August 01, 2007
The TGU overhead squat is the final progression in this series on kettlebell get-ups. It is an outstanding exercise that requires and develops balance, strength, stability, and flexibility in the ankles, knees, hips, upper back, and shoulder girdle. This exercise is an advanced progression that may initially prove too challenging for some people. It is commonly very challenging for those who fit the profile of "mature" male athletes with "high mileage," or others with a lifetime of acute and chronic pre-existing injuries resulting in various range-of-motion limitations.
If you fall into this category, do not despair. Focus your efforts on what you can do (i.e., maximizing your performance of the tactical TGU and gradually working your overhead squat at light weight). Over the years I've been doing and teaching this move, I've noticed that women often seem to transition to this exercise more naturally than men.