Pump out the kettlebell 2-hand press, and then check out my Kettlebell Moves page for a lot more exercises!
The 2-hand press is a good move for working the chest and shoulders. As with most kettlebell moves, there are other things going on here as well. The core gets worked, from isometric engagement, and the back is recruited as well in the overhead press.
Overall, it’s a great exercise that should be included in your kettlebell routines.
- Set your feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Clean or swing the kettlebell into position.
- Hold the bell with your hands so that the handle faces down between your wrists, and hold the bell like a big goblet (goblet style).
- Press the kettlebell straight overhead while holding the breath, and exhale once you reach the lockout position.
- During this exercise, it’s important to engage the core. Therefore, during the press and while the kettlebell is locked out overhead, squeeze the abs and glutes tight.
- Proper engagement of your core here will enable you to draw strength and power from your midsection to assist the shoulders and back in pushing weight overhead.
- Try pulling your low ribs in to prevent back bending. This action will stabilize your lower back.
- Hold for just a moment, and then inhale, lowering the bell back to chest height and prepare to repeat the movement.
- Tight shoulders may make overhead pressing difficult. If you are unable to raise your arms directly overhead, then you may notice that your body will compensate in a manner that could be unsafe for your spine. Contact me about exercises that you can do to help with shoulder mobility.