Longtime Performance Fitness member and Endurance standout Jason LeDoyen recently completed the prestigious Badwater 135 race. The world-renowned 135 mile ultra marathon has a rigorous qualification standard that brings together just 100 of the world's toughest athletes to race against one another and the elements. The race starts in Badwater, Death Valley and finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300 feet (2,530m) of elevation. The course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. 2017 marked 40th running of the event in which Jason finished 39th overall.
Sanjay pushing through a training session at our first location. Our members are the heart and soul of Athletic Lab. This August we reach our 8 year milestone of business. We're proud to have worked with such amazing people and changed so many lives. Every month we highlight one of our members as part of our Member of the Month Feature. For the month of August we've chosen Sanjay Chandru. Sanjay was our first and longest standing Performance Fitness member. He's been with us since the very beginning and has become a fixture of Athletic Lab and a beloved part of our community. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Sanjay Chandru What city were you born in? Chennai, India What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I run Offering Management for IBM Z DevOps. In other words, I have no life outside of AL ;-) How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? How long have you been a member? Got spammed on my car windshield by Eric Broadbent in Bond Park. I've been a member since ~October 2009 As one of Athletic Lab's very first members, you have a unique perspective. What are the biggest changes you've noticed in Athletic Lab over the past eight years You guys have been able to realize the potential of this place over the years by persisting through the tough times. From the warehouse on Aviation Parkway to a thriving established setup in the current location, while you've grown you've also stayed true to your original goal of providing a quality fitness experience vs. just trying to make money. So Athletic lab has only changed in size and [...]
Enhancing sport technique efficiency with bungee suspension: The tennis forehand by Gilson Sampaio Pereira
[Gilson Sampaio Pereira is a master’s student at University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Sport Performance Coach. He is currently in the Coaching Mentorship Program at Athletic Lab] We often hear in the world of sports, including strength and conditioning, that “Speed is King”. But if you consider that a fast movement is still a movement which is executed by hundreds of muscles activated in perfect symphony you could easily say that maybe “Technique is the actual King” and the rest originates from there. Everybody who has played a sport has felt the perfect, effortless feeling while executing a soccer shot, baseball or football throw, tennis forehand, Thai-boxing kick, golf swing sweet spot, or even a perfect sprint. The involved muscles feel perfectly synchronized with perfect timing. A Sports Performance Coach (SPC) might think that this part should be left to the actual sports coach (SC) to give specific feedback to the athlete. However, there are some tools a SPC can use to enhance specific sports technique without practicing it, ensuring we are not crossing the line between the SC and SPC. All aforementioned sports techniques have 4 things in common: You need to practice them several thousand times to achieve mastery · Technique enhances performance output as well as efficiency. The difference between a Top 10 ATP or WTA player and a regional player is proficiency in technique execution and less absolute movement speed and power output. Proficiency in technique execution might also lessen the predisposition for lower back injuries in Tennis players (Chow, Park & Tillman, 2009). So, enhancing technique means enhancing the overall performance of athletes. They place high stress on the involved parts of the body · An SPC should understand the interaction [...]
Athletic Lab coach Greg Gustin, MS recently earned his USA Track & Field Level 1 coaching certificate. USATF is the national governing body for Track & Field in the United States and is regarded as one of the most rigorous certifying agencies in the sport. Because of the nature of the sport, the certification has benefits on the understanding of speed and power development, training theory, biomechanics and physiology. Athletic Lab’s coaching staff is among the most educated, experienced and credentialed in the country. The minimum requirements for our coaching staff easily exceed the qualifications of the most credentialed coaches at our competitors. We are continually striving to stay ahead of the curve and on the cutting edge of our field.
Athletic Lab elite masters Track & Field athlete Jef Souza recently added to his trove of National Championship medals. At the recent USATF Masters National Championships in Baton Rouge, LA; Jef won 7 individual gold medals, 1 silver medal and 4 bronze in the 40-44 age division. He took home individual event wins in the Pentathlon, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump, Pole Vault, and High Jump. He added relay wins in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay and the 4 x 400m relay (where he competed alongside former Athletic Lab athlete Allen Woodard). Souza also took home a silver medal in the Javelin Throw and 4 bronze medals in the Hammer Throw, Discus Throw, Shot Put and 4 x 100m relay. Jef is among the most decorated athletes to train with Athletic Lab, having won multiple national championships every year since 2011. Souza, who typically competes as a decathlete, is a multi-time national champion, a world champion in the decathlon, and a national record holder. Earlier this year, Souza won a National Championship in the Decathlon. If you’re interested in joining the Athletic Lab Elite Track & Field team please apply today.
[Nick Voth is currently finishing his degree in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University, where he competes on the Cross Country team. He is an Applied Sports Science Intern at Athletic Lab.] As previously stated in Part One of this blog, Part Two will focus on carbohydrate (CHO) mouth rinsing for speed-power performance. Because CHO mouth rinsing enhances endurance exercise lasting approximately one hour via stimulation to pleasure and reward centers in the brain (Stellingwerff & Cox, 2014), it has been hypothesized that this same strategy can be used to increase shorter duration, high-intensity efforts. However, research regarding the potential benefits of CHO mouth rinsing on speed, strength, and power performance is conflicting. Strength training has been studied with inconclusive results. Clarke et al. (2017) recently investigated the effects of a CHO mouth rinse on a wider range of high-intensity, short duration activities. Countermovement jump height, 10-meter sprint time, bench press, squat, and arousal were all enhanced with CHO mouth rinsing (Clarke et al., 2017). In line with that, Gant et al. (2010) found increased maximal voluntary force production following a CHO rinse. The results from Clarke et al. (2017) may be of practical significance because the study was conducted in the morning following an overnight fast. Athletes who train in the morning may not eat prior to a session. Revisiting the idea of fear of gastrointestinal distress, CHO mouth rinsing may provide a fueling solution while avoiding the ingestion of fuel. On the other hand, CHO mouth rinsing was found to have no effect on maximal strength or strength endurance (Dunkin & Philips, 2017; Painelli et al., 2011). A possible explanation for the results observed by these studies resides in the ability of [...]
[Devin Cornelius is currently in his final semester as a student-athlete at the University of Central Missouri, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. He is currently a Sport Management intern at Athletic Lab.] It is the way that successful high-performance facilities typically separate themselves from competitors. It can be the determining factor of a major recruit’s college choice. By definition, it is the act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties, especially by education. ‘It’ is culture and the term is tossed around regularly. Evaluating the impact that organizational culture has on business is crucial to understanding why it is so important. The following evaluation is not comprehensive but explores topics significant to the area of culture related to the performance of organizations within industry and employee retention. Dr. John E. Sheridan was able to examine what cultural characteristics within an organization created a statistically significant difference in the retention of new employees. Hazard rates, in this context, are the rates in which new, entry-level employees voluntarily leave their position. In his study, Organizational Culture and Employee Retention, Sheridan found that, on average, organizations emphasizing interpersonal relationships retained new employees for an average of 45 months while organizations emphasizing work task values retained new employees for 31 months. (Sheridan, 2010) Within this example, this 14-month difference is significant in a variety of ways. Sheridan explains that the difference in mean duration of ‘survival’ results in an opportunity loss of approximately $44,000 per new employee. Based on firm hiring rates within the study, the opportunity losses related to these differences in retention were between 6 million and 9 million dollars annually. In fairness, Sheridan examined accounting within his work. However, accounting is a market with high turnover, [...]
[Gilson Sampaio Pereira is a master's student at University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Sport Performance Coach. He is currently in the Coaching Mentorship Program at Athletic Lab] In this blog post I will present a simple and cost effective method of assessing concentric and eccentric strength/power during hip extension. Lower limb asymmetries can also be assessed in the same test. The test is a hip extension exercise, with a flywheel device (FD) to generate an eccentric overload. The FD is gaining popularity on the S&C and athletic development scene because it exposes athletes to high loads with minimum equipment. Additionally, there might be superior gains in strength, power and hypertrophy with flywheel training due to an eccentric overload, when compared to traditional resistance training (Maroto-Izquierdo et al., 2017). First, a little background Let´s begin by stepping into the literature to better understand why testing hip extension strength could be of value to athletes and coaches. Hip extension is a basic functional movement. The major hip extensors are the spinal erectors, gluteus maximus, biceps femoris (long head), semitendinosus, semimembranosus and adductor magnus. First, compared to knee extension, hip extension is more important in running speed (Schache et al., 2011), jump height (Lees et al. 2004) and back squat (Bryanton et al. 2011). Therefore, the role of hip extension becomes more significant when athletic movements are executed with a high intent. As a logical consequence, a sound S&C coach should favor the development of the hip extensors in their preparation and maintenance phases throughout the year. This was backed up by a study from Contreras et al. (2016) that showed a greater effect of horizontally than vertically loaded hip extension training on sprint acceleration (e.g. hip thrusters). [...]
Dr. Matt Arthur of 919 Spine Athletic Lab is proud to announce a partnership with 919 Spine. As of May 2017, 919 Spine has opened within our facility and is aimed at providing high quality chiropractic care to both general population and athletes. Dr. Matthew Arthur has been a member of the Athletic Lab community for over 5 years. He has a wealth of experience working with athletes from a wide range of backgrounds. He aims to address the needs of the individual and help them not only stay pain free, but perform better and avoid the risk of injury. Dr. Arthur assesses each individual’s movement pattern to get an understanding for what is causing the patient’s pain rather than just addressing the site of pain. This helps him to correct the underlying dysfunctions that are causing the pain and create a long term solution rather than just providing short term pain relief. By combining his experience as an athlete, with his knowledge of human anatomy, Dr. Arthur is an excellent addition to our facility. I'm excited to have Dr. Matt Arthur and 919 Spine in our facility. I've been personally seeing Matt for years so when the opportunity to have him join us at Athletic Lab it was a no-brainer. With Athletic Lab, Raleigh Orthopaedic and now 919 Spine all under one roof we have a comprehensive All-Star team for training, injury management, return-to-play and pain management. I know our members and athletes will be in good hands with 919 Spine. - Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Director of Performance & Research
[Nick Voth is currently finishing his degree in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University, where he competes on the Cross Country team. He is an Applied Sports Science Intern at Athletic Lab.] Developing proper fueling strategies is always a goal for coaches and athletes across all sports. Particularly, the use of carbohydrates (CHO) before and during competition can optimize performance. CHO fueling typically consists of ingestion of a commercially available food, gel, or sports drink. Other fueling strategies have been investigated, and thus, the concept of CHO mouth rinsing has surfaced. CHO mouth rinsing involves rinsing a solution in the oral cavity for a short duration and subsequently spitting it out. The first of this two-part blog will discuss implications for CHO mouth rinsing for endurance sports athletes. There are a couple potential benefits associated with CHO rinsing as opposed to ingestion. The first, and perhaps of most concern to athletes when developing a fueling strategy, is decreased gastrointestinal issues. Many athletes are hesitant to fuel just prior or during competition in fear of gastrointestinal issues that may hinder performance. Consequently, CHO rinsing may allow for an ergogenic enhancement while avoiding gastrointestinal distress. Secondly, albeit very minor, is the additional mass added to the athlete followed by ingestion of food or drink during competition. In sports where fatigue may be dependent upon an athlete’s ability to move one’s mass, the addition of unnecessary weight may result in earlier onset of fatigue. Therefore, CHO mouth rinsing may be the solution that many athletes have been seeking. Endurance exercise can greatly benefit from CHO mouth rinsing. A systematic review completed by de Ataide e Silva et al. (2014) revealed that CHO mouth rinsing enhances cycling and [...]