Athletic Lab coaches Dr. Mike Young and John Grace, MS recently gave lectures to the Coaches Education Masters students at Ohio University. Young received his Bachelors (in Exercise Physiology) and Masters (in Coaching Science) from Ohio University. Young is no stranger to academia having served as an instructor, assistant professor or guest lecturer at Ohio University, Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina. Grace is also a recent graduate of the program having completed his Masters in Coaching Education in 2015. Both coaches lectured on their experiences in high performance coaching environments.
Starting February 15th Athletic Lab will be kicking off a new children's fitness class called Lab Rats. The motor education and physical literacy class will take place 3x a week at 5pm. The 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. Kids will do activities like climb ropes, push sleds, throw medicine balls, complete relay races, “play” on the rings, and so much more. The goal is to empower children and promote a healthy lifestyle with physical activity. Classes will be taught by coaches who carefully monitor correct exercise form and provide appropriate modifications when necessary. Just as importantly, our coaches will ensure kids have fun. The class will launch offering a FREE 2 week trial (between February 15-February 26) during which time sessions can purchased at a significant pre-sale discounted rate. Sessions may be purchased in 'punchcard' style packages of 10 or 20 sessions. The rates are as follows: Pre-Sale (purchased on or before February 26th) 10 sessions for $59.95 (under $6 / session) 20 sessions for $114.95 (~$5.75 / session) Regular Pricing (After February 26th) 10 sessions for $89.95 (under $9 / session) 20 sessions for $164.95 (~$8.25 / session) The class will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5pm for the first 2 weeks. This schedule is subject to change based on feedback and availability of interested parents and their kids. If you haven't already, please answer the schedule survey below.
Obesity, specifically child obesity, has become an epidemic in our modern society. Currently, 17.1% of our youth aged two to 19 years old, are considered obese, with a shocking 33.6% not far behind, at high risk of becoming obese. Much of this is due to poor diet and the increased presence of phones, tablets and other substitutions for physical activity, creating a sedentary adolescent population. This can be extremely harmful for the future of these children, both physically and emotionally. Physical activity, including resistance training, has been proven as an effective means to decreasing the fatness in America’s children and adolescents. (NSCA, 2008) Many parents have a misperception about the possibility of stunting growth or injuring their child during physical activity at a young age, specifically when it involves resistance training. This can be true, however not if the program is appropriately designed and supervised by responsible, educated coaches. Resistance training cannot decrease the genotypic maximum of an individual, meaning it will not affect the maximum height one was going to grow based on genetics. In fact, it has been proven to have a very favorable influence on growth, specifically on the strength of bones and improved motor skills (NSCA, 2008). As for future sport performance, beginning resistance training and participating in general physical activity programs in youth has been shown to produce more successful athletes in the future. It allows the child to develop fundamental skills that can be used in multiple sports and in everyday life. An even more important benefit is the reduced risk of injuries during sporting events and recreational activities. The impact on the joints through these controlled and monitored movements increases the bone density and connective tissue strength in the [...]
Athletic Lab is proud to announce the addition of Morgan Pillsbury to our coaching staff. Morgan joins the Athletic Lab staff as a Sport Performance Coach after completing our Coaches Apprenticeship program in 2015. Originally from Maine, Morgan moved down south to earn her BS in exercise science at Elon University. During her time at Elon, she was the captain of the women's club basketball team and was a member of the national leadership honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa. While in high school, Morgan earned all-conference recognition and MVP for her basketball team, but then decided to turn down the opportunity to play in college to move further away, live abroad, and step outside her comfort zone. Prior to joining Athletic Lab, Morgan was a physical therapy aide in the triangle and a biomechanics intern at the Duke University K-Lab, where she published motion analysis research on wearable technology. Morgan is a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer and plans to test for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in the next month. Morgan is a great addition to our staff. Morgan has already spent a lot of time learning and coaching at Athletic Lab and she's going to be a great coach for us. With her strong background in the sports sciences and experience as an athlete and coaching athletes she has everything we look for. - Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Owner & Director of Performance
Athletic Lab is kicking off 2016 with a new monthly feature on a selected member. We're proud of our members and the amazing things they do on a daily basis. This new feature will highlight one member each month. Our member of the month for January is Andrea Stamm. Andrea is a long time Performance Fitness member who's recently returning to training following the birth of her daughter. Name: Andrea Stamm Age: 37 What city were you born in? Seattle What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? When I'm taking some time away from AL, you can find me doting on our three fur babies as well as our new little one, Amelia. I also work full-time for Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) as VP of Sports, and oversee competitions and training for our athletes and coaches. I also love to cook and bake, although finding time for those is a littler harder these days. How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? I was working out at another gym and drove by. Wanting to change up my workout routine, I stopped in to check it out. After I heard all about it, I saw a brochure on a fundraiser AL was hosting to benefit SONC through the Law Enforcement Torch Run (It had something to do with Spartan something). I knew then that any organization that wanted to be involved with mine is a place I wanted to support. How long have you been a member? March 2013 Favorite class/time to workout? 6am CrossFit Performance is my favorite...although 6am these days is reserved for feeding my little one. CrossFit Endurance is a close second. I hope to get back to [...]
Long-time Athletic Lab member Paige West opened her 2016 Track and Field season over the weekend. She competed at the Joe Hilton Invitational at UNC in the 60m dash. Paige ran a new personal best of 8.00 seconds. She barely missed out on the finals finishing in 12th place, just 7 hundredths of second outside the top 8. With Paige being just a Sophomore at Green Hope High School it is impressive that the only athletes to finish ahead of her were collegiate and professional sprinters. Paige is coming off an excellent freshman season where she qualified for the High School National Championships in the 100m sprint. This season Paige will focus on the 100m and the Long Jump. Coach Nick Newman was please with her opening competition and had this to say about the preparation leading up to the season: Our preparation has been successful over the past few months. Paige has set many personal bests in practice and I am sure this season will be a great one for her. These early competitions are for Paige to establish her competition routine and to dust off any cobwebs. - Nick Newman, MS Athletic Lab Director of Scholastic Training Paige will compete again this coming weekend again at UNC.
Athletic Lab is excited to announce our participation in the Raleigh Yelp Fit Club 2016. Yelp is the top business review site on the web and regularly hosts special events featuring the top reviewed businesses in the area. Yelp's Fit Club 2016 is taking place between January 12th and February 11th showcasing 19 businesses. Athletic Lab has a perfect 5 star rating on Yelp and will host their event on February 11th from 7-8pm. The event is FREE of charge and open to all. Attendees will be put through a sample Athletic Lab Performance Fitness workout.
Effective April 1st, 2016 Athletic Lab will be increasing membership fees for Performance Fitness and Private Training. All NEW Performance Fitness memberships will increase by $5 / month. This change will be in effect for all commitment tiers. All individuals with memberships prior to April 1, 2016 will be ‘grandfathered’ at their current membership and can stay at that price plan as long as they remain a member. If a membership lapses and the member decides to return at a later time, the ‘grandfathered’ pricing will no longer apply. Performance Fitness Pricing Beginning April 1, 2016 All Private training memberships will increase by approximately 3%. This change will be in effect for both our punchcard and monthly private training memberships. Any punchcard or private training monthly membership purchased prior to April 1st can be made at our old pricing. However, any new membership or private training renewal will take place at the new pricing tiers. We realize cost increases are never fun but in our continued effort to provide the best possible training experience with the best coaches, and most well maintained and equipped facility the price increase is necessary. In 2015, over $30,000 was spent on new equipment and renovations. The same amount was spent in 2014. During that time period, we've added multiple classes, expanded the facility and purchased new equipment. Additionally, our staff regularly partakes in costly continuing education to remain ahead of our competitors. After examining both the local and national market we are confident that our new pricing is not only fair but remains an extreme value versus our competitors. In fact, our prices are still considerably below the local average for similar fitness programs despite Athletic Lab boasting the largest and most well equipped facility and [...]
Athletic Lab is proud to announce a partnership with Raleigh Orthopaedic. As of late December 2015, Raleigh Orthopaedic has opened a 3,600 square foot clinic within our facility aimed at servicing both general population and athletes. Raleigh Orthopaedic is Wake County’s first and largest orthopaedic practice. The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic's board certified surgeons are committed to being the orthopaedic provider of choice for our community by providing high quality, personalized care to our patients through our experience and dedication. There team of surgeons have over 200 years of combined experience and perform over 8,500 procedures a year. They are entrusted as the Official Team Physicians for the Carolina Hurricanes and N.C. State University Athletic Department. I'm incredibly excited to have Raleigh Orthopaedic under the same roof. They are the most well respected medical group in the area and our services compliment each other very well. It's always been my goal to align Athletic Lab with the best of the best and Raleigh Orthopaedic definitely fits the bill. - Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Owner & Director of Performance
New Year New You. Use Athletic Lab's private training services to help you get in the best shape of your life. For the month of January, we're running a promotion on our monthly training packages where members will receive 50% off their third month when they purchase 2 months of our monthly private training packages. Details are as follows: The first month must begin in January All three months must occur consecutively with auto-renewal Athletic Lab's regular hold policies apply The first two months will be billed at full price and the third month will receive a 50% discount The discounted month must be equal to or less than the average cost of the previous two months This is a great opportunity get high value private training and lock in a commitment that will guarantee results.