CrossFit Seminar Staff member James Hobart demonstrates one of my favorite movements the Turkish get-up. The Turkish Get-up is a fantastic exercise, that you could do with practically any object, although kettlebells and dumbells are mostly used. This exercise provides excellent torso stabilization and general strength and mobility and is particularly great at addressing any left vs right muscle imbalances. Its also great for developing and maintaining strength to get off of the floor if ever needed. As we age we increase our risk of falls, but we can nix that by adding in movements like this one.
Initially this is a tricky move to get right – at the very least you will feel uncoordinated at the start. The best way to learn the Turkish Get Up is to count your way through each of the positions i.e. and begin with no weight
1. Seated Position
2. Hips lifted to full extension
3. Kneeling Lunge
and then ensure you hit each of those positions on the way down again.
For all over benefits it offers, if you were only allowed to ever do one exercise for the rest of your life, this would most definitely be one of the top choices.