GPP, or General Physical Preparedness can be defined as “General Physical Preparedness can be defined as a preparatory phase of training that is intended to provide balanced physical conditioning in endurance, strength, speed, flexibility and other basic factors of fitness. In other words, it can be considered all-around fitness.” (Source)
In our words: it’s your innate ability to function the way that the human body’s biological, physiological, and anthropomorphic blueprint intends. Still a mouthful?
OK, how’s this: you should be capable of doing anything you intend to with efficiency, poise, posture, and relative undue stress in such ways that are functional, productive, safe and repeatable!
Phew! Now that that’s established, let’s qualify the 10 GPPs:
Cardiovascular/ Respiratory Endurance
TRAINING & PRACTICE
You may have heard of these, or associated them with some sort of performance, sport, or movement. Next, we’re going to take a moment to break down what each of these mean:
Cardiovascular Endurance: how well can you sustain exercise, or moderate-to-high level, continuous output for extended periods of time EXAMPLE: Running a 5k or Obstacle-Course-Race
Stamina: the ability to sustain prolonged physical exertion and mental effort EXAMPLE: Hill sprint repeats or continuing to perform exercise (such as pushups) after fatigue and discomfort has set in
Strength: the productive application of force OR: your fundamental ability to move or act against an opposing force EXAMPLE: Pressing heavy load overhead, such as a bar or dumbbell
Flexibility: the ability for a joint, or series of joints, to move through an unrestricted, pain-free complete range of motion EXAMPLE: The ability to navigate oneself into the bottom of a squat, maintaining integrity of the core, feet flat on the ground with weight unbiased and center of gravity directly over the midfoot, torso upright.
These first four GPPs are attained through TRAINING. That is: one must train their body in specific ways in order to achieve cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility. A solid fitness plan should include all of these!
Power: in technical terms, power is Work done over time [(Force x Distance) / Time]. In our definition, this can be extrapolated to: how quickly, can you impart strength? EXAMPLE: Fast-repetition power-cleans while maintaining proper technique
Speed: the rate in which someone is able to move EXAMPLE: Maintaining a 7 mile-per-hour run
These two GPPs are attained through TRAINING and PRACTICE. That is: one must train their body to develop power and speed, and then continue the practice to improve and maintain power and speed!
Coordination: the ability to use your body as systems, efficiently, to accomplish tasks EXAMPLE: dancing, hitting a baseball
Agility: the ability to move quickly and easily, especially nimbly EXAMPLE: Zigzag sprints!
Balance: the ability to maintain your intended position OR postural stability EXAMPLE: Completing pistol (single-leg) squats
Accuracy: the ability to perform movements and skills with precision (preferably, repeatably and on target) EXAMPLE: Darts, or Wallballs
These last GPPs are attained through PRACTICE. That is: one must continue their pursuits in developing their coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. And there is notable interplay between these four GPPs!
What does this mean for me? Well, if you’re like us, you are interested in knowing what is an optimal human condition. And achieving your best self, arguably, means acquiring these 10 General Physical Skills. And then continuing to develop them.
Even if you have a sports-specific training plan, research has showntime and again that any sport or activity benefits from cross training and cross-disciplinary pursuits, so even if you’re a power athlete, being able to increase endurance and stamina are beneficial. Likewise, if you’re a runner, being able to be explosive means healthier joints overall, and maintaining (bone-on-bone) spongy surfaces.
Regardless of your pursuits, GPP promotes active recovery, meaning you can get back to and enjoy your sport more, and sooner!
Let us know what you think in the comments! And in the meantime, if you’re interested in increasing yourGPP, feel free to get started with a free consultation!
Have you ever played the game “how few trips can I make from my car to my refrigerator” when bringing home the groceries?
Or, have you ever tried to see how long you can carry your child(ren) before having to put them down and take a rest?
Maybe you intentionally park at the back of the parking lot so you can get some more walking in for that day, too?
What we’re aiming for is functional movement. We define it in plain terms as “the ability to perform daily tasks without limitation or undue struggle.” In other words: it shouldn’thurt, it shouldn’t be unnaturally difficult, and it shouldn’t prevent you from occupying your role in society or cause burden to others.
We also want to consider the body’s natural capabilities: When’s the last time you reached straight over head? When’s the last time you sat in the bottom of a squat?
The old adage if you don’t use it, you lose it has more truth to it when we really sit down to ponder: when the last time we did X or Y? Can you think of the last time you threw a ball? Jumped (down the stairs, onto a curb, or just…jumped!). When’s the last time you tried a new sport or movement? When’s the last time you played with your kids and took an active role?
We’re definitely not here to put you on notice! Let’s just be aware of our everyday and how it may affect our now and future selves. There’s nothing wrong with how you’ve answered any of these. But the real question is: what can we do about it?! Should we/need we do anything at all?
When’s the last time you just laid on your back and stared up at the sky?
One of the hardest realizations to come to as an adult is: I don’t play anymore. And I’m not talking about the last time you went out on the golf course with the boss, or pretend to be a pool shark with some buddies at your local pub. I’m not talking about grabbing the XBox controller with your teenager… Creative play is a part of human nature, and if we’re not cherishing it… well, where does it go?
So, what is Functional Fitness?
full range movements
picking things up
ease and efficiency
switching things up
slow pace moving
full effort movement
putting things down
making it fun
getting comfortable being uncomfortable
First of all, we want to be functional humans. And ultimately, what we mean by that is: the ability to live our lives relatively unencumbered by ailment, disorder, or circumstance that prevents us from our daily pursuits.
How often do we read about unfortunate incidents involving inclement weather and individuals who are injured because of slips, falls, or compromised movement? Even though we can’t prevent all accidents, we can certainly build the resilience necessary to minimize damage from slips, falls, and spills, while hedging our bets that we can be more stable!
Other examples of functional living and their correlated functional fitness:
Crossing a small stream or rain gutter
Getting out of bed, or off the couch
Getting onto and off the the toilet
Picking up from or placing an item on the floor
Tying your shoes when there isn’t a place to sit
Pulling weeds from your garden
Mowing the grass
Pushing a shopping cart or stroller
Opening a heavy door
Spending time at the beach (swimming, beach volleyball?)
Playing with the kiddos!
Resistance trainingincreases bone density. Plyometrics (specifically jumping), increases spongy plates between bone-on-bone interfaces. Strength trainingincreases muscle mass and the integrity of tendons and ligaments. Training agility means quicker reaction times.
And a well-implemented training plan should include all of these!
Next time, we’re going to talk about GPP (General Physical Preparedness), what the 10 principles of GPP are and how they relate to a healthy+fit lifestyle.
Eating well (appropriately for your blueprint and activity levels: micronutrients, with macronutrient balance)
Practicing flexibility/stretching (yoga, mobility, foundation training)
Spending time in Nature (stress reduction, environmental exposure)
Sleeping well (sleep hygiene, quality and duration)
To name a few… (for sure, there are plenty of other considerations, but these are arguably the biggest)
Do we all agree that these might be the steps we take if we decide we want to be healthier?
And why would we want to achieve fitness?
This is where we believe the message and clarity begin to breakdown a bit. I’m sure you have a reason. We all do! For some of us, it’s a bit of vanity: “I want to look better!” or “I want to fit in my college clothes!” A few of you might have thought to yourself, “well, I don’t feel as good as I remember.” And yet for others, our physician or practitioner may have made a note that our weight or some biometric markers were skewed from baseline.
Let’s think bigger picture:
Ask yourself what you believe “Wellness” to look like? Or ask your doctor, a loved one, or even Google (no harm in cheating!). And most of you can make a list based on what you’ve learned in health class, or been told by a doctor:
HR: ~60-70 bpm
Total Cholesterol: 125-200 mg/dL
Others may include: Baseline Metabolic Panels (a1C, fasting Glucose, Bilirubin, etc), Hormone Levels, Age-related health markers (PSA, etc) … and so forth. Sound about right?
If we accept the convention that ‘baseline’ is wellness and anything below is ‘sickness,’ then why do so many of us think that we should aim toward “Wellness?” (HINT: you’ll never see us pushing for wellness!)
SCENARIO: You’re walking along a road, getting some exercise and a responsible dose of Vitamin D (yay, sunshine!). Suddenly you hear a MEEP MEEP and a whir in front of you and the next thing you know, you’ve been hit by something resembling a steamroller with the word “ACME” emblazoned on the back. (Was that a coyote driving…or… no…I must be delerious from whatever hit me)!
Crazy as this sounds, this scenario could be anything: a car accident that results in a sprained neck and shoulder, a silly incident where you slice your hand in the kitchen, a sudden case of the flu, a diagnosis of gallstones, or possibly (*hopefully not) even worse.
And if you’ve lived your life, to date, with ideal biomarkers, what happens now?
Well, regardless of your recovery protocols, after an acute injury or medical intervention, you’re probably aware that your protocol will involve, by and large REST. Which means that all of the work you put into getting yourself to “wellness” can become really difficult to maintain.
And if it’s one of the more severe cases requiring medical intervention, you may have no choice but to be on bedrest or be relatively immobile for awhile…
And then you see the biomarkers slip. Your energy dips, your resting heart rate heads northward, your blood pressure slides out of the ‘ideal’ range, and the wheels start to come off.
Now we both know you’re going to beat this thing (whatever this theoretical scenario is). And we both know you have the wherewithal to eat better and get back out on a run as soon as you’re better.
What if you’re FIT?
What if? Before you had an incident that prevents you from maintaining your health, you were already ahead of the curve?
In this scenario, your Resting Heart Rate is 45-50 BPM
Your Blood Pressure reads 110/70
Your body fat percentage is low enough to see abdominal definition (who doesn’t want that anyway?!)
And the last time you saw your doctor he or she said something along the lines of “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep that $*#! up!” At least that’s the way I heard it!
This, my friends is FITNESS!
And in any unfortunate scenario where you find yourself unable to continue your fitness journey, you find yourself WELL. Because that’s the nature of the continuum. If you slide down from fitness, you find yourself in wellness; and that’s a lot easier to come back from than sickness, for sure!
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Glad you stopped by …seriously! We don’t expect to get many visitors these days, and that’s OK. We’re going to do our best to help you understand who we are and why we’re here! That’s why you checked out this blog post, no?
So, let’s say you’re lying awake at night… thinking about your day…. what’s on your mind? What have you accomplished? What more would you have accomplished with just a little more time, motivation, or energy? What’s tomorrow going to bring?
Or maybe you sleep soundly; head hitting the pillow each night and otherwise, you spend time during your days in day dreams… in and out of thoughts lost to leisure time and surrounded by your favorite people.
However you find yourself approaching life, we all spend portions of our idle time with our imaginations and curiosity. It’s one of those things that make us uniquely human!
And while it may not seem immediately obvious: it’s why you’re here and us too! You’re curious, and wondering “what’s this all about?”
Erin and I had dreams. We have dreams! Many dreams. And throughout much of our lives, we’ve been fortunate enough to encounter some of our favorite people and share those dreams with them! And that brings us to where we are today, believe it or not!
OK, so enough with the cryptic talk!
We’ve lived the ‘corporate’ lifestyles. Joe, a successful Engineer; Erin, a Professional Chef! – But always found ourselves doing more; wanting more -Which led Joe to join the military, discover his passion for fitness, share that passion with Erin, and then for both of us to start personal training, group fitness, nutrition study, and more!
With the unprecedented events of 2020-2021 shaking up our ‘norm,’ we found ourselves on a path to rediscovery, asking ourselves: “How can we leave the world better than we found it?”
And after over a year of soul-searching, attempting to start a product-biased business steeped in fitness innovation, and–not ‘failing,’ but by most standards, not exactlysucceeding either–, we figured, “why don’t we give back to YOU?”
We’re aiming to continue pursuit of what we love. And those endeavors are far and wide, but in the meantime, to put food on the table for us, we’d love to help you put better food on your table, mindfully. And while we’re at it, maybe you’ll feel a little better, be a little happier, fit into your clothes a little better, enjoy your favorite activities more, and be better overall?
So, what do you think? Are you interested in taking this journey with us? We’d LOVE to be by your side helping you in all the ways we can!