Q + A with Heather Larsen — Professional Slackliner

A Slacker With A Contagious Smile Take A Step Into Heather Larsen’s Slacklife Story From the first time we connected years ago, Heather has always been professional and kind. Willing to participate in community projects and always a continuous source of inspiration. She’s strong and skilled on low slacklines as well as the highlines. Just … Read more Q + A with Heather Larsen — Professional Slackliner

Q + A with Mickey Wilson — Trickline Extraordinaire

Jumping On Line With Tricky Mickey Wilson 3 Time World Slackline Champion In the slackline world there are many forms of slacklining. Such as rodeolining, longlining, waterlining, midlining, highlining, and tricklining. Each possesses their own set of challenges and variations. However, tricklining is unique in that it uses a 2″ line under extremely high tension. … Read more Q + A with Mickey Wilson — Trickline Extraordinaire

60+ Slackline Festivals Around The World

Festival Guide: 60+ Slackline and Highline Festivals As the years pass, the number of highline and slackline festivals grow. It seems like each and every year there is another highline festival popping up somewhere in the world. So I decided to compile a list of every single (current!) slackline festival that I could find. This … Read more 60+ Slackline Festivals Around The World

Tri-Axial Loading a Carabiner: Is it safe for slacklining?

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First Things First…What Is Tri-Axial Loading? I recently posted an instructional video on how to set up a Yogaslackers E-line kit. In this tutorial I tri-axial loaded a carabiner at one anchor point. Let’s talk a bit more about that, including what it means and the safety implications involved with this rigging technique. What does … Read more Tri-Axial Loading a Carabiner: Is it safe for slacklining?

The History of Slacklining

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The History of Slacklining A Brief Look At How We Got Here The history of slacklining can be a confusing topic because people often confuse it with the tightrope modality. For many centuries there has been rope walking, tightrope walking, and wire walking. When you hear someone mention tightrope, many of you may think of … Read more The History of Slacklining

18 Slackline Quotes to Support/Calm Your Walk

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Support Your Practice With Empowering Thoughts We all have our moments of struggle, when the disorganized chatter in our head is so loud we can’t concentrate. Our focus is easily distracted and our minds drift in and out of the present moment. Remembering to breath and having a mantra to say, either in your head … Read more 18 Slackline Quotes to Support/Calm Your Walk

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

Slacklining Facilitates Meditation…Here’s How.

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What is meditation? Meditating is the act of focusing on one thing, such as your breath or a Mantra, to calm and still the mind. A calm still mind allows one to experience a state of inner peace or bliss. Many associate meditating with yoga and breath work, and for good reason. Both of these … Read more Slacklining Facilitates Meditation…Here’s How.

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

Kick Off 2017 With A Slackline #SlackrobatsChallenge!

Kick Off 2017 With A Slackline #SlackrobatsChallenge!

Slackrobats Challenge Time! February 15th – February 24th Slackline Challenge Are you ready to have some more fun with the SLACKROBATS?! This Wednesday marks the start of the next #SlackrobatsChallenge, which will be a slackline theme this time around. Join us for this fun, challenging, and creative challenge. Remember that safety is our absolute first … Read more Kick Off 2017 With A Slackline #SlackrobatsChallenge!

Acrolining: The Love Child of Slacklining + AcroYoga

The Acrolining Adventures Continue… Awhile back, around December 2015, I wrote a blog about combining two passions into one practice. The fusion of Acro and Slacklining…to create Acrolining. This is where a Base lays down on the slackline and a Flyer gets onto the Base and into different acro poses. Most of the poses I had tried … Read more Acrolining: The Love Child of Slacklining + AcroYoga

Slacklining In Mexico: Training and Making Friends

Slacklining In Mexico: Training and Making Friends

Turning Strangers Into Friends Slacklining strikes again, leaving smiles and new connections to balance in its wake. Now let me tell you a tale of adventure and exploration. A true story of how the slackline helped open doors to new friendships. How it has never let me down as a training partner, and how it continues to … Read more Slacklining In Mexico: Training and Making Friends

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

Win FREE Slacklines in October’s #SlackrobatsChallenge!

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The October Slackrobats Challenge Is Here! Hashtag: #SlackrobatsChallenge Are you ready to win some FREE slackline gear?! Tomorrow marks the start of our next #SlackrobatsChallenge. The last one was so much fun, we decided to do it again! This month’s challenge is slackline-centered and exposure-themed. Time to turn your practice sideways. We can’t wait to see … Read more Win FREE Slacklines in October’s #SlackrobatsChallenge!

Let’s Talk About Common Slackline Injuries

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Highliner/Trickliner Jeremy Beard Shares His Experience   If you partake in any physical activity for a long enough time, you’re bound to sustain a few injuries along the way. Injuries are part of the risk you take with any activity worth doing and slacklining is no different. It’s the nature of the beast as they … Read more Let’s Talk About Common Slackline Injuries

Join Our FREE Slackline Challenge + WIN SLACKLINE GEAR!

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Hey Slackrobats! Are you ready to get outside and have some fun?  We’ve teamed up with hosts @slacklarsen, @lizasouras, and @jasonandchelsey to bring you an awesome Spring yoga challenge with an added twist: all the yoga poses are done on a slackline! (To the best of your ability, attempts count!) We also have some great sponsors … Read more Join Our FREE Slackline Challenge + WIN SLACKLINE GEAR!

Highlining with the YogaSlackers…Just Another Day in Oregon

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Slackline Memories Over a Frozen Waterfall AcroYoga, Highlining, and Circus!   It’s early, it’s cold, the kind of cold that spells itself out every time you take a breath. I’m up with the sun, excited and getting ready to roll over to a friend’s house. My backpack is stuffed with snacks, drinks, juggling clubs, and … Read more Highlining with the YogaSlackers…Just Another Day in Oregon

The Joy of Slacklining With Kids

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  Teaching 2nd Graders How to Walk the Line My first opportunity to play with kids on a slackline came the Summer of 2013. This was no ordinary summer for me, no twiddle your thumbs, “What do I do?” summer. In fact it was very much the opposite, full of activity, smiles and tons of … Read more The Joy of Slacklining With Kids

ACRO + Slacklining = AcroLining: Combining 2 Passions into 1!

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A Growing Desire in the Merging of 2 Practices   I started my AcroYoga practice about 2 1/2 years ago in May of 2013. I also started my slacklining practice at the same time, actually…the same day. I realized quite quickly that both of these practices were of solid interest to me, just like simultaneous thought … Read more ACRO + Slacklining = AcroLining: Combining 2 Passions into 1!

Bonding with a Tough Crowd: Whip Out the Slackline!

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  Connecting with Russian Surfers at SurfJam 2015 in Bali! I arrived here in Bali with my partner on November 20th, after 28+ hours of travel from Bend, Oregon. (We left on the 18th!) There’s 16 hours time difference between here and home, and it was a long trip to say the least. Once we arrived at the … Read more Bonding with a Tough Crowd: Whip Out the Slackline!

Acroyoga And Slacklining In The Olympics? | Fletch

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Are these adventure sports Olympic-bound? When you consider what folks can do in both acro and slacklining, I can see it happening. Acroyoga is basically in the olympics already, it’s called partner gymnastics. Yes, I know there are differences. And I could see them adding to partner gymnastics with things like L-Basing and yogic positions. So that’s not much of a stretch. … Read more Acroyoga And Slacklining In The Olympics? | Fletch

Clearing Space To Walk The Line

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  Letting Go Of Expectations   It’s easy to go about your life acting and reacting from your autopilot self. Your autopilot has been programmed from years of social media and underfunded educational programs. Hardwired habits have formed in all of us from our childhood and early teens, to say the least. When I say hardwired habits … Read more Clearing Space To Walk The Line