Once a month I get together with a group of friends to try a new fitness activity. Mostly it’s an excuse to hang out and do something other than eat, drink, or run. Although sometimes we do that before or after. More so the eat or drink part. Last month our new activity was slacklining.
Slacklining, according to Wikipedia, is a practice in balance that typically uses nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension); it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline. The dynamic nature of the line allows for impressive tricks and stunts.
According to our instructor, it takes the average beginner 3 hours of slacklining to be able to walk the rope end to end. After one hour I could walk about 2/3 of the line and stick out my leg in a half starfish position. Obviously I’m a savant. Except for the impressive tricks and stunts part.I’d do it again. I’m not ready to tie a slackline in my condo and walk on it carrying breakfast like some of my instructor’s buddies, but I think it would be fun addition to the kind of summer get together that involves frisbees and the tossing of various shaped balls.
Title: Barenaked Ladies – Get in Line. 1999.