Want more peak performance?
The Work Gym is for you.
Let’s start with a hard question —
What’s it going to take to get to the next level of performance?
Most people seem to either be searching for “tips and tricks” (“make a list!”… hmm…) or for more tech features (“Syncing! Collaboration! Commenting!” … meh.)
For the last 10 years, we’ve studied just about everything related to peak performance — from biochemistry and the origins of fatigue, to industrial engineering and sociotechnical systems, to how elite individual athletes and elite teams perform, and we came up with a few dozen best practices.
We don’t think “tips and tricks” or “more tech features” are the answer to hitting the next level of performance.
Rather, we think the next level of technology has to get the hard human stuff right. When are you motivated? How easy is it to drop into that magical “flow state” where all the work just clicks and gets done?
We know what great work looks like — we’re talking Bell Labs inventing a lion’s share of modern computing, all those Nobel Prize physics types out in Los Alamos, the stuff they’re doing at Space X, that magical quality that early winning startups have…
That’s what we’re building for you — performance-enhancing software, focused on the hard difficult human stuff that helps work get done faster and more enjoyably. We’re obsessed with helping you be more effective — more great work getting done, faster and more enjoyably.
To do that, we focus on two missing ingredients for higher peak performance —
Social accountability, and,
Getting the mechanics of work consistently right.
It’s Almost Magical for Higher Productivity
For whatever strange reason, humans seem to very comfortable letting themselves down but very uncomfortable letting other people down. Heck, some people get a personal trainer not because they need help with their lifts, but just because it’ll make them show up.
So we built a framework for social accountability during work —
We generate social accountability via videoconferencing with,
Other great people working alongside you.
Typical attendees are programmers, business owners, attorneys, lots of creatives, some PhD students, accountants, engineers, even some medical doctors and a Professor of Medicine. Like, really driven people.
A great, highly-trained moderator always there to keep the session on track and ensure you’re planned and not getting distracted at regular scheduled intervals.
Optional socializing and feedback during 10-minute breaks.
Just like how you would “spot” your gym buddy at weight training, The Work Gym provides a supportive community consisting of analytical, ambitious, and excellence-oriented people.
Getting The Mechanics of Work Right
Social accountability is great, but it’s not enough by itself.
You’d be surprised at how many people “just start working” without asking the simple question, “How do I know this work is complete?” You’d be surprised at how many people don’t acknowledge likely distractions before starting — for just 10 seconds or so — and deciding in advance how you’d deal with them if they come up.
We built Work Cycles for that, a lightweight dashboard that you engage with during a multi-hour work session specifically designed to promote flow state and get work done quickly.
Don’t get intimidated by it — it takes 3-6 minutes to fill out and helps maximize the next few hours. After planning, you get right into work — and Work Cycles helps you navigate your work in real time:
During Work Cycles, we work in 30 minute blocks with scheduled 10 minute breaks for re-planning and recharging.
-> Your work is clearly defined and broken down.
-> You know exactly what your targets are.
-> Distractions and disruptions are minimized as you re-center every 30 minutes.
-> Flow state happens.
-> Work gets done much faster and more enjoyably.
“I was pleasantly surprised with my performance — at least 3x more productive than normal. I’ve read about productivity best practices and implemented some of them before, but you have to try something like this to really experience the benefits.” — Neil Taylor, Commercial Director at Mobedia; London, UK
It Works. Guaranteed.
We’ve got a few dozen pages of unsolicited reviews and testimonials, self-reports of performance increases ranging from +25% to +400%.
Getting +400% from a single work session sounds crazy until you realize that that’s merely getting 2 days of normal work done in a half-day — something we’ve all done when we’ve been on an intense deadline (like, college term papers) or when highly inspired and everything is just clicking.
”The biggest thing I realized is that when I focused during Work Cycles, I can get a workday done in 3 hours... By getting the work done in disciplined cycles, that then frees me up to work on bigger things, as well as showing me where I was wasting time in the past.” — Glennn Holman, Consultant, Dallas, Texas
We’re 100% guaranteeing it’ll work for you.
On the off chance it doesn’t work for you — hasn’t happened yet — you’ll get a prompt, no-questions-asked, courteous refund. Seriously. Heck, if it doesn’t double your performance on sessions you attend, ask for a refund. Yeah, that’s a strong claim but it actually works amazing.
“As a programmer when I first heard of cycles I had some reservations. But after some real world experience, I went on to realize that if your tasks aren't divided into small enough pieces that they fit within 30 minutes, you probably don't know the problem well enough. So now I'm sold on using cycles for programming - it's saved me from a lot of wasted time and effort.” — Han Chang, Programmer; San Francisco, CA
Special Promotional Pricing
In the past, we used to charge $140 for a two-day set of Work Cycles. Now, you can get Work Cycles twice every weekend for just $49/month billed quarterly.
We’ve already got multiple moderator-led TWG sessions guaranteed for every weekend during North American hours, and every Wednesday and Thursday early in the USA that are geared for people in Europe (afternoon) and Asia (after work).
We’ll get to 24/7 coverage soon, but we’ve got every timezone covered already.
If you’re interested in our long-term roadmap for TWG, you can read more about it here — just do remember to come back to this page for special promotional pricing.
(And note — we’ve already added another few dozen sessions per month that aren’t listed on that page yet; we’re growing really quickly and adding features and sessions every week.)
We're aiming to make this the single most useful and productivity-enhancing resource on all of the Internet — an ambitious vision, to be sure, but one we think we're capable of reaching.
Come to as many sessions as you’d like — members routinely see +25% to +400% (really) boosts in performance from a single focused session. On any given session, there’ll be multiple programmers, multiple business owners, an attorney or two drafting contracts or opinions, a few people doing creative work, a PhD student, a researcher working on EU policy, an inventor, a freelancer, and really, a great mix of motivated and exceptional people — it’s hard not to be productive when you’ve got lightweight tech to keep you focused and you’re working alongside other great people.
Actual feedback from sessions in the last week —
“I've been putting this off for three weeks and there's no way I would have done it if not on cycles.“ — Business Owner
“After an emotionally/energetically challenging weekend, this was really good structure to lean on to actually get things done. I wouldn't have worked today if it weren't for TWG. Work Cycles are always good. Need to schedule Cycles at least 3 out of 5 days a week (have these overlap with TWG as much as possible). Yay for TWG!” — Systems/Automation Expert
And those are both highly effective people already — TWG is there to help you consistently hit that next level of performance.
Join Today and Get Some Fully Guaranteed Peak Performance
"TWG is already past break even for me cost wise and net positive ROI in a single cycles session." — Gabriel Stein, Freelance Software Developer; Sacramento, CA
We’ve got multiple moderator-led sessions every week to cover timezones worldwide, and we 100% guarantee the results. What tech company does that? We do that. We’re here to make work go faster, more consistent, and more enjoyable for you.
Ready for more peak performance? You can join us here —
Special promotional pricing of $49/month, paid quarterly. ($147 for three months)
Members joining at Promotional Pricing will keep that $49/month rate forever; we anticipate charging $99/month or $199/month once we get to feature-complete.
100% guaranteed with no hassles — if it doesn’t make your work life-changingly better, let us know and we’ll courteously refund you. Our aim is for it to be life-changing.
See you at The Work Gym, regards,
Sebastian Marshall, Kai Zau, and the whole team at Ultraworking