The Turkish Get Up and I go way back.
All the way back to 2015 when I learned how to do one.
Ok so I exaggerated a bit. Having done my first Turkish Get Up four years ago, my love affair with this insanely effective movement pattern has actually been very short lived thus far…but I intend to keep the passion alive for all of my fitness eternity.
WTF is a Turkish Get Up and WTF does it do?
For the sake of ease, let’s just call it the TGU.
From a more simplistic standpoint, it’s a highly dynamic movement that immediately translates to lifting heavy sh*t. For lack of a less morbid description, the TGU entails a series of methodical movements that demand you transition your body through multiple planes – from lying down to standing up and back to lying down – without crushing your head with the weight (usually a kettlebell) that’s stabilized overhead from start to finish.
But the better question is…what does it NOT do? The TGU wraps upper body strength, lower body strength, core strength, mobility, motor function, and overall stability into one magnificent movement. It requires focus, composure, control, and plenty of patience.
Why do a TGU?
I could write a novel on this, but let’s keep it basic for now…
Safety first, kiddos…
If you’ve made it this far into an article about one singular movement pattern…congratulations. Your attention span is greater than most. But the more important note I want to make relates to training your TGU. For your safety (and my peace of mind), please don’t just go picking up a kettlebell, slinging it overhead, and attempting a TGU if you’ve never in your life performed one.
If you’re eager, do some research (StrongFirst is the gold standard in kettlebell training and has an entire library’s worth of content surrounding the TGU). Watch videos. Start with a LIGHT weight. Better yet…start with a shoe balanced on top of a closed fist (this is how I learned it). Sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually very tricky to perform a TGU with a lightweight shoe and keep it balanced from start to finish.
As I said, the TGU is a complex and highly dynamic movement pattern…one which requires training. You’re best off first learning this movement from a fitness professional that understands it and knows how to coach it (note: there is a huge difference between someone being able to DO the movement, and someone being able to COACH the movement).
And if you’re NOT new to the TGU, but simply haven’t trained it in a while…what’s the hold up!?!?