Grip strength is associated with longevity, and well correlated to independent living in later life. However, most people don’t train it. A great way to train grip strength is with the bottom-up press.

Next time you visit the gym, take your set of dumbbells and perform 10-12 reps of overhead shoulder press. Then, take the equivalent weight in kettle-bells and perform the bottom up press (pictured above) for 10-12 reps … if you can … !

Shoulder pressing dumbbells is pretty easy to do once it’s learned, not so for the bottom up press. The bottom up press will nicely expose the weaknesses which have accrued in your core and limbs from years of seated shoulder pressing. We recommend adding the bottom up press to your routine for functional and specific arm/shoulder strength.