Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting "Make it Happen" Fitness Center in St. Catharines Ontario Canada to see what it is all about. Jennifer Hintenberger, who I met at the AKC certification is the owner/operator of Make it Happen. She had a 1 year anniversary to celebrate the beginning of her club. Before her class with her students, I had an opportunity to to do a kettlebell workout there. I did one set of jerks and one set of snatches due to the fact that I had mono the last month. If I were healthy I still would have broken a sweat doing the workout she did and had been pretty tired. There were battling ropes, Sledgehammers, two handed swings with a 32 kg and body weight drills. The rep range was somewhat high(100 swings) which with a 32 kg is impressive. She uses all of these things in addition to training for Kettlebell sport.
When I met Jennifer in Cincinnati 5 months prior she looked shaky for a few overhead reps with 16 kg. Just recently she did 70+ reps long cycle each hand for CMS at her very first Kettlebell meet. This is a testament to training with Cate Imes but more so with Jen's work ethic then anything else. It wasn't Kettlebell specific necessarily, but I could see the amount of work she performed during her training session. Her students were no less impressive. Holy crap, some of them could swing a 32 kg to overhead in a bottoms up position and do 100 swings with it. Crazy.
The workout that she gave her students was non stop for at least an hour and these women used a 32 kg bell most of the time. I know Jen mentioned about forming a team for Las Vegas which I think will produce MS athletes in a short amount of time. Based on what I saw with her training and workouts, she is MS level unofficially. It is hard to say at this point but she exceeded her requirement in New York fairly easy. Make no mistake to the other females out there, Jen and her students will be contenders.
I have to say that on a lighter note I had a lot of fun. They play as hard as they work and had a get together at the studio to celebrate the 1 year anniversary. As a Kettlebell Lifter and as a man :) I must say that it was something to see girls wearing heels handling the 32 kg. It was confusing but I'm not complaining:)
Look for the Make it Happen team in Las Vegas. More to follow.