Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently returned from Gloucester, UK where he gave two lectures to the coaches in attendance at the Child to Champion Conference. The conference was hosted by Proformance Strength & Conditioning. The International Conference featured some of the top minds in the world on Long Term Athlete Development. Leading practitioners working across the developmental continuum shared their experiences from various settings including Professional Sport, Professional Academies, Primary and Secondary Schools and Private Settings. Attendees represented institutions such as Leicester Tigers, Arsenal FC, West Bromwich Albion, and the English Institute for Sport. Mike presented on Means and Methods of Eccentric Training and Implementing a Mechanical Model for Plyometric Progressions. Proformance is a UK based company that is partnering with Athletic Lab in June to host the 2nd Annual High Performance Athletic Development Conference. This conference will feature speakers from 3 countries including Dr. Mike Stone, Dr. Brad DeWeese, Dr. Matt Jordan and Dr. Young. It is expected to be one of the top learning events of the year for coaches. You can register for the High Performance Athletic Development Conference HERE.
Athletic Lab's Mike Young presenting at the 2016 HPAD Conference. Athletic Lab Sports Performance Training Center is proud to host the second annual Proformance Strength & Conditioning High Performance Athletic Development (HPAD) Conference. For the second year in a row, we will host a world class speaker lineup. The HPAD Conference will take place on June 3rd and 4th in Cary, NC. World Renowned Researchers and Coaches The conference will have a mixture of applied sports science and practical 'in-the-trenches' coaching information from leading practitioners. This years lineup has assisted countless Olympic, professional and collegiate athletes. The conference will be an unmissable event on the Strength & Conditioning calendar bringing together coaches from the US, Canada and the UK to offer an unparalleled opportunity to learn, share and connect with some of the best practitioners from around the world. Confirmed speakers for HPAD 2017: Matt Jordan presents at the Strength and Power Performance Course put on by the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. Dr. Mike Stone (bio) Head of Exercise & Sport Science at ETSU Dr. Brad Deweese (bio) ETSU / Former Sport Physiologist & Coach for US Olympic Committee Dr. Mike Young (bio) Athletic Lab Director of Performance / Proformance Strength & Conditioning Dr. Matt Jordan (bio) Jordan Strength Athlete Performance / Canadian Institute for Sport Ethan Reeve (bio) Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance / CSCCa President James Baker (bio) Proformance Strength & Conditioning / St. Peter's R.C. High School, Gloucester, UK John Grace, MS (bio) Athletic Lab Assistant Director of Performance Tentative Schedule Day 1 Catered Continental Breakfast Dr. Mike Stone: Potential Physical & Physiological Adaptations to Resistance Training for Sport Dr. Matt Jordan: Eccentric Muscle Actions/ Eccentric Deceleration Ability Ethan Reeve: Escalating Density Training Catered Lunch John Grace, MS: Olympic Lifts for Sport - Progressions, Techniques, [...]
An adventure team lead by long time Athletic Lab member and former Athlete of the Month, Bruce Dale, recently placed 8th in the Palmetto Swamp Fox Adventure Race. For the second straight year, Dale's team was one of only a handful to complete the grueling course. The team finished the course of 22 checkpoints in 11 hours and 43 minutes. Only 12 of 65 teams located all 22 points in the required time. The race featured 15 miles of running, 42 miles of riding and 9 miles of paddling. Bruce Dale's team was 8th overall and 3rd in the 3 male category. Bruce is a longstanding member of Athletic Lab with a long history of success in Endurance events. Dale is a Sergeant for the Cary Police Department and a regular in our Performance Fitness Endurance classes. He isa regular competitor in endurance, obstacle and adventure races and has competed in the World Police & Fire Games and the prestigious Uwharrie 18 hour race.
Etiquette is a code of behavior that defines expectations and behavior within a social group. Like most businesses, Athletic Lab has its own expected etiquette to ensure we can deliver an un-compromised experience for all our members. You can read about our facility etiquette here. The following is our session etiquette. This is a good refresher to those who’ve been with us for awhile and a primer for those who are just joining us. These session guidelines help to make everyone’s experience as amazing as possible. Following these guidelines will help you have a safe, effective and enjoyable training session. Use Equipment Wisely. Sharing is fine, stealing isn't. Athletic Lab is one of the best equipped training centers in the world, but there are still times it may seem like we're short on a piece of equipment. In cases like this, try to be polite and share your equipment with fellow members. Also, when you’re setting up for a workout, please try to set up your area ahead of time with the gear you'll need so you're not impeding others. Open-Gym Hierarchy. If you're coming to Athletic Lab to train on your own outside of a coach-led session, please respect the space and equipment requirements of the ongoing classes. This means if there is ever a space or equipment limitation, open gym participants are required to give up whatever is necessary for a group class or private training session. We try to make this clear when someone signs up for a membership, but it's worth reiterating. Equipment conflicts are almost never a problem. What is more likely to happen are space conflicts that prevent a coach from having the best control and view for coaching. If a class is taking place in one of the 5 designated areas (1. Weightlifting Platforms; 2. Front Weightroom; 3. Rear [...]
Athletic Lab has so many amazing members it's sometimes difficult to pick out just one. But that's what we do each month as part of our Member of the Month feature. We have members from all walks of life and all fitness and sport backgrounds. On any given day you can walk in to Athletic Lab and find professional athletes and teams from more than a half dozen sports, kids as young as 8 participating in our Lab Rats program, stand out high school athletes participating in our Scholastic Sports Performance Program or adults looking to get in the best shape of their lives in our Performance Fitness classes. For the month of April we've selected Christian Pigues as our member of the month. Christian just completed a dominant indoor track and field season that was highlighted by winning the North Carolina State Championships in the 1,000m race in a blistering time of 2:30.44. Christian also boasted the fastest 800m time in the state (1:53.19). Both of these times rank amongst the top in the country. Off the track, Christian managed to break multiple Scholastic Sports Performance records including the 30m sprint and approach vertical jump. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Christian Pigues What city were you born in? Los Angeles What sport(s) do you participate in? Track and Field What events do you participate in? I complete in everything from the 400m to the 1500m but my best events are the 800m and 1500m. How long have you been competing in your sport? I've been running track since I was eight years old. How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? I heard about Athletic Lab through a referral from one of my dad's friends. [...]
Athletic Lab is proud to announce a new addition to our Scholastic Sports Performance Program: the Scholastic Summer Elite Program. Our new Scholastic Summer Elite Program introduces committed training for serious high school athletes preparing for the high demands of their upcoming sports season. The program differs from our standard Scholastic offerings in that the training sessions are 50% longer, there is a required commitment, and athletes will be put through a periodized and progressive training plan. Over the course of eight weeks, athletes will develop strength, speed and agility, explosive power, and game-winning conditioning. Each 90-minute session will take place in a group setting identical to what we provide our professional and collegiate level teams. Participants will complete the program equipped with the tools necessary to stay ahead of the competition and be ready for more advanced levels of training as they navigate through their athletic career. The program requires athletes to select a training start time (either 1pm or 3:30pm). Athletes will be expected to attend 90 minute training sessions at their selected times 4 days each week for the duration of the 8 weeks. Because the training for our Scholastic Summer Elite Program is planned and progressive we require a full commitment to the program outside of emergencies and special circumstances. Athletes will be tested at the start, middle and end of the program to asses progress. Due to the serious and committed nature of this program, no account holds will be granted and absences should be avoided whenever possible. We are only accepting 12 athletes at each time slot so sign up today. Dates: June 12th – August 1st (8 weeks) Eligibility: Must be at least a rising high school freshman Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday [...]
Starting in April, Athletic Lab will be adding 2 additional Senza Classes to our Performance Fitness schedule. Senza is our 45 minute twist on traditional bootcamp training. Senza is an Italian word that translates to 'without' which is fitting for the simplistic and non-threatening format of the class. Sessions focus on bodyweight, medicine ball and light kettlebell exercises without touching a barbell, doing complicated weightlifting exercises or training in the competitive atmosphere that many of our other Performance Fitness classes have. Senza classes will be added on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 am beginning April 4th. They will take the place of our 7am Endurance classes. Class: Senza Start Date: April 4th Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 7am-7:45am Accompanying our new Senza class times is the new option to purchase Senza only punchcard memberships. Senza punchcards can now be purchased in 10 ($94.95) and 20 ($169.95) use packages.
Athletic Lab has a track record of putting on some of the largest and best single-day weightlifting meets in North Carolina. For the second summer in a row, we're hosting a massive two-day USAW sanctioned event on June 24th and 25th. The female weight classes will compete on Saturday, June 24th and the male weight classes will compete on Sunday, June 25th. We host multiple weightlifting meets every year with the most experienced staff on meet day. We have a competition platform (13'x13'), Eleiko competition bars and bumper plates, and 9 warmup platforms with competition bars and bumper plates for each. You won't find this competition set up anywhere else in the state of North Carolina. Register NOW! Take a look at some of the photos from our past events: 2017 Winter Weightlifting Classic 2016 North Carolina State Championships 2016 Summer Weightlifting Classic
North Carolina's newest soccer club has partnered with Athletic Lab for their Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning needs for the 2017 season. Athletic Lab will provide both training and sports science monitoring for the Courage. The North Carolina Courage are a professional women's soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. Its former incarnation, the Western New York Flash, was a founding member of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S. They relocated to North Carolina for 2017. They play their home games at WakeMed Soccer Park and will start their inaugural season on April 22nd. The team won the NWSL league championship in 2016 and boasts multiple players with national team experience including Lynn Williams (US),Samantha Mewis (US), Rosana dos Santos Augusto (Brazil), Ashley Hatch (US), Débora Cristiane de Oliveira (Brazil), Jaelene Hinkle (US), Jessica McDonald (US), Abby Erceg (New Zealand), and Sabrina D'Angelo (Canada). We're very excited to be working with the North Carolina Courage. They are top class with a winning tradition and the ownership and front office are committed to success. Our staff has experience working in professional soccer both domestically and abroad and we are uniquely poised to help the team become more physically commanding on the pitch and reduce their risk of injury. We'll be using advanced sports science tools like GPS and heart rate tracking as well as wellness monitoring to ensure that the team is responding to training in a positive way. It's an honor to be chosen by the Courage and we're excited to work with their amazing coaches and players. - Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Owner & Director of Performance In addition to the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC, Athletic Lab [...]
HLC Winners: Celeste Petrick & Ross Ackerman Athletic Lab prides itself in having the best coaches, the best facility and the best members. We have members from all walks of life and all fitness and sport backgrounds. Every month we highlight some of our amazing members. March's members of the month are Celeste Petrick and Ross Ackerman - the winners of our latest Healthy Living Challenge. Our Healthy Living Challenge is an 8 week lifestyle challenge that involves nutritional, sleep, activity, body composition and performance tracking. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Celeste Petrick: Name: Celeste Petrick Age: 25 What city were you born in? Wappingers Falls, NY What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? I actually love rowing! Least Favorite: Running! How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? Jen Evans heard about it and convinced me to come along over a year ago! Been gym buddies since day one :) What was the most challenging thing you faced during the Healthy Living Challenge? Most rewarding? The most challenging thing I faced and do face is hanging out with friends and making good choices! The most rewarding thing is being able to start seeing a change in my body and my athletic ability. What was your favorite meal during the Healthy Living Challenge? My favorite meal would have to be healthy chicken fajitas with peppers and onions. Favorite cheat meal? Harris Teeter subs!!!! What motivates you? What motivates me I think is everyone at AL and wanting and the fact we are all different abilities but, are so supportive of one another! ----------------------------------------- Ross Ackerman: Name: Ross Ackerman Age: 38 What state were you born in? NH (Isn't this a security question?) What's your [...]