Train These 5 Yoga Poses to Support Your AcroYoga Practice

Train These 5 Yoga Poses to Support Your AcroYoga Practice

5 Yoga Postures to Compliment Your AcroYoga Practice Today I’m going to review 5 yoga poses you can train to strengthen your AcroYoga practice. These five yoga poses mimic the body shape needed to execute the AcroYoga postures. So by training the yoga pose, you are strengthening and stretching the body, as well as familiarizing yourself with … Read more Train These 5 Yoga Poses to Support Your AcroYoga Practice

AcroYoga Warm-Ups: 6 Leg Warm-Ups For Bases

Slackrobats AcroYoga Warm-Ups 6 Leg Warm-Ups For Bases

Let’s Get Your Legs Warm and Ready To Base Solo and Partner Leg Warm-ups Before you get right into your AcroYoga practice, take care of your muscles. Treat yourself to a simple warm-up session and get the juices flowing, while helping you to prevent injury too. Since injuries can occur from cold or tight muscles, … Read more AcroYoga Warm-Ups: 6 Leg Warm-Ups For Bases

5 Training Methods To Improve Your Slacker Skills

5 Training Methods To Improve Your Slacker Skills

Want To Get Better At Slacklining? 5 Training Tips To Get You There Slacklining is an art form that you must practice in order to advance. It’s a rare case that someone can get on a line for the first time and walk across it. So practice it is! Practice, Practice, Practice. Today I’m going … Read more 5 Training Methods To Improve Your Slacker Skills

Technical Review of Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)

 Warrior 2: From the Ground Up Warrior 2 is a strong and active yoga posture that helps to channel your inner-warrior. It’s great for building stamina and focus, as well as building ankle, calf, hamstring, quad, core and shoulder strength. However…if done incorrectly it will channel a world of pain into your muscles and joints. Here … Read more Technical Review of Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)

RESPECT YOUR JOINTS. Warm Up Before Activity.

RESPECT YOUR JOINTS. Warm Them Up Before Activity.

Let’s Warm-Up Before We Play Whether you’re getting ready to do acroyoga, slackline, go running, or do some handstands, it’s important to warm up the body. When you warm up the joints and muscles, it gets the fluids moving and the heart pumping. The body likes warming up before you put a lot of high … Read more RESPECT YOUR JOINTS. Warm Up Before Activity.

Learning AcroYoga: Terminology and Body Cues

Learning AcroYoga: Terminology and Body Cues :: Slackrobats

Specific Terms To Align The Body AcroYoga 101 Today I’m going to go over some standard cues you might hear when learning acroyoga technique. These verbal cues are designed to be simple and clear, as well as to instruct an individual into a proper stack. It’s easy to get confused when your upside down and … Read more Learning AcroYoga: Terminology and Body Cues

Free Slackrobats eGuide: Slacklining For Complete Beginners

Free Slackrobats eGuide: Slacklining For Complete Beginners

A Slackrobats eGuide To Get You Started Intro to Slacklining We are happy to announce the release of our first Slackrobats eGuide! Slacklining For Complete Beginners is packed full of useful information to help you get started with slacklining. We know how hard it can be to find high quality information online. It can feel overwhelming for someone … Read more Free Slackrobats eGuide: Slacklining For Complete Beginners

How To Create A Simple Multiplier System With 2 Carabiners

How To Create A Simple Multiplier System Is your line as tight as you can get it by yourself, but it’s still not tight enough for you to walk on it? Don’t worry this is a quick blog about how you can solve this very problem. Often we have friends around to help us tension our line, … Read more How To Create A Simple Multiplier System With 2 Carabiners

5 Training Drills For Slackline Enthusiasts (with video!)

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Slackline Drills to Keep You In Shape

So you have your slackline, now what? Whether you’re an old school slacker or fresh to the slacklining world, training is good for the soul. There’s so much more than just getting on a slackline and walking back and forth. There’s style, technique, and of course lots of fun playing around! Training with different reps and long holds can help you develop your style, strengthen your technique and explore new possibilities while playing around.

Here’s a list of 5 training drills I put together, to mix it up next time you walk your line. Take an hour or so, and play around with these drills. If you can only do a few of these, it’s okay, remember it’s a practice. If at first you don’t succeed; try, try again! If you can already do all of these, remember, it’s a practice. Training is excellent conditioning for any skill level. It’s important to continue practicing foundational drills to advance your comfort on the line. A strong foundation allows for great heights to be achieved.

I will do my best to describe each of these drills in detail. I have included videos of each of these drills to offer visual and audio support to help learn and understand the technique. If you have any questions or want more of a challenge, please send me a comment.

 

1. Chongo Starts

A Chongo start can be done anywhere on the line. Often it is good to start at the end of the line near an anchor point. Especially if this is new for you! Being by the anchor point there is less movement in the line. To start, choose a foot and put it on the line heel touching, toes turned out 45 degrees from the line. Next, find a focus point or drishti at the opposite anchor point from which you are starting. With your body facing the long end of the line, put the opposite hand of whatever foot you choose, on the line (Palm touching, fingers turned same or opposite of your toes on the line.)

Here you can find a balance on the line, putting about 70% weight in the foot, and 30% weight in the hand. You use your other arm and leg as a counter balance. When that feels good and balanced, take your dangling leg and begin to bring it onto the line, foot facing forward. As your foot makes contact with the line, your hand touching the line lifts. You are replacing your hand with your foot! Now with both feet on the line, slowly and with control, stand up! That’s a Chongo start!

2. Sit-Starts

Pick an end of a line, close to an anchor point. Straddle the slackline so your back is facing the near anchor point. Begin to sit, placing your butt to the left or right of your tailbone. This may take some time to find that spot, just remember the slackline is not on your tailbone! Next, place a foot on the line, often the opposite foot of the butt-check your sitting on. You want your foot to be big toe facing the long end of the line, with the entire foot touching the line. Now bring that foot that’s on the line and your Thut (where your butt meets your thigh), as close as possible.

Find balance here, with the straight leg not touching the ground. Then bring your other foot in front of the one that’s on the line, and let your knees all wide. Find balance here! Finally, roll your upper body forward and through your wide knees and over your hips as you stand up. It’s one motion, forward and up. This is one of many variations of a sit start.

3. Sit-Start Sit Reps

Now knowing how to sit start, begin there. Get good and comfortable with rolling forward and standing up. Hold here, standing, with both feet on the line. Now slowly begin to reverse the process of rolling forward and standing, by bending the knees and keeping your center of weight forward as you get lower with your butt. When your butt is inches above the line you slowly begin to shift your center weight back to softly land sitting on the line. This requires a lot of core engagement. When you squat really low on the line, it can shake quite a bit! Remember to breath! Once you have landed safely, try again, sit-start, sit. Try reps. Start small with 3-5, then build to 10.

4. Squat Walks

Start by getting on the line close to an anchor point, both feet on the line. Find a focus point or drishti at the anchor point opposite of where you are starting. Once you find balance here, engage your core as you begin to bend at the knees. Continue bending at the knees bringing your butt as close to the line as you can without actually touching the line. It will help if you keep your weight slightly forward while squatting.

Through this process it is important to keep your arms up and out to maintain your balance, and remember to breath. Once you have gone as low as you can go, you will simply reverse the process by straightening your legs until you are in full standing position. Now it’s time to take a step, and do it again. You repeat this procedure again and again until you have made it across the line, or your body needs a break.

5. Double Foot Long Hold

Long holds are great training! For this long hold you want to pick a spot on the line, near the anchor point if this is new for you. Get yourself up and on the line finding balance with both feet on the line, toes touching the heel of your other foot. Find a drishti point and engage your core. You can have a slight bend in the knees, which can help for adjusting and maintaining control while on the line. Also use your arms to help steady yourself! Now start the timer!

I would recommend doing 15 seconds or 30 seconds to start. The goal is to stay on the line with both feet remaining in their original position! After you get comfortable with 15 or 30 seconds, begin to increase the time you stay on the line. Really, it becomes limitless and depends how long you want to push yourself! If you want to make it more challenging start closer to the middle of the line. In the middle there is going to be more ability for the line to move, making it much harder to maintain control.

I hope these drills and descriptions are helpful, and offer something to your practice. Remember to breath and celebrate each success, however big or small that success may be! Thank you kindly and enjoy!

Peace,
Buddy Thomas

Cultivate Balance With CTL Training

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CTL Training Constant-Tension-Load (CTL) Let’s talk training technique. Today I’m going to discuss ONE specific style of training called CTL Training. This refers to constant tension load training, which is a great technique for building muscle mass. CTL training means keeping the muscle under tension (activated) and turned on while working out. For example, when you do a … Read more Cultivate Balance With CTL Training

Slackline Training: 6-Pose Long Hold Sequence

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Let’s Start With the 6 Slackline Poses… Then We’ll Get Into The Slackline Training Techniques! So, before we build a slackline long hold sequence, we have to first start with the poses. Below is a list of 6 static poses for you to practice on the line. I want you to hold each pose for 1 minute–hence … Read more Slackline Training: 6-Pose Long Hold Sequence

Side Plank Training Progressions

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It’s Time To Work The Core Progressions For Training Side Plank Alright, grab a slackline and get ready to work the core. It’s time to explore 7 fun and challenging Side Plank variations, starting with the easiest and progressing towards the hardest. We will start on the ground, and work our way to a mini … Read more Side Plank Training Progressions

Slackline Tips: 3 Ways To Enter Drop-Knee

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3 Ways To Enter Into Drop-Knee On The Slackline Slackline Training Tips Have you ever wondered how to get into that Drop-Knee position? You’re in luck, today I’m going to talk about 3 different ways to enter into Drop-Knee on the Slackline.  Drop-Knee itself, is a great resting place when you’re slacklining. Whether your on a … Read more Slackline Tips: 3 Ways To Enter Drop-Knee

How to Handle Slackline Tension

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Tips for Tensioning Your Slackline A Lesson from Jason Fautz of SlackTech   Slackline Tension Tension is one of the easiest things to play with on a slackline. And I’m not talking body tension here, I’m talking line tension. When most people start slacklining (I’ll place myself in this group) it is common to rig the … Read more How to Handle Slackline Tension

Walking Blind – Slacklining With Eyes Closed

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It’s All About That Breath I hope everyone is having a great day today! That the sun is shining bright wherever you are, if not around you, then in your hearts. Filling you up with love, appreciation, and gratitude with each inhale, and settling a little deeper into the amazing self you are with each … Read more Walking Blind – Slacklining With Eyes Closed