Meet Perch, the new weight room staple that’s becoming a game-changer in the SEC and beyond

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Perch Install at the University of Georgia Football

"It just gives us the chance to give athletes autonomy. They come in the weight room and doing it their own. It's amazing how quick they pick up on the technology."

Perch Install at UPenn

"Penn in the Ivy League is the intersection of Peak performance and Peak academic stressors, we need a solution for stressors they receive in both of those environments. Perch allows us to do that by providing data-driven solutions."

Perch Install at UNC Football

"The ability to track guys instantaneously and to analyze their movement patterns through technology in the weight room has been fantastic."

Perch Install at University of Maryland Football

"The equipment, the technology, the Perch and the velocity-based training, I think it's been the single biggest influence on our program. It's given a whole new dynamic to our training because it's a new level of focus for our athletes."

Perch Install at McHenry High School

"What I loved about it there was no tether to have the camera be mounted in the rack where I can focus on the athlete and coaching. It's very user-friendly and so their ability to engage and get feedback has been phenomenal."

Perch Install at Kansas State

"Working with Perch has been a breath of fresh air, from day one, they provided us with Gold Standard customer service."

Perch Install at Hebron Christian Academy

"It's relatively seamless for the athletes. At the same time, I get really accurate objective data. I can literally take models of training and produce evidence that those models of training do or don't work."

Perch Install at Wake Forest University

"The team's been awesome. Got everything installed, all our guys were able to get around them, ask questions, get right into it and hit the ground running day one."

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Scott Sinclair

University of Georgia

Head of Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Cory Walts

University of Pennsylvania

Director of Strength & Conditioning

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Brian Hess

University of North Carolina

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach — Football

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Ryan Davis

University of Maryland

Director Strength & Conditioning — UMD Football

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John Beerbower

McHenry High School

Director Strength & Conditioning

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Trumain Carroll

Kansas State University

Director Strength & Conditioning

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Spencer Arnold

Hebron Christian Academy

Director Strength & Conditioning

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Chad Bari

Wake Forest University

Director of Football Sports Performance


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The Essential Role of Non-Invasive Weight Room Technology

The Essential Role of Non-Invasive Weight Room Technology

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Strength Training Load Progression and Velocity-Based Training

Strength Training Load Progression and Velocity-Based Training

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Unveiling the Power of Load Velocity Profiling: A Coach's Guide to Athlete Optimization

Learn more about the power of load velocity profiling and how to optimize athlete performance

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The Importance of Pre-Workout Evaluation and Jump Assessments: Unlocking Athletic Potential

Learn about the importance of evaluation and jump assessments pre-workout to unlock athletic potential

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Learn more about a new product from Perch: Perch EVALUATE, used to assess athlete readiness and fatigue, and track progress at the weight rack.

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Perch PLAN

Learn about a new product from Perch, Perch PLAN, our new programming tool built for the weight room

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Creating an Optimal Performance Monitoring Plan for Coaches: A Guide to Maximizing Athletic Potential

Learn more about creating an optimal performance monitoring plan for coaches to help athletes maximize their athletic potential

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Key Metrics to Monitor in the Weight Room for Performance Tracking

Learn about the Key Metrics to Monitor in the Weight Room for Performance Tracking

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Unlocking Strength Training Technology

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NBA Teams Are Using Perch’s AI-Powered Technology to Gain an Edge On and Off the Court

Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic are the first teams in the league leveraging the trending weight training platform to help with player motivation, safety, and performance.

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Understanding Velocity Ranges and Zones

Learn more about the velocity zones, simplified velocity zones, and how and when to use zones for specific traits and adaptations.

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This AI is Taking Over the Sports World

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NBA Teams Embrace AI Weightlifting Tech From Perch

NBA teams are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to get an extra competitive advantage. The Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic are among the first teams to leverage Perch, a cutting-edge AI-powered weight training platform.

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NBA's Nets, Pistons, Heat and Magic using Perch's AI-powered weight training platform

The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons this month became the latest professional sports teams to deploy Perch’s AI-enabled weight training system in their facilities. They add to a growing list of clients that includes more than one-third of NFL franchises, MLS teams and more.

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The Role of Power and Work Metrics in Optimizing Weight Room Performance

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Meet the BostInno 2023 Fire Awards Honorees

They may work out of a Cambridge office, but Perch is working on the field, pitch, and court. A growing number of teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, and NCAA use Perch’s AI-backed weight training platform to monitor player movements during exercises and enhance their motivation, safety, and performance.

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Perch Revolutionizing the Way MLS Teams Train in Weight Room

With numerous new MLS clients across a growing number of professional teams, Perch weight room performance technology is revolutionizing the way teams train with objective data points, gamification, and motivation rep to rep in the weight room.

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U of L men’s basketball has been utilizing an AI-backed weight training platform this offseason

U of L men’s basketball has been utilizing an AI-backed weight training platform this offseason. The next time Louisville men’s basketball takes the court, how they fare will, in large part, depend on the play of their revamped roster. But their success also hinges on a new AI-backed weight training platform.

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The Science Behind Weight Room Performance Assessments

There is a lot of science behind weight room performance assessments, what types of assessments are beneficial, why the assessments are important, and what they tell us about athlete performance and health. Read here for more!

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Revisiting the Basics of VBT

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Burning Questions with New England Based Innovators: Perch’s Founder, Jacob Rothman

Jacob Rothman and his co-founder created Perch, a company with the goal of making the world a stronger place. Perch enables athletes and coaches to effortlessly quantify weight room performance through a camera enabled device and software. This provides groundbreaking insights to their clientele through the use of AI in their tech stack.

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Autoregulation and Velocity Based Training

One of the most helpful parts of VBT is that coaches and athletes can autoregulate using velocity based training, learn more in this blog post!

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Product Updates Mid-Year 2023

perch product updates for the mid-year of 2023 from quarter 1 and quarter 2

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The Importance of Load Velocity Profiles

Load velocity profiles are important to track progress and use VBT or velocity based training effectively. Learn more in this blog post!

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The Future of Sports: Jacob Rothman of Perch On The New Emerging Technologies That Are Disrupting The World Of Sports

Asa part of this interview, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jacob Rothman, co-founder of Perch. Jacob Rothman was an MIT varsity athlete when he herniated a disc in his back during a routine workout. While recovering from his injury, he started to brainstorm ideas for a device that could help athletes better quantify workouts in the weight room

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Perch Weight Room Technology Launches Rack Integration with Life Fitness and PLAE

Perch – the first and only piece of weight room technology built for athletes and coaches – has announced a weight rack integration launch with Life Fitness and PLAE, giving users of the equipment an opportunity to elevate their weight room experience by quantifying performance with velocity-based training.

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The Benefits of VBT

VBT or velocity based training can get complicated, so we wanted to keep the benefits simple in this blog post!

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How college football's national champion Georgia Bulldogs are leveraging Perch's 3D camera in the weight room

One of the most prevalent uses of AI in fitness is for form correction, and Perch combines a 3D camera with machine learning to capture complex movements. University of Georgia Football has been using Perch for a few years now, see the impact it has had on their program

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The Evolution of Strength Training

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Technology for Athletic Performance

The introduction of technology for athletic performance has been incredibly helpful to improve health, wellness, and performance for all athletes.

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Perch Announces Investment Partnership with Miami Dolphins CB Byron Jones

Perch – an MIT-developed, Al-backed weight training platform that is helping a growing number of professional and collegiate athletic programs improve overall performance in the weight room and on the field – recently announced Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones as an investor.

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Jacob Rothman revolutionizing sports industry with Perch

The journey through life offers many twists and turns. For 2016 MIT graduate Jacob Rothman, his journey has helped him become a revolutionary in the sports and tech world. Rothman first fell in love with sports, specifically baseball, in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was one of the most popular sports where he grew up.

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AI-Powered Weight Training Product Perch Announces Record Year in 2022 of New Customer Onboarding, Product Adoption

The AI-powered weight training product Perch claims it had a record performance in 2022 after gaining traction with players and coaches across college and professional sports leagues.

Perch Raises $4 Million Funding Round

Perch, an MIT-developed technology that is helping a growing number of professional and collegiate athletic programs improve overall performance in the weight room and on the field, today announced the raise of a $4 million financing round. This brings the total amount raised by the company to $6 million since the company’s founding in 2017.

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Perch Raises $4m For 3d Strength Tracking

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Train Smarter With This Cambridge Startup’s Weight Room Tech

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Weightlifting Camera And Data Company Perch Raises $4 Million Funding Round With Miami Dolphins’ Bryon Jones Among New Investors

Weightlifting camera and data company Perch has raised a new $4 million funding round that includes investment from Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones. Perch makes a 3D camera that straps to weight racks to track an athlete’s movements as they lift, including calculating sets, reps, velocity, and power output via Perch’s connected app.

Perch Is Changing The Game Of Velocity-based Training

Dubbed as an “invaluable addition” to their training program by the Orlando Magic, weight training platform Perch has pulled in a number of new users in NFL and NCAA football and basketball teams. Among those teams include the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baylor Bears (Men’s Basketball), and North Carolina Tar Heels.

Tracking Fatigue With VBT

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Tech entrepreneurs are disrupting the fitness industry in a number of ways. One of the most prominent is the production of devices that can measure steps and other vitals. But these are often geared more toward cardio exercises. Now, Perch offers something similar for strength training exercises. Read about this new innovation in this week’s...

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Using VBT To Predict 1RM

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Developing Power

Power is arguably the best single measure of an athlete’s overall performance. Learn about developing power optimally using VBT here!

Training Like The Pros: Glenbrook South Using Mit-developed Tech

Glenbrook South is one of a few high schools in the country utilizing equipment adopted by the NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, NBA and NCAA. The GBS athletic program installed some new state-of-the-art technology in the weight room last summer. With a fall sports season about to conclude, Perch has been paying off.

Eccentric Training

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Paralysis by Analysis

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To Protect And Progress: Glenbrook South Student-athletes Lifting Faster, Smarter, Thanks To New Weight Room Tech

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Velocity Drop and VBT

Using velocity drop to program optimal loads and volumes for specific training adaptations can help athletes improve safely and efficiently!

Exclusive: Saints Install Perch’s 3D Camera Technology

The New Orleans Saints have become the latest client for the 3D camera technology in their workout facility. The technology helped to propel LSU to their 2019 National Championship. Perch co-founder Jacob Rothman recently met with the New Orleans Saints and head strength and conditioning coach Dan Dalrymple. Perch installed their 3D camera...

How the Saints are using 3D cameras and motion tracking in the weight room to gain an edge

The New Orleans Saints are not necessarily trying to make bionic men, but they are feeling around on technology’s leading edge to help their players uncover their peak form in the weight room. So, roll with Saints longtime strength and conditioning coach Dan Dalrymple as he puts on his best cinematic voice. “We have,” he said with a dramatic...

Terps Install 3D Cameras On Weight Racks To Assure Safe Lifting

The University of Maryland Terrapins football team installed 3D cameras on its weight racks this month to help student-athletes lift safely. The cameras track their movements and help the players achieve proper form. This could reduce the risk of lifting injuries. The technology, called Perch, was developed by a former varsity athlete at the...

How Muscles Grow and VBT

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LSU Football Trainer Jack Marucci Transitioning to Director of Performance Innovation

LSU is in the market for another key position on its staff. On Wednesday the program announced that longtime Director of Athletic Training Jack Marucci, would be transitioning to a new role within the athletic department. Marucci will take over as Director of Performance Innovation for the program, where his primary focus will be to hone in on...

Meet Perch, the new weight room staple that’s becoming a game-changer in the SEC and beyond

Jacob Rothman wasn’t a massive college football fan. He was just your standard MIT graduate/ex-college baseball player who wanted to change the way people lifted weights. But when longtime LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt made the Tigers the first collegiate or professional sports team to roll the dice on Rothman’s new...

Perch Weight Room Tech Added to More NFL, College Football Facilities

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, Ole Miss Rebels and Georgia Bulldogs are the newest professional and college football teams to equip their exercise facilities with Perch, an AI-backed weight training platform that tracks performance during workouts. Those teams join the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and LSU Tigers...

Weight Room Technology Boosts Sports Performance

In weight rooms across the country, top-flight sports teams are generating data from student-athletes beyond just how much weight is on the bar and how many times they can lift it. "Right now, you go to the weight room and you lift weights, the information you have access to is your sets, your reps and how much weight you moved," says...

MIT spinoff brings artificial intelligence to the weight room

In January, 2019, a Cambridge startup called Perch sold the Louisiana State University football team on a new weight training system that uses video cameras and artificial intelligence software to boost athletic performance. One year later, the Tigers won the national championship of college football.

Pro And College Teams Use New Workout Device That Enables ‘Smart’ Weight Racks

Jacob Rothman, a first and third baseman at MIT, herniated a disc in his back while doing a warm-up set of squats during the summer after his freshman year. Though that helped end his baseball career, it helped launch a new technology. He and two fellow MIT students started working on Perch in 2016. With Rothman’s own physical therapy and...

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Enhance a Competitive Atmosphere

How can athletes return to play safely? Learn how athletes can return to a safe and competitive atmosphere with weight room tech and VBT.

Increase Frequency of Training

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Lifting Heavy Weights, Safely

Lifting heavy is necessary, so how do you lift heavy weights safely while developing strength? Learn about safe lifting with VBT.

LSU Football Strength Coach Tommy Moffitt Recaps First Week of Workouts, How Technology Has Helped in Return

Technology like Perch allows coaches and athletes to determine the speed of movement in real time and adjust the weight or exercise accordingly. "Using the velocity-based system we have, Perch, we knew all of the sets and all of the reps and all of the velocities the guys were doing before we left."

Return to Baseline Tests

How can we track long-term athlete progress? See how VBT baseline tests and athlete profiles can help you better understand your athletes.

Velocity Based Training Research Review 5

Join Perch for a velocity based training research review. We will dig into some of the best and most recent VBT research articles!

Precisely Prescribing the Intensity of a Workout

Prescribing the intensity of a workout has never been easier with VBT. Find out how coaches can return athletes to play without the guesswork.

An Inside Look at the Technology That Will Help LSU Football Return to Peak Physical Condition

Discovering a baseline for each athlete—whether it's an incoming freshman or a returning player—is just another way in which the Perch technology will help LSU in the coming weeks as it attempts to get its players back in shape. What Perch allows is for strength coaches like Moffitt and Jacobs, as well as each individual athlete, to find the...

Profiling and Assessing Athletes

Profiling and assessing athletes is important for tracking progress and programming training. Learn how VBT is used to build athlete profiles.

Return to Play from COVID19

How can athletic programs optimize the small training windows they have so that athletes can return to play safely? Find out with Perch.

Guest Blog Post 4: Brandon Golden Part II

ECU baseball coach Brandon Golden joins Perch again to discuss how ECU uses VBT phases throughout the season to reach strength goals.

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Velocity Based Training Research Review 4

How important is Velocity Based Training to strength development? Join Perch in part four of our research review series on VBT!

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VBT for General Population

Curious about how to utilize VBT for general population use? Perch for pt.5 in the series on Velocity Based Training for specific populations.

VBT for Military Personnel

Curious about how to utilize VBT for Military Personnel use? Perch for pt.4 in the series on Velocity Based Training for specific populations.

VBT for High School Athletes

Curious about how to utilize VBT for high school athletes? Perch for pt.3 in the series on Velocity Based Training for specific populations.

VBT for Professional Athletes

Curious about how to utilize VBT for professional athletes? Perch for pt.2 in the series on Velocity Based Training for specific populations.

VBT for College Athletes

Curious about how to utilize VBT for college athletes? Perch for pt.5 in the series on Velocity Based Training for specific populations.

Guest Blog Post 3: Brandon Golden

Brandon Golden joins Perch to discuss how he uses velocity based training with his baseball players for long term strength development!

VBT and Return To Play

Return to play can be difficult. Join Perch in our discussion of how VBT can help return to play be as seamless as possible!

Power and Velocity

Perch provides a guideline with insight as to when a coach could be monitoring power instead of velocity.

Velocity Based Training Research Review 3

How important is Velocity Based Training to strength development? Join Perch in part three of our research review series on VBT!

Velocity Based Training Dictionary: VBT Terminology

VBT terminology can be confusing to newcomers to the strength and conditioning world. Check out Perch's handy VBT dictionary to learn terms!

Optimizing Bar Speed

Optimizing bar speed is a hot topic with VBT. Perch discusses how optimizing bar speed can be taken into account while strength training.

Max Strength and VBT

How can max strength be measured with velocity based training? Perch discusses when and why to use velocity to measure strength.

LSU Is Winning the Weight-Room Arms Race With Real-Time Data

Three weeks after Perch installed units on each of the 22 weight racks at LSU’s indoor football facility on Oct. 1, Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said he noticed differences in his team’s performance on the field. “I think our guys are stronger and quicker and faster,” he said in late October. “I think as the season goes on, there’s not as many...

Velocity Based Training Research Review 2

How important is Velocity Based Training to strength development? Join Perch in part two of our VBT research review series on VBT!

Fatigue Monitoring, Readiness Assessments, and VBT

Fatigue and readiness are important factors to consider when strength training. Perch discusses how VBT assists to assess readiness.

Traditional Periodization and Velocity

Perch examines how periodization and Velocity Based Training can be used together to optimize strength training.

Guest Blog Post 2: Daniel Hicker

San Jose Earthquakes strength and conditioning coach Daniel Hicker discussed his history with VBT and the future of technology in weight rooms

Muscular Anatomy and VBT

Understanding muscular anatomy is vitally important to strength training. Perch examines how muscular anatomy and VBT go hand in hand.

Common VBT Programming Methods

With tech making a home in the weight room, Perch explores different ways that VBT is utilized in strength and conditioning programming!

VBT Research Review 1

How important is Velocity Based Training to strength development? Join Perch in part one of our research review series on VBT!

Periodization and Programming With VBT

Periodization is a huge factor when longterm strength training. Perch explores how Velocity Based Training and periodization work together.

Nervous System Autoregulation and VBT

Perch examines autoregulation of the nervous system and correlation with readiness and fatigue when strength training. #VelocityBasedTraining

Molly Binetti Guest Post

South Carolina Gamecocks sports performance coach Molly Binetti shares her experience with Velocity Based Training in a Perch guest blog post

Understanding Load Velocity Profiles

Understanding load velocity profiles is integral to velocity based training. Perch shares how and why to a build load velocity profile!

What VBT Tech Is Right for You

As technology makes a permanent home in the weight room, Perch shares how to figure out which VBT tech is right for your specific needs!

VBT Through the Times - Sports Technology

Perch explores sports technology change and how Velocity Based Training has changed throughout the years to become what it is today!

Velocity Based Training - Intro

Velocity Based Training measures athlete's lifts not just by how fast they lift, but how slow. Join Perch in our intro to VBT blog post!


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