It's time for me to answer another question that I've been asked many times!
This time, it's about doing a grab while spinning!
Hello! I can do a 360, but when I do a grab, my spin stops.
How can I do a grab without stopping my rotation?
When doing an intermediate level spin, trying to throw in a grab is a big challenge.
By doing a grab, you lose speed and you can't complete the spin.
I hear this a lot from intermediate level snowboarders trying to do spins.
The reason is because the power of the spin is not fully followed through with the hips.
With spins, you begin the rotation with your upper body.
After that, the power should then be transferred downward through your abdominal muscles and into your hips.
If you can turn your hips, then naturally, your lower-body and snowboard will follow through in the rotation.
If you can do a 360 without a grab, what this means is that you are able to follow through with the power of the spin all the way down to your hips.
So, why does the spin stop? This is something we MUST know!
To start off with spins, the power to spin is transferred from the upper body downward.
However, even though the upper-body is supposed to pull the hips in the direction of the spin, how about when the upper body’s direction is reversed mid-spin?
The upper-body won't be able to pull the hips in the right direction and there will not be enough momentum to continue rotating at that speed.
As for the spin stopping, when a grab is performed during a spin, there is the possibility that the upper-body is twisting back in the opposite direction when you try to reach for your snowboard.
Please give the next 3 things a try:
With your upper-body pulling the spin and not twisting back in the opposite direction, no matter where you grab, you can still pull your hips through and continue your spins momentum.
Grabs for Front Side Spins,
Grabs for Back-Side Spins,
During your spin for any of these grabs, your upper-body won't go back in the opposite direction.
However, there are people who's spin stops even when they try these things. For these people, they are the kind of people that are trying to grab the board first and then trying to spin afterward.
In this situation, first, you have to be sure that there is plenty of force in the hips to spin, then grab.
The reason for this is that in a 360-spin, you spin all the way to the last 90 degrees without grabbing.
After you've reached the last 90 you extend your hand to the place you will perform the grab.
Once you get used to this, keep spinning and in the last 180, try to grab.
Furthermore, after you've spun with your upper-body and bent it over your leading knee, then you can use the muscles of your abdomen to pull your hips more aggressively.
If it's a front-side spin, you lead with your upper body bending over your foreleg. If it's a back-side spin, you lead with your upper body bending over your hind leg.
Actually, using the abdominal muscle’s stretch reflexes is key, but we'll talk about that in a different video. Let's watch it together and deepen our understanding of spins!