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    baederp is offline Member
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    Default Problems with the Get-up

    I am new to Kettlebelling. I read "Enter the Kettlebell" from cover-to-cover and have seen several videos on the topic at YouTube. That about covers my expertise on the subject.

    I began with the RKC Minimum of Swings and Get-ups. I really tried to follow all instructions on the Get-up to the letter, especially "keeping the shoulder in the socket throughout the movement. However, I have found that it really put a strain on the front of my shoulders (this has not been the first time I have feel pain in my shoulders, but the Get-up really caused a flair up).

    What I am asking is advice in the Get-up or at least some sympathy from others who have felt this discomfort.

    P.s. I really like the swing. My back has never felt stronger!!!

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    Jeff Waters is offline Senior Member
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    Default Problems with the Get-up

    Congrats on jumping into kettlebelling! Firstly, don't overdo it in the beginning. That's a pretty common problem as you start to get excited.

    As for the getup, a pretty common problem that can cause discomfort is not pointing your arm straight at the sky throughout the move. The arm will tend to tilt forward or (yikes) backward and load the shoulder in weird ways. You want your arm to stay totally verticle throughout the move.

    The other advice I can give is to spend an hour our two with a kettlebell instructor. That simple investmant can jumpstart you up the learning curve and prevent injuries that would otherwise stop you dead in your tracks.

    Enjoy!
    Jeffhttp://www.artofstrength.com

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    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    Default Problems with the Get-up

    Comrade baederp, try this simple solution - start your getups at the top (you standing, bell locked out overhead) and see if you can comfortably lower all the way to the ground. Treat the movement like it's supposed to be done that way for a while - work on getting all the way down, in stages if needed, and that accomplished, then try getting back up, again in stages if you need. Sometimes doing it this way will help you figure it out better.

    Just my opinion.

    -S-http://www.kbnj.com

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    Semonides is offline Senior Member
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    Default Problems with the Get-up

    could this be an issue of mobility and flexibility? When I first started, my left arm could not stay vertical for the TGU and the Windmill. I practiced without any weight and just stretched my arm by going through the motions of the exercise. Another good mobility exercise for the TGU can be found herehttp://tacticalathlete.com/tguarticle.htm

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    baederp is offline Member
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    Default Problems with the Get-up

    Thanks for the pointers and the linked articles. I am going try it again with a lighter weight at first.

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