A new dating app designed exclusively for members of the fitness community has launched across the US this week.
SWEATT was created by Dan Ilani, who was inspired by the belief that the most successful dates and relationships begin with “strong, motivated and confident” people.
The app is not designed to cater exclusively for athletes and the physically elite, but simply helps to connect people who are committed to leading a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Speaking about why he decided to create the app, Ilani said: “Fitness is so much more than the time we spend working out. Our commitment to fitness dictates so many of the choices we make on a daily basis.
“Chances of compatibility are heightened when you choose to date people with shared interests, lifestyles and mindsets.
“People have developed this love/hate relationship with dating apps because while they are a great platform to connect, they are also filled with people who aren’t serious and just aren’t good matches.
“Instead of making life easier, they often feel like they create more disappointment. SWEATT solves that problem by bringing together a community of like-minded people.”
Like most dating apps, individuals are required to sign up using Facebook, which allows the app to authenticate their profiles.
They must then answer a few onboarding questions, which are used by the app to generate matches suitable to each of its user’s particular interests.
SWEATT allows users to upload photos from Facebook, Instagram, photo reel and their camera, and lets them specify their preferred geographical distance, age range and sexual preferences.
The app does not adopt the Tinder-style swipe left or right functionality, however, but lets users scroll through full-screen photos and information of others using various pull tabs.
Once two users are matched, they are notified that someone ‘SWEATTS’ them, and are taken to an Instagram-style feed that displays all of their matches.
All SWEATT matches expire after 21 days of inactivity, which according to the app, keeps “engagement relevant and interesting and encourage a community of active users.”
Ilani added: “We designed SWEATT to make connections happen faster and make sure people aren’t missing out on someone great because they got buried in their match list. At the end of the day, our users don’t want 1000 matches, they want a partner.”