The Sacred Glove Test

9 May

I’ve been back on the ice every other week practicing. While I haven’t really improved that much, I have been practicing a few of the same elements every time I get on the ice. Today I taped the last few minutes of my practice session. I was trying out the glove test for my camel spins. Just before I taped this I had at least five really awesome spins but as soon as I turned on the camera they all but disappeared. Typical! but I recorded it anyway.

What is the sacred glove test, you ask? A few years ago I had two coaches who had me try camels spins by placing a glove in the space between where your hip and leg meets. You are supposed to be able to hold the glove in that crevice while you do the spin and it’s obviously meant to improve your entrance into and position throughout the spin. You can find a more in depth tutorial in my blog post “The Camel Spin Monologue” from 2009

I always wanted to record what it looks like in practice so here it is! Plus a few little extra’s on the side. Say hi to the nice lady practicing as she goes by in the middle of the video. You go girl!

Today’s glove test actually went much better then it ever did a few years ago so that’s progress for you! As I step into the spin and as I turn the three turn I take the glove and place it in the crevice and then I take it out when I am done spinning. I was able to hold the glove through most of the spins (the one’s not on this video!). I’m not entirely sure if that is due to better control or maybe a little extra weight! HA! However, I can see that I am still rushing the entrance, bending my free leg and popping up into the spin a little too fast. I will need to work harder on controlling those aspects.

The rest of the video is a sit spin, a sloppy waltz/toe combo, a very slow loop, and a good salchow.

Till next time! Happy Skating!


4 Responses to “The Sacred Glove Test”

  1. Christine in Nevada May 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    Good job! I get camera shy too when I try to tape myself on the ice. I really appreciate that you took the time to show us your video.As a Gamma-level skater, I learn a lot from watching how a move is done, [or not done]. Your moves are so fluid, I had to get to 3-4 spins before I saw you take the glove out! 🙂

    • dream2skate May 21, 2013 at 5:30 am #

      Hi Christine!
      Yeah, it actually took me a bit to see the glove in the video as well! It seemed more noticeable when I was actually doing it on the ice but then when I looked at the video I saw that it was much harder to see! I’ll have to do a close up so you can see it better.
      Thanks for watching!

  2. Heather Stave May 18, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I also was figure skating up until 3.5 years ago. I was also diagnosed with femoral patellar syndrome, and have been terrified to get back on the ice, even to just do warm ups and practice my edges – the thought of having to keep my knees bent and then hearing that “pop” when the kneecap gives just sends me into paralyzing fear. Since reading your blog, I am actually tentatively considering returning to skating, because as you say, there is something so overwhelmingly calming about it, like my own zen meditation as I concentrate on my balance, on the movement and posture… it was my own little haven of comfort and peace.
    I’m 40 years old now, and arthritis and the syndrome have kept me much less active, but I have a strong yearning to return to the one sport that I felt a true affinity for.
    Good luck, and keep posting!! You are inspirational to others who share the exact same pains and pops and grinding noises as you, and who also passionately love the ice.

  3. dream2skate May 21, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Hi Heather!
    Yes, you can get back on the ice! I pretty much gave up for 9 months or so because of the pain (and I’m not exactly back into the full swing of things right now) but I do think that that patella femoral syndrome and the arthritis can be managed so you can return to the ice. I think slow and steady is the key though. I haven’t wrote a post about the other things I’ve been doing the last two months that have helped tremendously but I will soon. I’ve learned that if I feel sore in the knees I have to back off a few days and come back to it with a new strategy. Lately I’ve also been seeing a massage therapist and that has helped a lot with the tightness in my muscles surrounding the knee. I think it does the same thing as bikram without the sweating! Also, stretching and a foam roller helps. It’s alot of work just being able to skate but it’s worth it so far. I’m still trying to figure out how often I can skate without getting to the point of absolute pain. I’m sure you know what I mean.
    I do hope this helps people so I am glad to hear that it is helping you! Once you find something you love to do it’s hard to let it go and you shouldn’t have to if that is what you really want. I hope you find a way to return to skating!

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