What is GPP?

What in the world is GPP?
The short answer:  General Physical Preparedness

There are 10 aspects of fitness as defined by Jim Crawley and Bruce Evans of Dynamax.

They are:

Cardiovascular Endurance

We are specifically trained every week on every single one of the above aspects.
The following is from Neil, the owner of GPP Headquarters and person who programs all of our workouts:

“It is important to understand that EACH of the aspects outlined above are critically important to your health. Each has its own healthy benefits.  Many of these benefits do not transfer from one to another.  In other words, the healthy benefits you get from cardiovascular exercise cannot be attained by participating in classic strenth training alone.  Understand that participation in just ONE or perhaps TWO of these aspects does not help you gain acumen in the others.  This merits your specific participation in each, with deliberate focus and intention.  GPP programming is created to ensure your participation in each.  If you follow our programming, each week you will gain balanced (left to right, top to bottom, back to front) and measured increase in each of these important aspects of your health and fitness.”

Click here to read the philosophy behind GPP on the GPP HQ site.

The goal of GPP fitness is to prepare you to do two things:

1.  “Physically prepare you to reap all the physical benefits of life.”
2.  “Physically, help you avoid all the pitfalls of life.”

The training and programming behind GPP is formulated to create the most efficient and effective workouts possible.  They are effective and they are efficient.  The results are undeniable!

Optimal Health
From GPP HQ main site:

“Our Goal

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.  Few others even address it, let alone have a working definition of it, or programming intended for its achievement.

Optimal Health is only acquired by gaining perfect balance of the six aspects of health.  These are:

Mental Health
Emotional Health
Social Health
Spiritual Health
Financial Health
Physical Health

What most fitness programs do not address (much less understand) is that for one 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.

Few other programs even address your health, let alone create programming dedicated to it.  Think about it – what is Gold’s gym definition of health?  What is Crossfits?  Hell, what is Websters?  To be truly UNinspired, go look it up.  Webster says almost nothing about it.  Nothing useful.  Oh, Words are there, but it SAYS nothing. Yet, when people are asked candidly, “why should one exercise,”  whether they are exercisers or not,  their answer will ALWAYS have something to do with improving health.

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 that way.  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.


I personally believe this is KEY!  Balance is a law of nature.  Everything balanced is more efficient, more effective… a stronger force.  Think of a spiraling football.  The spiral helps maintain the balance, the football is more accurate, will go further with less resistance.  A tuned piano, creates better music.  Ingredients in a recipe… all of these things are balance of key components.  Balance is the key!


3 thoughts on “What is GPP?

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  2. RX+ 39:24
    Did an extra round of jump ropes and 50-40-30 with a late comer this AM counting it as an extra 7min toward my cardio today.

    Took troubled kid out to lunch and had sugar in salad dressing- one can

    Haven’t had a nap in a week. I have more energy.

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