Chest Press

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Kettlebell Chest Press

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10+ Kettlebell chest exercises. Build a bigger natural chest.

10+ Kettlebell chest exercises. Build a bigger natural chest.

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.


Slow tempo:

4RPM for the Chest Press at a fast tempo.

Fast tempo:

32RPM for the Chest Press at a fast tempo.


Alternatives for this exercise are:

  1. Arm Raise
  2. Bodyweight Chest Push-Up

Common Mistake(s):

This information flows through from Press

  1. Not straightening the arm when overhead

    The elbow is still bent and the arm is not straightened once the weight is overhead. 

Chest Press

  1. 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

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Chest Press

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Form and Technique

This section explains the form and technique for the Chest Press exercise.

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  1. Roll and scoop one kettlebell up From a supine position, roll onto the side and scoop the kettlebell up with a good hand insertion an…
  2. Curl the other kettlebell up Insert the hand into the window and curl the kettlebell into racking position.…
  3. Move the weight into starting position for the chest press Bring the elbows out and into starting position. If the kettlebell is still resting on the biceps, b…
  4. Tense the core Tense the abdominals and obliques like you are expecting an impact in the stomach. Pull the armpits…
  5. Position the feet for stability If the focus is on moving heavy weight, then your objective is to remove instability and create stab…


  1. Keep the spine pressed into the ground Push the lumbar spine into the ground; Push the thoracic spine and shoulder blades into the ground;…


To move the weight so it’s positioned above the chest with straight arms.

Muscles Used:

If no muscles or no prime movers are listed, drill down deeper by selecting an exercise variation..

  1. Agonists and synergists are combined under the umbrella of prime-movers.

    1. Deltoid Anterior Head

      Body Part(s): Upper Body / Arms / Shoulder / Anterior

      Muscle group: Deltoids

    2. Pectoralis Major

      Body Part(s): Upper Body / Chest

      Muscle group: Pectoralis

Exercise Variations

Exercise variation(s) that are based upon this exercise:

  • Double Alternating Kettlebell Chest Press View
  • Double Kettlebell Chest Press View
  • Single Alternating Kettlebell Chest Press View
  • Single Kettlebell Chest Press View

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