Here’s an exercise that will make a man out of you: The Turkish Get Up. Don’t be deceived by this seemingly simple exercise. The Rules? Hold the weight above you and stand up. Hold it above you and lay down.
It’s simplicity is part of what makes it a great exercise. Lay down on the ground, and take a dumbbell in one hand. Hold it above your chest. Now, stand up any way that you can, so that you end up holding the weight extended above your shoulder. Repeat this four or five times, and then switch sides. Sweat will start to bead up on your foredhead, your arm may start do shake, and you will feel your heart pounding in your ears.
This type of exercise builds the type of strength that can’t be faked. No amount of machine shoulder presses or leg extensions will substitute for this strongman kind of exercise.
Start out with something light so you can get comfortable, but as you add weight and see the results, you’ll be glad you added this to your repertoire!