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Integrating Kettlebells into Shoulder Rehabilitation

Integrated Kettlebells into Shoulder Rehabilitation

The latest webinar recording for Inner Circle members is now available below.


Integrating Kettlebells into Shoulder Rehabilitation

In this month’s Inner Circle webinar, I discuss how you can start to incorporate kettlebells into your shoulder rehabilitation programs (and really all upper extremity programs, not just shoulder).    This isn’t a talk about how the traditional kettlebell exercises like swings and getups are good for your shoulder (which they are), but rather how kettlebells can be used for a tool in the rehab phase of programs.

  • How kettlebells can be integrated into the earlier phases of the rehab process
  • Why kettlebells are great for dynamic stability of the upper extremity
  • How to progress from basic movement patterns to move complex
  • How to choose specific kettlebell styles and weights for use in rehabilitation

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  • Chris Spring

    Was wondering if there is any KB exercises you do not like or do not recommend. If so, why.



    • Mike Reinold

      Hi Chris, big topic. There is a time and place for everything as well as the reverse! Perhaps that will be a future post topic.

  • Boris Bojanovic

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the great information! I’ll be using this in my own training as well as with clients.
    I have one question though, I’m not really too familiar with PNF past the stretching component so I don’t quite see how at 18:40 in the seated press internal & external GH rotation are happening. I see elbow pronation & supination. Could you please elaborate on this?


    • Mike Reinold

      Thanks Boris, look up PNF D2 patterns on the internet. That should pull up a nice amount of info, but basically it is a specific movement pattern that uses a sequence of muscles in the upper extremity.

  • stevekenny

    Hi Mike, I was just viewing the above webinar and it keeps stopping after 10 minutes, has this been a common problem?



  • ryan copley

    When working in supine, the scapula is stabilized. Would this have implications for a posterior tilt (prohibit the tilt)? Also, it is mentioned that the use of KBs is great for developing motor programs. I’m assuming this would be the body’s most efficient movement pattern. I’m in the process of reading the FMS book so this is an interesting topic. Sometimes our body’s idea of an appropriate movement pattern is not always the best. Are there other ways to detect faulty movements, or is the biofeedback from the KB our best option? Lastly,when working in the seated position you only went to 120 degrees. If we are wanting to to increase the movement, do you recommend adding scapular depression to this movement for more posterior tilt and low trap involvement?

    • Mike Reinold

      Ryan, I’m not sure the scapula is stabilized supine, if so, you wouldn’t be able to lift your arm overhead. KB’s do well with motor control because the off-center weight gives you immediate correction and feedback. If working on elevation of arm, KB will want to fall if you deviate. I went to 120 because you may run into issues with impingement with some higher, but by all means, go higher if with the right person.

  • Eric Grimsley

    It has been a week now since watching this webinar, and after adding in the bottoms up side laying presses, my left shoulder has been feeling much better. I have had a dull achy feeling in my left shoulder blade area for awhile and I have been feeling it less and less bothersome. I even decided to press for some reps after my swings and get ups today and it feels normal again. Thank you for sharing this great information.

    • Mike Reinold

      That is great to hear!

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