What is a Kettlebell Press?
The Kettlebell Press is a strength movement that presses the kettlebell directly overhead. It requires strength and balance, and like the Get-Up, a sense of comfort with a heavy iron object directly over your head. You will need to clean the kettlebell first before you press it, which makes this a full-body movement.
The Kettlebell Press (with the clean) is a full-body exercise with an emphasis on the following muscle groups:
How to Do a Kettlebell Press (Instructions):
Trainer Tips for the Kettlebell Press:
Progression (make harder)
- Increase your rep count.
- Hold the press at the top of the movement for a few breaths.
- Take a few steps at the top of the movement.
- Try squatting at the top of the movement. This takes a lot of shoulder and pelvic flexibility, so start slowly here.
- Use a heavier weight. Scale up in 8kg increments (16kg, 24kg, 32kg, etc…)
- Be careful going heavy with the press too soon.
Regression (make easier)
- Use a lighter weight.
- Lower your repetition count.
- As you press the bell with one hand, use the other to support the bottom of the kettlebell.
Tips & Application:
- When you press the kettlebell, think about pressing your feet away from the kettlebell instead of pressing the kettlebell away from your feet. This centers your core and ensures your feet are planted firmly.
Presses are a great strengthening exercise. Once you have the form down, stick with a weight until it becomes easy. This might take a few months, but don’t rush into moving up with weight, otherwise you risk a shoulder injury.