Kettlebell Overhead Press

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Shoulders
Secondary Muscle(s) TricepsAbdominals
Equipment Kettlebell
Emphasis Compound
Type Push

Kettlebell Overhead Press Instructions

  • Stand in a strong, athletic posture:
    • Chest up and shoulders back
    • Knees slightly flexed
    • Core braced with a neutral spine
  • Grab the kettlebell. Clean it to your shoulder through the extension of your hips, knees, and ankles.
    • You want the KB resting in the front rack position with your elbow up.
  • Controlling the press with your delts and triceps, press the KB's overhead. 
    • Your arms and hands will rotate naturally during the movement.
    • Imagine bringing your armpit forward to create a stable shoulder position overhead.
  • At the top, your arms are fully extended overhead.
  • Don't let your shoulders shrug or elbows flare out excessively.


  • Keep your core tight for the duration of the exercise, never letting your low back arch.
  • Stabilize the KB overhead by keeping it close to your center-of-gravity.
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