Hebron Christian Academy

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At Hebron Christian Academy, Coach Spencer Arnold had to find a way to bring velocity based training technology into the weight room in a way that was safe for the student but also gave him really accurate data. In his words “Perch is a beautiful marriage between those two. I can set a camera up above and out of their reach, away from them breaking it, I don’t have any strings attached to my bar, there’s no devices on my bar. It is relatively seamless for the athlete. But at the same time we get really accurate objective data on more than just the velocity of the bar”
Now that the entire weight room is outfitted with Perch, Spencer has accurate data that can inform athlete fatigue and readiness. With teenage athletes, fluctuations in readiness, strength, and fatigue fall in an enormous range daily, Perch and VBT can help regulate loads and intensities to positively impact performance. Moreover, he knows that the adaptations he says he is getting with a program, is what he is actually getting with his athlete


Bringing technology into this high school weight room wasn’t that simple. Spencer had to get the entire school involved to make it a viable purchase. Spencer went about it in an inspiring and helpful way for high school coaches and students across the country. “School-wide how do you get buy in if you have 195 kids but a 400 person school? You find ways to bring the whole school in the weight room, our marketing department in the weight room, our IT department in the weight room. I think that has been critically important for our success here." Spencer was able to leverage the importance of technology, and bring the entire school together.


Administration buy-in was the biggest obstacle for Spencer at Hebron Christian Academy. He had to work on bringing the school into the weight room to allow them to see the value of VBT. “Bring other people from outside of your weight room into your weight room and then all of the sudden, it’s not that big a purchase anymore. Because you’re spending money on the entire student population. Everybody is using this technology. So because everyone is using this technology, it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task anymore. It is a school system buying something that is going to impact a school system.”


The Future of Weight Training is Here! In 5 years, Spencer believes VBT will be in every major High School.

Taking the Guess Work Away with VBT enables coaches to guarantee traits they are trying to develop are developed

Leveling the Playing Field with VBT is as easy as using the leaderboard to ensure everyone is recognized

Daily Fluctuations in Readiness Are More Pronounced in high school and developing athletes. VBT accounts for it.

Whether You Realize It or not you are always looking for a specific speed when you program. Make sure you know that what that speed is and help your athletes adhere to it!


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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


Further Reading

McHenry High School

Read about how Coach John Beerbower and McHenry High School use and leverage weight room technology like Perch in their facility.

Hebron Christian Academy

Learn more about using VBT and Perch at Hebron Christian Academy with Coach Spencer Arnold. Sports tech and VBT helps high school athletes!


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