GPP for dadding and life

GPP = General Physical Preparedness

For most folks this is all we are training for – we want to be generally physically prepared for life.

I actually prefer the phrase generally physically useful as I think it more closely describes what we’re aiming for. We need to be useful to those around us. It may be old school, but in most families it is the dad that will be expected to lift, carry, chase, rescue and fight if necessary – so we should be able to those things.

I think there are four parts to this:

  • Be strong
  • Move well
  • Don’t get tired
  • Don’t get injured

Be strong
This is number one because it’s number one. It forms the base for every other physical attribute you will look to develop and helps keep you stable and healthy as you age.

Move well
Life is not lived standing or sitting. The real fun is had in the middle, on the floor, under things and over things. That’s where your kids are and that’s where you should be able to get to as well. Be able to get up and down from the floor with your kids all day and climb up a tree to get them down if they are stuck.

Don’t get tired
Your kids don’t so you can’t. A dad should be a superhero to his children. Strength helps us do impressive feats, endurance is the other side – the ability to just keep going.

Don’t get injured
It’s very simple, you are not useful if you are injured. All of the rest is worthless if you damage yourself in training. There is no need to train like you’re in the SAS or preparing for your MMA debut – that is not why you are in the gym. There is no shame in a bit of moderation to keep yourself safe. Don’t wrap yourself in cotton wool but remember that the principle of do no harm applies to you too.


Current training – August 2013

There’s very little point me posting a weekly training plan this month as it would be a lie. I am still doing something most days but my schedule is much more fluid.

Generally my week has the following sessions, but the days I do each thing are changing week to week.

  • Strength x 2
  • Running/swimming x 1-2
  • Movement/mobility stuff x 2

The strength sessions are rotating between periods of high volume kettlebell pressing and low volume deadlifts and higher volume deadlifts with dips/muscle ups. As an example, this is what the last week looked like:

  • Saurday – rest
  • Sunday – weights at home
    • A1: Deadlift – 2 x 5
    • B1: KB clean and press – 4 x 1,2,3
    • B2: Chin up – 4 x 1,2,3
    • C1: Farmers walk
  • Monday – run
  • Tuesday – crawls/stretch
  • Wednesday – weights at home
    • A1: KB clean and press – 3 x 1,2,3
    • A2: Chin up – 3 x 1,2,3
    • B1: Deadlift – 3 x 3
  • Thursday – rest
  • Friday – random stuff
    • A1: Deadlift – 3 x 3
    • B1: Farmers walk
    • B2: Sandbag carry – bear hug, shoulder
    • C1: Crawls
    • C2: Rope climb