Comparison of olympic vs. traditional power lifting training programs in football players

Jay R. Hoffman, Joshua Cooper, Michael Wendell, Jie Kang

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Twenty members of an National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III collegiate football team were assigned to either an Olympic lifting (OL) group or power lifting (PL) group. Each group was matched by position and trained 4-days·wkr-1 for 15 weeks. Testing consisted of field tests to evaluate strength (1RM squat and bench press), 40-yard sprint, agility, vertical jump height (VJ), and vertical jump power (VJP). No significant pre- to posttraining differences were observed in 1RM bench press, 40-yard sprint, agility, VJ or in VJP in either group. Significant improvements were seen in 1RM squat in both the OL and PL groups. After loglO-transformation, OL were observed to have a significantly greater improvement in ΔVJ than PL. Despite an 18% greater improvement in 1RM squat (p > 0.05), and a twofold greater improvement (p > 0.05) in 40-yard sprint time by OL, no further significant group differences were seen. Results suggest that OL can provide a significant advantage over PL in vertical jump performance changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Athletic performance
  • Football
  • Periodized training
  • Resistance training


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