General Physical Preparedness (GPP)
Our General Physical Preparedness program represents the roots of Verdant. And, yes this curriculum is for everybody. We pride ourselves on being a fully scalable program – meaning, do what you can do and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing and then everyone get’s better. Across the spectrum, from professional athletes to fitness aficionados to weekend warriors to sedentary men and women just looking to lose weight, our program can have a life changing impact. We believe if you have a body, you’re an athlete and you ought to train like one. All you’ve got to do is show up. For experienced CrossFitters, our curriculum will provide a slightly different take on familiar training styles and movements, as we have incorporated many movements from typical “Strong Man” training in addition to explosive movements designed to augment the typical CrossFit curriculum.
What is GPP?
General Physical Preparedness (GPP), at Verdant we use CrossFit, is designed to build the most broad, general, inclusive fitness possible. We encourage everyone to train like an athlete and recover like an athlete. GPP is a lifestyle that doesn’t stop when you leave the gym. We design a specific curriculum and tailor workouts for individuals. GPP is class-based so you will always have a coach and always have someone else to workout with, even if they aren’t doing the exact same movements. We want our students to be better, feel better, and look better.
It’s hard to argue with results. Mixing olympic lifting, powerlifting, awkward and odd objects, body weight movements, and gymnastics creates a flexible pattern of movement that prepares students for their athletic endeavors as well as building strength for everyday activity. As our students’ strength increases we demand that their mobility increases in accordance with those gains in power. GPP allows our students to be specialists at life not just one aspect and not just one sport. We believe it is better to have a strategy that engages all elements of the student’s lifestyle rather than just a single fact.
GPP utilizes constantly varied movements that keep students activating different muscle groups by introducing new movements and providing a specific series of progression that allows for continuous development. The GPP program requires students to continuously develop their minds in tandem with their athletic movement. Working out shouldn’t be mindless and it shouldn’t be unstructured. The varied movements and continuous progressions require students to develop their own kinesthetic awareness as well as how to feel their bodies move more effectively in space.
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 also utilize strongman movements as the return on investment athletically is exceptional.
GPP workouts vary on a daily basis. Typically, you will see an hour divided up into more than one “workout”, This keeps students comfortable with working out for different periods of times. GPP doesn’t have specific “leg days” or “chest days”, every day hits almost every muscle group in some fashion. This GPP program is less focused on how you perform versus another student and more on whether you can understand the skills being presented and then perform them under intensity with proper positioning that will ensure your safety and develop muscular gains more efficiently.
We have classes throughout the week starting at 5:15AM and going to 7:15PM. We also have classes on the weekend. Despite the accessibility of our classes we try to encourage our students to recover appropriately to minimize injury.