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gregtrammell


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What is the best way to practice balancing on a slackline.
Do you just get on and then bust your ass, or do you try
and maintain balance with an aid?


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I had a rope hanging from a tree above my first line. Helps a ton with mounting, and you can always hold on to it, not weighting it until you fall, so you never hit the ground and have a lot more time on the line. :) Worked pretty well.


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A good thing to practice is to stand on one leg, with the other out off to the side. And see how far to the side you can balance. IE if you're standing on your right leg, with your left off to the side, you're going to lean to the right. Do this with both legs, it'll help when you need those wild saves.
keep on slackin
Justin


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It's all in the wrists!~


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I've seen lots of stuff to help get started:

Hand line over the line
Using a long stick like tight rope walkers
Having spotters to hang on to shoulders or hands

As for some other tips to get your started (its just some simple stuff I put together):
http://www.slacklineexpress.com/tips.htm


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Thanks for the beta. Anyone got more?


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Understand that each session you will spend some time warming up, spend some time having fun, finally a little time where you make real progress, and then reach a point where you're not going to get any better that session. Recognize when you've reached that point, and call it a day. Find the balance between persistence and recognizing a day's progress.

My favorite part of slacklining is that simple moment when you achieve perfect balance, and you simply stand perfectly still on the line and find yourself completely in tune with the tension in the line, bouncing gently in space.


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Try using you hips for balance more than your arms, this is better for center of gravity, and practice, practice, practice.


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The guys at ethos told me to try some ski poles/trekking poles....I have olny tried a few tiems on mine so far...adn teh poles helped with my off-balance fat arse....but I need to walk it more and get more figured out...I am guessing I can the same types of probs as you....2 steps adn then a hard ground fall :D

The "new to slackin" Russman


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Russman,
I would not recommend using trekking poles for slacklining. Pointy objects and slacklining don't mix. Starting with a short line is the way to go. If you are still having trouble use a friends shoulder or hand.
Larry
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Larry, i do totally understand where you are coming from....but I will say it woeks good, for me, as a guide, since most of the time I am doing this alone. I do know what you are saying though...that was just one of thier suggestions...I do set my line up real short in my back yeard at times....but I am still a gumby...and still fall after a few steps...I don't think I have made the 15' YET :roll:

still working on it


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nobody has mentioned beer yet? Two beers create an optimum slacklining condition, duh.


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