On The Edge... Again
Fast Forward 32 years. Starting January 2, 2012, I am back on the ice doing something else that was unheard of .... Adult Figure Skating. We had "coffee club", which was like adult swim, but there was no opportunity for testing or competition.
It has now been 8 years since I got back on the ice. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1600 subscribers. That’s just crazy!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
1st Lesson In Nearly A Year ..
Concentrating on my lesson and not the video below. We worked on my nemesis - the Back Spin.
I have had many suggestion from many people about how to attack this spin. All of the comments are appreciated and some of them even helpful, but in the end, I have to answer to my coach who says things like ... "Who told you to do THAT?" ....
The problem with my Back Spin is that it is not even a Back Spin. It's a forward inside spin. As she explains it to me I am not finding my edge primarily because I am not in control of my free leg and my hip. I tend to hold my hip open and I need to close it and cross my foot over and commit to being on the back outside edge. This is so much easier said than done.
Exercise Step #1:
Back crossovers then hold left leg out at angle (pre spin entry position) while staying on the circle and maintaining back outside edge
Exercise Step #2:
Bring free leg into crossed over boot position (i.e.: jump position) and bring arms into jump position - YET ... hold the edge without caving into too tight of a circle.... very hard unless you have a strong core.
Build Core. Pilates, Ballet, Bosu Ball, etc.
Not related to the Back Spin, she also told me my landings are not checked - which totally explains why I fear and rarely feel comfortable in a combination jump. Without a strong core and check position, it's impossible to reach back for the next jump.
This video shows nothing of the above lesson ...