jo skates

Skating in the key of life

They’ve got my back


Remember that “wringing” sensation that sets up figure skating turns? I was working on three turns today, and Kari noticed that I was doing left three turns with my hip jacked up high. I explained that I was trying to work on that core rotation, but having trouble feeling it. She said, “When I feel it in my back, I know I’m really doing it.” So I tried to do this twisting motion using the muscles in my back, and not just those on the front and side of my body.


I told Kari that I would name this motion after her”: the “Kari back-thing.” Maybe just the “back-thing” for short, or the “KBT.”

When you feel like you’ve been through the wringer, remember that it’s your friends who’ve got your back!

Author: Joskates

Don't see me on the ice? I may be in the classroom or at the theater, or hanging out with my family and friends.

2 thoughts on “They’ve got my back

  1. Skating is funny – if it feels too easy, you’re doing it wrong! If you feel a funny twist or a weird sensation, then you’re probably doing it right. 🙂


  2. It is funny. Sometimes the correct way feels strange or different–but while that makes it hard to do, the resulting motion (in the big picture) can feel easier. Thanks for reading, Eva!


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