Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredKettle Bells
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypePush (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelIntermediate
  • Secondary Muscles
    Traps, Triceps
Target Muscle Group


Shoulders Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Kettlebell Angled Press Overview

The kettlebell angled press is a variation of the overhead press and an exercise used to strengthen the muscles of the shoulder.

The kettlebell angled press is an excellent rear delt builder. By performing the overhead press at an angle, you force your rear delts to be engaged during the entirety of the movement to stabilize the weight.

Kettlebell Angled Press Instructions

  1. Assume a standing position while grasping a kettlebell by the handle with both hands.
  2. Hinge forward until your torso is below a 45 degree angle.
  3. While maintaining the hinge position, press the kettlebell overhead until the shoulders reach full flexion and the elbows are locked out.
  4. Slowly lower the kettlebell back to the starting position and repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Kettlebell Angled Press Tips

  1. Don’t allow the head to jut forward excessively as you press.
  2. Drive the bicep to the ear and exhale as you press.
  3. Ensure that you don’t allow the arms to fall forward as you press overhead.
  4. Think about lifting the kettlebell slightly up as you press, this will help to engage the posterior delts even further.
  5. Sit back into the hips and don’t try to arch the back to get the chest up. If you find you get your arms fully overhead in this position then you may need to address thoracic extension (or a lack thereof in this case).