How To Do & Muscles Worked

kettlebell chest press

Any chest press exercises are great for strengthening the chest. It’s especially functional for whenever you need to push things like a cart or stroller. This variation with kettlebells is even more challenging for your shoulder stabilizers as your tendons and ligaments must keep the kettlebells steady.

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Challenging

Which Muscles Are Worked?

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Kettlebell chest press

Primary Muscles


Secondary Muscles

Abs Shoulders Triceps

Exercise Type

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How to do kettlebell chest press Properly

Step by Step Guide

Begin lying down on your back with the legs straight and hip distance apart. Hold a kettlebell in each hand at the shoulders with a pronated grip (palms facing away). The kettlebell will wrist on the outer wrist.

Press one arm up to the ceiling as you straighten that elbow. Keep the abs engaged to maintain a neutral spine.

As you lower that arm down, press the other arm straight up.

Continue alternating the chest press here.

Repeat for the desired repetitions.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is losing abdominal control which is exhibited by the lower back extended (arching). This is a way of compensating. To avoid this, engage the abs by pulling the belly button to your spine. This will maintain a neutral spine position so the focus can be on strengthening just the chest.


Animation of how to do Kettlebell chest press