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.
School's out and our new Scholastic Sports Performance Training schedule is about to go in to affect. The changes to the schedule provide more training opportunities and increase the convenience for our high school athletes to train. Starting June 12th, Scholastic classes will now take place at 10:30 and 3:45 each week day and 11am on Saturday.
Athletic Lab athletes Jordan Lappin and Grace Nelson of Cardinals Gibbons High School finished off an outstanding lacrosse season by winning the 4A state championship this past weekend. This state title is their second in a row. Grace, who is committed to Ohio State University, said that she “knew from our first game this season that we wanted to make it back to states and win for the second time, and as a team we had never worked harder for that.” Jordan and Grace were the two top goal scorers for the team this past season with 87 and 44 goals respectively. Jordan, who will be playing for Boston College in the fall, said that while the games look easy sometimes, “there was a lot of hard work put in on and off the field from each member of our team that made the repeat possible.”
Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young was one of 14 high performance practitioners selected to speak at the US Olympic Committee's High Performance Strength & Conditioning Symposium. The 3 day symposium was held in Colorado Springs, CO at the Olympic Training Center. Nearly 90 coaches, sports scientists and high performance directors from around the world were hand selected to attend this exclusive event. Representatives from the NBA, MLB, NFL NHL, NASCAR and national teams from Australia, Canada, England, Wales, Ireland and more were present. The topic of Young's talk was "Using Subjective & Objective Criteria to Monitor, Measure & Adapt The Training Stimulus in the MLS." Dr. Mike Young presents at the USOC High Performance Strength & Conditioning Symposium Young will next speak at an Athletic Lab hosted event on June 3-4. The 2nd Annual High Performance Athletic Development 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. Additionally, if you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.
In respect of Memorial Day, Athletic Lab will have a modified class schedule on Monday May 29th, 2017. Please be advised that the class schedule is changed as follows: Performance Fitness: Performance Fitness Foundations 9:00am Performance Fitness CrossFit 9:00am Performance Fitness CrossFit 9:30am Performance Fitness CrossFit 10:00am Performance Fitness CrossFit 10:30am Weightlifting 11am Sports Performance Scholastic Speed 10am Scholastic Strength 11am Open Gym 9am-12pm Thank you for your cooperation and have a safe Memorial Day weekend.
Welcome to beautiful North Carolina in 2017. We have miles of sandy beaches, beautiful mountains, quaint towns, and the 23rd highest overweight and obesity rates among children aged 10 to 17 in the nation. More specifically, about one in three (32.3%) North Carolina high school students are either overweight or obese (Eat Smart, Move More NC). One in three! In other words, if your high schooler has two best friends, it is likely that one of the three of them is overweight or obese. Our nation is currently experiencing an obesity epidemic. The definition of an epidemic is “a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.” The startling point is that obesity is a disease within our control. Although I am just one person in our world of more than seven billion, I am making it my mission to do what I can to tackle the childhood obesity issue and put a dent in this epidemic. The obesity epidemic has numerous effects on our nation, from our health to our wallets. The chronic disease costs the United States approximately $190 billion in health-related bills each year (Understanding the American Obesity Epidemic). Our ever-growing bodies are developing Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, respiratory problems, in addition to social and psychological problems, to name just a few. But you knew that. Everyone knows the risks, yet we keep letting ourselves and our children eat more, exercise less, and, all the while, grow bigger and bigger. In the table below, you can clearly see this trend of rising percentages of obesity prevalence in American adolescents over the past three decades (The Psychiatric clinics of North America). The current generation [...]
Athletic Lab is proud to announce the addition of Riley Rogers and John Evans to our coaching staff. Both coaches are familiar faces at Athletic Lab and are products of our Coaching Mentorship program. I'm excited to add Riley and John to our coaching staff. Athletic Lab has one of the most experienced and credentialed coaching staffs in the country. Our standards for hire are more rigorous than practically any facility in the country. Both Riley and John went through our rigorous mentorship program and also have extensive coaching experience elsewhere. In Riley, we bring in a young coach who is passionate about the field, has put in the time to hone her craft and has great rapport with all our members. In John, Athletic Lab gains someone I've known for almost 10 years. His technical expertise will be a great addition to the staff and like Riley he is passionate about helping others. These two have proven themselves as excellent coaches and great fits for our community. It's rare we can bring in two coaches who are already familiar faces and so well deserving of their positions. Our coaches are the cornerstone of everything we do at Athletic Lab and I know Riley and John will uphold this standard and make Athletic Lab even better. - Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Director of Performance & Research Meet Riley Rogers Riley Rogers joins the Athletic Lab staff as a Sport Performance Coach. Riley completed our Coaches Mentorship program in the Summer of 2016 and working as an associate coach at Athletic Lab while she completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill. Riley is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach and a Certified Personal Trainer from the American Council on Education. She also previously worked as a team manager for the UNC [...]