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I'm try to improve my blocks start but for some reason I'm finding it hard. I'm quite tall but I good with jumping and improving my weights. Is there any drills I can try to improve this?

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First of all, only your reflex matters in improving block starts. I suggest doing as many starts as you can, and having someone time you with a stopwatch. Try to be faster in leaving the blocks. Being low initially helps in gaining speed, efficiently and swiftly leaving the blocks.

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Also try strengthening your quadriceps, since they are the main driving force in block starts. There's an exercise for improving your starting strides: Stand with your toes touching the line, then slowly lean forward like you're gonna fall on your nose (something like MJ in Smooth Criminal :) ) Lean until it's time to start running.

YouTube is also a great resource for these exercises.

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