Hang Snatch vs Hang Clean: Relevance to Lower Body Peak Power


Background: The primary goal of this study was to examine the correlations between the hang clean (HC), hang snatch (HS), and vertical jump (VJ) ability. As a secondary objective, different correlations were used to investigate which lift may be of optimal use in Collegiate Strength and Conditioning programs. Prior research has indicated that both lifts closely resemble the technique of the VJ, with the implication that either could be of use in developing lower body peak power, which is a widely accepted method of measuring overall athleticism. Subjects: Members of an NCAA Division I Women’s Crew team. Methods: Each student-athlete participated in maximal testing of HC, HS, and VJ prior to the beginning of Spring competitive season. In addition, subject’s body mass, years of rowing experience, and number of years weight training at the Division I level were gathered. Statistical Analysis: Pearson’s product-moment correlations between all measurements were calculated. Results: Predicted 1RM in both HC and HS were significantly correlated with VJ (p < 0.01). A stronger correlation between HC and HS was noted relative to body mass (p < 0.01). Number of years weight training at the Division I level was significantly correlated to HC and HS performance. Years of rowing experience does not appear to be strongly correlated with performance in the weight room. Conclusions: Due to these results, it seems likely that HC and HS are useful tools in the evaluation of athleticism at the NCAA Division I level.