What Is GPP?
GPP is General Physical Preparedness, what does that truly mean? Basically it means conditioning for whatever sport you are going to play or weight lifting you are going to be doing in life. This term was made popular by Louie Simmons and the Westside Barbell club. The three GPP movements I turn to the most are walking lunges, sled drags, and farmers carries.
1. Walking Lunges- This is a form that I came up with for duration and distance, it allowed me to do powerlifting and bodybuilding. It has been a major factor in insuring my hamstrings and glutes are firing properly and in building up endurance and my connective tissues.
2. Sled Drags- By dragging a sled forward and/or backward it builds up a ton of work capacity in your quads, glutes, and hamstrings. It has been one of the most widely used GPP variations in the sports world especially.
3. Farmers Carries- This old school movement increases grip strength, works your upper back, increases endurance, and aids in hip stabilization. Farmer carries are one of the key movements to help improve your overall strength as well as the accessibility of the movement as you can always find two heavy ass things to carry around.
GPP helps the body protect against vulnerable positioning, improves your weaknesses, allows you to perform better, and enables the body to handle greater workloads. GPP is vital in training programs to insure our bodies are ready for whatever we put them through!
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