This Crazy-Looking Overhead Press Is Amazingly Effective
You know what’s harder to lift than a barbell loaded up with weight plates? A barbell loaded up with kettlebells dangling from elastic bands.
In the video above, Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., demonstrates how to perform the overhead press with the “bandbell” setup.
(Many guys don’t have enough range of motion in their shoulders to safely press weight overhead, so musclemorphosis.com before trying this move.)
As you can see, the kettlebells will swing back and forth as you lift and lower the bar, causing the bar itself to oscillate.
That oscillating effect provides a long list of benefits for your muscles:
“It increases neuromuscular activation and makes your joints stabilizers work harder,” Gaddour says.
It also forces you to slow down. That improves your form and technique and extends your time under tension, which helps spark muscle gain and speeds recovery your workout, Gaddour says.
Want to give it a shot?
Do as many quality reps as you can in 1 to 2 minutes, then rest 1 minute. Perform 2 to 4 rounds.