Group Class Instructors
My history with SG Human Performance started June, 2010 when I stepped through the doors broken from years of living a sedentary life in constant pain. I was looking for a coach that could finally rebuild me after many failed attempts. Trusting that their RKC and FMS certifications meant they knew what they were doing I put my health and well-being in the hands of Mark and Nikki Snow.
Fast forward to April, 2011 thirty pounds lighter and virtually pain free, Master RKC David Whitley approved my HKC certification. An achievement I was doubtful I could accomplish. Not with my history. I joined the SGHP staff not long after and quickly realized coaching is what I love to do. It is amazing to play a part in other peoples transformations.
One year after completing my HKC it was time to step up and go for the RKC certification in St. Paul, Minnesota. To say I was terrified would be an understatement. Would my back hold up? I couldn’t walk right for three days after my HKC what would three days of RKC training do to me? Am I really good enough to be RKC? Do I belong?
While I may not have earned my RKC title that weekend I proved to myself I did belong and was amazed at how far I have come in just a couple years. From all but giving up hope of leading a normal life, to thriving during three days of intense training to join the ranks of those I once considered inhuman supermen.
Making the decision to train at SGHP has completely changed my life, not just my body. I am leading the athletic life I used to only dream of. I am now preparing to become CK-FMS certified which will give me the tools to help rebuild others the way Mark and Nikki rebuilt me. Which has allowed me to take up the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.
When it comes to coaching my number one priority is proper and safe technique, a lack of which cost me seven years of my life. “First do no harm” are words I live by everyday inside the gym. One more rep or ten for pounds are not worth getting injured for. Just being lazy is no reason to get hurt either. So I apologize in advance for how many times you will hear me shout “dead-lifts to put the bells down!”.
Also a plug for OmahaStrength.com is always nice…even if I let it slide leading up to RKC.
I didn’t stumble into the health and fitness world in a traditional way. I was not raised to watch what I eat. By day, I am an Early Childhood Special Education teacher who adores little children and helping build the capacities of families who are struggling to find the best way to meet the needs of their child. By night, I teach kettlebell classes at SG Human Performance as a Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC) instructor.
What I also have is a background that allows me to relate to most Americans, especially women. I was once an athlete. I was in decent shape, but overweight according to the BMI charts. I have been fighting a lifelong battle with self-esteem issues and confidence and have struggled with my weight for most of my child and adult life. After investing a lot of money and sampling several of the big box gyms and boot camps that Lincoln/Omaha has to offer, I was very disappointed. I was consistently let down by trainers who failed to get to know me. My physical limitations were brushed aside and they put me in the same box as everyone else – giving me cookie cutter programs that failed to deliver and left me frustrated and injured. I needed a place that knew my name, who took an interest in my personal goals and help me achieve them with a more individualized approach.
I researched SG Human Performance (SGHP) extensively before I made the first contact. I went in for orientation where I received a Functional Movement Screen. Mark and Nikki took a half hour to figure out how my body moved! They could tell me which exercises I would excel at and which ones would be difficult for me based upon my movement patterns. After the screen, they broke down the basics of kettlebells and taught each exercise to me step by step in orientation.
My love affair with kettlebells began right after that orientation, in May of 2010 – I started to see great results and began documenting my journey at www.beautifulresilient.wordpress.com. I had lost over 30 pounds, discovered a newfound strength, and developed many close friendships along the way.
The atmosphere at SGHP is quite contagious and I became so hooked on kettlebells that I wanted to train to become an instructor, myself! I successfully completed the Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification (HKC) in April of 2011. Not only did I become certified to teach classes, but also I began to develop a sense of pride in what my body was capable of. Training with kettlebells allowed me to rediscover my inner athlete. Still hungry for more, I signed up for what many regard as the black belt of kettlebell certifications – the Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC).
After months of training and preparation, I traveled to San Diego in August 2011 for the three-day certification and can happily say that I was one of the most prepared, thanks to Mark and Nikki and their support and guidance. That weekend ranks as one of the top five experiences of my life. I have never felt so strong, so empowered, and so confident in my own skin. Training for the RKC helped me to get over my body issues, accept what was less than perfect, and recognize the strength that lies inside me. To make the weekend even more special, I was eight weeks pregnant at the time.
Baby Paige made her debut in March of 2012 via C-section. My recovery was quicker than normal and completely attributed to continued work with kettlebells during the duration of my pregnancy. I was back in the gym at four weeks postpartum and was able to jump right back into the workouts with little to no decrease in strength. My goals now consist of sharing the joy of kettlebells with as many individuals as possible, helping with nutritional coaching, goal setting, and helping others move better.
I became a client of SGHP in late 2010 through a Groupon. In October of 2011 I passed my HKC Certification and started instructing in January 2012.
My husband will tell you that I have belonged to every gym in Omaha (which is about right). When I tried SGHP he believed it was something I would do for awhile and then move on to something else and was shocked when I signed a year long commitment. He was sure I would just be paying the money and not utilizing the gym. The difference with SGHP is they make you feel like coming, even when you know that the workout is not going to be fun. There is nothing like the feeling of setting a personal record or watching someone do it and it inspiring you to do better or push harder. The people here are like family. We celebrate babies and weddings and get together for other events. Its a different atmosphere and one that is worth checking out.
The best thing about SGHP is the positive environment. Mark and Nikki, and all of the instructors are always encouraging and while they make sure you are doing things right they will also be there to cheer you on. The clients are the best. If you have been gone they notice, they know about your job and your family, they cheer you on as you make a personal record and encourage you to keep going when things are hard.
I am attending RKC in Philadelphia in September 2012. My current goal is to pass all tests and make it through the weekend.
Outside of SGHP, I have three boys and a husband. I travel when ever I can and my job that pays the bills has provided plenty of that. The oldest does sports and music and keeps us going pretty strong.
I have been doing kettlebells for almost 4 years now. I began using them when I lived in Chicago and was taught by an RKC there in town. When I moved back to Omaha in October of 2010, I knew I wanted to continue doing kettlebells, but I also knew I wanted to continue doing so in a group atmosphere. That’s when I found Mark and Nikki through Dragondoor.com and I’ve been there ever since!! Since I’ve been here, I’m definitely the strongest I have ever been. Mark and Nikki are and have been very supportive of all my goals while at SG. My favorite part about SGHP is the sense of camaraderie amongst all the members. We are each others’ biggest supporters and are always pushing each other to do our best!
I became a HKC instructor in October of 2011. I recently just reached another one of my goals of the year which was to do an unassisted pull up! My main goal is to continue living a healthy lifestyle and help others do the same. As for other kettebell specific goals/aspirations, maybe an RKC certification someday soon?? We’ll see!
When I’m not doing kettlebells, I’m usually on my road bike or running outside. I also love cooking and baking! I’m always trying to find new and fun recipes……I like making healthy food fun and tasty, not boring and tasteless.
I began training at SGHP in May of 2010. In April of 2012 I became a HKC instructor. What I enjoy most about SGHP is the one-on-one coaching, and the support and camaraderie from others in the gym. I like the variety of the workouts and the challenge of each class, plus I am able to challenge myself based on what weight I select for the various exercises. I have been doing this for 2 years, am not bored with the workouts and feel there is always something for me to learn or improve on.
My testimonial about SGHP is this. I had surgery to repair a badly torn rotator cuff on my right shoulder, seven years later I had the same surgery on my left shoulder. Physical therapy gave me full range of motion, but I had no upper body strength. I was at the Omaha Health Expo in April of 2010 when I saw SG Human Performance doing a demonstration with kettlebells. I had been interested in kettlebells for a couple years so approached Mark and asked him how you do that without messing up your shoulders and back. His reply, with a smile, was “you learn how to do it the right way.” I took an info flyer, went home and checked out their website. After reading Mark’s qualifications I decided this was someone who would work with me and make sure I didn’t do any damage to my shoulders, so I signed up for a month of classes. I will admit that I was intimidated when I started. I was working out with people younger than my children and, as I struggled to get through the workouts, frequently wondered if I was out of my league trying to do this. During that month I could see improvements, baby steps, but improvements in my movements and balance. Even in a group, there was one on one coaching from Mark and Nikki. I was encouraged to work at my own pace, and if I couldn’t complete the reps, there was no shame in taking a break. By the end of that first month I was hooked and signed on for another 3 months, which has turned into 2 years.
My strength, flexibility and endurance have increased, my balance has gotten much better and I continue to have those “aha moments”. I find that I now naturally assume the deadlift position to lift most things and concentrate on proper form when carrying heavier loads. I have had some fun experiences easily lifting some heavy items, only to have a much younger person try to do the same thing and grunt and groan as they struggle with it.
The biggest goal this year was the decision to go for HKC in April. It was a personal goal that I set for myself to attain before hitting Medicare (in October). Once I made that decision, I had 6 weeks to fine tune and when the big day arrived I realized just how well I had been trained for it. (Thanks Mark and Nikki) For the future, keep moving and stay active. You can’t fight the aging process but these workouts have helped alleviate many of the aches and pains that I used to have just rolling out of bed. Goals and aspirations are to live as long as I can, but to have the quality of life that allows me to continue to be active and travel. The bonus is knowing that I am stronger than most of the people I meet in my age group, and many of those younger.
When I’m not at kettlebell I enjoy sailing, kayaking, biking, traveling, baking, art and design.
Fitness and a healthy lifestyle are a passion of mine. I have always been very active and always enjoyed working out I discovered a new passion when I added Yoga to the mix. I actually found my Yoga passion after becoming a Pilates instructor. My fitness director asked if I would consider teaching yoga. I gave her the “deer in the headlights” look. But after attending some classes, I added some basic yoga to my Pilates class. I had been bitten by the bug and attended my first yoga training. I was absolutely giddy about yoga after that. I have been teaching Yoga/Pilates classes since 2005 and have continued my yoga education and training to not only improve my knowledge, but to enrich my classes.
I love the Ashtanga or Vinyasa style of yoga. Moving through the poses,using your breath, and clearing your mind of nothing but being present in the moment. Yoga is such a great addition to any fitness routine. It strengthens joints, elongates muscles, and really creates synergy with the body and the mind. Yoga will help strengthen your core so that all of your outside activities benefit. Golfers, baseball players, and weight lifters can all see benefits from adding Yoga to their workouts. If you have a strong core and stable joints, everything else gets easier.
I also have exercise ADD, so I can get bored easily. So, in May, 2012, my husband asked me if I wanted to try Kettlebell training. I said sure, why not? That is how I stumbled into SG Human Performance. Mark and Nikki have provided me with the variety I always look for in my fitness routines and plenty of ways to challenge my body. I have definitely enjoyed working out here and feel that the training I have received from them has been a great benefit. I also love how the FMS has come into play with imbalances that I have been dealing with for years.
I work full-time as an Assistant Account Executive on the International team at NEI Global Relocation. My son Logan is 17, loves cross-country, music, and is doing the “Insanity” program on his own right now. My daughter Sydney is 13 and loves volleyball and softball. My husband Kevin is very athletic and we enjoy hiking with our two dogs Tank and Sage. Even our vacations are active ones. We always try to make sure we can go hiking or explore some great walking trails when we travel.
I am very excited to teach Yoga at SG! I really love to see people start out in Yoga weak in some areas and then after a month tell me how amazed they are at how strong they have gotten and that some poses are not as difficult as they were in the beginning. It’s all about the journey and making improvements.