What is The Greyskull LP?

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The Greyskull LP is the strength training program to which my name, and the Greyskull brand is most strongly associated. Since the release of the first edition book in 2011, countless people around the globe have benefited from this program. I decided to create this post, addressing some frequently asked questions, for those of you who might have shown up to the dance a bit late.

What is the Greyskull LP?

What came to be known as the Greyskull LP is really a set of principles that I applied to the idea of a basic strength training program designed to elicit strength and mass (if desired) gains, over an extended period of time. It is not a “program” in the conventional sense. You can have ten people using the Greyskull LP principles whose programs day to day look slightly different, yet have some core similarities. GSLP is all about progress.

Who is the Greyskull LP intended for?

The principles of GSLP are, in my opinion, the best guidelines that a beginner trainee can follow in order to build strength. That said, men and women with years of training behind them can make loads of progress using these methods as well. I’ve personally used these principles to train hundreds of clients over the years of all different training backgrounds, and with a variety of goals. Basically, if you’ve never trained this way, or haven’t in while, you can expect to see great progress with this system.

What makes the Greyskull LP different from other “Linear Progression” programs?

I think that the term “linear progression” has become most associated with beginner programs. I’ve long stated that, at its roots, all training is linear progression in that the intent is to lift more weight or complete more reps from the time you start training until they throw dirt on you. The “LP” part of the name was created by people on the internet looking for something to call my methods; I didn’t create the name, but obviously adopted it for the book title so that people would know what I was talking about. You have to remember this idea had a forum thread of over 100 pages before the book was ever released.

Aside from all of that, this system is different from the other common, LP’s, in that it is designed to allow progress for a much longer time. The reset techniques which are really one of the core elements of this idea are largely responsible for that. Additionally, the sets and rep schemes, ordering of the major components, and flexibility to add “plug ins” to accomplish a variety of fitness goals make GSLP quite different from the others. Again, I created this method as a result of years of direct exposure to the others, including my time working with Starting Strength creator Mark Rippetoe, to address what I saw as shortcomings in the old tried and true methods. Like all good students, I sought to evolve what I had learned and contribute to the field.

How long can a person make progress using these methods?

This one is interesting. I’ve had guys in different parts of the world using these methods for two to three years without much alteration, and still making gains. That is not to say that they spent all that time adding weight to the bar each workout, but smashing rep records during reset phases, swapping movements, and varying the session frequency in accordance with whatever adaptation goal they were focusing on at the time. I’ve long said that a trainee deviates from this path for the sake of absolute variety long before the potential for adaptation from the programming is gone.

Can you do conditioning work while on the GSLP?

Of course. That is one of the best features of this method. It allows for a variety of “plug ins” which are explained in the book. You can intelligently add a variety of different activities, including intense conditioning, body weight exercises using the frequency or ladder methods, fasted cardio, you name it. I break it all down in terms of how to layer the different training methods to maximize your returns. I think one of the best setups for anyone looking to build a strong, hard, capable body, is doing the base program GSLP while adding in a few weekly sessions of intense conditioning like the workouts in my Viking Conditioning series, and hitting body weight exercises in another layer. That setup has produced awesome results for literally hundreds of people that I know of personally, and countless others who have bought the books and implemented the ideas on their own. I still get emails from total strangers thanking me for the progress they’ve made. I really enjoy reading those.

What about a Powerlifter or Weightlifter? Can they use these ideas?

Absolutely, one of the many changes in the second edition book was the addition of several alternate templates for people with a variety of goals. Both Powerlifting and Weightlifting are addressed in that book, and I’ve personally written GSLP based programs for countless competitors for both in season and off.

Is there any special equipment needed to do the GSLP?

That’s another great feature of this system. You can definitely make use of the equipment in any commercial gym, the system allows for rotating of movements, and capitalizing on available equipment. However, it can also be done, as it is by many, with the “basics”, meaning a squat rack, a bench of some sort, and a barbell with lots of weights. In these cases typically the only investment those people end up needing to make is more plates as they grow stronger, which is not a bad problem to have.

Are there plans for a third edition?

The idea is there. I added over a hundred pages of new information in the second edition. Most of this was the result of receiving common questions or request for expansion on some topics. I also added a huge section explaining the teaching methods I use for the major lifts. That was what I think made the greatest contribution to the second edition. I’ve since thought of much material I would like to add to this evolving work, and have worked with many others who’ve successfully used these ideas and contributed feedback. While a third edition is not on my hellacious release schedule at this time, I would definitely consider its eventual release a serious possibility.

There you have it, the basic rundown of the GSLP from the mouth of Greyskull/Villain Six himself.



4 Responses

  1. Kevin


    Due to my new job schedule and inconsistency hours I`ve lost 15lbs and some strength. This is mostly to poorer eating. Because of this, I am having trouble reaching previous greyskull lp poundages. I am working on eating better and my recovery since starting this latest cycle of GLSP but my reps have dropped to barely getting 3×5, Can I still stay in the cycle but kind of use a double progression method of linear progression for a few weeks to get my reps back up at current weights and once I have more of a rep reserve, start with poundage progression again?

    I am hesitant to drop back down and rest already because I just did that a few weeks ago to account for my job and loss of strength so I feel like it will be taking 2 or 4 steps backwards and 1 step forward. I feel like I need to stay with the weights I worked up to so far until I can get more reps on the 2,5,1×5+ set.

    Do you support and or recommend this or any other plan of attack? Thanks JP


    April 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm

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