The Kettlebell Continuum – Calgary 2018

Part of Somatic Senses' "Bridging the Gap" Series

Why Kettlebells? Why Now?

A kettlebell, in its most simple form, is a tool. An implement. A external force waiting to be moved, just like someone’s bodyweight, a barbell, dumbbell, sandbag, or band. And yet, year over year, the popularity of the kettlebell is growing faster than almost any other implement. Ten years ago, kettlebells only showed up in niche fitness facilities or select military training applications. Now, due to their adaptation by many of the best strength coaches and clinicians in the world, nearly every gym in the Western world, as well as most of the musculoskeletal rehab clinics, have kettlebells. And yet, many people still don’t know what to do with them.

With this explosion in popularity comes many complexities which we must now face. With exponentially more kettlebells in facilities than there are trained professionals in existence, we have some catching up to do. What does the research say about kettlebells? Do I need a certification to use them? Can we use them with back-pained clients? What about post-surgical? Are kettlebell swings dangerous? What else do we use kettlebells for? What about Crossfit’s use of kettlebells? Is there a place for them in rehab? Conditioning? Skill acquisition? High performance training? Longevity?

This is why we needed to invent this course, to answer all of these questions and more. It’s time to put to rest much of the dogma (both negative and positive) around kettlebells, take a scientific deep dive into the research, and emerge with an extensive understanding of the reasoning and systematic application of kettlebell movements. It’s time to fully explore the Kettlebell Continuum.

Who should attend The Kettlebell Continuum?

  • Chiropractors 
  • Physiotherapists 
  • Athletic Therapists 
  • Strength and conditioning coaches 
  • Osteopaths 
  • Personal trainers 
  • Massage therapists
  • Facial stretch therapists

Why take this course?

If you have no kettlebell experience

  • Expose yourself to the basic movements associated with kettlebell training
  • Understand what proper and poor technique look like and why
  • Learn how to move better under load
  • Learn kettlebell training from both ends of the spectrum: detrained and rehab oriented, all the way to fitness and performance oriented.
  • Learn when to use kettlebells, when not to, and what tools are right for what applications.
  • Learn systematic progressions of the kettlebell movements from basic (eg; deadlift) to advanced (eg; bottoms up presses and carries)
  • Understand the nuances of kettlebells as an implement and why/how you should use them with your clients.

If you have some kettlebell experience

  • Learn to hone in on proper technique in yourself and others.
  • Learn the cues that are most likely to bring about the desired movement outcomes.
  • Learn the implications of the common kettlebell movements (swings, for example) for all populations.
  • Learn what the research says, what it doesn’t say, and where we can learn from other disciplines in our use of kettlebells.
  • How to regress kettlebell training for the detrained client.
  • How to progress kettlebell training and close the gap between the clinic and the gym.
  • Learn how to implement kettlebells with other human movement systems and assessments (such as the SFMA and DNS).

This course is NOT

  • A certification or proprietary system
  • Meant to impress people with fancy tricks
  • Trying to convince you to train/rehab with only kettlebells
  • A list of “movements” thrown together as a course
  • A different course, repackaged
  • About only the basic kettlebell movements

More about the Kettlebell Continuum

Highly Evidence Based

There have bee hundreds of research articles published about the nuances of kettlebell usage. Themes and important messages will be pulled form the pertinent evidence and integrated with years of kettlebell experience from the instructors.

Built for professionals

This course focuses no on attendees, but on their clients. This course i meant to give you an understanding of how to take the information and apply it immediately in your profession.

Breadth and depth

We will be figuring out the common streams through all the evidence and the movements, covering a wide breadth of movements and information while experiencing a scientific deep dive to answer the important questions of the What, Why, When, and How of kettlebells.

Hands on

Have you ever fallen asleep during a seminar or course? That's not going to happen this weekend. With at least 50% of the weekend spent moving your own body and some kettlebells, as well as practicing coaching others, you'll want to make sure that you get plenty of sleep before showing up to this highly involved weekend.

More than just about kettlebells

Even if you walked away from this weekend without ever touching a kettlebell, you'll come away with specific applicable principles on how to assess and teach movement prerequisites, side step injuries, and progress, regress and lateralize with clients in all situations. 


Dr Benjamin J Stevens

Having grown up in the gym and playing all sorts of sports, Dr Stevens has a keen in interest in pursuing the answer to the basic question of "why" in every day practice. He believes that knowledge and application must move forward hand-in-hand in order for either to be valuable in a new landscape of internet health gurus and ever more narrowed research focus. Where there is often a disconnect between research and the trenches, a gap between the clinic and the trackside, Dr Stevens aims to add value to the healthcare and fitness industries through finding the areas where the gaps are large and working to fill them systematically.

Dr Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick as well as a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Palmer College of Chiropractic West Campus. He started a personal training career over 20 years ago at a local YMCA. He has been in clinical practice in Kelowna, BC, Canada since 2011. His interests involve all of the "fitness sports" such as bodybuilding, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, kettlebell training, Crossfit, and strongman, as well as strength and conditioning, high performance training, and sport rehab. Outside of the clinic/gym, he spends as much time as possible snowboarding, paddleboarding, trekking, camping, and adventuring with his beautiful wife and rambunctious daughter. 


Tyler Sellars

Tyler is a stud. He doesn't know it yet, or a least he doesn't show that he knows it, which is honestly just as impressive. Either way, his hair is exceptional and his ability to spend 99% of his day behaving like Chandler Bing from Friends (highly intelligent yet self-deprecating) is impeccable. Oh yes, and he also trains with kettlebells.

Tyler comes from a background of parkour, tricking, martial arts, and many other self-propelled forms of mastery, including almost a decade of kettlebell training. As a strength coach working with a wide variety of clients both in-person and through online education, Tyler believes very strongly in a "teach a man to fish" philosophy of health and fitness.

Tyler holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics Degree from the University of British Columbia.

Course Date: November 24-25, 2018

Course Location: Calgary, AB, Canada

Prices in CAD.