[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 [...]
The most special thing about Athletic Lab is our diverse community of members. Every month we highlight one (or more) of our members. For the month of July we've chosen four of our Performance Fitness members who completed Ironman 70.3 races. Krista Eberle, Devon and Andy Jarvis and Robert Stanley are our July Members of the Month. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Krista Eberle Age: 31 What city were you born in? Indianapolis, IN What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I am a PhD student at NC State University in the Department of Poultry Science. When I am not working on the farm, writing, or attending class, I enjoy spending time with my amazing fiance Zach Krish (also an AL member) eating good food, drinking beer, and being outdoors. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Out of the three sports, I like running the most and biking the least. However, training with Devon, Andy, and Zach has made me like biking a lot more. Plus, trying to keep up with them has made me a faster cyclist! You recently competed in a half Ironman! Would you mind telling us a bit about your training for the competition? How did you keep your mind occupied during the competition? Before this year, I had completed 2 other HIM (one being the 2014 Raleigh 70.3). I used the training plan developed for me by my triathlon coach in Atlanta, GA during my first HIM. I tweaked the plan a bit to accommodate for the lack of an endurance base as I had been out of triathlon 3 years due to a major back injury. Andy, Devon, and [...]
Athletic Lab athlete Jef Souza recently won another National Championship in a multi-event at the 2017 US Masters Track & Field Outdoor National Championships. Souza is a national record holder and multi-time national and international champion in the pentathlon, indoor heptathlon and decathlon who has trained with Athletic Lab's Mike Young as part of the Track & Field team for 8 years. Souza scored 7,062 points in the 2 day decathlon to win the men's 40-44 division of the championships. His score was the highest score of the entire competition regardless of age by over 1,000 points. If you're interested in joining the Athletic Lab Elite Track & Field team please apply today.
Athletic Lab held their annual Weightlifting Summer Classic on June 24th. Check out the results from the men’s and women’s sessions below: 2017 Summer Weightlifting Classic Results Male 2017 Summer Weightlifting Classic Results Female High-quality photos of the event can be viewed here. The Athletic Lab Weightlifting Club provides training, learning and competitive opportunities for athletes looking to get involved in the sport of weightlifting as well as CrossFitters and fitness enthusiasts looking to improve their strength and technique. Every member of our staff including our Nutritionist and Director of Operations are certified USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coaches. Dr. Young is a Level 2 coach and instructor for USAW and has held an executive position within the North Carolina Local Weightlifting Committee. Click here to join the club. Save the date for our 2017 Fall Classic on September 16, 2017!
In celebration of the 4th of July, we’ll be having a slightly reduced training schedule. Please note the following schedule for Tuesday July 4th: CF / Performance Fitness: 9am, 10am CF Competition Team: 10am Scholastic [Speed]: 10am Scholastic [Strength]: 11am Our normal class schedule will resume on Wednesday.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
Athletic Lab weightlifting club member and recent Member of the Month, James Gold, recently brought home a win at the Masters Pan American Weightlifting Championships in the Dominican Republic. James went 6 for 6 on his lifts and set competition personal bests in the snatch (105 kg / 231 lbs), clean and jerk (134 kg / 294 lbs) and total (239 kg / 525 lbs). Make winners, not excuses. @jmztune12 sealed his Pan American Gold by going 6/6, finishing the day off with this Clean and Jerk of 134kgs. A post shared by Athletic Lab (@athleticlab) on Jun 18, 2017 at 7:03am PDT
Athletic Lab Scholastic Athlete Rohan Sachdev was recently featured on ESPN.com for his success as a youth tennis athlete and his accomplishments in school, particularly in spelling. Rohan is coming off a 2nd place finish at a National Level 3 Tournament in Greensboro, NC and is ranked top 50 in the nation as well as top 5 in the South for his age. Around Athletic Lab he is known for his big smile, strong work ethic, and spirited competitiveness. Rohan also just participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee where he took home a 12th place finish. Only 291 kids make it to Nationals in Washington, D.C., out of 11-million kids that start at the classroom level. His spelling accomplishments were featured on ABC 11 News. Check out Rohan's coverage below:
Athletic Lab athlete Nicole Buckley has been selected to participate in the U.S. Field Hockey National Futures Championship. She was one of 36 field hockey players in her U16 age group chosen from the Southern Region, which includes Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Nicole was previously selected for the National Futures Championship in 2015 but was ineligible for the 2016 Championship due to an injury. The National Futures Championship is the premier championship event for the U.S. Field Hockey Futures Program and is a highly attended event by college recruiters and USA Field Hockey high-performance staff. The Futures program is the U.S. Olympic development pipeline, which nearly all U.S. Women’s National Team members and Olympians have participated in. Nicole has been playing field hockey for five years and is a key member for the Carolina All Stars Field Hockey Club Team and an active participant in Athletic Lab’s Scholastic Program. She has recently committed to Liberty University. The 2017 National Futures Championship will be held in Lancaster, PA from June 20-29 where she will be placed on a team comprised of girls from all over the nation to be further evaluated for participation in additional elite field hockey training sessions and tournaments.
The strength of Athletic Lab is its members. We highlight our amazing members each month in our member of the month feature. Athletic Lab's members come 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 June we've selected Josh Perry as our member of the month. Josh has been an inspirational member of our community for the past year. Josh is one of our many professional athletes but his story goes beyond high level sport. Check out his story and read about our previous members of the month here. Name: Josh Perry Age: 28 What city were you born in? Cape Cod, Massachusetts What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I ride BMX bikes professionally, enjoy hiking and playing golf. I am starting a non-profit geared towards financially supporting brain tumor, brain injury, and other brain disorder patients through BMX, entertainment, and education, in the process of writing a book sharing my story of overcoming brain tumors, BMX, etc., and am working on a longer-term goal of creating an online webinar based nutrition coaching program. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Honestly, I love everything I am doing in The Lab as it’s all so new to me. If I had to pick one exercise that is my favorite, I would [...]
Athletic Lab in conjunction with UK based Proformance recently hosted the 2nd Annual High Performance Athletic Development Conference. The international conference brought together some of the top coaches and researchers in the world of sports performance and applied sports science. There were over 60 coaches in attendance including staff members from NC State, UNC, Duke, UNC, ECU, ETSU, Campbell, Wake Forest, and more. The conference featured legendary coach and sport scientist Dr. Mike Stone of ETSU. Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young and Greg Gustin were also featured speakers alongside Dr. Brad DeWeese or ETSU and the USOC, Dr. Matt Jordan of the Calgary Sport Institute; Ethan Reeve of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association, and James Baker of Proformance.