I love discovering new exercises because it is one more I can add to keep my exercise routines fun. I was browsing through my February issue of Runner’s World and saw an article for dynamic strength which had the Turkish Get-Up as one of the routines. You can perform this exercise with a dumbbell or kettlebell. This exercise starts off on your back while you hold a weight in one hand above you as you raise yourself until you’re standing up, then you lower yourself in the same manner.
The Turkish Get-Up is really good for developing your core muscles because holding the weight above your head triggers core muscles. Your leg muscles are also getting a good workout from moving up and down. The article says that 3 sets of 5 reps for each arm works well with 2 minutes rest between sets. I found a good video below that demonstrates exactly how the exercise is performed:
The Turkish Get-Up