Optimizing The Getup: A 10 Part Series Dedicated Solely to The Getup
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.
I clearly never made it to the NFL, but I’ve been a personal trainer for the past 8 years. Only in the past year have I started calling myself a “strength coach.”
No, I don’t coach for a team or work with a ton of 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 I’ve 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. It’s what makes the process so enjoyable.
The swing and the getup in particular have become two of my staple kettlebell exercises. In my pursuit of “sinister” status I’ve 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.
So, I decided to embark on a 10 part series on Optimizing The Getup! (The Swing will follow down the road)
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
March 1st, 2017 will mark the 1-year mark to the day (!) when I started training with kettlebells. At that point my heaviest getup was 32kg for a single. Most recently I’ve hit a 52kg getup multiple times and hit a double beast (48kg) getup once.
My goal 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, get stronger, and simply enjoy life more…
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!
Make sure you don’t miss a part in the series by subscribing to my weekly blog and stay tuned next week for Part 1 of Optimizing The Getup: But first, Why?
If you missed it, check out my most recent blog post titled, A Simple Kettlebell Swing Workout to Burn Fat and Build Strength.
Make sure you grab your free On-The-Minute Swing Program accompanied at the end!