What is GPP?
It’s all in the name. General Physical Preparedness (GPP), which in our case is CrossFit, is designed to build the most broad, general, inclusive fitness possible. It says fitness isn’t what you look like; it’s what your capable of.
Governed by measurable performance, we can help students look, feel, and perform better. Period.
It’s too damn effective to ignore. It’s our view that we ought to be as flexible as we are strong, and fast as we are agile. Life is a mixed bag of events, and GPP is the single best training strategy to prepare for the unknown. It’s our view that the most fit people are ones with a capacity across the board,
not just one particular area.
Everything starts with the mind. Chances are you may have been mislead this far as to what health and fitness looks like. Believe it or not, our students have changed their minds more than they’ve changed their bodies. Living a life of fitness can be fun, effective, and sustainable.
We utilize functional movements. These movements, often found in nature, do a great job at doing a great deal of work quickly. Think squat, push, pull, jump, run, press, and throw as opposed to bicep curls and crunches. You’ll learn the basic of gymnastics, running, jumping, Olympic weightlifting, and powerlifting.
We cover our bases with regards to performance by practicing training that’s constantly varied. Our program is light, it’s heavy, long, short, and there are intervals. Whether life presents a sprint or a marathon, you’ll be prepared.
We believe in a skill-based approach. If we can understand skill, we can understand the possibility of increased efficiency. It’s not about just doing more work than the next person, it’s about doing it better and easier.
What to expect from a Torque GPP Training Session
Mobility is range of motion while maintaining proper torque. The point here is to work on mobility, not flexibility therefore tension is paramount. We are preparing the body’s muscular system for movement, whether it is strength or conditioning. The openers are about quality and finding torque nothing else.
These will always be done with exercises where external torque (ET) is needed. They are designed to hit the sympathetic nervous system, so you should go at them hard and with the proper mindset. The goal is to heighten the system and to be ready for training!
Here we are looking to build strength and tissue. We do so through squat, hinge, push, pull movements. We perform base strength movements as well as Olympic lifts, carries, sleds, ect.
The MetCon is where we have some type of measurable workout of the day. We are looking to have some fun while pushing yourself to new levels of training. Having intensity is best done in a group setting to truly push mental and physical boundaries. Beyond routine conditioning, true intensity work moves beyond the usual domains and aims to “scare” the system into rising to the next notch. This portion of the programming is not necessarily targeting the muscles, but mental fortitude and truly anaerobic threshold so don’t be let down if you can’t complete it every time. In fact, it’s designed that way. If by the end of these sessions you aren’t cursing the coaches name, you may need to reconsider your efforts.
Til You Quit:
These will always be with internal torque (IT) exercises. They are designed to hit the parasympathetic nervous system, so I want muscle failure with each and every one of them. Pacing is welcomed, as long as you push to that last rep. We would recommend a more mellow music, as the mindset is quite different. You will push just as hard and it will hurt just as much as the TAO workouts, they will just be a different kind of effort.
This would be considered your accessory work and will be specifically used to ensure the structure is strong and balanced to handle both training and sport. You will use both traditional and unique exercises to rebuild your foundations and further grow from there.
This where we would perform movements to bring the body back to the parasympathetic nervous system.