There are many exercises you can do with kettlebells to boost your strength, but the press is one of the best. In this blog post, we will show you how to build a powerful kettlebell press. We will also give you some tips on how to improve your technique and get the most out of this exercise.
Choose the right weight for you
The first step to performing a kettlebell press is to select the weight that’s right for you. If you’re new to using kettlebells, start with a lighter weight and gradually increase the weight as you become more comfortable with the exercise. A good rule of thumb is to select a weight that’s approximately one-quarter of your bodyweight. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, aim for a 50-pound kettlebell.
Perfect your form
Once you’ve selected the right weight, it’s time to focus on your form. The key to performing a kettlebell press is to keep your core engaged throughout the entire movement. This will help you maintain stability and prevent injury.
To get into position, start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and the kettlebell close to your chest, with your palms facing your body. From here, press the kettlebell straight overhead.
Get into a comfortable position with a kettlebell close by
Position the kettlebell so that the handle is facing you and the weight is resting on your forearm, just below your elbow.
Extend your arm so that the kettlebell is directly above your shoulder, and then press it straight up into the air. Try to keep your elbow as close to your side as possible throughout the movement.
As you press the kettlebell up, exhale sharply. Once the kettlebell reaches its full extension, hold for a moment before slowly lowering it back down to the starting position.
Repeat this movement for 8-10 reps before switching sides. Remember to focus on quality over quantity – each rep should be performed with perfect form.
Keep your core engaged
The number one rule when it comes to any kind of lifting is to keep your core engaged. This will help you maintain good form and protect your back. When performing a kettlebell press, be sure to brace your abs and keep them tight throughout the entire movement.
Use a staggered stance
When pressing the kettlebell overhead, take a staggered stance with your feet. This will help you keep your balance and make it easier to press the weight straight up.
Don’t arch your back
It’s important to keep a neutral spine when doing any kind of lifting. Arching your back can put unnecessary stress on your spinal cord and lead to injury. When pressing the kettlebell overhead, be sure to keep your back straight and avoid arching it.
Use your legs
While the kettlebell press is primarily an upper body exercise, you should still use your legs to help drive the movement. By keeping your legs slightly bent and using them to push through, you’ll be able to generate more power.