How to Use Jumping Stilts How to Run on Stilts
KEVIN BARRET: Okay. Alright, guys. Here wego. Here's the scary part. You've learned how to stand up, you've learned how to walk,you've learned how to bounce, you may have even learned how to get yourself up afteryou fall, alrighté Now, it's time to let go of that wall, alrighté We don't need the wallanymore. I need everyone to be very careful on this next step. We're going to learn howto actually run, okayé Running consists of that bounce that we were using earlier justin longer strides. This is a little bit more dangerous so only do this if you know youare completely confident about it, alrighté If you're not confident, take a day, learnyour walking, okayé This is a very important
step here. Alright. We've let go of the wall.There's no security now. We're doing our bouncing, okayé We know how to do our bouncing now.One foot at a time, righté A little bit more weight in each foot. We're going to startwalking forward. Let me back up a little bit here and show you. Alright. Once you startwalking, you're going to be bouncing, okayé Now, take it slow right now, okayé Becauseyou're not going to want to start going into a full on run right away. So, start out thefirst day, maybe jogI don't know twenty yards, thirty yards back and forth, okayéOkay. On the first day, it is very dangerous to start running full ons. So, on the firstday, I want you to start out, only go about
twenty, thirty yards at a time, okayé Youjust get a good jog going, get familiar with your surroundings. Remember, stay on a flatground here. On the second day, you can move to a little bit further, okayé You can goprobably fifty or sixty yards. Before you know it, and once you're comfortable, you'reactually going to be running in full strides. Alright. Now, don't get ahead of yourself,alrighté Once you actually start running, it's important to know how to stop. So, ifyou're jogging, make sure that you can slowly slow down, alrighté Alright, that's the basicson running. Next, I'm going to teach you how to stop, alrighté I'm Kevin Barret with ExpertVillage. Stay tuned.
Kangaroo vs Jumping Stilts
My mission is to find the planets ultimate animal adaptations and this time I'm on a journey into the heart of the Australian outback. To survive here animals must learn to live with next to no water, to find and store food in unique ways and to move around on the red hot sand but what animal will have ultimate adaptation. Kangaroos are Australia's most iconic animal, the largest Roo's can cover over twenty five
feet or eight meters in a single hop or 1.8 mitres high. Moving around in the outback can be seriously hard work but these guys make it look incredibly easy some kangaroos can hit a top speed of over 40 miles or 64 kilometres per hour using their long tails to help them balance, the hopping motion is over long distances is more energy efficient than running
but how do humans compare in the hopping stakes. Meet Graham he is Australia's number one Powerskipper using these bouncy stilts he can almost exactly replicate the bouncing motion of the kangaroos but how fast could Graham go using his bouncy Kangaroo like legsé We took him to a nearby airfield to find out. Obviously Graham doesn't have a tail which makes him struggle
with balance and stuff so we're going to give him more of a chance by letting him run. Graham you readyé I am. Right lets go. Graham has one run to try to get close to his target of 60 kilometres an hour. He's quick! Come on mate a little bit more. Come on graham, nail it.
That's about it, he's quick tho, he's quick! Come on Graham. He's quick, he is quick but we've left him ok. Graham looked pretty fast on the runway but how did match up to a kangarooé Graham hit an impressive a 31 kilometres per hour but unfortunately that's just half the speed that a kangaroo can reach but I'll tell you what a kangaroo can't do, is this. Anyway from one of Australia fastest animals to one of it's slowest.
How to Use Jumping Stilts How Are Stilts Made
KEVIN BARRET: Okay. Now I'm going to showyou the various parts of the stilt. It's very important to know what the features are ofthe stilt before you actually get up on them. So, first off is how you to attach it to yourfoot. It's these straps right here, okayé You have three different straps there, notunlike a rollerblade strap. So, if you've ever been rollerblading, this will be a cinchfor you, okayé You got these two straps right here that's going to go on the front of yourfoot and the back of your foot, then you have a strap on the back here that's going to goaround the back of your knee. That's going to secure you so that you aren't going tofall off or fall out of these stilts, okayé
The next part is the calf support. This isthe pink support right here. It's just a little pad; it makes it comfortable for you to jump.Some people actually wrap a towel around this part, ducttape it around for a little bitextra support if you're a little bit smaller. It's kind of a generic fit for everybody.Okay, the next point is the calf support right here. It's this pink rubber support that'sjust behind your calf; that's why they call it the calf support. Some people actuallywrap a towel around this and ducttape it, justif they're a little bit smaller, it'llmake it a little bit cozier fit for you. So, that's the calf support and that's going tohelp you out for a little bit more stability.
All right, the next part of the stilt thatyou're going to want to know is the control lever. This is one of the most important featuresof the stilt. The control lever is this rubber part that goes around the front of your knee,all righté It's going to go just below your knee and this is going to give you all thesupport that you're going to need to actually walk around on the stilt, okayé So, this controllever right here goes around the bottom of the knee and then it straps in the back, okay,to make sure you're not going to fall out of the stilt. The next part is this fiberglassspring, right here this yellow bow is the fiberglass spring. Now, this spring is specificto your weight, okayé So, if you're thinking
about buying jumping stilts, you're goingto have to get this to your weight. For example, I am 175 pounds. When I bought this stilt,I made sure it was between 170 and 200 pounds, okayé And they make these specific for yourweight range, okayé So, that's fiberglass spring. The next thing is the peg at the bottomright here, it's this black part. This is the thing that's going to be in contact withthe ground while you're walking around on these stilts, all righté Okay, the next partof the stilt is the peg. This is a very important part because this part of the stilt is alwaysin contact with the ground, all righté It's the black part at the very bottom of the stilt.It's good to make sure that these are always
in good condition. You can buy them onlineseparately. Make sure they are never worn out, make sure that the bolts that connectto this peg are always tight; otherwise, you're going to have a problem once you get up andjumping around, running, et cetera. A lot of people also take, like a bicycle tire andthey fold it, and they put the bicycle tire over this, and wrap it with a bunch of rubberbands just so it doesn't wear out their pegs sometimes if they're going offroading inhard gravel, stuff like that. So, make sure that your peg is always secure. All right,that's the basic parts of the stilt. Now you're ready to move on to the next step.