Posts tagged turkish-get-up
Part 3: Scapular Stability and Neck Freedom (No More Neck Pain)

The best and safest way to get the student to connect with this postural relationship is with a standing body weight lateral and/or rear deltoid raise, followed by a seated row and push-up. In the push-up and row, I usually see a faulty neck pattern. One in which the student is leading with the neck. Instead of using the scapular muscles in a synergistic way, the trainee will compensate by using the neck as a stabilizer. The neck is supposed to be free and this compensation will lead to neck and shoulder tightness and impingement's.

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Poise Under Pressure - The Turkish Get-up

The Turkish Get-Up is the epitome of poise-under-pressure. The head, neck, and torso align perfectly to form a harmonious postural relationship. In other words, our bodies are properly stacked during this exercise, allowing us great freedom and an enhanced capacity for global movement. In Michael J. Gelb’s book Body Learning, he wrote of the link between head, neck, and torso: “[The link] increases our store of potential energy, allowing movements to be undertaken in the most economical way possible, so long as the balancing mechanism is not interfered with. And it promotes the best possible functioning of the body’s life-support system (i.e. breathing,circulation, digestion) and of intelligence and emotions”. This is the exact relationship that occurs in a well-executed TGU. The Get-Up is the perfect blend of looseness and tension and encompasses all qualities of fitness, including strength, stability, mobility, flexibility, endurance and hypertrophy.

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