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It’s all in the name: creative step challenge names

blog author
Aubrey
Nov 8, 2021

Sometimes coming up with a name is the hardest part of creating a step challenge.

Picture this: You’ve planned your step challenge dates, you know the challenge modes you want to run, and you’ve even thought through the content you want to post in your challenge. You’re all ready to create your challenge except for one small detail: your step challenge still needs a name!

Here at MoveSpring, we aim to make the challenge admin’s life as simple as possible. Our Admin Center is a user-friendly way to manage your client account. Our Help Center provides tons of great resources and tips for guidance. Also, we’ve got the best support team (okay we may be biased) that can step in when more help is needed.

In addition to all of these resources, we continue to look for new ways to help you, as an admin, create a successful and engaging step challenge. We recently received a request for challenge name inspiration; your wish, our command. We’ve got you covered with some great challenge names that will knock your users’ socks off!

Follow our definitive guide for creative challenge names

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Tip Number 1: Use Alliteration

Alliteration can be an easy way to make a challenge name more fun! For instance, Get Moving with MoveSpring, Stridekick Super Streak, Walgreens Walk-a-thon, or Journey with Jewel are just a few examples. Try using fun, action words like race or zoom and combining them with your organization name or the dates of your challenge to find something that works for your group.

Tip Number 2: Draw Inspiration from Your Organization

Draw inspiration from your organization. For instance, if your organization is an animal hospital, have fun with some animal-themed names.

  • Take a Walk on the Wild Side
  • Get Meow-ving with MoveSpring
  • Purr-fect Pacers
  • The Doggy-Dash
  • Paw Patrol
  • Puppy Marchers
  • The Funny Bones
  • Dawg Pound

Tip Number 3: Think about the Time of Year

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There are lots of ways you can use the time of year to name your challenge. We’ve come up with this list to start you off, but feel free to get creative with a particular season or month to inspire your challenge name.

January Challenge Names

  • Step into the New Year
  • January Journey
  • January Jammin’
  • January Jostle
  • Press Pause on Your Pint (Dry January)

February Challenge Names

  • Cupid Shuffle
  • February Fitness
  • Fit Fab Feb
  • Get Fit for Feb

March Challenge Names

  • March to Fitness
  • March Madness
  • Strides of March
  • Spring Sprint
  • Step into Spring
  • Spring Forward
  • Shamrock Shuffle

April Challenge Names

  • Adventure through April
  • Active April
  • April Acceleration

May Challenge Names

  • May Muscle Hustle
  • May-rathon
  • Movin’ May

June Challenge Names

  • Jump Start June
  • Summer Stepping
  • Sand-Sational
  • Summer Strides

July Challenge Names

  • Jump into July
  • Jog into July
  • Just Do It July
  • Summer Shuffle

August Challenge Names

  • Athletic August
  • Walking on Sunshine
  • Summer Days
  • A Slice of Summer

September Challenge Names

  • STEPtember
  • September Steps
  • September Strides
  • Falling into Fitness

October Challenge Names

  • WALKtober
  • Halloween Hustle
  • Skele-fun Run

November Challenge Names

  • Turkey Trot
  • Fall into Fitness
  • MOVEvember

December Challenge Names

  • The Reindeer Games
  • Holiday Hustle
  • Winter Winners
  • December Dash

Tip Number 4: Let your Challenge Mode Inspire Your Name

If you know what challenge mode you want to use, you can use that particular mode to inspire your challenge. For example, if you know you want to use a leaderboard mode, you can name your challenge Follow the Leaderboard or Race to the Top (of the Leaderboard). For a Virtual Race, you could name your challenge Trot Across the Globe or Journey through January. For a Stick to It challenge, try Daily Dash or for a weekend-long streak challenge, use It’s the Streaking Weekend.

Tip Number 5: Stay on Theme

Remember that your goal for this challenge is to get people moving, so use that to your advantage when naming your challenge. You can keep your challenge name on theme by incorporating action-oriented words like step, sprint, move, stride, or walk into your challenge name. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • One Step at a Time
  • One Step Ahead
  • One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for (Your Company)
  • Let’s Get Moving with (Your Company)
  • Sprint for Success with (Your Company)
  • Diving into Wellness with (Your Company)
  • Walk for Wellness
  • Walking towards a Healthier Lifestyle

Tip Number 6: Use Running Team Names for Inspiration

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Another great way to come up with a fun challenge name is to do a quick search for “running team names.” You’ll find some great options there, including We're Making Great Strides, Legs Miserables, Cirque Du Sore Legs, Scrambled Legs, Not Fast But Furious, and Easier Said Than Run. If you don’t end up using these challenge names, you can also use them for naming teams in a Team Leaderboard challenge!

Tip Number 7: Let Our Challenge and Team Names Inspire Yours

At MoveSpring, we’re always coming up with new team names for our own company challenges! Take a look at some of our most recent team names below for ideas for your next challenge.

March into wellness this spring with team names that are sure to grow on you:

  • Spring Forces
  • Cherry Blossoms
  • Working Bees
  • Crazy Daisies

Make a big splash this summer with these cool team names:

  • Tropic Like it’s Hot
  • Hot Shots
  • Seaside Treasures
  • HydroHomies

Here are some Halloween-themed team names that are truly bewitching:

  • We're Horror-ble
  • Scream Team
  • Squad Ghouls
  • Toil & Trouble
  • Hotel Fit-sylvania
  • Cereal Killers
  • The Boo Crew
  • Monsters Inc.

Keep the fun going this November with these Thanksgiving-themed team names:

  • The Galloped Potatoes
  • Can't Stop This Gravy Train
  • Green Bean Casserole Machine
  • Will Run For Pumpkin
  • The Gravy Gang
  • The Angry Birds
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turkeys
  • Gobble Gobble, Run and Wobble

This December, keep things festive with some Holiday-themed team names:

  • Jingle Joggers
  • Tinsel Toes
  • Little Saint Quick
  • Run Run Reindeer
  • The Slay Bells
  • Polar Express
  • Silent Knights
  • Candy Canes
  • The Nice List
  • The Naughty List
  • Santas Little Helpers
  • Santas Little Trotters

Tip Number 8: Set Your Challenge Up For Success

Last but not least, remember that your challenge isn’t successful on it’s name alone! It’s most important to create a challenge that’s engaging for your users and inspires them to get moving. Taking the time to craft a challenge that will encourage participation and some friendly competition along the way will ultimately bring the greatest reward.

To learn more about creating a successful and engaging challenge, check out our MoveSpring Playbook for visual, step-by-step guidance and tactical ideas for your challenge from our team of experts and this blog post for tips on engagement in your challenge.

Special Edition: Remote Working and COVID-19 Themed Step Challenge Names

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Challenge Names

  • Brighten your mood with gratitude!
  • Let’s stick together–yeah, yeah, yeah!
  • Hibernation Health Nuts
  • Digital Nomads: Work around the globe!
  • We’re all in this together!
  • United We Step
  • Walking on Sunshine & Sanitizer
  • Between a walk and a hard pace
  • Stepping from a Distance
  • Happy & Healthy Together
  • Keepin' it together, from afar
  • Stepping for a better tomorrow
  • Can't catch us!
  • Social Distancing, but Stepping Together

Team Names 

  • Netflix and Chill
  • Book Clubbers
  • Movie Buffs
  • Lego Masters
  • Yogi Bears
  • Personal Chefs
  • Master Crafters
  • Masked Steppers
  • Sanitary Steppers
  • Pandemic Pros
  • Vivacious not Infectious
  • Wiping Away Competition
  • Can't Contain These Steps
  • Going the Social Distance
  • Corona Crushers
  • Quarantine Quilters
  • Confined Cardio Queens

Check out our list of remote working and COVID-friendly employee health challenges here.

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