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biwerw


Jun 6, 2007, 8:58 AM
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Just started slacklining and am curious how other people have fared. In the hour I spent I definatly saw improvement but still cant find my center of balance. How long has it taken other slackers to:
A. Be able to balance?
B. Begin walking?

I know it comes with time and practice just wondering what a general average would be.

Thanks


mcernie


Jun 6, 2007, 9:32 AM
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for me, it took an afternoon to find good balance, maybe take a step or 2 but nothing more. next "session" on the slackline was able to take more steps. and it just got better from there, progressing a little bit each time i got on.

good luck...


mushroomsamba


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I was standing in the first afternoon as well.

my second session I took 5-10 steps, but it took 4-5 sessions before something clicked and everything seemed easier


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it took me about two weeks, but i was doing it by myself and could only get so far with just me and my 3:1 pulley system. a month later i got a few friends to come over and play around. after they helped tighten it the thing was like a highway


ihateslopers


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it took me about 3 sessions to be able to comfortably walk forwards and back wards.

but it took me a good couple of hours to get my leg shaking under control when i first started


climberboy193838


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biggest thing that really helped me was learning how to start with 1 foot on and 1 foot off, not just relying on the wall or tree to get going. you have to remember to keep your leg that is on the ground as close as possible to the line so that your other leg does not shake as much and you jump straight up and not to the side. it may seem like it doesnt help a lot, but it does. along with learning to look only at 1 spot that is at roughly eye level. something about looking at the line throws off your center of balance or sum10. keep practicing.


biffjr


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I have been doing quite well on the slack for about 2 yrs now so I really dont remember how many sessions it took me to figure it out. But I do remember that it only took me 1-2 sessions after i figured it out to walk the whole line (20ft)

By watching online vids of people surfing on the slack, gave me a way of figuring out how to balence. I started with one leg (dominent) then I worked one my other.

I would stand on one leg and shake the line trying to keep my balence and then control the shake to a stop. I did that several time on each leg. taking several falls too!! by the time i got it down pretty good to shaking the line then controling it down to a stop i got a good sense of balence.

After that session i was able to walk the whole line within 2 sessions... have fun trying it.. it does become addicting after a little while.


kr0g3r


Jun 11, 2007, 7:18 PM
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ok, all of you must be f'n amazing natural slackers or something. it took me a week or two to stand on my line, months to be able to walk the thing. i've only in the last 3 weeks been able to walk the whole like forwards and backwards, i can now do dips, jump mounts, jumps on the line. theres still times when i cant balance at all, others when i can set it up and walk the whole thing in 1 go. just keep working on it, you'll get better. but only with practice.


climberboy193838


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kr0g3r: i deffinitely wasnt a natural slacker. it took me a week straight of working on it at the gym just to get good enough to start 1 foot on 1 foot off and walk forward. 3 weeks to get backwards under control.


SkaFreak


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I just started, and am just now getting the feel for it. I first set up my line in my backyard, but it wasn't in an ideal spot for taking falls (right next to the house was the only place, I'll be taking some branches off of a tree later this week so I can have a good spot) so I just put my hand on the roof to get the feel. I was going on a backpacking trip this weekend, so I took it along and withing 15 minutes of having it up I was able to get on and take a step or two. In about an hour and a half of work, I was able to get 4 steps in, stand on it for 15 or 20 seconds, and be able to start with one foot loosely on the line and then hopping up with the other. I'm hoping next time I set it up that I'll be able to figure out how to turn, and depending on how tall and tight it is, possibly how to jump on.


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Jun 23, 2007, 4:55 PM
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biwerw wrote:
I know it comes with time and practice just wondering what a general average would be.

Thanks

took me 4 hours for A and B


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