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

Athletic Lab’s Mike Young assists at Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

Athletic Lab’s Mike Young was a guest at the Chula Vista Olympic Training center to provide sports science services to the elite throwers and multi-event athletes. Over the past 13 years, Young has been a regular guest in varying roles (coach, sport scientist, and athlete) at each of the three  US Olympic Training Centers in Lake Placid, Chula Vista, Colorado Springs.

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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

The Effects of Squat Depth on Knees by Darius Marsh

Do you ever have any knee pain when you squat or have to use accessories, such as wraps for relief during squats? For many athletes and the general population this is a normal occurrence. Many individuals say that knee pain can be due to technique for different squat variations, such as the back squat, front squat, and overhead squat. Although knee pain can be caused by technique, studies have used athletes’ and the general population’s squatting depth to evaluate knee pain. Different squatting depths have effects on the knee, such as pain, force, and stability.

In today’s fitness world, many individuals are told to squat to parallel to avoid injuries to the lower extremities. Unfortunately, this is a false statement because parallel squats can actually cause more of a risk to your ACL and PCL. The squatting depth of the general population varies based on a person’s knee pain. Squatting depths vary from different angles, such as “ regular squats between 60°-70°, a half-squat between 80°-100°, a quarter squat between 110°-140°, and a deep squat between 40°-45°” . Prior research suggests that “the deep squat presents an effective training exercise for protection against injuries and strengthening lower extremities” .

In addition to knee pain, the squatting depth can affect the amount force put on the knee. The amount of force put on the knee can cause an individual to not squat as low as they desire due to discomfort. Individuals have various squatting depths to produce more or less force on the knee. One study suggests that peak ACL forces occur between 15°-30° of flexion, decreases significantly at 60° and levels off after higher flexion […]

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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 24th, 2015|Training Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab to launch Soccer Tryout Prep Sessions

Athletic Lab is pleased to announce an 8 session soccer specific training package designed to assist youth players in developing the soccer specific fitness necessary to maximize their chances at team tryouts. The sessions will be offered at 5pm on Monday and Friday beginning on Friday March 27th. Athletes should select one of the two weekly sessions however schedule changes may be made if required by the athlete. Classes are specifically catered to U-11 through U-14 players.

Classes will be lead by Athletic Lab’s expert team of soccer-fitness specialists. Athletic Lab staff has 5 years of on-staff experience with professional soccer clubs and regularly consults with professional players, clubs and national teams. Most recently, Athletic Lab hosted Korean club Seoul E-Land FC for 2 weeks of pre-season training.

Each session will last approximately one hour and will follow a planned progression over the course of the 8 weeks to ensure maximum development and safety. We will develop soccer specific speed, agility and conditioning while including special work for ACL and hamstring tear prevention. Get ready today!

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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 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments

Coach Nick Newman qualifies for USA Taekwondo Championships

Athletic Lab coach and Director of Scholastic Training, Nick Newman, recently qualified for the USA Taekwondo National Championships by virtue of a Top 3 finish at the North Carolina state Taekwondo championships. Nick will compete in the Men’s Black Belt Sparring Welterweight division (-80kg). The event will be held in Austin, Texas on July 4th-11th.

Coach Newman is no stranger to elite level sport. A former elite long jumper who competed for Mike Young’s elite track & field club (HPC Elite), Nick competed in the UK National Championships and still holds the outdoor long jump record for the club.

If you are interested in supporting Nick’s trip to the National Championships please contact info@athleticlab.com.

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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 21st, 2015|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Endurance Team Runs Tobacco Road Marathon & Half Marathon

The Athletic Lab Endurance Team took to the Tobacco Road Marathon & Half Marathon this past weekend. Athletic Lab was represented by 11 members of the team. For some, this was their first Half Marathon. For others, it was just another race to add to the books. Jeff Ludwig and Athletic Lab coach Stephanie Shaw posted top 25 performances in their respective age groups. A huge congratulations to all of our athletes that competed in the Half Marathon.

Jeff Ludwig – 1:40:49 (23rd in age group)
Stephanie Shaw – 1:47:00 (20th in age group)
Anne Strickland – 1:37:57
Heather Scott – 1:52:54
Erica Jones – 1:52:54
Nina Fricker – 2:02:34
Hope Weant – 2:22:20
Amy Rowland – 2:01:51
Amy Lindley – 2:40:49
Andrea Stamm – 2:07:51
Stacey Hamilton – 2:24:21

Here are some photos from the event:

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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 20th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Stability Precedes Power by Pierrie Miller

As the spring approaches, team sports increase in popularity, rather you’re an athlete who is in the beginning of their season or coming toward the end of a season, injury prevention is always important. As trainers it is our job to ensure that our athletes are prepared for the rigors of a long season. Training requiring a strong mix of strength, power, flexibility and stability is often used to prepare athletes for performance. Often times we hear athletes express the want to be more “powerful”, but less often do we here athletes express the need to be more stable. The idea of training to be more stable might seem silly at first, but it is difficult to perform powerful movements dynamically without a certain amount a stability. This is why we must look at some of the benefits of dynamic stability training. Popular magazines and television often show people conducting stabilization exercises on balance beams, stability balls, and other various forms of unstable surfaces. The truth is, although this looks interesting, it does not necessarily carry over to sports performance. Dynamic stability can be defined as, the process of the hip, knee, and ankle complexes to perform functional movement patterns at high levels without the feeling of slipping or giving away (wilkstorm et al. 2006). The muscles that surround the joints of the human body require a certain amount of stiffness in order for our bodies to maintain an upright posture. Without a certain joint stiffness individual joints may become hyper flexible, which my leave us at risk for injury, preventing this injury is top importance for all trainers. Injuries to lower extremities can happen at […]

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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 20th, 2015|Training Info|0 Comments