Beginning Wednesday May 4th we will be adding an additional Endurance Training Session to our Performance Fitness Schedule. The new Endurance Session will take the place of our normal 6am Performance Fitness CrossFit session. This means that as of May 2nd, we will be offering 5 Endurance Sessions each week: Mondays @ 6pm Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7am Wednesdays @ 6am Saturdays @ 9am Our Endurance class is one of our most popular class types at Athletic Lab. The class focuses on aerobic development with an emphasis on running, rowing and cycling interspersed with bodyweight, ploymetric and resistance training. The class is not only fun but a sub-community of the larger Athletic Lab family. The members who regularly attend Endurance class regularly compete in local and regional road races and obstacle course races. Also note that Friday April 29th marks the last day of our 8 week Strength class. This class has been taking place at 7am and 7pm on Monday and Wednesday and Friday at 7am and 6pm. These time blocks will return to normal CrossFit class programming.
Summer is just around the corner. That means time off from school and preparation for an upcoming sports season. Extended off-seasons don't exist in today's high level sporting environment. This is why Athletic Lab increases the number of training sessions each day we offer during the Summer months. For athletes, Athletic Lab’s Summer schedule provides an opportunity to maximize performance through multiple daily class sessions geared specifically to improve qualities needed to excel in sport. For the Summer, Athletic Lab will offer 11am morning classes in addition to our standard afternoon Scholastic Sport Performance sessions. The new group class schedule is as follows: Speed: Mon, Wed & Thurs @ 11am; Mon & Thurs @ 4pm; Wed @ 5pm; Sat @ 11am Strength: Mon & Thurs @ 5pm; Wed @ 4pm, Sat @ 12pm Strength [Weightlifting Emphasis]: Tues & Fri @ 11am Power: Tues & Fri @ 4pm Conditioning & Agility: Tues & Fri @ 5pm We offer both private and group training sessions with monthly prices starting at $119.95. Each athlete’s individualized program will be determined based on the results of our initial evaluation and the needs of the athlete’s family. For those who sign up before August 31st we are also running a Scholastic Summer unlimited program for $215.95 / month with a 3 month commitment. For University athletes or recently graduated High Schoolers looking to prepare for the upcoming Collegiate Soccer Season take a look at our 6 week University Prep Program. See the new Scholastic Summer schedule starting Monday, June 13th, below:
Athletic Lab's Director of Scholastic Training, Nick Newman, recently earned his Track & Field Technical Certification (TFTC) from the USTFCCCA's (United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association) Coaches Academy. Newman is a track & field athlete and coach himself and the author of The Horizontal Jumps: Planning For Long Term Development - one of the leading books on the jumping events. The Track & Field Academy is an educational and certification program designed to provide professional development opportunities for Track and Field and Cross Country coaches at all levels of the sport. The Track & Field Academy accomplishes this mission by offering coaches an organized program of instruction comprised of symposiums, courses, certifications and endorsements, containing diverse offerings addressing all levels and areas of the sport. Athletic Lab is proud to have the most educated, experienced and credentialed coaching staffs in the country.
Women's Charlotte Spartan Sprint Winner Stephanie Funderburk Athletic Lab's Endurance group sent a team of 10 athletes to participate in the Charlotte Spartan Sprint. Athletic Lab coach and Director of Private Training Stephanie Funderburk won the women's division besting all female competitors and coming in 98th overall. The team placed 36th out of 660 teams. High quality photos of the event are posted HERE. The event took place at Porter Farms, a 600-acre family owned and operated establishment in the peaceful town of Concord, North Carolina. The 3+ mile course was spread out over 100 acres of land. Our Endurance group represents individuals from a variety of backgrounds. The group started as members participating in our Endurance classes but has morphed in to a community and race team all to itself. The group regularly participates in local and regional endurance events ranging from obstacle races, ultra races, and marathons. In 2015, the team dominated the Ninja Challenge.
Today is the last day to register for our 2016 Summer Healthy Living Challenge. Don't miss out on this incredible life changing opportunity to learn healthy and sustainable lifestyle and nutritional habits that will help you reach your fitness and wellness goals. The average participant in our Healthy Living Challenge loses 4% body fat and learns sustainable healthy lifestyle changes that allow them to maintain or continue their losses! In this version of the Healthy Living Challenge we're switching things up a bit and incorporating the psychology of Loss Aversion. Loss aversion refers to people's tendency to strong preference of avoiding losses over acquiring gains. Most studies suggest that the fear of loss is twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains. Here are the details: Duration: 6 weeks Date: April 25th-June 5th Cost: $59.95-199.95 (see link below for details) Members will receive: 2 Body Composition Tests Circumference Measurements Pre and Post Performance Testing Nutritional and Goal Setting Consultation 140 Points Lifestyle Change! Signup Now! For more details click HERE.
Last weekend, Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young presented at the Proformance Child to Champion Conference in Gloucester, UK. Young provided a workshop and 2 lectures over the 3 day long term athlete development conference. Young's workshop focused on Velocity Based Training and provided insight on how we have used and implemented it at Athletic Lab. Mike also gave lectures on "Developing Speed Across the LTAD Continuum" and "Advanced Techniques for Developing Elite Strength & Power." The international conference featured presenters from the English Institute of Sport (EIS), Scotland Rugby, Manchester City Football Club, and Leicester City Football Club. The conference was attended by top coaches and sports scientists from a half dozen countries and the conference hashtag #childtochampion was trending on twitter for the final 2 days of the conference. Young is scheduled for several presentations over the next month including the following: Keynote speaker at the National Association of Speed and Explosiveness Annual Conference (May 13-14; California, PA) Exxentric Summit (May 20-21; Stockholm, Sweden) Athletic Lab High Proformance Athletic Development Conference (May 28-29; Cary, NC)
One of the things that makes Athletic Lab so great is our members. And there's no one who embodies that more at Athletic Lab than Barry Myers. That's why for the month of April, Barry has been selected as our Member of the Month. Barry is fresh off another national championship in weightlifting. We're proud of our members and the amazing things they do on a daily basis. The feature will highlight one or more members each month. Click here to see previous members of the month. Name: Barry Myers Age: 57 What city were you born in? Scranton, PA What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I am a software tester at SAS Institute. I write computer code to automate the testing of our statistical software products. Right now I spend most of my free time lifting weights. However, I still occasionally get out and do rock climbing and ice climbing when I can. I became quite good as a climber in the 20 years I took off from weightlifting and even have a first ascent to my name. I also have several other hobbies (too many to list) that I hope to get back them someday when I retire. How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? How long have you been a member? Andrew Vessey, a good friend and fellow weightlifter told me about Athletic Lab. I started coming to the Athletic Lab about 2 and half years ago. Mike and John are great coaches and have helped me correct some problems I have had. We also have a great bunch of lifters here that are fun to be around and provide motivation to keep lifting hard. What's your favorite exercise? Least [...]
The masters athletes on the Athletic Lab weightlifting team travelled to Savannah, GA last weekend to compete in the Masters National championship. The team was represented by four athletes. The team was lead by Barry Myers who kept his stranglehold on national or international championships. Barry won the 55 year old 69kg class with a total of 176kg. This is Barry's 3rd consecutive win at this meet. In 2015 alone, Barry won the Masters Nationals, the Pan American Masters Championships, the IWF Masters World Cup and the Masters World Championships. The Athletic Lab Weightlifting Club provides training, learning and competitive opportunities for athletes looking to get involved in the sport of weightlifting as well as CrossFitters and fitness enthusiasts looking to improve their strength and technique. Every member of our staff including our Director of Operations are certified USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coaches. Dr. Young is a Level 2 coach and instructor for USAW and both Young and Coach John Grace hold executive positions within the North Carolina Local Weightlifting Committee. Contact us today if you're interested in joining our club.
Athletic Lab member Jason LeDoyen completed the Umstead 100 mile race over the weekend. Umstead Park spans Cary and Raleigh, NC and is known for it's trails and hilly terrain - the course is rolling hills with a total of 8,000 feet of climb over the 100 miles. Competitors ran the 12.5 mile Umstead loop eight times to complete the 100 mile race. Jason completed the 100 mile race in 21 hours and 11 minutes. Jason is no stranger to ultra-distance events. He ran 108.8 miles in the Croatan 24 in 2015 and the 367 mile Tar Heel Ultra in 2014. Congratulations Jason.
Summertime is coming and everyone wants to look their best. That's why we're excited to announce the return of our highly successful Healthy Living Challenge. The average participant in our Healthy Living Challenge loses 4% body fat and learns sustainable healthy lifestyle changes that allow them to maintain or continue their losses! We recently finished an 8 week post-New Years Healthy Living Challenge that was our largest and most successful yet. This time we're switching things up a bit and incorporating the psychology of Loss Aversion. Loss aversion refers to people's tendency to strong preference of avoiding losses over acquiring gains. Most studies suggest that the fear of loss is twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains. Here are the details: Duration: 6 weeks Date: April 25th-June 5th Cost: $59.95-199.95 (see below for details) Members will receive: 2 Body Composition Tests Circumference Measurements Pre and Post Performance Testing Nutritional and Goal Setting Consultation 140 Points Lifestyle Change! Signup Now! How it works: Members will commit to pay at the conclusion of the challenge. Members will commit to purchase or rent a FitBit wristband. FitBit is a wearable wristband that allows wearers to track the number of steps they take in a day, the number of floors they climb and the quality and duration of their sleep. Once registered, you can purchase or rent a FitBit charge. They are available for purchase for $76 which is 40% off the normal retail price ($119.95 + tax). Alternatively, a FitBit can be rented for $36. Participation in the challenge will provide each member with 140 points. Throughout the challenge members have the opportunity to retain their points by successfully completing challenges. Failure to complete daily challenges will result in a loss of some or all of that day's [...]