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When I updated the original Rocket Sprint Start by Bud Winter, I only covered the use of starting blocks, and to some degree, the Moye starting block.
I didn’t cover the 800m (and up) crouch start, nor did I talk about football’s 3-point 40 yard dash or even baseball’s 60 yard dash.
In our track sessions, we don’t always use blocks in time trials. We use “falling starts” or a 2 point “pike start” and start timing on first movement.
On 30m fly tests with the Freelap, sometimes I use the 800m crouch start and can reach near top speed by the 30m run in.
Start Mechanics and Training Applications
If you are looking for an all in one program that discusses ALL TYPES of starts, then you’ll enjoy Start Mechanics and Training Applications by Derek Hansen. Derek and I had a track team back when I was in Vancouver and produced one Olympian in Bobsled (Steve Larsen) and one Commonwealth Games bronze medalist in the 4x100m (Nathan Taylor).
Derek is also the Head S&C coach at SFU so he knows his stuff when it comes to football and all varsity sports.
There wasn’t a program that discussed the 4 types of starts for all sports, which was the inspiration to make this all-in-one DVD.
Until now. The video discusses:
1. Free Form Starts
This includes Falling Starts, Push Up-Starts for shuttle runs, Lateral Starts for baseball, 3-Point starts for football, and of course 4-Point Starts for Track and Field sprints.
2. Medicine Ball Starts
This includes Med-Ball and Roll-Back Push Start, Hop to Med-Ball Push Start, Lateral Med-Ball Throw and Start.
3. Resisted Starts
This includes Partner Resistance on Shoulders (a must for young sprinters!), Resistance Band Falling Start & Three-Point Starts, Sled Dragging Falling Starts & Three-Point Starts.
4. Obstacle Starts
This includes Small Hurdle Step-Overs into Sprint, Lateral Hurdle Step-Overs into Sprint, Lateral Side-Step into Linear Sprint, and Multiple High Hurdle Hop into Sprint.
The video is sold as a physical DVD and the online/download version for computers and mobile devices.
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