How do I make my first few steps of the blocks quicker when I’m trying to make them bigger (longer)?

Zoe asks a great question. And this is something sprinters on all levels struggle with. The problem with trying to make big steps is that it’s probably taking too long (on the ground too long) to create longer steps. Trying to force a longer stride will make you slower. So it is much better to focus on having good angles out of the blocks. Making sure your shoulders, hips, and knees are moving forward horizontally (not vertically) will give you better results than trying to cover more ground. As you get stronger and more explosive your stride length will increase and so will the speed. But that can’t be your primary focus.

Tianna Bartoletta