Turkish Get-up

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The turkish get-up is an intermediate full body exercise that targets the legs, shoulders and core.


Picture of Shoulders


The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.

Picture of Quadriceps


The quadriceps (quads) are a group of four muscles on the front of the thigh. They allow your knee to straighten and provide stability when standing. Your quads are the most important muscle group for maintaining the ability to stand and to walk independently.

Equipment Used

Picture of Kettlebell


The kettlebell is a cast-iron weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. Sizes may range from 4 pounds (1.8 kg) to 175 pounds (79 kg).

Exercise Instructions

turkish get-up - step 1

Step 1

Start on your back while holding the kettlebell in one hand directly above your shoulder.

turkish get-up - step 2

Step 2

Press yourself up on to your elbow, then up on to your hand, bridge up and pass your leg underneath your body.

turkish get-up - step 3

Step 3

Turn your body in to a proper lunge position while holding the kettlebell overhead and stand up.