Getting it with the Turkish Get Up


My blog prompter always starts with “what’s on your mind?”

So I’m going to answer this. Who on earth invented this exercise ? I laughed all the way through this hour as I wondered how the floor had become my arch enemy. Seemed a long way from down to “up” ……… a two letter word with such a liquid range of meaning……..


It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we waken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends and we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the car.

At other times the little word has a  really special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing:

A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable of the proper uses of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary. In a desk size dictionary, the word up, takes UP almost 1/4th the page and definitions add UP to about thirty.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP

When it doesn’t rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so………….

In this instance ……….. I am going to do the Turkish GET UP.

The history of this exercise is fascinating….” a form of movement that uses body weight”. The ancient greeks had a word called ” Kalos” and “Sthenos” which means “Beautiful Strength”.

Now I’m not sure I quite fit this description as I played through this pattern. Essentially as a phrase this means mobility, stability, symmetry ( left, right, front, back ) , co-ordination, balance and yes

“beautiful strength” or “Smart Strength”.

Feldenkrais popularised this exercise in the early 1970’s and today it has been translated into a 2015 modern life routine with kettle bells. Have a look at

The increased weight in the kettle bell, well, just adds to the fun. After watching a woman lift 28kg  I realise that I need to stay safe and start with 4kg and let you watch the progress. 28kg is my target. I think we look very similar? No?

ME                                                                       NOT ME………YET.

Alongside this movement under careful control and guidance from Trevor Rutherford from Health1st Gym.

Paula Esson
Director. NIHP.