The effects of 3 types of set configurations (cluster, traditional, and undulating) on barbell kinematics were investigated in the present study. Thirteen men (track and field = 8; Olympic weightlifters = 5) (mean ± SEM age, 23 A ±1.1 years; height, 181.3 ± 2.1 cm; body mass, 89.8 ± 4.2 kg) performed 1 set of 5 repetitions in a cluster, traditional, and undulating fashion at 90 and 120% of their 1 repetition maximum (1RM) power clean (119.0 ± 4.3 kg). All data were collected at 50 Hz and analyzed with a V-Scope Weightlifting Analysis System. Peak velocity (PV) and peak displacement (PD) were analyzed for each repetition and averaged for each set type. Results indicated that a significantly (p < 0.016) higher PV occurred during the cluster set when compared with the traditional sets at both intensities. PD was significantly higher than traditional sets at the 120% intensity. The present study suggests set configuration can affect PV and PD during clean pulls.
1Strength Research Laboratory, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308
2Biomechanics Laboratory, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608
3USA Weightlifting Development Center, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana 71105
4Sport Science, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909.