Change in Power Output Across a High-Repetition Set of Bench Throws and Jump Squats in Highly Trained Athletes

Document Type

Journal Article


National Strength and Conditioning Association


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


Vario Health Institute




Baker, D. G., & Newton, R. (2007). Change in power output across a high-repetition set of bench throws and jump squats in highly trained athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 21(4), 1007-1011. Available here


Athletes experienced in maximal-power and power-endurance training performed 1 set of 2 common power training exercises in an effort to determine the effects of moderately high repetitions upon power output levels throughout the set. Twenty-four and 15 athletes, respectively, performed a set of 10 repetitions in both the bench throw (BT P60) and jump squat exercise (JS P60) with a resistance of 60 kg. For both exercises, power output was highest on either the second (JS P60) or the third repetition (BT P60) and was then maintained until the fifth repetition. Significant declines in power output occurred from the sixth repetition onwards until the 10th repetition (11.2% for BT P60 and 5% for JS P60 by the 10th repetition). These findings suggest that athletes attempting to increase maximal power limit their repetitions to 2 to 5 when using resistances of 35 to 45% 1RM in these exercises.