Simple Tip to Dramatically Improve Your Turkish Get Up

One of the most common problems I see with the Turkish Get Up is actually on the very first step where you post up onto your elbow. In order to keep your shoulder packed in and safe you can not let your shoulder roll up towards your ear when getting up onto your elbow but, as many of you know, this is much easier said than done. I’ve been doing and teaching the TGU for years and I still had problems with that myself.

While focusing on this during my TGUs the other day I realized that if I simply pointed my elbow down towards the ground and then drive the point of me elbow into the ground as posted up I automatically kept my shoulder packed and “rowed” myself up. The tendency is to let the elbow open up and point away from the body but this slight change in where it starts made a huge difference.

In this video I show you exactly what I am talking about and how to employ this tip. Check it out and let me know what you think and if you feel the difference the next time you do your TGUs.

-James Wilson-



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  1. Timo R says:

    That was it! Actually my problem with the TGU. And what a great tip! Just tried it couple of times without KB and then went straight to one size bigger KB than I normally use and no problems at all. Big thanks to James!!

    Reply • January 11 at 9:58 am
  2. Janet says:

    Sweet! Thanks, James. That’s been my prob with the TGU.

    Reply • January 11 at 10:24 am
  3. Jon Laterveer says:

    Wow what a difference! This tip and the squeezing of the shoulder blades together once up on the hand make the shoulder pack, awesome cues James. My left chest sure is tighter than my right! Also who does not like “rowing”, its just another movement this exercise trains. More and more this TGU looks like the one ultimate strength movement.

    Reply • January 11 at 12:44 pm
  4. Mike says:

    What a great tip!! I was struggeling a lot with this first move but this seems to make the difference. Thanks a lot James!

    Reply • January 13 at 1:28 pm

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