Kettlebell Bent Press

Kettlebell Bent Press

The Kettlebell Bent Press is an advanced and highly effective exercise that combines strength, flexibility, and core stability. It primarily targets the shoulders, obliques, and lower back while also engaging the glutes and triceps. This compound movement requires good technique, coordination, and focus to execute properly. As you perform the Kettlebell Bent Press, you'll start by holding a kettlebell with a straight arm, lowering it towards the ground while simultaneously bending your torso to the opposite side. The goal is to maintain a vertical forearm throughout the movement, keeping the kettlebell aligned with your wrist and shoulder. This exercise challenges your mobility and stability, improving your overall functional fitness and enhancing your athleticism. It also helps develop unilateral strength, which is essential for balancing muscular imbalances and preventing injuries. To incorporate the Kettlebell Bent Press into your fitness routine, it's crucial to start with lighter weights and focus on proper technique. Gradually increase the load as you become more comfortable and proficient with the movement. Remember to warm up adequately before attempting this exercise and engage your core throughout to enhance stability and protect your lower back. Incorporating the Kettlebell Bent Press into your workouts can bring significant benefits to your overall strength, core stability, and posture. Keep in mind that mastering this exercise may take time, so be patient, listen to your body, and enjoy the process of challenging yourself with a new movement.


  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a kettlebell in your right hand.
  • Keep your right arm extended overhead, completely straight, and your palm facing forward.
  • Bend your knees slightly and shift your weight to your left side.
  • Begin to slowly lean your torso to the left while keeping your right arm extended.
  • As you lean to the left, focus on sliding your left hand down your left leg.
  • Continue leaning until your torso is at a roughly 45-degree angle to the ground.
  • At this point, your right arm should still be extended overhead, and your gaze should be directed towards the kettlebell.
  • Keep your left arm straight and prevent it from supporting your bodyweight.
  • Pause briefly in this position while maintaining good posture and tension throughout your body.
  • To return to the starting position, engage your core and slowly reverse the movement.
  • Press through your left foot, straighten your torso, and stand back up, keeping the kettlebell overhead.
  • Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions, then switch sides and perform with your left hand.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on proper form to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Start with a light kettlebell to ensure proper technique before gradually increasing weight.
  • Engage your core muscles throughout the movement to maintain stability and control.
  • Maintain a neutral spine and avoid rounding your back.
  • Keep your arm extended and your gaze fixed on the kettlebell throughout the exercise.
  • Exhale forcefully as you press the kettlebell overhead, engaging your abdominal muscles.
  • As you lower the kettlebell, control the movement by resisting the weight and maintaining tension.
  • Ensure your wrist remains stable and straight, aligned with your forearm.
  • Gradually increase reps and sets as you become more comfortable and proficient with the exercise.
  • Listen to your body and avoid pushing through any pain or discomfort.


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