Off-Ice Jumps – Part 4: Loop, Flip, and Lutz (Michelle Leigh)

World and Olympic coach Michelle Leigh continues a multi-part series on off-ice jumping.  In Part 1 she focused on some basics and the axel.  In Part 2, she discussed the salchow and some drills to improve landings.  In Part 3, she addresses issues with the off-ice toe loop.  And in this session, she covers loop, flip, and lutz.

To develop the feel for these jumps off the ice, Michelle recommends simply hopping and rotating on the take-off foot with the free foot low.  Once some natural rotation is available, jump up and get into the air position.  Getting the free foot correct is the key to this exercise.  This simple drill is the primary drill Michelle uses for off-ice loop jump.

For the flip, Michelle uses the movement of a simulated three-turn or mohawk to step into the above drill.  Notice how both skaters demonstrating do not have a “long reach” and place the foot down underneath themselves.

As for lutz, Michelle says, “That’s another jump you have to be very careful of.  Make sure the skater is really really good at outside edge take-off on the ice, otherwise don’t do the jump off the ice.”  It doesn’t make sense to train something off the ice, if it actually doesn’t help on-ice performance.

Check out all the videos in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.


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