Class: Arms and Abs
Location: South Loop
Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Advanced-Beastmode
Address: 1136 S Delano Ct e202, Chicago, IL 60605
Instructor: Brittanie Chin
Reviewer: Erica K
Class Review: There’s no doubt that Shred415 is one of the most challenging workouts you can do in this city. With 6 different studios, top-notch instructors and a huge following, this gym certainly kills it for high intensity interval training (HIIT). During Shred you combine four, 15 minute, interval sessions of running and weights for a high intensity/calorie burning 60-minute workout.
Each class is customized to target certain muscle groups. Today’s class was designed to target Arms and Abs. Intervals were standard (four alternating 15 minute sessions). Each floor session combined various exercises designed to target mostly upper body (shoulders, arms, chest) and abdominal muscles (i.e., reverse crunch on the step holding medium size dumbbell). The instructor also incorporated plyometric exercises such as, jump squats and burpees for added cardio. Floor moves were basic and easy to follow. As stated in previous reviews, the most challenging part of class is the transition between movements, as this is a fast-pace environment.
The treadmill sections in Shred consist of a combination of incline and speed word. The instructor will cue you to make adjustments based on your ending warm-up pace (mine ranges typically between 6.5 and 7.5 mph). Today the treadmill sections consisted of 2 minute speed pushes (increased from your ending warm-up pace) at 2%, 4% and 6% incline. If you’re not a runner don’t be intimidated. The goal of every Shred is to find your baseline and increase from there. You are even welcome to walk if needed.
Instructor Review: Brittanie has a very inspiring, up-beat and motivating energy. Aside from providing a rigorously challenging workout, she went above and beyond with helping us stay motivated throughout class. Brittanie reminded us to keep pushing every step of the way, shouting out comments like, “This is your workout, make it count!” I typically gravitate towards instructors like Brittanie that go the extra-mile.
Extras: Shred415 currently has 6 different studio locations (South Loop, Bucktown, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Northshore and Hinsdale). Classes are offered around the clock, but make sure you to book in advance because they fill up quickly! I personally love the South Loop location, because parking is easy and Lululemon is next door. There are locker rooms, towels and 1-2 showers in each studio. Select classes are offered on ClassPass.
Shred class pricing: $25 (drop-in), $145 (monthly new client), $205 (monthly), $195 (monthly auto pay). Better deals are offered if you’re shredding to get rid of your baby bump or for your wedding day.
Would I recommend: Yes! This is a great class for torching calories and shedding fat.