Warm-up Routine for Slacklining (3 simple steps)
Before starting out your slackline session, it is a good idea to loosen your body up and get the blood flowing. The 3 simple steps given here are great for both beginners and pros alike, and should become an essential part of every slacklining routine.
Warming up has numerous benefits. The main one is that warm ups significantly reduce the risk of injury. This is thanks to the increased blood flow, which decreases the chances of pulling a muscle or injuring a joint.
Step 1: Get the blood pumping
All you need to do to is move around for 5 minutes or so. Simple. Walk and say high to friends, go for a little jog, maybe some jumping jacks. You don’t need to do anything fancy, the idea here is just to get the blood flowing.
This step is particularly important if you’ve just woken up or been sitting at a desk all day.
Step 2: Stretch
Stretching loosens up the joints and muscles, lubricating them and reducing the chance of injury. Not only this, but it will improve your body’s overall performance.
Contrary to popular belief, scientific studies have shown that static stretches can actually decrease muscle performance. Static stretches are the kind of stretch that you hold in one place for 10-20 seconds, relax and repeat.
Rather, dynamic stretching is recognized as a far better way to loosen up. Click here to read our article on our 5 Best Dynamic Stretches for Slacklining. Again, these don’t need to be complicated, just enough to get those joints and muscles nicely loosened.
Static stretches are still useful, but rather focus them after your session as they are way to cool down.
Step 3: Ease into it
Don’t tackle the longest, hardest type of line/trick first. This could send your muscles in shock and cause strain. Rather walk a short line a few times, bounce a bit before you begin your slacklining session.
Too many times slackliners have before gone straight into a back flip roll and injured themselves in the process. Spend about 10 minutes doing this.
Cooling down and stretching after your slacklining session is a good practise too. This will increase muscle recovery and overall health of the body in the long run. This can entail a variety of exercises, such as some static stretches (focus on your core and legs), yoga or walking.
Be creative with your warm up routine. It doesn’t need to be like the boring exercises you were forced to do as a kid.
Warm ups are really important, and by making it fun and dynamic, you’re more likely to stick at it.
Best of luck and happy slacklining!