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Figure Skating – Basic Spins
Sit Spin Basics (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches a sit spin class at a seminar. The skaters in the class can all do a sit spin, but many need help getting the position lower so it’s a “real” sit spin. After watching the … Continue reading
Sit Spin and Camel Spin Tips (Charyl Brusch)
Figure skating spin specialist Charyl Brusch works with a skater who has learned the basics of a sit spin and a camel spin but is working on improving them.  (The previous part of this lesson focused on the backspin.)… Continue reading
Improving a Camel Spin – Lesson (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan works with a skater to improve a camel spin. (Previous parts of this lesson focused on the sit spin, Part 1 and Part 2.) This skater, who can rotate the camel a few revolutions and has … Continue reading
Backspin Lesson (Charyl Brusch)
Figure skating spin specialist Charyl Brusch works with a skater who has learned the basics of a backspin but is focusing on improving it. The errors seen at this level are nearly universal, with common struggles being rocking on the … Continue reading
Making a Sit Spin Lower – Part 2 (Kim Ryan)
As in the previous part of this lesson, spin specialist Kim Ryan works with a skater to improve a basic sit spin. In the previous part, the focus was on getting the balance and tension correct to get all the … Continue reading
Champion Cords for Various Camel Spins (Sheila Thelen)
Figure skating specialist coach and Champion Cords inventor Sheila Thelen demonstrates the benefits and uses of Champion Cords for 4 different camel spins: the regular forward camel, the back camel, the flying camel, and an inside camel. The Champion Cord … Continue reading
Jump Air Position – Upper Body (Nick Perna)
International coach Nick Perna shares insights about the air position used in jumps by elite skaters. As a critical observer of everything in skating, Nick has found that jumping air position of the upper body has just two critical parts. … Continue reading
Making a Sit Spin Lower (Kim Ryan)
In this lesson, spin specialist Kim Ryan works with a lower level skater who is struggling to get down all the way on a sit spin. This is a very common problem at this level, and Kim addresses it first … Continue reading
Layback Spin Development Lesson (Charyl Brusch)
Figure skating spin specialist Charyl Brusch gives a skater a lesson on the layback spin. Charyl shares a lot of information in this video, and coaches can see how she explains it to a skater and what exercises she uses … Continue reading
Sit Spin Class (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches sit spins in a class setting at a recent seminar. Kim begins by explaining the value of spinning in terms of points in competition programs. Not surprisingly for a spin coach, Kim would … Continue reading
Sit Change Sit Tips (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch shares some helpful tips for skaters working on sit-change sit combo spins.  She begins by focusing on free leg positions and movement of the arms during the entry to maximize rotational energy for the initial… Continue reading
Teeter Totter Arms – Fun (and Helpful) Spin Exercise (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches a fun exercise that is helpful during the development of spinning fundamentals. The goal is to center a basic upright spin, then move the arms up and down such that both arms make … Continue reading
Upright Spin Tips (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch shares some helpful upright spin tips during a spin lesson. The lesson starts with a forward upright spin, and the skater is not waiting long enough on the entrance edge so the spin is traveling. Charyl … Continue reading
Spin Class, Part 2 – Centering, Eggbeater (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches a spin class at a recent seminar. In Part 1, Kim summarized the basics of her teaching methods. The focus in that video was the basic forward upright spin, and she continues with … Continue reading
Spin Tips During Lesson (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues a spin lesson with a young skater. In the first video from this lesson, Charyl covered upright spins and sit spins and in the second video she focused on the forward camel spin and a … Continue reading
Spin Class, Part 1 – Forward Upright Spin (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches a spin class at a recent seminar. This is a chance for us to learn or review Kim’s main teaching concepts related to spins. The first video focuses on preparing for the forward … Continue reading
Camel, Catch Foot Camel Tips (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues a spin lesson with a young skater. In the previous videos from this lesson, Charyl covered upright spins and sit spins. In this video, the focus is on the basic forward camel spin and a … Continue reading
Backspin Teaching Tips (Audrey Weisiger)
World and Olympic coach Audrey Weisiger gives a young (about 8 years old) male skater a lesson, and this part of the lesson focuses mostly on the backspin. The lesson begins with introductions and the skater running his program. Audrey … Continue reading
Important Jump Basics (Audrey Weisiger)
World and Olympic coach Audrey Weisiger gives a jump lesson. To start the lesson, Audrey wants a backspin and she follows this with a backspin in multiple free foot positions: h-position, d-position, and “2-toes.” The 2-toes position has the skater … Continue reading
Off-Ice Camel Spins (Kate Charbonneau)
This is the final of three videos from Kate Charbonneau on her personal experience with off-ice spinning during the worldwide pandemic. In the first video in this series Kate focused on some general concepts an then on upright off-ice spins. … Continue reading
Off-Ice Sit Spins (Kate Charbonneau)
This is the second of three videos from Kate Charbonneau on her personal experience with off-ice spinning during the worldwide pandemic. In the first video in this series Kate focuses on some general concepts an then on upright off-ice spins.… Continue reading
Off-Ice Upright Spins (Kate Charbonneau)
This is the first of three videos from Kate Charbonneau on her personal experience with off-ice spinning during the worldwide pandemic. Kate is using a Spinergy Spinboard and she emphasizes proper foot placement on the spinboard as critical to success, … Continue reading
Spinboard Training – Camel Spin and Variation (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan shares a process for developing and mastering the off-ice forward camel spin on a spinboard. You can learn more about spinboards here and purchase a spinboard directly from Kim. Kim recommends a standard spinboard … Continue reading
Spinboard Training – Forward Sit Spins (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan shares a process to developing and mastering the off-ice forward sit spin on a spinboard. You can learn more about spinboards here and purchase a spinboard directly from Kim. Kim recommends a standard spinboard … Continue reading
Spinboard Warm-Up (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan goes through a thorough spinboard warm-up that she recommends to all skaters at the beginning of each spinboard practice session. You can learn more about spinboards here and purchase a spinboard directly from Kim. … Continue reading
Spinboard Tutorial – Part 3 (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan shares a tutorial on how to use her off-ice spinboards. You can learn more about spinboards here and purchase a spinboard directly from Kim. This presentation is taken from a Zoom call between Kim … Continue reading
Spinboard Tutorial – Part 2 (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan shares a tutorial on how to use her off-ice spinboards. You can learn more about spinboards here and purchase a spinboard directly from Kim. This presentation is taken from a Zoom call between Kim … Continue reading
Spinboard Tutorial – Part 1 (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan shares a tutorial on how to use her off-ice spinboards. You can learn more about spinboards here and purchase a spinboard directly from Kim. This presentation is taken from a Zoom call between Kim … Continue reading
Spinboards For Off-Ice Spin Training
iCoachSkating founder Trevor Laak encourages all skaters to buy a spinboard from spin specialist Kim Ryan. Kim has pioneered the use of spinboards for off-ice spin training, and she has been using these tools regularly with skaters from all over … Continue reading
Forward Sit Spin, Back Sit Spin Lesson (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues a spin lesson with a young skater. In the previous part of the lesson, Charyl focused on the upright forward and back spins. In this part of the lesson, Charyl starts with the sit spin. … Continue reading
Forward Scratch Spin and Back Scratch Spin Lesson (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch gives one of her skaters a lesson on improving a forward upright scratch spin as well as a backspin. This kind of lesson is important because once a skater develops some competence with these spins, the … Continue reading
Ice Show 2-Hand Eagle Partner Spin (Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue)
Two-time World Ice Dance Medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue teach the very common ice show partner spin which is sometimes referred to as the eagle spin or spread eagle spin. And although this is not a serious figure skating … Continue reading
Sit Spin Tips, Tips, and More Tips – Part 2 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues her thorough discussion of the sit spin. In Part 1 she talked at length about important fundamentals of the sit spin. In this video she shares tons of tips and insights and problem solutions. Charyl … Continue reading
Hamstring Stretching for Camel Spins and Back Issues (Kim Ryan)
During a camel spin lesson with spin specialist Kim Ryan, the skater complained of a tight or painful low back. As Kim demonstrates, this is often a result of tight hamstring muscles. Kim shares several stretches that can improve back … Continue reading
Important Sit Spin Basics – Part 1 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch shares important details and tips for the sit spin. This is a great summary of common teaching errors, and how Charyl thinks about this spin. The sit spin is still often taught to skaters with the … Continue reading
Developing the Camel Spin – Part 2 (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan continues a camel spin lesson with a young male skater. In the previous videos of this lesson, Kim worked on a forward upright scratch spin and the basics of the camel spin. There is not a … Continue reading
Spin Tips – Big Toe, Little Toe, and Toe Pick (Charyl Brusch)
In this short video, spin specialist Charyl Brusch talks about a variety of toe concepts for spins. She begins the video by addressing where to step into a backspin from a forward spin and noting that she does not typically … Continue reading
Developing the Camel Spin (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan gives a camel spin lesson to a young male skater. In a previous video, Kim worked with this same skater on upright forward scratch spin. We begin this video with a camel spin attempt … Continue reading
Getting Dizzy From Spinning (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch offers a short discussion on dizziness and spinning. As Charyl notes, basically EVERYONE gets dizzy while spinning. So the goal isn’t to try not to get dizzy, but figure out ways to deal with it after … Continue reading
Basic Spinning Lesson – Upright Forward Scratch Spin (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan gives a lesson on the upright forward scratch spin. The young male skater is just learning to control the basics of this spin, and it gives Kim a chance to explain in some detail … Continue reading
Combo Spin Tips and Lesson (Sheila Thelen)
Spin specialist Sheila Thelen offers some feedback to a young skater who is working on a combination spin on one foot. The combination spin starts with a bounce spin (technically not an illusion), then transitions into a shotgun sit position, … Continue reading
Spin Tips for Adult Skaters – Part 5, More Camel Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues a short series of videos discussing adult skaters and their specific issues in terms of spinning. This is a continuation of the previous video in the series on the camel spin (Part 4). In the … Continue reading
Spin Tips for Adult Skaters – Part 4, Camel Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues a short series of videos discussing adult skaters and their specific issues in terms of spinning. In the previous 3 videos of the series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) Charyl covered general helpful tips … Continue reading
Spin Tips for Adult Skaters – Part 3, Backspins (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues a short series of videos discussing adult skaters and their specific issues in terms of spinning. She offers many tips for working with adult skaters to help them improve their spins. See Part 1 here … Continue reading
Broken Leg Sit Spin Lesson (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan gives a young skater a lesson on her broken leg sit spin. Kim starts the lesson by analyzing and improving the skater’s forward sit spin before working on the broken leg transition and position. To improve … Continue reading
Jump Air Position – The Knuckle Drill (Nick Perna)
International coach Nick Perna shares a drill he calls the “knuckle drill” to help skaters work on their jump air position for multi-rotation jumps. The drill can also be effective as a training tool for the backspin. To do the … Continue reading
Spin Tips for Adult Skaters – Part 2 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues a short series of videos discussing adult skaters and their specific issues in terms of spinning. She offers many tips for working with adult skaters to help them improve their spins. See Part 1 here. … Continue reading
Beginner Backspin (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan gives a young skater a lesson on the beginner backspin. The real value in this video is not only the process that Kim uses, but the coaching along the way. This skater is struggling … Continue reading
Spin Tips for Adult Skaters – Part 1 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch begins a short series of videos discussing adult skaters and their specific issues in terms of spinning. She offers many tips for working with adult skaters to help them improve their spins. Charyl notes that in … Continue reading
Starting a Haircutter Spin (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan continues her lesson with a skater just learning a layback spin (see part 1 here). In this part of the lesson, Kim challenges the skater to learn the haircutter variation. As you’ll see, Kim uses a … Continue reading
Beginning Layback (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan works with a skater on the basics of the layback spin. She says, “The number one most important thing about a layback spin is you have to find your balance, and you have to find the … Continue reading
Increasing Layback Speed and Side Layback Tips (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire continues her discussion of the layback spin. During the first part of this video, Bobbe talks at length about how to make a layback spin faster or spin longer. She talks about arm and … Continue reading
Improving a Layback Spin with Haircutter Variation (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan continues with a layback spin lesson. You can view part 1 of this lesson here.  In this part, Kim works with the skater to integrate a haircutter position into the spin and a stronger exit.… Continue reading
Important Spinning Advice (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire shares some thoughts about spin training. To start the video, she finishes up a discussion of the backspin layback she covered here. She suggests using a running 3-turn sequence to get into the spin. … Continue reading
Basic Layback Spin Tips (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan works with a skater to improve a layback spin. Kim starts the lesson by discussing the details of centering the upright spin before entering the layback position. This provides a great summary of Kim’s basic spin … Continue reading
Learning a Layover Camel Spin (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches a skater how to do a layover camel spin. Going into this lesson, the skater had never attempted a layover, so we get to see how Kim introduces it and builds it up. We also … Continue reading
Layback Lesson (Sheila Thelen)
Figure skating coach Sheila Thelen gives a skater a lesson the layback spin. As you’ll see, this skater’s base layback is actually more like a side layback. She has a very hard time going straight back. Sheila addresses this… Continue reading
Developmental Spins and Using a Trampoline for Jumps (Laurent Depouilly)
World and Olympic coach Laurent Depouilly offers some helpful coaching ideas related to beginner spins and using a trampoline for jump training. At the beginning of the video, Laurent has the skater do a sit spin and then a camel … Continue reading
Centering an Upright Forward Scratch Spin (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan works with a skater who is struggling to center a forward upright scratch spin. There are many reasons that skaters may struggle with centering, and throughout this lesson the skater exhibits a variety of problems. This … Continue reading
Why Do Spins Slow Down? (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire talks about spin speed, and she offers insights about why a spin might slow down. This is one of the most common issues in skating as many skaters can generate a fast spin, but … Continue reading
Tips for Co-Centering a Change Foot Spin (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan shares important tips for skaters who are working on change foot spins but have problems maintaining the same center for both spins. It is ideal to push into the second spin and spin in the same … Continue reading
Sit Spin Tips and Observations (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire discusses some aspects of the sit spin, both forward sit spin and back sit spin. At the beginning of the video, she notes that skaters that make progress quickly on the sit spin are … Continue reading
Trick to Get Backspin Spinning Backward (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire shares a valuable tip on how to help skaters who are struggling to learn a correct backspin (blade gliding backward in spin). This can be incredibly frustrating for the skater and the coach.… Continue reading
Powerful Transitions in Change Foot Spins (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire talks about the push into a backspin from a forward spin during a change foot spin.  She reminds us, “Anytime you change position on a spin or anytime you change feet, everything… Continue reading
Improve Sit Spin Strength – Part 4: Adults vs. Kids (Matthew Blair Davis)
Figure skating strength and conditioning expert Matthew Blair Davis continues his discussion on techniques for improving a skater’s strength for the sit spin.  In Part 1, he shared a progression of exercises that develop the necessary basic… Continue reading
All About Sit Spins (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire continues her discussion of spin basics.  In the first video of this series, she shared a repeatable spin setup and entrance to maximize rotational energy while giving the skater the greatest possible… Continue reading
Improve Sit Spin Strength – Part 3 (Matthew Blair Davis)
Figure skating strength and conditioning expert Matthew Blair Davis continues his discussion on techniques for improving a skater’s strength for the sit spin.  In Part 1, he shared a progression of exercises that develop the necessary basic… Continue reading
Back Sit Spin Tips (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan shares a number of valuable tips for improving a back sit spin.  Some of the tips will help improve any backspin entry.  Kim says, “The trouble with most people’s back spins are their… Continue reading
Combination Spin Lesson (Sheila Thelen)
Figure skating coach Sheila Thelen offers a series of tips to improve a combination spin.  The combination spin in question is a back camel, back sit, twisted back sit, upright, change foot to haircutter.  Sheila begins… Continue reading
How to Center a Spin, Sit Spin Basics (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire continues her discussion of spin basics.  In the previous video, she shared a repeatable spin setup and entrance to maximize rotational energy while giving the skater the greatest possible chance for centering… Continue reading
Improve Sit Spin Strength – Part 2 (Matthew Blair Davis)
Figure skating strength and conditioning expert Matthew Blair Davis continues his discussion on techniques for improving a skater’s strength for the sit spin.  In Part 1, he shared a progression of exercises that develop the necessary basic… Continue reading
Using “Big Muscles” to Pull In on Jumps (Robert Tebby)
In this short video, World and Olympic coach Robert Tebby offers a valuable drill for developing the feeling of using “big muscles” to pull in on jumps (and spins).  One of the most common jump errors is when skaters… Continue reading
Advanced Spin Lesson (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch gives a spin lesson to a skater with advanced spinning skills.  Notice how even with her advanced skaters, Charyl starts the lesson with a basic upright back spin and works toward improvements (in this case,… Continue reading
Spinning Basics & Forward Upright Scratch Spin (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire reviews her foundational spin concepts and explains the challenges of the forward scratch spin.  After a brief introduction, Bobbe talks about how she uses a 5-step system to teach spins.  She… Continue reading
Improve Sit Spin Strength – Part 1 (Matthew Blair Davis)
Matthew Blair Davis shares tips and techniques for improving a skater’s strength for the sit spin.  The sit spin requires significant strength in the legs and torso.  A lack of strength is a common limitation for skaters… Continue reading
Improving an Attitude Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch works with a skater on her attitude spin.  The attitude spin is a foundational spin that provides some basics to be used later when a skater learns a layback.  The attitude spin is… Continue reading
Broken Leg Sit Spin, Plus Spin Drawings (Sheila Thelen)
In this video, figure skating coach Sheila Thelen is giving a skater a lesson on the broken leg sit spin (sit side).  Sheila explains one method of using the arms on this spin to make the… Continue reading
Spin Lesson Pt 2 – Sit Change Sit (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues with a spin lesson for one of her skaters.  In the first part of this lesson, Charyl covered the forward upright scratch spin, the back upright scratch spin, and the forward sit spin.… Continue reading
Spin Lesson Pt 1 – Forward Scratch, Back Scratch, Forward Sit (Charyl Brusch)
In this video, spin specialist Charyl Brusch gives a spin lesson to one of her skaters.  The value in watching this video comes from seeing the errors (which are common) and the corrections and discussion.  At the beginning… Continue reading
Layback Spin Lesson – Fixing the Basics, Part 2 (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan continues her layback lesson with a skater during a spin seminar.  In the first part of the lesson, Kim talked about all of the main problems with the spin.  In this… Continue reading
Layback Spin Lesson – Fixing the Basics, Part 1 (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan gives a layback lesson to a skater as part of a spin seminar.  The skater does a layback with many fundamental errors which Kim identifies and then offers solutions for. A layback… Continue reading
Misconceptions About Spins (Sheila Thelen)
Figure skating coach Sheila Thelen talks about 2 common misconceptions related to spinning.  A high percentage of skaters are unable to correctly answer the following questions: Where on the blade do you balance as you spin? Does… Continue reading
A Spin Lesson – Multiple Spin Tips (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch gives one of her skaters a spin lesson.  Sometimes it can be helpful for coaches and skaters to see how other coaches give lessons.  Some of the information in these kinds of lessons is… Continue reading
Pancake Sit Spin Lesson (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan works with a skater on her pancake spin.  We join this lesson in progress after initial work on entry and the basic sit spin.  The skater performs a pancake where she… Continue reading
Layback Spin Lesson & Starting Biellmann Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch gives one of her skaters a layhback spin lesson, which includes the skater’s first attempts at a Beillmann spin.  Throughout the video, Charyl shares tips and tricks for laybacks, side laybacks, the haircutter variation, and… Continue reading
Create a Spin (Kim Ryan)
During a spin clinic, figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan asks a low level class to create their own spins.  So much of figure skating is dominated by coaches telling skaters what to do, leaving little or no room… Continue reading
Sit Spin Tips for Adult Skaters (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch shares her thoughts about common problems that adult skaters face when learning the sit spin.  Because most adult skaters don’t want to fall, they often round their back, sit too far back, and have their… Continue reading
Warming Up On-Ice For Jumping (Robert Tebby)
World and Olympic coach Robert Tebby teaches important on-ice warm-up exercises for preparing to jump.  These exercises focus on core jumping principles such as head position and movements, proper alignment and timing for the air position, and head position… Continue reading
Camel Spin for Low Level Skaters (Kim Ryan)
During a spin clinic, figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan works with a low level class on camel spins.  Some of the information presented in this video is similar to her presentation to high level skaters here (Part 1)… Continue reading
Strategy for Maximizing IJS Spin Points (Bobbe Shire)
In this video, figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire offers many insights for maximizing IJS points for spins.  This is a long video with lots of ideas.  The specific rules and point values may have changed by the… Continue reading
Outside Edge Camel Spin – Part 1 (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches a spin class how to do a forward outside edge camel spin.  Kim begins by acknowledging that there are many ways to achieve the goal, but she likes to start with the camel “base… Continue reading
Camel Spin for Adult Skaters (Page Lipe)
Page Lipe gives a camel spin lesson to an adult skater who struggles with the spin.  Overall, the video offers a large number of ideas and tips that Page has found useful with this skater.  Adult skaters often… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Sit Spin Part 3 (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan continues her spin class introduction to the sit spin.  In Part 1 Kim focused on the very basics, building from basic stationary dips.  In Part 2, she focuses primarily on the arms and proper… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Sit Spin Part 2 (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan continues her spin class introduction to the sit spin.  This video reinforces and clarifies some of the things covered in Part 1 of this series.  In a discussion with the class, Kim asks if… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Sit Spin Part 1 (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan explains to a spin class how she introduces the sit spin.  To help skaters who are just learning the sit spin get low enough, Kim has the class do stationary dips on two feet. … Continue reading
Change Foot Spins – Sit Change Sit (Charyl Brusch)
This is yet another fantastic video from spin specialist Charyl Brusch  In this video, Charyl discusses the theory and technical details of doing change foot spins, from the front spin to the back spin.  The specific spin under… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Upright Spin Variation (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches a class an upright forward spin variation she calls the “egg beater.”  We are not sure if this spin has a formal name and Kim makes it clear at the beginning that many skating… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Camel Spin Part 2 (Kim Ryan)
Spin specialist Kim Ryan continues with her class on camel spin.  In the first camel spin video, Kim focused on the entry and positions of the camel without actually winding up and doing a spin.  In this video,… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Camel Spin Part 1 (Kim Ryan)
During a spin clinic, figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan works with the class on camel spins.  To start, Kim mentions and demonstrates that she wants the lower back down and the body forward on the entry of the… Continue reading
How to Spin Fast – Figure Skating Spin Speed (Bobbe Shire)
Spin specialist Bobbe Shire answers the age-old question about “how to spin fast.”  This is one of the most common questions we receive here at iCoachSkating.com, especially by adult skaters and young coaches. Right off the bat, Bobbe notes… Continue reading
How to Center a Spin – Tips to Prevent Traveling (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan explains the need to ride and deepen the entrance edge of any spin.  In this case, she is discussing the forward scratch spin (see Part 1) but she notes that this applies to… Continue reading
Spin Class – Scratch Spin Introduction (Kim Ryan)
Figure skating spin specialist Kim Ryan teaches a spin class.  In this first part of the class, Kim explains how she teaches a forward upright scratch spin.  As is the case with most spin coaches, Kim likes to… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Sit Spin Differences and Clam (Bobbe Shire)
Spin specialist Bobbe Shire talks about the sit spin and the sit spin variation she calls the clam (sit back on forward foot).  On the clam she likes to have the skaters turn their heads to the side because… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Building the Backspin (Audrey Weisiger)
Olympic coach Audrey Weisiger continues her discussion on the process of developing the backspin.  In the preceding video, Audrey discussed the details of starting a backspin from a standstill.  In this video, Audrey shares her thoughts on the… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Teaching a Beginner Backspin (Audrey Weisiger)
Olympic coach Audrey Weisiger explains the process she uses for teaching the backspin.  Many of these concepts are particularly appropriate for adult skaters.  She begins by teaching the back inside pivot in the direction the skater spins with… Continue reading
Learning to Spin – Some Clarifications on Spin Entries (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire goes into more details about a few things she mentioned in her previous video on spinning.   Since the publication of Bobbe’s earliest videos on iCoachSkating.com, some subscribers have tried unsuccessfully to apply Bobbe’s … Continue reading
Learning to Spin – Recent Changes (Bobbe Shire)
Figure skating spin specialist Bobbe Shire discusses how she has changed how she teaches spins since some of the earlier recordings on iCoachSkating.com.  Several years have lapsed in real time between Bobbe’s earlier iCoachSkating.com videos and the new videos… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – All About Backspins (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch shares a ton of information about how to do and teach the challenging backspin.  Typically the backspin is an element that takes a long time to develop.  Charyl notes that she often starts with… Continue reading
Figure Skating Jump Air Position – Backspin Errors (Frank Carroll)
Olympic Coach Frank Carroll continues his previous discussion about jump air position with a description of the backspin and common air position or backspin errors.  Even though Frank is talking about the backspin in this video, he’s really discussing… Continue reading
Sit Spin Position and Femur Length (Kristina Anderson)
Figure skating strength and conditioning coach Kristina Anderson talks about how the relative dimensions of a skater’s body affect the ability of a skater to attain a “nice looking” sit spin position.  In particular, the length of the femur… Continue reading
Off-ice Figure Skating Training To Lower Sit Spins – Part 2 (Kristina Anderson)
Figure skating strength and conditioning coach Kristina Anderson continues her discussion about the strength, flexibility, and control issues associated with making a sit spin lower.  In the previous video, Kristina taught us the proper form for a squat. … Continue reading
Off-ice Figure Skating Training To Lower Sit Spins (Kristina Anderson)
Figure skating strength and conditioning coach Kristina Anderson talks about the strength, flexibility, and control issues associated with making a sit spin lower.  The primary tool used to lower a sit spin is the squat and Kristina describes and… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spin – Broken Leg Sit Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Figure skating spin specialist Charyl Brusch explains how she teaches a broken leg sit spin.  This sit spin has gained new popularity recently with the recent rule changes that give credit for a “sit side difficult variation.”  The… Continue reading
Back Camel Spin – Developing the Back Camel (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila Thelen provides a process for improving a back camel spin.  The back camel spin is a difficult skill to learn for a number of reasons.  First, nothing really “swings around” to help create rotational energy for the… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins Tip – Back To Front Change Foot Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch explains how to change feet in a spin, from a backspin to a regular “front” spin.  Charyl shows how to do this without changing centers or traveling.  The basic concept is to… Continue reading
Layback Spin Tips: Troubleshooting Problems (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch offers some troubleshooting tips for layback spin problems.  This is the third video in the layback series from Charyl.  In the first part, Charyl simply had the skater do various attitude… Continue reading
Lay Back Spin In Ice Skating: Part 2 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues her discussion of the layback spin.  See how she initially introduces the layback in the first part of this series.  In the first part, Charyl simply had the skater… Continue reading
Lay Back Spin In Ice Skating: Part 1 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch shows how she initially introduces the layback spin.  Charyl starts with an attitude spin where they go in like a scratch spin, put their skating hand on their skating hip, and the free… Continue reading
Camel Spin In Ice Skating – Part 2 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues her discussion of the camel spin.  For skaters having trouble with the basic position, Charyl likes to use back spirals to work on the position.  She wants them to do the back spiral… Continue reading
Camel Spin In Ice Skating – Part 1 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch explains how she teaches the camel spin.  She starts by talking about the desired spinning position.  One of the keys to a good camel spin is having the free hip on top of the… Continue reading
How To Spin In Figure Skating: Back Sit Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch works with several skaters on the back sit spin.  At the beginning of the video, Charyl discusses the issues associated with the common problem of spinning the back sit on the wrong edge (forward inside).… Continue reading
Sit Spin In Ice Skating Tips – Part 2 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues her discussion of the sit spin.  In the previous sit spin video, Charyl explained her philosophy on sit spin and how she teaches it.  In this video, Charyl shares some drills for developing… Continue reading
Sit Spin In Ice Skating Tips – Part 1 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch explains how she teaches a sit spin.  Right from the beginning, Charyl focuses on the position and she uses a 4 step process:  press down on the hands, stick out the butt, press on… Continue reading
Camel Spin For Adult Figure Skaters (Trevor Laak)
Trevor Laak discusses the camel spin, particularly as it relates to adult skaters.  Trevor covers three important issues for camel spin.  The first is the lack of a long and controlled entrance edge.  Trevor discusses the two… Continue reading
How To Center A Spin In Figure Skating: Back Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch finishes her discussion of the back spin.  Previous videos in this series were Backspin Part 1, Backspin Part 2, and Backspin Part 3).  This short video has a couple demonstrations and Charyl’s comments regarding… Continue reading
Adult Ice Skating: Back Spin (Trevor Laak)
Trevor Laak discusses the backspin, particularly as it relates to adult skaters.  The backspin is generally a very challenging spin for low level skaters, and many adult skaters have a particularly hard time with the spin.  Trevor explains… Continue reading
Back Spin Figure Skating Tips – Part 3 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues her explanation of how she introduces the back spin (Backspin Part 1 and Backspin Part 2).  This video contains some additional information about the backspin and it also covers the overhead arm position on… Continue reading
Back Spin Figure Skating Tips – Part 2 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues her explanation of how she introduces the back spin (Backspin Part 1). This video is packed with valuable information. In this video, Charyl introduces the forward inside edge entrance to the backspin.  As she… Continue reading
Back Spin Figure Skating Tips – Part 1 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch explains how she introduces the back spin.  Charyl notes that initially a backspin is more difficult to learn than the forward spin, but over time they become easier than the forward spin to the vast… Continue reading
1 Foot Spin Ice Skating: Forward Inside Three Turn Entrance – Part 2 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues her discussion of the forward inside three turn entrance to forward spins.  She introduces a new demonstrator who attempts.  Charyl provides helpful feedback that we can all learn from.  The value… Continue reading
1 Foot Spin Ice Skating: Forward Inside Three Turn Entrance – Part 1 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch discusses the forward inside three turn entrance to forward spins.  She explains that she teaches it in a fairly straight line and has the skater do the three turn “out of the circle” and… Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins – Change Foot Spins – Forward-Backward-Forward (Page Lipe)
Page Lipe discusses how she introduces change foot spins, particularly as it relates to the ISI Freestyle 3 requirement. Continue reading
How To Center A Figure Skating Spin: Back Crossover Entrance (Charyl Brusch)
Spin coach Charyl Brusch begins this video by covering the back crossover entrance to a forward scratch spin. Continue reading
How To Center A Figure Skating Spin: 1 Foot Spin (Charyl Brusch)
In this short video, spin specialist Charyl Brusch builds on her previous videos and discusses centering of a forward scratch spin. Continue reading
Basic Figure Skating Spins: 1 Foot Spin (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch explains how she teaches a forward scratch spin from a one-foot spin. Continue reading
Basic Figure Skating Spins: Centering 1 Foot Spin – Part 2 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch continues her discussion on centering spins. Continue reading
Basic Figure Skating Spins: Centering 1 Foot Spin – Part 1 (Charyl Brusch)
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch explains how she works on centering spins with her students. Continue reading
Figure Skating Education: Camel-Sit Combination Spin (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire discusses two change of position spins on one foot, camel sit and back camel back sit. She starts with the camel sit because it is the most common. Continue reading
Spinning In Figure Skating: 1 Foot Upright (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire explains her expectations for the forward upright scratch spin. Continue reading
Layback Spin Technique Video: Part 2 (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire continues her explanation of the layback spin. Make sure you watch Part 1 of the layback presentation here. Continue reading
Layback Spin Technique Video: Part 1 (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire explains how she introduces the layback spin. Notice that Bobbe starts her presentation with a discussion of potential back injuries and how to prevent them. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spin Tips: Camel-Back Camel Spin (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire discusses camel-change-camel. As Bobbe says, "The hardest thing about camel-change-camel is to do nothing. We all want to work it too hard." Continue reading
Ice Skating Spins Video: Sit Spin-Back Sit Spin (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire talks about the theory and practice of change foot spins, and focuses on sit-change-sit. This is an awesome video with tons of great information. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins Tips: Back Camel Spin (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire discusses the back camel. She starts right off saying the back camel entrance is hardest of the back spin entrances. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins Video: Back Sit Spin (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire discusses the back sit spin. Continue reading
Ice Skating Spins Video: Back Spin (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire talks about the upright back spin. Continue reading
Camel Spin Figure Skating Video – Part 2 (Bobbe Shire)
Spin specialist Bobbe Shire talks about errors in the camel spin and how she addresses them. Continue reading
Camel Spin Figure Skating Video – Part 1 (Bobbe Shire)
Spin specialist Bobbe Shire discusses the camel spin. She explains why a camel is unique and different than any other spin. Continue reading
1 Foot Spin: Figure Skating Tips – Entry With 3 Turn (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire talks about using the forward inside three turn entry for forward spins. She is not fond of the entrance and she explains why. Continue reading
Sit Spin: Figure Skating Tips (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire gives a thorough explanation of the sit spin. She discusses how it differs from the upright scratch spin. She also talks about the importance of "locking the back down." Continue reading
Spinning In Figure Skating: Entry Speed (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire talks about one of the most misunderstood aspects of spinning, which is setup speed. Bobbe talks about how high setup speeds are difficult to control and generally do not add to the speed of the spin, especially for lower level skaters. Continue reading
Spinning In Figure Skating: 5 Steps To Success (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire discusses back alignment and body position and tension for spinning. This video is a continuation of Bobbe's 5 Steps of Spinning. Continue reading
Ice Skating Spins For Beginners: Which Arm Leads Into The Spin (Bobbe Shire)
Shire discusses optional arm positions for forward spin entry. Continue reading
Champion Cords Help Skaters Spin Faster: Back Spin & Toys (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila Thelen continues her discussion of the backspin (see the first part here). Continue reading
Champion Cords Help Skaters Spin Faster: Back Spin (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila Thelen shows how to use a Champion Cord to help skaters cross their feet in the back spin. First Sheila shows how to attach the cord to the skate and how to hold it properly. Continue reading
Learn To Ice Skate For Kids: Basic Jumping – Part 1 (Sheila Thelen)
This is the first in a series of videos of Sheila Thelen teaching a young skater in a private lesson. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spin Tips For Beginners – Part 4 (Audrey Weisiger)
Audrey Weisiger continues her discussion of how to introduce spins to young skaters. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spin Tips For Beginners – Part 3 (Audrey Weisiger)
Audrey Weisiger continues her discussion of how to introduce spins to young skaters. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spin Tips For Beginners – Part 2 (Audrey Weisiger)
Audrey Weisiger continues her discussion of how to introduce spins to young skaters. She relies heavily in the beginning on what she calls the "washing machine" to get the skaters used to rotation and to help them get comfortable with their inside edges. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spin Tips For Beginners – Part 1 (Audrey Weisiger)
Audrey Weisiger discusses how to start young skaters spinning, from the very beginning. She starts the video by offering three suggestions for determining a skater's dominant spin direction. Continue reading
Figure Skating Back Spin Tips – Outside Edge (Audrey Weisiger)
In this short video clip Audrey Weisiger shows how to help skaters that are having a hard time getting to a back outside edge when learning a backspin. Continue reading
Figure Skating Tips for Advanced Skater Part 1 – Back Spin & Landing Position (Nick Perna)
Nick Perna gives a lesson to Isabelle. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins: Intermediate Spins (Sheila Thelen and Nick Perna)
Sheila Thelen and Nick Perna lead a spin class for less advanced skaters. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins: Beginning Spins (Charyl Brusch)
Charyl Brusch introduces herself and offers some basic insights about spinning. Continue reading
Basic Ice Skating Spins: Fix Traveling (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire discusses what causes traveling in a spin and what you can do to minimize it. This video is a continuation of her introduction to spinning, 5 Step Approach to Spinning. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spins: Basics Of Spinning (Bobbe Shire)
Bobbe Shire explains and demonstrates her basic philosophy of spinning. In this video she shares her 5 Step Approach to Spinning. As Bobbe says, each step has a name and the important things to remember about it. Continue reading
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