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The Turkish Get-Up Series: The Steps by Jeff Martone - CrossFit Journal

In Coaching, Kettlebells, Videos

June 13, 2012

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In the second part of the Turkish get-up series, kettlebell guru Jeff Martone outlines the three steps of the movement.

First there’s sitting up, then the transition to the knee and, finally, standing up.

While lying on the floor, your chest must be open. Then, ensure your knuckles remain in the same spot in space. Next, press, drive off the heel and keep coming up to a sitting position. This position, Martone cautions, does not involve merely rolling over or sitting straight up like a regular sit-up

“As you get stronger, you’re always shifting your weight to your forearm,” he explains. “But you gotta minimize weight to it and really work your core pretty hard.”

When it’s time to transition to the knee, push down the shoulder on the opposite side of the weight, push off with the heel and bring the leg through. Then, stand up while keeping the kettlebell in the same overhead position.

15min 38sec

Additional reading: The Turkish Get-up Part 1 by Jeff Martone, published May 1, 2007.

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5 Comments on “The Turkish Get-Up Series: The Steps”


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I don't want to be negative, but, HUH ?


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Lot's of good points made about TGUs.


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Seen a few of Jeff's now and didn't get his lugubrious style at first but the penny has dropped.. Very cool and super concise - thanks M


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What shoes is Jeff wearing in this video?


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The Turkish Get-Up has helped me improve my overall strength, particularly with any over-head pressing movements. A good breakdown of the many steps involved in the movement, as Jeff Martone shows in the video, leads to the ability to master the movement quickly and increase your strength gains and shoulder stability. I definitely like this kettlebell video series and hope there is more to come.

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