Spin lesson 5th May 2017

BACK CAMEL VARIATION

Get a Level by doing this back camel variation:

  • Turn body out (i.e. rotate L shoulder up)
  • Bend free leg
  • Turn R arm towards belly button

SIT SPIN LEVELS

Get a spin level by doing:

  • Back sit spin –> hop (by coming up slightly first and then doing a hop) –> back sit spin

 

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Mostly jumps

AXEL

Coach L identified I was jumping too much “into the circle” – or at least my R leg was going into the circle rather than straight out.

  • Bend
  • Arms back
  • Toe (i.e. take off from L toe)
  • Arms forward/R leg forwards

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Coach asked me what I felt in the air. I didn’t really have a sensation I was aiming for. So he taught me to jump my R side forwards (towards the glass).

  • Bend
  • Connect
  • Toe/ankle (i.e. take off from R ankle – push up into the air)
  • Forwards/gather – i.e. aim R side forwards (towards the glass) and then gather the arms and R side in over the R axis

DOUBLE LOOP

Similar technique to double Salchow seemed to help me to get my knees tighter in the air.

  • Twist – i.e. twist upper body clockwise
  • Toe – take off from toe
  • Forwards/gather – BUT make sure my L arm does not go out too much – L arm needs to stay close to the body

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN

Put R little toe down – it helped me to centre my back camel!

  • Keep head up
  • (Avoid dipping the body down on the change)
  • Bring L arm forwards
  • Put R foot (R pinkie!) down
  • (Then stay slightly forwards on the blade – bottom toe pick)

BACK CAMEL (FROM RFI ENTRY)

Keep the free (L) leg straight from earlier on – rather thant trying to straighten it once in the spin

Spins

CAMEL SPIN

Allow the toe pick to go into the ice (to turn to LBI) before allowing the L arm to go around

  • Forward with L arm
  • Edge pressure
  • Toe, then arm goes around
  • Arms behind back
  • Turn out R hip

CAMEL-SIT SPIN

Keep the head weight forwards on the change – it means I wobble less.

BACK CAMEL

  • Keep weight over the R side as I step onto the RFI
  • Keep L foot down, knee straight and L hip open on entry (to try to get the correct leg position – rather than trying to correct it after a couple of revolutions)

SPIN VARIATION: BACK CAMEL BENT LEG

Try bending the L knee and turning the body up (i.e. L shoulder and arm up; R arm down). I go faster when I do this – and it would get me a level.

Get EDGE PRESSURE on camels!

CAMEL SPIN

Need more edge pressure! Even though I was saying it to myself over and over, I wasn’t actually implementing it. Need to be more mindful of this one thing. New acronym FERB seems to work well though. And then need to turn out the R hip afterwards. So:

  • Forward – with the L arm – let it (and the edge?) go forwards a bit rather than trying to throw it to the L too quickly
  • Edge pressure – bend the knee until the blade hits the toe pick
  • Round – sweep the L arm around the body
  • Behind – clasp both hands behind the body
  • Turn out the R hip – this helped me to keep the spinning circle quite small AND helped me to keep spinning and spinning. This really helped!

BACK CAMEL

  • Keep the body strong (i.e. avoid dipping the upper body and bouncing up and down) – go down smoothly
  • Point toe out – this is both more aesthetic and seems to help me to keep the L leg straight!

SIT SPIN

Start bending the L knee sooner (i.e. on the LFO rather than waiting until I have hit the toe and switched to a LBO edge). No pause. Seemed to work. It almost felt as if I was collapsing into the spin – but it did help me to get down into position more quickly.

AXEL

Not having worked on the Axel for months due to my posterior tibialis injury and rehab, my Axel had deteriorated a little. However, coach started to help me fix it. Immediately, I’m not putting my free foot down.

  • Jump forward – aim to get upper body over the R knee
  • Push L arm forwards/out of the circle

Spin lesson

CAMEL SPIN

  • Stretch L arm (as I was swiping the L arm sideways too quickly)
  • Straighten R leg
  • LFO edge pressure – listen for the crunch! This really helped!

BACK CAMEL

  • Go into the back camel on a flatter RBI (as I was going around in too large a circle) – this alone was really helpful
  • Keep L foot close to ice
  • Clasp hands behind back (to make it look neater)

SIT SPIN

  • Bring the R foot around (rather than underneath the body)
  • And go down into the sit spin position much more quickly (as coach L videoed me and I was taking about 2 revs to get into lowest position)

CAMEL-SIT SPIN

  • On the change, keep head forwards and down (think “nodding as if I’m falling asleep and my chin is dropping to my chest”) on the change from camel to sit position

CHANGE FOOT JUMP SIT

  • Jump then turn R hip and R foot in
  • Also keep weight over the R side

 

Spins

BACK CAMEL

  • Keep head/chest up
  • Keep L foot close to ice
  • Stay down in R knee until free leg hits 9 o’clock; at 9 o’clock, the L arm also starts to go back
  • Keep the L side stretched and the head to the R side – this really helped to keep me on the correct edge and do a good number of revolutions

FLYING SIT SPIN

Think Salchow take off!

  • RFO for half a circle, then hop off toe (like a Salchow)
  • Bring R foot around
  • Land on L toe – really important to avoid skidding

CHANGE FOOT HOP SPIN

(A drill for preparing to learn the death drop)

  • Do a normal forward sit spin
  • Then hop into the air
  • Turn the L leg out (i.e. into usual back sit position)
  • Land on the R foot in a sit spin

Lesson

AXEL

(From RI counter, change of edge) Keep an active knee: step onto L foot and keep going down before jumping up. I was a bit static on the L foot.

Also, think about pulling L arm in to R shoulder.

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Bend R knee on 3-turn before the salchow. This immediately helped me to get more height on the jump.

Also, aim for more flow from R step forwards into 3-turn. Landed several 1/4 underrotated.

So:

  • F l o w . . .
  • Bend R knee (as stepping onto RFO)
  • (3-turn)
  • Connect
  • Bend
  • Arms IN

DOUBLE LOOP

Remember the Ace of Spades twist beforehand.

Also, I was tending to scrape the ice with my toe pick long before take-off. So aim to stay on ball of foot for longer, THEN go off the toe.

  • (Clockwise) Sway
  • Ball of foot (for longer)
  • Forwards
  • Toe

BACK CAMEL

Remember to dip the body over the R side on entry.

Bring L arm around at same time as L leg (i.e. bring arm around a bit earlier).

Keep L foot turned out (as it was a bit dropped down towards ice during lesson).

SPINS

Coach has set me a challenge:

  • Camel (4 revolutions), sit (4 revs), upright (4 revs)

And, separately:

  • Back camel (4 revs), back sit (4 revs), upright (4 revs)

I can already sometimes do it. Just need to work on consistency.