Athletic Lab Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays! We have a few schedule changes coming up due to the holiday season. Please take note of the time changes on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 24th
7am CF
8am Performance Fitness Endurance
3pm CF Competition Team
3:30pm Olympic Weightlifting
4pm Scholastic Speed
5pm Scholastic Strength
5pm CF
5pm Performance Fitness Foundations

Thursday, December 25th
CLOSED

Wednesday, December 31st
7am CF
8am Performance Fitness Endurance
3pm CF Competition Team
3:30pm Olympic Weightlifting
4pm Scholastic Strength
5pm Conditioning & Agility
5pm CF
5pm Performance Fitness Foundations

Thursday, January 1st
4pm Olympic Weightlifting
4pm Scholastic Speed
5pm Scholastic Strength
5pm CF
6pm CF

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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 |December 17th, 2014|News|0 Comments

2015 New Year’s Promotions

To kick off the New Year, Athletic Lab is offering three awesome promotions to kick start your New Year’s resolution and help you get in to the best shape of your life in 2015.

New Year BodyMetrix Deal. We will be offering FREE body composition analysis on January 1st and 2nd using our BodyMetrix Ultrasound machine to the first 30 people to sign up. Signups are on a first come first serve basis and are open to all current members. Reserve your spot HERE.
Parents of Scholastic Parents receive 10% off their first private training package.
Around the World Personal Training promotion. For just $60 you can see if personal training is for you and try a variety of our coaches. You’ll have the entire month of January to do 4 private training sessions with 4 different Athletic Lab coaches. You’ll coordinate to train with Stephanie, Eric, Drake, John, Chris, Nick Kelsey, or Casey to see if personal training is for your and see how you work with each coach. Sign up HERE.

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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 |December 15th, 2014|News|0 Comments

How to Build a Weightlifting Platform

Building a weightlifting platform for your weightlifting gym or garage gym may seem like a daunting task. Don’t worry, you don’t need Bob Vila-esque skills to pull this off. Some simple tools will make this process much faster, but you don’t need many.

Build time: ~60-90 minutes

What you’ll need:

1½” Wood Screws
2″ Wood Screws
4 – 4’x8′ Plywood Sheets for bottom
1 – 4’x8′ Nicer Plywood Sheet for top
2 – 4’x6′ Horse Stall Mats (you’ll have extra)
A Drill-Driver
Sharp Utility Knife
Straight Edge
Tape Measure

Here are the steps we used to build our 9 Olympic weightlifting platforms in Athletic Lab:

Step 1: Lay two of the 4’x’8 sheets of plywood butted up next to each other in a vertical fashion. Be sure to get these two sheets as flush as you can.

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Step 2: Lay the remaining two 4’x8′ sheets of plywood on top of the first layer in a horizontal fashion. Again, be sure to get all four sheets as flush together as you can on the outside edges. This will give it a nice finished appearance when complete.

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Step 3: Now that you have two layers, attach both layers by screwing the top layer to the bottom layer using 1½” screws. We used about 10 screws around the edge of each plywood sheet (20 screws total). You can use more screws as needed.

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Step 4: Cut your two 4’x6′ horse stall mats into four 4’x2′ pieces. To do this, use a measuring tape, a straight edge, and sharp utility knife  – you may even need to change the blade once or twice.

Step 5: Place the single 4’x8′ nice sheet of plywood in the approximate middle of the platform and place two 4’x2′ cut horse stall mats on each side of the plywood. Make the […]

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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 |December 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Cayley Ryan wins American Bouldering Series Regional Championship

Athletic Lab athlete Cayley Ryan won the American Bouldering Series Regional Championship – girls Youth B, this past weekend. Cayley will be competing in January in Charlotte, NC at the divisional event. Cayley competed in four events this season and has won all four. Bouldering is a unique blend of rock climbing and problem solving without the use of harness or ropes.

Cayley is a team member of the Triangle Rock Club

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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 |December 11th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Policy, Fee and Schedule Changes for 2015

Effective January 1, 2015 Athletic Lab will be making several changes to our membership fees, membership options, class schedule, and hold policy.

Membership Fees

All NEW Performance Fitness memberships will increase by $5 / month. This change will be in effect for all commitment tiers. All current members as of December 31, 2014 will be ‘grandfathered’ at their current membership and can stay at that price plan as long as they remain a member. If a membership lapses and the member decides to return at a later time, the ‘grandfathered’ pricing will no longer apply. To be clear, Athletic Lab realizes increases in prices are never fun but we have not increased our Performance Fitness membership monthly cost for over 2 years.  This is in spite of increases in the cost of doing business and significant investments in the facility. In 2014 alone, over $30,000 was spent on new equipment and renovations. After examining both the local and national market we are confident that our new pricing is not only fair but remains an extreme value versus our competitors. In fact, our prices are still considerably below the local average for similar fitness programs despite Athletic Lab boasting the largest and most well equipped facility and most experienced and credentialed staff.

New Membership Options

Performance Fitness

Beginning January 1, we will be offering a 3x / week Performance Fitness membership. We decided to add this option to offer more flexibility to current and potential members. The pricing for this plan sits in the middle of our existing 2x / week and unlimited memberships and is available through our member portal.

Monthly Personal Training Packages

Beginning January 1, we will offer monthly personal training packages that can be purchased in 4 different tiers based on the number of times […]

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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 |December 11th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Can Music help Improve Athletic Performance? by Aminee Alexander

Walk into any gym right now. One common theme you’re probably going to encounter is music. Whether that be the gym playing music over their speakers or gym users tuning out that music and everyone else with their headphones, music is a big part of gym culture. Music can be a motivating factor while exercising as well as provide a distraction from the physical exertion. As we all know, there are two types of exercise categories aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise includes activities such as long-distance running, dancing, and swimming. Anaerobic exercise includes weight-lifting, sprinting, and jumping which are aspects of various competitive sports. The effects of music on both types of exercises has been studied but the studies on music and aerobic exercise far outweigh those focused on anaerobic exercise and music (Atan, 2013). This is probably due to the fact that it may be easier to see more significant results after the longer duration of aerobic exercise than a short-term, high intensity anaerobic exercise.

Music’s effects on anaerobic exercise
A study was conducted to show the effects of motivational music on performance of the Wingate Test. The Wingate test is an anaerobic test that is used to measure peak anaerobic performance and anaerobic capacity. In this study, they found that during this thirty second test the motivational music appeared to delay fatigue over the course of the test (Brooks,2010). This is an important finding because sports that require quick sprints or quick bouts of power use the anaerobic energy system and if motivational music can help delay fatigue, their performance in their respective sport can potentially improve. Another study utilizing […]

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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 |December 8th, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab provides support for Hillsdale College Chargers

Athletic Lab is proud to announce a partnership with the Hillsdale College Chargers. The staff of Athletic Lab was sought out by the Chargers to provide program-wide assistance on improving the performance of their athletic programs while reducing injuries. Hillsdale College is located in Hillsdale, MI. They are a Division 2 athletic program known as the “conservative Harvard” for their outstanding academics. The college competes in the GLIAC conference.
We are honored that Hillsdale College sought out our services and are proud to help their coaches and athletes. The school has a long standing history as one of the finest Academic institutions in the country and a track record for Athletic success. We hope to bring Athletic Lab’s world renowned training philosophy and systems to Hillsdale College. 

– Mike Young, PhD
Athletic Lab Owner & Director of Performance
Despite being a small school of just under 1,500 students, Hillsdale College has been very successful competing against much larger rivals and boasts 2 players currently in the NFL.

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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 |December 7th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Weightlifting Team has success in 2014

North Carolina is becoming a hotbed for weightlifting in the United States. Athletic Lab’s weightlifting team is no different as they have made strides to be among the top clubs in North Carolina. We are very excited to see the growth of our weightlifting team and the success that every member has had in 2014 up to this point. Among many local medalists, here are a few highlights from our weightlifting team on the national level in 2014:

1 Masters National Champion & new American Open record holder.
3 Masters American Open medalists.
2 Junior National competitors.
1 Collegiate National competitor.
North Carolina Weightlifting’s “Best Men’s Team” at the State Championship.

Athletic Lab is North Carolina’s Regional Training Center and offers many competitive opportunities for established weightlifters as well as those looking to break into the sport. We have eight weightlifting platforms accompanied by Muscle Driver competition bars and bumpers, two sets of Rhode Blocks pulling blocks, and two sets of jerk blocks. Most importantly, we have an extremely competitive training environment to push you to the next level of your weightlifting career.

Drop by to see our updated facility and learn more about your competitive opportunities as a weightlifter at Athletic Lab.

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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 |November 28th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Mike Young lectures at Speed Elite Clinic

This past weekend, Athletic Lab founder Dr. Mike Young, spoke to many of the top track & field and strength coaches in the country at the prestigious Annual South Carolina Sprint Clinic hosted by the University of South Carolina. Young spoke alongside some of the top coaches and sport scientists in the field. The clinic featured Lawrence “Boogie” Johnson (World Champion and U.S record holder 100m Hurdles Briana Rollins Coach), Curtis Frye (Olympic Gold Medalist Allen Johnson’s coach, several USA team coaching staff for Olympic and World Championship). Dennis Mitchell (Coach of Justin Gatlin and Junior 200m World Champion Kaylin Whitney), Dr. Ralph Mann (USATF Biomecanist) and Dr. Brad DeWeese (Worked with USA Winter Olympic 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 |November 26th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Run Jason Run

In a couple days, millions of Americans will kick off their Thanksgiving celebrations with a 5km road race. The “Turkey Trot” has become a tradition across the country. Some take the race seriously while others just do it for fun and family time. Whatever the case, a 5km run can be a challenge. But imagine if you were to finish your 5km race and then do it again, and again, and again….until you had done it 118 times in a row before you were done. As unfathomable as that sounds, Athletic Lab member Jason Ledoyen will be attempting to do just that in the Tarheel Ultra run….a 367 mile (590 km) running journey across the state of North Carolina. You can see the course here. The race starts begins on November 29th in Corova Beach, NC (Virginia state line) and finishes in Calabash, NC (South Carolina state line).

Jason first started at Athletic Lab in preparation for his first 100m race a couple years ago. And now that he has several 100 milers under his belt, he wanted to up the ante. Despite having an 8.5 day window to compete the course, Jason plans to run 60 miles per day for 5 ½ days. You can track Jason’s progress on this amazing journey online HERE. Be sure to wish him good luck if you see him in the final days of his preparation.
I feel confident in my training – successfully mixing a heavy dose of CrossFit with my running. A huge thanks goes to the entire Athletic Lab team for helping me prepare. My strength, stamina, and mental toughness are much improved through working with you. – Jason LeDoyen

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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 |November 25th, 2014|News|0 Comments