Greatist Workout of the Day

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Affectionately referred to as GWODs, these are workouts designed by both myself and strength coach Dan Trink that will give people a firsthand look as to what a well structured, properly progressed fitness routine should look like.

Taken from the website:

“….these are high-quality, comprehensive strength and conditioning programs anyone can use. GWODs were created after readers expressed their frustration at a lack of quality fitness programming accessible to the average gym goer — not just the most “elite” or “hardcore” individuals among us. So we partnered with some of the best minds in the health and fitness industry to create killer workouts we could give our readers — for free (we think you’ll agree that’s a good price).”

You read that correctly:  FREE.  As in F to the R.E.E.

A few things to note:

1. It’s purely coincidental that both Dan and I could pass for a Mr. Clean impersonator.

2. We recognize that there are limitations to this program.  I think I speak for both of us when I say nothing will trump working with a reputable trainer on a face-to-face basis. But that’s the thing: there are a lot of crap trainers out there writing crap programming which are woefully craptastic at best, and flat out dangerous at their worst.

That said, everyone is unique with their own set of weaknesses, strengths, imbalances, injuries, and experience level and I’d be remiss not to recognize that following a program written for the masses will address every issue for every person in every circumstance.

It ain’t gonna happen.

You’re your own unique flower, and we understand (and appreciate) that.

However, we feel confident that the programming we’ve outlined will be a welcome breath of fresh air for the Greatist community (and the rest of the interwebz for that matter).

3. We’ve covered all the bases from the warm-up (it’s a lot more than just doing some cute arm circles and hopping on the elliptical for five minutes) to laying out, set by set, rep by rep, a well organized, structured, and progressive workout plan (2x, 3x, and 4x per week) that will help people move better, get stronger, and feel like a million bucks.

4. We’re not saying it’s perfect, and we’ll be the first to say that it’s still a work in progress.  We’re still very much  at the “grassroots” level with this shindig, and we’ll undoubtedly have a few kinks to iron out as the upcoming weeks/months progress.

But we’re really excited that we have the opportunity to help a lot of people and hopefully assist them (and more importantly, YOU) take their fitness and well-being to the next level.

So what are you waiting for?  Check it out HERE.

Enjoy the ride!  It’s going to be awesome.


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Comments for This Entry

  • Lauren

    Hey Tony, those GWOD's look awesome! One question...What day did you guys start them from the beginning? I'd like to give them a whirl from the start of it. Thanks!

    August 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      The program itself started LAST Monday, so if you keep scrolling down you should be able to start from day one. Of note, I "think" the people over at Greatist are working on a printable version that people will be able to print out and use as a training journal, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

      August 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Barath

    Amazing work! Congrats to you and Dan! If I might make a small suggestion: please consider writing some articles for Arnold's site - from what I see, the reach would be quite wide, and you'll end helping a whole lot of new people!

    August 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Nick Efthimiou

    This is a seriously good resource that I'm all too happy to recommend. Nice work guys.  One complaint: I don't see an arms day?!

    August 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Michael

    Awesome stuff Tony. Way to stick it to those crossfit losers!!! (Hahaha, kidding). This is great timing cos I'm just coming to the end of Maximum Strength (again) and need something to move on to. Question, are the weeks going to be phased as you have written in the past? By that I mean does the intensity fluctuate between Hi, Medium, Very High etc? If so, I guess it would be best to start from the first one????

    August 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      Well, I wouldn't say they're CrossFit losers. Granted I'm not a fan of the programming, but those who do it, work their asses off. Dan and I were adamant that the GWODs were going to be a systemic, progressive program that will definitely take someone, step-by-step, what it's like to follow a well-rounded program. At some point, yes, we'll follow a similar approach were training volume fluctuates between high, medium, etc.

      August 13, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply to this comment

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