How to do Bottoms Up Kettle Bell Press Correctly
Strength and stability are absolutely paramount to having a healthy shoulder joint. While traditional overhead pressing exercises are great for developing strength, the Bottoms Up Kettle Bell Press provides a unique challenge for trainees of all levels. By holding the kettle bell upside down, it forces you to stabilize your shoulder joint, engage your core muscles and perfect your pressing technique.
This exercise is particularly helpful in individuals who may have unstable shoulder joints or rotator cuff injuries.
BOTTOMS UP KETTLE BELL PRESS FORM VIDEO
BENEFITS OF THE BOTTOMS UP KETTLE BELL PRESS
Strengthens and improves the stability of the deltoid muscles and the rotator cuff, making it useful for someone undergoing rehab
The instability of the load will require you to recruit many more muscle fibers helping to strengthen the rotator cuff muscle
Significantly improves your pressing technique as anything short of great technique will result in an inability to perform a repetition
You cannot perform this exercise incorrectly, and it requires minimal coaching
Teaches you the importance of keeping your core and glutes braced, which is a technique that you must learn for all compound exercises
MUSCLES WORKED DURING THE BOTTOMS UP KETTLE BELL PRESS
PERFORMING THE BOTTOMS UP KETTLE BELL PRESS WITH PROPER TECHNIQUE
Obtain a light kettle bell and position it onto your shoulder in a bottoms up position
The bell will be facing up and the handle will be down
Ensure that you grip the kettle bell tightly, and keep your elbow close to your body as the bottom up position will immediately create an unstable weight
Brace your core, squeeze your glutes, and focus on keeping the kettle bell absolutely still before beginning the exercise
This will activate all of the surrounding muscles of the shoulder joint
Begin pressing the kettle bell directly overhead until your elbow is locked out
Your body will naturally find the path of most stability, ensuring that your technique is correct
Slowly lower the weight and perform for the desired amount of repetitons
The exercise can be performed with one hand at a time, or with both hands simultaneously.
SUMMARY OF THE KETTLE BELL PRESS TECHNIQUE
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It is almost impossible to do this exercise incorrectly. Any deviation from perfect technique will simply cause the weight to become unstable and prevent you from performing a repetition.