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Category Archives: Primal Move

Artemis Scantalides Teaches the TGU

The Turkish Get-Up

The Turkish Get-up (TGU) is a fantastic movement that is useful for all ages. The movement is so important because it brings us back to the ground.  As adults we don’t spend enough time doing ground work (exercises performed on the ground). Examples of beneficial movements in this category include rolling, rocking, head nods, bird dogs, bridges, dead-bugs, creeping, crawling, and the unloaded TGU. Together these exercises help to stimulate the vestibular system, encourage the body to respond reflexively, promote mobility and stability simultaneously and take us through all of the planes of movement using the key functional postures . Getting up and down from the ground easily and pain free is a movement pattern that escapes us as a result of being sedentary or simply not spending time in these positions.

When we introduce the kettlebell to the TGU it gives us the opportunity to experience all of the benefits listed above in loaded positions. Everyone can do the TGU as long as you build it from the ground up using the exercises named above and practicing the TGU transitions  step by step.

At Iron Body Studios and Albany Movement & Fitness we determine your readiness to perform the TGU using the results of your Functional Movement Screen combined with our observations of you while practicing your ground work. The TGU takes a lot of coordination and can be very challenging for some people, therefore, it is extremely important to learn all of the steps first before adding weight.

Artemis Scantalides is the Co-Owner of Iron Body Studios in Needham, MA, www.ironbodystudios.com, author of the blog Iron Body By Artemis, www.ironbodybyartemis.com, and Co-Founder of The Female Fitness Formula Workshop www.thefemalefitnessformula.com.

Written by Artemis Scantalides and Seth Thomas

Charlie Weingroff Discusses Movement

I recently contacted Charlie Weingroff and asked him to participate in our blog project.  I met Charlie in Philadelphia in 2012 at an RKC (certification).  Then I saw him at CK-FMS (another certification) six months later.  Not long after, I had the opportunity to attend a full-day workshop led by Charlie at 495 Drive in New York City.  The last time I saw him was at yet another certification where he was a participant, the Strong First Level II Kettlebell Instructor Certification.

What really impresses me about Charlie is his depth of knowledge and understanding of movement, strength, and rehabilitation.  I asked Charlie to define functional movement, particularly how it applies to Gray Cook’s Movement Principle Number 3: Biomechanical and physiological evaluation does not provide a complete risk screening or diagnostic assessment tool for a comprehensive understanding of movement pattern behaviors.  In other words, focusing on improving skills, physical capacity, or performance should be secondary to identifying movement competency.  Your movement should be efficient.  How do we know if your movement is competent or efficient?  We use the Functional Movement Screen.  Movement comes first and is fundamental for optimal performance.

I’d like to thank Charlie and the entire crew at 495 Drive for supporting our mission to provide quality fitness education and programming.  For more from Charlie checkout CharlieWeingroff.com.  Enjoy!

 

Aleks Salkin Teaches the Crawl

Original Strength is at Albany Movement & Fitness. Original Strength is about movement restoration through developmental sequencing. Our bodies were made to move, and you will learn how to move better by practicing the very first movement pattern you ever performed – breathing. Then we will focus on improving head control, rolling, rocking, and crawling. As babies we earned our movement exactly in this manner, and we can reclaim that movement as adults using the Original Strength process. Original Strength exercises contribute to the stimulation of the vestibular system which creates a sensory rich environment, this in turn facilitates reflexive proprioceptive awareness. In essence, the Original Strength methodology is designed to turn on your internal motion detectors and encourage your body to stabilize reflexively. Regular practice will reverse the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle and make you resilient! In this video Aleks Salkin teaches the progressions that lead to a proficient crawl. Thank you so much Aleks. You Rock!

Reclaim your mobility by booking your Original Strength session at Albany Movement & Fitness where our goal is to help you lose weight, move better, and get stronger.