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How to set up starting blocks

How to set up starting blocks

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How to set up starting blocks

Hello.  Welcome to Neuff’s ‘How to…’ videos.  Today we are looking at how to make up a set of starting blocks.

This is a set of Pro-Olympic starting blocks, but most starting blocks are fundamentally the same so whichever kind you are doing you should find this video useful.

This is what you get when you open the box.  You have a centre bar, two footplates, two stabilising plates, a bag of spikes and a spike key, some bolts and an allen key.  So first things first we need to get it the right way round.  The centre bar needs to be orientated as it would be for the athlete, so if I am standing this way on the blocks, then I need to be able to read the numbers on that are on the centre bar, so I need it this way round.

Then I am going to take the first stabilising plate and fix it very simply using the bolts and allen key.  Put both bolts in loosely first, otherwise you might find that if you tighten one too far you might not be able to get the other bolt in.  Tighten those up using the allen key and you have left in front the spike holes (we are not going to put those in now otherwise the spikes will stick in the table) and this is a pin hole for if you are using the blocks on grass you can use a bigger pin through the centre hole to anchor it down rather than just relying on the spikes.  Now a useful tip is if you tie a simple piece of string through this hole and measure it so that it exactly fits the distance that you want your blocks set back from the start line, then you can just use that piece of string to get your blocks lined up appropriately, tuck it underneath once you are ready to go and you don’t need to carry a tape measure around with you to measure the specific distance back from the start line every time you race. 

So now we are going to do the second stabilising plate in much the same way.  Two bolts in, very simple, and tighten them with the allen key.  Again you would put the spikes in the holes on either side of the T-bar, four on each side, but we are not going to do that to save our table.  And there we have the centre bar for your blocks.

Now we are ready to put the footplates on.  So you can see here, the footplate has a simple bar adjustment for the height of it, with this little bar fits into the grooves.  So all you do, is you flick this little bar out and you can adjust the footplate to the angle that suits you.  You can see that it has a fixture on the side which has a couple of bolts with a plate, so this plate will fit over the side of the centre bar.  Take the first block and the plate simply slots over the groove on the side.  If you want to you can adjust the angle of the second block as well and it literally just slots over.  Now those are nice and stable on there.

You can adjust the depth of the footplate and you can adjust for a wider or narrower stance depending on the preference of the athlete. 

Please view our other ‘How to…’ videos, including the difference between types of starting blocks, and we hope you enjoy your sport.


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