As fitness challenges go, this one looks simple enough. You chest press a kettlebell while lying on a bench and your opposite leg hovers in mid air. How hard could that be? Well, if Instagram fitness influencers' attempts are anything to go by, very.
Dubbed the 'impossible chest press', the move has been sweeping through Instagram, with everyone from American NFL athletes to Australian fitness experts keen to give it a go – with what can only be described as mixed results.
It's the “hardest core & hip stabilisation drill ever,” said Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carlson.
So what makes the impossible chest press so difficult? Well, the combination of having to maintain stability while pressing with one arm appears to be a pretty tricky combination to manoeuvre, so our advice is to feel out the unusual position without a kettlebell first, and then gradually increase the weight.
As with any new exercise there's no need to be a hero. Keep it light, keep it safe and by doing that you'll keep it difficult, not impossible.
How to Do the Impossible Chest Press
Rest your left elbow and tricep on the seat of a horizontal bench, while holding a kettlebell in your right hand. Place your feet on the ground, with your knees bent. Push through your right foot and lift your left leg off the floor, just as you would if you were performing a single-leg glute bridge.
Pull the kettlebell close to your body and bend your elbow to 90-degrees, with the kettlebell held in a neutral grip (palm facing inwards). Now, while maintaining the position of your right elbow and legs, press the kettlebell up. That's 1 rep.
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