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How To Spin

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How To Spin

Scratch Spin

Photo Courtesy of Artist Larisa Gendernalik
Learning to spin on ice skates is not easy, but is so much fun!
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Learning to spin can take time and requires much practice.

Here's How:

  1. The easiest way to start is with a two-foot spin.

  2. If you spin to the left, try to get the feeling of spinning forward on your right skate and backward on your left skate.

    It will feel like you are doing a forward swizzle and a backward swizzle at the same time.

  3. The right skate should have most of the weight on the heel, while the left skate should have most of the weight on the toe.

  4. Next, lift up one foot.

    When you reach the point where you know you are skating backward on the left inside edge, lift up the right foot.

  5. Stay forward over the left skate, and you will find yourself making a small back inside circle, and you should be spinning on one foot!

  6. Hold your stomach in hard, and remain over the front of the skate.

    Pull your free leg into your knee while you raise up a bit on the skating knee.

  7. If all goes well and you remain balanced, you’ll now begin to pull your arms into your chest.

    Don’t forget to keep your elbows up!

  8. To exit, pull out backward on a nice back right outside edge.

    Make a swizzle with your left foot and transferring your weight over to your back right outside edge.

  9. Turn out and stretch your free leg, and hold the edge, keeping your head up.

    You’ll need to push hard as you exit the spin.

Tips:

  1. You may get dizzy. To prevent vertigo, focus on a stationary object as you exit the spin.
  2. Practice spinning over and over. The more you practice spinning, the better your spins will get.
  3. To build up momentum, try spreading your arms around an imaginary beach ball. Then, move the "ball" a bit to the side of your body and push it to the other side of your waist as you attempt to spin.
  4. Don't spin ON the blade's toepick.
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