I only started this a few weeks ago, so who am I to talk:

I'm currently doing a TGU with a 30kg dumbbell, which is the heavist dumbbell around. Hence, today I used a straight and quite short barbell and a curlbar to do the TGU, but balancing the weight was my main issue. The bar tilts back and forth and my wrist has very little power in comparison to the weights at each end.

Is using barbells (curlbar better?) the natural progession in this exercise? If yes, how do you balance the weight? I can't find any tutorial on this. There are no kettlebells in the gym. I can't move to the olympic barbells because the gym is not big enough to securely swing that thing around without smashing someone's head.

Did you use less weight at the beginning for the barbell, or is this only required while figuring out the balance issue?

1 Answer 1


Assuming you have the space for it, the barbell can work. And yes, you'll want as short a straight barbell as you can get your hands on. While you are working out the balance issues, use the bar unloaded. Your wrist hasn't had to stabilize something so unwieldy before and the leverages are very different (read, harder).

Honestly, using a barbell is not advised for the Turkish get up due to the leverages involved. It would be preferable to get a dumbbell handle you can load with more weight. The pair I have can be loaded to 150 lbs (~67.5kg).

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.