What is GENERAL PHYSICAL PREPAREDNESS?
Updated: Nov 12
What is GENERAL PHYSICAL PREPAREDNESS? How does it form the base of the FITNESS pyramid? Why is it important for everyone and not only athletes?
GENERAL PHYSICAL PREPAREDNESS or GPP can be defined as a component of training that is intended to provide balanced physical conditioning concerning to the following elements of fitness:
Ideal Body Composition
It can be described as the ability of lungs and heart to supply oxygenated blood to the working skeletal muscle for an extended period without fatigue. Endurance can be defined as the ability to tolerate.
Activities like swimming, cycling, running, skipping, rowing etc. are great for increasing cardiorespiratory endurance (and many times, muscular endurance too). These activities typically involve repeating an action numerous times.
It’s the ability of skeletal muscles to contract with low intensity for a prolonged period without fatigue.
Activities like running, swimming, stair climbing, cycling etc. help you increase your muscular endurance. It is important to note that muscular endurance is activity-specific. For example, if we practise cycling, we may not get better at swimming.
It’s the ability of a skeletal muscle to generate force in one maximal contraction. All one rep maxes are perfect examples of activities that help you increase musculoskeletal strength.
It’s the ability of the human body to maintain a full range of motion around joints. It depends on the elasticity of skeletal muscles. Yoga is a perfect example for increasing flexibility.
Ideal Body Composition:
It’s the ability to maintain the ideal ratio of lean body mass and fat mass. It is influenced by a variety of factors like – gender, hormones, genetics, diet, muscle mass, metabolic rate etc.
General Physical Preparedness or GPP is the base of our physical and mental performance.
General Physical Preparedness or GPP applies to everybody and not only athletes.
It is the component of training that is intended to provide balanced physical conditioning.
It relates to the five components of FITNESS and forms the basis of SPORTS SPECIFIC, SKILL SPECIFIC & MENTAL PREPAREDNESS.
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