Effect of loading on peak power of the bar, body, and system during power cleans, squats, and jump squats

J Sports Sci. 2011 Aug;29(11):1215-21. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2011.587444. Epub 2011 Jul 22.


Nine males (age 24.7 ± 2.1 years, height 175.3 ± 5.5 cm, body mass 80.8 ± 7.2 kg, power clean 1-RM 97.1 ± 6.36 kg, squat 1-RM = 138.3 ± 20.9 kg) participated in this study. On day 1, the participants performed a one-repetition maximum (1-RM) in the power clean and the squat. On days 2, 3, and 4, participants performed the power clean, squat or jump squat. Loading for the power clean ranged from 30% to 90% of the participant's power clean 1-RM and loading for the squat and jump squat ranged from 0% to 90% of the participant's squat 1-RM, all at 10% increments. Peak force, velocity, and power were calculated for the bar, body, and system (bar + body) for all power clean, squat, and jump squat trials. Results indicate that peak power for the bar, body, and system is differentially affected by load and movement pattern. When using the power clean, squat or jump squat for training, the optimal load in each exercise may vary. Throwing athletes or weightlifters may be most concerned with bar power, but jumpers or sprinters may be more concerned with body or system power. Thus, the exercise type and load vary according to the desired stimulus.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Movement*
  • Muscle Strength*
  • Weight Lifting / physiology*
  • Weight-Bearing*
  • Young Adult