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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:31 pm    Post subject: starting steps Reply with quote

Alrite so i'm getting the blocks better and better but how about the first few steps you take out of them. I seem to take pretty big steps which i think is wrong but have just realized this if i'm right. I think i should be taking shorter medium steps but not that short.

Also, i've noticed a few times that my legs wont move straight all the time right out of the blocks, they will kind of come out to the side on the first few steps. It seems like that would make me lose speed wouldnt it? I see a few people doing it though so just want to clarify that.

And when do you think you should be standing and doing your full stride? 10 meters? I was never really clear on this i just know your spossed tp stay low at the start.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your first steps should be short and slowly increasing in length over the first 10 steps or so. If you start with too long of a stride, you'll lose the momentum gained through the aggressive forward lean.

You're correct that side to side is bad. Lots of people do it as a football habit. One thing that might help is doing starts and accelerations on the lane line, making sure that each foot lands right on the line.

You shouldn't be fully upright until 20-30m, assuming you've got a good drive phase. Make sure you're keeping a straight line through your hips to stay low, not just bending at the waist.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan wrote:
Your first steps should be short and slowly increasing in length over the first 10 steps or so. If you start with too long of a stride, you'll lose the momentum gained through the aggressive forward lean.

You're correct that side to side is bad. Lots of people do it as a football habit. One thing that might help is doing starts and accelerations on the lane line, making sure that each foot lands right on the line.

You shouldn't be fully upright until 20-30m, assuming you've got a good drive phase. Make sure you're keeping a straight line through your hips to stay low, not just bending at the waist.

Dan



Side to side is bad, but it also depends on your feet: a flat--foot athlete can actually benefit from making first two steps and first two steps only with feet hitting the surface somewhat side to side "duck power." Most flat--foot dashers walk in a way that earns them a nick "duck man."
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are two entirely different things. Running side to side is a shifting of the weight, toes out is just a biomechanical thing.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the blocks, you should have your weight ready pounce foward. Start low, almost if you're falling foward. Pump the legs. After a few meters, go tall, legs high-powerful-aggressive on your toes with a lean forward for extra acceleration.
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