Smart Scaling: WODwell’s AI-Powered Approach to Custom Workouts

3 min readJan 8, 2024

Get a peek into the future of functional fitness, where Artificial Intelligence (AI) is more than a buzzword — it’s a game changer.

At WODwell, we’ve always been passionate about making functional fitness accessible and effective for everyone.

Today, we’re taking a big step toward that goal with our newest innovation: the AI-powered click-to-scale feature — now available on every one of the 15,000+ (and growing) workouts listed on our site.

The Problem

Functional fitness is renowned for its adaptability, catering to athletes from 9 to 90 years old. But let’s face it — scaling workouts to suit individual capabilities is a challenge, especially for newer athletes and those who don’t have the luxury of training with a coach. That’s where our AI comes in.

The Solution

We launched the ‘Get Scaled/Modified Option’ — a simple yet powerful tool to let users scale any WOD on our site to meet their needs. With a single click, users can now adjust the load, skill, and duration of a workout. The AI then generates a tailored version of that workout.

Just click to tell the AI what needs to change

User Experience

Imagine looking at a daunting workout, like many people think of “The Seven,” and feeling it’s out of your league. Now, with our AI, you can easily scale it down in a way that puts it within your reach. This feature isn’t just about scaling; it’s about educating and empowering athletes.

How to scale “The Seven” Hero WOD

Beyond Scaling

Our vision doesn’t stop here. We’re already exploring ways to integrate AI further — from adapting workouts to available equipment, to providing real-time feedback through an AI chat feature, and even assisting coaches in their programming efforts.

The Human Element

At WODwell, we firmly believe in the irreplaceable value of a good coach. We’re committed to using AI to enhance, not replace, the human touch that’s so integral to good coaching. It’s about making the fitness journey richer for both coach and athlete.

Closing Thoughts

We’re just scratching the surface of what AI can do for functional fitness. Our mission at WODwell is to make functional fitness viable for everyone, everywhere — regardless of whether they have the luxury of training at a gym, with a coach, or even with equipment. We also believe we can build tools to make coaches better coaches. AI makes it possible for us to move toward these goals faster than ever before.




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