I first heard about Shred415 in 2017 when one of my friends who had been working at the St. Louis Studio came up to Chicago for a visit. Sarah and I had rowed together in college, and we were no strangers to intense workouts; however, I’ll admit I was a little intimidated by Shred415. The fast pace of the class and especially the treadmills made me a little hesitant and nervous that I wouldn’t be able to keep up. At the time, I felt like there was no way I was in good enough shape for Shred415. It only took a one visit for me to learn how wrong I was. The classes and instructors at Shred415 empower you to compete against yourself and do your personal best, and I immediately felt welcomed by the community.
Sarah returned to St. Louis, and I returned to my normal workout routine, but I quickly realized I needed a change. When Sarah came up a few months later, we took another Shred415 class, and that’s when it really started to click. This felt like the place where I could dedicate myself to working harder, being more mindful about my fitness, and committing myself to improving. A few weeks later, I went home to Indianapolis for winter break from law school and committed to doing a whole month at Shred415 Indy. In those four weeks, I saw more progress with my running and strength than I had in the years before. I started the month with an ending warm-up pace around 4.0 and ended the month around a 5.5 (thank you, Dana and Cortney!). After seeing what could happen if I showed up to a class with an intention instead of just going through the motions, I was excited to see how far I could go.
Since that month in Indy, I’ve trained for and completed a marathon, my EWP is now a 7.0, and I’ve lost almost 70 pounds! Throughout this process, I keep on coming back to Shred415 when I feel like I’ve hit a wall because I know that the instructors there are going to help me get to my best that day. If I’m ever feeling like a workout is the last thing I want to do, I immediately sign up for a class because I know it’ll reenergize me. An hour at Shred415 is guaranteed to be the best hour of my day, and no matter what, I know I’ll leave feeling accomplished.
The Shred415 instructors have also been there for me every step of the way and their encouragement has made me feel like there’s a whole team behind me helping me get to my next goal (shout out Courtney and Fadil!). They notice when you push yourself harder, get to that new fast pace, or finish that quarter mile challenge faster than before. For me, it really is so much more than a workout. It’s a place where you can push your limits and see the results of your hard work. I’m healthier now than when I was a college athlete, and I’ve become a faster and stronger runner than I ever thought possible thanks to Shred415.