What started in the 70’s and 80’s as a challenging way for mountain climbers to keep themselves entertained between climbs, has evolved into a fun, versatile sport and a powerful training tool with loads of physical and mental benefits.
What is Slacklining?
Slacklining is essentially a form of exercise whereby 2” webbing is strung up between two trees or poles, usually at around knee height, using a ratchet system. Unlike a wire tightrope, the webbing has a bounce effect, which not only makes walking on the line a real challenge in the beginning, it also allows the possibility for fantastic jumps, flips and tricks for those with more experience.
What are the benefits?
Slacklining has a host of amazing benefits and is proving popular with surfers, climbers, athletes, gymnasts, yogis, skateboarders, skiers, martial arts practitioners and other interesting people.
It can be used as a meditation and relaxation tool, a sports training tool, a physical rehabilitation tool and a tool for anyone with ADHD.
• Improves BALANCE
• Greatly improves CORE STRENGTH
• Teaches FOCUS and concentration
• Can be used as a moving MEDITATION
• Teaches BODY AWARENESS
• Increases LOWER BODY STRENGTH
• Improves REACTION SPEED
• Helps to improves COORDINATION
• A great REHABILITATION tool
• Improves PROPRIOCEPTION
Where do I get one?
There are many online articles explaining how to make a slackline, and you should be able to find the materials fairy easily. But if you’re serious about slacklining or want to experience the real thing, nothing beats a Gibbon slackline when it comes to quality, craftsmanship, appearance and variety.
Gibbon slacklines are set to arrive in Cape Town within the next few weeks and sample lines can be seen and tried out through LNF Events and Gear.