Friday, September 14, 2007

Joggling for dummies


This post is for all the millions of you out there who want to learn how to joggle but don't know where to start. Here are some tips:

  1. I'm going to assume that you already know how to run ... or jog.
  2. Now get yourself some nice juggling beanbags. I use Sportballs, Perry uses Gballz and Zach I think uses Higgins Brothers.
  3. Learn how to juggling the three-ball cascade. Click HERE for a great tutorial.
  4. It's time to put the two components together. This sport is not like the triathlon, where to get to do your sports separately; the joggler needs to seamlessly mesh together the sports of running and juggling.
  5. Find a nice clear path outside. Start out by juggling your cascade, then walk forward for a while to get the feel of forward motion while you juggle. Concentrate on keeping the juggling pattern nice and even, as it you were standing still.
  6. OK, you're ready to joggle. Start up your cascade, then break into a slow jog. Each time you toss a ball with your left hand, match it to the right-leg stride, and vice-versa.
  7. When you run, the right arm will automatically swing forward as you stride with your left leg. You need to match your joggling tosses with this natural arm swing.
  8. The height of your tosses is determined by the speed of your running. The faster you run, the lower the toss. This is because as you run faster, your arms pump at a faster rate.
  9. Take care not to toss the balls too far forward. I made this mistake when I was first learning how to joggle. If your biceps start to burn after a short joggle, you're probably tossing too far forward. The beanbags should only be about half a foot in front of your nose.
  10. When you're juggling while standing still, your elbows are stable at your sides, but for joggling your elbows swing forward and back with the running motion. To accommodate this arm swing and increase running efficiency, you need to carry the ball back with you on the backswing, then release it as your arm shovels forward. Toss each beanbag just before your opposite foot strikes the ground.
  11. Try to avoid any excessive trunk sway and maintain normal running form. When I watched Zach pull ahead of me in the Boston Marathon last year, I could barely tell he was joggling. If it weren't for the telltale yellow beanbags popping up over his shoulders, I could swear he was a regular runner.
  12. When you're joggling, you should focus on the road or path ahead of you, not the beanbags. As long as you have them in your line of sight, you'll know where to catch them, but your eyes should focus on where you're going. Otherwise you'll run into a pole or a ditch or other runners or a water buffalo (depending on where you're joggling).
  13. That's it. Congratulations, you're a joggler.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

My name is Michael Kapral also, hows it going?

The Joggler said...

I've never met another Michal Kapral or Michael Kapral. Amazing!
Where do you live?

The Joggler said...

Dear readers: Sorry for the typos - they are been corrected.

flurpy said...

Most helful site. Would however appreciate a demo video or 2 and a few more tips for beginners.

I just took up joggling, and find it develishly difficult to find and keep a rhythmic pace, especially when I'm not supposed to focus on the balls but on the road.
I'm 35, juggling for 1 month, and jogging for about 10.

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