Slacklining

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    Jul 01, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    I've noticed a greater amount of flexibility and less tension in my life because I've started walking on a nylon tubular webbing (used for climbing rocks) when it's suspended between two anchor points (two trees work) about waist high.

    Walking on this line gives me a great workout - and being poor it makes it so much more affordable than a gym membership and it keeps me outside and exercising.

    Considering it is called slacklining or tricklining because it behaves like a trampoline when it's jumped on to get air and do spins and flips, it's a great way to keep the muscles around the waist working hard and in a much more dynamic way than just sit-ups.

    Anyone else do this for recreation?
  • ShawnTX

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    Jul 01, 2008 5:38 AM GMT
    Never heard of it, but it sounds interesting.
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    Jul 01, 2008 3:20 PM GMT
    This sounds like a variation of Madonna's latest workout craze.
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    Jul 02, 2008 10:59 AM GMT
    I'm not really familiar with workout crazes, but having been in the military and boot camp not something I recommend for attaining fitness; I do prefer slacklining to just sitting in front of a bunch of barbells and wondering what I'm supposed to be lifting without hurting a muscle or bruising a toe...


    ...the nice thing about it is that you can start a conversation with someone even if you don't walk on it. It has taught me to be patient with myself mostly - having walked on it, there's a very real feeling of elation at getting a new skill.

    People who've walked on a line get to feeling very enthusiastic when they've gotten to the point where they're balancing on a line, and then encouraged to start taking steps. It's very definitely an outdoor activity, like frizbee, so having nice weather is great!
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    Jul 02, 2008 12:24 PM GMT
    For those of us who haven't seen slacklining in action:

    http://www.slackline.com/
  • justinlee86

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    Jul 02, 2008 12:51 PM GMT
    yeah I am in germany right now...and its sort of getting big here...I would love to do it...just wouldnt know where to start...

    btw thank you for the link!!!
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    Jul 02, 2008 12:52 PM GMT
    PDSurfer saidFor those of us who haven't seen slacklining in action:

    http://www.slackline.com/



    That looks like the funnest and most challenging thing around. Now, all I have to do is find a few mountains......or trees, here in the city and I'm set to go.......and fall...........but i would love to try.....and try again.
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    Jul 03, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    GREAT site, and yes, those are the kinds of tricks you can do on a slackline - so far I've just managed to walk across it forwards and backwards, I haven't gotten enough skill developed enough to start jumping yet...

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    Jul 03, 2008 5:43 PM GMT
    Holy crap! That's amazing. I wanna do that!
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    Jul 03, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    VERY COOL!!! i did something similar a few months ago. But it was for beginners, you had another paralel cable above you just in case you needed balance. it was a GREAT workout, i was EXHAUSTED by the time i finished and I worked out muscles i've for sure never worked out before.

    I wanna do that!