First of all, before anyone thinks I’m about to get all preachy over here about the get-up, let’s get some things straight… many years ago before even training with an RKC instructor (I had a hard time finding one at the time) I tried to teach myself the get-up. And I really wish that I had video of that to show you, because I would somehow end up facing the opposite direction by the time I got back to the floor! At the time that’s not what I wanted to do, but now I want to figure out a safe/legit way to do that and use it in a kind of flowing kettlebell circuit etc. I love to put those things together. The point of that story is, that until I did really begin to seriously train with an instructor (and start to prepare for my first RKC workshop) I DID NOT LIKE the get-up! It was frustrating, complex, seemingly illogical, gaaahh! Seven parts?! WHAT?!?!
Fortunately, breaking it down into its component parts solved a lot of problems, and even today I love to use the individual portions of the get-up along with the full get-up in workouts. Working on those small but powerful chunks one at a time–and their transitions can add a cool variety to your workout as well as strengthen your understanding and enjoyment of the full on regulation get-up. Good times!!!
Q: Should my straight leg pop up/fly up/etc. during the first part of the Turkish get-up?
A: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! And here’s a video about why and how to fix it!