Last week, Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young, spoke at Altis for their January Apprentice Coach Program and at the North Carolina Strength Coaches Association Clinic. Altis is an elite athlete & coach training environment focused on the sport of Track & Field. The group is based in Phoenix, AZ and boasted 16 athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. Altis regularly offers learning opportunities for coaches and performance therapists. Young was invited to speak to the visiting coaches and staff at the Altis January Apprentice Coach Program which featured coaches from around the world. Several days later, Young spoke at the North Carolina Strength Coaches Association Clinic at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. The North Carolina Strength Coaches Association holds an annual clinic and this is Young's second time speaking at the event in 3 years. If you are interested in having Young or any other member of the Athletic Lab staff speak privately or at an event please contact us for details.
Join Athletic Lab coach Greg Gustin for his skills workshop on hand balancing. This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to learn in a hands-on, classroom setting, fully dedicated to teaching the technical aspects associated with different types of hand balancing and handstands. With this 90 minute workshop, you will learn and practice progressions from basic hand balancing to full handstands. While some inversion experience is preferred for this skills class, modifications can be made for all experience levels. When: Sunday, January 29th 10:30am – 12:00pm Cost: FREE to members and non-members We're limiting this workshop to 15 people. Register NOW!
To kick off 2017, we sat down with legendary Track & Field coach Dan Pfaff. Dan is currently the Head Jumps Coach and Multi-Events coach at Altis in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been the coach of multiple Olympic medalists including gold medalist and world record holder in the 100m, Donovan Bailey. His most recent medalist came in 2012 with long jumper Greg Rutherford. He as also coached at power-house Track and Field programs at LSU, University of Texas, and the University of Florida. This podcast includes topics on: A brief coaching history. Ideas on training intensities, volumes, and densities. The general to specific training continuum. Training strengths and weaknesses. Mechanical models of sport and when to deviate. When and why to make technical changes and how to decide if investing the time is worth it. Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C scenarios. and more... If you liked this podcast, you'll love: Episode #3 - Nick Winkelman Episode # 1 - Mladen Jovanovic
The newly minted North Carolina FC (formerly Carolina Railhawks) have officially partnered with Athletic Lab for their Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning needs during the upcoming 2017 season. North Carolina FC (NCFC) is a an American professional soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. The team trained at Athletic Lab during the last weeks of the 2016 season on a trial basis. The team was founded in 2006, as the Carolina Railhawks and recently announced a rebranding to become North Carolina FC and make a bid to join the MLS. The team currently plays in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The team previously trained at Athletic Lab during the 2010 and 2011 seasons during which they won the 2010 NASL title and the 2011 NASL regular season title. Following those two banner years, Athletic Lab's Mike Young joined the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS where he served as the Head Fitness coach for the First team from 2012-2014. During his time in Vancouver, the team became the first Canadian team to make the MLS playoffs by posting one of the largest turn-around seasons in MLS history. In the 2013, the team improved on their record again and won the coveted Cascadia Cup over the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders. We're very excited to be working with North Carolina FC again. With myself and Coach John Grace both having experience in the MLS, I believe we have the knowledge and know-how to really help the team. The organization is top notch from the players all the way up through the coaches and team executives. NCFC is the top soccer club in a state with an unbelievable soccer history so we're very proud that they choose [...]
Last weekend, Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young lead a 2 day workshop on Soccer Fitness in Seoul, South Korea. The workshop was hosted by Xion Sports Performance Training Center. Xion is the first and only sports performance center in South Korea. On Day 1, Mike provided 5 lectures related to soccer fitness: Fundamental concepts of periodization and monitoring for team sports, Developing energy system fitness for soccer, Designing the soccer fitness session, Integrating strength training for soccer athletes, and Advanced concepts for enhancing speed, deceleration, change of direction and agility On Day 2, Mike lead a hands-on workshop implementing the concepts from Day 1. In addition to being a consultant for 2 national soccer teams and an individual coach to many top high school and collegiate players, Young has also served as the Fitness Coach for three professional teams. If you are interested in a workshop from any of the Athletic Lab coaches please contact us today.
We have so many great members doing such amazing things that sometimes it’s hard to single out just one. That’s why for the month of December we’ve selected our Athletic Lab / Cary CrossFit Perform ance Fitness Competitive Team. The team consists of about 12 athletes who regularly participate in local and regional fitness competitions. Representing the group for this feature will beMatt Arthur, Sasha Betz, Daniel Jones, Libby Logsden, and Ryan Weber. Click here to see previous members of the month. Matt Arthur Age: 30 What city were you born in? Schenectady, NY What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Favorite: Deadlifts; Least favorite: Turkish Get-ups What do you enjoy most about being on the Competition Team? Ryan's Forearms What competition stands out the most to you and why? SuperFit. It's a very well run event, the workouts are well programmed, and as a team, we always have a good showing. What motivates you? Working out as a group, you tend push each other and hold each other accountable. Sasha Betz Age: 30 What city were you born in? Blaine, MN What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Favorite: Pull-ups. Least: Running What do you enjoy most about being on the Competition Team? We really support and motivate each other. It's great to workout with other people who are equally committed and consistent. And it's cool to see how we've collectively progressed since the team's inception. Also, Ryan Weber’s forearms. What competition stands out the most to you and why? Probably my first one - SuperFit Raleigh in 2014. I wasn't very good at a double-unders and neither was my partner, so I was worried when we had to do a set of 20 in the WOD. I totally surprised myself when I pulled some DUBs out [...]
[This is a guest blog by Erin Ritterbusch who is currently an intern at Athletic Lab. Erin is a recent graduate of Auburn University where she received her Master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in biomechanics.] Growing up, my dad, an orthopedic surgeon, always told me to be wary of the treadmill. I really never understood those implications until I delved into the biomechanics of running during my master’s program. Surprisingly, I was not able to find a lot of research articles on this topic. Anyone who has run outside as well as on a treadmill can attest to the fact that these are two very different feelings. However, does this mean that we are more susceptible to injury? I believe it does because we have to alter the way that we run in order to compensate for what is propelling this motion. When we run on flat ground, we are using our own momentum to push us forward to accelerate, to maintain, or to slow down. However, on a treadmill, the belt below us is pulling us backwards with every step we take. An article I came across on triathlete.com written by “The Gait Guys”, as they are known, made some very strong points about how exactly the treadmill affects your stride and muscles. To make a comparison, running on the treadmill is similar to running downhill. The backward motion of the belt catches the heel and pulls the forefoot onto the belt when your lead foot comes into contact with the treadmill belt. This accelerated motion demands a higher level of muscle strength in the anterior part of your shins. This is what causes such a prevalence of shin splints in [...]
Beginning January 1, 2017, Athletic Lab will be making the following price and membership changes. Open Gym The price for our Open Gym membership will increase to $84.95 / month. Existing members enrolled in our Open Gym membership prior to January 1st, 2017 will be granted a 2 month transition period at the current pricing but will then be billed at the updated price. Weightlifting The price for our Weightlifting membership will increase to $154.95 / month. Existing members enrolled in our Weightlifting membership prior to January 1st, 2017 will be grandfathered at their current price point. Scholastic Sports Performance Our Scholastic Membership options will move away from the rigid 3 month membership options that required athletes to attend a set number of sessions per week and move to a more flexible plan plan that features a built in freeze period and the option to attend with variable frequency across the term of the membership. The cost per session will remain exactly the same but the new membership options will provide greater flexibility of scheduling. The new memberships will effectively be punchcards that expire after 14 weeks. The options are as follows: Scholastic Group Training Memberships 12 Session Punch Card - $360 (Expires after 14 weeks) 24 Session Punch Card - $600 (Expires after 14 weeks) 36 Session Punch Card - $720 (Expires after 14 weeks) Scholastic Private Training Memberships 12 Session Punch Card - $870 (Expires after 14 weeks) 24 Session Punch Card - $1,560 (Expires after 14 weeks) 36 Session Punch Card - $2,160 (Expires after 14 weeks) The above membership options are created on recommended training frequencies of 1, 2, and 3 times per week respectively across a 12 week period. Due to the already flexible nature of these memberships we will provide [...]
Another Q&A session with Mike Young on all things speed. This Part 2 of a two-part series on sprinting and speed development. Part 1 was a discussion of much of the current research surrounding sprinting. The second installment is complementary to Part 1 and will discuss the application of that research - how we get people fast. Discussion topics in Part 2 include: Guidelines on sprint volumes and rest. Autoregulation of training based on speed decrement. Max strength qualities vs. reflexive qualities and why we need to develop the spectrum. Developing concentric and eccentric force generating capacity in the weight room Ideas on reducing overuse injuries in sprinting. If you liked this episode, you'll love: Q&A on Olympic lifting for sport with Mike Young Velocity Based Training Q&A with Dan Baker
To bring in the New Year we're offering two free weeks of Performance Fitness, Scholastic and Lab Rats classes for new members. If you've been wanting to try out our facility and coaching, this is the perfect opportunity to try us out. From our Endurance classes to Yoga, to CrossFit and everything in between, our Performance Fitness program has everything the fitness enthusiast and weekend warrior wants and needs. We offer six different types of classes to provide you the best opportunities to reach your 2017 goals. You can check out descriptions of all of our Performance Fitness classes HERE. Note: Weightlifting and Foundations classes are excluded from this promo. The Scholastic program is for all athletes 12-18 years old. Our coaches work in a small group setting of like-minded athletes with the goal of improving speed, power, and strength qualities administered in a safe and effective manner. Athletes have the opportunity to learn sprint and agility technique and proper resistance training techniques to improve performance and reduce injuries. Lab Rats is a class is aimed at children aged 7-11 and will offer kids the opportunity to develop basic physical competencies and general fitness in a fun and engaging environment. The class is designed to be challenging and fun with just the right amount of competitiveness. If you'd like to get your two free weeks, contact us today at 919.617.1472 or stop in at 1823 NW Maynard Rd. in Cary. The offer is effective immediately, you must have a local address and must sign begin no later than January 31st, 2017. Your free trial period begins on the date of your first class and continues for 14 days.