The Turkish get up is an amazing and powerful exercise that's evolved quite a bit over the years.
I mean, who wouldn't benefit from this exercise?
It's a "one stop shop" for a lot of things.
In the most simple terms, the Turkish get up (TGU) is getting up from the ground and then going back down, ideally under a heavy load.
Of course, there's A LOT more to it than just getting up and going back down, but there's been a big evolution of this exercise.
And, it's critical to get the movement down before adding any type of external load or weight.
Notable benefits of the TGU are:
How important is strength?
Strength definitely makes everything else better, but strength isn't the only thing we need.
First, it's important to remember that quality of movement precedes strength (Point 1 - Be Mobile, see below)
We need to move well, then move strong.
Knowing your one rep max (1RM) is a requirement to build an effective strength training program.
First, that number tells us how strong we are.
The 1 RM is how much weight we can maximally lift for 1 repetition in a given lift.
It's the ultimate test of our strength.
What comes to mind when you think of the kettlebell snatch test?(The kettlebell snatch test is performing 100 reps with an appropriately sized kettlebell in 5 minutes or less.)
Here's what pops in my mind.
It's NEVER easy.
It's manageable, but I'd never say it's easy.
And, I'd say there's a stigma to the kettlebell snatch test, which is needed to pass the SFG kettlebell certification weekend.
Kettlebells are extremely effective training tools, we all know that.So are dumbbells.The key is to know which tool is the right tool for the task, the right tool for what it is you want.
There are clear exercises that should be performed with a kettlebell and not a dumbbell (and vice versa).
This will be a short post, but an important one, so please read.
In regards to a standard plank exercise (as opposed to the hard style plank), one of the most important things about this exercise is the full body tension and stabilization to build core strength.
If we want to achieve this, we mustcontract our glutes when performing the plank.
What muscle do you think is critical for performance in kettlebell training, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, bodybuilding, or to achieve ultimate athleticism in any sport?
It should be pretty obvious that would be the gluteus maximus.
If you fail to tap into the power of this muscle, you'll greatly limit your training performance and results.
We really can't emphasize the importance of the glutes enough in performance training and for developing the ultimate athletic body.
What is mastery?
As George Leonard, the author of Mastery describes it, it's a process or a journey.
For me, that's been one of the major benefits with kettlebells, barbells, and movement based training.
That's why I'm so passionate about training as it's always about the process and the evolution.