Block Start Practice

by Steve McGill

Hurdlers tend to focus so much on the hurdles that they forget to sprint. Often, this habit appears in the very first step of a race. Hurdlers often tend to stand up out of the blocks in their eagerness to run to the first hurdle. Many beginning hurdlers will fixate on the first hurdle, and will run tentatively toward it without even realizing that they are doing so. As a result, they don’t drive out of the blocks at all. To put it simply, instead of running through hurdle one, they run to hurdle one, which sets up a habit of being to erect that continues all the way down the track. For those younger hurdlers who struggle to maintain a three-step stride pattern between the hurdles for an entire race, getting out of the blocks forcefully, pushing out forward (instead of upward), and driving and rising gradually, is essential to maintaining speed and rhythm for the whole race. A first step that is too short can have a ripple negative effect over every hurdle. If the take-off distance to hurdle one is too far away, the take-off distance to every hurdle will most likely be too far away. The only exceptions are those hurdlers who are powerful enough and athletic enough to compensate and recover somewhere further down the track.

…Want to read the rest?

Print Friendly


Signup Here
Lost Password