10+ Kettlebell chest exercises. Build a bigger natural chest.
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Can you build a bigger chest with kettlebells? This question comes up regularly. And diehard dumbbell advocates will say “no”, but…
“A weight is a weight.”
It comes down to how you use it or know how to use it. If kettlebells would be no good for the chest then neither would dumbbells.
There are plenty of kettlebell exercise variations in this video, whether they work for you or not will come down to how you program them.
Kettlebell Exercise Information
The Chest Press is a Loaded Exercise upon which the following exercises build:
Individual exercise information is available by clicking the links above, and more detailed information specified for the Chest Press can be found below.
The press is an exercise where a weight is pressed away from the body. It is not the same as a push-up, as in a push-up the body is pushed away from the ground or another object.
A press can be performed while standing or laying down. While laying down, the angle of the body can also vary, i.e. incline or decline.
The main movers for the press are the delts, pecs, and triceps. How much the pecs are involved will depend on whether it's performed from a supine position or not and the angle of the arm.
Even within the shoulder or chest press exercise, there are many different variations created by the angle at which the arm is positioned. The angle and body position has an impact on what muscles or part of the muscles do most of the work.
The chest press is a variation of the press in which the targeted muscles are the chest. The angle at which the press is performed from a supine position will determine the work that the chest needs to do. The pectoralis major is the muscle targeted. There is the pectoralis major and minor in the chest. however, the minor is attached to the scapula and the major is attached to the upper arm, hence, the one that moves the weight.
Alternatives for this exercise are:
This information flows through from Press
Not straightening the arm when overhead
The elbow is still bent and the arm is not straightened once the weight is overhead.
Not keeping the weight above the elbow
At the start of the movement the weight is resting on the biceps or anywhere else other than right above the elbow.
Parent exercise: Press
This is a: Loaded Exercise
Is loaded with equipment: Kettlebell
Record your ability for this exercise as learning or mastered.
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Related Workouts or Warm-ups
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To move the weight so it’s positioned above the chest with straight arms.
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