I remember when I was 8 years old I went to a circus for the first time. There are two things that I remember:
1) The clowns scared me so much that I still won’t watch any movies with clowns.
2) People walking across the tightrope was the coolest thing I ever saw. Most of us will never walk across a tightrope in our lives. That’s because most of us are sane people. But there is a way you can experience it and get a pretty good workout in. It’s called slacklining!
Slacklining was started by a college student in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. He was intrigued by a photo of old tightrope walkers in the circus. He and his buddies began using climbing rope and flat webbing (which is what is used today). They would string it up just a few feet off the ground and practice. After he brought it to college the sport exploded and now has a worldwide competitive league!
Why do I love slacklining? Well for one it’s a great conversation starter. I have never gone slacklining in the park without someone stopping to talk with me about it. It’s a fantastic way to connect with people that otherwise you would have nothing in common with.
I also love slacklining because of the exercise portion of it. Since you are constantly trying to balance, it’s a wonderful way to build up your core and back strength. As you get better at it, you can also use it to get a full body workout in by doing squats and pushups on it. People also infuse yoga into slacklining. If you love yoga this could be an excellent way to challenge yourself further. You can change the way you slackline to fit your needs. If you’re just starting out you can string it up a few feet off the ground and learn to walk. If you’re more of a veteran you can begin to string it up higher or do more complicated moves on it. You can change it to fit your comfort level.
Finally, I love slacklining because it gets you outside into the beauty of Southern Oregon. Anywhere there are two trees (which is everywhere) you can set up a slackline. Whether that’s in Lithia Park in Ashland, or on the waterfront of Applegate Lake, or in the middle of the forest at your favorite camp ground. In the winter you can even go to Rogue Rock Gym and slackline there!
I hope you are inspired to go out and try slacklining! If you need someone to show you the ropes and get you started feel free to visit my website and send me and email!
Austin Rasmussen, Broker
firstname.lastname@example.org | 541-420-3303 | John L. Scott Medford |