Kettlebell Shoulder Press

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The kettlebell shoulder press is an upper body strength exercise that targets the shoulder. This exercise is suitable for intermediate to advanced fitness levels.


Picture of Shoulders


The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.

Equipment Used

Picture of Kettlebell


The kettlebell is a cast-iron weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. Sizes may range from 4 pounds (1.8 kg) to 175 pounds (79 kg).

Exercise Instructions

kettlebell shoulder press - step 1

Step 1

Start in a standing position with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Place the dumbbell in the shoulder rack position, which is between the forearm and bicep.

kettlebell shoulder press - step 2

Step 2

Lock your knees out, squeeze your butt and flex your abs to stabilize your mid-line before you attempt the press.

kettlebell shoulder press - step 3

Step 3

Press the dumbbell until the elbow is completely extended and then return the kettlebell back to the rack position.