If you’re in a hurry, or just don’t want to spend a lot of time on your warm-up at the gym, and you know how to do a Turkish Getup (TGU), then I’ve got a great option for you. It takes 3 minutes. I call it either the deconstructed TGU or the 3 stop TGU. It’s kind of cool that one rep of one exercise does such a great job of warming up your joints and your cardio respiratory system.

If you’re not familiar with the TGU, then instead of using this as a warmup, use it as practice for your getup.

Elsbeth Vaino, B.Sc., CSCS, is a personal trainer in Ottawa who is a big fan of efficiency.

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  1. Even better than trying with no weight – try it balancing a shoe (not a heavy or pointy one) on your fist. This will line you up quickly!

  2. I can see how it would get you warmed up quickly. I’ll try it with no weight, since it’s a new move for me.

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