My players undertook the first week using this method. Right from the very first session they reported that they felt the intensity ratchet right up in comparison to a normal traditional lower body session. The fact that they were sticking to a 90 secs recovery time after effectively squatting 800kg (10 x 10 of 80 kg), then 600kg of Push Press (10 x 10 of 60kg),meant they had exposed their body to 1400kg of loading in one hit – and they still had 9 hits to go!!!!!
After completing the first 3 sessions in week 1, the feedback from the players was that they felt wee bit sore and stiff, but mentally felt good. GVT becomes a real mental challenge and the players approached all the sessions with the attitude of “Right today I am going to rack deadlift 10 sets of 10 at 120kg. That’s 12000kg. With that I will be doing DB Shoulder Press at 10 sets of 10 of 30kg. That’s another 3000kg. That’s a total of 15000 Kg in 20 minutes!” That’s where they were getting their mental stimulation from!
By week 5 and 6 most players had gained and put on 3.5-5kg. This was all from doing 3 x 30 minute sessions a week. The weight they were lifting had increased, but the cumulative fatigue was starting to kick in. The players found they were eating a lot more in this phase and sleeping really well, 8-9 hours a night.