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Turkish Get Up, Push to Elbow

by Keli Roberts

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The Turkish Get Up is a very unusual exercise and is very typical to kettlebell training. It works the abdominals in a very integrated way by incorporating the legs, postural control and balance. Start by punching the hand up. For the first progression, drive up onto your elbow and push your chest up. Roll across your shoulders onto your elbow, drive up and then come back down. You might want to repeat that a little bit and get used to that feeling of punching up as you come up through the chest. The next progression is to bring it up to kneeling. Punch up to that first position, slide the foot underneath and come up to kneeling. From the kneeling position, come back down to the supine position. Come down the same way you came up. For our third and final progression, come all the way up to standing the same way that you just did. Punch up, lift the chest, switch the foot under, kneel, then stand, and then come all the way back down exactly the same way you came up. This one takes a little practice. Make sure you get both sides of the body so you're evenly training symmetrically.

About the Presenter

Keli Roberts

Keli Roberts IDEA Author/Presenter

Keli Roberts?is a specialized tier-three personal trainer at Equinox in Pasadena, California. She is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling and Gliding?, a Kettlebell® Concepts-sponsored athlete and is on the BOSU® development team. Keli is also known for her award-winning videos, books and training seminars. She is a spokesperson for ACE, a 2007 inductee to the National Fitness Hall of Fame and was awarded the 2003 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award.