Walking into the rink with your friends…
Hey guys! I'm a fifteen year old figure skater!
I'm proud to be a Filipino and I was born in Australia. Obviously, because of this blog, I have a deep passion for figure skating.
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|Kid:||*Stops and stares*|
|Kid:||Oh look! He/She's doing a spinny thingy! I'm going to crash into them!|
|Person:||So, can you like, do a scorpion?|
|Me:||You mean a Biellmann?|
|Person:||What's a Biellmann?|
|Me:||My butt hurts|
|Me:||I wanna sleep|
|Me:||GET OUT OF MY WAY|
I actually do quite a bit of stretches, especially since I’m trying to improve my splits and my back flexibility. For my legs, I usually do: hamstring stretches, groin stretches, leg swings, quadriceps stretch, go down into the splits as low as I can (both ways) and a couple of spirals on both legs. For my back, I usually use these stretches: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-More-Flexible-Back
Happy skating! <3
Hello there again :)
I’ll try to help you with the best of my abilities. Because I cannot physically see you spinning, I can’t give the best advice. However, right when you enter your spin, spring up on your skating leg to straighten it. Keep an open position for couple spins before pulling in. You see, here’s a common mistake a lot of people do when first learning their spins. They tend to pull in too fast, causing the spin to look really rushed. So keep an open position for a while first before pulling in. During the spin, your free leg should not stick out from behind you after pulling in. It restricts your spin. So make sure that your foot touches your spinning knee and your arms are crossed over your chest. When I first learnt my spin, I couldn’t find my balance either. I finally got it after quite a lot of practices. So practice a lot! :D Now, you say you feel frustrated because the other girls are spinning while you’re having trouble? That’s okay. I myself feel intimidated when I see higher leveled skaters practice. But you have to remember this every time you feel intimidated by a “better” skater: they were once JUST LIKE you! If you’re having trouble with something, or you are confused, don’t be afraid to ask your coach. They would be a much better help than I am, because they can actually see what you may be doing wrong and can give demonstrations.
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Happy skating everyone! <3
Bad practices are normal. For me, there are days where I can’t seem to find my sweet spot even though I’m so used to spinning, or my legs just seem to have decided to take a vacation while I’m practicing my jumps. What I usually do during bad practices is skate casually around the rink and calm down. I try to see if I can find my mood to practice again. If that doesn’t help you, think of it this way: bad practices are needed to help improve your skating. Sometimes, those practices are what motivate you to work harder. It’s like making a mistake in life in general; you need mistakes to learn in life. It’s the same with bad practices. Use those practices to help motivate you. If you haven’t already, set up short-term and long-term goals for skating, that way, you know you definitely are working to achieve something. If you need more help, feel free to inbox me again! :)
Happy skating! <3
take baby steps. Keep your back straight and your head up, making sure you look ahead of you and not down at your feet. When you take the ice, hold onto the barrier for support and just walk normally, unless you’re confident in gliding. It’s like riding a bike. You begin with training wheels so that you learn to get used to the feel of the bike. Do you look down at your feet when you ride a bike? No. It’s the same with skating. Always look up. I don’t know what level you are exactly, so my general advice to you is to just practice. :) I know, sometimes, the word get’s annoying if you’ve been told so many times, but it’s true. You’re not going to achieve anything by just standing there. So practice! :)
Happy skating! <3