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Continued: 2014 guide to updating your fitness gear

  • Article by: BRITTANY ANAS , McClatchy News Service
  • Last update: January 7, 2014 - 4:42 PM

How about slacklining? Defined, it’s the act of balancing along a narrow, flexible piece of webbing that is low to the ground and usually held by two trees.

The sport originated with climbers. Now it’s also done by members of the U.S. ski team, snowboarders, skateboarders and other athletes, says Derick Cole, vice president of sales for Gibbon Slacklines (www.gibbonslacklines.com).

Slacklining combines the mental focus of balancing with physical activity to increase core strength and balance. Gibbons has a fitness-specific slackline coming out in early 2014, Cole says.

“The beautiful thing about slacklining is it’s not age-specific,” Cole says. “We regularly help people get started who range in age from 3 or 4 to those who are retirement-aged individuals.”

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