How To Set Up a Balance Guideline (and why they’re important for beginners)

Using a guideline vastly improves your balance

Any slackliner will tell you about their struggles of trying to walk and balance on a slackline when they first started out.

This is quite easily the most common reason for people to ditch the slack and try something else. The thing is, it doesn’t need to be this way.

Slacklining is very easy to learn. ┬áBut, it might take a session or two to break through that balance bubble. Those who have never balanced in this way before will quickly learn that it’s a very different experience.

However, when you soon get the hang of it, the reward far exceeds the effort you put in.

This is why a guideline is such an important tool when you’re starting out. It lets you learn your balance, how to place you feet and how the line responds to your weight.

You could substitute the guideline for a friend’s shoulder or hand… But a guidelines tend to be more patient and they don’t laugh at you either (just kidding!).

So, what is it?

A guideline is essentially a piece of cordage (string or rope) that you use to hold and ‘guide’ you. It runs alongside you but is not designed to hold your weight. Rather, it’s merely there to correct and reduce your imbalances.

How to set it up

The best height for a guideline is just below your shoulder. This is the level that you will naturally have your arms at when you’re balancing on a slackline. Also, tie it around the anchor┬áso that it sits on your dominant arm’s side.

Important: avoid developing a dependency on the guideline however. Rather, have it there to use only when you need to correct your balance.

This great tool for slacklining is fantastic way to fast forward the learning curve. Within a couple sessions, or even less, you’ll begin to notice big improvements to your slacklining balance.


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