Doretta Gaudreau & Adam Kohn run Rock n’ Roll Marathon

Director of Healthy Living, Doretta Gaudreau and Performance Fitness member Adam Kohn completed the 2015 Raleigh Rock n’ Roll Marathon. The race took the streets of downtown Raleigh on Sunday, April 12th. Here’s the course map that the competitors had to run.

Adam Kohn completed the 26.2 mile race in 3:20:24, which ranked him 30th overall. Doretta finished with a time of 4:01:42. Congrats to Doretta and Adam on their great accomplishment.

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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 |April 17th, 2015|News, Training Info|0 Comments

Mental Preparation for the Gym by Darius Marsh

Many people today struggle to get focused for the gym or pumped up for the workout ahead planned at the gym. Some feel they might need caffeine, pre-workout, or energy drinks. This is a flaw in the population today; not having multiple ways to get mentally prepared for the gym and having a successful workout. There are many ways to prepare for the gym that can be more cost efficient or less time consuming.  Some of these ways to mentally prepare for the gym include music, visualization, and motivational speeches.

The first option of mental preparation can be to create a music playlist specifically for the gym. Also, making sure that the playlist builds up your motivation for the gym and a successful workout. Think outside of the box for your music, ranging from different varieties of your all-tie favorite songs to pump yourself up for the gym. Have different playlist for different days at the gym, such as: strength, cardio or power focused.

The second option for your mental preparation can include visualization of your workout at the gym. Many athletes use this method such as track athletes for pre-race visualization. This method has been proven to increase an athlete’s performance. It only takes up to five minutes to visual your workout or positive vibes for the gym. You want to have silence whenever you take time out of your day for visualization.

Finally, the last option for mental preparation for the gym is motivational speeches. There are many motivational speeches out there on the internet that touch on different topics. These speeches can be used to pick you up on a down day.These speeches can also motivate you for a successful workout when your body feels […]

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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 |April 17th, 2015|Training Info|0 Comments

Glute Training for Knee Pain? by Pierre Miller

The first thing most of us might think of when someone says they are training their glutes are exercises like hip bridges or kick backs. Typically, some individuals think of these exercises as being more for women. As we get into more specific reasons for training the glutes, we will find that there are a lot of advantages to training this region. How many friends or athletes do you know that experience some sort of pain or discomfort to the front of their knee that radiates down their shin when either squatting, jumping, or running? It’s fair to say that we all know at least one person who complains of this issue. It could even be us.

One question you could ask them is how often they are training their glutes or better yet their entire hip complex? I’m sure some of them will say not that often or not at all. When we think of the human body as a whole, we know that it all functions together as a movement system to create fluid motion (Muscolino 2011). Over the course of our lives we may experience injuries or other dysfunctions that our body has to overcome. In terms of exercise, our body may start to develop faulty movement patterns to compensate for weakened or under-active muscles due to injury or from learned behavior over time. The more we ingrain these faulty patterns into our system the more comfortable and natural they feel. Comfortable does not necessarily mean they are correct or proper.

When thinking of movement patterns, almost all movements we do in sports or exercise, with the exception of a few, involve activation […]

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

Athletic Lab Weightlifting Club bring home 2 medals from Masters National Championships

The Athletic Lab Weightlifting Club sent 3 members to compete at the Masters Weightlifting National Championships in Monrovia, CA. Barry Myers competed in the mens 55-59 year old 69kg (152 lbs) weight division, James Gold competed in the mens 35-39 year old 94kg (207 lbs) weight division, and Athletic Lab founder Dr. Mike Young competed in the mens 35-39 year old 77kg (170 lbs) weight division. Barry brought home a gold medal by snatching 75kg (165 lbs) and clean and jerking 97kg (213 lbs) for a total of 172kg (378 lbs). Young took 2nd in his weight division with a snatch of 98kg (216 lbs) and a clean and jerk of 122kg (268 lbs) to total 220kg (484 lbs). Winning Young’s session was current American record holder and Olympian Chad Vaughn who was awarded the top lifter of the meet.

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 Nutritionist and 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.

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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 |April 13th, 2015|News|1 Comment

May Beach Body Challenge

Summer is almost here and Athletic Lab will be running a “Beach Body Challenge” to get you looking right. The challenge will run for 4 weeks and from April 27th through May 23rd. Fans of our Healthy Living Challenge will be familiar with the rules but we’re shortening the length of the challenge and making the rules a little more rigorous. The Beach Body Challenge should be a fun way to get fit and learn healthy habits at a great value.

Challenge: Get fit and shed those extra pounds from winter
Rules:

Weigh-in at the beginning and end of the challenge
You must keep a food log that will be submitted to our Director of Healthy Living, Doretta Gaudreau
Points will be awarded for attending training sessions (be sure to checkin!), turning in your food log each week, and for each pound lost

Prize: A free BodyMetrix Ultrasound for body composition ($40 value) and your choice of a $100 account credit or a $150 gift card to be given to a friend or family member.
Cost: $25 per person
Duration: April 27-May 23

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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 |April 8th, 2015|News, Nutrition Info|0 Comments

Congrats to Allen Woodard on his World Record

Congrats to former Athletic Lab​ athlete Allen Woodard on setting a world record last weekend. Allen became the first man over 45 to run under 50 seconds in the 400m. Allen trained at Athletic Lab for 2 years as part of HPC Elite, the Olympic Development Track & Field team coached by Athletic Lab founder Mike Young. The team disbanded after the 2012 Olympic trials when Young left to become the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Allen has since moved to Texas and continues to reach new heights on the track. Allen is a multi-time national champion, having recently won an indoor 200m national championship in Winston-Salem. At 46, he is now the oldest man to go sub-50 for 400 meters after clocking his magnificent 49.69 Saturday at the 33rd Annual Victor Lopez Classic at Rice University in Houston. He beat the listed M45 world record of 50.18 by American Khalid Mulazim at 2011 Berea nationals.

Here’s a recent video about Allen’s amazing story:

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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 |April 8th, 2015|News|1 Comment

Super Zuumba classes at Athletic Lab

Ditch the workout. Join the Party!

Athletic Lab is proud to announce we’ll begin offering Super Zuumba classes beginning April 1st, 2015. Everyone knows Zuumba as a fun way to get fit.  Zuumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Super Zuumba doesn’t just kick that up a notch. It kicks it up 10 notches. It kicks it up notches previously unknown to man. You will have fun and get fit while learning super charged, highly complexified, Dancing-with-the-Stars-worthy, advanced versions of the Salsa, Merengue and Cha Cha.

Studies by super sciencey researchers in lab coats has shown that an hour long Super Zuumba class burns at least 5,000 calories and reduces body fat by 5-8%.
We’re really excited to offer Super Zuumba at Athletic Lab. We know everyone from our general fitness members to our Olympic and professional athletes will benefit from the killer workout Super Zuumba provides. With our promise to offer a game changing and life changing training experience, adding Super Zuumba to our current slate of classes was a natural fit and I think it will help us bring our research-based, field-proven sports performance training methods to another level.
– Mike Young, PhD
Athletic Lab Owner & Director of Performance
Athletic Lab is in the process of converting our 9 weightlifting platforms in to Super Zuumba dance stations. Each platform will feature its own surround sound system and Shake Weights for toning. Completion of the conversion is expected by mid-April.  The new Super Zuumba class will be offered at 5am daily and is open to all members. Come dance your way to elite fitness!

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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 |April 1st, 2015|News|0 Comments

April Personal Training Promos

Athletic Lab will be offering a special April promotional package for our Private Training Packages to get you fit for Summer. During the month of April, we’ll be selling a special 3 month private training package geared towards looking great and losing weight. If you commit to this 3 month package, you will receive FREE BodyMetrix Body Composition Tests (valued at $80) at the beginning and end of the 3 months. For every percent of body fat that you lose you will be credited 3% of your total cost of the program. To put that another way, the more successful you are…the less you pay! This promotional special will be offered on all of our Monthly Private Training Packages (not “Punch Card” options) and requires a 3 months commitment. If you’re interested in participating in this special offer please contact our Director of Private Training, Stephanie Shaw for details.

During the month of April, we’ll also be offering existing private training clients a referral bonus. If a current private training client refers a friend or family member who signs up for the 3 month challenge they will receive a 1 month 5-7 package free (upgrading the bonus can be done for an additional fee).

 

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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 |March 31st, 2015|News|0 Comments

Examining the Role of Stretching by Pierrie Miller

Stretching. It’s something that most individuals are introduced to at a young age, especially those who’ve played sports. One of the most common forms of stretching used during the warm-up is the static stretch. Often, athletes don’t question the reason why they are stretching, they are just told that it’s required. This form of stretching involves holding the stretched muscle in the relaxed position for 10-30 seconds (and sometimes longer). My question is: how important is it to include static stretching in your warm-up? Specifically, when training athletes who will conduct large explosive movements through a full range of motion in their training or sport. Seemingly, it would be more appropriate to implement a warm-up routine that better prepares the athlete for those specific movements that are used during competition/training. This is where I recommend dynamic stretching, conducting movements that allow the joints to functionally pass through the full range of motion (Nadelen, 2012). Dynamic stretching better prepares the body for activity by allowing the muscles to “get warm” in preparation for exercise.

Static stretching is not all bad and it can be used during the warm up on certain occasions, but only after light jogging  or other movements that warm the muscles that are intended to be stretched. When Bingul (2014) tested the optimal interval time for peak performance using a dynamic stretching protocol, he found within the study that those individuals in the dynamic stretching routine group showed a 14% peak performance increase within the hamstring complex when compared to the group that did not conduct a stretching routine. Within this same test, it was also found that the static stretching group showed no significant reduction […]

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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 |March 31st, 2015|Training Info|0 Comments

Jef Souza wins 3 National Championships

Athletic Lab Masters Track & Field athlete won three national championships at the USA Track & Field Masters Indoor National Championships held in Winston-Salem, NC on March 20th-22nd. Souza won national championships in the long jump, 60m hurdles and pentathlon less than a month after winning a national championship in the heptathlon in Kenosha, WI. Jef also took second place in the shot put.

Souza competes in the 40-44 year old age bracket and is a world champion, multi-time national champion and national record holder. Jef Souza resides in Miami but has been coached by Athletic Lab’s Dr. Mike Young for the past 5 years as part of Athletic Lab’s correspondence training team and is a regular visitor to 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 |March 30th, 2015|News|0 Comments