One of the overlooked benefits of the get up is a misconception that the name presents. The “up”. How does an infant rise to standing from either a seated, quadruped, or kneeling posture? I’ll bet you answered with “they pull up”. You, my friend, are wrong. It appears that they pull themselves up – but they are infants and lack the upper body strength to physically pull themselves up. What appears as pulling up, is them placing their hands above shoulder level and pressing down. This pushing down activates several trunk stabilizers which allows them to push their feet into the ground to rise up. So, in essence what they are doing is pushing down to get up. The get up is the PERFECT representative of this overlooked developmental feat.