Beginning on August 20th, Athletic Lab is offering an extended Bring a Friend promotion to introduce new prospects to Athletic Lab. The promotion will last for 10 days (until August 30th) and be open to anyone new to Athletic Lab. Additionally, each participant will receive a Discount Punch Card that will track their sessions. If you attend 5 or more sessions in your 10 day trial, you will receive an additional 10% off your first 3 months of training. The details of the promotion are as follows: Who: Anyone new to Athletic Lab with a local residential address Performance Fitness and Scholastic Group classes only Scholastic participants must be actively participating in a high school or club sport What: 10 days of free group training sessions in our Performance Fitness or Scholastic Sports Performance Training sessions. Performance Fitness Weightlifting, Yoga and Foundations classes are excluded. When: August 20th through 30th. The 10 day trial commences on the date of the first attendance. August 30th is the final date of the trial commencement. Where: Athletic Lab Sports Performance Training Center
Athletic Lab is proud to announce a major change to our Scholastic Sports Performance Program. Beginning on August 28th, the Scholastic Sports Performance small group training program will undergo the following changes: Longer Training Sessions: Training sessions will increase in length from their current 60 minutes to 75 minutes in duration. This will allow us to deliver a better and more comprehensive training experience to our athletes. Additional Time Slots: We will add 3 additional late evening training times each week to better meet the needs of in-season athletes. In the past, our in-season athletes were often unable to continue their physical training because sport practices ended after our last training session. With the addition of new training times, in-season athletes should be able to continue their training even when they're in-season. Revised Start Times: In response to the points above, classes will now be offered on the following schedule: Mon / Wed / Thurs: 3:45 pm; 5 pm; 6:30 pm Tues / Fri: 3:45 pm; 5 pm Sat: 10 am; 11:15 am Improved Format: We will begin offering planned, progressive, semi-individualized training for all athletes in the Scholastic Sports Performance group training sessions. Athletes will receive semi-individualized training plans upon signing up and work their way through the training plans in much the same way as our collegiate and professional athletes. In the past, our group training sessions followed daily themes (speed, strength or power focused). This allowed us to focus on one aspect of training but athletes were often forced to miss the themes that were most relevant to their development because their availability did not match with our schedule. With the longer session durations and increased training time slots we will be able to address all [...]
[Nemanja Markovic earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Montenegro, where he also works as a personal trainer and S&C coach. He is currently in the Coaching Mentorship Program at Athletic Lab] I was almost finished writing this article, but then I saw Mike Young’s quote on Science for sport's Instagram profile, “Applying insane forces, in the correct direction, over ridiculously short periods of time, is a trademark of the fastest people”. Behind the following text is a coach with insane intention to put ridiculously useful information in the correct direction, with the belief that athletes with great performances are the trademark of the smartest coaches. Before you shoot the messenger I hope that you saw the humor in the last sentence. I also believe my respected fellow coaches when we decide to enter the field of strength and conditioning, that the biggest bang for our buck is enhanced performance and injury prevention. We can agree that there appears to be, among other things, the true need to get through planning and programming until we achieve precise individualization of training. Having this in mind, the autoregulatory training method is the right choice for coaches. As we know power is the product of force and velocity. In the last decade, thanks to numerous research findings, the role of velocity as an important parameter for estimating and monitoring the optimum intensity during strength and power training has emerged on the surface. Regardless of the increasing popularity, velocity based training (VBT) is for sure a useful method bringing a lot of benefits of improving the performance of athletes. Making a long story short, as I still continue down the path of learning about VBT, the purpose of [...]
Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently spoke at the 7th Physical Preparation Summit. The 2 day summit was held in Indianapolis, IN. Almost 100 coaches and high performance directors from around the country attended the event. The topic of Young's talk was "Implementing a Mechanical Model for Plyometric Progressions." Young will next speak in Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 12-15 at the 1st Annual International Meeting on Performance and Training where he will give 4 talks along alongside Dr. Dan Baker, Dr. Matt Jordan, Brett Bartholomew, and David Joyce. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.
Longtime Performance Fitness member and Endurance standout Jason LeDoyen recently completed the prestigious Badwater 135 race. The world-renowned 135 mile ultra marathon has a rigorous qualification standard that brings together just 100 of the world's toughest athletes to race against one another and the elements. The race starts in Badwater, Death Valley and finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300 feet (2,530m) of elevation. The course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. 2017 marked 40th running of the event in which Jason finished 39th overall.
Sanjay pushing through a training session at our first location. Our members are the heart and soul of Athletic Lab. This August we reach our 8 year milestone of business. We're proud to have worked with such amazing people and changed so many lives. Every month we highlight one of our members as part of our Member of the Month Feature. For the month of August we've chosen Sanjay Chandru. Sanjay was our first and longest standing Performance Fitness member. He's been with us since the very beginning and has become a fixture of Athletic Lab and a beloved part of our community. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Sanjay Chandru What city were you born in? Chennai, India What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I run Offering Management for IBM Z DevOps. In other words, I have no life outside of AL ;-) How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? How long have you been a member? Got spammed on my car windshield by Eric Broadbent in Bond Park. I've been a member since ~October 2009 As one of Athletic Lab's very first members, you have a unique perspective. What are the biggest changes you've noticed in Athletic Lab over the past eight years You guys have been able to realize the potential of this place over the years by persisting through the tough times. From the warehouse on Aviation Parkway to a thriving established setup in the current location, while you've grown you've also stayed true to your original goal of providing a quality fitness experience vs. just trying to make money. So Athletic lab has only changed in size and [...]
Enhancing sport technique efficiency with bungee suspension: The tennis forehand by Gilson Sampaio Pereira
[Gilson Sampaio Pereira is a master’s student at University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Sport Performance Coach. He is currently in the Coaching Mentorship Program at Athletic Lab] We often hear in the world of sports, including strength and conditioning, that “Speed is King”. But if you consider that a fast movement is still a movement which is executed by hundreds of muscles activated in perfect symphony you could easily say that maybe “Technique is the actual King” and the rest originates from there. Everybody who has played a sport has felt the perfect, effortless feeling while executing a soccer shot, baseball or football throw, tennis forehand, Thai-boxing kick, golf swing sweet spot, or even a perfect sprint. The involved muscles feel perfectly synchronized with perfect timing. A Sports Performance Coach (SPC) might think that this part should be left to the actual sports coach (SC) to give specific feedback to the athlete. However, there are some tools a SPC can use to enhance specific sports technique without practicing it, ensuring we are not crossing the line between the SC and SPC. All aforementioned sports techniques have 4 things in common: You need to practice them several thousand times to achieve mastery · Technique enhances performance output as well as efficiency. The difference between a Top 10 ATP or WTA player and a regional player is proficiency in technique execution and less absolute movement speed and power output. Proficiency in technique execution might also lessen the predisposition for lower back injuries in Tennis players (Chow, Park & Tillman, 2009). So, enhancing technique means enhancing the overall performance of athletes. They place high stress on the involved parts of the body · An SPC should understand the interaction [...]
Athletic Lab coach Greg Gustin, MS recently earned his USA Track & Field Level 1 coaching certificate. USATF is the national governing body for Track & Field in the United States and is regarded as one of the most rigorous certifying agencies in the sport. Because of the nature of the sport, the certification has benefits on the understanding of speed and power development, training theory, biomechanics and physiology. Athletic Lab’s coaching staff is among the most educated, experienced and credentialed in the country. The minimum requirements for our coaching staff easily exceed the qualifications of the most credentialed coaches at our competitors. We are continually striving to stay ahead of the curve and on the cutting edge of our field.
Athletic Lab elite masters Track & Field athlete Jef Souza recently added to his trove of National Championship medals. At the recent USATF Masters National Championships in Baton Rouge, LA; Jef won 7 individual gold medals, 1 silver medal and 4 bronze in the 40-44 age division. He took home individual event wins in the Pentathlon, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump, Pole Vault, and High Jump. He added relay wins in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay and the 4 x 400m relay (where he competed alongside former Athletic Lab athlete Allen Woodard). Souza also took home a silver medal in the Javelin Throw and 4 bronze medals in the Hammer Throw, Discus Throw, Shot Put and 4 x 100m relay. Jef is among the most decorated athletes to train with Athletic Lab, having won multiple national championships every year since 2011. Souza, who typically competes as a decathlete, is a multi-time national champion, a world champion in the decathlon, and a national record holder. Earlier this year, Souza won a National Championship in the Decathlon. If you’re interested in joining the Athletic Lab Elite Track & Field team please apply today.
[Nick Voth is currently finishing his degree in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University, where he competes on the Cross Country team. He is an Applied Sports Science Intern at Athletic Lab.] As previously stated in Part One of this blog, Part Two will focus on carbohydrate (CHO) mouth rinsing for speed-power performance. Because CHO mouth rinsing enhances endurance exercise lasting approximately one hour via stimulation to pleasure and reward centers in the brain (Stellingwerff & Cox, 2014), it has been hypothesized that this same strategy can be used to increase shorter duration, high-intensity efforts. However, research regarding the potential benefits of CHO mouth rinsing on speed, strength, and power performance is conflicting. Strength training has been studied with inconclusive results. Clarke et al. (2017) recently investigated the effects of a CHO mouth rinse on a wider range of high-intensity, short duration activities. Countermovement jump height, 10-meter sprint time, bench press, squat, and arousal were all enhanced with CHO mouth rinsing (Clarke et al., 2017). In line with that, Gant et al. (2010) found increased maximal voluntary force production following a CHO rinse. The results from Clarke et al. (2017) may be of practical significance because the study was conducted in the morning following an overnight fast. Athletes who train in the morning may not eat prior to a session. Revisiting the idea of fear of gastrointestinal distress, CHO mouth rinsing may provide a fueling solution while avoiding the ingestion of fuel. On the other hand, CHO mouth rinsing was found to have no effect on maximal strength or strength endurance (Dunkin & Philips, 2017; Painelli et al., 2011). A possible explanation for the results observed by these studies resides in the ability of [...]