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Kettlebell Moves: Table Chest Press

If the kettlebell table chest press ignites your exercise passions, then check out more kettlebell exercises on the Kettlebell Moves page!


  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Triceps
  • Glutes
  • Core
  • Abdominals

It’s always fun to find creative ways to work the chest with a kettlebell. I’m always looking for different ways to work the chest in order to add some variety to traditional presses and push ups. It’s also an added bonus when we get to work the core at the same time. The table chest press is a kettlebell exercise that does both. This exercise requires existing shoulder stability, so follow the suggestions below.

Table Chest Press

  1. Have a seat on the ground with the kettlebell in front of you.
  2. Firmly grip the handle with one or two hands and hoist the kettlebell into the rack position.
  3. Plant the free hand near the base of your spine, engage your core, and press your hips up into a supine table position.
  4. Squeeze the core tight and press the kettlebell straight up above the shoulder.
  5. Lower the kettlebell back to the shoulder and then press it again.


Turn the planted hand in any direction so that your wrist is comfortable.

Make sure that the shoulder of the planted hand is lined up directly over the planted wrist for stability.

Keep the hips lifted and keep the core engaged.

Practice with a lighter kettlebell until you feel comfortable with the exercise and confident that you can load the shoulder in this position.

If you feel discomfort in the shoulder then cease this exercise, or at least experiment with turning the planted wrist in different directions until you find a position that is more comfortable for you.

Kettlebell chest press


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