The Turkish Get Up is possibly one of the most fun things you can do with your clothes on.
And if done well the benefits are far reaching.
I use it with my guys mostly for the shoulder health aspects, not necessarily the core strength that most people talk about.
While we are supporting the bell in an outstretched arm, we move our body around underneath it, we take our arm from straight out in front of us, to out to the side and eventually overhead.
All under significant load (you do use load on your get ups don’t you…..?)
If we keep our neck long and our thumb angled so it points slightly rearwards, the loading through our scapula (shoulder blade) is a very real thing, which means the muscles that control that scapula are working very hard as we go from lying down to either sitting or standing.
Now there’s a lot of words there, and I could write a lot more, but instead I invite you to watch this tutorial video instead.
It’s about 10 minutes long, but should answer most of the questions we get on the Get Up:
Turkish Get Up tutorial from Dave Hedges on Vimeo.
In my old Kettlebell Workshop series, the Get Up featured in Level 2.
I’ve had several requests over the last couple of months for more details on the Turkish Get up and on Kettlebells in general.
I think it’s time to dust off the old workshops this year.
In the next few weeks I’ll announce a Level 1 & 2 Kettlebell Workshop, which will give you everything you need to know about:
Level 1 – Swing, Goblet Squat, Press
Level 2 – Turkish Get Up, Clean
These workshops are open to everyone from absolute novices to experienced coaches.
Be sure you’re on the mailing list to get the announcement.
Until then, here’s the manuals I mentioned: