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thomasribiere


Feb 21, 2007, 8:07 AM
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Slacklines and muscle involvment
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After a quick search, I didn't really find anything. So I post my question : what can of muscles are mainly used with slacklines? I guess that calves, quads and ischio, but also abdominals are mainly used, probably in a isometric way. Am I correct?


healyje


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I don't think it's so much what muscles are involved so much as the fact that, rather than a few broad, course movements / contractions, an endless stream of micro adjustments/contractions are going on in a sustained way that we don't normally experience, or at least recognize. Just standing on it barely moving can end up quite the workout.


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thomasribiere wrote:
I guess that calves, quads and ischio, but also abdominals are mainly used, probably in a isometric way. Am I correct?

I'd step out on a limb and say that it is more full body than that, but there is so little official research available to date that no definative answers are available to my knowledge.

In my opinion the muscle groups worked out vary too much from slacker to slacker to be definative, some people rely a lot on their arms / shoulders while others rely more on their hips. It'll also matter a lot depending on the style you are - fast and wider adjustments, or slow & fine movements.


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I don't know much science behind it, but I know I feel it from my shoulders down to my feet. Not so much the arms or neck, but definitely the shoulders down. Highlining is a different beast altogether, and works the whole body pretty hard, usually due to catches.


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