Kettlebell Science

For therapists looking to understand movement and loading better, especially under varying load parameters.

For trainers and coaches looking to learn kettlebells and improve foundational movement and coaching competencies.

For anyone who works with a full spectrum fo clients, from sedentary and chronic pain to athletic and extremely fit.

What's Inside?

The short answer: happy hamstrings, bulging brains, and a lot of notes.

Load Bridges the Gap

Gain a grasp on real-world models for how to regress AND progress kettlebell training to close the gap between the clinic and the gym (or real life, for that matter). Your athletes will feel better and your Gramma will be setting all-time PRs.

Let's Get Evidency

Learn what the research says, what it doesn’t say, and where we can learn from other disciplines in our use of kettlebells. There's tradition, and then there's science, and the middle ground is the oh-so-sweet spot.

Does Form Matter?

In the current era of skeptics and pain science, we have some answering to do for years of fear-mongering around how we lift. Understand proper technique and when it matters. Movement Optimism is welcome, Goniometers are not.

Training = Rehab

Learn kettlebell training from both ends of the spectrum: detrained and rehab oriented, all the way to fitness and performance oriented. Let's get real, those are not two ends of a spectrum, they are often the same person.

Cueing Competency

If there's one thing we need to change about loading, it's how we frame it and coach it.  Learn a reproducible framework while examining your own habits to bring about higher level performance and commitment form your clients.

Progress, Progress, Progress

Learn systematic progressions of the kettlebell movements from basic (eg; deadlift) to advanced (eg; bottoms up presses and carries) to apply across a broad spectrum.

Why this course?

If you want to learn kettlebells as they apply in a wide variety of settings from rehab to performance, rather than relying on purely tradition, then this course is for you. We approach kettlebells as movement optimists, utilizing what we know from the research and clinical experience to integrate kettlebell systems into the broader landscape of what is going on in the performance and rehab worlds today. We teach just as many principles as we do techniques. We give you tools and make sure you understand where they fit in the toolbox. After learning kettlebells with us, you won't just know how, but more importantly you'll know why and when to use kettlebells.

What exactly are we going to do?

  • Learn kettlebell training from both ends of the spectrum: detrained and rehab oriented, all the way to fitness and performance oriented.
  • Learn what the research says, what it doesn’t say, and where we can learn from other disciplines in our use of kettlebells.
  • Understand what proper and poor technique look like and why it matters
  • 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.
  • Learn the cues that are most likely to bring about the desired movement outcomes.
  • Learn the clinical and performance implications of the common kettlebell movements (swings, for example) for all populations.
  • 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).

Built for professionals.

This course focuses half on the attendees, half on their clients. This course is meant to give you an understanding of how to take the information and apply it immediately in your own practices, but just as importantly how to coach these movements professionally.


Leave the dog(ma) at home

[Dogma] is why we needed to invent this course, to learn all there is to know about kettlebells through systematic, scientific application. To give fit pros and therapists the confidence to train and rehab (sometimes with kettlebells) before subscribing to the exact same systems of kettlebell usage that's been around for decades.


More than just 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.

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But #Evidence?

There have been hundreds of research articles published about the nuances of kettlebell usage. Themes and important messages will be pulled from the pertinent evidence and integrated with years of kettlebell experience from the instructors. Sometimes the evidence supports traditional thought. Other times...we learn better.

Don't take (just) our word for it.


“I can’t recommend Dr Steven’s KB for Clinicians course enough. He blends several different KB styles and reviews the latest research on KB training, and teaches you how to use KB to get your patients better fast. The course is super fun and interactive with plenty of hands on work to keep attendees highly engaged. Sign up for this course, you won’t be disappointed!!”

Team Chiropractor Seattle Seahawks
2019 Wash State Powerlifting Champion-masters division

Kettlebell Science is a much needed breath of fresh air in the nauseating room known as the "fitness industry". If you're looking for a silver bullet or the next new gimmick, you won't find it here. What you will find is a course that pushes the needle in the right direction when it comes to human movement and effective loading. In the background there is a non dogmatic, open source approach that allows different disciplines to overlap, in turn creating something amazing while still maintaining an evidence based framework. Within that, Dr. Ben injects an enlightening client centered therapeutic aspect that is appropriate for any professional taking this course - whether you are a personal trainer, conditioning coach, massage therapist or a chiropractor, you will find something great to take home with you and apply in your own field, in your own way.

- Marko Sabo, Movement Coach 

Why Kettlebells? Why Now?

Besides the fact that they're everywhere and everyone seems to be using them...

Why now?

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 understand the principles or scientific application of their usage.

Why Kettlebells?

Because Load Bridges The Gap between broken and breaking records. Kettlebells are convenient (but not easy) weapons of mass instructions, designed as both an implement and system of approach. We use the system to inform rehab and performance training and the unique parameters of the implement to challenge the body in ways other forms of resistance cannot. 


"Kettlebells for Clinicians was an excellent course for anyone wanting to learn or revisit the fundamentals of Kettlebell training. Dr. Ben and Tyler are excellent presenters that go above and beyond to provide excellent coaching for the kettlebell athlete and trainer.

The material is delivered in a clear and concise way, presenting you with great tools to pass this knowledge along to your athletes or patients. If you are a trainer that wants to further develop their knowledge of kettlebell training or a clinician that wants to bridge the gap between therapist and trainer, this course is fantastic."

Jeremy Meredith, Owner, Head Coach of CrossFit Vernon


“If you are looking for someone to teach you what KB exercises to do, when and how often, this is not the course for you. Ben taught us how to think about KB training to augment our current methods of taking care of our players. He changed how we approach the implement and improved our teaching techniques. We had a blast working and learning in a very easy, fun environment and it was great being around such a bright, motivated, professional.

David Stricklin, MS, ATC, LAT, FAFS, Head Athletic Trainer, Professional Football

What if I don't want to become a "kettlebell guy" (or girl)?

Kettlebells are great, but if you never touch one again, it's no skin off our back. This course was built as a platform to introduce the basics and nuances of kettlebells, but more importantly to use them as a conduit to understand much of the most recent advances in human movement, therapy, rehab, and performance. We include topics and principles from...

Pain Science
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
The McGill Method
StrongFirst & Dragon Door Kettlebell Systems
Agatsu Kettlebell Training
Martial Arts
Neurodynamics according to Shacklock
MacKenzie Institute

Your Instructor

Dr Benjamin J Stevens

Co-Owner of Somatic Senses

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. Having worked extensively with multiple major sports organizations and their athletes, as well as every day clients in pain, Dr Stevens understands the common grounds between all people.

Dr Stevens has accumulated an average of 100-200 continuing education hours per year for almost 10 years, thanks in part to his ownership in Somatic Senses, but also form years of instructing and taking courses throughout the health and fitness field. Learning from Dr Stevens means you can pull on experience with a broad range of educational systems, principles, and techniques.


Kettlebell Science – Vancouver 2020

DATE: Nov 21-22, 2020
9:00- 5:00
Location: Richmond BC

$495.00 $395.00