Yesterday I did a lovely, awesome, great-looking Turkish get-up with a kettlebell in my right hand. Then I did a horrible, terrible, very bad, barely managed the leg-sweep Turkish get-up with the bell in my left hand. I am suspecting some left-side weakness here. I also did figure eights, which were great, but not awesomely complex and hard the way the TGU is.
Kettlebells! So much fun. The handle affords an entirely different sort of use than the bar of a dumbbell affords. You can swing them, clean them, snatch them, toss them around, squat with them, do thrusters with them, and do Turkish get-ups with them. I have no joke here; I just like saying "Turkish get-up".
What, you want to know what it is? It's a really old strength (not bodybuilding) exercise, the kind Victorian strongmen did. It's an interesting exercise that builds whole-body strength; one fitness blogger called it "yoga with rocks in". You lie on your back with a weight held in one hand. You stand up. Then you reverse your moves to end on your back again.
The devil's in the details.
This is a Turkish get up. This guy shows how you learn to do it one step at a time. Try it some day holding something trivial like a shoe.
The meta-comment I'd make about this is that I have successfully revolutionized my body over the last year. When presented with four flights of stairs, a year ago I'd have turned to the elevator. Today I grin and ask myself how fast I'll make it up them this time. This is awesome. I'm so glad I did it. The investment was time and sweat; the payoff is that I feel amazing.
Random: OMFG the refurbished Hubble is amazing.