“I truly love, love, love this workout!
My fitness goal over the last decade has always been to be fit enough to participate in any reasonable activity that crossed my path. I didn’t want to have to say no to hiking on the weekends or not be able to play tag with my nieces and nephews after dinner because I was out of breath. I associated building relationships and life experiences on maintaining a basic level of fitness.
In addition, I’ve always had a bucket list of fitness items I wanted to complete.
Weight lifting was always easy for me, so that is where I started. Simple YMCA classes led to Olympic lifting (which didn’t last long!), which led to Crossfit. Along the way I ran a handful of 5ks, a 10K, a couple of half marathons and biked across Iowa three times with my brothers and sisters. I ran because I had to, but NEVER enjoyed it. Mentally I couldn’t get past how much I hated running.
As my fitness goals progressed, my next task was to sign up for Triathlon in 2016. I knew I needed to get past this running block I had created. I started talking with my friends, and a friend told me about this Shred415 class she had heard about. “They run on treadmills and mix in weights. I hear it’s amazing, you should try it.”
I signed up for my first class in June, and loved it! The workouts are tough and the perfect mix to help me forget how much I dislike running. I actually had a lot of fun in August pushing through to a new top speed. One day I felt like I was actually gliding over the treadmill while the instructor yelled “IF NOT NOW, WHEN?!” That experience really stuck with me and I repeat it every time I find myself struggling.
To prepare myself for next year’s triathlon, I signed up for a last minute mini-triathlon to get a feel for the transitions. I finished the race gliding into the finish line—the same glide I felt during class. To my surprise, I placed first in my age group in my very first triathlon. I am so excited to continue working and improving my running this winter, so I’ll be ready for my first official Tri Season next summer.
Thanks a lot, Shred415 staff and coaches, for doing what you do and creating such a fun workout!”