Last time, you learned to simply “Spin Your Arms.”
That's probably because if you're going to do a spin you should spin right!?
I think that you were able to understand more deeply from a physical standpoint on how to spin.
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, please take some time to look at it now.
This time, we're going to look at a method that perhaps no one has heard of before!
That is precisely the reason it's a “secret.” It's a secret because no one recognizes it.
We call jumping on both feet as a POP.
When you jump, you go up, but you don't spin right?!
I can hear everyone saying that already.
It's for certain that if you just jump, you will not spin.
However, a very big result comes from adding a pop into your spinning motion.
This time, we are not going to think about it from a physical standpoint, but from an anatomical one.
So is there or is there not a “jumping” motion?
This is one big difference between the spin of intermediate and advanced snowboarders.
This “jumping” motion also has to do with stretching the entire body upward.
By jumping, you go up, and when this happens, the muscles of the entire body are elongated.
I'm not talking about a slow stretch.
I'm talking about a stretch that is quick and all at once.
Due to this kind of stretch, the muscles suddenly become elongated.
This is the main point of this tutorial.
When the muscles are suddenly elongated, their reaction is to quickly contract in order to prevent tearing.
This reaction is called the “stretch reflex.”
By using this reaction effectively, you can gain the ability to spin more.
For more detail, please look it up on Google and use Wikipedia, etc. for further study.
This “stretch reflex” is caused by sudden muscle elongation.
However, in addition to that, when you flex these muscles during a stretch reflex, you can get an even stronger, quicker reaction.
Let's take the vertical jump for example.
You crouch low, then, you contract and relax the muscles in preparation to elongate them.
While crouching, you completely relax the entire body before jumping.
From that point on, you relax, jump, and expand the muscles that were contracted all at once.
The moment you jump, the more you expand upward, and the more this stretch reflex occurs.
In addition to that, you intentionally put power into the stretched out muscles and then contract them.
Keep in mind that after you've jumped, by having created this crouched position, you naturally put strength into these muscles.
At this moment, since it is a muscle reaction and not a matter of consciously performing the action, you don't feel the weight of the lower-body.
There is a reason as to why not feeling the weight of the lower-body allows you to spin easier.
This is the whole secret behind being able to spin more!
Let's try to add even more spin movement.
The key is…
Since it's difficult to put effort into being aware of various muscle groups, just be aware of the abdominal muscles and try to put power in them.
Try to put power into the abdominal muscles like you would when you bend your chest over your leading knee.
You can imagine a sit-ups toward your leading knee after takeoff.
In poppy style jumps where the lip is pointing up in the air, the lower-body lifts up on its own.
This is the reason why you feel the weight of the lower-body less and less after takeoff. It makes it easier to spin without adding any pop, just like jumping on a trampoline.
Advanced snowboarders don't just expand their abdominal muscles vertically, but they quickly and forcefully extend their body horizontally while spinning as well.
However, keep in mind that when you spin the upper-body 90 degrees or more, it becomes difficult for this “stretch reflex” to occur and your muscle strength will not be able to hold out.
So, did you understand the theory behind jumping and being able to spin more?
This method of spinning will come up in other spin tutorials, so don't forget it!
Snowboard Dojo Wiz
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