Slackline for CrossFit
Slackline for CrossFit is not a foreign concept. It doesn't take too much digging on social media or the web to find athletes training on a slackline in a CrossFit gym or other functional fitness facility. Usually, you will see them on a traditional line wrapped around some support posts for anchors. My guess why it's not used more frequently is the fact that it can certainly take up some space and require some creative rigging to set up. Additionally, the line usually needs to be placed at a height that might not be comfortable for beginners. This can make for a fun, but short lived slackline experience where athletes aren't able to take advantage of the full benefits the slackline has to offer.
That's not to say it's not worth it, but there is a better way. It's called the Slackstand by Slack Training. We designed the Slackstand specifically for the gym environment. First, we made sure we had the most stable stand on the market to ensure safety and usability. Then, we added foam bottoms to protect the floor, wheels to make the stand portable, and a platforms to mount / dismount. What's nice about our stand is that it is easy to assemble and disassemble and allows the user to chose between a 6 foot or 12 foot option. The stand also stores upright (if your ceilings are tall enough).
But if you haven't tried the slackline before, you may be missing out. Studies have shown the slackline's ability to help prevent lower extremity injury, help recover quicker from existing injuries, and improve balance and core strength. In addition, there are many studies that show practice on the line helps improves cognitive function and benefits the brain in many ways.
Not to mention slackline applies specifically to the CrossFit 10 physiological adaptations pertaining to balance, accuracy, and coordination. These all involve neurological changes and consistent practice to see improvement. When's the last time you trained specifically for balance? Regardless, balancing on the slackline is not easy, but with repeated practice and some genuine effort and time put in you will promise to see some results.