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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FLYING SIT SPIN

Starting with a “hopping upright spin”:

  • Back cross over
  • Step onto LFO edge with more knee bend
  • Point the R foot out and R toe up
  • Wait until L blade changes from forwards to backwards (i.e. feel the change from middle of blade to ball) then hop off toe pick while R foot goes up
  • Arms: think L arm pulling a vertical rope down; think R arm comes up at same time as R foot

SALCHOW ENTRY

Different way to do a single salchow. Need to get the “crunch” on the R foot consistently. Then can try this as a double:

  • Strong RFO edge
  • Mohawk to LBI – but keep the R heel down so I get a “crunch” sound on the R foot
  • LBI into salchow

AXEL ENTRY

Two new ways to transition into an Axel.

  1. RFI bracket (to LBO edge). Wait until L shoulder is forwards for take off
  2. (NEW as of today:) RFI counter (to LBI edge); change of edge to LBO – but keep the L knee and hip open

These are both fun and I get more rotation – past 1/4 under and often fully rotated.