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Old 01-02-2006, 10:55 AM   #1
Neal Winkler
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I don't understand the difference between the side press and bent press. Is the only difference in that the bent press you bend your knees more?

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Old 01-02-2006, 11:24 AM   #2
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Neal - No, the difference is not so much in the knees but the relationship between the torso and the kettlebell. With the side press you stick the hip out a bit and press the weight upward and away from you. Your body is still and the weight moves up. With the bent press the start is the same but now the weight stays in the same spot and the body is pressed away from the weight. If you are familiar with the Burgener warmup picture the pressing snatch balance where the weight stays in the same place but the lifter descends below it while pressing. In that same way the bent press finds you seeking the earth rather than the bell seeking the sky.
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Old 01-02-2006, 12:57 PM   #3
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Ahhh, I see it now.

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Old 01-02-2006, 09:18 PM   #4
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Neal,

side press - you clean the bell, and kick hip out to that side, leaning other way. As you push the bell away, you lean away at the same rate. You end with your torso horizontal and your arm at a 60 degree angle+/-. The key is flexing your lat as HARD as possible, and slowly twisting your fist away from you as the bell rises up.

In the Bent Press, you clean the bell, but let your elbow drift as far behind you as you can, keeping your forearm vertical. You squeeze the handle and your lats like hell as you "screw" yourself under the bell. Your free hand will move toward your other ankle. Your butt will go back, NOT to the side. You can squat down a little at the end to finish the extention of your arm. As you are going down the bell will spin a bit, but shouldn't rise up until your arm is locked. Have a partner put their hand (palm) on the top of the bell, giving you a little added resistamce. This will actually make it easier. Doing it with a heavier bell is easier than doing it with a light one, which will just "pop" up.

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Old 01-03-2006, 05:30 AM   #5
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Neal -

Tom has nailed the description! Most people are challenged by this lift but if you follow Tom's description you shouldn't have any problems.

BTW - Like Tom said, you need to go heavier on the bent press (it's also called the screw press) so that you aren't tempted to press the bell; you should think that you are 'screwing' yourself into the ground instead.
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:11 AM   #6
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Mike, welcome to CrossFit. I'm glad to see you posting here.

One benfit of using the heavier bent press is that it helps you transition into strict pressing a heavier bell. I am using bent presses with my 88lb christmas gift, which I can only strict press one rep.
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:33 AM   #7
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Thanks Tom - it's great to be here! :-)

BTW - The bent press is also a great stretch! You can't help but light up most of the "big-guys" when you are doing the press and the feeling afterwards is heaven... give it a try!
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