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What Is GVT (German Volume Training)?

What Is GVT (German Volume Training)?

by: Brandon Richey

What Is GVT (German Volume Training)?

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I think we can all agree that the key to any venture first involves being able to identify what in the hell your goals are going to be? I mean let’s face it, if you don’t know what you’re chasing then how can you expect to do any chasing in the first place? This is true with anything in life whether it’s a business, a relationship, or even your choice of strength training protocols. 

Identify Your Goals…

So you’re probably staring at those 3 letters G….V….T and wondering what I’m talking about? Well I’ll get to that in a minute, but this just happens to be one of those strength training protocols that I mentioned a couple sentences ago. Like many strength training, or conditioning related models each should serve some kind of definitive purpose leading you in some sort of specified direction. 

For instance, if I want to be able to lift a shit load of weight all the time then I’m probably going to focus on deadlifting, benching, and squatting on a fairly regular basis. In other words, I’m going to be adopting some kind of a powerlifting model. On the flip side if I want to build on my work capacity and improve my own physical conditioning level then I may want to engage in some serious circuit training, or maybe even play around with a model like Crossfit. 

The point is that being able to identify what it is that you want in the first place is important before you just blindly go running down a dark tunnel that might be full of something dreadful and scary like that lone shelf in the Best Buy store with the latest Justin Bieber album. Ok I’m sorry about that, I know that thought is pretty damn terrifying. 

The point is that you should model your training based on what it is that you’re trying to accomplish. I mean if I have to use a label I personally would consider myself and many of my athletes to be more like Hybrid type athletes or at least in line with that category of strength and conditioning.

I mean as a strength and conditioning coach I find that many of my athletes have to be both strong and well conditioned for their relative sport or life situations. It just so happens that their particular sport or life demands require a middle of the road approach with regards to a spectrum that emphasizes more size and endurance on one end, and overall strength and power on the other. The combination of both traits in regards to Hybrid training is a better fit for many (but not all) of my athletes. 

So What Is GVT All About? 

So this morning I opened up my email inbox to find that my friend, and Editor In Chief Henry Croft  over at Gym Talk emailed me an article that he had written concerning a killer high volume form of strength training known as GVT. I took the time to read it and it is a very well written and comprehensive explanation of this high volume form of strength training. It’s just an awesome read! So what is the goal? Well if it’s volume then get ready to put on some serious muscular SIZE with this model because Henry is going to lay it all out for you! 

Make sure you click on the link here below to check it out and let me and my friend Henry know what you think! Keep training smart. 

>>>Click Here For The GVT Article!<<<

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What Is GVT (German Volume Training)?



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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  1. Great stuff and timely as well, Brandon. My Son has used GVT with good results and back in the day I would cycle through the protocol now and then. It’s Old School with a clear track record of success (however defined) and straight to the point it works as advertised. Those who haven’t experienced a solid cycle of GVT should read the article and then give it an honest try. I’ve yet to encounter anyone who properly did a cycle of GVT and failed to experience a significant increase in muscle mass.

    1. Doc you are right! I have used this type of volume training as well with significant results. The truth is if you incorporated half the volume you would more than likely see serious spikes in size. It’s a real “ball buster.” 🙂 GVT is definitely an effective protocol for packing on size. It’s always good to shock the body with both ends of the spectrum whether training for pure strength or purely for size.

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