- Stand with both feet on the trainer, feet as close together as possible
- Make sure I am near something where I can catch myself if I fall (a wall, the back of a couch, a counter)
- Hold my arms in position for the turn I'm about to do
- I make the turn
- If I do it correctly, I don't tip over, fall or roll off the trainer
- If I do it wrong I get instantaneous feedback, and I can make instantaneous corrections
- I learned I have to go much, much deeper in the knee than I'm used to
- According to my coach 'much, much deeper in the knee than I'm used to" is the correct amount of knee bend
- I learned that I do the knee bend so that I drop straight down--no butt sticking out or leaning forward.
- According to my coach, butt out-tits forward is a typical adult turn problem.
- I learned that once I got the correct amount of knee bend, and the correct posture (no butt out-tits forward) I could do the turn on the trainer without falling off
- Once I got the kneebend, posture right, I could work on my checking and timing.
- I'm now working on the checking and timing, but bad habits are hard to break
- Learning what I was doing wrong took about 5 minutes. Fixing it didn't take much longer. Getting better is an ongoing process
So, when I showed my coach what I had learned, she was tactful enough not to say "Finally!" She had been working with me on this for back 3's, but the temptation to lean forward is awfully strong. Using this trainer made a world of difference and corrected my bad habits between lessons.
P.S. Don't use this for one foot turns. I think it's too unstable