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Old 03-11-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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I am not completing the GVT set with the beginning weight. Although, I am racking it and going back to it immediately. Too much weight? I am petering out around the 6 th set.
Can I do sprints/cardio/ crossfit on my days off?
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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I am not completing the GVT set with the beginning weight. Although, I am racking it and going back to it immediately. Too much weight? I am petering out around the 6 th set.
Can I do sprints/cardio/ crossfit on my days off?
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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Bumping this.

I've never done GVT, but I'm thinking you started too high if you can't do the sets. This is the 10x10 program right? I'd start that pretty darn low if it was me, I can tell you that! haha.

You might also work into it as it's more a conditioning thing than strength. So start doing 6x 10 like you're doing, then add sets until you hit 10x10, then add weight.

Sure, you can do anything l you like as cardio or whatever on your off days. If it is crossfit type stuff, though I will say you have to be careful as I have done Snatch and Cleans on my off days between a fullbody workout and my shoulders and low back did not like that much at all.

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GVT is going to be exhausting and 50+ reps in is a reasonable place to peter out a bit.

IMO, the program is to accumulate the total volume, so if you are rest-pausing it a little to get 'er done, it's ok.

If you find that you are not recovering, dropping 5-10 lbs should be enough. You shouldn't completely breeze through 10 sets either.

The fact that you're asking about additional activity tells me you feel ok.

How much other work you do depends on your fitness level, goals, recovery abilities and your needs. If you want 100% out of GVT, do GVT. If you need to train for sports, etc. then you'll find a balance.
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I see GVT as a routine people use for fast gains. Kind of like a fad diet, nobody ever sticks with it, you just can't do it for the long haul. But the truth is that you can't rush gains. The gains you can achieve can be had with the use of more traditional routines, so why bother. And if you aren't completing the required reps, then there is no way I'd be adding more work with sprints and such. Figure out your goals and then figure out the best way to get there.

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GVT is a mass building program. If mass is your goal, don't be afraid to stick with it for a little while, but forget about cardio. Cardio kills mass gains.

If you can't complete all 100 reps with a certain weight, you have 2 options. Keep that weight and keep doing more and more sets/reps every workout until you can get all 10x10, or lower the weight to something you can do 10x10 with now and increase the weight each week.

I'm currently doing 2 GVT sessions a week and 2 5x5 based sessions a week, but I haven't been doing it long enough to comment on its efficacy.
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Not too much weight. Just keep trying to improve each week.
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