Chicago’s Very Own: Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer

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Shred415 is a mega-calorie burning workout created by Chicagoans Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer.

It all started in 2006, when the fitness-loving pair met during a fateful run-in at a coffee shop. The two women bonded over their love for fitness and designed Shred, which later opened in Lincoln Park in 2011.

Shred415 is a sanctuary where people are overcoming major hurdles, and achieving healthy lifestyles.

From weight loss to helping clients overcome major adversities, Micheli and Roemer are life changers. Roemer dishes out a heavy dose of tough love, while Micheli barks out high-energy orders, taking this workout to the next level.

"The first classes were the scariest thing I’ve ever done," Jazmina Pumputis said. Pumputis joined Shred415 to help her fibromyalgia.

Through Micheli and Roemer's motivation, Pumputis is able to work through her condition. Not only that, but she's lost 40 pounds in the process.

“We have created a community where people want to come, they want to be around, not only us, their instructors, but the friends that they have met here,” Roemer said.

Two years ago, the ladies took their passion outside of Shred415 for cancer awareness.

They began teaching fitness classes at Bright Pink’s annual fundraiser, Fab Fest.

“I’m at the age now, where there’s a lot of my friends and family being affected by breast and ovarian cancer,” Roemer said. “It touched home with me to participate and raise money for them.”

“It was just a no-brainer for us to get involved," Micheli added.

Since 2013, Micheli, Roemer, and the rest of Shred415 raised about $25,000 for Bright Pink.

Their hard work and dedication in and outside of Shred415 doesn’t go unnoticed.

"They kind of prove that if you’re a good person, and you get to know people, good things are going to come to you,” Shred415 instructor Sean Higgins said.

Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer, they’re two of Chicago’s Very Own.

For more information on Shred415, go to http://www.shred415.com/

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