter my slackline fanpage on facebook: WALLAROO SLACKLINES. we are currently developing a projekt to introduce slacklining to underprivilaged children

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