Joggling

Joggling is the combination of juggling and jogging/running. It’s a recreational as well as a competitive sport with annual world championships.

Joggling was originally created by jugglers who wanted to combine their passion for juggling with the exercise benefits of running. Thus most jogglers are jugglers who took up running. But experienced runners could just as well take up juggling and then start joggling.

If you don’t already know how to juggle, click here for video tutorials to learn the 3-ball cascade.

Joggling balls

To start joggling, you need objects to juggle. Most jogglers use 3-balls in a simple cascade pattern, but there are also 5-ball and even 7-ball jogglers.

For joggling, it is recommended to use smaller (50-62 mm) and lighter (80-100 grams) juggling balls that you can juggle continuously for a longer period of time

This could be 50-62 mm underfilled beanbags that are both light and easy to catch, and also won’t roll far when dropped (big advantage).

Lately, juggling companies such as speevers has also developed juggling balls specifically for joggling and running – you can find them here

If you find it difficult to maintain a juggling pattern for longer periods of time, I suggest trying out some weight training juggling balls (see the frontpage for more info) to increase your muscle strength and stamina.

Some additional tips for the beginning joggler:

  • Start out just walking and juggling and get the feel for the extra level of multitasking. Then when you feel comfortable with it, increase the pace.
  • Joggle in a place with no or little traffic and with a good and even surface.
  • If you become to focused on maintaining your juggle pattern, take a break instead of risking crashing into to something or someone.
  • If you can usually run e.g. 5 kilometers without juggling, your joggling distance will very likely be a lot shorter (especially in the beginning) due to the extra energy required. Don’t push yourself 🙂

Read more on wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joggling