Increase balance skills with the Figure 8 drill.
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The next balance move is called “figure eight” and what you are doing is you are trying to write your name. You could count to 10, do the alphabet, whatever you like, and the whole idea is to try and throw yourself off balance by spelling your name, but keeping it nice and strong. So you are holding through that core. Good. My name is Judy, so I am going to start of easy. And as you feel more confident, you can make it a little bit more aggressive. The whole idea is to stay nice and strong and trying to keep that balance. My name is short, I am lucky. Let us switch sides. Here we go. Good. Let us try it with the group. So spell in your name. Hold through you core, keep it nice and strong. Good. As you get more confident, try to make it a little bit bigger. Perfect! When you finish spelling your names, switch sides. Looking good! I can see Cassandra has got really great balance. So what I am going to try and do is I am going to try and make it a little bit more challenging for her by giving her a towel or something to stand on. What this basically does—it could be a t-shirt, a pair of shorts—it is going to make it a little bit unstable for her. So it is going to step it up a little bit. Okay, here we go. Holding through the core. The pressure is on Cassandra, and she has got a really long name. Good. Switch sides when you are done spelling. Looking good! See how nice she is holding through that core, balancing, great. And that balance move is called the figure eight. Let us summarize the balance moves. There were three moves—The 747, The Karate Kid, and Figure Eight. Remember when you do these moves to focus on good posture and keep the knee balanced over the foot.
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