By Brian Diaz
Back in April, I introduced a concept that involved attaching a kettlebell onto the end of the suspension trainer using some basic nylon straps or Bandit Loops. This month we will continue the use of that set up and cover another one of my favorite combination (trainer/kettlebell) exercises. This one is called the single arm kettlebell press.
The reason why I love to take the time to attach the kettlebell on the suspension trainer is that this exercise allows for tremendous engagement of lower body, core, and upper body musculature. Although you lose a little of the functionality by creating a leaning environment, the core may be even more involved due to the balancing feature required to correctly complete this exercise compared to this same movement without the suspension trainer.
Facing away from the anchor point and starting in a slightly leaning forward stance, balanced and in control of the weight. Squat down while holding the kettlebell just off the shoulder with one hand. At the bottom of the squat, you might feel a slight twist toward the weighted side. Keeping the core tight and avoiding a full rotation towards that side, start coming up out of the squat while extending the arm into a full shoulder press. At the top of the movement, do not lock out the elbow but slightly pause before returning back to the starting position. Complete a full set of 8-10 reps on one side before switching the weight over to the other side.
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Brian Diaz is the head physical therapist and sports specialist at ActivEdge Fitness & Sports Performance. He is a Level II Certified TRX Suspension Trainer and a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. Follow him on Twitter (@JediTriathlete) or go to his website at ExperienceTheEdge.com for more exercise ideas.