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 [...]
Beginning January 1, 2017, Athletic Lab will be making the following price and membership changes. Open Gym The price for our Open Gym membership will increase to $84.95 / month. Existing members enrolled in our Open Gym membership prior to January 1st, 2017 will be granted a 2 month transition period at the current pricing but will then be billed at the updated price. Weightlifting The price for our Weightlifting membership will increase to $154.95 / month. Existing members enrolled in our Weightlifting membership prior to January 1st, 2017 will be grandfathered at their current price point. Scholastic Sports Performance Our Scholastic Membership options will move away from the rigid 3 month membership options that required athletes to attend a set number of sessions per week and move to a more flexible plan plan that features a built in freeze period and the option to attend with variable frequency across the term of the membership. The cost per session will remain exactly the same but the new membership options will provide greater flexibility of scheduling. The new memberships will effectively be punchcards that expire after 14 weeks. The options are as follows: Scholastic Group Training Memberships 12 Session Punch Card - $360 (Expires after 14 weeks) 24 Session Punch Card - $600 (Expires after 14 weeks) 36 Session Punch Card - $720 (Expires after 14 weeks) Scholastic Private Training Memberships 12 Session Punch Card - $870 (Expires after 14 weeks) 24 Session Punch Card - $1,560 (Expires after 14 weeks) 36 Session Punch Card - $2,160 (Expires after 14 weeks) The above membership options are created on recommended training frequencies of 1, 2, and 3 times per week respectively across a 12 week period. Due to the already flexible nature of these memberships we will provide [...]
To bring in the New Year we're offering two free weeks of Performance Fitness, Scholastic and Lab Rats classes for new members. If you've been wanting to try out our facility and coaching, this is the perfect opportunity to try us out. From our Endurance classes to Yoga, to CrossFit and everything in between, our Performance Fitness program has everything the fitness enthusiast and weekend warrior wants and needs. We offer six different types of classes to provide you the best opportunities to reach your 2017 goals. You can check out descriptions of all of our Performance Fitness classes HERE. Note: Weightlifting and Foundations classes are excluded from this promo. The Scholastic program is for all athletes 12-18 years old. Our coaches work in a small group setting of like-minded athletes with the goal of improving speed, power, and strength qualities administered in a safe and effective manner. Athletes have the opportunity to learn sprint and agility technique and proper resistance training techniques to improve performance and reduce injuries. Lab Rats is a class is aimed at children aged 7-11 and will offer kids the opportunity to develop basic physical competencies and general fitness in a fun and engaging environment. The class is designed to be challenging and fun with just the right amount of competitiveness. If you'd like to get your two free weeks, contact us today at 919.617.1472 or stop in at 1823 NW Maynard Rd. in Cary. The offer is effective immediately, you must have a local address and must sign begin no later than January 31st, 2017. Your free trial period begins on the date of your first class and continues for 14 days.
Rob Schneider, Pete Friesen, Scott Peters & Mike Young at the NC Performance Group meeting at Athletic Lab. Photo Credit: Paul Mentele Last week, Athletic Lab hosted the North Carolina Performance Group for its quarterly meeting. The meeting featured Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young, the Carolina Hurricane's Dr. Pete Friesen, Rob Schneider of ATI Physical Therapy, and Scott Peters from Duke University. Young presented a case-study on "Return to Play Training for High School Soccer Player with Disc Herniation" The North Carolina Performance Group is made up of professional, collegiate and private sector strength and conditioning coaches from North Carolina and beyond. The group meets several times a year to listen to 3-4 short presentations and discuss hot topics in the field. The meet ups regularly boast top coaches from every major collegiate program in the Triangle and often pull coaches from as far as 3 hours away. The Carolina Performance Group was started in late 2015. Athletic Lab coaches have presented in 3 of the initial 5 meetings.
In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will have special hours on Thursday, November 24th. Please note the following changes to our class schedule: All afternoon classes will be cancelled Performance Fitness Endurance 9am Performance Fitness CrossFit 9am & 10am Scholastic Speed 10am Performance Fitness Weightlifting 9am Open Gym 9am – 11am Friday’s classes will resume as scheduled Join us for our 7th Annual Thanksgiving Day Workout (all members are welcome and can bring a friend or family member for free). We’ll have coffee and healthy snacks for after the workout.
We've reached the mid-way mark of November and it's time for another Member of the Month feature. This monthly feature highlights some of our more exceptional members who are doing great things in sport, the community and life. Click here to see previous members of the month. This month's member of the month is Jason LeDoyen. Jason is a long standing member in our Performance Fitness program and one of the top Ultra runners in the country. Jason at the 100 mile mark of this year's USA Track & Field 24 hour National Championships. Name: Jason LeDoyen Age: 45 City of birth: Norfolk, VA What do you do when not at Athletic Lab: Ultramarathon runner (specialize in 100 mile races), Information Technology Project Manager, ECU Football Season Ticket holder for 19 years, Spending time with family especially my 4 year old Golden Retriever, Zoey How did you first hear about Athletic Lab: I had been looking for something to compliment my running as I prepared to tackle my first 100 miler. I was driving home from a training run at Umstead when I saw Athletic Lab and decided to drop in. After talking with the staff about my plans and some questions I had about CrossFit, I knew this was the place where I could improve my running while minimizing the risk of injury. Favorite class/time: CrossFit Performance Fitness, Monday and Thursday at 5:00pm Favorite exercise: Sled Push (WOD makers, are you listening ?) Jason with his good friend and ultrarunning legend Valmir Nunes. Least Favorite exercise: Barbell Thrusters are my kryptonite - they expose my every flaw and weakness. Ironically, I really like Plate Thrusters. You compete in a lot of grueling competitions. [...]
Athletic Lab will host their annual Winter Classic February 18th, 2017. This will be a USAW sanctioned meet and will be a last chance qualifyer for the American Open Series 1. Athletic Lab hosts 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. We've sold out every meet we've put on for the past two years. We're only taking 60 registrations for this event. Sign up now. Register NOW! We take high-quality photos of every lifter, use meet management software, and provide meet t-shirts to all of our competitors as value added benefits. We've held some of the best local meets in the state of North Carolina and also held the 2013, 2014, and 2016 North Carolina State Championships. Take a look at some of the photos from our past events: 2016 North Carolina State Championship 2016 Summer Weightlifting Classic 2016 Winter Weightlifting Classic