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Thread: Why no TGU's?

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    HUNTER1313 is offline Senior Member
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    Default Why no TGU's?

    I routinely follow RKC blogs and have noticed that alot don't seem to be doing TGU's. Is it just a matter of preferance, training goal, or is the press just the better choice (after you have mastered the TGU of course)?

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    I don't understand why people don't do it. A major benefit of TGU's is core strength. It also adds to shoulder health, but remember that Pavel's programs usually use presses for developing the shoulders. Once you have built the shoulders up and you are going to be swinging your upper body around doing your sport, you are going to need a core that is strong in all directions, flexible, lithe and supportive. That is where the TGU comes in.
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    I believe that many are doing TGUs - not all the time but maybe in rotation with other drills. Of course others have preferences that do not include the TGU. I suspect that most RKCs return to the TGU if for only to retain that skill. As far as mastery of the TGU - the complexiity of the move throughout would require a long time to be a master in it - if that is even possible. It is probably the most technical of any other kb drill and to just "master" it then leave it by the wayside to do other stuff would just be a waste time - so then why bother with it at all? I have found that no matter how good I think I get at doing them - I still have those "aha" moments when I see there is still room to improve. So for me "mastery" is unattainable so I just enjoy the ride..Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie D View Post
    but remember that Pavel's programs usually use presses for developing the shoulders. Once you have built the shoulders up...you are going to need a core that is strong in all directions, flexible, lithe and supportive...
    I understand what you're saying here, but a healthy dose of single KB presses, ala ETK, will thoroughly train your midsection. Notice there is no abdominal exercise in ETK: they get worked at the same time you are pressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danfaz View Post
    I understand what you're saying here, but a healthy dose of single KB presses, ala ETK, will thoroughly train your midsection. Notice there is no abdominal exercise in ETK: they get worked at the same time you are pressing.
    Good point. In ETK, only the Program Minimum includes mandatory TGU's. The ROP seems to only have it as an option on one of the days of the week and includes lots of presses.

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    I find that for me at least that the press and the TGU are cyclical, I prep with the TGU to get up to that weight for pressing and then I press that weight to work up to the next weight for TGU, rinse and repeat. At least thats my pattern that I have fallen into and it seems to work wonders.

    Sam

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    I have been working with KBs for a while now and this is honestly the only excercise that I do not do routinly or honestly even hardly at all, I really need to start adding TGU to my routine. thanks for reminding me of the importance of it.

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    I had not done any really in a few weeks so today I did! Felt great.

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    I can honestly say that I do them nearly every time I train. Has always been my favourite exercise.

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    Ditto what Andrew said. I do them almost every workout.

    They are also my favorite kb exercise.
    Chad Paulus -- RKC/HKC, FMS, RN

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