Updated: May 16
It sure seems that the Sweat App is all over the web! When checking the Sweat app reviews, most of them are mixed. Some don’t like the expensive price considering that you can get the same content online for free. Others have managed to really live with the app day-by-day.
The person behind the Sweat App is Kayla Itsines - an Australian personal trainer who's well known for her Bikini Body Guides ebooks. So let's start with the Sweat App cost and what you can get for it.
How Much Is The Sweat App?
The SWEAT app costs $19.99 a month or $119.96 a year. You get 8 different workout programs and a food plan. Alongside the two, there's also an online community, progress tracker and Planner or Calendar where you can organize your workouts. All programs incorporate a different style of training. These workout programs are:
BBG (Bikini Body Guide) with Kayla Itsines is more for weight loss;
BBG Stronger also with Kayla Itsines is more for gaining muscle;
PWR (Power) with Kelsey Wells is designed to make us stronger and building lean muscle;
PWR at Home also with Kelsey Wells is suitable for getting fitter;
Last program lead by Kelsey Wells is Post-Pregnancy;
BAM or Body and Mind is together with Sjana Elise – this is all about getting flexibility;
FIERCE with Chontel Duncan is a blend of high-intensity & strength workouts;
Lastly, BUILD with Stephanie Sanzo is mostly designed around power-building (a mix between bodybuilding & power-lifting).
The Sweat App Food Plan
In the food plan section, you have the option to select one of the 4 groups - Standart, Vegetarian, Vegan or Other (Pescetarian, Lacto-Vegetarian, Ovo-Vegetarian). Most recipes are labeled as easy with photos so you’ll see how the food will look like.
The food plan is tailored to your goal and designed to meet your micronutrients via 4 meals throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner) together with an extra snack in the morning. Quite easy and adaptable.
Here I would like to add something from my personal experience - I understand why the Sweat app has 4 meals + a snack in the morning, but a new person blindly following this might not. I'm lacking the explanatory phase here.
Anyway, so far so good - nice amount of unique programs for a monthly/yearly subscription. So what about the actual Sweat app routines?
Sweat App Workout Structure
The Sweat app follows the structure of:
2-4 x Resistance sessions, 5 sessions in BUILD;
2-3 x Cardio sessions, including Low-Intensity (LISS) and High-Intensity (HIIT);
1 x Active Recovery Session;
1 x Rest Day.
All different in style, the programs follow the reps principle (repeated repetitions and/or time-based A/B format). The quicker you finish the number of repetitions, the more intensive and sweaty the training gets.
Sweat App's User Friendliness and Level of Interactivity
Subjectively, I feel like it's a bit too much of everything, making it not so user-friendly. Maybe this is how they try to back up the expensive monthly subscription by giving us many options to choose from. Still, there are other cheaper apps out there giving the same content like the 8fit app that's easier to navigate through.
And there are also small things like - you cannot change the first day of the week as all programs start on Sunday at midnight. You also cannot go back during your workout.
Let’s say, if you start your session and all of a sudden someone calls you on your phone, you pick up. Then, when you’re ready to restart, you want to do that entire exercise again but that is not possible. You can skip and pause, but cannot go back unless restarting the whole workout from the beginning.
Subjectively, I feel like it's a bit too much of everything, making it not so user-friendly.
Although you can see your progress, for some it would be helpful to see how much weights they’re lifting. Currently, this option is only possible in BUILD 1.0, but all other programs that incorporate weights do not have this alternative. So combine the Sweat app with JeFit that's designed especially for this purpose.
During workouts, you hear sirens that indicate that a circuit or workout is complete and a trainer's audio that repeats the ongoing exercise. Although I do think that sirens are superb, the trainer's audio is quite limited and there's not much interactivity going on.
You're basically left alone doing your circuit workouts so you really need a strong motivation to continue. At least you can add music to your workout and the time tracking is also handy.
The only thing is that you must tap the screen once that particular reps session is done so this might interfere with the intensity level.
Personally, this was new for me at the beginning, especially if you’re using the phone. This really stopped me from going all-in on my workouts because I needed to keep reaching for my phone every time I finished the section (perhaps go with apps like Centr or Aaptiv to avoid this).
Lastly, it really feels like the Sweat app is designed for 16 to 25 girls because once completed the workout, you can share selfies, confetti falls from the top, and everything is pink. I'm not saying this is bad, but just putting it out there and indicating their target market.
If you are slightly older and have previous injuries or sore joints then go with BodBot app.
Sweat App's Feasibility
It’s quite feasible to follow the training plan with a busy work schedule. Resistance workouts vary from 28 minutes to 1-hour in length. If time is important to you, then you can also find quick workout sessions 15-20 minutes long.
You can also combine workouts to fit in one day. Then the weekly Planner is super useful in such cases. Similar apps with 30-minute workout routines are Jillian Michaels and BodyBoss. If you're looking for shorter sessions then consider Asana Rebel.
And Then There's the Sweat Community
You can also access the online community. Highly-active questions from peers regarding nutrition & tips to share progress & support. In 2018 Forbes estimated Kayla Itsines' online community to be millions of women around the globe. And from the various topics discussed and frequency of responses it sure does feel huge.
Is Sweat App Sustainable?
When starting out, most women have the goal of losing weight (same here). Muscle building, weight lifting, and strength come in later when you see progress, have the motivation & drive to proceed. Even their easiest workout program BBG (labeled under ‘’Suitable for women of any fitness level‘’) is intense and highly technical.
It’s quite feasible to follow the training plan with a busy work schedule. Resistance workouts vary from 28 minutes to 1-hour in length.
I’m lacking the introductory phase; otherwise, people who have just started out might overwork and give-up. There are better workout programs out there for people who are beginners, like the Sworkit App.
That being said, I can totally see the Sweat app being used by intermediates and advanced individuals who have managed to make fitness as part of their daily routine and wants to keep-fit & progress.
You should definitely see results if you keep on following their food and workout program. I recently found this really cool scale by Fitbit that helps you track your BMI and body fat percentage so they can help you get a clearer picture of your results.
What’s more, is that the Sweat app team keep increasing their workout programs. Back in January 2018, the Sweat app offered only 4 workout programs - now the amount has doubled. It won’t get boring because you can diversify the training plan.
What about the Sweat App's Level of Injury Risk?
The programs are not customized to accommodate injuries. Also, in my opinion, the injury risk is higher for beginners if they underestimate the importance of warm-up and correct form when doing the reps.
In the Sweat app, all warm-ups are optional so my guess would be that it’s a matter of time when 9-out-of-10 would skip them if it’s not part of the workout itself. Time is limited and if there’s a way to save it, people usually go with that. I usually recommend a book called "Running Strong" by Dr. Jordan Metzl on how to stay healthy and injury-free for life.
Do we get good customer service for the high Sweat App cost?
The Sweat app also has an extensive Q&A section where most of the possible questions are covered there. If you have any specific questions, you can also email them directly, but it will take 2-3 business days to get the response. They also help you to decide which program to take up in case you’re new and struggling with making the right decision.
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