Day 18 – GPP and Cardio
I started my next training block and I am SO PUMPED! After reading the Westside Olympic lifting book and talking to Louie, It is time to embark on a new lifting adventure.
Today's workout was simple. 15min in zone 4 of incline walking, walking lunges, tempo inverse curls, and tempo GHR crunches. I want to stress the importance of GPP (General Physical Preparation) for any strength/power athlete. There are many different was to accumulate GPP volume in your program. These include: rowing, incline walking, sled pushes/pulls, med ball circuits, etc.The fitness and training benefit that comes from these cannot be understated.
The picture above shows 3 drastic spikes in heart rate from my walking lunges. This was after my incline walking and I had almost completely recovered. My workout was to cover 25 meters in 30s with 1min30s rest for 3sets. This is to illustrate the point that you can get good fitness, while working strength movements, and not destroy yourself (by destroy I mean the crazy HIT/interval/crossfit style workouts I keep seeing when people think they are talking about being fit). Improving fitness though out your training cycles allows you to recover better and train harder. Since that's what it takes to keep pushing the envelope, I am all about it.
Side Note: Polar really hates it when my HR goes over 200. It isn't even on the graph anymore. I will have to make a new Hulk Training Zone just for myself.
Thought of the Day:
Water is just rusty hydrogen.