As a kid growing up in the U.S. my favorite rider was Kyle Bennett, so when I was getting ready to turn professional I knew there was only one coach I wanted, Kyle's coach, Sean Dwight!
Sean and I began working together when I was 17 years old, Sean's training methodology and mentoring has helped mold me as an athlete and as the man I am today. The training methodology is constantly adapting and changing, as is the equipment we have used throughout the years to eventually arrive at the current model of the sprintblock.
The current Sprintblock model is the best sprint training device I have ever used.
I was introduced to the “Sprint Block Method” from Sean Dwight in August of 2012. At this time I was doing the traditional foot down technique which is very effective but lacked variety and explosive intensity. I was also using the roll up and squeeze your brakes technique - very ineffective and inconsistent. My gate start was always efficient but the Sprintblock technique brought consistency and added explosiveness to my starts, I was now able to overload my starting technique with specificity to accurately monitor physical and mental training, transferring to higher acceleration without sacrificing reaction time. Within 2 months of using the Sprintblock I was able to raise my gear by 2 inches as my starting strength improved drastically, this propelled me to go on one of the most successful winning streaks of all time during the year (2013). The specificity in training options are endless with the sprint block technique when performed correctly, the results are proven by the worlds best.
Quit being an imitator with your plastic steps and start being an innovator.
I remember first moving to Sydney towards the end of 2006 living with Sean and racing BMX full time. It was the first time I was exposed to a fully structured training/life program geared around making the big step to racing in America. I was introduced to the fundamentals and techniques that go along with sprint training. It was the early days and we would use bricks, planks of wood and even old helmets trying to improvise and simulate the perfect pedal height for sprints. We achieved some massive results which really gave momentum to what you finally see today in the sprintblock. Sean's passion and constant drive to innovate has created a simple and effective tool to help countless riders around the world get out the gate that much faster. The blokes a dead set legend!
I was lucky enough to live close by Sean Dwight, we both had the privilege of growing up in one of Australia's hot spots for BMX talent, South Western Sydney. Sean Dwight was one of the few pro’s I idolised as a young up and coming BMXer.
Kyle Bennett and I were pilots for Sean's methodologies and different techniques, serving us both very well during our careers. I’ll never forget the time Sean told me to change my cranks, I wasn’t sold but Sean assured me it would work. After a month or so using them and sticking to his infamous sprint programs I won the next 4 consecutive weekends. This was the beginning of my dominance in the sport as a professional living in America and ultimately becoming the ABA AA Pro Champion in 2001.
The Sprintblock in my opinion is all of his ideas and techniques mastered in a simple device. I wish I had when I was racing as sprinting was one of the most important parts of my training, it built my technique, strength and confidence to get to the front and win races consistently as a professional BMX racer.