Fitness review: I tried the best-selling fitness app SHREDDY – here’s what I thought
Fitness apps have become the new way to exercise both in the gym and at home, but with so many subscriptions to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right one that fits your lifestyle. I’m as guilty as the next person of avoiding the commitment to stick with a paid plan, and often find myself searching the web for quick workout videos instead. But this year I decided to try and break the endless cycle of vowing to get fitter for the new year by trying the best selling app, SHREDDY. While I’m aware that some people have taken on the challenge of their fixed weight loss plans, I used it as a guide to staying in shape during the most indulgent month of the year.
I’ve never been keen on the idea of radical fitness changes, especially around December and January when there’s extra pressure to change how we look or mark the start of a new chapter.
While SHREDDY is known as “the biggest female fitness transformation app,” my approach to using it over the holidays highlighted its benefits as motivation to stay active and “on plan” without strict dieting or an expensive gym membership.
The best-selling Instagram app, founded by social media influencer Grace Beverley, gives subscribers access to a range of features, from real-time workouts to eight-week transformation guides and meal plans.
Branded as an “all-in-one app”, the platform can be used to fit your own goals even if you have no training experience or equipment. In fact, you don’t even need shoes for some of the pilates and yoga-based workouts I chose to follow.
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How I used the app
While I started with the intention of completing the four-week “SHREDDY 10” plan, which like all the workouts is led by qualified and experienced SHREDDY trainers, a four-day trip abroad and the chaos of Christmas quickly got in the way of the pre-made calendar that had training sessions planned for each day of the week.
Instead, I decided to adapt the ready-made guide to fit my own schedule, creating my own routine consisting of four days of training sessions and three days of rest. I found this to be the most prominent feature that made the workouts so much easier to follow.
The plan has been easy to pick up as and when I can, allowing me to complete a series of 10 to 20 minute workouts each week. As a lover of pilates and yoga – more than high intensity interval training (HIIT), I chose to use the “balance” guide led by SHREDDY trainer, Phoebe.
Other sets included ‘transform’ and ‘strong’, both of which can be customized to suit your own weekly routine, but there are also more options to select individual videos or guides if you prefer a more spontaneous training plan.
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The plan combined a mix of functional training movements using both body weight and some limited equipment, most of which were easy to do in my home.
Upper body, lower body and full body circuits were rotated throughout each week to ensure each muscle group was targeted. While the videos were on repeat for a few days, I found the different movements kept it interesting.
Back kicks, leg swings, push ups, glute bridges and the classic cat-cow yoga pose were some personal favorites that appeared in the short SHREDDY videos.
While using the app, I found the tutorials to be incredibly easy to follow with clear demonstrations of the movements, a helpful timer with a beeping countdown mode and trackable progress after completing a workout.
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The design of the app can’t be faulted, but I noticed a few errors when I tried to load the daily calendar, where you can plan three healthy meals and two snacks per day using the SHREDDY recipes.
This feature featured a wealth of healthy meal ideas, ranging from breakfast omelettes to tasty Mediterranean-inspired dinners.
Although I would have liked to have followed the meal plan for the whole month, this was made more difficult with the arrival of Christmas and my own dietary needs.
As someone with a severe nut and chickpea allergy along with a soy intolerance, this eliminated a large amount of the meal ideas – many of which contained peanuts, cashews, chickpeas and tofu.
Of the meals I enjoyed making from scratch, the “healthier chicken gyros,” the chicken, bacon, and avocado salad, and the avo mushroom toast were some of my favorites. Despite the fact that you can’t try them all, there is no doubt that each recipe suggestion provides “Shredders” with easy, affordable and incredibly tasty meals.
One thing I loved about the meal plan feature was the “shopping list” icon that laid out the ingredients for each week’s meals, along with quantities and handy checkboxes to easily check them off when you buy them.
I’ll be the first to admit that my quick one-month trial with SHREDDY didn’t result in a significant difference physically, but one thing it did accomplish was helping me overcome my woes with fitness subscription apps.
The main takeaway I have from using Grace Beverley’s best-selling app is that it’s been a hit for good reason. Having such a wide variety of workout styles and helpful tips, including educational guides, made it easy to set realistic goals without having to commit to an intense plan just to feel the burn.
As a self-confessed fitness and diet enthusiast, I would definitely recommend the app to others looking to stay “on the bandwagon” while balancing a busy schedule. If you want to give it a try, you can subscribe at a discounted price to their January sale HERE.