The turkish get up.
Description: A total body exercise that involved getting off the floor
Motions trained: Various
Main muscles used: All of them
How to do it:
Lie on the floor. Press a single dumbbell straight in the air. Now, with the arm
locked, stay under the weight as your get to your feet, then reverse the motion
and get back on the ground. No you are not allowed to fall. There are two
ways to get to your feet, either come to your feet in a low squat or
come to one knee. I prefer the one-knee version since I have trouble getting
into a squat.
How to work up to it: Start with not weight, then go to a light weight
and work your way up over time.
Ramping it up:This is a slow exercise. It does not lend itself
to getting ramped up. The way to make this harder is to do it slower.
Take a good 15 - 30 seconds each way.
Do's and don'ts: Do always feel the path from the weight to the floor
through you. Don't let the weight wobble, always be under it. Do take your time.
Comments:A fantastic total body exercise. This is usseful in parts, meaning that
in the course of a taiso workout, every time you go to the floor to do some exercises
or get up use this. You can get a lot of these in a workout that way.