When To Say “Uncle!” by John Grace
“No pain, no gain!” Without a doubt, that phrase is something we have all heard at some point. This expression can be used in any aspect of life, and most of the time it is true. In fitness, it’s a different story. There are two kinds of pain in fitness, and it is important to be able to distinguish between the two. One kind of pain is the “Holy crap, my muscles are burning so much, I don’t think I can push out another rep” and the other is “Ouch, my joints and muscles hurt so bad and I feel like something is going to snap if I push anymore”. It is important you mentally and physically push through the first when appropriate and recognize when the latter is occurring.
To make any kind of progress in your workouts and personal best performances, you will sometimes need to push through the discomfort caused by fatigue (the people who don’t are known, in Athletic Lab, as ‘sandbaggers’). We don’t want people to become ‘sandbaggers’. Rather, we want our athletes to embrace this fatigue and be able to mentally and physically push past their “limitations” to become better athletes or fitter individuals.
Listen to what your body is telling you though. Your body is the best platform to relay these injury messages to you, so don’t ignore them. If they are telling you “I feel like I might seriously injure myself if I keep going”. Chances are, your body is right on point.
There is a fine line between these two types of pain and it is important for you to stay injury-free so you can continue to make progress to your ultimate fitness goals. Whether it is to do one pullup or to hit a 300lb back squat. It might take some time for you to figure out the differences between these two types of pain and what your body is trying to tell you, but, with anything, in due time, this will become more natural. Open communication between coaches and athletes is the key for the continuation of you on the road to your goals.
Hoops City Teams With Athletic Lab
Hoops City, a premier AAU basketball program out of North Carolina, is teaming with Athletic Lab. Hoops City has some of the best up-and-coming basketball players in North Carolina. Athletic Lab is going to take them one step above their competition by providing on-site training for their AAU teams on speed, power, strength, and agility. Hoops City, who had over 40 teams in the program this past year, is adding to their arsenal with the top sports performance training center in North Carolina.
Athletic Lab To Hold Two Special Skills Clinics
By popular demand, Athletic Lab will be offering two special skills clinics in the upcoming weeks. These clinics will give members the opportunity to learn in a hands-on, classroom setting, fully dedicated to teaching these technical movements and the progressions to execute the exercises correctly.
Kipping Pullup Clinic - Saturday, May 12th 12:30pm-1:45pm
Learn the progressions and positions to effectively perform the elusive kipping pullup.
In this clinic we will demonstrate and break down the movement so that it can be learned in a safe and efficient manner.
Power Snatch Clinic - Saturday, May 26th 12:30pm-2:00pm
Learn the movements to achieving the proper technique for the snatch. In addition, you will learn how to correct common errors during the snatch and learn the proper stance and grip width for the snatch.
Cost: $20 for each clinic
We are limiting each clinic to 15 spots. Please signup at the front desk.
Soccer Specific College Prep at Athletic Lab
Athletic Lab will be offering a soccer specific training program for incoming Freshman and all collegiate soccer athletes. The program starts June 11th and continues through August 3rd (8 weeks) and will be offered from 9am to 10:30am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Increase first step quickness
- Get stronger and more powerful
- Master acceleration mechanics
- Improve jumping ability
- Enhance agility and mobility
- Develop GAME BREAKING SPEED
Sign up though the Athletic Lab website here.
Cary Invasion chooses Athletic Lab as Official Training Center
The Cary Invasion semi-professional basketball team has chosen Athletic Lab as their official training center for the second straight year. Last year, the Invasion ran away from the rest of the CBL to win the regular season and playoffs and they look to do the same in 2012. The Invasion joins Cary Police Department, the Carolina Railhawks, HPC Elite track and field team, the US Women’s National Soccer team and hundreds of other high performance athletes on the long list who’ve chosen Athletic Lab as the top sport performance training center in the Triangle.