Athletic Lab’s Multi-Sport Scholastic Combine
Have you ever wondered how your speed, power, and athleticism stacks up to the competition? Then do like the pros, and put your skills to the test. Athletic Lab will be holding a FREE testing combine for high school athletes on the first Saturday of the month, starting July 7th. Members and non-members welcome, so bring a friend!
- Vertical Jump
- 10m Sprint
- 30m Sprint
- Power Output
- 5m Square Agility
- Pullup Max
- Pro Agility Test
- Bleep Test
Please allow 15 minutes prior to start time for athlete waiver and questionnaire.
For more information and to sign up, please click here
Athletic Lab to Hold “The Pain-Free Athlete Self-Treatment Clinic”
Pain will prevent your clients from exercising and have a negative effect on your bottom-line. In four hours you will learn how to self-treat trigger points that prevent full range of motion and put a strain on joints. Help yourself and help your clients prevent injuries and increase strength and flexibility.
This 4 hour course taught by Julie Donnelly will be held on Saturday, June 30th from 2-6pm at Athletic Lab. This course will offer participants .4 credits toward their NSCA recertification and .5 credits toward their NASM recertification.
For more information:
go to: http://www.julstro.com
HPC Elite Interview on WCOM
Listen in to the HPC Elite team interview on June 17th. HPC Elite team members will be interviewed by 103.5 WCOM from 3:00-5:00pm. Listeners will get an inside look into individual dreams and pursuits of the 2012 Olympics and beyond. You can listen on the radio at 103.5FM or stream live via http://www.wcomfm.org. Listeners will also have a chance to call into the show and ask our athletes questions at 919.929.9601. Be sure to tune in and support the HPC Elite team on their pursuit to the 2012 Olympic Games.
Training the Core by Adam Whitehead
[This is a guest blog by one of our Athletic Interns, Adam Whitehead, an Exercise Science student from East Carolina University]
Want to get a great core work out?
Well, drop down and give me 30 sit ups or crunches. We’ve all undoubtedly heard how sit ups and crunches can lead to “six pack abs.” No doubt, completing several reps of these exercises on a daily basis will definitely lead you to the possibility of having that “6 pack,” but has your core really been strengthened by doing them?
What do you consider to be your core muscles? Some might say your abdominal muscles. That would be correct, but it simply isn’t the whole truth. When referring to all of the core muscles, the abdominal muscles are only one of the main groups of muscles that make up the core. “The core is the area between the sternum and the knees” (Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement 3rd edition). The core has also collectively been referred to as the area from arm pit all the way to the knees. This area includes the chest muscles. Working the core consists of more than just merely doing a few sit ups or crunches.
As previously stated, all of the muscles between the sternum and the quadriceps and hamstrings are considered part of the core. If a great core workout is desired, doing sit ups simply won’t hit all of those muscles groups. Why not engage most of the muscle groups within the core by completing a single exercise?
Are there such exercises that can engage the entire core? Yes. Cleans, snatches, dead lifts and squats all activate the muscles in your core. Within these movements, muscle force is being produced by the lower body. The external force is connected to the upper body. When such a great amount of force being produced by the lower body and being put on your upper body at the same time, the two are being held together by the abdominals, obliques, erector spinae. They are all activating synergistically to provide trunk stabilization. Without a strong core, your movement strength will be limited regardless of how strong your lower body is.
Announcing an additional CF Endurance Class
By popular demand, Athletic Lab will be adding a CrossFit Endurance class on Mondays at 6:00pm. Take a break from the weights and come to our CF Endurance class that has a wide variety of sprinting, jogging and interval training combined into one workout. This class will be starting this coming Monday, June 18th. See our schedule for further details.
Snatch & Overhead Squat Fundamentals Clinic
Athletic Lab will be holding an Overhead Squat/Snatch Fundamentals clinic on Saturday, June 30th from 12:30pm-2:00pm. Learn the basics to achieving the proper technique for the snatch.
In his clinic the you will learn the following:
- How to correct movement deficiencies during the Snatch
- Properly execute the Snatch movement
- Learn the proper stance/grip width for the Snatch
- How to self-treat immobility/flexibility related to the Snatch and Overhead Squat
The price of the clinic is $20 and is open to the public. We are limiting the class size to 16 people. You can sign up through our RSVP system or click the link below.