How Long Does It Take to Learn to Juggle?

I get asked this question all the time: “How long does it take to learn to juggle?”

It varies from person to person, but I know you want a definitive answer, right? After having taught thousands of people to juggle, my answer is:

With the right teacher, you can learn to juggle in 30 minutes or less.

Now this doesn’t mean you’ll be a pro after that time, but it’s possible to have the basic pattern down (called the 3-Ball Cascade) after 30 minutes of coaching and practice. And this applies to teenagers on up.

Then, just practice 20-30 minutes every day for a week or two, and you’ll be pretty good!

Here are some things you can do to learn more quickly:

  • Learn first with juggling scarves to understand the pattern in “slow-motion.”
  • Set a goal before practicing. It can be something like “Throw 5 times without dropping.”
  • Track your progress. Use the JuggleFit iPhone app or PDF log.

Want to learn to juggle in 30 minutes, guaranteed? Schedule a lesson with me over Skype, or if you live in NYC, come to one of my classes!

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Want to juggle better? Teach a friend!

Whether you’re a beginner or have been juggling for years, a great way to improve is to teach someone else. Here’s why:

  • You have to dissect juggling into simple steps that can be explained clearly. This not only helps you internalize these steps, it also reinforces the simplicity of juggling and the fact that it’s not as difficult as it seems.
  • Those you teach will often ask questions that make you further analyze the juggling pattern and process, deepening your understanding.
  • It’s inspiring to watch someone start from scratch and then be able to juggle. They’ll be excited, and so will you. This will motivate you to practice and improve.
  • The more people you teach the more people you’ll have to practice with!

Roman philosopher Seneca put it simply:

“While we teach, we learn.” 

So grab those scarves, balls, or oranges and teach your friends and family to juggle. It will make them smile and you’ll be well on your way to juggling like a pro.

Need a refresher? Watch our how-to video.

Happy Juggling!
~Heather

Juggling at Family Gatherings!

I just love some of the emails I’ve been getting from students about how they’re including juggling in their family gatherings:

“I showed 4 generations of family how to juggle scarves while I was celebrating an 80th birthday!”

“We brought our scarves and balls to our Father’s Day events yesterday.  We performed and taught family members and had so much fun in the process!”

There’s something about juggling that makes you want to share it. It’s exhilarating and generates positive energy and good moods. Also, once people learn and realize that it’s not extremely difficult, it makes them want to share it with people that might think otherwise. They look forward to how surprised and excited someone will get once they can juggle. (That’s why I teach it too!)

Other reasons juggling is awesome to include in family events:

  • It creates an excitement that’s contagious, and fills any room with laughter.
  • It’s an opportunity for kids to share with their grandparents, or vice versa. This is definitely a bonding experience – and you never forget who taught you how to juggle!
  • It’s not too intense so family members of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy it, even sitting down.

So next time you head out to a family gathering, bring along those juggling scarves and balls. An opportunity might strike to liven up the party with some juggling!

I’d love to hear about juggling at your family gatherings, so feel free to share them in the comments.

Note: If you’d like a photo of your family juggling to be considered for inclusion in a future blog post or on the JuggleFit site, email them to familyphotos@jugglefit.com.