Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Turkish Get-Up for "Core" Strength

I hate the term "core strength" because it sounds too much like faddish fitness lingo, but since it is widely used, I'll use it here. The Turkish get-up is a throwback to the old "strongman era" of strength training, when functional and effective exercise was the rule rather than the exception. Because of its effectiveness, it is still widely used today to train "core" strength and stability. All runners should consider adding this exercise to their strength training routine.

This video is a quick look at the exercise.

This video is a more detailed look at the exercise.


  1. Just found your site and am enjoying it. I started doing barefoot running after discovering MovNat 4 years ago or so. I went to Erwan's first seminar in the US. It was a HUGE change for me coming from a background of competitive sports (mainly basketball). My biggest issue seems to be that I don't run that often, but when I do I try to POSE run... Also wanted to comment that Turkish Get-ups are also a great recovery tool!

    1. Thanks for your comments. I'm a big fan of MovNat, and I hope to train with Erwan one day soon.