Monday, January 6, 2014
Notes on 2-foot spin - strong core!

Now that 2014 has started, Coach Dee and I are back to working on jumps and spins.  Specifically, getting a stronger 2-foot spin, so that it can grow up to be a full-fledged1-foot spin.

After 3.5 years of skating, I am just now getting the hang of how a real 2-foot spin should feel.  So much about skating is inexplicable, you have to "feel" it.  No one can really describe the feeling, either.  They can TRY, but only YOU can actually feel it.

Only recently have I felt that I'm finally getting some centrifugal force in my 2-foot spins.  I've "heard" that this is a key element, and now that I've have a bit of that feeling, I agree.  The centrifugal force is what keeps you spinning.  The secret that I was probably missing all this time was to keep my body and muscles tensed the whole time, especially arms and core.  This really seems to help.  So here are my notes on getting a good 2-foot spin, revisited:

  • Get a good C-push, or two, to begin with.
  • Don't be afraid to use force!
  • Keep whole body tensed, especially arms, core, and butt.
  • Lean "into" the spin...that is to say, as you start spinning, lean into the circle, this heps with getting that centrifugal force going.
  • Imagine your left shoulder being pulled backwards, even though all your body stays perfectly aligned.
  • Imagine there is a string pulling you upwards, to keep that alignment straight.
  • Keep arms strongly tensed and shoulder height.  I notice if the arms drop or get out of alignment, the spin gets off center.
  • Find the "sweet spot" on the blade (around the ball of the foot) and stay there!  It's OK to scrape the bottom of the toe pick on the ice for balance.
  • Keep weight mostly over left leg; this is in preparation for the 1-foot spin.
  • Keep a very strong, solid, tensed core.  This has been the biggest improvement of all, for me, so far.
  • Start the spin with outstretched arms, and then quickly pull the arms in, using the right one to "pull" yourself around.

Keeping all these points in mind, during my last lesson, I was able to briefly pick my right foot up off the ice.  This is the beginning of a 1-foot spin.  I was doing this a bit before, BUT I never felt confident.  By keeping such a tight core and strong arms and upper body, I felt much "safer" and confident, and it was much easier to pick my foot up.  At least it seemed Coach Dee was impressed.  We will work more on it this week.

posted by Noorah101 at 01:44 | in:
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Erm. Sounds tricky.........

Sounds tricky Rene.
Posted by BEVS at 06:01, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 | Link | |
Going in Circles
I imagine it is extremely difficult to be learning all of this as an adult when the fear of falling and/or just plain embarrassing yourself is so uppermost in your mind. You are doing very well, Rene. WTG Girl!
Posted by Rete at 10:43, Thursday, January 9, 2014 | Link | |
Bevs, it's very tricky, you're right! Rete, I'm sure it's much more difficult to learn all this as an adult, but I never learned anything like this as a kid, so I can't compare. On one hand, I no longer have as much flexibility as a young person, and as you say the fear of falling is much greater as an adult. But, the advantage I think I have as an adult is that I know my body and how it works, so I can easily understand how to correct my mistakes. I can learn skating in a more intellectual way, by use of diagrams, numbers, some basic math skills, and verbal explanations, rather than just "watch and do". I can understand how the dynamics of the blade on the ice works, which I think helps a lot. :)
Posted by Noorah101 at 01:56, Thursday, January 9, 2014 | Link | |

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