Formed in 1980, Sports Research is a family company based in San Pedro, California.
Its founder, Jeff Pedersen Sr, developed Sweet Sweat (a “workout enhancer”) for the 500 members of his athletics club in the late 1970’s. And the “one-of-a-kind” product was so popular among members that it led the former college baseball star to put it on the market – and Sports Research was born.
The company is a true family business, with all six of the founder’s children are involved in running it. The Sports Research website asserts the owners’ dedication to providing “the highest quality health and wellness products” at affordable prices. With each product, the family aims to “complement [its users’] lifestyles” and to “enhance [their] well-being”.
In line with the company’s commitment to quality, it produces all dietary supplements and vitamins in facilities that comply with Good Manufacturing Practices – of which its GMP certificate is proof.
The company also says that it tests every ingredient for purity before encapsulation. To help maintain quality, the company then passes the products to an independent laboratory for third-party testing. As evidence of this, a statement on the brand website invites customers to view its independent Certificate of Analysis via its “track your lot feature”.
Sport Research’s original product, Sweet Sweat, remains the brand’s flagship item. The “workout enhancer” is not a supplement, but a topical gel designed to increase “circulation, motivation, and sweat”.
According to an interview Pederson did with the Paleo Foundation in 2016, Sweet Sweat is used by both amateurs and professionals in several sports, including bodybuilding, boxing, football, and mixed martial arts. The article also states that Sports Research exports Sweet Sweat to 53 countries.
Pederson says that it took him four years to develop Sweet Sweat and that he commits to tireless research to perfect every product, “no matter how long it takes”.
The brand’s supplement range includes MCT Oil, collagen peptides, vitamins, green coffee, protein powders, and ketone boosters.