GENERAL PHYSICAL PREPAREDNESS
GPP is about being healthy. Period. Our programming, facilities and community are focused only on this.
We believe the only worthy reason to exercise and eat right is so that we can lead richer, fuller lives. Lives not limited by capacity and/or self-induced disease.
Get your workout in and go home. Go be a human. Do things that interest/edify you. Let your exercise enable you to contribute to your family, your loved ones, your community and/or society in more positive ways.
At GPP we do NOT serve our workouts (read, "the Demotion of Exercise). We realize it is our workout's job to serve us.
To help you achieve OPTIMAL HEALTH. Optimal Health encompasses all objectives of healthy living. These may range from: having more energy, to losing weight, to becoming fit, to participating in sport, to conquering disease. Our definition of Health is truly groundbreaking in this industry. Every ounce of our programming intended for its achievement.
Optimal Health is only acquired by gaining perfect balance of the eight aspects of health. These are:
To be healthy, truly healthy, you must strive for balance within these. Too much, or too little of any one, or of several combinations of these aspects will leave you miserable and wanting. In other words, chasing perfection in fitness (or any of the other aspects of health) generally takes from other aspects. This leaves you unhealthy over-all. Some of the least healthy people we know have perfect six-packs and incredible work capacity. Yet, their work lives, home lives, and spiritual lives suffer greatly. By the same regards. One who does not have adequate fitness cannot be healthy either. Remember - BALANCE.
Here at GPP, our entire program is created with intention to transfer health within the physical realm to other aspects of health. Physical health is magic thatway. Mastering your Physical Health opens the conduit to balancing the other 5 aspects of health. The skills you develop while creating health in the Physical transfers to all other aspects. You know this instinctively. It is why you seek out mastery of the Physical.
Efficiency and Effectiveness
We are minimalists. We refuse to do one more rep of one single exercise than is absolutely necessary to accomplish our goal of optimal health. This being said, we realize nothing worth having comes easily. Therefore we are committed to doing whatever is needed, however it is necessary, whenever it is required to accomplish our definition of Optimal Health.
Our Approach to Fitness
Our programming is sequential. Each workout builds onto the last. We go to great lengths to ensure you'll gain all of the useful benefits of balanced, coordinated exercise. By Friday of each week (assuming you showed up and put out M-Th) you are done! If you do this consistently, like every week, you'll gain all of the benefits of Optimal Health, Fitness and Appearance.
Our training protocol is broad, general and inclusive of ALL exercise techniques, standards and protocols. Here you will participate in bodybuilding, weight lifting, power lifting, Yoga, calisthenics, plyometrics, isometrics, athletic training, sprint training and every other type of exercise. We are constrained only by efficiency and effectiveness.
We recommend 5 days of GPP per week. If you miss a day, make it up. Those who skip too many days may be skipping valuable components of physical health. Over time (if they do this regularly) they may become imbalanced, weak and/or injured.
Our Nutrition Recommendation
“Optimal Health” carries with it the expectation of proper nutrition. It is unreasonable to assume you can be healthy and/or fit without providing proper fuel for the body. Nutrition plays a critical role in your health.
We have learned that there is no ONE nutritional program that will serve us all equally. Instead, we've adopted the concept of eating a diet designed for your specific genetic make-up. We call this "Intuitional Eating."
We do not follow ANY specific nutritional model (i.e. USRDA, Medifast, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Volumetrics, Atkins, Mediterranean, etc.), yet, we promote them all. We have known many who've thrived on all of these, and more. We are not limited by a singular understanding of nutrition and its effects on individuals.
Instead of looking for reasons a diet wouldn't work for you, we look for reasons it might work. We show you ways of trying one on for a few weeks (longer, or shorter maybe), of making observations, measurements and tweaks before deciding whether, or not it is working. For more info, healthy diets & meal plans click HERE.
GPP workouts are potent. VERY potent. It is balanced potency that makes our programming so ultimately effective. Unfortunately, this potency is liable to render the participant very sore or even injured if workouts are misused.
Unless you have specific experience with these workouts it is best to scale back dramatically before performing a workout in its entirety. This means start with less than half of the reps, sets, rounds and weights than are recommended.
Before you workout, it is recommended that you learn about your body and its limitations. In other words, start slow, with low volume and low weight and progress slowly. If there is any doubt about your capacity you should - slow down, form up, and/or back off until you learn how these workouts will affect YOU specifically. This may take several weeks, months or years.
If you have health concerns, be sure to clear your condition(s) with a physician before participating in GPP workouts. Please feel free to write to us with concerns about how to apply these workouts under your physicians care. We are also happy to field questions from your health care provider. firstname.lastname@example.org
Exercise induced Rhabdomyolysis (click HERE)- there exists a very rare condition wherein you may work your body so hard (i.e. "misuse" workouts) that severe pain, inflammation, injury and even death may occur. This can only happen if you go beyond your limits. You should NEVER go beyond your limits. If you experience severe pain, swelling, trouble using a muscle and/or especially if your urine is "rootbeer" colored, you should seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY.
What is GPP?
It stands for General Physical Preparedness.
What are the basic philosophies of GPP?
Our Goal - Optimal Health
Our Mandate - Effectiveness/Efficiency. We are minimalists.
Our Pursuit - A richer, fuller and more meaningful life. A life not limited by capacity, or self imposed disease.
Our Creed - Exercise is the servant, never the master.
How many times per week should I do GPP workouts?
We need you here 5 times per week. Our unique programming is sequential. What we do on Friday is because of what we programmed from Thursday back. This programming is designed to optimize your fitness (therefore health) and it takes 5 consecutive days per week to put this onto you. Understand, skipping days will slow progress, create imbalances and add frustration.
What does it mean to Rx a workout?
It means you did it as written. In other words, you completed all the rounds, all the reps, at the weight suggested, in the time allotted. You will have done this using your best interpretation of the suggested form for each movement. It is a high achievement to safely "Rx" a workout. Even higher to safely "Rx" 5 in a row.
What are the Daily Extras?
They are about your psychology NOT your physiology! (See vid R)
When am I considered a GPP "Vet?"
Usually once you complete the demands of all 5 weekly workouts at the suggested Rx without doing harm to your body. Or, after you have been storming workouts with us for enough time (several months, or years) to understand precisely how your body will respond to any given workout on any given day.
What is the best way to progress to the Rx?
Carefully, methodically & consistently.
Remember, beating the hell out of yourself is not the goal here. Any idiot can do that. Progressively adding intensity to your workouts should follow a process. The process is as follows:
1. Scale everything. This means to decrease all Rounds, Reps and Weights (RRW).
Just because someone has been working out for years does not make them an "advanced exerciser" with GPP Fitness workouts. GPP Fitness workouts are usually much more rigorous than other workout styles.
2. Add ONE thing back at a time. Making broad sweeping adjustments to your workouts will only serve to confuse and frustrate and will not help you progress. Think about it, if you change two or three things, meaning you went up in weight on the same day you added reps and weight, which one is responsible for making you miserably sore (if you get sore)?
3. When adding back work while progressing to the Rx, do it in the following order:
What if I don't know how to do a movement?
Don't guess. We have movement standards that are for your benefit and safety. Following these standards will ensure your immediate and prolonged success. To learn these movements, please ask one of our experts, or refer to one of the many resources on our site.
Also, each workout you do should be done with the greatest integrity. Each workout you do should stand as a testament to your commitment and dedication to better health.
How hard should I push my first day/week?
alf or less of the Rx. GPP Fitness workouts are by design extremely rigorous. These high intensity workouts are responsible for your success on a level that is unmatched. However, the very efficacy of these workouts can also make them very dangerous to the beginner. The beginner who makes the mistake of getting caught up in competing for time, rounds, reps or weight in the first couple of weeks of doing GPP Fitness workouts is subjecting him/herself to needless soreness, injury or death.
When will I stop being "wiped out" after workouts?
Hopefully never. It should be your goal to put 100% effort into every GPP Fitness workout you do. You should be wiped out after every workout. Don't worry, after several weeks this feeling only lasts an hour or so.
The incredible thing about your GPP Fitness workouts is they never really get easier. In fact, as you get into better shape you will begin to think that we are programming the workouts to be harder on you. It is a weird phenomenon. As you get into better shape, your ability to handle higher loads at faster speeds with less rest increases dramatically. This exponentially increases your work capacity during a workout. Increased work capacity means harder workouts AND increased health and fitness. This is why there is a profound lack of ego at the GPP Fitness Community. All who leave here, no matter what level they are at physically, will leave here just as tired as one another.
Can I still do other workouts in addition to my GPP workouts?
Um…if you have that kind of energy, knock yourself out. Here's the thing though: if you are robbing effort from your GPP FITNESS workouts to save energy for other types of activity, you probably won't get effective results from either.
GPP FITNESS workouts are programmed to be your main daily workout. If giving your max effort 5 times per week you should have no need for ANY other type of exercise. However, it is highly encouraged that you participate in activities that require you to move your body. Activities like, running, biking, hiking, playing sports and the like are not considered exercise under the GPP FITNESS definition of the word. These are considered healthy activities that you should be engaging in anyway. After all, why achieve such a high level of functionality if you aren't going to use it?
When will these workouts get easier?
They don't. They shouldn't. GPP FITNESS workouts are like golf. There is ALWAYS another level of difficulty that occurs within each workout. If you find you are beginning to breeze these workouts, you should know: You are probably CHEATING yourself of the benefit of these workouts.
After I have gotten into shape, should I ever add reps, or sets to the workouts?
No. Simply work harder during the workout. We suggest you add weight, speed of movement and/or limit rest between and during exercise activities.
Where should I keep my heart rate?
For Optimum Health, we don't train using heart rate anymore. Neither should you.
Should I workout if I'm sick?
Generally NO. You should wait 3-5 days or longer for your body to get over the initial stages of an illness before you attempt a workout. This will aid in your healing and ensure you do not infect others.
Are you sure 20 min is a long enough workout?
No. Some days your workouts will last 4 min. Other days they will go for 45 min. The magic is not within the time you spend working out. It is in the quality and intensity of your workout.
What is the best time of the day to workout?
Whenever you can swing it is the best time.
Can I bring my family to the Gym?
Only if you feel that improving their health would be important.
Can I do 2-a-day workouts?
This is not generally recommended. Some people mistakenly think that exercise is like math. They think that if one workout is good, then two must be better. It is NOT. Sometimes two workouts will TAKE AWAY from the one that would have been good enough and you end up with nothing for your increased effort.
When it comes to working out, ONE effectively performed and programmed workout is all that is needed or recommended. There is strength in learning to trust your efforts in the gym.
What if we go on vacation?
The point of a vacation is to get away from the stresses and haggles of everyday life. If you have put enough effort into your nutrition and GPP FITNESS workouts, then you have earned a break. Take one.
If you are the type who vacations for a week every month … you may take one week of exercise off per quarter.
If you simply must exercise, log on from off-site and do your best interpretation of the Daily Workout posted for that day. Where you have questions for subs/alts, drop them to comments. It is usually only takes a few minutes for one of our amazing "Vets" to respond.
Are there special workouts for the very young, or the very old?
The path to optimal health is universal among humans. This path will differ only by degree (relative intensity) - not kind.
Shouldn't we be doing more cardio?
Your body cannot tell the difference between breathing heavy while doing your GPP FITNESS workouts and pounding the Stairmaster at your local Globo gym. The fact that the work we do doesn't resemble the typical cardio workout doesn't mean your body will not increase cardiovascular capacity. In fact, the type of cardiovascular stimulation you get from your GPP FITNESS workout is exponentially more effective.
Do you suggest I take measurements?
You cannot know how far you've come, unless you know EXACTLY where you started from.
As you are putting in the effort to complete your daily workouts and to dial in your nutrition daily, how will you know if you are progressing or not? You cannot know unless you have something to compare it to.
Refer to our How To: Circumference Measurements YouTube video to help you establish a baseline. When combined with the scales weekly, these can be powerful methods for determining success.
Many veteran GPP Fitters can be heard to lament the fact that they did not collect a baseline measurement. Many of them wish they knew how far they have come.
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AFAP – as fast as possible
AHAP – as heavy as possible
AHASP – as heavy as is safely possible ( a stupid, redundant, unnecessary term)
AHiAP – as high as possible
AMRAP – as many rounds as possible
BB – bar bell
BG2OH – burpee ground to overhead
BTB – bottom to bottom
BW – body weight
C&J – clean and jerk
DB – dumbbell
DL – dead lift
DU – double under
DW – daily workout
GPP – general physical preparedness
GPP Math - 1+1=1, or R+L=1
HR - Heart Rate
HSPU – hand stand push up
IBW – ideal body weight
K2S – knees to shoulders
KB – kettle bell
OH – overhead
OTC – on trainer’s count
PC&J – power clean and jerk
Piri – piriformis
PP – push press
PR – personal record
PSC – power squat clean
Rep – repition
RM – rep max
RTDS - Urban dictionary "RTFS." We are just too polite to put the "F"
Rx – as prescribed (as written)
SAS – single arm snatch
SLD – single leg dead lift
SLS2S – single leg sit to stand
SPP – specific physical preparedness
STAB – shoulders, triceps, abs, biceps
stab – stability
STABL – shoulders, triceps, abs, biceps, legs
T2T – top to top
TGU – Turkish get up
TOKOKTOTHJWTHSBTHSTPOB – toes out knees out, knees track over toes, heels just wider than hips, sit back through heels, squat to parallel or below.
Uni –unilateral (one sided)