Kettlebell 101 course objectives

Participants will:

Learn how the kettlebell can be an effective tool for rehab in terms of helping improve mobility, strength & endurance, sports performance, balance, as well as confidence with regular functional tasks

Be able to both perform and coach proper technique for several basic exercises while also identifying common errors and strategies to correct

Be able to adapt teaching/instruction across various learning styles and domains and modify technique and programming for patients/clients of various ages and ability levels.

Feel comfortable implementing kettlebell-based exercises into existing rehab and training programs

Kettlebell 101 Schedule

845-900 am- check in

900-915 am- Intro to kettlebells (theory, benefits of training, research)

915-945 am- definitions, principles of motor learning, learning styles

945- 1030 am- warm-up/breathing/mobility

1030-1130-the deadlift (including hip hinge progressions, variations)

1130-1230 pm- the kettlebell swing (including progressions)

1230-100 pm- lunch

100-200 pm- kettlebell carry variations

200-300 pm- kettlebell squat (including variations)

300-400 pm- kettlebell presses and rows (including variations)

400-500 pm- turkish get-up

500-530 pm- clinical application

About the Instructor


Dr. Andrew S. Rothschild, PT has been a practicing physical therapist for 12 years. He is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, is certified in dry needling, and has also completed a manual therapy residency and fellowship through the Ola Grimsby Institute. He has also taken numerous courses on spinal manipulation, exercise prescription, and pain neuroscience.


Dr. Rothschild has a passion for learning and education and spent several years as the assistant and then lead instructor in the ortho lab for VCU’s department of physical therapy. He has been an instructor with IAMT for over 4 years, teaching spinal manipulation, exercise prescription, cervical and lumbar spine assessment and treatment, and clinical decision making. 

Dr. Rothschild sought out a career in physical therapy after developing spondylolisthesis and undergoing an L4/5 spinal fusion at the age of 23. Having been an active athlete for most of his youth, including playing collegiate level soccer, the long recovery from back surgery and several years of chronic pain was one of the most challenging things he has had to overcome. 

After realizing that his body could no longer handle the heavier loads of barbell training, Dr. Rothschild began looking into the kettlebell as both a strength/performance and rehabilitation tool. He has explored training with many certified kettlebell trainers from various schools of thought and taken what he considers to be the best from each of them to develop a simple approach that can be beneficial for people of all ages and abilities.