Make me S.W.E.A.T.

S.W.E.A.T. (a.k.a. Specialised Weight Endurance Aerobic Training) offers clients the ability to have a fun workout in a class environment, irrespective of your fitness level, whilst burning up to 1000 calories per session. S.W.E.A.T.1000 combines interval training with specially designed treadmills, which incline to 30 degrees for maximum results. This is blended with core, functional and resistance floor work as well as high intensity, creative and dynamic routines.

Our experience:

It was refreshing to see that the class wasn’t filled with the typical Cape Town posers that usually frequent these types of classes (well, that excludes us selfie posers). Instead there was a cool mix of genuine people at various fitness levels – all with one common goal in mind. These classes are super effective, especially seeing as we started sweating (from anticipation) the minute we walked into the studio…Oh and you burn up to 1000 calories; in other words you can burn those 15 glasses of wine you smashed in one high intensity session!

We were quickly distracted by the beautiful Claremont branch space, admiring the modern layout and convenience of having a fully equipped health bar, a dining area and clean bathroom facilities at hand. Beginners are given a thorough briefing before the class starts on what to expect and most importantly, how to operate the very intimidating treadmills with the steepest inclines that make you feel like you are running backwards! We were lucky enough to have the legendary Bjorn Steinbach as our coach, with a rep for being one of the best! He’s there to push and motivate you and guaranteed to get you what is promised – S.W.E.A.T.Y! Each class is 60 minutes long, with half the time spent on the treadmills and the other half on the floor. In order to accommodate varying fitness levels you are given three options to choose from: walker, jogger and runner. Your instructor shouts out different speeds and inclines which you can control based on your fitness level. Of course we pushed ourselves to the max and at times felt like we were going to face plant into the treadmill. It’s a little overwhelming trying to listen to instructions, operate the treadmills and try focus on not wiping out, but don’t fear, just sneak a peak at the person next to you (just make sure you don’t choose the treadmill next to Usain Bolt). S.W.E.A.T 1000 is the closest thing we get to clubbing these days – especially when attending their special event classes which host live DJ’s on decks with lasers and disco lights setting the mood.


No joining fee and great packages available! They offer special events like their Lumo Party, where you bust out a 60min workout, sporting Lumo gear and moving to the beats of an in-house DJ. They are now an official Discovery Vitality partner so all Vitality members get 25% off and earn 150 points per class! Also, the Claremont branch (which we reviewed) just launched Boxing and Yoga classes, making sessions a lot more interesting!

Price: Single classes start from R130 and packages are available
Contact: Email: / Tel: 021 439 9903
Location: Cape Town – Claremont (branch reviewed) and Sea Point | Joburg: – Morningside and Nicolway | Pretoria – Brooklyn.
Social media: Facebook: SWEAT1000Claremont  | Twitter: @SweatClaremont | Instagram: @sweat_1000

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Wellness in the City
  • Nina Vass

    April 15, 2015 at 9:09 am Reply

    Looks awesome ladies. I like that they’re now associated with discovery Vitality, which makes the classes a lot more affordable. Great review 🙂

    • Wellness in the City

      April 15, 2015 at 9:51 am Reply

      Thanks for the positive feedback Nina… keep the comments coming!

  • Robin

    April 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm Reply

    I’ve been doing SWEAT classes for almost 2 months now in Sea Point (about 1 class a week) and cannot recommend it more highly. I’m not very fit, I don’t look like I’ve spent much time in a gym (spoiler: I haven’t), and I hate the stereotypical gym culture that one often finds in these elite class/gym scenarios. I’m also supremely lazy, an occasional smoker and a less occasional drinker. I don’t advocate my poor lifestyle choices but mention them rather to show that anyone can do a SWEAT class if I can!

    Since my first agonising 60 minutes about 8 weeks ago when my boyfriend signed me up as a “surprise”, I’ve been so much more motivated to eat healthily, train hard and really challenge myself (not the other class members – it’s not a competition). It seemed incredibly daunting at the time, to such an extent that when my boyfriend signed me up I was so scared I was actually furious with him and couldn’t imagine how I could possibly take part. But the trainers are such pro’s: supportive, accommodating and encouraging – not to mention energetic – and the results are worth it. I haven’t looked back.

    I’m not paid to say this (although any offers are welcome!) but rather to dispel any ideas people may have that the class is “too hectic” or the place “just not me”.

    • Wellness in the City

      April 16, 2015 at 1:59 pm Reply

      Hey Robin
      Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We were super impressed with their classes and glad you feel the same! I hope your words of wisdom will inspire and motivate a few more people to get off the couch this weekend and get their sweat on! Have a great day further and thanks for your honest feedback!

  • Calista Williamson

    April 22, 2015 at 5:58 pm Reply

    I must be honest after having my son a few weeks ago I’m finding it hard physically and emotionally to get back into a some kind of fitness regime. After reading this I’m now 100% inspired to get my act together and tackle the post pregnancy “lumps n bumps” I’ve heard only great things about the workouts at Sweat 1000 Claremont and really look forward to going in and seeing it first hand for myself! Watch this space #nomoreexcuses! #sweat1000claremont

    • Wellness in the City

      April 23, 2015 at 9:57 am Reply

      Hi Calista
      We are so excited that we’ve inspired you to tackle the post pregnancy ‘lumps and bumps’ Sweat 1000 is brilliant… you won’t be disappointed! It’s going to be tough at first, but they’ll keep you motivated. We wish you the best of luck with your new fitness venture and please keep an eye out for our pre and post pregnancy workout tips! Thanks for getting in touch, The Wellness Girls*

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