Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Jump Exercises Away from the Wall

Monday's lesson was really awesome!!  In an ongoing effort to get me away from the low wall, Coach Dee came up with some jump exercises for me to do in the middle of the rink.  I can't actually do the jump part, but this is just an exercise to get me used to being away from the wall, first of all, and secondly to get me used to the different patterns and timings involved in each jump.  Where the actual jump should occur, I'm just doing a 2-foot turn.  Also wherever there is supposed to be a 3-turn, I'm doing a 2-foot turn.  So these exercises are basically a series of 2-foot turns, with proper entry and timing and curvature for each jump.

Waltz Jump:

C-push, C-push, short glide bringing arms to my sides. Weight on left foot, right arm comes around, bend at elbow, 2-foot turn (this is where you'd normally do the jump), left arm comes up, end facing backwards.

Toe Loop:

Forward glides in a straight line...left, right, left, hold right foot out at left instep.  Arms go right, then swing left while doing 2-foot turn to face backwards (this is where you'd normally do an inside 3-turn and then plant the toe pick in).  Immediately do another 2-foot turn to face forwards and another to face backwards again (this is where you'd normally do the jump).

Salchow:

Start facing backwards on the hockey circle ring.  Do a couple of backwards pushes, on a curve, to follow the circle.  2-foot turn to face forwards and then 2-foot turn to face backwards (this is where you'd normally do an outside 3-turn).  Immediately do another 2-foot turn to face forwards and then 2-foot turn to face backwards again (this is where you'd normally do the jump).  The trick to the Salchow pattern is to make sure you follow the hockey circle at all times.  During the turns, don't step outside the circle.  The Salchow is done all on a large curve.

Very difficult to write down what the patterns look like.  I will have to take a video of each one to use for reference.  But actually, even the patterns are fun to do, just with 2-foot turns!  And I can do them easily.  I will focus on timing everything so when it comes time to do the 3-turn or the jump, muscle memory will know what to do with my body already, as far as the pattern of the jump goes.

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