Aerobic GPP Block: A Review
Having attended an extremely interesting seminar from William Wayland a couple of weeks ago, plus being in a bit of a rut with my own training, I decided to employ the Aerobic General Physical Preparedness (GPP) block, the first block of Cal Dietz’s Triphasic Training, for the past two weeks . This was unlike any training I had ever previously done and, in all honesty, was a welcome break from intense lifting. But what did it involve? And did it work?
The main goal of the Aerobic GPP block is to increase an athlete’s functional reserve range, that is, the difference between their resting heart rate and their lactate threshold. For example, an athlete with a resting heart rate of 60 beats per minute (bpm) and lactate threshold of 160bpm has a functional reserve range of 100. By simultaneously decreasing the athlete’s resting heart rate and increasing their lactate threshold, their functional reserve range is increased. An athlete with a bigger functional reserve range can handle more stress and so can train more .