Updated: Jan 21
I realized that it's no joke, you guys... Trying out the Sweat App for almost a month and giving a try to every program made my muscles work (no regrets though). In my previous article, I viewed the Sweat App cost and the value you get from it. Here, I will briefly summarize the main pros and cons so keep on reading to get the most detailed Sweat App review on the web!
Sweat App Review: Pros
Sweat App offers unique workout programs like BBG Beginner, post-pregnancy, power-lifting and more;
You get a one-month free trial which is way more than other apps;
The Sweat app allows you to be part of the community, track your progress, and find a diet plan tailored to your goal;
You have plenty of options to mix and diversify your workouts to avoid repetitiveness;
The Sweat app allows you to progress, challenge yourself, and target specific body parts;
Simple workouts, and trackable progress;
Decreases time on planning your workouts, easy to stay on track with the Planner;
The Sweat app includes educational chapters on hydration, lifestyle change, cooking tips and more.
Sweat App Review: Cons
Even though some programs are labeled as “home workouts” you’ll still need equipment of some sort (AKA keep your gym membership). Top this up with food costs and you get quite an expensive workout plan. There are other cheaper workout apps out there offering the same content while being more user-friendly at the same time (e.g. Jillian Michaels or Centr);
I’m lacking information on nutrition and its timings. It’s just simply not enough to allow a food app to dictate what to eat or not. Most people are not dedicated enough to blindly pursue this. A reason behind why we eat what the food plan says we need to eat might leave a longer and more sustainable impact on people like it's in Asana Rebel app;
The Sweat app interface makes you stop your workout and constantly mark that you’re done with the set – this negatively interferes with the intensity and workout tempo;
Warm-up is optional, not really part of the workout;
Lacking information on the form and technique of each exercise;
The workout program and meal plan are not personalized to your specific body type.
Conclusion of this Sweat App Review
The Sweat app has some great workouts that are effective but it’s more suitable for intermediate and advanced fitness enthusiasts, not beginners. Clearly there is no introductory phase that would slowly guide the beginners not to overwork. Back in the day when I started, if Sweat App would be my first encounter with fitness, I would have given up. What beginners need is a graduate load increase. They must engage the mind and think of the muscles when targeting areas (hence, more suitable for intermediate to advanced level).
I would not be surprised if 9–out-of-10 women who actually use this app are incorrectly carrying out the exercises. Someone might argue that the Sweat app offers written instructions, however, you must spend more time on preparation which decreases the drive. The question is - are we really reading up on every circuit, though? Come on, let's be honest, no-one has so much time on their hands.
Besides, there’s always the fact that it’s one thing to read about the form and another one to actually feel it while doing it. The resistance workout sessions are strongly form-based so the right form and technique are crucial for decreased injury risks and faster results. That is why I think it’s more suitable for intermediates and advanced levels as they know the form and have the motivation in place.
Back in the day when I started, if Sweat App would be my first encounter to fitness, I would have given up.
People prefer to save time and not do something that is optional. Having warm-up available as a choice just gives us one more reason to underestimate and misinterpret the importance of it, therefore ultimately skip it. Warm-ups should never be avoided, especially if you’ve been sitting the whole day.
BEGINNERS - go with another workout program (I would suggest Sworkit). The Sweat App might scare you off and crush your confidence that you cannot do it. The truth is - YOU CAN! You just need a bit more support and a bit more suitable program for you.
Some Practical Advice if you go with the Sweat App Community
Apple Watch would make workouts more efficient (otherwise place your phone in a convenient & an accessible place for quick transition). I also wrote an article on the newest Apple Watch Series 5 which you can read here;
Don’t forget to breathe. You must never hold your breath so inhale when it’s easy and exhale when it’s difficult;
Don’t do all resistance sessions in a row – in your weekly plan mix them up with cardio. The Sweat App includes LISS days as well (you might want to get proper fitness headphones to efficiently follow the instructions);
If you combine two workouts in one day then do one in the morning and the other one in the evening so your body can have some rest in between;
Read up on exercises before starting your workout, don’t ignore the form – you’ll see the results much faster;
As for equipment, I used water bottles, imaginary jumping ropes and so on. However, if you're looking into buying equipment then the Sweat apps used a plyo box, dumbbells, simple barbell, and an exercise mat.
Update: The New BBG Beginner by Kayla Itsines
Sweat app has recently launched its new BBG Beginner program for women to gradually increase strength and get back their overall fitness level. The program combines low-intensity workouts 3 times a week following the same circuit-structure as the original BBG program. This is great news for beginners as personally, I thought the original BBG was too intensive. For the new BBG Beginner, you'll need light dumbells and a resistance band (preferably a set of 3, each different in resistance).
I hope you found this Sweat app review useful. It was longer than the others but I had a lot to cover with this one. One thing I noticed here was the "relatively long workout routines". However, seems that today the actual workouts are getting shorter and shorter. What do you prefer: 20-30 minutes or 7-10 minute long training?