Whether you wanted to be a successful athlete when you were growing up, or you still want to be, Imani-Lara Lansiquot has shared her top tips for a perfect sprint start.
It’s time to dust off your running shoes, grab a few friends, and hit the track. Also, be prepared how much pressure your feet have to withstand in order to race to victory – we were shocked.
TOP 3 tips
Hand placement is very important for sprint starts. Ideally set hip-width apart, with your weight pushed forwards through your finger tips and evenly distributed. Imani-Lara shares her way of ensuring her hands are in the right position.
Who knew that the key to success could all be within the position of you back? Imani-Lara. If your back is in the correct position then you should feel tension in your legs – which will aid a clean start which is vital en route to a race win.
The final piece of the victory puzzle - projection. This is what can separate a disappointing start from an effective start. You just need to make sure that your body is heading down the track in a forward direction.
Take home message
Next time you’re on the track, channeling your inner Imani-Lara, remember – hands, back and projection. Oh, and bunny hops... don’t forget the bunny hops. We look forward to seeing you all dart to victory in 2024.
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