Bent press- One of the most difficult Kettlebell Lifts
Comrades, I’m in pain today because I’ve just learn’t one of the meanest kettlebells exercise ever. Boy am I sore !!
What’s it called?
It’s the BENT PRESS!
What makes it so unique? We”ll its a combination of a windmill, a press, an overhead squat and somehow it manages to smash your lats to pieces even though your not performing a pulling movement!?!
It’s the Swiss army knife of Kettlebell lifting!
Originally used by oldtime strongmen to perform massive feats of strength (Arthur Saxon managed to lift something like 415lbs) its been recognised as one of the most technical Kettlebell moves…… don’t i know it!
The difficulty starts with trying to get your arm in the right position. Your triceps needs to be sitting on your lat, huge shoulder flexibility. The initiating movement is corkscrewing your body down and away from the bell, ‘flaring’ you lat as you go. Like the windmill it requires huge core stability as well as massive shoulder stability as you drop under it like an overhead squat. All this combined creates a hugely technical move that a lot of people will struggle with! (Checkout our Russian Guru Phil Kourbatski as he performs the move below)
I’m determined to get on top of the lift so tune into my next couple of blog posts and I’ll put up some vids of me attempting the Bent Press with various weights and maybe some of our old school barbells (bring on the Lycra weightlifting suit)
Stay tuned and keep up the bells! DaVie!