Crucible Performance

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Crucible Performance is a Sports Performance Training Facility in Maryland. They were one of the very first performance space customers for Perch and have implemented VBT and sports technology with their athletes young and old.


In an effort to enhance offerings and set their facility apart, Crucible Performance opted to add critical technology like Perch and WHOOP to their facility a few years ago. The immediate results they saw were incredible.

“We had an athlete who added 30 lbs to his squat in three weeks, and was moving it the same velocity. Objective data gave him the motivation to do that. Intent is so important!” 

For all of their clients, Crucible is big on community: "We always want to meet our athletes exactly where they are at when they walk through our doors. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Our belief is that if we can utilize technology to help us connect with our members, improve their performance, keep them healthy, and give them all the feedback to be at their best selves, then we are in!"

Read more below about how Crucible Performance began implementing VBT in their facility, and their tips and tricks for making it an easy transition!


Data is the gold standard. It’s the feedback Crucible coaches and clients are chasing each and every day. But data needs to be consistently collected to make it worthwhile. With Perch sitting on top of their weight rack, passively and consistently collecting data, Crucible never has to worry about missing important information.

  • No More Guessing! With real time analytics, we can meet people exactly where they are at based on session goals.
  • Optimize for Each Athlete! It’s not always about how much weight you can lift but how you lift it. If you want to be fast, you must move fast!
  • Save Time. The instant feedback helps adjust loads to keep the session moving and the client progressing


Train fast, move fast, and enhance intent! With instant feedback on every rep, we can see in live time if an athlete is on track for their goals. We can also enhance the competitve atmosphere with Perch's leaderboard, no matter who is training at what times. Clients can compete against themselves and everyone else with Perch data.

Autoregulate, prescribed loads are guidelines. Daily fluctuations are real, be flexible, listen to the data, and keep clients healthy.

Diversify offerings. Not everyone needs to lift a house, train smart, train to the client, and give them goals to hit besides loads or percentages.

Check out Crucible’s website here for more information about their program!

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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