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Dynamic Shoulders Origins

Tim Stevenson and Karen Stevenson the founders of Dynamic Shoulders

We are often asked, why shoulders. Here we share a little bit about the origins of Dynamic Shoulders...

Essentially, what started off as a thought experiment, turned into a business. 


As a rugby player and snowboarder, founder and Head Coach, Tim Stevenson has been the recipient of multiple shoulder dislocations and two reconstructive surgeries. Having been diligent in his rehabilitation he still experienced repeat dislocations and lacked confidence in his shoulder. Over time, this prevented him from enjoying his sport, career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, and active lifestyle. 

In 2013, he decided to try a different approach and set about learning calisthenics, specifically the handstand.

The thought experiment went like this: 

'If I can balance on my hands then I can have some confidence that my shoulder is stable.' 

Tim Stevenson handstand at London Bridge

Over the next 12 months, handstands turned to human flags and Tim had a set of shoulders that he could trust. This experience was echoed by other coaches who were using content Tim and David Jackson were sharing through their new business 'School of Calisthenics'. 

The individual case studies started to add up and this prompted Tim to begin researching the potential mechanisms as to why closed kinetic chain training had shown to be a very successful training tool for the upper body. 

In 2018, Tim and Jacko presented their work at the UK Strength and Conditioning Annual Conference. This sparked a number of other workshop and educational events with organisations such as Scottish Rugby Union, the Football Association, Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and ALTIS.


Progressive bodyweight training opens new opportunities to scale upper body performance and creates a highly effective bridge between physiotherapy and strength and conditioning.


However, a high performing shoulder requires a multi-faceted approach and there is no single magic bullet. Instead, what exists is a continuum of inter-related and inter-dependant elements that need to feature in a longer-term, progressive approach.

Tim is now very passionate about combining what he has learnt about closed kinetic chain training with the existing and emerging tools used to recondition and scale upper body performance by respecting the design.


Dynamic Shoulders is a family run business. Tim and Karen are committed to their vision to be the world’s leading shoulder reconditioning specialists in fitness and in sport. 


“We want to provide fitness enthusiasts with the best outcome-driven shoulder reconditioning coaching service and give our clients the knowledge and skills to manage their own long-term shoulder health and performance.“



Are you frustrated with shoulder pain, instability and lack of confidence that’s holding you back and restricting your training progression? We can help you build strong, stable shoulders you can trust.

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