Best reason ever to do CrossFit?

Thanks to Brittany Laughlin for sharing this gem from CrossFit Verve:

“Ben, 72 years old, trains crossfit to build strength to take care of his disabled adult son. He lifts his son in and out of his wheelchair daily.

Personal goal. Be more like Ben.”


So you signed up for this Science Behind Sweat thing – now what?

One thing we learned in our recent survey was that a lot of users see Science Behind Sweat as simple means to log and track benchmark workouts.

Well, yes and no. Yes, we do that but there is SO much more cool stuff for you to track and learn about your performance! So yes, benchmarks are an important way to make sure you’re on the path to virtuosity, but you can also track your daily workouts.

As you enter more of your WODs, benchmarks, and 1 Rep Max workouts, you’ll be able to see how your performance in each workout stacks up against others. Are you better at Murph than you are at Eva, for example, and why? See where your workouts fall against your predicted work capacity, track which muscle groups you’ve worked and see how your work capacity is increasing.


Here’s a short video, narrated by our own Deepak G, that will walk you through logging your WODS:

We’ve just added almost 100 new, loggable movements, and new analytics are being added very soon, including the ability to compare your workouts to other users, and a warning system to let you know when you are approaching injury thresholds. We have some other cool tech coming your way that we’re pretty wiggly about, but we’re keeping that under wraps for a bit. (Squeeee!)

Logging WODS is even easier if your box is a Science Behind Sweat affiliate. For those boxes, WODS will be pre-populated on the site, so logging your work is easy. Coaches like it because it will allow them to look at overall analytics, see quantitative results of their programming, and make adjustments to better help you reach your goals.

In any case, we hope this is helpful and that you’ll shoot any questions our way. Meanwhile, work hard, track your progress and get better faster!

Your sparkle bestie at SBS,

Laura G.

Wish, Command: 100 New Movements Added!

Thanks to those of you who took the time to provide feedback in our recent survey; you asked and we listened! We have updated our “Add Workout” section to include almost 100 additional movements!

Just a few examples: 

Snatch Grip Deadlift

Renegade Rows

Tall Cleans

Wall Climb

…and Ball Slams

If there’s a movement you’d like for us to add, just let us know and we’ll have Dan and Deepak figure out the calculations for it – both in terms of muscle group involvement and work done – and then get it into the system for you.  Hit us up using the form at or send me an e-mail at

We’ve had a number of requests for scaled movements, which are next on the list. In the meantime, we’ll be adding a simple option to let you indicate if a WOD was scaled or not and then a space where you can describe the type of scaling.

Again, we appreciate your feedback. Please contact us any time with questions, requests or suggestions!

Work hard this week and, whatever you do, DO NOT  do this:

Your sparkle bestie at SBS,

Laura G

With the Games right around the corner, we are spending a lot of time looking up to the titans of CrossFit – people like Iceland Annie and Rich Froning – but on a day-to-day basis, it’s the people we work out with that inspire us the most.

Check out this video from our friends at CrossFit Greensboro – let us know if you agree!

“They did the work. I might have provided a path to get there, but they did the work.” – Coach John Meeks

VRTG Update: Prizes, Logging WODS, and just what is this VRTG thing anyway?


  • VRTG Prizes & Last Week’s Winners
  • Now Easier to Log Competition WODs
  • Quick Overview – What’s This All About Again?


Congrats to the first round of winners in our weekly random drawing! Each week we will give away 2 $20 gift certificates from ReDefineFit , 3 full-sized bags of Progenex product and 5 Progenex promo items such as t-shirts, wristbands and shaker bottles. Winners are randomly selected, so everyone who registered for VRTG is eligible.

Congrats to:

  • Christina Ison and Jakob Magnusson, who each won $20 gift certificates from ReDefine Fit
  • David Stevens, Daniel Johnson & Benjamin Faler, who each won a bag of Progenex
  • Travis Whatcott, Adam Levinson, Bryan Mashburn, Jonathan Chung and Jim Gilbert, who each won a Progenex shaker bottle


Thanks everyone for your great feedback on the first VRTG competition WOD! One key thing we learned was that not everyone was aware that you had to log the WOD through the VRTG dashboard. We’ve added a button to the main ADD WORKOUT screen to make it easier.

Unfortunately, if you entered the competition WOD as a regular “custom” WOD, we aren’t able to track it for the leaderboard. We apologize for being high maintenance on this one, but we have to ask you to log it again through the VRTG button.

Srlsy, we hate ourselves. We’re super sorry. We’re doing burpees of contrition.

So sad.


For those of you just tuning in, the Virtual Road to the Games offers any CrossFitter the chance to compete with others around the country in our virtual competition.  To be eligible for the grand prize of a $300 gift certificate for Rogue Fitness (4 total prizes for male & female winners in scaled & RX divisions), simply log 3 WODS a week on Science Behind Sweat, and complete and log each of 4 competition WODS as specified by our crack team of WOD crafters here at Science Behind Sweat (AKA Deepak and Daniel).

Everyone who registers is eligible for random weekly drawings of cool stuff from our sponsors. What’s not to love?


Once you’re done with VRTG, we hope you’ll keep using Science Behind Sweat to track your progress overall.  We already have a lot of cool analytics tools that you wont find anywhere else and we have more on the way! More on this in our next post.

Thanks for checking in with us, now get off your computer and go crush a WOD or something!

– your pals at SBS

Srs WOD crushing at College Hill CrossFit