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Meet the Coach

Ekaterina (Kat) Tabakova is a StrongFirst SFG II Kettlebell Instructor, IKSFA Girevoy Sport Coach. Kat is also a certified Level 4 Personal Trainer with over 15 years field experience, Certified Movement Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist, Olympic Lifting Coach, Strength, Calisthenics and Mobility coach, and Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Kat holds two Nutrition certifications from New Zealand and Canada and is the director of Kettlebell Academy of New Zealand.

Kat's Kettlebell Dojo coaching philosophy is based on economy and efficiency - making the most of your limited resources - time, energy, space; consistency, progression and sustainability - the things that make kettlebell training a lifelong gift that keeps on giving.

You are about to enroll in the most comprehensive TGU step-by-step course currently offered on the Web.

Designed by Coach Ekaterina (Kat) Tabakova after over a decade of teaching thousands of people to master the correct technique of the elusive and powerful Turkish GetUp. 

Performing TGU correctly boosts all-body mobility and joint longevity, improves posture and core strength, and sharpens mental focus. There is a reason why TGU is often called 'Yoga with Weights'.

However, in order to reap the benefits of Turkish Get Up, it must be done correctly and progressed appropriately. Othwerise, people tend to experience issues like:

  • feeling that TGU is 'too difficult' and impossible to learn - this is a common misconception because TGU is hardly ever taught correctly.
  • Being unable to to lift a heavier weight - have you seen small ladies TGU 24-32kg kettlebells? While beneficial at any KB size, and even without a KB at all, TGU delivers best results when performed with a weight you cannot easily press, or heavier. With correct technique and progression, you too will be able to lift your optimal weight.
  • Sore forearms, wrists, shoulders, elbows, hips, and lower back - all stem from lack of progression and therefore lack of technique, strength and mobility when performing the TGU. In this course, you will build strength, mobility and technique step by step, so by the time you perform the TGU, your body will be ready for it.
  • Being afraid to go up a KB size or going up and dropping the KB - you will learn how to 'own' the current kettlebell before going up a size without stress or risk of injury.


Why an entire course on TGU?

First, TGU is one of the most valuable exercises one can ever practice. Whether you're a competitive athlete, a martial artist, a busy parent or grandparent, or just someone who wants to improve their mobility, body resilience, and joint longevity in under 10 minutes per day, the TGU will make you a better mover, less prone to injury, and a more effectively functioning human.

Second, contrary to what you might have seen and read on the internet, TGU is not just one movement. In fact,  learning it as if it is, is where most fitness enthusiasts go wrong, lose most of its benefits and fail to maximize their own potential for flexible strength. 

TGU is a combination of separate exercises - 6 in total - linked together, otherwise called a 'chain'. Every link is a stand-alone exercise in its own right, and when performed with correct technique, each one is transformative for the body. When linked together, those exercises form a chain which is commonly called "The Turkish Get Up".

David Burgess, NC, USA


The Turkish get-up involves at least 14 different movements, each of which can be done incorrectly in a number of ways, possibly leading to injuries or holes in the floor. I'd worked through several different instructional videos focusing on this exercise, then found Kat Tabakova's course "From Zero to Turkish Get Up." It is by far the most complete and detailed Turkish Get-up tutorial available, nearly as effective as spending many hours with a knowledgeable kettlebell instructor. Offering several hours of video demonstrations and instruction by a skilled and articulate coach, it carefully leads the student step by step through each individual part of this compound exercise, with drills to refine each movement, emphasizing correct technique, and clearly pointing out all of the most common errors to avoid. Worth every penny!

Dave Silva, OR, USA


 'I've been athletic for most of my adult life (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and I knew that I was not moving well. Lets just say I had a laundry list of old injuries that were just there and seemed permanent. I've been on the TGU road for 2.5yrs, my body doesn't hurt today like it did 2.5yrs ago. I have come to believe I was very fortunate to have been in such bad shape and with Kat's help I have been given a map of myself. I know how to back up if I'm injured. I can keep doing TGU's if injured or not feeling 100%. I have done them unweighted and with super light kettlebells. Something she said early on to me was "just get under the kettlebell". I should also point out that I don't do heavy TGU's 12k and 16k give me excellent results in my athletic endeavors. Maybe heavy someday, maybe not? I could go on and on, suffice to say it's been very difficult but I have been very lucky to have a fantastic coach like Kat. I feel the results every day in my workout, at my work, in the gym, and on the mat.

Thank you, Coach Kat, a hundred times over!'

A successful TGU that will keep transforming your body for the better in years to come, is a true skill. And just like any worthy skill, it demands progression, technique, and mastery of the components. The good news is, regardless of how long it takes you to link your first TGU, every time you practice it at any level, you will gradually transform yourself into a new and improved human, 'from nose to toes'. 

Once you start the course, you will see why that is.​

If you are already performing the TGU, you will improve your technique, eliminate common errors and smash through strength plateaus.

If you are a fitness trainer or a sports coach, you will learn how to successfully coach your clients/athletes through their first successful GetUp.




What you get when you enroll in Zero to TGU?


  • 12 coaching sessions previously only available to high ticket private coaching students
  • A course Textbook - Zero to TGU Programme PDF EBook
  • Technique videos for every step of the TGU not available anywhere else in the world or on YouTube
  • Workout videos for every level of the course
  • Bonus technique tips and advanced TGU training, drawing from thousands of hours of coaching TGU to thousands of students all over the world.
  • Private Technique Feedback - send me your TGU video and receive an individual feedback video back, along with personal recommendations and drills.

Total Value: over $2,000

Bundle price: $75






Technique and Error Correction

Get the most benefit from every TGU position as well as minimize risk of injury with step-by-step technique tutorials that help you move correctly and avoid common errors.

Training Plan and Workouts.

Time-efficient training plan for learning TGU on your own or with a follow-along video guide.

Bonus material

Once you have mastered the TGU, hone your skills with expert tips and advanced TGU practice.

Course Curriculum


  Warm-Up and Programme Plan
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  Level 1 - Roll to Elbow + Split Squat
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  Level 2 - Tall Sit + Lunge
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  Level 3 - Half TGU + Transition Drill
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  Level 4 - Transition
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  Level 5 - Overhead Reverse Lunge
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  Level 6 - Kneeling Windmill
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  Level 7 - TGU
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  TGU Practices and Workouts
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  Bonus Material
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  TGU Mobility - bonus section under construction
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