1- I am a strength enthusiast
2- I teach the Get Up
3- I recently posted a video of me doing a Get Up with 163lbs
4- They think Haloti and I are cousins (we’re not)
First of all I think the Get Up Haloti did was awesome. Apparently this was just one piece of his workout that day which also included him messing around 1-step dunking. At 350lbs. The man is an incredible athlete! Best of the best. But his Get Up, well, there’s more I would like to see from him.
Let me put the exercise into context...
The get up is a full body exercise that prioritizes good movement and a balanced body. It coordinates mobility and stability and there is not a single muscle that doesn’t get worked. Interestingly enough it’s an old exercise, a throwback to the days of handle bar mustaches and circus strongmen and wrestlers. But these days the Get Up has been adopted by high performance physical therapists like Gray Cook and strength authorities like Pavel Tsatsouline. It’s listed in Tim Ferriss’ best-seller The 4-Hour Body as one of the “critical 4” exercises everyone should do. Countless strength coaches and personal trainers around the world will tell you just how important the Get Up is. Part of what makes the Get Up so special is the balance and symmetry it enforces. Unfortunately, what we saw from Haloti was neither balanced or symmetrical.
He only did one side.
Perhaps there’s another rep with his left that we didn’t see but what’s come out is only half the exercise. Haloti is obviously full body strong, but if there’s more than a 10-15% difference in this lift on his non-dominant side it is a reason for concern. Such an imbalance could mean an increased risk for injury.
I point this out with no intention of being disrespectful to Haloti or his strength coaches, Bob Rogucki, Juney Barnett or David Stroshine. It was a strong lift performed with pretty solid technique. I bring it up from a sincere interest in teaching the exercise and seeing people reap its benefits. Plus people keep sending me the video so I figured I would comment.
As a Baltimore native and Ravens fan, I want to see the team succeed and it's players perform at their highest level. This is an exercise that could help Haloti and other athletes stay healthy throughout the season, IF its done for symmetry and balanced movement.
So I’d like to extend an invitation to Haloti to come by for a workout at Art & Strength when he gets back in Baltimore. I know training camp starts in a couple weeks and once the season begins it’s a long shot that your schedule would allow it but if you can make it, we’d be honored to have you. In the meantime, please take this one tip… start/end your Get Up by taking the bell off of the floor on the same side as the arm you are loading. It’s stronger, and safer, than crossing the weight over your body.
PS - here’s a video of a 143lb Get Up on both sides - http://youtu.be/mIC0N01xKN0