The Impact of Load on Lower Body Performance Variables During the Hang Power Clean

Timothy J. Suchomel, George K. Beckham, Glenn A. Wright

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Abstract

This study examined the impact of load on lower body performance variables during the hang power clean. Fourteen men performed the hang power clean at loads of 30%, 45%, 65%, and 80% 1RM. Peak force, velocity, power, force at peak power, velocity at peak power, and rate of force development were compared at each load. The greatest peak force occurred at 80% 1RM. Peak force at 30% 1RM was statistically lower than peak force at 45% (p = 0.022), 65% (p = 0.010), and 80% 1RM (p = 0.018). Force at peak power at 65% and 80% 1RM was statistically greater than force at peak power at 30% (p < 0.01) and 45% 1RM (p < 0.01). The greatest rate of force development occurred at 30% 1RM, but was not statistically different from the rate of force development at 45%, 65%, and 80% 1RM. The rate of force development at 65% 1RM was statistically greater than the rate of force development at 80% 1RM (p = 0.035). No other statistical differences existed in any variable existed. Changes in load affected the peak force, force at peak power, and rate of force development, but not the peak velocity, power, or velocity at peak power.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalSports Biomechanics
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • lower body power
  • optimal load
  • power clean variations
  • Power training

Disciplines

  • Mathematics
  • Physics

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