But what if you need mobility? The Getup does that. What if you have mobility and you need more stability? Well, you’re in luck. The GU does that, too. The GU makes you strong and flexible. It will open your hips, improve rotator cuff function, enable a better hip hinge, and make you a cup of coffee while you are switching the weight to the other side (well maybe not, but it sure does provide numerous benefits.). The GU is a contralateral pattern that involves tremendous proprioception, much like your golf swing. It also provides a tremendous bang for your buck when budgeting time for exercise. It is very likely that if you were to visit us at our gym you will see someone doing a GU or pieces of one in preparation for lifting or to address a limitation. Getup and change how you move.
For centuries, a small portion of the strength community has been performing GUs as a feat of strength. It's a simple task, Lay on your back, stand up with this weight, and get back down. Sounds simple, but definitely not easy. The GU can tax your endurance, teach you how to get your arms above your head without pain, open your hips for a better turn towards the target, and even mobilize your ankles.
Recently, GUs have been working their way into the mainstream. Fitness videos are plastered all over the internet of people doing GUs with various implements. But an effective and safe GU can be performed with just your body weight or even a shoe. A well done GU should be deliberate and graceful. It incorporates reaching, rolling, separating the upper and lower body, Scapular stability, cervical mobility, thoracic mobility, trunk stability, stepping pattern, hip hinging, and grip strength just to mention a few benefits. It is a movement that can help restore left and right symmetry to the body. This is an important benefit to golfers because the golf swing is a repetitive and violent asymmetrical movement.
It is easy to see how the GU has carryover into the golf swing. Included in this e-book is a breakdown of the Getup, how each phase of the exercise applies to the swing, and an easy to follow 12 week program to help you incorporate the GU into your training regimen. The Getup is a skill of strength that can be honed for a lifetime, and with this e-book you will have a resource to continue to help you achieve this.