Originally Posted by disski
I wish you would explain to all the instructors that they should stop demoing the bob factor in high level classes then .... because they damn well ALL do it in the demos.... it becomes quite annoying to have someone do demos that are nothing like how they ski normally.... Even more annoying when I have to consciously take it OUT of my skiing repeatedly because the canadians keep putting it in - then the others take it out... (OK maybe it is making me adaptable - but I'm over this adaptability right now)
I got one (the one who can turn it on & off best) to quit it in my privates & when we were in the group classes he would do the demo & I would NOT do the bob ... if he wanted more extension he asked for "more length" & I would try to do as requested rather than the bob thing... greater range of movement - ditto he asked for exactly that & I would translate it into "aussie movement" rather than "bobbing"
It also shows an obvious lengthening to what can be a very unsophisticated group -- they may not see the lengthening at all if done right, but the bob does show it. And really, in a group lesson you are at the mercy of the sophistication of those in the class. Since the instructor must demonstrate so that the whole class can benefit, you will get demonstrations performed to the level of the class.
The issue with the bob highlights some fundamental moves. Can you say that even 50% of all skiers have enough movement? I mean enough flexion/extension? I say not even close....
So, an instructor would have to instill an understanding that movement is good, and somehow has to get the class to move! I suggest that having movements you can refine later is a good thing.
Please note, that I do not mean unsophisticated as an insult. An unsophisticated student is one that has not been taught how to analyse movement, may have trouble seeing the moves in the demonstration, and may have problems in sequencing their actions. Even some "high level" skiers can be very static.