When we think about incorporating a specific motion into our training routines, we typically think of planks, lunges, squats — the standard stuff. And while those are all great exercises, there is a move you’re probably not doing, but should be! Which is why I’d like to introduce you to the Turkish Get Up. Not only does it work your strength and flexibility, but also your mobility. It challenges your body to work together — head to toe.
For those of you who sit at your desks all day, this exercise engages your posterior chain and off-sets all of those hours spent hunched over the computer or TV.
While a Turkish Get Up is traditionally done with a kettlebell (as pictured), you can also execute the motion holding a dumbbell, a sandbag, a water bottle or any other strengthening tool you choose.
I recommend you try the motion first without a kettlebell. The TGU is done by holding the kettlebell overhead, which requires skill, knowledge of motion and body awareness. Learn the steps to master this move: