Video from Athletic Lab Summer Weightlifting Open

Last weekend Athletic Lab held another successful weightlifting competition. As part of our push to grow Olympic weightlifting in the state, country here is the video feed from that competition.
Please share with friends. Note that the actual feed starts several seconds in to the video. Special thanks to Chris Graner who spearheaded the video streaming and production. If you are interested in using Chris he can be reached at chrisgraner@gmail.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 |July 19th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Soccer Stars Remi Schwartz & Abby Staker shine

Congratulations to Athletic Lab athletes Remi Schwartz and Abby Staker for their recent achievements on the pitch. Remi’s started all 3 games for her CASL team that recently competed at the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) National Championship Qualifying tournament in Seattle. Only the top clubs in the entire nation qualify to compete. The team failed to advance but Remi played well and just a week later joined her regional Olympic Development Program team and was selected to represent the Southeast in national competition. Abby also started for her CASL team at the ECNL National Championship Qualifying tournament and her team advanced to the North American League Cup play-offs.

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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 |July 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments|
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    Creatine: More than just strength and power by Craig Kleinberg

Creatine: More than just strength and power by Craig Kleinberg

[Craig Kleinberg is an Exercise Physiology master's student at the University of North Carolina and is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab.]
Along with whey protein, creatine is one of the most researched performance supplements on the market. The science is pretty clear, yet there is still much confusion over the safety of this supplement. The official position of the International Society of Sports Nutrition states that there are little to no detrimental effects from supplementation and that it is one of the most beneficial aids for high intensity exercise capacity (1).  Not only does strength improve, but there are also reports of up to a 30% increase in training volume (2,3). Additionally, supplementation has been shown to increase bone mineral concentration and density, thereby decreasing the risk of fractures that may eventually lead to bed rest and potentially mortality (4).

Not only does creatine benefit the musculoskeletal system, there is a host of benefits for the brain.  Studies show that upon activation of the brain, ATP remains constant but there is an immediate drop in phosphocreatine indicating an increased demand for energy (5). Similar to skeletal muscle, the energy byproduct lactate accumulates leading to decreased performance on cognitive tasks, also known as mental fatigue (6).  Supplementation with creatine has been shown not only to decrease mental fatigue, but also increase performance on cognitive tasks (8,9).

Where creatine really shines is the research starting to show improved recovery from traumatic brain injuries. Due to some obvious ethical issues, a majority of studies have been done in rat models, but the results look promising. To simplify the science, upon impact, there is a brief decrease in blood flow to injured area of the brain. This decrease in […]

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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.

NC Elite makes big jumps with Athletic Lab

NC Elite Volleyball club is one of the top girls volleyball clubs in the country. NC Elite was founded in 2007 by experienced volleyball coaches with the objective of creating a competitive, fun and positive learning environment for participants. They strive to provide young athletes with affordable opportunities to enjoy and grow in the sport of volleyball.

Athletic Lab is proud to have provided sports performance training to their elite teams for the 2013-2014 season in which NC Elite sent 14 teams to the AAU National Championships. Just prior to the National Championship, end-of-season physical testing was conducted and the results were staggering. Here’s a sample of the results from this final testing:
Vertical Jump:

91% of our student athlete’s increased their vertical jump.
Highest increases: Raven Jordan (18B)- increased 7.5inches, Gabby Romero (15C)- increased 5.5inches, Catherine Grifith (17B)- increased 5inches

Half Court, There and Back

As a club we went from 5.45 seconds and decreased to 4.98 Seconds. Total time lost .47 Seconds
Fastest times: Raven Jordan (18B)- 3.33 Seconds, Sydney Holland (18B)- 3.33 Seconds, and Anna Moss (17 B)-4.34 Seconds

Over Head Throw

94% of our Student Athletes saw an increase their Over Head Throw
Top athletes in their over head throw: Sydney Holland (18B) 28.6, Raven Jordan (18B) 25.8, and Shelby Raymond (18B) 23.6

To read the full writeup, click here.

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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 |July 16th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Athletic Lab Summer Weightlifting Open Results

The Athletic Lab Summer Weightlifting Open was a big success. Here are the results from this weekend’s meet.

Women’s Session

Men’s Sessions

Athletic Lab is North Carolina’s Regional Training Center for USA weightlifting. We have opportunities for competitive weightlifters as well as Olympic lifting enthusiasts.

Check out the meet photos on our Facebook page.

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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 |July 15th, 2014|News|2 Comments|

Mackenzi Thornburg at US Olympic Training Center

Athletic Lab athlete, Mackenzi Thornburg, will be training at the United States Olympic Training Center (USOC) in Colorado Springs this week. Mackenzi was selected to train in the USA Junior National A2 Invitational. This invitation to the USOC is reserved for the premier youth volleyball athletes in the nation.

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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 |July 7th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Interview with Lester Ho, The Training Geek

Lester Ho, commonly known as “The Training Geek” in the bloggosphere, is a weightlifting coach out of Australia.  In addition to coaching weightlifting, he is currently finishing up his PhD in Biomechanics of the snatch. Lester graciously took the time to answer a few weightlifting questions for me.

Interview:

Question 1:  Tell us a little more about The Training Geek and your new gym South East Strength.

Lester Ho:  The Training Geek is my blog which I started as I began my studies in Exercise Science. My interest in understanding the science behind exercise led me to starting this blog. Slowly, it was influenced by the areas of interest that I developed through my studies. When I decided to focus my studies on research and particularly the weightlifting movements, my focus for the Training Geek was to make it a source of information and knowledge based on experience and science for anyone who is keen on weightlifting. Hence the mantra “Bringing Weightlifting to All”.

South East Strength is my new gym set up together with my business partner, Mr Adam Lam who is a National-level equipped powerlifter. We met each other in one of my first weightlifting classes I ran at Cohesion Strength and Conditioning (a mixed implement gym which one of my good mates brought me into). We kept in touch regarding training and we decided to start a lifting club out of my own garage. Initially weightlifters, the club grew bigger and we decided to find a proper location to properly house the club and our lifters. There, we got more specialty equipment for strength sports (i.e. monolift, weightlifting bars and bumpers with change plates, competition bars etc.) to provide an environment for lifters to properly prepare […]

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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.

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    Importance of Proper Rehab after Injury by Cassandra Callahan

Importance of Proper Rehab after Injury by Cassandra Callahan

[Cassandra is a Physical Fitness Programing student at Coker College in South Carolina and is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

“When can I play again?”

This is the most asked question after an injury from coaches, parents, media, teammates, and even the player themselves. The question they should’ve been asking all along is “Am I ready to play again?” I am living proof of why proper rehabilitation is key when wanting to return to sports. I’ve had a partial tear of the ACL sophomore year of high school. A complete tear and surgery senior year of high school, sophomore year of college, and in May of this year.

I did everything wrong. I had no idea what proper rehab was. I didn’t really know anything in high school except for soccer. Until my last injury I didn’t realize that I was only doing half of what I needed to be doing. Jumping, agility, cutting, and balance are just a few qualities needed to play sports. In rehab I worked on half of these things. Vogel states that rehab corrects the muscle imbalances that may have contributed to the injury. After an injury a doctor may send you to a physical therapist. The physical therapist only does the basic things for you to return to your sport. I performed very little balance, mobility, and strength work in physical therapy. I jogged when I was cleared to run. A couple of months ago when I thought that I could play with a torn ACL I was going through different types of training. Training involved a lot of jumping (how I re-injured my knee), weight training, and agility. What surprised me the most was that I was jumping incorrectly. […]

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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.

Athletic Lab Jumps Development Program

Athletic Lab is proud to announce a Summer Jumps Development Program. The 4 week program will focus on all areas of jump development including technique, explosive power, reactive power, maximum strength and speed.

The program guarantees improvement in vertical and horizontal jumping performance. All programming will be directed by published jump training author Nick Newman, MS. Nick is the Director of Scholastic Training at Athletic Lab.
Sign up for the program HERE.

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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 |July 3rd, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Adaptation: Programming Performance by John Evans

[John Evans is a Exercise Science major at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

The Big Picture 

Programming can be a sticky situation. There are tons of variables such as the following: volume, intensity, frequency, and density. Individuals want to organize these variables, but most of the time, it is just beyond their capacity. In addition to all of the training variables, there are various means that can be used to help one achieve their goal. The list is truly limited by human imagination. That being said, the goal is still the same: Jump Higher, Run Faster, Lift More, Push Harder, Go Longer.

Simplified Science

Even though there are a ton of variables and so many different ways of mixing and matching them, one word might help make sense of the mess that is programming: adaptation. Although this concept isn’t new, understanding it’s importance is crucial to understanding how the human body performs.

In a simplified version, once you train, the body undergoes various physiological processes to cope with the imposed demands placed on the body. To help keep the body in a balanced environment, it adapts. Once the body adapts, it is more prepared to deal with future imposed demands. To illustrate this point, think about this old school example: When you lift, you tear muscle fiber. When it rebuilds, it is bigger and stronger than it was before. Although grossly simplified, this helps illustrate the point that the body adapts to impose demands.

Applying the Basics 

In terms of programming, the basics can be extremely useful to understand. For example, if one were to squat heavy one day, the body would adapt to that imposed demand. In theory, if that individual allowed the body […]

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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.