Mike Young, PhD
Mike Young, PhDDirector of Performance & Research
Mike is the founder & owner of Athletic Lab. Mike is the guiding force behind Athletic Lab’s training philosophy & methodology. He oversees all training, instructor quality & staff education. Full bio

About Mike

Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting & a CrossFit Level 1 coach. He is on the advisory board for the Korean Weightlifting Federation and has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times to ESPN Insider.
Mike has coached athletes to National and / or World Championship appearances in 5 sports (bobsled, skeleton, track & field, triathlon, weightlifting) as well as directing the training plans for professional athletes in the MLS, MLB, NFL NHL and PGA and has coached at 4 Division 1 NCAA programs.
  • 6 NCAA National Championship Track & Field teams at LSU
  • Coach of 7 USATF National Champions
  • Fitness coach to 2x NASL Champion Carolina Railhawks
  • Fitness coach to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS
  • Strength & Speed coach to World Series Champion Andres Torres
  • Strength & Speed coach to Super Bowl Champion Marquise Hill
Mike has authored or co-authored research on sprinting, balance, motor learning, stretching & biomechanics of throwing that has been published in peer-reviewed international research journals. Additionally, he has presented his research at national and international conferences. He serves as an invited editor for Journal of Sports Sciences and Sports Biomechanics and has been a biomechanist for USA Track & Field since 2001.
Mike has served as an instructor or professor at LSU, UNC & Ohio University. Additionally, he is a lead instructor for coaching education programs from USATF, USTFCCCA & USA Weightlifting. He has lectured extensively across the US as well as in Jamaica, England, Sweden, Ireland, Canada, China and Korea. He has taught coaches for organizations ranging from USA Speed Skating, the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Korean Strength & Conditioning Association & the North Carolina Justice Academy.
In addition to his research publications, Mike has written 2 books, 2 book chapters, contributed to the curriculums of the coaching education programs for USATF & USTFCCCA, has over 20 articles published in nationally distributed publications ranging from Maxim to Runner’s World, & has written hundreds of blog posts on several of the largest sport conditioning sites on the web.

Our Incredible Team

John Grace, MS
John Grace, MSDirector of Facilities & Coach
MS Sport Science & Coaching | NSCA-CSCS | USA Track & Field L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | Full bio
Nick Newman, MS
Nick Newman, MSDirector of Scholastic Training
Author | MS Human Performance & Sport Psychology | BS Exercise Science | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance |USTFCCCA Strength & Conditioning Certification | USTFCCCA Track & Field Technical Certification | Former D1 Athlete – Track & Field | Full bio
Cate Young
Cate YoungDirector of Operations
BS | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | USA Track & Field L-1 | Former D1 Athlete – Track & Field | Full bio
Stephanie Funderburk
Stephanie FunderburkDirector of Wellness & Nutrition
BS Kinesiology | NSCA-CSCS | USA Track & Field L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | Precision Nutrition PN1 | Former D1 Athlete – Soccer | Full bio
Brian Guilmette
Brian GuilmetteCoach
BS Exercise Science | NSCA-CSCS | CSCCa-SCCC | USA Track & Field L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | Full bio
Chris Hoina, MS
Chris Hoina, MSCoach
MS Kinesiology | NSCA-CSCS | ACSM-CPT | CrossFit L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | Full bio
Morgan Pillsbury
Morgan PillsburyCoach
BS Exercise Science | NSCA-CSCS | NSCA-CPT | Full bio
Ryan Cox
Ryan CoxCoach
BS Sport Administration | CrossFit L-1 | USA Swimming L-2 | Former D1 Athlete – Swimming | Full bio
Drake Webster
Drake WebsterCoach
BS Kinesiology | NSCA-CSCS | CrossFit L-1 | USA Track & Field L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | Full bio