60 minute beginner shoulder workout with dumbbells and kettlebells

Here's everything you need to try our 60 minute beginner shoulder workout with dumbbells and kettlebells. For each circuit, complete each exercise one after the other and repeat it for 3 rounds before continuing on to the next circuit.

60 min read
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Sean Klein
Last updated
09/02/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • Tall Kneeling Dual Hand KB Press
  • DB Strict Press
  • Tall Kneeling KB Crush Grip Press
  • Circuit 2
  • Half Kneeling Arnold Press
  • Alternating KB Strict Press
  • Tall Kneeling Single Arm KB Press
  • Circuit 3
  • Half Kneeling KB Press
  • DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

Tall Kneeling Dual Hand KB Press

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Tall Kneeling Dual Hand KB Press

Follow these cues to perform Tall Kneeling Dual Hand KB Press correctly:

  • Create a stable base with the knees
  • Keep the rib caged tucked
  • Lock the elbows each rep and finish with the biceps next to the ears.

DB Strict Press

Complete 9 repetitions

Coaching Tips For DB Strict Press

Follow these cues to perform DB Strict Press correctly:

  • Do not flare out the elbows
  • Keep rib cage tucked at all times
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears.

Tall Kneeling KB Crush Grip Press

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Tall Kneeling KB Crush Grip Press

Follow these cues to perform Tall Kneeling KB Crush Grip Press correctly:

  • Keep rib cage tucked at all times
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Half Kneeling Arnold Press

Complete 10 repetitions

The half kneeling arnold press is a good vertical press variation, especially for those who are training at home with limited equipment.

Benefits of Half Kneeling Arnold Press

The main benefit of the half kneeling Arnold press is it’s ability to build muscle in the shoulders and add variety to a home training set up.

How To Do Half Kneeling Arnold Press

  1. Find a stable half kneeling position (which knee is planted doesn’t make to much of a different, if you want to change each round go ahead, if not thats also fine).
  2. Start with the palms of the hands facing the shoulders.
  3. As you lift the weights overhead twist the hands so the palms are facing away from the body.
  4. Move back to the starting position with control.

Coaching Tips For Half Kneeling Arnold Press

Follow these cues to perform Half Kneeling Arnold Press correctly:

  • Start with your palms facing your sternum and rotate outwards as you press
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears.

Alternating KB Strict Press

Complete 6 repetitions

The alternating KB strict is an excellent vertical press variation for developing both muscle mass and strength in the shoulders.

Benefits of Alternating KB Strict Press

The primary benefit of the alternating KB strict press is its ability to gain muscle mass in the muscles of the shoulder. Its secondary benefit is core development and development of the postural muscles of the upper back through maintaining a front rack hold for an extended period of time.

How To Do Alternating KB Strict Press

  1. Start with both kettlebells in the front rack position, with the core tight.
  2. Press one kettlebell over head while keeping the other in the front rack position. Lock the elbow at the top of the repetition to ensure you have moved through the full range of motion.
  3. Bring the kettlebell back into the front rack position before alternating to the other arm and performing another repetition.

Coaching Tips For Alternating KB Strict Press

Follow these cues to perform Alternating KB Strict Press correctly:

  • Keep the rib cage tucked at all times
  • Keep a tight front rack position with the kettlebell not being pressed
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears and elbow locked.

Tall Kneeling Single Arm KB Press

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Tall Kneeling Single Arm KB Press

Follow these cues to perform Tall Kneeling Single Arm KB Press correctly:

  • Keep rib cage tucked at all times
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears
  • Always bring the KB back to front rack position.

Circuit 3

Complete this round 3 times.

Half Kneeling KB Press

Complete 6 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Half Kneeling KB Press

Follow these cues to perform Half Kneeling KB Press correctly:

  • Create a stable base in the lunge position with the front knee at 90 degrees
  • Keep the rib cage tucked and lock the elbow overhead.

DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press

Follow these cues to perform DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press correctly:

  • Keep rib cage tucked at all times
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears.

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