My experience with Shred415 started in December 2014. Like many before me, I was seeking a change physically and wanting more energy to get through all of life's stresses. But for me, my first visit to the studio was a complete cold call; I had no idea what to expect during those 60 minutes, so I had no real nervousness or stress going in—just a million questions!
So many questions, in fact, that Katie Schreiber, my first teacher, finally told me, "Just do what I tell you when I say it". Yes ma'am. Only it was so challenging, I couldn't! But I felt great, albeit a little embarrassed. And so, I decided to go again and again to get through the holidays. Then the New Year began, and I made a further commitment to really engage and see what would happen if I went three or four times a week.
Each time I was a little faster, quicker, stronger and each time I finished a session I felt amazing. Oh, and the weight really started coming off. Ten pounds in the first six weeks, then another six pounds the following month. This was awesome! I roped my wife into trying it, and soon we starting having Shred dates together. We even had our family Shred time on Saturday mornings with the kids in the playroom.
Towards the end of February 2015 I had a mental goal to really push myself for a few more weeks going into spring break and see where my weight, strength and endurance was before taking a little time off for the beach. I was eating healthy, fighting the physical recoveries and loving the community. Everything was fitting right into place for me, until I got injured. Shred415 was off the table for good.
Only I've never been a very good listener… after 12 weeks of rehabilitation, I decided to return back one more time. When the buzzer went off, it was like a weight was lifted. I made it through pain free, and deep down knew I could get back to a community and studio that I truly loved. I worked my way back to two to three sessions a week, with cross training and deep stretch sessions to prevent injuries.
I have lost another 9 pounds in the last 15 months, and a total of 30 pounds and 3+ inches off my waist since December 2014. My biometrics are in excellent shape; I'm constantly quizzed on what I do when I get them tested. In two years, I've cut two full minutes off my mile pace, and I still have a near-term goal of beating that seven minute mile. My stress levels are much lower, my energy levels much higher. And as important, I've really found a great community to connect with. I'm constantly surprised and motivated by all the trainers and other shredders in the St. Louis studio. Each has their own story, but with a common connection and set of goals. I didn't quite get it initially, but we share so much, not only during those 60 minutes, but after class, too. They are my tribe, my team of Avengers.
I find that I never truly get tired of the studio. You would think so after 120+ times per year for several years, but it’s the people! The St. Louis studio has something really special and worth coming back for as my goals and training aspirations change. Katie Schreiber, Kristen Beracha, Heather Fox, Miguel Romero, etc. personally invest in everyone who visits the studio. It's really cool to see. The journey just doesn't stop, and I am blessed!