Lesson – 11th June 2018

Coach J.

SIT SPIN

My weight wasn’t on the correct part of the blade, so advice is to arch my back. This helped me to spin in a more stable position.

  • Go into spin as normal
  • Once in position, arch the back and imagine pushing middle of sternum towards the ice

CAMEL SPIN

Straighten the skating leg – both on forward camel and back camel. Allow the foot to go slightly forwards of the body so the angle (to free leg) is greater than 90 degrees.

3 JUMP

To get more height, also kick the free leg further back. So:

  • Step forwards on RFO and kick the L leg further back along with arms
  • Kick L leg further forwards and up – imagine trying to jump on the saddle of a horse

SALCHOW

My set-up for the jump is OK, so the first two steps are the same:

  • Bend/push on to RFO
  • Connect (after 3-turn)
  • On jump, kick the L leg further forwards and up – imagine kicking a football with the shin

LOOP

Tighten abs during the jump. But tighten abs before starting the back crosses.

In fact, tighten abs on all jumps!

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Lesson – 4th June 2018

Coach L away so much. First lesson with coach J.

BACKWARD RUNS / CROSSOVERS

(On anti-clockwise crossovers,) when on the R back outside edge, step wider into the circle, with the R knee further into the circle than the foot.

AXEL

Aim is to “break down” the axel in order to build it back up again.

Was told I don’t get much height on my axel (true). So working on a bigger 3-jump. Aim to launch my R leg forwards and up as if I’m trying to jump onto the saddle of a horse.

Do 3-jump, land, into a second large 3-jump.

Then try 3-jump, straight into axel.

Lesson – 27th April 2018

DOUBLE SALCHOW

I need to do the turn on the ice more quickly. So still the same actions, but with the turn/jump part more quickly.

  • Bend (i.e. push onto LFO)
  • Connect
  • Round – hook more quickly
  • Forwards
  • Pull in to R side and keep the arms in – the arms will naturally go out after I’ve landed

DOUBLE LOOP

Need to keep my back straight (as I tend to dip forwards before take off). Combine that with allowing the L shoulder to turn more before/during take off.

Also try to turn the R hip on take off / in the air.

  • Straight (back)
  • Round (i.e. allow L shoulder to go around during take off)
  • Turn R hip
  • Pull to R

CROSSFOOT SPIN

  • Put L foot down with L calf touching R calf
  • When in position, then straighten legs – stand up taller
  • Exit by putting L foot down on LFI

Lesson – 14th April 2018

DOUBLE SALCHOW

The checklist remains the same. The issue is that I’m rarely actually enacting it.

  • Bend
  • Connect
  • Forwards – this is one bit I’m not consistently doing
  • Pull/twist – and keep the arms in until I land. I did this on one jump and it definitely felt like I rotated more quickly in the air!

DOUBLE LOOP

Coach wants me to let the L shoulder go around a bit while I’m on the RBO edge. And only then to snap into in-air position. Also, to think about allowing the R hip to rotate inwards longer on the ice. Allowing the L shoulder go go further around helped me to stay more over my R side – felt better. So:

  • R arm all the way back; L arm in front of belly button
  • Ace of spades
  • Allow the L arm to go around a little more
  • Take off while allowing R hip to turn inwards more
  • Pull/twist in to R side

FLYING CAMEL

I’m trying to switch to RFI 3-turn entry (which saves considerable time compared with the entry from back crossovers).

Coach’s instruction:

  • Bend the knees (after the RFI 3-turn)
  • Bring legs together before stepping on LFO edge

AXEL

Worked this one out on my own. I know that in theory, I’m supposed to jump off the toe. But when I think “toe toe” I have a better chance of both taking off from L toe (and therefore getting more height) and landing on the R toe.

  • Bend
  • Bend
  • Arms
  • Toe-toe
  • Pull – punch those arms into my R side – really punch ’em!

Lesson – 16th March 2018

AXEL

Getting good rotation generally. But coach added a few pointers. So:

  • Bend – i.e. on RBO
  • Bend – i.e. on LBI
  • Arms (back)
  • Toe
  • Knee up – to get height
  • (Bring arms up to near chest and not too far away from body)
  • Punch self on R pec!
  • Twist hips anti-clockwise in / cross ankles

 

DOUBLE SALCHOW

I had been doing:

  • Bend (on LFO)
  • Connect
  • Toe
  • Forwards

Coach suggested I focus on press of L ball of foot into boot / into ice. So now:

  • Press (same as before – on LFO)
  • Press (same as before – feeling the weight on L ball of foot)
  • Press – keep weight over L ball of foot – feel the press of L ball of foot – rather than allowing weight to go in between both legs
  • Punch self on R pec!
  • Twist hips / cross ankles

 

CAMEL SPIN

  • Keep head up (looking at hand rail around the rink)
  • Bend / keep weight over the L foot (as I had previously been a bit far back) – this helps to avoid skidding on the entry!

 

Lesson – 18th December

AXEL

Pull arms in over R side – aim for that twisted body position.

So:

  • Bend (RBO edge, i.e. before stepping onto L foot)
  • Bend
  • Arms
  • Toe
  • Pull/R side

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

On the change (i.e. at the moment the L blade pushes off the ice), take the R arm back

  • Flex L ankle on change (so as to avoid the toe pick of L blade when pushing up)
  • Take R arm back (to 5 o’clock)
  • Keep the R knee bent for longer
  • Open L hip and bring the L leg behind the body / to the right side more

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Practising this on my own, I realised that I got better rotation by jumping forwards (which I had been forgetting to do). So:

  • Bend
  • Bend
  • Connect (L hamstring back)
  • Round, i.e. bring R arm around at same time as R leg)
  • Forwards
  • Pull in to R side

Lesson 27th November

DOUBLE SALCHOW

BEFORE DOING DOUBLE SALCHOWS, do multiple backspin drills!

Do single salchow, turn in, back spin drills – focus on turning the foot in. TURN IN!

DOUBLE LOOP

Do single loop, back spin drills. Points:

  • Stand tall (as I was previously learning forwards slightly)
  • Gradually build up speed – start slowly! Build confidence and technique first

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN

Generally slow down the change, plus:

  • Flex L ankle on change (so as to avoid the toe pick of L blade when pushing up)
  • Keep the R knee bent for longer
  • Open L hip and bring the L leg behind the body / to the right side more

Lesson – 4th October 2017

DOUBLE SALCHOW

After the 3-turn (i.e. after ‘connect’), coach wanted me to accelerate bringing the R leg and arm through. So:

  • Bend/push – coach wants me to bend and push with more speed
  • Connect
  • Bring R arm/leg around more quickly
  • Toe
  • Pull arms in and cross the knees more tightly

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

Coach wants me to enter the spin with more speed. So:

  • RFI 3-turn and bend
  • Step onto LFO with more speed
  • Still allow the L arm to go around more slowly (i.e. don’t rush the L arm)

Then on the change:

  • Keep the head lifted up (and only a little to the R). Keeping the head lifted helped me to do good, strong back camels

(UPRIGHT) SPIN

In order to travel less:

  • Bend at the L ankle so that I can press the ball of the foot into the ice – this helped me to centre a bit better

Lesson 27th September

WARM UP

  • Hop to get warm
  • Walking lunges
  • Hamstring stretch: squat and grab toes, then straighten knees to stretch hamstrings
  • Lunge and twist upper body

CROSSFOOT SPIN

  • Start doing a normal back spin
  • Bend the R ankle
  • Circle the L leg behind the R
  • Open the knees; bend L amkle (so the L flat/heel of blade goes down)

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

  • On the change, keep the R knee bent for a bit longer – allow the L leg to go behind and into position before rising up on R knee completely.
  • Then lift chin up to the R – to get a stretch in the body

CHOCTAWS

  • Keep leading shoulder and arm down – or try keeping back arm and side lifted
  • Sweep feet in a circle
  • Bend knee immediately on contact with ice

Camel spins

CAMEL SPIN

Great camel spins on Monday:

  • Bend
  • Chin
  • Chest to L of L leg

BACK CAMEL VARIATION

Coach L taught me variation on the back camel:

  • Bend L knee
  • Twist upper body – R shoulder down and L shoulder up
  • Move L arm under the body

The key to staying in position is to focus throughout on staying on the same blade position.