The 'GVT' Method Roman Kemp Used to Build Six Kilos of Muscle

Edward Cooper
·2-min read

From Men's Health

As part of Our Silent Emergency, a new BBC documentary exploring male mental health issues and rising suicide figures among young men, radio host Roman Kemp — who lost his close friend Joe Lyons to suicide three months into England's first 'lockdown in 2020 — is helping create a more inclusive environment for those looking to share their experiences and help others to understand those in a similar position.

Speaking to Men's Health UK as part of our regular How I Build My Body series, where we take a deep dive into the training, fitness and wellness routines of celebrities, entertainment personalities and sportspeople, Kemp explored the direct relationship to mental health and physical wellbeing. "My love of the gym came from my Dad...I love the environment...when I was 18, I took my Level 3 qualifications," Kemp explains. "I'm there for me, and I'm there to zone out and to do my own workout."

Working with Max Taylorson, Kemp — who admits to being a "hard-gainer' — has managed to build around six kilograms of muscle.

As part of his sessions with Taylorson, Kemp used the German Volume Training (GVT) method for heavyweight strength that, previously, he had never seen before. GVT uses 10 sets of 10 reps per exercise with a 60-second rest and was first used by the German national weightlifting team in the 1970s and later popularised by Canadian strength coach Charles Poliquin.

"I ended up putting on, I think, about six kilograms of muscle. Which is massive over a space of about eight months or nine months, which for me is good. It takes me a long time."

The relationship between Kemp's mental and physical health improved, too. "I definitely think even having the gym as a routine helps with my mental side massively," he explains. "I know when I get myself into any routine, my mental state changes always because, you know, you kind of feel like you've got your life in check. There are some days where I don't want to do it and then I've kind of got to do it."

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