During the Covid isolation time all my photography and teaching jobs got canceled.. Luckily my highline training program continued. 5 students are super stoked to slackline more and get better in slacklining. The goal is to get on a highline somewhere after the isolation time.
In this weird period I got extra time to slackline. Training time I didn’t had in a while. My creativity hormone is of course still working and my teacher brain too.. So I decided to use the time to create some slackline tutorials.
Learning how to stand up: slackline mounts
Mounting a slackline is an essential skill to get to bigger and higher lines. If you can’t mount your slackline decent, any slackline above hip height becomes an obstacle. If you can mount these lines properly; everything becomes possible. So let’s invest in our mount.
My favorite way to stand up on a slackline. Go sit with one shin on the line, other foot on top of the line. Make a momentum and go sit on one foot and one shin. It’s a bit painful in the beginning, but you’ll get used to it soon.
The classic way to stand up on a slackline. Go sit on one foot on the line, knee fully flexed. Other leg is next to the line. Lift your leg and go stand up on two legs. I don’t like the chongo mount anymore, after serving my slackline skills for 5 years, it got me injured. No again 5 years later I can do it again, but prefer not to. Make sure your upper and lower leg of your flexed leg are in one line. Otherwise you might sprain your meniscus..
Sit start / sitmount
The sit start (or sit mount) is a very stylish way to stand up. If your hip mobility is big enough, this might be your way! Go sit on your butt on the line. Two feet on the line, create a momentum and stand up!
Training ideas #1
This video is a combination of multiple tricks that are good to practice. Bouncewalking, exposure stand, sideplank and sitting on the line. These are proper ways to up your game. All are necessities for highlining. Which one is your favorite?