We Did It! Highlights From The Sweat Challenge
Congratulations, Sweat Community! Over the last six weeks we continued the year strong, reset our fitness goals and came together to Sweat. Through the ups and downs, you supported each other and completed the Sweat Challenge!
Be proud of what you’ve achieved!
From June 20 over 70,000 of us participated in the Sweat Challenge! There were members of the Sweat Community from 196 countries who completed over 650,000 workouts! With your Sweat Trainer, you completed rep after rep, sharing your struggles and go-to tips for digging deep and achieving your goals as we continued 2022 feeling stronger together.
We came together and committed
When you first signed up for the Sweat Challenge, six weeks might have seemed like a long time to commit to your fitness goals, but you challenged yourself and pushed through each week!
For some of you, this was the first challenge you’ve completed and we applaud you. You were patient and persistent, and you made the promise to keep showing up.
For FIERCE trainer Chontel Duncan, it was incredible to see so many women from all walks of life find the strength to keep going even when things were tough.
“For the woman who is raising her babies and trying to set the best example, the woman who is studying to set herself up for a better future, the woman who is taking responsibility for her past traumas, the woman who works multiple jobs to provide for her family, the woman who is working on loving herself and taking control of her mental health, for the woman who never felt good enough and is rediscovering herself, and for the woman who is starting her fitness journey for the very first time…YOU’VE GOT THIS!”
We found discipline and challenged ourselves
It was sometimes hard to find the motivation to exercise after work, after the family were all asleep, or simply on those days where you’re feeling the pandemic or mid-year fatigue, but you did it! Some of you even got your families and friends involved with at-home or virtual workouts.
When you were afraid to step into the weights area and use the cables and other large machines, you were fearless and you did it! You pushed yourselves, smashed your weekly sessions and inspired the Sweat Community!
At the half-way point, Laurène (@bodyconfidencegoal) shared how proud she felt. “I am so happy I made it to this point! Three weeks of consistent workouts! I am doing Low Impact with @kayla_itsines and I love it. I love that it is only 3 workouts to complete a week. I love that a workout takes me 30 minutes max to achieve.I love that there are no jumping exercises. I love that my baby boy is doing this with me!”
@Tamdunnington had days where was toying with the idea of skipping her workouts, but she powered through and felt amazing for it! “It’s time to level up and be your very best self. Keep going. Keep rising.”
We learned from each other
During the Sweat Challenge, you had the chance to join your favourite trainers for weekly activities on Instagram to help you feel motivated, informed and ready to achieve your goals.
We had some live sessions with Kayla, motivational talks from Kelsey, helpful demos from Chontel, strength and mobility skills with Cass and tips from Britany.
So many great tips and ideas were shared! Here are just a few things we learned:
When asked about whether your heart rate should be really high throughout your entire workout, Kayla Itsines said: “I wouldn't focus too much on looking at your heart rate, I would focus on getting your 'Sweat' up and making sure you have a good workout.”
Kelsey Wells was asked for her advice on making sureyou’re eating a balanced meal, especially when you don’t always have time to sit down and eat.
Based on her own experience, Kelsey shared: “I focus on ALWAYS making sure every meal has a good source of protein and VEGGIES. Other than that I mostly opt for complex carbs, and fruit for my sweet tooth. If you are hydrating properly and eating a lot of veggies and adequate protein, you are doing AMAZING. Don't stress too much about it, stress/guilt is the WORST thing for your diet :).”
If the Sweat Challenge happened to fall over the summer (lucky you!) for you, it might have coincided with a vacation. Chontel shared her advice for finding ways to keep your momentum up while on holiday.
“Skipping is a great alternative, try starting your workouts or day off with 5-6 mins of straight skipping. Best way to combat the 'no gym' part when trying to do the challenge (without knowing what equipment you have on you), is you stick to the same format (don’t worry about trying to do that specific body part, that will prove to be too difficult) and choose exercises you can do,” she said.
“For example you might have 12 seated cable rows to complete, your alternative could be 12 release burpees. Don't stress about it not being the exact movement, just keep moving.”
We supported each other
Whether you got sick or missed part of the challenge for any other reason, or experienced moments of self-doubt, the Sweat Community supported and encouraged each other.
You were patient and took your health seriously, caring for your body so you could get back into your workouts, because you know you’re in this for the long game.
We celebrated our wins together
For those who’ve been with Sweat for a while, we loved to see you sharing your progress and celebrating your wins with the community!
Whether you’ve tried a new training style, started a new habit or discovered motivation you didn’t know you had, your achievements are amplified when you share them with women going through a similar journey!
“I AM resilient,” @tracys_pwr_journey shared on Instagram, reflecting on how she has learned to listen to her body. “It’s funny how day to day our bodies can crave different styles of training. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling a gym based workout so I just did a quick workout with dumbbells in my living room and today I couldn’t get down to my gym fast enough!”
We will keep going strong together
Now that this Sweat Challenge is over, you don’t have to wait for the next challenge to continue your training. You can keep going towards your health and fitness goals (or set new ones!) and build on your progress. You've got this!
What to do after the Sweat Challenge
Before you even think about the next step in your fitness journey, take a moment to feel proud of how far you’ve come and take some rest if you need it. This is the time to celebrate your achievements!
When you’re ready to continue, you can choose to keep going with the training style you’ve been doing or choose another Sweat program. If you’ve been training with Sweat for a while, you can pick up your previous program where you left off.
For those of you who are new to Sweat and want to keep going with your Sweat Challenge trainer or a similar training style, take a look at these programs.
- Low Impact with Kayla Itsines
- High Intensity Zero Equipment with Kayla Itsines
- High Intensity with Kayla Itsines
- High Intensity Strength with Kayla Itsines
- Kayla's Post-Pregnancy
- HIIT Cardio & Abs with Kayla Itsines
- Energy Boost Challenge with Kayla
- Ab Burn Challenge with Kayla
- Dynamic High Intensity with Kayla Itsines
Remember that you can always change your program week in the Sweat app by tapping your profile and ‘Manage My Program’. If you like to mix up your training style, you can access more than 8,500 workouts in the On Demand tab.
And if you have any questions or concerns, the Sweat team are here to help!
Join the community to keep your momentum going!
If you haven’t already started using the Sweat Forum we’d love to have you join in. Here you can share your fitness journey, ask or reply to questions, and connect with women training all over the world.
It’s been so amazing to have all of you join us for the 6-weekSweat Challenge and we hope you take some time to celebrate your achievements! We would love to know, what are you planning on next?
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.