Creating Power In Turns (Douglas Webster)

Professional choreographer Douglas Webster gives a lesson where he explains exactly how to generate power during a turn in skating. In this case, the turn is a 3-turn, but the concept applies to any turn (3-turns, brackets, rockers, and counters).

This is the missing ingredient when it comes to lower level skaters simply lacking power in turns. By mastering these concepts that Doug shares, skaters immediately boost their skating skills and component marks in competition.

Notice that power is generated on both the entry edge and the exit edge. Admittedly, most of the power is created on the exit edge, but the strength and quality of the entrance edge makes the exit edge possible. Doug says, “The edge is coming in… and I’m power pulling out.”

He also talks about body alignment and shoulder placement to work on this for maximum power. The shoulders and hips should remain square to the direction of travel, rather than doing a 3-turn where the shoulders twist aggressively before the turn (which makes the turn just a release, rather than a push).

Doug demonstrates how a 3-turn performed with power actually sets up the next element or skill in a program. He says, “When we really learn to skate with our edges and understand how those compressions and bends work, it’s a powerful tool.”


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