[VIDEO] How to do Pressing Ladders…

A Happy Belated Canada Day to all my country men & women.

We're heading off to the beach with some family today to enjoy the weather.

Because we spent the past few nights staying with family just outside of the city, I was only able to bring one kettlebell, so my workout today looked like this…

1a) Pressing ladders x 5 with the 24kg kettlebell
1b) Band Pulls across the chest and behind the neck and band dislocations

2) 1-arm Swings x 100 straight with the 24kg

3) High-Rep Kettlebell 1-arm Rows (for these I was able to do 1 set each with the 24kg and got 40 reps)

That session took about 35 minutes (warm-up included), so I was very happy with the minimal amount of time it took.

Lots of questions about how to do pressing ladders from my last post, so I filmed this video for you to give you a demo…

As always, don't forget to leave your comments and questions in the comments section of the blog.

Have an awesome day!



  • Reply July 2, 2012


    Thank you for this very, very good demonstration of skill and technique. These videos are really helpful!

  • Reply July 2, 2012


    Awesome video

  • Reply July 2, 2012

    Nick Mallios

    Hey Chris, great stuff as usual! Had a question on how you set up your training for the medium and low intensity days on your pressing ladders. Do you continue with pressing ladder work and just decrease the weight and/or volume accordingly, etc.?
    Thanks again,

    • Reply July 3, 2012

      Chris Lopez, RKC

      Hi Nick

      Yes, ideally you would have a Medium, Heavy and Light intensity day. It would look something like this…

      Medium – 5 ladders of 1,2,3,4
      Heavy – 5 ladders of 1,2,3,4,5
      Light – 5 ladders of 1,2,3

      Hope that helps

  • Reply July 2, 2012

    Paul Barry

    Hi Chris, thanks for all the workout tips. I’m a personal trainer myself, and it’s good to get a change of programs to offer to my clients. By the way happy anniversary to you and your wife cheers Paul…

    • Reply July 3, 2012

      Chris Lopez, RKC

      Hi Paul

      Thanks so much. Keep coming back and always feel free to share some of your wisdom!


  • Reply July 2, 2012

    Gabriel Dominguez

    Great video thanks for sharing, and Yes can you please recommend a replacement for the pull up bar? I just have a 3 Kettlebells at the moment (a 25 Lbs Kettlebell that I named Scarlett, a 35 Lbs Kettlebell that I named Megan and a 50 Lbs Kettlebell that I name Alexis) and I been following your advice and doing daily 20 min workouts mainly with Megan and Alexis (Swings with Alexis and cleans and Cleans and press with Megan with Scarlett I do Bottoms Down press with her) as I’m not strong yet to press Alexis but will follow your advice on the pressing ladders and give it a try on Alexis in 4 weeks.

    Again Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply July 3, 2012

      Chris Lopez, RKC

      Hi Gabriel

      Love the names! Ex-girlfriends?

      I will film a video for chin up / pull up alternatives.

      Thanks for the idea,

  • Reply July 3, 2012

    Daryll Imray

    G’day from Australia Chris, good informative stuff mate. Since we last spoke I have been heavily involved in CrossFit & am using a lot of bells in that, with Olmpic lifts etc. Always keeping abreast of what your training suggestions are, so here is another thing to try. Keep up the good work mate, happy Canada Day. Cheers.

  • Reply July 4, 2012

    Mike Behling

    Chris, this is good stuff! I currently lift weights twice a week at the gym and I would like to also workout out from home a few days a week. I have kettlebells, dumbbells, a stabily ball and a jump rope at home. Do you have any suggestions on how I can incorporate kettlebell workouts from home and still maintain two days of weight lifting at the gym.

    I kind of envision a MRT model where I workout twice a week at the gym doing MRT and then I work out twice a week from home using kettlebells and bodyweight exercises as a form of MRC.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Best Regards,
    Mike Behling

  • Reply July 7, 2012


    Great workout! Not sure if you have some on here, but a great kettlebell workout is the russian gettup. If you would post a video on that, that would be great! I always find the technique kind of awkward.

  • Reply July 9, 2012


    I like the ladder approach. In doing as many ladders in a time period, what is the rest protocol. Rest after each rung; or rest at the end of each ladder; or both?

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