3 Most Effective Kettlebell Exercises for the Chest
When people think about kettlebells, the exercises that cross the mind first are swings, cleans and snatches. These total-body kettlebell movements are a caloric furnace, which will help you get shredded and have many other benefits. But, at the same time, they hit your muscles hard, which will help you pack size.
However, these movements don't activate one muscle group—chest. So, to complete your workout, you need to add some direct chest work, and this article will give you three great exercises that can help.
Exercise #1: Kettlebell Pushups
Pushups are the core of any bodyweight exercise and one of the oldest and most effective movements you can do for your chest. Pushups target your pecs, but also triceps and front delts, while at the same time activating your core. Plus, there are so many pushup variations that will make the exercise even more effective, and also fun.
The good news is that you can use kettlebells to do pushups. You just place kettlebells on the floor, a little wider than chest width, and start doing pushups on kettlebell handles. The raised position will let you go deeper than in regular pushups, which will stimulate your chest muscles even more. If you want to use your kettlebells to hit your upper chest, raise your feet on a bench or chair while doing kettlebell pushups.
Exercise #2: Kettlebell Chest Press
No chest workout would be complete without presses, so make sure you add this exercise in your kettlebell chest workout.
You can do kettlebell chest press either on the floor or on a bench, with one or two kettlebells. The idea is to lie on a flat surface while holding kettlebells above your chest and to start lowering them while keeping your elbows tight to your body.
Like pushups, this exercise also hits your triceps and delts, but it is primarily a pec movement. To make it even harder, you can pause at the bottom, and then after 3 seconds explode back up. Also, you can do it on an incline bench, if you want to hit your upper chest, or a decline bench if you want to hit lower chest more.
Exercise #3: Chest Flyes
You can complete your kettlebell chest workout with chest flyes, another of the kettlebells chest exercises you most often see performed with dumbbells. You can do this exercise on the floor or on a bench. You just lie on a flat surface and hold a pair of kettlebells over your chest. Then, start moving your arms away from each other to your side, without flexing your elbows. Continue doing it until you feel a stretch in your pecs, and then slowly return to the starting position.
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