#34 The Secret of the Ottoman Army: Turkish Get Ups

Turkish Get Up is a great all body, functional exercise.  It was used by Turkish Janissary soldiers as a part of their strength training.  Turkish wrestlers were known to use kettlebells and they used to practice the turkish get up as well as a part of their strength regimen.  Being Turkish, I was always interested in the Turkish Get Up and used it as a part of my workout regimen.

The Turkish Sultan, Murat the 4th was known to carry a 102kg (224.4 lbs) kettlebell every morning and evening from his palace to his resort and harem.  He would carry it throughout the day from each location to another and with this method he built tremendous amount of strength.  When he was  on his conquests, he was documented to be seen swinging his 102 Kg kettlebell outside of his tent for about at hour at a time.  

                                                                                               These Kettlebells are located in  Taksim Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Turkish Get Up, builds strength from the ground up, which makes it a great tool for martial artist. The Get Ups will get you out breath really quick and is a great exercise to add to circuits.  It will build up your core strength and it great for shoulder rehabilitation.

If you have done martial arts like me all your life and have lots of injuries, I recommend using a sandbag for the heavy kettlebell Get Ups, since the bag is a little bit smoother on the joints VS an iron kettlebell.  I use them both during my training.

Russian soldiers used kettlebells to prepare for war.  It made them strong and provided them the endurance they needed for battle.   This is one of the best exercises out there and I highly recommend that you learn how to do them correctly.  Check out video below for correct tecnique.