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Sure, it has an odd name. But what the Turkish get-up may lack in creative panache, it more than makes up for in effectiveness. This total-body strength move first made fashionable by old-time strongmen – you know, the ones you’ve seen in black-and-white photos with unitards and handlebar mustaches – is being resurrected by today’s powerlifters, weightlifters and even disciples of CrossFit training for its ability to build freakish strength from head to toe.
The Turkish get-up strengthens your core, all your major muscle groups, smaller stabilizers, tendons and ligaments. In addition, it improves power, flexibility and shoulder stability. And all it requires is, as the name implies, getting up from the floor in a predetermined way.
This exercise is multidimensional and can arguably fit well within any workout. Since it has decided benefits for the core and shoulders (the latter via isometric contraction and control of the dumbbell as you stand), you could do it as an adjunct to delt work.
The Turkish get-up may have an unorthodox name, but there’s nothing strange about the strong results you’ll enjoy from performing it regularly.
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