I’ve been working on the getup for the past couple months. And I’m happy to report that I’ve hit a new lifetime PR in the move. Watch it here:
I believe I had previously hit 115 lbs. years ago when I was practicing this exercise daily thought I could be misremembering. I hit this mark recently too.
So I’m happy to have surpassed that mark for a new lifetime record.
The short term goal, for now, is to get up to 135 lbs. And I think it would be amazing to lift a weight equal to body weight in the getup longer term!
For those not familiar with the getup here are a few of the benefits:
• It’s a lot of fun! In my opinion, many of the oldtime lifts, such as this one, are way more fun to practice and do then say squats or pressing.
• The shoulder stability required is crazy. You move your arm through quite a few planes of motion and must do so with a heavyweight locked out overhead the whole time.
• It’s a full body lift. The torso stabilization, the core work, even the legs all get used.
• Using a barbell instead of a kettlebell makes it more challenging as it amps up the balance needed.
• It benefits your structure. It’s not a muscle-based exercise but is better thought of as moving support.
On this last point, this is why you’ll see it featured inside of Deceptive Strength. This exercise will never make you bodybuilder huge…but it can make you very strong.