Strength & Conditioning

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This study evaluated kinetic and kinematic aspects of the horizontal hang clean (H-HC) at a variety of loads and also compares these results to the standing sprint start (SSS). Subjects were tested during the H-HC at 30%, 50% and 70% of their five-repetition maximum (5RM), and during the SSS, using two force platforms. Analysis revealed significant differences for the H-HC conditions for the propulsive phase vertical GRF (p ≤ 0.001), propulsive phase horizontal to vertical GRF ratio (H:V) (p = 0.001), subject/barbell displacement (p ≤ 0.001), and velocity (p ≤ 0.001). The propulsive H:V of the H-HC at 30% of the 5 RM was correlated to the propulsive H:V of the first step of the SSS (p = 0.04, r = 0.55). To maximize subject anterior displacement and velocity and propulsive H:V, practitioners should use the H-HC with loads of 30% of the 5 RM. Training in this manner offers specificity for sprinting starts.