Hi! Im Alydia Bryant.
Im going to kill 2 birds with one stone here:
"For those who have practiced the bent press what are the main training effects?"Oh no, not offended at all, just offering up some discussion. I've done the bent press so I'm just wanting to find out what I'm missing. So far I'm only finding that if I want to work on lat engagement then it "may" be something to look into.
I seriously wish I had made a list of everything that improved when I began doing the Bent Press, but sense i didnt I guess Ill just have to go off of memory.
1. I finally got my 24kg strict military press, 28kg TGU, I got my first Chin up in my life, my overall posture improved, My hip mobility and stability was so great. All of those achievements happened with training the Bent press 2x a week and other basic Kettlebell training (TGU was not in my programing, nor were chin-ups, I hadn't even touched a pull up bar in months when I one day was able to randomly do one).
I can now squat deeper and maintain a Neutral spine with ease. The squat position use to be a struggle for me. When I first started Training the bent press (Last April 2015) I was in a lot of shoulder pain from high reps of strict military pressing. LIKE serious pain to the point i was about to see a doctor. Turns out it was just over use. The stability that was required for the bent press would not allow for compensations the way strict MP would. I Also had dull low back pain. Yep, thats gone now too. Hmm lets talk about Aesthetics for a min too... My LATS are Huge and awesome now.. Yes Im a women and not ashamed Why? because I don't have that bra strap back fat anymore!
Core Stability. I remember messaging David Whitley after Bent Pressing the 24kg for the first time. I had never ever felt my abdominal muscles fire as much as they did that day. It was awesome.
"are the training effects similar or different from the turkish get up?"
At the Level 2 we talked about how the BtP finishes what the TGU started. So YES
"I've tried the bent press and just can't see the benefit if one is doing the other basic kettlebell movements; swings, get-ups, clean and presses."
perhaps you haven't tried heavy enough or practiced enough. No Drill will fire the lats to the degree the bent press does. When I first tried the Bent press i was using a 12 and 16... with in two weeks I bent pressed the 24 for the first time.. and 4 weeks later the 40kg. Ok so it took me 8 more months to get the Beast but still thats a huge huge gain over all!
" ....in regard to my goals, I'm not seeing a reason to add it to my practice other than following the herd."
What are your goals then? do any of them involve stronger shoulders and legs? hip mobility? core stability? and what herd? ha well I guess I just started something because i didnt know that many people Bent Pressed regularly and thats a shame because its BEAUTIFUL.
I found this yesterday... 24 kg Bent press first time
Alydia Bryant on Instagram: “Today was a monumental day as I doubled my Bent press in just 2 weeks! Hello 24kg... My coach tells my I should be at the 32kg in the next…”
40 kg bent press first time
Dave Whitley on Instagram: “@alydiabryant 40kg bent press PR. #dome2015 #strongfirst”
yes those are a mere 4 weeks apart! and as you can see the 24kg was not easy!
Every single client of mine that I have taught the bent press has come back with gratitude because of how great they feel. It opens up the Thoracic rib cage and greatly improves posture.
Ive had a tone of Failed Bent presses... and I never once felt in danger.... you just get out of the way. 48kg failed attempt
Successful 48kg beast a few weeks later
The Bent press requires patience. Something i needed a great deal of in my life! Its truly a grind movement. I know from the moment I begin to stand If ill be able to complete the rep.
I hope you give it some time and practice. It has truly been a beautiful thing to master. I have Drastically seen Massive improvements in all of my lifts. I think its a shame if you didn't at least practice it 1x a month... shoot thats all i did from October -Feb.