The new Sweat Score™ rating available on the Sprint 8 program is helping exercise enthusiasts everywhere work out in more efficient ways. That’s because Sweat Score measures what really counts when it comes to exercise — not how far, fast or long you can go, but what kind of effort you’re putting in. When you put maximum effort into each sprint, you’ll reach human growth hormone release benchmarks, helping you naturally build muscle and burn fat in a way fad workouts can’t.

Sweat Score rating is more than another catchy new phrase to add to your fitness vocabulary; it’s a numeric indication of effort that is scientifically validated and applicable across different modalities like treadmills, stationary cycles, ellipticals and more. The rating is based on joules, a quantifiable measure of the amount of energy being generated by a given action. This is ideal for Sprint 8 because it tells you exactly how much energy is being generated by each sprint. Using your Sweat Score rating can help you maintain a high level of exertion throughout your workout by making it easy to compare performance between sprints.

Your Sprint 8 Sweat Score rating can also help you clearly track progress, whether you’re a deconditioned user trying to get back in shape or an elite athlete striving for peak physical performance. Simply put, if your Sweat Score rating increases over time, it is a good indication that your body is getting stronger. Even more importantly, sprints that maintain a high Sweat Score rating release a natural human growth hormone in your body, helping you burn more fat and build more muscle than traditional cardio exercise. So, if you stick with Sprint 8 workouts for a full eight weeks, you’ll see more than your Sweat Score rating improve —the way you look and feel will improve as well.

Another reason Sweat Score rating is so effective at tracking effort is that it doesn’t leave anything out of the equation. In addition to traditional metrics like how far you go and how long you exercise, Sweat Score factors in your speed, weight, resistance changes and even incline changes (on treadmills and Ascents) to put together a true account of your effort. This means that your Sweat Score rating is unique to you, so that you’re always competing against yourself and trying to be better than who you were the day before.

Yet another reason that charting your Sweat Score rating will help you achieve the results you’re looking for is that it provides immediate feedback. When you’re doing a Sprint 8 workout on a Matrix cardio platform with a touchscreen console interface, you’ll see your Sweat Score for each individual interval, your top Sweat Score from the workout and your average Sweat Score, all of which are important to your overall progress. By keeping tabs on your rating for each interval, you can make sure that you’re maintaining consistent effort and never giving less than your best. Remembering your top Sweat Score for each modality will give you a target to aim for every time you work out, and something to celebrate every time you outdo yourself. However, your average Sweat Score rating is the key, because it is the truest gauge of your overall progress. If you give maximum effort for each Sprint 8 workout over the full eight weeks, you’ll see a change in your Sweat Score that’s directly related to the improvement in your cardiovascular health and the way you look and feel.

Perhaps the most important two things to remember is to challenge yourself every time you take on Sprint 8 and celebrate your success when your Sweat Score improves. You’ve stepped up to a workout that requires all of your effort, and though it won’t be easy, it will be worth it. By accurately tracking your Sweat Score rating, you’ll prove to yourself that you’re giving your all, and holding yourself accountable leads to better results than any competition or fad workout. If you’re ready to get results you can see in the mirror, try Sprint 8 and start tracking your Sweat Score rating today.

Phil Campbell

“Sprint 8 is a tried and true workout that can rapidly and radically change your body for the better. It’s simple. It’s effective. And you’re going to love what it does to your body.”