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Here is a sample analysis of a sprinter using starting blocks.
As always, I try to keep my videos under 10 minutes. Normally, I need a whole hour or 90 minutes to critique a full starting block analysis.
Remember, it’s all in the start, and a great start sets you up for every phase of the entire race.
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In this video, I discuss:
- Block setup, spacings and angles, and why some starting blocks are bad
- Getting into your blocks and the pre-race routine
- The “On You Marks” position, what to look for in body angles
- Popping up too fast at “Set”… and why I hate it
- The “Set” position, what to look for in body angles, and how to choose the correct knee angle
- The Stretch Reflex, and why some starting blocks are bad
- Clearance: the first 2 steps and low leg recovery
- Asafa Powell’s “toe drag” second step.
If you can’t answer these questions, I highly recommend you take 10 minutes and watch the video.
If you would like me to critique your start, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org