5 Slackline Training Tips for Beginners
Whether you’re a beginner looking to start out in the exciting sport of slacklining, or an intermediate slackliner who wants to improve their performance, you’ve come to exactly the right place to learn about slacklining.
Here we will provide you with some tried and tested slackline training tips that will be guaranteed to boost your performance!
Tip #1: Always warm-up before you start
Warming up is an essential part of slacklining. Without warm-ups, you could see yourself not only developing injury, but not progressing forward in the sport.
Warming up should include a few stretches, and a little bit of cardio. You don’t need to go overboard – you must just do enough to get your muscles warm and the blood pumping.
By doing some basic warm-ups here, you’ll lower the risk of injury and improve your overall agility and balance.
Tip #2: Start small first
Avoiding setting up the biggest, baddest line you can when you’re first starting out. We know it’s tempting to try some of the advanced tricks seen done by pros online.
With a bit of practise and dedication, you can get there, but start with baby steps. For example, when you’re first starting out, begin with a small line, say 5-10 meters, and master that. Make sure you can walk that line 5 (or more) times in a row. Then progress to 15 m, master that, and so on.
Believe it or not, your progress will actually SPEED UP if you do it this way – rather than jumping into the deep end. The same can be said for many other skills: start small, master it, move up and repeat.
Tip #3: Set your line low
This is an article on training tips: so unless you’re training yourself to fall safely from a highline, it’s best to stick near the ground. For beginners, it shouldn’t be any higher than 50 cm (20″) to start off with.
By doing this you are doing two things: a) minimizing risk of injury which b) reduces your fear of pushing boundaries and progressing. Until you’ve mastered the basics, the fear of falling will be your biggest obstacle to improving your slacklining skills.
Tip #4: Find a buddy
Not only does this make a fun and social activity, having a friend can boost your learning curve considerably. Friends are great to assist you with balancing, especially in the beginning. Not only that, they can also point out flaws in your technique that you would have otherwise not noticed!
Learning with a friend also increases your chance of success in the long run. They will encourage you during the difficult times and will motivate you to success.
Tip #5: Find a focus point
This sounds so simple, but is probably the best training tip on this list. Looking down at your legs will only cause you to unbalance.
Find a point in front of you, this can be a mark on the tree or a spot on the ground, and focus solely on it. By concentrating on this stable point, your brain will have a far better balance reference and what adjustments to make to remain on the line.
Walk along the line by touch rather than by sight. Feel your hind foot sweep passed and place it gently in front. In no time your body will develop muscle memory that will enable you to walk and balance confidently on the slackline!
These 5 tips are guaranteed to help you progress in leaps and bounds. Soon you’ll be able to move onto more advanced tricks and techniques, and many hours of fun ahead.
Best of luck!
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