The Get-up

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The Get-up – It’s about 200 years old and used to be practiced regularly by old-time strongmen in late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. It fell out of favor as aesthetics became the priority rather than pure functional strength and that trend continued (and still does) until about 10 or 15 years ago when Kettlebells were reintroduced into the U.S. Today, there is a resurgence in movements of the past and the Get-Up is one that has stood the test of time. Why? Because it challenges the entire body, while focusing primarily on the shoulder. Keep in mind that to perform this movement under load requires ALL the muscles in the body to be engaged. You must maintain that load under tension for an extended time. It is not a ballistic movement, yet you are moving. It is also a movement that will identify weaknesses immediately. A good coach can tell if there are dysfunctional movement patterns, mobility issues, etc., when you perform the Get-Up. When first learning the Get-Up, the main objective is dialing in the movement pattern and the best way to do this is without any external load. In fact, there are some seriously strong folks who advocate not adding ANY load until a month or so of just practicing the movement. The bottom line is that if you can eventually get to the point where you practice the Get-Up consistently under a load, your mobility, stability, and strength will all be enhanced.

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