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    turkish get up question

    I am a newbie to the whole kettle bell thing, and I have recently started to do TGU's. I have watched a bunch of videos and I have a pretty good feel for it except the standing up portion of the exercise. Am I supposed to focus on standing with my plant leg (the one next to my butt) or do I use both legs equally to stand up? Using both feels awkward, and focusing on my front leg seems to stressful...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lone.star View Post
    I am a newbie to the whole kettle bell thing, and I have recently started to do TGU's. I have watched a bunch of videos and I have a pretty good feel for it except the standing up portion of the exercise. Am I supposed to focus on standing with my plant leg (the one next to my butt) or do I use both legs equally to stand up? Using both feels awkward, and focusing on my front leg seems to stressful...
    You're using both legs whether you recognize it or not. What do you mean "too stressful?" The point of exercise is to induce stress and then allow your body to adapt to it.

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    You should be using the leg on the same side of the KB to do most of the standing up, but you are also pushing up with that rear leg. Hope that makes sense. It takes lots of practice to get the TGU right.

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    This is about the best video I found for instruction.

    Kettlebell Turkish Get Up - YouTube

    I started with a 2lb dumbbell just to get the mechanics right.

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    Hm, I wonder how well I can do those without the ability to put my heel on the ground.

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    Vick and Gator70, thank you for your helpful posts! exactly the type of responses I was hoping for. -ls

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEversbergII View Post
    Hm, I wonder how well I can do those without the ability to put my heel on the ground.

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    I wouldn't find out. Why can't you put your heel on the ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEversbergII View Post
    Hm, I wonder how well I can do those without the ability to put my heel on the ground.

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    Do what you need to do to help yourself heal before you push again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    I wouldn't find out. Why can't you put your heel on the ground?
    Congenitally short Achilles tendon, leaving my heel locked 2-3 inches off the ground and me permanently a toe-walker.

    I've got a 10lb I'll try these with this evening to see how well I can manage.

    M.

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