Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Shred415 Review

The last three weeks, my Sunday mornings have been spend getting my butt handed to me at SHRED415 (and I love it). 

from SHRED415

I have been needing something like this. SHRED415 is a high intensity, full body workout and there is three locations throughout Chicago. The Old Town one is closest to me (not really that close) and it is within walking distance from the Clark/Division red line stop. 


There is one studio and it has a row of treadmills (Woodway!) and a kitted out floor workout area. The class is split up into two groups and you switch between intervals on the treadmill and strength training on the floor. I have been 3 classes and each time the time slots were 15 minutes, but I asked the instructor and apparently they also do different ones (10 minutes?). 

from SHRED415
I really like the 15 minutes intervals because it splits up the workout nicely with two sessions of each strength training and treadmills.  By the time you are sprinting your butt off or your arms are trembling, you just have to remind yourself...one more time and I'm done. The class flies by and your body is constantly being challenged. The treadmill portion is a mix of speed and incline (often those two elements are combined and it is as terrible as it sounds) and there is a range of speeds to accommodate any level of fitness.  You control the speed and incline and use the instructor's verbal cues to work to your limit.

The strength training portion on the floor packs a huge variety of movements and exercises, all done for intervals of 30-60 seconds. During my classes, we utilized free weights, body weight exercises, plyometrics, and targeted exercises using small weighted balls and Bosus. Again, all you have to do is listen to the verbal cues from the instructor and select the weight and/or modification to make it challenging.

What I love about SHRED415: 

  • The workout is awesome. In 60 minutes you get your cardio and your strength training and it is INTENSE. 
  • You don't have to think about anything. Just come and do what the instructor says.
  • You are in charge of pushing yourself
  • The low lighting and the awesome music
  • The motivating instructors
  • The woodway treadmills
What Needs Work at SHRED415: 
  • Their scheduling. Something is wrong here. Every single class is booked solid and you have to be on the waiting list. Then when I get to class, there always seems to be empty spots. I am considering buying a monthly membership, but I don't know if I will get into any classes. How am I supposed to shell out $145 for 30 days if I don't know if I can get into any classes? Waitlists are okay, but I still would prefer to have a solid booking once in a while instead of always hoping someone else will cancel. I saw other complaints on Yelp, so I know I'm not the only one that thinks this is an issue. 
Have you tried Shred415 or something similar? I did something very similar called SWEAT1000 when I was getting ready for my wedding. 

What other workout do I need to try? 

27 comments:

Katie said...

That class sounds right up my alley! I don't believe there are any near Madison, but my family lives in Chicago so the next time I am in town I would love to check it out!

Jennifer said...

I haven't tried Shred but heard about it and was curious so thanks for the write-up!

I totally agree with you in that if I am going to shell out a monthly fee that I would want to have a guaranteed spot.

Brynn Guster said...

I really enjoy knocking out cardio and strength in one shot. Although I've never tried Shred, there is a class at my gym that's similar but we use jump ropes and such instead of the treadmill.

Erika Newlyweds said...

I'm part of a similar gym called Orange Theory, except we take turns between treadmills, rowers, and weights. And the intervals are always different: so you never know if you're gonna be on the treadmill doing sprints for three minutes or hills for 20. I also love the low lighting and pumped up music!

Maggie said...

I recommend trying a dance class. Legit dance, not dance cardio or fusion or whatever. The Joffrey Academy offers adult beginner drop-in classes, and I've heard good things about Lou Conte, the Hubbard Street Dance Co's studio. Or take Basic Burlesque with me in February at Studio L'amour in the West Loop :)


Also, I love Pilates reformer and equipment classes, specifically at Body R&D in Lakeview, and oneBody Studio on Evergreen. I've been meaning to try Reform Chicago in River North - first class is free.

Erin @ Loop Looks said...

Sounds a lot like the workout I did yesterday at Crosstown Fitness. Four different strength moves with 30 seconds on and 10 seconds off followed by 30 seconds on the treadmill going from zero incline to an incline of 12 throughout the workout! We repeated each round three times. Like you said, you just have to listen to what the instructor says and do it. No thought involved!

Lindsey Fister said...

Last night I took Kara's Shred415 class and lately I've noticed she's doing 15/15/5/5/10/10 - class goes by super fast! And I'm going to buy an unlimited month but fear I can't get in when I want to go (8pms are usually open but are really late).

Smithy said...

Totally agree about the waitlist. It's the biggest turnoff to what is otherwise a great workout. I've signed up for a class two months out and only moved up 1 position by class time. Hardly believable that only one person out of 24 cancelled. Bad business for sure.

Sierra said...

Yes, very strange. I can't believe they open up the list that far out, it almost encourages people to sign up just to "hold" spots without really thinking about their schedule.

Sierra said...

Hi Emily, Thanks for reading!


I actually did the 5 pack and am going to see how it goes with getting into classes. Say hi if you see me there!

Sierra said...

I haven't had her yet, but I imagine that mixing up the intervals would be super quick and stimulating. Are the switches quick and efficient? I saw there was a discounted rate for the later classes, so I might try that one night when my husband is traveling.

Sierra said...

I just got a coupon for 3 free classes at Crosstown Fitness. Are all the classes the same? Which instructors should I try?

Sierra said...

My friend works at From the Center Pilates and I have been meaning to go there. Send me the deets of the Basic Burlesque!

Sierra said...

I'm dying to try Barry's Bootcamp! I walked by it in NYC and have heard great things.

Sierra said...

There is something about the low lighting that makes me feel like a bad ass. I would HATE doing stuff on the rowers. When I did crossfit, I would check the WOD online and if rowing was involved, I would skip that day.

Sierra said...

When I do strength training on my own, I like to do 100-200 jumps between sets to get my heart rate up. Jumping jacks also work!

Sierra said...

So many people have complained, you would think they would address the issue, right? It seems like they should release classes one week in advance or something.

Sierra said...

do it! It would be a great workout to knock out in the AM before a day in the city

Erin @ Loop Looks said...

Total Body workouts sound similar to the Shred415 and Strength is just weights with no cardio. But, every workout, whether it's Total Body or Strength is different depending on what the instructor feels like doing that day. Betina is my favorite instructor if her classes fit your schedule. Michael focuses on Olympic lifting. And I've only had Dawn for one class so I don't really have an opinion either way.

Maggie said...

http://studiolamour.com/chicago_burlesque_class_schedule/



I'm taking the Thur 6:15 class starting next week. It's a 4-week session.

Lindsey Fister said...

Yes the transitions go very quick since you know where to go. I always do the $18 classes bc of my schedule. I went for free in January bc NTC was offering a free class per week there with a code (see NTC's fb), not sure what the February deal is though.

Bryn said...

On a sidenote, a friend of mine recently moved to Chicago and is an instructor at Fly Wheel - Gold Coast. I'm not sure how far that is from where you live, but he's a pretty eccentric guy and would be curious to hear how his classes are if you ever had the chance to take one (I haven't ever taken one actually since he started doing this after I moved away). His name is Everett.

Sierra said...

I have been dying to try NTC, isn't it 100% free? The Michigan Ave Nike store is very close for me coming from work.

Sierra said...

Thanks Erin, will let you know!

Sierra said...

That's my Flywheel location! I just got back from a 6AM class and I have seen him name on the schedule. They just got a whole lot of new teachers, so I will definitely give him a try. Thanks for the rec.

Bryn said...

Wow, small world! Do let me know if you end up trying one, I'm curious to hear how he is as a spin instructor!

lb formerly lg said...

I used to Shred 4x a week, every week, for 3 months. That was in the spring/summer of 2012- before they really blew up. Now I have a 5 pack sitting there that I can't even use because it's ALWAYS FULL. They definitely need a new system. Its even worse when you get the call 20mins before class to say there's an opening. Okay, let me drop this bagel and totally stress out to get over there. Le sigh. Love the program, but something's got to change…

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