Track is a sport that requires a great deal of perseverance, athleticism, and speed. The starting block is a tool that provides assistance to the athletes by contributing to the runner?s acceleration upon the start of the race. Sports Unlimited offers only the best starting blocks from brands such as Blazer, Champion and Gill Athletics.
The purpose of starting blocks is to protect the track and allow track runners to have a forceful acceleration at the start of a race. Starting blocks are used in any race that goes up to 400 meters, but no further than that. It is a valuable tool that generates a stretch reflex which is generated by the calf muscle, resulting in a greater force output. Additionally, it allows sprinters to develop a great deal of speed at the start of a race.
When purchasing starting blocks, it is important to find the right balance. It is also important to test your ?mark? and ?set? positions to make sure that the blocks do not rock. The shorter the distance, the more important your start is at the beginning of the race. Your first step could determine how you finish.
There are a variety of starting blocks that come in all different sizes and most are purchased based off of the buyer?s personal preference and what they are comfortable with. Sports Unlimited understands how important it is for our athletes to purchase equipment that is suitable to their needs and we are here to provide our customers with the proper guidance and information they need before purchasing a product.
When trying to find a starting block that will compliment your strategies and skills, it is important to be informed about the variety of products that are available and how they can affect your performance. Consider this:
High Starting Blocks became very common again and returned to competitions in 2008. These starting blocks are much narrower and longer and allow the competitor to adjust their pedals accordingly so that each competitor can perform forcefully and confidently. This style allows for a longer and more dynamic stance.
Short Starting Blocks came into style during the 1996 Olympics and are still used to this day. These starting blocks are typically much shorter in length and have wider foot pedals that allow for a wider stance if it is preferred. They also permit hip-width spacing between feet, which can create a more efficient acceleration.
Indoor Track and Field Starting Blocks made of heavy duty rubber that ensures durable traction and is harmless to all floor surfaces. This product is primarily used for training on gym floors or for indoor races and it is very accommodating and convenient when the weather is poor.
Every style is very efficient and is adjustable to specific angles depending on the brand and most importantly, your preference. Typically, aluminum starting blocks are more expensive than steel, but prices do vary depending on the model. To get you started, check out some of our products that are available for you now:
Blazer All-Surface: Appropriate for all ages. This product comes with gauge steel construction with chrome finished runners that make it easy to adjust. Measures out to be 36? long for easy adaptation to the tall or short runner. The powder coated pedals and zinc plated rail ensures maximum durability and traction on any track surface.
Gill Athletic Collegiate: One of the most popular of its kind, the Gill National Starting Block was specifically designed for high-level collegiate competition for more advanced runners. These starting blocks are made out of thick aircraft aluminum with wide cast aluminum pedals that adjust to four different angles: 45?, 55?, 65?, and 75?. The ?? needle spikes, which are used on synthetic tracks, are included, as well as anchor pins, which are used on cinder tracks.
Gill Athletics Indoor: Appropriate for all ages. This product is designed specifically for indoor use, without nails, pins, or holes, making transportation very easy. Each block contains a non-skid surface offering maximum footing that will leave you racing to the finish line in no time!
In track and field, a relay race is an event that requires a great deal of coordination, speed, and teamwork. In order to perform properly, the use of the baton is necessary. Sports Unlimited provides this tool for its athletes so that they can train and compete to their greatest potential.
A relay baton is a hollow cylinder that is carried by each team member during a relay race. They are used specifically for handing off to teammates, in which the receiver grabs the baton and either sprints to the next receiver or to the finish line.
Batons are available in packs of six or more and offer a variety of colors that come in both light-weight aluminum and foam.