Athletic Lab expansion and up-fit

Athletic Lab is excited to announce that we have expanded our training facility from 10,000 sqft to 15,600 sqft. The additional space will be used for much needed staff offices and to allow us to bring mutually beneficial partnerships under one roof. In addition to the expansion, the original Athletic Lab training hall has also undergone significant changes in the couple months. Highlighting these changes are the up-fit of our lobby and reception desk area, the installation of 3,500 sqft of turf grass, the addition of a new weight room complete with a 24 foot wall-mounted pullup rig, building a ‘mega’ storage unit, and upgrading our 7 Olympic weightlifting platforms with larger steal rimmed versions.

 

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 21st, 2014|News|0 Comments

Next week is “Bring a Friend Week”

Starting this coming Monday (October 20th, 2014) members are encouraged to share their membership Athletic Lab with their friends and families. For the week of Monday October 20th through Saturday October 26th, Athletic Lab is extending an invite to all members to bring a friend for free. Members are welcome to bring as many friends as they’d like as often as they’d like to come for the entire week. There’s no commitment on their part and all they’ll need to do is sign our waiver the first time they’re in. This offer is good for ALL Athletic Lab program (Scholastic, Performance Fitness and even Private Training!). For Private training sessions the guest MUST train at the same time as the member. If your friend signs up for a non-punchcard membership our standard $50 referral bonus will apply.

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Classes Cancelled on October 25th for NC State Weightlifting Championships

All classes will be cancelled on Saturday October 25th for the North Carolina Weightlifting Championships. Athletic Lab is hosting the state championships for the 2nd straight year and many of our members are lifting. We encourage you to come out and support your fellow Athletic Lab athletes. If you are interested in volunteering at the meet please contact John Grace.

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 17th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Should Youth Strength Train? by Dominique Stasulli

[Dominique Stasulli is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

Should your child be weight training to supplement their traditional sporting practices? There has been much controversy in recent years on whether or not strength training (also known as resistance training) in youth population is safe or effective. Many parents voice their concerns for their child’s health, based on the belief that resistance training may damage growth plates, stunt growth, lead to injury, build muscle prematurely, and hinder pubertal progression. These concerns are reasonable but not valid or supported by the research. This article serves to be an informative piece to clear up the parental concerns regarding any negative effects of strength training in youth populations.

Does strength training damage my child’s bone growth or tendons?
In a growing child, growth cartilage can be found at the following three locations: the ends of long bones, the lining of joint surfaces, and where tendons attach to the bones (1). The potential for injury to this type of vulnerable tissue is actually less in preadolescent (prepubescent) children because cartilage is actually more pliable and resistant to sheering forces at this age (1). The evidence suggests that strength training in youth, actually increases the strength of ligaments, tendons, and bone (2), much like other weight bearing exercise. Childhood and adolescence is an opportune time for the process of bone remodeling, in which the body recycles structural bone cells in order to then build stronger bones (by increasing the bone mineral density); the body does this in response to tensile or compressive forces, such as those experienced with resistance training or any other weight bearing activity. In the most recent statement from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), it is stated […]

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 14th, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments

Classes Cancelled Saturday, October 25th

All classes will be cancelled Saturday, October 25th. Athletic Lab is hosting the 2014 North Carolina Weightlifting State Championship. Come by and watch some weightlifting and support our weightlifting team.

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments

October Bring a Friend Week

Athletic Lab is hosting another “Bring a Friend” week in October. For the week of Monday October 20th through Saturday October 26th, Athletic Lab is extending an invite to all members to bring a friend for free. Members are welcome to bring as many friends as they’d like as often as they’d like to come for the entire week. There’s no commitment on their part and all they’ll need to do is sign our waiver the first time they’re in. This offer is good for ALL Athletic Lab program (Scholastic, Performance Fitness and even Private Training!). For Private training sessions the guest MUST train at the same time as the member. If your friend signs up for a non-punchcard membership our standard $50 referral bonus will apply.

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments

September Performance Fitness Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the top 3 winners for both men and women in the first Athletic Lab Performance Fitness Challenge!

For each CrossFit class attended, points were awarded to the top five male and female competitors.

1st place: 10 pts
2nd place: 8 pts
3rd place: 6 pts
4th place: 4 pts
5th place: 2 pts

At the end of the week, points were added up for each individual. Prizes are to be awarded to the final top 3 men and women with the most points.

For the men our top 3 competitors are:

Frank L, Keith P, and Ryan W.

For our women, we had a lot of equal competition and at the end of the week we ended up with a five-way tie! After awarding 1 point for every endurance class that was attended that week, it was concluded that our top 3 women are:

Devon J, Nina F, and Mallory B.

The Athletic Lab Performance Fitness Challenge will be held during the last week of each month.

Congratulations to the top 3 male and female competitors.

 

 

 

 

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments

The Compression Garment Movement by Dominique Stasulli

[Dominique Stasulli is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

In the past ten years, compression gear has been slowly taking over the market of athletic gear. Long gone are the days when loose running shorts to stay cool and sweats for warmth dominated. The compression movement has spread across all sports and athletes of all ages over a short period of time. There is a use for it in every facet of the game: compression for the heat, compression for the cold, compression for performance enhancement, and even compression as a restoration tool. Here, the use and effectiveness of wearing this type of gear post-workout with the intention to speed recovery will be examined in the research.

A 2010 study by Sear et al., examined the effects of full-body compression on a metabolically taxing workout regime with interspersed bursts of high-intensity intervals and bouts of rest, specifically in team sports (1). They found that the compression produced a slight enhancement in tissue oxygenation and thus exercise performance (1). It was proposed that compression garments improve the availability of oxygen after high-intensity interval bursts, speeding reoxygenation of peripheral muscles and metabolic recovery between intervals (1). This can be traced back to the therapeutic use of compression in hospital patients, especially diabetics, to increase circulation and prevent blood from clotting. Some studies have found that compression garments decrease muscle oscillation during contraction and prevents venous blood pooling, leading to increases stroke volume (the amount your hear pumps with each cycle) and cardiac output (1).

The most well-known claim is that compression of the muscles can help speed post workout recovery, by virtue of its effects on the circulatory system. A study measuring the effects of compression garments worn in […]

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 7th, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments

Pre-workout Nutrition:  Fueling vs. Feeding your body by Carson Criswell

[Carson is a Exercise Science Major at North Carolina Central University and an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

When I was in high school, my pre-workout meal normally consisted of a McDonald’s chicken sandwich with “no mayo please.”  As I got a little older, I started to get fancy and I added a parfait.  At that point in time, I kind of knew, but even more so today, I know that it was far from my best pre-workout meal options.   The parfait was actually a good choice, though, so I cut myself a little slack.

We have to eat something before we workout and most of us just eat so that we can say we put something into our body.  Please, don’t get me started on the notion of: “Well, I’m just going to work it off anyway, so let me grab a milkshake.”  Feeding your body and fueling your body are two vastly different things.  Why make yourself do more with less?  By eating better foods before you workout or participate in an activity, you can improve your stamina, performance and stability.  The ideas and conversations about eating your fruits and vegetables may seem redundant, but it’s for good reason. Simple is better.

You might have many questions, like: “What provides a quick energy boost or lasting energy?” OR “How soon should I eat before I workout?”  Let’s take a quick look and see the answers to these questions.

Studies show significant improvements in performance when the body has time to breakdown the needed nutrients for activity, i.e. increasing usable ATP (your usable energy source).  Trainers, scientists and nutritionists agree that an hour before a workout is the optimal time at which you should eat a good […]

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 6th, 2014|Nutrition Info|0 Comments

The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do by Kelsey Haddock

[Kelsey Haddock is a Health Fitness Specialist Major at East Carolina University and an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

I know what it feels like to wake up, look in the mirror and be completely ashamed of myself. How did I get like this? Why do I feel so uncomfortable in my clothes, or even more uncomfortable in a bathing suit? I’ve tried dieting before, in addition to running on the elliptical at the student recreation center, and I thought after a couple of days I should be seeing results. But what I failed to realize is that if it took months, or even years to put this weight on, its not going to just fall off in the matter of a couple days.

So, here I am, sitting on my bedroom floor, clothes are thrown everywhere. At this point I have given up on trying to dress myself in anything other than sweat pants and a t-shirt. The following day was New Years Eve and all I could think about was what am I going to wear? What will make me look slim? What will be comfortable?

I had enough.

The next day, I became one of those “New Year’s Resoultioners” who promised myself I was going to lose this weight. People laughed at that, and people doubted me. I started eating healthier, I found what foods I enjoyed and which foods I didn’t really care for. I joined a gym, but I never ventured off to any part of the facility other than the dark movie room that consisted of treadmills and ellipticals.
But things did start to change. I felt better, I had more energy, which led to me waking up earlier, and I no longer took 2-3 […]

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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.

By |October 3rd, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments