Triathlete Mary Robbins wins White Lake Half Ironman

For the second straight week, Athletic Lab member and triathlete, Mary Robbins, won the women’s division of a triathlon. Last week, Mary won the Granite Falls triathlon. This week, Mary returned to competition and won the White Lake Half. The results are available 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 |April 14th, 2014|News|0 Comments|
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    Athletic Lab members represent at US Masters Weightlifting Championships

Athletic Lab members represent at US Masters Weightlifting Championships

Last weekend, Athletic Lab Weightlifting Club members Andrew Vessey and Brian Burdette travelled to Shreveport, LA to compete in the National Masters Weightlifting Championship. Both athletes set competition personal records in both the Snatch and Clean & Jerk.  This was an important milestone for both athletes who’ve been competing for little more than a year. We are proud of their efforts and dedication to their sport.

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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 14th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

8 Week Strength Program Results

Our Performance Fitness 8 week Strength program has concluded and our members saw huge gains. Our Strength cycle is an 8 week dedicated training block consisting of 3 weekly 75 minute classes. The latest training block ran from February 10th to April 4th. Here are the results:

Average improvements in the main lifts:

Back Squat – 15.58% (19.63 kg)
Deadlift – 10.93% (13.25 kg)
Military Press – 11.34% (7.75 kg)

This class is perfect for members who are interested in competing in a strength sport (powerlifting, weightlifting, or strongman). This program follows a true periodized training plan for an 8 week training block. If you want to be as strong as an ox, this class is for you.

Keep an eye out for our next strength block to start up.

Regular Performance Fitness CF classes will resume at the 7 AM/PM time slots.

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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 12th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Training for Volleyball

[Athletic Lab is the official training center of NC Elite volleyball one of the top volleyball academies in the Southeast]

Volleyball is a physically demanding sport, requiring strength, power, agility, and speed; few other sports like it exist (Hadzic et al., 2010).  Additionally, volleyball is a sport that requires careful consideration when tasked with enhancing athlete performance.  While many clubs are stuck in the old mindset of keeping the status quo, other clubs are shifting their paradigms and pushing the envelope.  NC Elite knows that skills and drills alone are simply not effective at bringing about increases in athlete performance.  With the help of Athletic Lab, NC Elite has positioned themselves as the premiere volleyball academy in the Southeast.

Strength is paramount to volleyball performance, and many examples exist as to why the stronger athlete is always the better athlete.  It has been shown that spike velocity in volleyball correlates to strength improvements in the dominant shoulder (Hadzic et al., 2010).  Furthermore it is now known that strength training actually has protective effects against “jumper’s knee” (Hadzic et al., 2010).  In volleyball, jumper’s knee is the most common overuse injury (Dervisevic & Hadzic, 2012).  Not only will strength training bring about performance gains, it will actually reduce injury rates and overuse injuries through the enhancement of motor-control and joint stability.

It is no surprise that the highest jumper makes for the best volleyball athlete.  It has been shown that in one game, players execute on average 85 jumps per hour (Riggs & Sheppard, 2009).   Of these jumps, blocking accounts for approximately 27% of the jumps (Riggs & Sheppard, 2009).  So it is obvious that a stronger athlete is necessary for offenseand defense.  The stronger athlete too, is always the […]

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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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    Tri-City Selects Win USA Hockey Women’s National Championship

Tri-City Selects Win USA Hockey Women’s National Championship

Athletic Lab Performance Fitness members Kristy Knight, Nicole Adden, Shelby Saltys, Minnie Webster, and Sarah Herr won the USA Women’s Hockey National Championship in Marlborough, Massachusetts this past weekend. Their team, Tri-City Selects, beat the Chicago Sharks 4-1 in the championship game. You can find all the stats and game info from the weekend here. If you see them, be sure to congratulate them on being the newly crowned National Champions.

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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 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Mary Robbins wins Granite Falls Triathlon

Athletic Lab triathlete, Mary Robbins, competed in the Granite Falls triathlon this past weekend and handily won the women’s division. Her time of 54:46 in the sprint triathlon bested her closest competitor by over 2 minutes. The results are available here. Mary competes again this weekend at the White Lake Half Ironman.

 

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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 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Community effort shines at Athletic Lab

This weekend two of our members, Brian Burdette and  Andrew Vessey, are traveling to Shreveport, LA to compete at the USA Weightlifting masters National Championships. This is a great accomplishment and speaks to the dedication of these two athletes. Their coach at Athletic Lab, Chris Hoina, was hoping to go to Shreveport to help them achieve their goals but the combination of taking time off from work and personally footing the cost of going on the trip would have been difficult. That’s when Sanjay Chandru, our very first Performance Fitness member chipped in and enough donated air miles to make the trip. Congrats and good luck to Brian, Andrew and Chris and thank you to Sanjay for being such a valuable member of our community. This example of pursuing excellence and community are what Athletic Lab is all about.

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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 2nd, 2014|News|1 Comment|

Training For Power In Baseball

[Casey is an Exercise Science student at ECU and is an Athletic Development Intern for Athletic Lab]
Power is defined as the rate of performing work and is expressed as work divided by time or force times velocity.(2)  In regards to the human body, it is the muscles’ ability to produce as much force as fast as possible.  Athletes with more fast twitch muscle fibers, which are responsible for short-duration anaerobic activities, are typically capable of producing more power.(3)  Explosive power is one of the most important components of fitness for an athlete to possess to be successful, regardless of their sport.  For a baseball player, it can be the difference between safely stealing second or being thrown out by a step.  Hitting that game winning homerun with two outs in the state championship or making the final out at the warning track.  Incorporating power training in the athlete’s strength and conditioning program is imperative to avoid the latter of the two in these scenarios.
So we know power training is a must for baseball, but what exercises or lifts should we incorporate to stimulate these fast twitch muscle fibers?  Unfortunately, this is where it can get tricky.
The Olympic lifts (snatch, clean, jerk) are one of the best tools to develop explosive power and are used worldwide.  However, for years there has been a constant warfare going on between strength and conditioning coaches/trainers on whether these lifts should be included in the training of a baseball player.  One coach will regularly utilize the Olympic lifts in his/her program while another coach would not dare use this form of training on his/her athlete.  The lifts are either hated or they are loved.  Rebuttals can be made on both sides of this ongoing argument.
President and Co-Founder of Cressey Performance, Eric […]

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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 Boot Camp starts April 1

Athletic Lab is proud to announce an 8 week bootcamp as our latest class.  This program will feature 60 minute Boot Camp-style work-outs (think push-ups, sit-ups, tons of cardio and non-stop fitness) where all skill levels are welcome. The class will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7-8am and Saturday 9-10am starting Tuesday April 1st. The class will be lead by Athletic Lab staff and retired US Air Force Survival instructor Chris Hoina. It is the perfect introduction to the Athletic Lab experience for beginners and novices. Sign up today 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 |March 26th, 2014|News|0 Comments|
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    Athletic Lab’s Mike Young assists at Olympic Training Center

Athletic Lab’s Mike Young assists at Olympic Training Center

For the second time in 2014, 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 12 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 26th, 2014|News|0 Comments|