The Sweat Challenge: All Your Burning Questions, Answered!
Are you ready to discover a fitter, stronger you in just 42 days?
Whether you’re a well-seasoned Sweat Challenger or this is your very first time (welcome!), it’s normal to have plenty of questions about how it all works. To make it easy, we’ve compiled all of the most commonly asked questions into one easy place. If you know exactly what question you’re looking for, you can jump straight to any of these categories:
- Registration, dates and costs
- Programs, equipment and training styles
- Changing your program or missing weeks
- Being part of the Sweat Community
Have a question and it’s not covered here? Drop it in the comments on @Sweat social and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Registration, dates and costs
When does the Sweat Challenge start and end?
The Sweat Challenge is six weeks long, starting on Monday 17 July and running until Sunday 27 August.
Who is the Sweat Challenge for?
The Sweat Challenge is for any woman who wants to recommit to her health and fitness goals, try something new or level up her training, regardless of your fitness level and no matter where and how you choose to train.
How do I join the Sweat Challenge?
If you’re already a Sweat member, you can join the Sweat Challenge using the “Register Now” button on the pink banner in your app. If you don’t see the banner, make sure you update your app to the latest version via the App Store or Google Play.
If you’re not a Sweat member yet, download the Sweat app from the App Store or Google Play and subscribe to participate in the Sweat Challenge.
Does it cost extra to join the Sweat Challenge? Do I have to pay for each individual Challenge program?
Nope! All you need is an active Sweat subscription.
On the first day of the Sweat Challenge, do I need to do anything in the app?
No, there’s nothing you need to do! When your week rolls over on midnight Sunday 16th July, your program will automatically update to week one of your selected Challenge program.
What if I haven’t registered by the start date?
If the Sweat Challenge has already begun but you’re keen to join, you have up until 31 July to sign up.
If I join the Sweat Challenge late, which week will I start from?
You start from whichever week the Challenge is up to! For example, if you join the Challenge one week late on Monday, 24 July 2023 you would start in week 2 of the Challenge. You are not able to go back and begin in week 1. To complete the entire 6 weeks' worth of Challenge workouts in order, be sure to sign-up before or on Monday 17 July 2023!
What happens at the end of the Sweat Challenge?
After the Sweat Challenge, you can choose to continue your previous Sweat program where you left off, progress to a different week or start a new program… But to end this Sweat Challenge, we may just have a couple of surprises in store for you.
Can I complete the Sweat Challenge if I'm pregnant?
If you’re currently expecting, congratulations are definitely in order! However, it’s important to note these Sweat Challenge programs have not been designed for pregnant women.
If you want to continue exercising during pregnancy, it’s essential that you obtain clearance from your healthcare provider. If you want to follow a structured program, there are two 40-week programs available in the Sweat app, Pregnancy with Kayla and Pregnancy with Kelsey. You should discuss these training options with your healthcare provider to understand if they're right for you.
Programs, equipment and training styles
How do I choose a program?
We recommend checking out this article, which has more detail on all four of the new programs, as well as the seven all-time favourite challenge programs on offer.
What training styles are available?
HIIT, strength training, yoga, Pilates and barre.
How many workouts per week are there and how long are the workouts?
Each program is slightly different in terms of number of weekly workouts and workout duration. If you can’t complete every single workout each week, just do what you can! You can find out more about each program here.
Can I combine multiple programs?
Each program has a unique structure and weekly goals to help you get the most out of your Sweat Challenge journey and has been designed as a standalone program. While you can’t combine two challenge programs, you can supplement your fitness routine with workouts from the On Demand tab of the Sweat app, or change your program during the Sweat Challenge if it’s not your vibe.
If you’re looking for a program that combines training styles, we recommend Katie Martin’s Strength & Pilates Challenge program, or Britany Williams’ Strength & Barre Challenge program.
Can I preview the entire six weeks of my program at the start or plan my workouts ahead of time?
During the Sweat Challenge, your workouts will be released one week at a time. Once each week is released, you can use the Planner tool to schedule your week!
What equipment do I need for my program?
This article has a full breakdown of the equipment needed for every program (including the six all-time favourite challenge programs).
Are there any programs with no equipment?
- High Intensity Zero Equipment Challenge with Kayla
- Yoga with Phyllicia Challenge
Are there any gym challenges?
All Sweat Challenge programs can be completed in a gym, but if you’re wanting to use gym machines and larger pieces of equipment, Strength & Pilates and PWR are great options.
What do I do if I don’t have the right equipment?
While gym machines can be hard to substitute, many free weights such as dumbbells can be easily substituted with what you have at home, or you can still do the workouts using your bodyweight. Be sure to check out the exercise substitutions in the Sweat app!
How is OG Kayla different from Kayla’s High Intensity program?
High Intensity with Kayla was designed using the exact same format as OG Kayla (four 7-minute circuits for a total of 28 minutes of work), but many exercises were modified and some of the weights or pieces of equipment were removed to make it more accessible for all fitness levels. If you're up for a challenge, OG Kayla is where it's at!
What does OG mean?
Original - this is the program that women around the world have been asking Kayla to bring back for years.
Changing your program or missing weeks
Can I change my challenge program?
You sure can! You can change your program before the Sweat Challenge begins or once it has started. Here’s how:
- Select the challenge tab at the top of your Workout Dashboard
- Select 'Settings' in the top right corner (3 little dots)
- You are now able to select 'Change program/Leave Challenge'.
What happens if I change my program part way through the Sweat Challenge?
If you choose to change your program every day or mid-week, the workouts you have already completed that week will not register toward your weekly goals, but they will still be visible within your planner! If this worries you, just change your program on a Monday morning.
Can I go back a week if I miss one?
The Sweat Challenge is designed to be completed over six weeks. Because this is a true community event, you can’t go backwards (or skip ahead!). If you miss a workout here and there, don’t let that discourage you - you can still keep going and progress through the Sweat Challenge with everyone else.
What happens if I leave the Sweat Challenge?
If you leave the Sweat Challenge, you won’t be able to rejoin once the entry period closes. This means in order to participate for the full six weeks and access these exclusive workouts, you’ll need to stay registered.
Being part of the Sweat Community
Are there any prizes up for grabs?
Yes! The Sweat team will have our eyes peeled from 26 June - 27 August 2023 for members who are immersing themselves in the Sweat forum, and we’ll be rewarding members every single week with Aje Athletica vouchers to the value of $500 and $1000. Heck yes. Get sweating. Get sharing. Get supporting. And one of those prizes could be yours!
How do I connect with the Sweat Community?
As well as engaging in the forum, you can follow @Sweat and your trainer on Instagram for tips, videos, encouragement and laughs, or to connect with other women from around the world. You might even find a workout buddy who is following the same program as you, or win yourself a prize!
You can also use the tags #SweatChallenge and #ReadySetSweat to find and follow other women who are doing the Sweat Challenge!
So, are you ready to join?
* 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.