I’ve been asked, “What’s the difference between GPP and CrossFit” countless times and I’ve always hesitated when answering because I have never done CrossFit before, so in order to clearly differentiate the two, I believe I would have to understand CrossFit inside and out just as I understand GPP.
However, we did address this common question this weekend during the GPP Intensive Training, so I will do my best to provide you with an answer today, but before I begin I’d like to state that I am not saying GPP is superior to CrossFit by any means. Everyone has their own preference and what will work for them. Personally, I’ve fallen in love with GPP and have found that its programming works for me, but that doesn’t mean it’s better than CrossFit.
If you’ve ever seen a GPP or CrossFit WOD before you’d be able to see that they are very similar because both GPP and CrossFit use a minimalist approach to fitness.
At GPP we say, “We do what is necessary and not one thing more.”
Even though both GPPers and CrossFitters are minimalists and our WOD’s usually look quite similar there are differences within our workouts:
- GPP incorporates single joint/isolation movements where CrossFit does not (ie. you will see bicep curls, triceps extensions, etc. in GPP WOD’s)
- Achieving the WOD RX (performing the WOD exactly as written) is never the goal at GPP – optimal health is our only goal.
- GPP conducts On Trainer’s Count (OTC) WOD’s, which are WOD’s that are conducted by the trainer and all participants do the reps in unison.
Here is an example of one of my favourite OTC WOD’s:
- All GPP gyms perform the same GPP WOD on the same day whereas the CrossFit WOD done at one box may vary from the WOD done at another CrossFit box on the same day.
- Some of our movements are different (ie. GPP kettlebell swings are just above eye level whereas CrossFit kettlebell swings are above head)
- Neil Anderson does the programming for GPP and there is a purpose and reason behind each GPP WOD (ie. the WOD on Monday affects the WOD done on Tuesday and so on)
I’m sure those of you who do CrossFit could add to this list, but like I already stated, I am not an expert on CrossFit, but I am an expert on GPP So, if you have anymore questions about GPP please feel free to ask me in the comment section below, but I hope today’s post helped clarify the difference between GPP and CrossFit
Do you do CrossFit? Do you do GPP? Do you like the minimalist approach to fitness?
Have a great day, loves!