Wed. class times: 530am, Noon, 430pm, 530pm, 630pm
Skill: Turkish Get-up
WOD: 20 Min AMRAP
4 Handstand Push-ups
8 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls @ 75/45
12 Air Squats
Looks like it's going to another beautiful day here in Sonoma County! There's nothing better than a great day to do a great workout! Lots of shoulder and low back strength needed for today so warm-up well.
Today's skill exercise is the Turkish get-up. The history of the TGU dates back to Turkish wrestling 200 years ago. As a rite of passage, a beginner was not allowed to move on to their next level of training until they were able to lie down next to a heavy (100lb) kettlebell on the floor and gracefully move to a standing position with the weight overhead using total control.
Bringing us 200 years later, if you watch the typical American get up from the floor you do not see beauty or grace, instead you hear the grunts of effort and uncomfortable facial expressions because getting up from the floor has actually become “difficult”. Ever seen the movie, Wall-E?
We have lost the freedom of movement and awareness of our bodies and what muscles are supposed to do what. The characters in Wall-E are not too far from the truth for a lot of people! Many people who seek better health are out of touch with themselves physically, they lack the ability to coordinate muscles to perform certain tasks.
I believe that beauty, grace, elegance, symmetry, balance, coordination and strength have a common thread. And in no other exercise is that common thread evident other than the Turkish Get Up.
This exercise will teach you how to find those elements in your body, it will teach you how to move with grace, it will teach you how to find strength where you need it, and use it when you need it. Common benefits are Core Strength, Flexibility, Body Awareness, Coordination, Full Body Strength. Sound familiar? They should, we use these elements throughout CrossFit. They are functional and necessary!
Come try out this interesting movement today!