I failed a Turkish Get Up and broke my wrist

patterner

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I'll echo the sentiments of others....certainly glad it wasn't worse, and I hope for a speedy recovery. Though this reinforces Pavel's warning to not contest space with a falling bell.

I've had a similar "near miss" with the 24 when I first started adding them in, in pretty close to the same place. I was coming down from tall sit onto my elbow, and just lost tension in my bell arm (it was also the right) and the bell just kept coming. I was able to push up with my planted hand and get everything out of the way and only suffered a chipped garage floor, wounded pride and about a 2000 heart rate for the next hour thankfully. Definitely made me respect the bell (more than I already did) and I backed off until I was more ready before adding the 24 back in.
 

jordybell1994

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You might find TGUs on either side are too much, since your weak hand would either be holding a weight or on the ground supporting your body. But you might be able to do scrabble word finder unweighted TGUs.
 
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WxHerk

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Certified Instructor
Everything I’ve read about skydiving suggests that many more accidents happen because experienced skydivers take things for granted than because novices lack the skill to do what they’re attempting.

-S-
Affirmative. Longtime Military Flyer here. We say "complacency kills." Years and years and years of data show that most mishaps occur early in one's career, then tail off dramatically. However, the curve shoots up again when the member gets to a high level of flight time where he/she really knows the jet and very well versed in the mission. One second of inattention or miscalculation at the right time is all it takes. Lord knows I have experienced the same with the kettlebell. For the Grace of God I am not the one posting about seriously injuring myself because I certainly have come close...
 

Provx

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TGU has always slightly scared me, but thats why i go slowly with it. Never tried bent press but wonder if its a safer option with many of the same benefits.
 

PaulAllen

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I have had a scary experience with the 32 where it got off center when I was standing up and down it came. Luckily nothing was broken on my floor or on me. This was after at least 15 S&S sessions with 10 reps at that weight. I stuck with it but I have decided to deepen my skills in other KB areas and learn the C&P and Snatch. I know I could lift the 36 now but I dont need to as there is a risk/reward issue and I am older and have no spotter to help me. I still love the TGU and might circle back when I can press the 32 for reps as I feel that will provide me an extra safety edge..
 

Mark Limbaga

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Speedy recovery..

A lesson in working your way up from my experience:

I can say I "own" the 32 and 36 as I have casually done the timed s and s getup standard with both size bells at least 5 times each and have managed the timed standard for getups with the 40kg twice prior to lockdown..

I dialed back as a new environment (training at home with less space) means a different stimulus.. Worked my way back up

Currently working on a slow roll to elbow with my current size bell (40kg)

Whenever we focus on learning and purposely exposing our gaps in a movement, safety is usually higher and good things happen.
 

barrak

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I'm 50 with high mileage shoulders -- I don't TGU a weight until I can press it, windmill it, and waiter walk it 100 feet on my weaker arm.
I'm half a decade your senior. My S&S schedule would have me start incorporating 32K getups in 4 weeks.
I think I'll push it back, stay with the 24K kettlebell getup, and mix it with heavier sandbag getups, while I work on advancing my press.

Time to rein in the ego.
 

Trever

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Hope you recover quickly with no permanent damage.

I had a close call with TGU. I am regularly using a 28kg untimed for my TGU’s and one day I was thinking “I wonder if I can do half body weight yet?” I weigh 137 lbs. Quick answer is HELL NO!!
The 28kg is my heaviest bell so I also gripped my smallest one, a 15lb bell, in the same hand. I two hand pressed it up into position, then started my roll to elbow. My arm and bell’s started going in the right direction as I rolled but just kept on going. I was lucky to be able to yank my hand free and let them crash to the side of me. Since then I’m not as interested in testing the weight and more than happy to keep working with the 28kg and 24kg.
 

Aaron17

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Certified Instructor
This is terrible, I'm sorry to hear but glad it missed your face.

I'm wondering how frequent an occurrence this really is? I've never seen or heard of anything similar happening so this is the first time I've come across an event that makes me think twice about the getup (aside Dan John's advice which to my knowledge wasn't based on an actual near miss or accident).

I rather stupidly on a whim used a band to tie my 8kg to my 40kg and did a getup with the makeshift Beast on each side last week. It went well but I will certainly think twice before attempting a stunt like that again. It wasn't secure or safe at all.

I will say this though, I do feel that since I got the 40kg and have been working on that I feel alot stronger and tied together, much more so than the 24 or 32. I do think there is benefits to be found in heavy Getups so will continue but with much more caution.
 

Papa Georgio

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Hope you get back in the game soon.

Going heavy on GU's may not be for everybody. Assuming one has a solid technique, I try to keep a close eye on these aspects:
* Good solid, non slippery surfaces. I've had moments where my hand slipped on a wet, sweaty mat. I've also caught my feet on seams of ripped up portion of mat. Keep your surface clean, dry, and in good condition.
* Intensity. Over a certain weight, I like to progress with 4kg increments. And do it slowly over multiple seesions,
* Fatigue. Take as much rest rest as you need between reps on regular sessions. For instance, I like to keep my rep pace around 90 seconds (plus or minus 30 seconds) If you need to take over 3 minutes rest between reps you need to really ask yourself if you've gone too heavy.

I wouldn't advise anyone with fear of this movement to do them. Fear kind of leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Operating with respect is different than operating from fear.
 

North Coast Miller

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In exercise, think of yourself as both the trainer and client.

Consider risk to reward for everything you as the trainer are asking you as the client to perform, and take responsibility for safeguarding your health .

I didn't always think this way but I sure do now, could have saved myself a lot of grief. Heal up quick OP.
 

patterner

Level 5 Valued Member
Hope you recover quickly with no permanent damage.

I had a close call with TGU. I am regularly using a 28kg untimed for my TGU’s and one day I was thinking “I wonder if I can do half body weight yet?” I weigh 137 lbs. Quick answer is HELL NO!!
The 28kg is my heaviest bell so I also gripped my smallest one, a 15lb bell, in the same hand. I two hand pressed it up into position, then started my roll to elbow. My arm and bell’s started going in the right direction as I rolled but just kept on going. I was lucky to be able to yank my hand free and let them crash to the side of me. Since then I’m not as interested in testing the weight and more than happy to keep working with the 28kg and 24kg.
I've done this before when working in a new bell (and only when I didn't have the equipment handy, like when traveling and the gym had 24 and 8, but not 32), but *only* for static holds, i.e. floor press and hold, roll to elbow and hold, tall sit and hold, but NO further...definitely didn't feel secure enough to do any of the rotational pieces of the movement.
 

LejonBrames

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@Dpkg glad to hear you're (mostly)alright and wishing you a speedy recovery.

Thank you for this post as I'm sure many of us needed to hear this.

This definitely makes me thing twice about going above the 28k in my own S&S practice. I never really trained before kettlebells, and don't come from an athletic background like many others. I'm willing to accept that 32k maybe isn't in the cards. Also makes me feel alright about 4k jumps instead of 8.

I'm currently working back up to 24k, finally taking it slow this time, and I think I might stick with that for a while.
 
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