Athletic Lab to offer Vinyassa Yoga Mobility Class

Next Saturday (September 12, 2015), Athletic Lab will have a special guest instructor to lead a Vinyassa yoga class during our normally scheduled Saturday 9am Mobility Class. Mary Ketterhagen will be leading the class. Mary is a Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour teacher and Arrichion Hot Yoga 200 hour Yoga teacher.
As a teacher, it is my goal to help students develop their own practice. My motto is “BYOG ­ Be Your Own Guru!” I no longer think people need the fancy studios with lavender towels, or a teacher that tells kooky parables. All we need is the desire to improve and the willingness to work hard without self judgement.
-Mary Ketterhagen
Vinyasa yoga is a movement practice for refining your strength in a greater range of motion. With emphasis on optimal breathing, this class begins with sun salutations to prepare the body with dynamic stretching. Special emphasis will be paid to opening the hips and strengthening the core. This class incorporates arm balances and inversion practice.

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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 |September 4th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Brian Guilmette and Houston Deck join Athletic Lab coaching staff

Athletic Lab is proud to announce the addition of Brian Guilmette and Houston Deck to our coaching staff. Both coaches are products of our 2015 Summer Coaches Apprenticeship program. Brian joins us following 2 years with the University of Charlotte where he coached the football and baseball teams. As with all our Sport Performance coaches, Brian has a BS in a sport science, is recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach by the National Strength & Conditioning Association and has his USA Weightlifting and USA Track & Field Level 1 credentials. Houston joins us from Florida where he completed his undergraduate studies at Florida Southern University. Houston is a CrossFit and USA Weightlifting Level 1 coach and prior to joining Athletic Lab coached weightlifting and CrossFit for 3 years at various facilities in Florida.
I’m very excited to add Brian and Houston to our staff. We pride ourselves with having one of the most qualified and experienced staff in the country and these guys fit that mold. Not only that, but they are passionate about what they do and genuinely care about the success of our members and athletes. These are the defining characteristics of successful coaches and they will make a great addition to our team.

– Mike Young, PhD
Athletic Lab Owner & Director of Performance

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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 |September 4th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab’s Mike Young assists USA Track & Field World Championships Team

Athletic Lab’s Mike Young just recently returned from 8 days in Narita, Japan where he served as a Sport Scientist for the 2015 World Championship team. Young stayed and assisted the team at daily practices of their pre-World Championship training camp in Narita, Japan. Young has served a variety of roles for USATF over the past 15 years but has been the shot put biomechanist of that entire time. In Japan, Young worked with the shot putters who ended up taking home a Gold Medal and Bronze medal at the World Championships in Beijing, China.

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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 |September 1st, 2015|News|0 Comments

2015 Labor Day Schedule

In observance of Labor Day, Athletic Lab will feature a modified 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.

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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 |August 30th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Seminar Series: Part 3 – Kipping Pullups

Athletic Lab staff are known around the world for their work in coaches education. Now we’re bringing home those services and offering it to our members with a Seminar Series aimed towards our members. We plan to have one FREE educational seminar each month on a topic specifically geared towards our members. The previous seminars were focused on front squat mobility and overhead squat mobility. The third seminar on kipping pullups will take place Saturday, September 29th from 9-10am and be lead by Athletic Lab coach Houston Deck.
Join Coach Houston for a quick and easy 1-hour seminar on the kipping pullup and the progressions that lead to a successful kipping pullup. If you have already learned the kipping pullup, come to hone your skills and become more efficient. Following the seminar, stick around for the 10am CF Performance Fitness for a special pullup inspired class.

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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 |August 27th, 2015|News|0 Comments

York & Smith Complete Virginia Spartan Super

Performance Fitness members Tristan York and Jeff Smith raced and completed the Virginia Spartan Super this past weekend. The Spartan Super is an 8+ mile race within the Spartan Race series. The Spartan Super was held in Wintergreen, Virginia at the 11,000 acre Wintergreen Ski Resort. The 8+ mile race featured 25+ obstacles that test the athlete’s strength, speed, power, and endurance.

Tristan finished 27th overall and 6th in his age group. This brings Tristan’s Spartan Race total to 7 and his 4th completed this year. In the 2015 season, Tristan has finished in the top 15 in his age group in every event. This includes the Ohio Spartan Beast featuring more than 13 miles of trail and more than 30 obstacles.

This was Jeff Smith’s first Spartan Race and he finished in the top half of all finishers.

The Virginia Spartan Super is one of the most grueling courses in the Spartan Super series.

Our Performance Fitness program offers intelligently programmed, expertly administered CrossFit training as Cary CrossFit. Our CrossFit and Endurance programs are one our most popular offerings and all Performance Fitness memberships come with access to all of our adult fitness classes. Whether you’re aspiring to compete in Weightlifting, CrossFit competitions, Spartan Races, or just looking to be the fittest at the office, Athletic Lab has a solution for your fitness goals.

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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 |August 25th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Becoming GREAT: Do you want it?

Have ever thought what it was like to be great at something. Do you dream about being great? Does being great sound good, but in reality seem unattainable? Why do you think you want to be great? What does being great actually mean to you?

Think carefully about these questions. The answers will determine what you are truly willing to do in order to achieve your goal of greatness.

First, set your goals high and your standards even higher. Never accept anything less from yourself and remain focused on every aspect of your goal to become great at what you do.

Once your goals are set you must study, just like you do to pass a test in school. Become an expert on what you do. Buy books and DVD’s. Reach out to experts in your field, ask questions and listen! Soak in as much information as you can. Becoming the expert will give you a major advantage over everyone else. Do not simply rely on others!

Next come the sacrifices. Being great isn’t normal. Therefore how can you live a normal life like normal people? You must eat better than normal people, sleep better than normal people, take care of your body better than normal people, workout better than normal people, practice better than normal people, be mentally stronger than normal people, be a role model better than normal people. Get it? You must live different and with a different purpose than most.

Goals are set, knowledge is gained, and sacrifices have been made. Now what? You must work work work! Not necessarily harder than your competition, but you must work smarter and better than your competition. When you are not training physically you must train mentally. When […]

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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 |August 18th, 2015|Training Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab University Soccer Prep Program Produces Results

Athletic Lab just completed our 4th annual Summer Soccer University Prep program and the results were fantastic. The program is designed for committed rising university freshman and university players to prepare for the upcoming college pre-season. We use athletic development best practices to make the athletes stronger, faster, and fitter while incorporating soccer specific elements in to the training. Our 3 person soccer coaching staff of John Grace, Stephanie Funderburk, and Mike Young have extensive soccer fitness coaching experience at the Club, NCAA Division 1, NASL, and MLS levels. We use evidence-based, field proven training methods along with the latest in sports science technology (team heart rate monitoring system, kBox kMeter, etc) and player readiness monitoring protocols typically reserved for professionals to provide the best possible training environment for our athletes.

All of the athletes have reported to camp and taken their pre-season fitness tests and all were among the best or the best on their respective teams. Here’s what some of them had to say….

We had only one fitness test of ten 100 yard sprints in 15 seconds then 45 second jog back to the line. I completed the test on the first attempt, which I can owe to all of you guys! Thank you, and everyone else at Athletic Lab, for everything you all have done. The training there was tough but definitely worth it! Thanks again.
-Maura (UNC Asheville)

We had our fitness test this morning and I passed it, I’m glad its over haha.  Thank you for helping me train this summer it really helped me improved my game and I feel like i can compete more physically.
-David (University of Memphis)
Our Summer Soccer University Prep program runs every year for 8 weeks over summer. This year […]

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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 |August 18th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Breathing is Good for You (Stop wearing Hypoxic Masks!) by John Vilardi

Oxygen deprivation masks, or high altitude simulator masks, started growing in popularity within the past couple years. The intent is to provide the user with a relatively inexpensive way of adapting the “live low-train high” concept which is supposed to increase Erythropoietin levels (EPO). EPO is important in endurance athletes because it is the glycoprotein hormone that controls erythropoiesis (red blood cell production), and more red blood cells (but not too much – too much makes the blood too viscous and can cause strokes and heart failure) means a greater capability to deliver oxygen to muscles, therefore the athlete does not fatigue as fast (this is the reason that endurance athletes blood dope). The training mask also promises: Increased lung capacity, increased anaerobic thresholds, increased oxygen efficiency, increased energy production, increased mental and physical stamina, and increased mental focus. We now know what the mask promises via their website, now let’s dive into what research says about acute hypoxic training.

One of the first things I found when researching hypoxic training is the fact that acute and chronic hypoxia can actually lead to a decrease in mitochondria (Hoppeler et al., 2003). Mitochondria is the body’s only way of making energy utilizing oxygen, meaning, it is crucial for aerobic fitness.

Training or living in a prolonged hypoxic environment has also been found to overproduce HIF-1 (Gross et al., 2001), which is a protein that is capable of producing tumors that can metastasize in response to oxygen deprivation (can cause cancer).

Sure, acute muscle hypoxia has been found to be a beneficial side effect of training in endurance athletes, (however, prolonged hypoxia can actually be […]

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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 |August 17th, 2015|Training Info|1 Comment

Intensity is King by Houston Deck

“Must have rest if you want to have intensity, must have intensity if you want to have results.”

-Chris Spealler

“Don’t be intimidated by volume, be intimidated by intensity.”

-Greg Glassman

Whether you’re a coach in charge of a team or coaching yourself, chances are a year from now, your approach to fitness will be entirely different than what you stand for today. Fitness as a sport industry has taken a boom over the past years, revolutionizing the coach’s approach towards their athletes in training. In some cases, it has changed how athletes approach themselves in garage gyms all over.  For instance, acceptance of movement standards that were once ridiculed, derision diets that are giving results (KEEPING them), and exercises that were once feared because of their complexity are in most cases beginning to become norms. All these are pros to the fitness augmentation. Unfortunately, one thing is still stalling athletes and teams. On paper, the program could quite possibly be the best balance and application of every physiological demand that the athlete undergoes. However, intensity is in complete neglect and disregard.

Let’s begin at the collegiate level and use football as an example for the sake of its popularity. The common practice of two week speed camps are a complete misunderstanding by the coaching staff on how speed is developed. What about two week preseason conditioning camps? Possible, but conditioning should still be in place to some degree relative to the time of season. This in no regards is an article on proper applications to training to improve speed, but the example is given to note the importance […]

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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 |August 16th, 2015|Training Info|0 Comments