Athletic Lab’s Mike Young presents at Friesen Physio Fitness Summit

Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently presented at the Friesen Physio Fitness Summit in Raleigh, NC. The annual event is organized by the Carolina Hurricane's Physiotherapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach Dr. Pete Friesen. The theme of the 1 day Summit was "Current Trends of Sport Medicine." The Summit is designed to bring together various sports medicine specialists to share information & current trends across professional boundaries. Young presented on "Current Views of Motor Learning" to an audience of over 100 physical therapist, coaches, and sports medicine professionals. Dr. Young regularly presents around the world on a variety of sports science and training topics. To book Mike or any of our expert coaches for an upcoming event please contact us.

By | August 30th, 2016|News|0 Comments

2016 Labor Day Schedule

In observance of Labor Day, Athletic Lab will feature an abbreviated class schedule. Please note the following: Performance Fitness Endurance Class: 9am Performance Fitness Foundations Class: 9am Scholastic Speed Class: 10am Performance Fitness CrossFit: 10am & 11am Scholastic Strength: 11am Weightlifting: 11am Open gym will be available from 9am-12:30pm. We will resume normal training hours on Tuesday.

By | August 29th, 2016|News|0 Comments

The Benefits of Blood Testing for Performance

Many believe blood testing is something reserved for when you have a medial problem. The reality is that this is simply not the case and new services and technological advances have made blood testing easily accessible to practical anyone.  Now, athletes, coaches and fitness enthusiasts can use blood testing to ensure they have what they need for optimal performance. Blood testing can even be used to address small imbalances or even predict potentially larger problems before it's too late. Among the benefits, the information from a blood test can help to make changes that will improve metabolism and cognition, optimize mood, build muscle, and reduce inflammation. Blood tests are practically non-invasive and very easy. They require just a small amount of blood but can provide a significant amount of detailed information including what lifestyle changes you need to make with sleep, training and nutrition to optimize your performance. Everyone's blood is different. And within your unique blood are what is known as biomarkers. Biomarkers are indications of your body's status and provide insight on functions and biological changes. Examining biomarkers through blood analysis gives you a 'look under the hood' at your health and fitness and can be an important advantage for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Blood samples in test-tubes A good test will provide you with not just numbers on the biomarkers but meaningful insight in to where you stand against normative population data. This should be based on things like age, gender, activity level. The biomarkers or blood panel you choose to examine should also be selected carefully. The most useful blood tests for healthy individuals involve looking at biomarkers for nutrition status hormones and inflammation. Nutritional tests typically look at vitamin and mineral levels and [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|Nutrition Info, Training Info|0 Comments

Promotions of John Grace & Brian Guilmette highlight staff restructure

Athletic Lab is restructuring our coaching staff to enhance efficiencies and improve our services. Highlighting the staff restructure, are the promotions of John Grace to Assistant Director of Performance and Brian Guilmette to Director of Scholastic Training. Athletic Lab already has one of the most educated, experienced and credentialed coaching staffs in the entire country and we expect this restructure to make us even stronger. John Grace: Assistant Director of Performance John Grace has been promoted to Assistant Director of Performance. In his new capacity, John Grace will take on a greater role with business administration, member relations, staff education and programming of training. John Grace joined the Athletic Lab coaching staff in 2011 following his successful completion of our coaches mentorship program. In 2012, John briefly left Athletic Lab to join Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young as his Assistant Fitness Coach with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Since returning to Athletic Lab in 2013, John has served as a coach and Director of Facilities. John has been a cornerstone of our team since the day he joined our staff. In his time with us, he has earned his Masters degree and gone above and beyond in his duties as a coach and Director of Facilities. In the past couple years, John has handled much of the programming at Athletic Lab, started the popular Athletic Lab Sports Performance Podcast and taken on a mentorship role with our interns and younger coaches. John is one of our most popular coaches and is gaining notoriety around the world as a significant contributor to the field of sport performance training.  I can't think of a better person to help move Athletic Lab forward. – Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Director of Performance & Research Brian Guilmette: Director of Scholastic Training [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Sport Performance Podcast: Episode #3 – Nick Winkelman

This episode will feature Nick Winkelman. Nick is the Head of Athletic Performance & Science at the Irish Rugby Football Union. He has earned a PhD from Rocky Mountain University with an emphasis in motor learning and sprinting. Nick is formerly the Director of Education and Performance at EXOS where he headed the NFL Combine Prep and worked with athletes from the MLB, NBA, NHL. The episode covers aspects of the demands of rugby and how to meet these demands through speed training, the weightroom, and conditioning. Thoughts on the weekly setups for the off-season and the in-season and the types of monitoring tools the rugby teams are using and how they are implementing and making changes in training based on those tools. You can check out previous episodes HERE

By | August 22nd, 2016|Podcast|0 Comments

Greg Gustin and Matt Hunter join Athletic Lab staff

Athletic Lab is proud to announce the addition of Greg Gustin and Matt Hunter to our coaching staff. Both Greg and Matt join the Athletic Lab staff as Sport Performance Coaches following completion of our Coaches Apprenticeship program. Matt was enrolled in the program in the Fall of 2015 and Greg recently completed his mentorship in the Summer 2016 group. I'm really excited about the addition of Greg and Matt to our coaching staff. Athletic Lab has one of the most experienced and credentialed coaching staffs in the country. Our standards for hire are more difficult than practically any place around so it can be difficult to find individuals that meet our requirements. Both Greg and Matt went through our rigorous mentorship program and also have extensive coaching experience elsewhere. They've proved themselves as excellent coaches and great fits to our community. Our coaches are the critical element that allow us to maintain the standard that our athletes and members have come to expect. I know Greg and Matt will uphold this standard and Athletic Lab even better. - Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Director of Performance & Research Meet Greg Gustin Greg attended the University of Pittsburgh where he earned both his BS in Exercise Science and MS in Health and Fitness. Greg is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Prior to joining Athletic Lab, he spent almost 3 years at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA as the Strength and Conditioning Assistant. His concentration was with Volleyball, Football, Tennis, and Golf. Greg has taken part in several notable internships including the University of Pittsburgh and Athletic Lab which have put him in contact with professional level Baseball and Basketball athletes. Meet Matt Hunter Matt earned his [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Bruce Dale

It's August and time for another Member of the Month feature. This monthly feature highlights some of our more exceptional members who are doing great things in sport, the community and life. Click here to see previous members of the month. This month's member of the month is Bruce Dale. Bruce is a long time member of Athletic Lab who helps make Cary one of the safest communities in the US as a Sargent in the Cary Police Department. As an athlete, he has conquered some of the most grueling endurance challenges in North America and had multiple top finishes at the World Police & Fire Games. Name: Bruce Dale Age: 48 What city were you born in?  Sharon, PA What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)?  I work for the Town of Cary Police Department and I have for the past 23 years. With the typical public safety work schedule, I try to just get the most out of my time off as I can.  My wife and I travel as much as possible to our second home in the mountains, especially in the fall.  My other primary sport is mountain biking and depending on my training goals or upcoming events, I tend to increase or decrease my bike rides. I like to try and fit in as many different types of competitions as I can since they serve as a goal to keeping my fitness on track. My wife and I are both big college basketball fans, particularly Carolina and WVU, so that always plays into our day to day schedules during those seasons. We also have a Senior at ECU, so we try to get out there on weekends as much as [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Barbells and Booze: A Cocktail of Impossibility? by Beau Hains

[This is a guest blog from Beau Hains. Beau is pursuing his Masters of Science in Sports Performance at Louisiana Tech University.  He recently completed his time as a Sport Performance Coach Intern at Athletic Lab with CSCS, USAW-L1, and ACSM CPT certifications] As a personal trainer, I have often experienced individuals who want to reach a certain goal, whether it be performance or physique oriented.  When assessing their basic nutritional habits, I always include asking about their drinking habits.  I do this not for moral purposes, but because excessive consumption can be a hindrance to their training and goals.  Besides the obvious increase in calories, I intend to shed light on how the consumption of alcohol can effect physical activity. Physical Activity and Alcohol Use: Is there a relationship? First, let’s look at the relationship between physical activity (PA) and alcohol use.  After looking at the research, there does seems to be a relationship between how physically active an individual is and how much alcohol they consume, the results may surprise you.  Young adults who participate in moderate-vigorous PA were positively associated with alcohol use (Lisha, Martens, & Leventhal, 2011).  The relationship between PA and alcohol use were the strongest in in adults age 20-25 (college aged), but there was still a moderate relationship in adults from the ages of 26-50.  These results are likely due to social-environmental context which can vary by age.  For example, participating in a recreational sports league may encourage increases in alcohol consumption while exercising. Another factor, that may influence the relationship between PA and alcohol use, is impulsivity.  Impulsivity can be defined as “multifactorial construct that involves a tendency to act on a whim, displaying behavior characterized by little [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Nutrition Info, Training Info|0 Comments

A Practical Look at HMB Supplementation Research and Application by Earl Wilcox

[This is a guest blog by Earl Wilcox. Earl is a graduate from the Kinesiology program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Earl currently possesses his CSCS from the NSCA and is an Applied Sports Science Intern at Athletic Lab.] Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) is a supplement that is a byproduct of the breakdown of the amino acid Leucine, which plays a vital role in the regulation of protein synthesis. It is because of this relationship that HMB could help improve performance. There is no magic bullet when it comes to supplements and HMB is no different. However, there are a few circumstances in which it could assist athletes in performing better. Why would you need a supplement like HMB if Leucine is readily available in foods rich in protein, specifically animal proteins? The reason is that during the breakdown of Leucine, only 5% is converted into HMB (Wilson et al., 2013). To reach the recommended daily dosage of 3 grams of HMB, one would have to consume 600 grams of protein to reach this dosage, which would be the equivalent of 5.5 pounds (88 ounces) of steak throughout the day. There is a restaurant in Texas that will let you eat for free if you can eat their entire 72 oz. steak dinner in one hour. Pictured below is the size of their steak; now imagine having to add an additional pound to that steak. (Picture of steak) While this certainly might be a delicious option for some, it would not be sustainable from a caloric intake standpoint because that amount of steak would have a caloric price tag just shy of 6,800 calories! This would not align with our goal of increasing athletic [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|Nutrition Info|0 Comments

Ring Training by Brandon Hooks

[This is a guest blog from Brandon Hooks. Brandon is a senior at Ferrum College pursuing his degree in Health and Human Performance. Brandon is participating in the coaching mentorship program at Athletic Lab.] The 2016 Summer Olympics will bring about a renewed interest in Gymnastics. The US Women's gymnastics team is expected to excel and is comprised of some of the fittest athletes in the world. Elite gymnasts are superior athletes and thus sparked my interest in the benefits of gymnastic ring exercises. However, rings exercise is not just for gymnasts. These rings are increasing in popularity in gyms as people search for the best total body workouts. Are gymnastic rings the new innovative way to building strength? Gymnastics rings are a functional training tool that builds upper body. In the article, “Effects of suspension training and growth hormone axis”. (1) Researchers conclude from data collected that indicated a suspension training workout using the recommended 30 sec: 60 sec work:rest ratio is sufficient to stimulate the GH axis in recreationally active young adult males. Practical Applications:  evidence supports the use of suspension training as a stimulus for anabolic hormone release, suggesting this is a viable alternative to traditional resistance training for stimulating the anabolic hormones that support recovery and muscle growth. In the article, “Anabolic Hormonal Responses to an Acute Bout of Suspension Training” written by T.P Scheett (2) indicates workouts using 30 sec work and rest intervals, 45 or 60 sec work and 30 or 45 sec rest intervals may likely result in more robust hormonal responses. The data from this study supports the use of suspension training exercise as a viable alternative mode of exercise to traditional resistance training. Suspension training exercise stimulated [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|Training Info|1 Comment