Recently, I have noticed that my coach is making all his kids doing some spread eagle or ina bauer. I knew it was just a matter of time that he would get round to me... and it didn't take long.
In lesson yesterday, he asked if I could do a spread eagle. Of course he didn't say it, he just asked, "can you do this" and showed me what "this" was.
This is something I tried and given up and never thought to try again. After all, I was finding more fun doing flying camels than getting my heels stuck on the ice. Besides, I told him, I have closed hips and when I did try to stretch it years ago, I ended up with lower back pain.
Well, he didn't insist, though he said, as a matter of fact, that it is all a matter of stretching!
I have always been envious of those who could do spread eagles and ina bauers. Although I convinced myself I don't need it to do a good program, its as if there's something missing from my repetoire. However, I am very hesitant to try again, for fear of exaggerating my back problem...