Earlier this year I spent a few weeks and posts describing a variety of ‘get up’ exercises. For some, the act of exercising getting off the floor and back down again might seem odd, a waste of time (“what muscles does that work bro”?) or best directed to the circus performers, but really, you never know when it’ll come in handy.
Here’s an example. Let’s call our subject Jim. After much waiting, Jim finally got his triple hernia operation. I must add, his hernias arose from his employment demands, not the gym. Anyhoo, surgery went very well but Jim learned very quickly post surgery how the get up technique applied to getting out of bed. After having your abdominal wall poked around at by a surgeon, crunching up and getting out of bed is not a good choice. Using your hip to roll over to get up out of bed made perfect sense.
Back to the Challenge
If you are a kettlebell fan, you’ll probably be aware of the Turkish Get Up (aka TGU) but there many other forms of get up drills to help you develop mobility, strength, ‘fitness’ and to learn how to operate the one piece of hardware you’ll own until death – your body. If get ups do something great, it’s just that – building physical autonomy.
Over October I’ll be dedicating 10 to 20 minutes daily to practicing the following get ups:
To get going, here’s todays 10 minutes of Turkish Get Ups
Want to join in?
Study each or any of the above get ups and practice for 10 minutes a day. If that’s just Monday to Friday, sure that’s fine too. You’ll gain many benefits from frequent practice. Not killing yourself with huge efforts mind you, just simple, step by step practice.
You can still do your other training of course. Feel free to share your challenge on your own facebook etc but please use #fitstronggetups or even just post my sites link fitstrong.com.au
As a coach, I’ve met plenty of people over the years who either had resistance to getting down to the floor, had previously had a fall and was reluctant to revisit the floor in any capacity or who quite frankly didn’t see any purpose to get to the floor for exercise or other.
There are many reasons to practice and train getting to the floor and back up again. Let’s make a short list.
Improve your every day life and for its eventualities
Prepare you with skills needed for when you have to get to the ground or a fall to the ground
Improve your bodies mobility
Improve your body awareness and coordination
Improve your bodies resilience through increased strength and conditioning
Decrease any fear of the floor
Open opportunities to explore other movements and purposes of getting up and down
I’m not going to teach get ups in this post, but I will soon – I promise.
Here’s a glimpse of just 8 styles of ‘get ups’.
Got any questions or feedback? Get in touch below.