Turkish Get Up

The Turkish Get Up is one of my favorite exercises.  As I have mentioned before, I have fallen in love with the kettlebell in the last few years and I feel like Turkish Get Ups could be the single best exercise to address strength and stability in functional movement patterns.  I want to share a couple of links to sites for pretty good Turkish Get Up instruction.

1) To hear Gray Cook talk about why he likes the TGU and how he instructs it.  He starts instructing it around the 4:20 mark, but the first 4 minutes are a great background on why you should be doing it.

check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-MMnltV1h8

2) Mike Robertson explaining his steps.  This is a really good layman’s terms description of the movements.  I also like how he includes steps to come back down, which is an important part of the TGU.

check it out here: http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/blog/turkish-get-ups-step-by-step/

3) If you really fall in love with the Turkish Get Up, I strongly suggest you purchase the DVD: Kettlebells From The Ground Up by Gray Cook and Bret Jones.  A really good manual comes with it and step by step instruction is included.

check it out here: http://www.performbetter.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product2_10151_10751_1005340_-1_1000405_1000255_1000252_ProductDisplayErrorView

Try it out, I really feel that this movement is one that is as much restorative as anything else I can do.


Functional Stability Training for the Core

I just started watching the Functional Stability Training for the Core online video course and I really think it is great.  My favorite line from Mike Reinold’s intro is that he is teaching me how to help people learn to move correctly.  Exciting or boring or not, he wants correct non compensated movement.

I see compensations every day in PT and usually can see a laundry list of issues in my patients, so I am looking forward to how Mike and Eric integrate everything to address the varied aspects of dynamic stability.

UPDATE – 2nd module “Functional Stability of the Core”

I’m loving what Mike is saying.  I feel like I’ve been telling patients a lot of the same things lately.  The problem is that most people are performing core exercises that are mobility, not stability exercises.  This is partially reinforcing to what I have been thinking and utilizing with patients, but I am also learning a lot from the video.  Great videos.

Check it out at www.functionalstability.com