What is the CSE challenge?
Each season, we host a free 7-week community-based health & fitness challenge. You can join when you download the CSE+ app! You’ll get mouthwatering recipes, fat-burning workouts to use for seven full weeks, and more! Plus, you’ll go through the challenge with thousands of other members of our community.
What’s in it for me?
"CSE has helped me completely shift my mindset, so that I am focusing on eating to fuel my body and to slowly, consistently work towards my goals, rather than impatiently trying to reach a certain goal weight and then giving up because it gets too hard."
At the end of seven weeks, we announce our winners! Past grand prize winners have received a trip to Hawaii, $2,500 in cash, or even a trip to Disney!
How do I sign up?Download the CSE App Now
Download the CSE+ App for iPhone or Android, or make sure your app is up to date (a paid app subscription is not required to participate in the CSE Challenge). The free signup will open about a week before the challenge starts. To enter, fill out the simple form inside the app and take “before” pictures using the camera inside the app. You’ll also need to upload your starting pictures for “Beyond the Challenge” if you plan to enter that.
1 Sign Up for Free in the CSE+ App
2 Take Your Before Pictures
3 Get Ready to Rock the Challenge!
When does the next challenge start?
The CSE Challenge is happening right now!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the CSE Challenge?
Each season, we host a free 7-week community-based health & fitness challenge. The CSE Challenge is free to join, and participants follow our meal plans as we work together and motivate each other to reach our goals. At the end of the 7-week challenge, we choose winners based on “biggest overall transformation” during the seven weeks, with separate winners for “Beyond the Challenge” (BTC). We also run fun mini challenges on social media each week with awesome prizes!
What is the cost to join the Challenge?
The CSE Challenge is absolutely free. All you need to do is download the FREE CSE+ app, where you will register and take “before” and “after” photos. You will need to have at least one CSE meal plan (we recommend the current season!) or CSE+ premium app subscription to follow along with the recipes.
What is the "Beyond the Challenge" and how do you choose a winner?
This extra challenge is for those members of the CSE Squad who’ve been around for a while and have participated in two or more challenges. Your transformation photos and testimonials submitted must span at least 2 full challenges and could encompass several years. We’ll pick winners to also take home the grand prize, and participants are welcome to enter both the 7 week and BTC categories!
What are the prizes?
We will announce the grand prize for each challenge shortly before it starts. Grand prizes frequently include vacations (Hawaii and Disney World are our faves!), cash, and/or free protein every month for a year! We always have at least four Grand Prize winners total (typically a male and female winner for both the 7-week and BTC). Some prizes we’ve awarded for our weekly mini challenges on social media and JJ’s fitness challenges include CSE gift cards, product bundles, fitness gear, cash for groceries, app subscriptions, and more! Everyone is welcome to participate in the mini challenges, regardless of whether you have entered the CSE Challenge.
Do I have to have a public Instagram account to participate?
A public account is not required, but if you want to enter some of the weekly mini challenges, you will sometimes need a public account so that we can see your entries. Many challengers choose to set up a separate account just for their CSE posts.
How do I sign up?
Download the CSE+ App for iPhone or Android, or make sure your app is up to date (a paid app subscription is not required to participate in the Challenge). The free signup will open about a week before the challenge starts. To enter, fill out the simple form inside the app and take “before” pictures using the camera inside the app. You’ll also need to upload your starting pictures for “Beyond the Challenge” if you plan to enter that.
When does the next challenge start?
Be sure to follow us on Instagram and sign up for text or email messages to be kept in-the-know on upcoming CSE Challenge dates!
How do you choose winners?
Winners for both the 7-week challenge and Beyond the Challenge are chosen by the Clean Simple Eats team based on overall transformation. Be sure to take the opportunity to tell us how your life and health were changed by participating in the challenge! There is no requirement to submit a food or exercise diary.
Where do I submit my before and after pictures?
You will take all pictures for the challenge (with the possible exception of starting BTC pics) inside the app. Be sure to take front, side, and back, following the instructions inside the app. We strongly encourage you to download the photos to your phone after you take them.
What do I need to wear in my photos?
There are no rules for clothing in your photos; a bikini or sports bra is not required. You should try to wear the same thing in both the Before and After photos.
Is my information shared publicly?
No information or photos submitted will be shared publicly without your consent. Typically, our challengers are so excited about their progress at the end of the challenge that they are proud to share their before/after images and transformation stories. You will have the opportunity to grant/deny consent to share your images and story publicly at the end of the challenge.
Do I have to do the workouts in the CSE Meal Plans?
This is optional! We include seven weeks of two different types of workouts inside each meal plan: bodyweight and advanced. (All of these are also included with a subscription to our app.) We also do a live Workout Wednesday on Instagram each week during the challenge. You are welcome to use our CSE workouts, or do whatever exercise works best for you! We have even had challengers focus solely on food and not work out at all.
Can I enter the challenge if I don't have the CSE+ app?
All challengers will need to have the CSE+ app installed on their own device. If you're having issues signing up for the CSE Challenge via our CSE+ app, please make sure you have downloaded the most recent version. Email email@example.com for assistance, answers to your questions, or to provide suggestions or feedback on the app. If you have more general questions about the challenge, email firstname.lastname@example.org.