Eric Cressey caught my eye in a recent article. He's a highly sought-after strength coach who is always learning and thinking -- I like that.
(No, that's not Cressey. It's a picture from a 1940's weightlifting manual.)
Cressey's article is What I Learned in 2009. His fourth point is:
Do more grounded-to-standing transitions
He mentions attending a seminar with Dr. Pavel Kolar, a prominent rehabilitation specialist in the Czech Republic. Kolar discussed developmental movement from the perspective that essential neuro-muscular pathways need to be established for proper function. These specific movement patterns are established as babies learn to roll over, get up to all-fours, crawl, stand up and walk.
The idea is that getting back to our developmental roots can help people move better in every respect and prevent injuries.
And Mr. Cressey expressed a new found appreciation for the Turkish Get Up -- a comprehensive ground-to-standing drill that dates far back into history. Something which the RKC School of Strength has emphasized for years -- not because of the research that is now validating the drill, but because of the obvious practical results people have gained.
Read Cressey's article -- he usually has worthwhile things to say.
And do your Turkish Get-Ups.
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