Turkish Getup

The Turkish get-up is a total-body exercise that increases torso stabilization and overall strength. The movement is very complex and requires upper body strength to maintain a weight overhead, shoulder stability, hip and glutes strength to raise your body off the floor, and tremendous core strength. It’s a very functional movement and includes many of the most basic human movement patterns.


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    Lie on your back on the floor and hold a dumbbell in one hand with your arm fully extended above your chest. Bend the knee of the same side to a 90-degree angle. Keep your opposite leg straight, and place it 5-10 degrees away from the midline of your body.
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    Start by lifting the dumbbell to the sky, and crunching onto your opposite elbow. Keep the elbow of the arm holding the dumbbell locked out.
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    Hike your hips in the air and sweep the straight leg underneath the body, stepping back and settling onto your knee.
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    Shift the weight away from your hand and onto your knee and front foot as you bring your torso upright. Push to a standing position, keeping the dumbbell lifted the entire time. Lower slowly back to the ground.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Make sure you keep your elbow locked out throughout the exercise.
  • Keep your eyes focused on the dumbbell throughout the entire movement.
  • Take your time and concentrate on each segment of the exercise.