Optimizing The Getup: A 10 Part Series Dedicated Solely to The Getup

Strength Training Saratoga Springs

I’m a fan of strength and I’ve been a fan for a while.  

My passion for strength dates it back to when I was a little boy dreaming of becoming a running back in the NFL. The power, speed, and grace guys like Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Thurman Thomas, and Herschel Walker ran with was so inspiring to watch.

Having been in the fitness industry for the past 10 years, only in the past 3 years have I started calling myself a “strength coach.”

No, I don’t coach for a team or work with a ton of professional athletes, but I do get normal, everyday people such as yourself stronger and have become pretty good at it.

The kettlebell was a massive turning point for me.

It was a paradigm shift in the way I viewed strength and how I’d pursue strength moving forward.

The tension skills and exercises I’ve learned with StrongFirst have thus far been life changing and have only just begun.

Strength has a greater purpose and has become more than a passion, a hobby, and even more than a career.

It’s become a way of life.

Similar to obstacles life throws our way, there are ups and downs in yours and my strength journey’s alike.

It’s what makes the process so enjoyable.

The Swing and the Getup in particular have become my two staple strength and conditioning exercises (and the two our entire program is built off of at Evolution).

In my pursuit of “sinister” status I learned a lot about both exercises.

So much to the point that I’ve realized I likely have a lot of tips I can share with you that will help you get stronger with your Swing and your Getup.

Keeping this in mind I decided to embark on a 10 part series on "Optimizing The Getup!" (The Swing will follow down the road)

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Each part will

  • Breakdown a portion of the Getup
  • Explain why it’s important and how to do it properly
  • And dive into common troubleshooting drills I like to use to optimize that phase of the Getup

When I started training with 'bells my heaviest getup was 32kg for a single. Most recently I’ve hit a 60kg getup and hit a double beast (48kg) Getup numerous times.

My goal with this series is to share with you everything I’ve learned along the way so that you can then take the information to help you Optimize Your Getup and help you become the strongest version of yourself...

Optimizing The Getup – What You Can Expect

Here’s what you can expect over the next 10 weeks.

A new article every week breaking down a phase of the Getup


I’ll spend a week breaking down:

  • The Set-up

  • From Floor To Elbow
  • From Elbow to Tall Sit
  • From Tall Sit to Bridge
  • From Bridge to Leg Sweep
  • From Leg Sweep to Half-Kneeling
  • And From Half-Kneeling to Standing

I’ll then spend two additional parts breaking down the “Get Down.”

An often neglected part of the Getup, your decent back to earth with said heavy weight over your head is important and thus deserves it’s own parts entirely.

For some of you, you might find those parts the most helpful.

Lastly, I’ll devote an entire post on programming for the getup.

If I can keep myself on track I’ll share how I made it to “simple” status with Getup and how you can too.

Additionally I’ll share the programming strategies I’ve used on my journey to achieving Sinister status - including some PlanStrong tidbits.

Optimizing The Getup - Get Ready!

I’m more and more grateful each day for the fact that people look to me for advice and answers to help them with their strength-related questions.

I’m excited to put this series together and hope you will be just as excited to read it!

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Stay tuned next week for Part 1 of Optimizing The Getup: But first, Why?

Until then,