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The Kettlebell Press by Jeff Martone - CrossFit Journal

The Kettlebell Press

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells

October 01, 2007

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Pressing weight overhead has been one of the classic tests of strength for centuries. Pressing barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags, logs, bodyweight, etc. all have their place in a well-balanced training program, and all offer slight variations in stimulus and technique. Kettlebells, like dumbbells, have the advantage of permitting either one-arm or two-arm lifts, and they are biomechanically easier on the elbows and wrists than barbells and most odd objects. Regardless of the implement used, the tips and techniques outlined in this article will increase your strength and safety while pressing your implement of choice. The difference is in the details.

I know many people who have completely removed pressing movements from their training programs because they tend to aggravate a chronic wrist, elbow, shoulder, or back injury. If this is true for you, try the exercises below and pay attention to the subtle techniques of generating maximal tension before completely throwing in the towel on presses. Begin with a light weight, be patient, and practice the high tension skills outlined below.

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