For the fifth consecutive year, Athletic Lab will support local Special Olympics athletes in their quest for success in sports. Athletic Lab has provided training and facility access for the athletes of Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) as well as fund raised for the organization. This year, Athletic Lab will host SONC on Fridays at 3pm from March 17 through May 26th. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Effective immediately, Athletic Lab is pleased to offer a new and updated Family Plan. The plan is designed to provide an affordable way for entire families to train at Athletic Lab and take advantage of all our group service offerings. This membership allows adults to attend Performance Fitness (including Cary CrossFit) classes. Youth and high school athletes will have access to Scholastic group training classes. Children will have access to our Lab Rats program. The family plan purchases 36 total sessions that can be divided across as many as 4 individuals over the course of the month. For a family of 2 parents and 2 children this plan is as much as 40% off the combined cost of individual plans. Here are the details of the membership: $399.95 / month with a 3 month commitment An additional 10 sessions (and one family member) may be added to the membership for $74.95 / month Individuals may be any combination of adults and / or kids living under the same household (proof of residency may be required) Membership entitles the family to 36 total visits each month These sessions can be used / distributed between as many as 4 people at the discretion of the family Children in grades 2 through 6 may join the Lab Rats program Youth in grades 7 through 12 may join our Scholastic Sports Performance group training classes Adults may join any of our Performance Fitness classes (including Cary CrossFit) Unused sessions do not roll over to subsequent months No refunds or accounts holds will be granted Payment must be made automatically by bank draft Your account will be billed monthly No additional discounts may be applied If you’re interested in taking advantage of this amazing offer please contact [...]
Athletic Lab is happy to announce we will be adding 2 new 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 February 21st. Open gym will also be available during this new time slot. Class: Senza & Open Gym Start Date: February 21 Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 5:15-6 am 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.
One of the things that makes Athletic Lab amazing is our members. We have members from all walks of life and all fitness and sport backgrounds. For the month of February we're highlighting two of our Elite Track & Field athletes as Members of the Month. Matt Hunter and Aaron Port are emerging elite decathletes who moved to Cary, NC to train at Athletic Lab with the goal of becoming professional Track & Field athletes. Aaron and Matt recently took 1st and 2nd place respectively at the Tobacco Road Multi-Event at the University of North Carolina. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Matt Hunter Age: 23 What city were you born in? Cambridge, MA What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? My favorite exercise is power cleans, my least favorite is dips. How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? I first heard about Athletic Lab through a former track and field coach of mine. What do you enjoy most about competing post-collegiately? I find that competing post-collegiately with the goal of finding out what my full potential is has allowed me to enjoy the sport again in a way that is similar to how I felt when I fell in love with the sport to begin with, and a large part of that is the community at Athletic Lab. What competition stands out the most to you and why? The meet that stands out the most to me would be during my senior year at Lexington High School when we beat our rival school to win the conference championship for the first time since I had been there! We had been working towards that goal for years, and to do it with many of my lifelong friends will allays stand out! [...]
Athletic Lab has an amazing and diverse community of members. To kick off 2017, we're highlighting one of our Scholastic Sports Performance athletes as our January Member of the Month. Laksheeta Devanand is a high school sprinter who has made a serious commitment to be her best and always put forth a great effort in training. We're proud to have her as our first member of the month for the year. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Laksheeta Devanand Age: 13 What city were you born in? Chennai, India What Sport do you participate in? Track and Field What events do you participate in? 100m, 200m, 100 relay How long have you been participating your sport? 1 year How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? From my Dad's friend What is your favorite and least favorite exercise? Short sprints are my favorite. Least favorite is push ups :) What do you feel have been your greatest accomplishments so far? My fitness has improved and I'm mentally & physically ready to race. What motivates you? My dad and the sensation of adrenaline running through my body while running
Last week, Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young, spoke at Altis for their January Apprentice Coach Program and at the North Carolina Strength Coaches Association Clinic. Altis is an elite athlete & coach training environment focused on the sport of Track & Field. The group is based in Phoenix, AZ and boasted 16 athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. Altis regularly offers learning opportunities for coaches and performance therapists. Young was invited to speak to the visiting coaches and staff at the Altis January Apprentice Coach Program which featured coaches from around the world. Several days later, Young spoke at the North Carolina Strength Coaches Association Clinic at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. The North Carolina Strength Coaches Association holds an annual clinic and this is Young's second time speaking at the event in 3 years. If you are interested in having Young or any other member of the Athletic Lab staff speak privately or at an event please contact us for details.
Join Athletic Lab coach Greg Gustin for his skills workshop on hand balancing. This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to learn in a hands-on, classroom setting, fully dedicated to teaching the technical aspects associated with different types of hand balancing and handstands. With this 90 minute workshop, you will learn and practice progressions from basic hand balancing to full handstands. While some inversion experience is preferred for this skills class, modifications can be made for all experience levels. When: Sunday, January 29th 10:30am – 12:00pm Cost: FREE to members and non-members We're limiting this workshop to 15 people. Register NOW!
The newly minted North Carolina FC (formerly Carolina Railhawks) have officially partnered with Athletic Lab for their Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning needs during the upcoming 2017 season. North Carolina FC (NCFC) is a an American professional soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. The team trained at Athletic Lab during the last weeks of the 2016 season on a trial basis. The team was founded in 2006, as the Carolina Railhawks and recently announced a rebranding to become North Carolina FC and make a bid to join the MLS. The team currently plays in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The team previously trained at Athletic Lab during the 2010 and 2011 seasons during which they won the 2010 NASL Conference title and the 2011 NASL regular season title. Following those two banner years, Athletic Lab's Mike Young joined the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS where he served as the Head Fitness coach for the First team from 2012-2014. During his time in Vancouver, the team became the first Canadian team to make the MLS playoffs by posting one of the largest turn-around seasons in MLS history. In the 2013, the team improved on their record again and won the coveted Cascadia Cup over the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders. We're very excited to be working with North Carolina FC again. With myself and Coach John Grace both having experience in the MLS, I believe we have the knowledge and know-how to really help the team. The organization is top notch from the players all the way up through the coaches and team executives. NCFC is the top soccer club in a state with an unbelievable soccer history so we're very proud that they [...]
Last weekend, Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young lead a 2 day workshop on Soccer Fitness in Seoul, South Korea. The workshop was hosted by Xion Sports Performance Training Center. Xion is the first and only sports performance center in South Korea. On Day 1, Mike provided 5 lectures related to soccer fitness: Fundamental concepts of periodization and monitoring for team sports, Developing energy system fitness for soccer, Designing the soccer fitness session, Integrating strength training for soccer athletes, and Advanced concepts for enhancing speed, deceleration, change of direction and agility On Day 2, Mike lead a hands-on workshop implementing the concepts from Day 1. In addition to being a consultant for 2 national soccer teams and an individual coach to many top high school and collegiate players, Young has also served as the Fitness Coach for three professional teams. If you are interested in a workshop from any of the Athletic Lab coaches please contact us today.
We have so many great members doing such amazing things that sometimes it’s hard to single out just one. That’s why for the month of December we’ve selected our Athletic Lab / Cary CrossFit Perform ance Fitness Competitive Team. The team consists of about 12 athletes who regularly participate in local and regional fitness competitions. Representing the group for this feature will beMatt Arthur, Sasha Betz, Daniel Jones, Libby Logsden, and Ryan Weber. Click here to see previous members of the month. Matt Arthur Age: 30 What city were you born in? Schenectady, NY What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Favorite: Deadlifts; Least favorite: Turkish Get-ups What do you enjoy most about being on the Competition Team? Ryan's Forearms What competition stands out the most to you and why? SuperFit. It's a very well run event, the workouts are well programmed, and as a team, we always have a good showing. What motivates you? Working out as a group, you tend push each other and hold each other accountable. Sasha Betz Age: 30 What city were you born in? Blaine, MN What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Favorite: Pull-ups. Least: Running What do you enjoy most about being on the Competition Team? We really support and motivate each other. It's great to workout with other people who are equally committed and consistent. And it's cool to see how we've collectively progressed since the team's inception. Also, Ryan Weber’s forearms. What competition stands out the most to you and why? Probably my first one - SuperFit Raleigh in 2014. I wasn't very good at a double-unders and neither was my partner, so I was worried when we had to do a set of 20 in the WOD. I totally surprised myself when I pulled some DUBs out [...]