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.
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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.
Single Kettlebell Chest Press
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Parent exercise: Chest Press
This is a: Loaded Exercise Variation
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Form and Technique
This section explains the form and technique for the Single Kettlebell Chest Press exercise.
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- 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…
- Curl the other kettlebell up Insert the hand into the window and curl the kettlebell into racking position.…
- 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…
- Tense the core Tense the abdominals and obliques like you are expecting an impact in the stomach. Pull the armpits…
- Position the feet for stability If the focus is on moving heavy weight, then your objective is to remove instability and create stab…
- 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.
Shoulder Horizontal Adduction Prime Mover Concentric Phase
Agonists and synergists are combined under the umbrella of prime-movers.
Deltoid Anterior Head
Body Part(s): Upper Body / Arms / Shoulder / Anterior
Muscle group: Deltoids
Body Part(s): Upper Body / Chest
Muscle group: Pectoralis
- Deltoid Anterior Head
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