Block Starts


Pierre-Jean Vazel and Jimson Lee have made some enlightening comments regarding the starting blocks, reaction time, and running times. While the history is clear, the context is a little foggy since various devices and track surfaces will create some interesting questions on who is the fastest to ten ever. Some will say Collins in 2004, some will say Stewart in 1991, others will point to obscure races. What we do know is that the fastest 10m times were not from the strongest in the weight room, conversely not lifting weights heavy doesn’t mean you will run fast. Blocks are the most coachable element since it’s about getting into the right positions consistently, not about talent, after the gun goes off is much different. Making sure one simply does blocks is not easy when so much other aspects of training are needed to get done, but the simple question did you practice starts this week is a good start.

Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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