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GZCLP is a popular linear progression variation of the GZCL template. Because of its immense popularity and different versions of the spreadsheet, it is broken out separately here. A more detailed overview of the GZCLP program is included as well.
- 1 Updates:
- 2 GZCLP Overview
- 3 How to Progress T1, T2, and T3 Lifts on GZCLP
- 4 GZCLP Suggested Accessories (T3 Lifts)
- 5 GZCLP Spreadsheets
- July 14, 2019
- Added the latest GZCLP 3 day and 4 day spreadsheet (v3.0) by /u/blacknoir
- June 14, 2019
- Added brand new new version of the GZCLP 3 day and 4 day spreadsheet by /u/blacknoir!
- Added information on how to progress T1, T2, and T3 lifts while running GZCLP.
GZCLP utilizes linear progression, much like popular programs Starting Strength, Strong Lifts, or Greyskull LP. What separated the program is that it is higher volume than the typical incarnations of these programs through the implementation of AMRAP (as many reps as possible) sets and T2 and T3 lifts.
Here is a description of T1, T2, and T3 lifts.
For a full write up of the methodology of GZCLP, I encourage you read Cody’s blog and scroll down to the “GZCLP” section.
The typical GZCLP workout structure is:
- 3 or 4 workouts per week (depending on which spreadsheet you choose)
- Each workout consists of one T1, T2, and T3 movement
- Weight is added to the T1 movement the next time it is done again
- This generally translates to weekly progression of weights
- T1 movements are usually 3 sets of 5 reps (last set is an AMRAP)
- T2 movements are usually 3 sets of 10 reps (last set is an AMRAP)
- T3 movements are usually 3 sets of 15 reps (last set is an AMRAP)
How to Progress T1, T2, and T3 Lifts on GZCLP
This is explained a bit more thoroughly on Cody’s blog, but you can get a quick summary below.
Before you understand progression, we need to define volume base.
Volume base is the total number of reps for a given lift across all working sets in a session. If you do 3 sets of 5 reps, that is a volume base of 15 (3×5 = 15). Warm ups don’t count toward volume base.
GZCLP Tier 1 Lift Progression
Add 5 to 10 lbs each workout until base volume drops below the specified amount for the given rep range you’re on in the program.
For example, everyone starts at 5 sets of 3 , with the last set being an AMRAP. Weight is added workout to workout until a base volume of 15 is not achieved. When that happens, you no longer are at the 5 sets of 3 stage and now are at the 6 sets of 2 stage. Your new base volume is 12.
Using the 6 sets of 2 structure (as always, last set is an AMRAP), start with the weight you could not achieve a base volume of 15 with. Continue adding weight workout to workout until a base volume of 12 is not achieved. You are now in the 10 sets of 1 rep stage of progression. Your new base volume is 10.
Start with the weight you could not achieve a base volume of 12 with using the new 10 sets of 1 rep structure. Continue adding weight from workout to workout until a base volume of 10 is not achieved.
When this happens, find your new 5RM and restart the program using that weight and the 5 sets of 3 rep scheme.
GZCLP Tier 2 Lift Progression
We’re dealing with base volume again! Remember, base volume is the number of sets multiplied by the number of reps (3 sets of 10 reps = a base volume of 30).
This is conceptually very similar to T1 progression.
Use a rep scheme of 3 sets of 10 reps and add weight each workout. When a base volume of 30 cannot be achieved, switch to 3 sets of 8 reps (starting at the same weight you failed to achieve a base volume of 30 with) and continue adding weight every workout.
When a base volume of 24 is failed, switch to a rep scheme of 3 sets of 16, continuing to add weight every workout. When a base volume of 18 is failed, restart at 3 sets of 10 with a heavier weight than you originally started with (no more than +20 lbs).
GZCLP Tier 3 Lift Progression
T3 lifts use an AMRAP set to help gauge progress. When 25 reps can be achieved on the AMRAP set, the weight should be increased.
GZCLP Suggested Accessories (T3 Lifts)
|T1 Lift||T3 #1||T3 #2||T3 #3||T3 #4|
|Squat||DB split squats||Leg curls||Leg extensions|
|Overhead Press||DB rows||Lat Pull-downs||DB hammer curls||DB bicep curl|
|Bench||DB flys||Cable overhead rope tricep extensions||DB lateral raises||Barbell push press|
|Deadlift||Front squats||V grip cable row||Weighted Hyper-extension||Cable Crunches|
GZCLP 3 Day + 4 Day Spreadsheet v3.0 by /u/blacknoir *UPDATED July 2019*
Edit: The v3.0 spreadsheet may need a few tweaks. If you experience issues with it, you can still access v2.4 here. The program is the same, v3.0 just has more customization options.
Updated on July 13, 2019, this might be the finest GZCLP spreadsheet out there. Nice work, /u/blacknoir!
GZCLP for Hypertrophy 4 Day Spreadsheet
Originally published by Say No to Bro Science, it has since been retired. You can still find the program description archived here.
GZCLP 3 Day Spreadsheet
GZCLP 4 Day Spreadsheet
GZCLP “Big on the Basics” Spreadsheet
This is one of the oldest GZCLP spreadsheets floating around. It also includes a spreadsheet for a 3 week GZCL template and a “Big on the Basics” GZCL variation.
GZCLP 3 Day Spreadsheet