A COMPARISON OF METHODS TO CALCULATE THE OPTIMAL LOAD FOR MAXIMAL POWER OUTPUT IN THE POWER CLEAN

  • Angus Burnett
  • Adam Beard
  • Robert Newton
  • Kevin Netto
Keywords: power output, power clean, methods, optimal load.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare three calculation methods to determine the load that maximises power output in the power clean. Five male athletes (height=179.8 10.5cms, weight 91.8 8.8kg. power clean 1RM = 117.0 20.5kg) performed two power cleans at 10% increments from 50% to 100% of 1RM. Bar displacement data was collected using a Ballistic Measurement System (BMS) and vertical ground reaction lorce (VGRF) data was measured by a Kistler 9287B Force Plate. Power output was calculated for BMS (system mass), BMS (bar mass) and VGRF/BMS system mass. Optimal load was determined to be 70% for the BMS (system mass) and VGRF 8MS (system mass) methods and 90% for the BM3 (bar mass) method. Sports scientists should be aware of the technical issues underlying these findings due to the practical ramifications for athlete testing and training.
Published
2008-03-25