Crash Course: The Shred415 experience offers an instructor-led, high intensity interval training class that alternates between weight-training and cardio on top-of-the-line Woodway treadmills. Check the website for their full class schedule – more than 40 options every week![line] [left]where: 8384 Musick Memorial Drive | St. Louis
bring: water bottle and “your best ‘you’”
perks: free garage parking, water, towels, lockers, showers, childcare
sweat score: 8 out of 10[/left][right]wear: gym/running attire
cost: $24 for drop-in class, $145 for a 30-day new client unlimited monthly[/right][line]
Well, hey there! My name is Angie, and I’m excited to join the Fit Crasher team! While I may be new to this website, I’m no stranger to fitness adventure. Since moving to St. Louis four years ago, I’ve had a chance to take on the local fitness scene and sample a variety of workout styles – but there is so much more to explore. I look forward to exploring and sharing my Fit Crashing experiences with you!
So, for those of you needing resolution motivation or just looking to try something new, why not kick off the New Year with a fresh fitness routine? Shred415 St. Louis in Brentwood might be just the thing to jump start your 2015.
A friend recently introduced me to this fitness trend and I couldn’t wait to check it out. It was the perfect place to start my St. Louis Fit Crashing adventure.
Shred415 first gained popularity in Chicago, but expanded south in summer 2014 with the first St. Louis-area location in the highly trafficked Brentwood neighborhood. Free parking is available in the adjoining Musick Memoral Drive garage, and the Brentwood MetroLink stop is within walking distance.
The studio features top-of-the-line Woodway treadmills and floor equipment including free weights, medicine balls and resistance bands.
Photo courtesy of Shred415.
With a cap at 30 students per class, availability is limited – especially outside of workday hours. Peak weekday hours on their schedule seem to be 6, 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. as well as 5:30 p.m. Make sure to book online in advance or call ahead to lock-in your spot.
I was fortunate enough to squeeze into a class with Kristen Beracha, co-owner and manager of the St. Louis studio. Her reputation and vibrant personality draws a crowd, so this particular Wednesday evening class was almost completely full.
The Shred415 format begins with the class split into two groups: half the class on treadmills and the other half on the floor with strength training. The class alternates between 5, 10 or 15-minute intervals, leading running segments with varying speeds and inclines, and floor exercises using free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and more.
I grabbed a towel and my water bottle and claimed my spot on the floor. Personal preference, but I chose to start with strength training; knowing I’d be able to finish my workout and push myself for the final 15-minute cardio interval on the treadmill.
Insiders tip: If your preference is to start off running, be sure to arrive early – the treadmills fill up fast! Even more, I suggest a treadmill located in front of one of their wall fans – this review didn’t get an eight out of 10 Sweat Score for nothin’.
Kristen turned up the music and dimmed the studio lights as a digital wall clock approached its final countdown. The bass began pumping in my chest – it was time to shred!
Now, first it started off a little slow. Those on the floor began with stretches and a gradual warmup on the deck, and runners on the treadmills kept a steady pace in a walk or jog. However, the floor group was soon instructed to grab a set of medium weights for a series of upper body lifts, and our counterparts on treadmills began their first rolling hill.
It didn’t take long for my heart to start pumping and sweat to start dripping. Within our first interval, the floor moved quickly through transitions of dumbbell lifts, plyo jumps, body weight exercises and ab movements. Between the loud and upbeat music (prepared by the Shred415 DJ team), low lighting and Kristen’s motivational cues, I hardly noticed our first 15 minutes had already passed. It was time to switch.
Once I hit the treadmill, my workout intensity really spiked. Kristen led us up and down rolling hills and through sprint intervals. All the while, her voice over the microphone continued to motivate us to “be your best ‘you’.” I couldn’t help but stare at my sweat-laced face in the mirror and think, “My best ‘me’ could increase the speed right now.” So, I did.
You don’t have to be a hardcore runner to try Shred415 – hell, you don’t have to be a runner at all! Whether you start on the treadmill or the floor, you’re setting the bar for yourself. Not only are you selecting your own weights and pace on the treadmill, but everything is scalable and instructors can offer a variety of modifications.
Before I knew it, we’d completed two 15-minute rounds on the floor and two on the treadmill. Kristen led us through a quick cooldown and praised us for a great class – honestly, she deserved a lot of that credit! Her high energy carried the class through the full hour.
I wiped down my equipment (and myself) and made my way to the locker room. Sometimes, it’s the little things that really stick out, like … dry shampoo, for instance. Should you need more, the women’s locker room is also equipped with two showers, [wet] shampoo, body wash, two blow dryers and other products.
Another perk for you busy parents: Shred415 offers childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 10 years during select class times in the Kids Corner.
I’m a sucker for challenging workouts that leave me sore, so I LOVED the lingering effects from my shred experience … through the next two (two!) days. It’s one of the best workouts I’ve had in a while – I will definitely be back!
Shred415 provided this class free of charge in exchange for The Fit Crasher’s honest review – all opinions in this post come directly from my very sweaty personal experience. Thanks for reading!