Welcome to volume two of our double kettlebell advanced lifting techniques. We are working on a lot of overhead work this week and started off with the double kettlebell military press. We are going to go over a variation of the military press which is called the “push press”.
The double kettlebell push press is like the military press in that the exercise requires a ton of lower body strength and core stability. You will notice here that I didn’t make a huge mention of upper body strength. While it IS true that your upper body has to be strong enough to sustain the lift of two kettlebells above your head, the real inner work here happens at the base. We talked last time about the three components of the military press (tension, breathing and grinding out feet to the floor). The push press requires one additional maneuver to help press even heavier kettlebells above your head. I call it a bounce.
1. The Bounce or “The Dip”. In a double kettlebell push press you are actually going to generate more power into your legs by getting a little bounce into your legs. This extra dip motion will help you push and press two heavier kettlebells upward into the overhead lock out position. This will allow for more power output if you are pressing significantly heavier kettlebells (think double 20kgs for us ladies and double 32kgs for all the guys out there). To demonstrate this little dip a bit more proficiently, check out my video below.
You should notice here the difference now between the double kettlebell military press and the double kettlebell push press. The bounce makes for an effective and even more powerful press when going up the charts in heavier kettlebell weights.
Last up on this series is the double kettlebell clean and jerk. Stay tuned Primal People! Until next time. . .
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