THE FINE PRINT
All clients must cancel 12 hours prior to the start of a class to avoid being charged a $10 late cancel/no-show fee. A late cancel is any cancellation (online, by phone, or app) that occurs less than 12 hours prior to the start of class. A no-show occurs if you do not cancel AND do not show up for your scheduled class. All late cancels and no-shows will be charged a $10 late fee. This includes switching classes under the 12-hour cancelation window. Please arrive a MINIMUM of 5 minutes (10 minutes if you are new) prior to class.
Terms of Service
Please read these Terms of Service ("Agreement", "Terms of Service" carefully before using www.sweatfitnessstudios.com ("the Site") operated by SWEAT Chicago, Inc ("us", "we", or "our"). This Agreement sets forth the legally binding terms and conditions for your use of the Site at www.sweatfitnessstudios.com. By accessing or using the Site in any manner, including, but not limited to, visiting or browsing the Site or contributing content or other materials to the Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service. You are only authorized to use the SWEAT Chicago, Inc services if you agree to abide by all applicable laws and to these Terms of Service. Read and save the Terms of Service, if you do not agree with it, leave the Site and discontinue use of SWEAT Chicago, Inc. Services immediately. If you wish to become a member or take a class, you must read the Terms of Service and indicate your acceptance during the time of signing up. Your acceptance will be done electronically upon registering for a class as well as upon your first visit in any SWEAT Chicago location.
In order to access features of the Site, you will have to create a SWEAT Chicago, Inc. account. You may not use another person's account. Each person is required to have their own individual accounts. Provide accurate and complete information for your SWEAT Chicago, Inc. account. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your SWEAT Chicago, Inc. account and are responsible for lost or stolen account passwords. It is your responsibility to secure your account password. You must notify SWEAT Chicago, Inc. immediately if your account has been stolen or if there is unauthorized use of your account.
Monthly Membership Cancellations
Monthly Unlimited Auto Pay is an auto-renewing account that will auto charge your account on the 1st of each month for 12 months, locking in your monthly rate for 12 consecutive months. A 3-month minimum is required. A written 30-day notice to cancel must be submitted to cancel and there are no cancellation fees after the 3-month requirement is met. Clients can freeze their account for a maximum total of 30 days in a 12 month period, with a 30-day written notice prior to the desired freeze period. Memberships CANNOT be cancelled if on a freeze. A $179 fee will be charged if this occurs. If your credit card declines or is removed before the 3mo commitment is met, SWEAT reserves the right to charge your SWEAT account $179 plus a $25 declined credit card fee. Your booking privileges will be suspended until the balance has been paid. Due to class sizes, there is a 12-hour cancellation prior to class; a $10 charge to your account will occur should you late cancel your class reservation or sign up and not show up for class.
Discounted rate of 10% off for students, military, and police/firefighters. Must show proof to receive discount. Discounts are taken/applied at front desk upon check out. Discounts cannot be combined.
SWEAT accepts all major forms of credit/debit cards including American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. SWEAT does not accept cash or checks.
Non-Refundable & Non-Transferable
All classes, packages, and monthly membership packages are non-transferable and non-refundable. No exceptions.
You agree that SWEAT Chicago, Inc is in no way responsible for the safekeeping of your personal belongings while you are present in our studios. You assume all risk of loss for any of your personal belongings. Please be aware that SWEAT uses cubbies for personal belongings that do not lock.
Must be 18 years of age. Cell phones are not permitted in the studio. Should you need to be notified, you may leave your phone with the desk staff and be notified accordingly. Please clean and put away all equipment at the end of your classes unless notified by your instructor. Treadmill safety: always bring it to a complete stop before stepping off, never jump on the moving treadmill, and never put anything including a piece of equipment on the treadmill. All shoes must be CLEAN and free of spikes, ensure you are wearing comfortable running or training shoes with laces securely tightened.
Limitation of Liability
By accepting your initial physical liability waiver either in person or electronically upon signing up for your first class and/or attending classes, events, activities, and other programs and using the SWEAT Chicago, Inc. studio facilities and equipment, you hereby acknowledge on behalf of yourself, your heirs, personal representatives and/or assigns, that there are certain inherent risks and dangers in the strenuous nature of the SWEAT Chicago, Inc. workout program. You acknowledge that you have voluntarily chosen to participate in a program of intense physical exercise. You acknowledge that SWEAT Chicago Inc. strongly recommends that you consult with your physician prior to commencing any class. You also acknowledge that some of these risks cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries. You further acknowledge that the specific risks vary from one activity to another, but range from (1) minor injuries such as scratches, bruises, and sprains; (2) major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, joint or back injuries, heart attacks, and concussions; and (3) catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death. At all times, you shall comply with all stated and customary terms, posted safety signs, rules, and verbal instructions given to you by trainers and staff. In consideration of being allowed to participate in and access the SWEAT Chicago, Inc. classes and studio facilities, you hereby (1) agree to assume full responsibility for any and all injuries or damage which are sustained or aggravated by you in relation to the SWEAT Chicago, Inc. classes and studio facilities, (2) release, indemnify, and hold harmless SWEAT Chicago, Inc., subsidiary affiliate entities and franchisees, and each of their respective members, employees and representatives and agents, and each of their respective successors and assigns and all others, from any and all responsibility, claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages, and liabilities to the fullest extent allowed by law arising out of or in any way related to participation in the SWEAT Chicago, Inc. classes or SWEAT Chicago, Inc. studio facilities, and (3) represent that you (a) have no medical or physical condition that would prevent you from properly using any of SWEAT Chicago, Inc.'s classes and studio facilities, (b) do not have a physical or mental condition that would put you in any physical or medical danger, and (c) have not been instructed by a physician to not participate in physical exercise. You acknowledge that if you have any chronic disabilities or conditions, you are at risk in participating in SWEAT Chicago, Inc. classes and use of studio facilities, and should not be participating in any classes.
Intellectual Property and Trademarks
The content on the SWEAT Chicago Inc. website, including without limitation, the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, interactive features and the like ("Content") and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein ("Marks"), are owned by or licensed to SWEAT Chicago Inc., subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under the law. Content on the website is provided to you as is for your information and personal use only and may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of the respective owners. SWEAT Chicago Inc. reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the website and the Content. You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information about the website or services, provided by you to Company are non-confidential and shall become the sole property of SWEAT Chicago Inc.. You agree to not engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the Content other than expressly permitted herein. You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the website or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the website or the Content therein. "SWEAT Chicago Inc.," "SWEAT," and the "dumbbell" icon and other graphics, logos, wordmarks, and designs are trademarks of SWEAT Chicago Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries for which applications are pending. SWEAT Chicago Inc.'s trademarks and trade dress may not be used, including as part of trademarks and/or as part of domain names, in connection with any product or service in any manner that is likely to cause confusion and may not be copied, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of SWEAT Chicago Inc.
The SWEAT Chicago, Inc. Services may include certain services that may be available via your mobile phone, including but not limited to (i) the ability to book and/or purchase SWEAT Chicago, Inc. via your mobile phone, (ii) the ability to receive and reply to SWEAT Chicago, Inc. messages, (iii) the ability to browse SWEAT Chicago, Inc. from your mobile phone and (iv) the ability to access certain SWEAT Chicago, Inc. features through a mobile application you have downloaded and installed on your mobile phone (collectively the "Mobile Services"). We do not charge for these Mobile Services. However, your carrier's normal messaging, data and other rates and fees will still apply. You should check with your carrier to find out what plans are available and how much they cost. In addition, downloading, installing, or using certain Mobile Services may be prohibited or restricted by your carrier, and not all Mobile Services may work with all carriers or devices. Therefore, you should check with your carrier to find out if the Mobile Services are available for your mobile devices, and what restrictions, if any, may be applicable to your use of such Mobile Services. By using the Mobile Services, you agree that we may communicate with you regarding SWEAT Chicago, Inc. and other entities by SMS, MMS, text message or other electronic means to your mobile device and that certain information about your usage of the Mobile Services may be communicated to us.
We may terminate your access to the Site, without cause or notice, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with you. All provisions of this Agreement that by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.
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Changes To This Agreement
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms of Service by posting the updated terms on the Site. Your continued use of the Site after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Service. We encourage you to review this Agreement periodically for changes. If you do not agree to any of this Agreement or any changes to this Agreement, do not use, access or continue to access the Site or discontinue any use of the Site immediately.
These Terms of Service shall remain in full force and effect while you use the SWEAT Chicago, Inc. Services or are a Member. You may terminate your membership at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on the "My Account" page or by contacting your local studio directly via phone or email. SWEAT Chicago, Inc. may terminate your membership at any time, without warning, if you breach these Terms of Service. Even after membership is terminated, these Terms of Service will remain in effect.
You acknowledge that SWEAT Chicago, Inc. charges fees for its services, and SWEAT Chicago, Inc. reserves the right to change its fees from time to time in its discretion. If SWEAT Chicago, Inc. terminates your membership because you have breached these Terms of Service, you may not be entitled to a refund of any unused portion of membership or other fees.
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Really though, what is a SWEAT class?
We know stepping out of your comfort zone is HARD, and to do it by walking into a new gym can be one of the most intimidating things. We know that stepping out of your comfort zone is HARD, and walking into a new gym can be one of the most intimidating experiences, especially when the word on the street is that our workouts are challenging! We are here to tell you (because we are real people going through the same challenge of being/staying fit) that it can be done. SWEAT classes are 60 minute high intensity training classes that combine strength training and cardiovascular training in a group fitness setting. Our program utilizes a wide variety of formats so it's never the same workout and our programming is designed to work different muscle groups each day. Our classes are mainly focused on strength training yet we inject treadmill, rower, and body weight work to get you shredded with cardio. Our trainers motivate you through each class showing you the movements and ensuring you rock it safely. We don't do olympic lifting but we have every piece of equipment to get you looking and feeling your best!
What is H.I.T.?
High Intensity Training (H.I.T.) is one of the best ways to shred body fat, sculpt lean muscle, and help you maintain it! H.I.T. is combining blasts of high energy sets with short rest breaks (let's be real we don't really rest at SWEAT!) through a series of different movements. At SWEAT, we've taken this popular concept and have improved it to ensure it's the BEST workout for you. We vary the format of each workout, each day. Some days you will work in intervals of :45 work/:15 rest, some days it's 10 minute intervals with :30 rest breaks, and so on depending on the day and the focus. You NEVER just run (because running for 30 minutes is boring, right?!) and we always stay moving to keep your heart rate up. Never done H.I.T. before? It's ok, while we admit it is intense, at SWEAT you do you. You will never be called out or even looked at if you stop for an extra second or two to catch your breath!
What are the benefits of H.I.T.?
You will burn more calories than you average cardio class or run, twice as many to be exact (keep in mind it varies based on the weights you lift and your intensity level). You'll shed body fat, tone and define your muscles, and improve your overall endurance. Some other awesome benefits - look and feel better, sleep deeper and longer, and continue to burn calories for hours after classes keeping you energized throughout your day!
When you say strength training, what do you mean?
When we say we utilize strength training, we mean it. In your SWEAT classes you will use dumbbells, kettles, bars, and more to build lean muscle. You choose your weights in any movement we do. If you want to get ripped and build bigger biceps (DUDES), you grab the big boy weights.
Am I going to get HUGE?
That depends on how you define huge! If you are pounding three protein shakes a day and lifting the heaviest weights we have...yes, yes you will. But girls, no girl has ever gotten bulky from taking SWEAT classes. Guys, if a trainer comes up to you and gives you heavier weights...just lift them.
Why do some of your days list specific muscle groups?
Our programming is designed to focus on each muscle group and each portion of an overall fitness program by the week. We do this so you can choose which day of the week you want to come based of what your goals are. Our weekly schedule is:
Monday - Arms & Core
Tuesday - Total Body Tabata
Wednesday - Butt & Legs
Thursday - Total Body Strength Circuit
Friday - Cardio & Core
Saturday - Total Body
Sunday - Total Body Strength
For best results, come 3-5 days a week ensuring you hit each major focus day (M/W/F).
What should I expect at my first class?
Your first class is special and we will be energized to have you join us! We know it can be intimidating which is why our trainers and staff will be there to guide you to complete your classes with us! Expect to be greeted and checked in at our front desk. Our staff will guide you to the changing rooms, show you where towels and water are, and introduce you to your trainer! Our trainers will take you through SWEAT 101 and tell you what equipment you need and where to go!
What do I do when I get there?
When you get in the studio, check in at our self check in iPads and get ready in the changing rooms if needed. We will know you are new but introduce yourself and let us know how excited you are to get sweaty! Our changing rooms and studios are equipped with cubbies for your things, including some in the studio! Once you've settled in head to the studio and meet your trainer. Our trainers will guide you to what you need and where to go. Be sure to inform the staff of any injuries you have and if you need any modifications BEFORE the class begins. When the class begins your trainer will take your class through the workout structure and show you the movement techniques of each movement you'll do in class. They will guide you through a warm up before amping up the music and getting you SUPER sweaty! Are you ready?
Is there a beginners class?
There is not a class designed for beginners as each of class can be scaled and modified to fit your fitness level no matter what your background in fitness is.
What should I bring?
Bring running or training shoes along with athletic gear. We suggest bringing water but also have it for sale in the studio. Other than that, just bring your "I'm ready to whoop a$$" attitude!
Can I exercise while pregnant?
Yes, of course! And we encourage you to exercise while you are pregnant...as long as you don't have any contraindications for working out and you have your doctor's approval. Exercising while you are pregnant can help you maintain a healthy pregnancy weight, have an easier labor/delivery AND help you recover faster. The best part about SWEAT is that we can modify every part of the workout to YOUR exercise needs and intensity. So, just because you are pregnant, doesn't mean you need to avoid the high intensity exercise classes at SWEAT.
Things to avoid in class:
-Twisting movements and oblique crunches
-Movements where you are on your back for longer than a few minutes
-Exercises where your arms remain over your head. ie. Overhead Squats/Overhead Lunges
-Same as 2nd Trimester
-Down Dog Position (this can cause the baby to flip)
Most importantly, you should not do anything you are uncomfortable doing. Whether that means it feels uncomfortable or you are nervous doing the exercise.
You must cancel your reservations 12 hours in advance. If you cancel late or no show you will be charged $10 and lose your class. There are no exceptions to this policy. If you know you are canceling late or cannot attend please release your reservation online (or the app) to those on the waitlist. This policy includes switching class times after the 12 hours has passed.
What if I'm late to class?
If you know you are running late you MUST call your studio to inform them. If you do not call we will hold your space up to 2 minutes before class begins before we release your spot to those waiting to get in. Again, no exceptions. We close the studio doors 10 minutes after class starts. If you arrive 10 minutes past the start of class, entry will be prohibited.
Cell Phone Policy
No cell phones in the studio. You may leave them in your cubbie or locker.
show your trainers Respect
While the trainer is talking and showing the class the movements and workout structure it is important you listen and don't talk or cause disruptions to the class. If you miss this you will not know what's going on in class.
There may be times when you are in circuits and may use equipment when someone is not using it. Please be respectful and wipe equipment off if you leave it covered in sweat.
What do i eat Before Class?
Eat something that gives you energy 30-60 minutes before class. Avoid a large meal before a class. We sell energy bars and drinks for pre-workout consumption.
what do i eat After Class?
Load up on protein and water after class, immediately! Protein is going to help you tone and define your muscles and water will help ease the soreness we promise you'll be feeling tomorrow! We sell both water and protein, along with healthy shakes to help your post-workout needs.
Yes, as long as you can walk and wave at us, we can get you sweaty. If you have an injury you should always consult with your doctor prior to engaging in any physical activity, especially SWEAT. Be sure to inform us of your injury and we will make modifications as needed.
how often should i workout?
Our members will say coming 5 days a week will get you in the best shape you've ever been. We recommend doing SWEAT classes 3-5 days a week. The first few weeks will be challenging but your body will both 1) begin building muscle memory and 2) reward you. Remember, it never gets easier you just get better.