Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Breaking the 3 Rotation Spin Barrier

I've noticed over at SkatingForums.com that a lot of beginner skaters like myself are woe-is-me about getting more than 3 rotations in a spin. I just finally got my first 4 rotation spin, and I thought I'd continue posting about my exploration of my spin development.

A week ago I wrote about slowing down my spins so I could get a better sense  of what was impeding my spins. In my first experiments I discovered two things:
  1. I need to enter the spin with a definite inside edge
  2. I needed to make an in boot adjustment.
So that got me consistent 3 rotation spins.

I mean, I know people who do much, much better than that, so what am I doing wrong?

I have a patented method of dealing with things like this. When I try, and try and nothing gets better...

So, what's the opposite of the inside edge? The outside edge!

I started working on entering the 3 turn into the spin with a deeper outside edge. I've got lazy foot, so my outside edges are more like outside flats. Once I started focusing consciously on deepening the outside edge my transition to the inside edge got better. Three tries in and I hit my first four rotation spin!

Form may not be all that great, and four rotations make me dizzy, but I finally broke the four rotation wall!

Yeah, whatever. Still have four rotations.


  1. "...my outside edges are more like outside flats..." Hilarious! But seriously, congrats on the progress!

  2. Bravo!! Next up - one foot spins!

  3. Thank you both for your encouragement!