Kettlebell One Arm Push Press

Kettlebell One Arm Push Press

The Kettlebell One Arm Push Press is a dynamic and explosive exercise that targets multiple muscles in the upper body, particularly the shoulders, triceps, and core. This exercise not only helps build strength and power, but also improves coordination and stability. To perform the Kettlebell One Arm Push Press, you'll need a kettlebell of appropriate weight. Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, gripping the kettlebell in one hand with your palm facing towards you. Keep your core engaged and your back straight throughout the movement. Bend your knees slightly to initiate the movement, then quickly and forcefully extend your legs, driving the kettlebell upwards using the momentum generated from your lower body. As you do this, simultaneously press the kettlebell overhead, fully extending your arm. Your goal is to create one smooth and fluid motion, utilizing the power from your lower body to assist in pressing the weight overhead. At the top of the movement, your arm should be fully extended and the kettlebell directly above your shoulder. Pause briefly, then slowly lower the kettlebell back down to the starting position. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions before switching to the other arm. It's important to maintain proper form and technique throughout the exercise to prevent injury. If you're new to kettlebell training or unsure about your form, it's always helpful to consult with a fitness professional for guidance. The Kettlebell One Arm Push Press can be a challenging but rewarding exercise when performed correctly, and can be incorporated as part of a well-rounded strength training program.


  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a kettlebell in one hand.
  • Bring the kettlebell up to shoulder height, gripping it firmly with your hand.
  • Bend your knees slightly, and engage your core muscles.
  • Initiate the movement by driving through your legs and hips, using the momentum to press the kettlebell overhead.
  • As you press the kettlebell overhead, make sure to keep your core tight and your back straight.
  • Fully extend your arm, locking out your elbow at the top of the movement.
  • Pause briefly at the top, then lower the kettlebell back down to shoulder height under control.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, then switch sides and repeat with the other arm.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on engaging your core throughout the exercise for better stability and balance.
  • Start with a lighter weight kettlebell and gradually increase as you get more comfortable with the movement.
  • Maintain a tall posture, with your chest up and shoulders down, throughout the exercise.
  • Exhale forcefully as you press the kettlebell overhead to maximize power.
  • Keep your wrist neutral and avoid excessive bending or flexing during the movement to prevent strain.
  • Alternate the arm used for each set to ensure balanced development.
  • Control the movement both during the upward press and during the downward lowering phase for better muscle activation.
  • Pay attention to proper breathing technique, inhaling during the downward phase and exhaling during the upward press.
  • Avoid using excess momentum to generate lift; focus on controlled and deliberate movement.
  • Allow for proper recovery time between sets to optimize performance and prevent fatigue.


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