Run Jason Run

In a couple days, millions of Americans will kick off their Thanksgiving celebrations with a 5km road race. The “Turkey Trot” has become a tradition across the country. Some take the race seriously while others just do it for fun and family time. Whatever the case, a 5km run can be a challenge. But imagine if you were to finish your 5km race and then do it again, and again, and again….until you had done it 118 times in a row before you were done. As unfathomable as that sounds, Athletic Lab member Jason Ledoyen will be attempting to do just that in the Tarheel Ultra run….a 367 mile (590 km) running journey across the state of North Carolina. You can see the course here. The race starts begins on November 29th in Corova Beach, NC (Virginia state line) and finishes in Calabash, NC (South Carolina state line).

Jason first started at Athletic Lab in preparation for his first 100m race a couple years ago. And now that he has several 100 milers under his belt, he wanted to up the ante. Despite having an 8.5 day window to compete the course, Jason plans to run 60 miles per day for 5 ½ days. You can track Jason’s progress on this amazing journey online HERE. Be sure to wish him good luck if you see him in the final days of his preparation.
I feel confident in my training – successfully mixing a heavy dose of CrossFit with my running. A huge thanks goes to the entire Athletic Lab team for helping me prepare. My strength, stamina, and mental toughness are much improved through working with you. – Jason LeDoyen

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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 |November 25th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Buying Athletic Shoes: Fashion vs. Function by Aminee Alexander

[Aminee Alexander is a Masters Student at NCSU and an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

You’re about to start a new exercise program, a new sports season, or you’ve just worn out your favorite pair of running shoes. It’s time for new shoes! Shoe shopping is usually an exciting adventure for most. You get to try on and check out new styles and designs from all your favorite shoe companies. This also presents a big dilemma because there is such a wide array of athletic shoes to choose from. You may find yourself asking questions like; Do I choose the most expensive or well-known brand? Do I experiment with a new brand to see if they can compete? Will these shoes provide me with the comfort and protection I need in a shoe? Or, if you’re like me, you buy your athletic shoes based on how they look and pay no attention to cost or function. I’ve actually bought shoes a half-size smaller just because I liked their appearance even though my size wasn’t available. Needless to say, my feet were NOT happy. I know I’m not the only one who makes shoe purchasing decisions this way. A study on factors determining athletic footwear design suggested to young buyers that “ although the appearance is among the most important factors in making decision to purchase, athletic shoes, however, should be chosen by taking their functions into account for their suitability with particular types of sport”(Promjun et al., 2012). Basically, their advice is to buy shoes because they will be able to handle the wear and tear of whatever athletic activity you’ll be partaking in and not just because you think they look good.

Tips for finding […]

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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 |November 24th, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments

Tips for the Grocery Store by Tyler Preston

[Tyler Preston is a recent graduate of USC in Human Biology and is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

I’m a firm believer in the idea that “we are what we eat”. I enjoy cooking my meals because I know exactly what ingredients and nutrients are going into them. That’s why I find myself fortunate to have come from a household where if you don’t cook, you clean. And believe me when I say I hated cleaning. Growing up, then, I was able to learn how to prepare my own meals, and habit kept them proportionate to my proteins, vegetables, grains, and fruit.

The problem many people have, today, is when they get to the grocery store they are bombarded with a crazy amount of advertisements and food claims. Slack FDA regulations have even let some products advertise information that totally misleads their customers. One perfect example is the labeling of bread. Many people nowadays want to buy whole wheat to acquire all three parts of the grain: the Bran, Germ, and Endosperm. This allows the full consumption of the grain’s nutrients from all three parts, the germ, bran and endosperm. The problem is companies will try to trick customers into choosing their products, making them think its wheat. Breads like 12-Grain, 8-Grain, Whole Oats, and even Wheat Bread all don’t have the Bran and Germ, leaving out important fiber and vitamin components. The only breads that are totally wheat bread will say 100% Whole Wheat or Whole Wheat. It’s ridiculous how easy it is for companies to trick customers.

To help spot these tricks, I’ve got a couple of tips for you. Just a few tactics that have really helped me buy what I’m truly looking […]

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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 |November 20th, 2014|Nutrition Info|0 Comments

Exercise For Your Mind’s Sake by Aminee Alexander

[Aminee Alexander is a Masters Student at NCSU and an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

Depression is a major psychological disorder affecting about 9.5% of the U.S. adult population every year (Craft, 2004). Most treatment begins with a cycle of medications that may or may not have a positive effect on the individual but exercise has been shown to be just as helpful as medication(Peluso, 2005).It is well known that exercise is important for our physical health, but does exercise really have an effect on our mental health too?. There is a growing amount of research being done focusing on the benefits of exercise on the mind. Research has shown that moderately intense physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, can be an effective method to reduce depressive symptoms in patients with mild to moderate depression when used in conjunction with medication(Ho et.al, 2014).

Exercise Improves Mood
Ever heard of runner’s high? Runner’s high is the euphoric feeling experienced by certain individuals while, you guessed it, running! These runners can run long distances without feeling pain or other uncomfortable feelings that tend to be felt while most are running. It is almost as if they don’t even realize they’re running anymore. This is explained by endorphins, our body’s natural pain blockers, being released during exercise. It is hypothesized that endorphins are released during physical activity and act to inhibit the central nervous system therefore being responsible for the calm feeling and improved mood (Peluso, 2005). There is also evidence that exercise leads to an increase in the availability of the mood-controlling neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and nor-epinephrine that are diminished during depression (Craft, 2004). Although exercise is safer than drugs, it is important not to “overdose” on exercise in hopes […]

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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 |November 15th, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab resumes partnership with NC Elite Volleyball Club

This Sunday, Athletic Lab resumes their partnership with NC Elite Volleyball Club for the 2014-2015 season. 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. NC Elite offers Premier, National, Regional-Plus, Regional-Only, Satellite and Developmental teams and programs. This is the second year Athletic Lab will be providing training for the NC Elite’s top players. NC Elite is one of the most competitive volleyball club in the country and can boast multiple Division 1 scholarship signings in the past several months alone.
We’re very excited to be working with NC Elite again. They achieved tremendous success in 2014 and we’re proud to have been a part of that. NC Elite is one of the top sports clubs in the area boasting incredible athletes and fielding nationally competitive teams. They’re helping to prepare student-athletes for excellence in volleyball through advanced physical training and education in the sport. It’s amazing to see the confidence and sense of accomplishment their athletes build by being part of something successful like NC Elite. They have amazing coaches and everyone in the organization is top-class. They are exactly the type of group that we love to work with.

– Mike Young, PhD
Athletic Lab Owner & Director of Performance
In addition to NC Elite, Athletic Lab trains several other winning teams in the Triangle including the TAC Titans championship swimming club and Cary Invasion semi-pro basketball team among others. If you are interested in having Athletic Lab work with your team please contact us. 

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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 |November 14th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Mike Young lectures in Korea and receives special appointment

Athletic Lab’s Dr. Mike Young recently lectured in Seoul, South Korea on developing complete athletes for sport. He was one of 9 international lecturers invited to present at the Korean National Sport University’s Annual International Conference. The theme of the conference was Sport Science for Enhancement of Athletic Performance.

While in Korea, Dr. Young was also presented with an appointment to the Advisory Board of the Korea Coach Association for Strength & Conditioning according to the regulation of Korea Weightlifting Federation.

Dr. Young has worked with or continues to work for the Chinese Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field, US Speed Skating, US Weightlifting, and the NC Justice Academy among other organizations to educate and improve performance of athletes and armed service members.

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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 |November 12th, 2014|News|0 Comments

October Performance Fitness Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the top 3 winners for both men and women in the October Athletic Lab Performance Fitness Challenge!

For each CrossFit class attended, points were awarded to the top five male and female competitors. For each endurance class attended, points were awarded to the top two male and female competitors.

1st place: 10 pts
2nd place: 8 pts
3rd place: 6 pts
4th place: 4 pts
5th place: 2 pts

At the end of the week, points were added up for each individual. Prizes are to be awarded to the final top 3 men and women with the most points.

For the men our top 3 competitors are:

Jeff L., Andy J., and Dan C.

Our top 3 women for the week are:

Devon J., Mallory B., and Erica J.

The Athletic Lab Performance Fitness Challenge will be held during the last week of each month.

Congratulations to the top 3 male and female competitors. You can pick up your prize at the front desk the next time you are in 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 |November 11th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Schedule Changes

In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will have special hours on Thursday, November 27th. Please note the following changes:

All afternoon classes and open gym will be cancelled
9:00am & 10:00am CF
9:00am Performance Fitness Endurance (special class….we’ll be running the Turkey Trot. If you register for the race and wear your Athletic Lab t-shirt and you’ll receive a $10 credit on your next month’s bill). See Coach Stephanie Shaw for details and sign up at the front desk.
10:00am Scholastic Speed
9:00am Weightlifting
Friday’s classes will resume as scheduled

Join us for our 5th Annual Thanksgiving Day Workout (all members are welcome and bring a friend or family member for free). We’ll have coffee and healthy snacks for after the workout.

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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 |November 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Saturday Class Changes

This is a reminder that all Saturday Scholastic classes are cancelled due to our Level 1 USA Weightlifting Certification course. Also, our Saturday Performance Fitness class schedule has changed. We will be holding a single Performance Fitness class at Bond Park at 10am. If interested please meet at the Boat House.

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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 |November 7th, 2014|News|0 Comments

‘Tis the Season for Trail Running by Dominique Stasulli

[Dominique Stasulli is an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]

As all the leaves change color and slowly begin to layer the ground before us, runners will be hitting the trails more than any other season. Temperatures have been steadily dropping, leaving only brisk air to coat the lungs and steal the moisture from every breath. The trail brings many challenges to the forefront of even the most skilled and avid runner’s workout. Loose rocks and roots make for an uneven ride, with the fallen leaves hiding every obstacle like a winter cloak. Tree branches fall across the trail with weakness, forcing runners to be agile enough to clear the path, or suffer the same sort of uprooting themselves. Form is tested immensely, with the demand for lateral, oblique, and vertical movement dominating the muscles less used for traditional forward motion on the road. The sounds of mountain streams, falling acorns, and small animals scurrying around predominate, only to be silenced by the heavy breathing of dense forest air and light footsteps on the dirt beneath your feet. The deeper it gets into the fall season, the more difficult it becomes to see where the trail lies under its blanket of leaves. Daylight savings time brings a race against the setting sun, when dusk settles over the woods and visibility is challenged by the minute. Why take the risk, you ask? The reward is difficult to put into words, but I will try to explain. Metaphorically speaking, the trail relates to life itself, a never-ending test of trials and tribulations, perils and punishments. Every step is an opportunity for a clean slate and the growth that comes from it. It is both reckless and controlled, able […]

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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 |November 1st, 2014|Training Info|0 Comments