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What is the Original GVT Program?

Hi Coach,

There are so many articles about GVT on Tnation or else where on the Internet some suggest super setting and some suggest doing only one exercise for 10 sets. Some suggest assistance work while others don’t.

I read on TNation that you think of it as as an old girl friend :wink:

What is your opinion on GVT ? Do you recommend it ?


I don’t know where the old girlfriend reference comes from as it’s not a program I’ve used much and I didn’t like it. I’m not saying that its not effective, just that I did not enjoy doing it and wasn’t as motivated by it as by other programs.

The original program is as follow:

Two muscles are trained per day (chest/back, biceps/triceps, quads/hamstrings, medial or front delt/posterior delt)

A1. First exercise 10 sets of 10 at 60%

A2. Second exercise (normally an antagonist exercise to the first one) 10 sets of 10 at 60%

This is not a superset, it is done alternating… one set of A1, rest 45-60 sec, one set of A2, rest 45-60 sec, one set of A1, etc.

Then you do 1 assistance exercise for each muscle 3 sets of 10-12 reps