In the third part of the Turkish get-up series, kettlebell guru Jeff Martone talks about the advantages between the overhead-squat style and the traditional method.
Most often, it’s women who ask Martone if it’s OK to use the overhead-squat style.
“Yes, you can because you got crazy girl flexibility,” he says with a laugh. “That is a legit way to get up. For the vast majority of your audiences, they’re not going to pull it off.”
Plus, Martone emphasizes, there is more skill transfer to real-life experiences with the traditional method.
“For like law enforcement, military, fighters, the way I’m showing now is really the ideal to practice to get super-duper strong at,” he explains. “I don’t think you can get strong enough doing this drill.”
The difference between the two can be compared with the push jerk versus the split jerk.
“I will never cycle the split jerk at the rate I can the push jerk, and so power will be blunted,” says CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman. “I won’t be able to do as much work in the same amount of time.”
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Additional reading: The Turkish Get-up Part 1 by Jeff Martone, published May 1, 2007.