Here is a video clip of me performing a Turkish Get Up with my little girl in the background. My training focus has been slow strength in just a few exercises. As I was increasing my pressing power past the 16kg (35lb), using the 44lb, I noticed my shoulders developing more than I liked. I also began Krav Maga almost 5 months ago, which requires quite a bit of shoulder work with all the punching, which is more volume on my shoulders! If I wasn't using them so frequently I could probably continue a strength pressing program with no problems. I'm not trying to be superficial but I still like to look girlie from time to time. I know most of you ladies are with me on this. Strong is cool, but looking like a girl is pretty cool as well. ;-) Therefore I've decided to back off on my super pressing goals and will be content with being able to double press 16kg's, which totals to over 70 pounds. Over the last several months my weight fluctuates between 108 and 114. So relatively speaking it's enough in my book. ;-)
Heavy Get Ups don't seem to have a major effect on hypertrophy for my body. I also have noticed my trunk has become so much more stable as a result from being able to stabilize this amount of weight. My body has been through so much in the past several years. I'm so thankful that I'm able to have such a pain free, mobile, and strong body after all it's been through. As many of you know I've given birth to rather large babies for my size (or any size) and had to undergo two c-sections, which should not be taken lightly. In addition my stomach grew so unbelievably big last pregnancy that my abdominals actually separated a bit, it's called Diastasis Recti. If you are not careful when getting back in to training you can give yourself a hernia. This is quite common in pregnancies. To be able to rehabilitate myself with just the use of kettlebells, body weight training, and suspended cables, it's been a very rewarding journey. Hope you enjoy!
Turkish Get Up 24kg (53 pounds)
I'm a fitness, strength, conditioning & nutrition coach that was put here on earth to change peoples lives. I focus on quality of movement, which has helped many people become pain free and strong! My favorite workout tool of choice is your own body weight and adding a kettlebell. Moreover, any tool that helps with strength and quality of movement is incorporated. Fitness is only part of the puzzle to have the happy and healthy quality of life people strive for. With my educational background & experiences nutrition, lifestyle, exercise and a positive mental attitude are all a focus. I design online nutrition & exercise programs as well as create fitness DVD's and videos so people can use my style and methods all around the world. I'm the creator of the "Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells" series "Baby Bells" DVD, along with The Kettlebell Body, Lightning and Kettlebell Revelation. Being a mother of 4 I know how hard it can be to make health a priority. I truly enjoy helping everyone from all walks of life reach their dream fitness goals to enhance quality of life. It can be done!!!