Peak Power Across Exercises
So much more to the selection of training exercises than whether they are a "power" exercise or not...
- There should be clear considerations of training limitations of your specific population. You are far less likely to use power snatches with a baseball pitcher than you are with a sprinter or jumper in track and field.
- From past analyses I know that peak power on the power snatch would have continued to rise if the movement had continued on to a squat snatch (full snatch). If so it is very likely that peak power would have equated or potentially exceeded that of the clean pull off blocks at knee height. This is a real consideration for athletes who have great training histories where they are able to tolerate more variation and greater ranges of motion in training. This is not common, but high-performance in sport is most certainly anything but common.
- Having the ability to simplify tasks and allow for more mastery to occur, using language of Dan Pfaff, is clearly very possible. So if power was the goal and the athlete had power snatches scheduled but either they pushed speed and power work of other more direct training means pretty hard or you think they are just a little off in technical execution today then you can simplify the movement and still generate a quality training effect. If the purpose is power then you can get that but go with better quality and more training density.
This analysis shows you can train for "power" effectively across three exercises with very different demands. If you were to decide that something like that was important... :)