Member of the Month: Madeline Vessey

Athletic Lab is made up of a diverse group of goal-oriented and hard-working individuals. That's why we take a moment each month to highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of November we've chosen Madeline Vessey. Madeline is a member in our Scholastic Sports Performance Program and also a member of our Weightlifting Club. She recently took 2nd place at the NC State Weightlifting Championships. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Madeline Vessey Age: 15 What city were you born in? Raleigh What sport do you participate in? Weightlifting How long have you been participating your sport? I have been doing scholastic classes at AL for several years while doing swimming. I decided to focus on weightlifting last year and competed in 3 weightlifting meets this year, most recently the state championship in Wilmington. How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? From my Dad who has been doing weightlifting at AL since 2012. He encouraged me to go to help keep up my strength after I had foot surgery when I was in 5th grade. What are your favorite and least favorite exercises? Favorite is sled pushes. I HATE v-ups. What do you feel have been your greatest accomplishments so far? Competing in the state meet last month! What motivates you in your training? I’m a perfectionist so I don’t like it if I feel like I could do something better than I am.

By | 2017-11-01T21:48:02+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Tristan York

Athletic Lab has a vibrant and diverse community of members. That's why we take a moment each month to highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of October we've chosen Tristan York. Tristan is a long time member of our Performance Fitness program who regularly competes in Distance and Obstacle Races. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Tristan York Age:  36 What city were you born in?  Portland, OR What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)?  My "9 to 5" involves high level technical/escalation support.  Generally, if it reaches my inbox it's a situation where there has been a breakdown in communication/process/support or there is a sales deal at risk.  My role is to resolve customer issues and restore confidence by providing the necessary coordination and communication between development, customer, and sales.  Basically, I am the "one throat to choke."  Outside of work, my four year old daughter Emerson keeps my wife and I pretty busy.  She just started pre-k and has weekly homework assignments which just seems crazy.  They grow up so fast!  Now that summer is over and fall is upon us, I like to take walks with the family or go to a park.  Oh, and a few weekends a year I like to crawl through mud and under barbed wire with a few thousand other like-minded OCR enthusiasts.            How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? How long have you been a member? I believe my first class at Athletic Lab was in late March or early April 2015.  My family and I were driving home, I don't recall from [...]

By | 2017-10-04T12:43:22+00:00 October 4th, 2017|News|1 Comment

Member of the Month: Cary Police Department

The most special thing about Athletic Lab is our diverse community of members. That's why we highlight one (or more) of our members each month a member of the month feature. For the month of September we've chosen four of our Cary Police Department members. Athletic Lab is located in Cary, NC which is consistently ranked as one of the safest towns in America. Cary PD plays a huge role in maintaining the safety and wellness of our community and we're proud to have been a training home for Cary PD for several years. We also actively participate in Cary PD community events and Dr. Mike Young is a contributor to the fitness curriculum of the North Carolina Justice Academy.  We're proud to have Cary PD represented so strongly in our community. You can check out our previous members of the month here. ________________ Name: Don Hamilton What city were you born in? Fayetteville, N.C. What is your role within the Cary Police Department? What was the most rewarding part of your job?  Prior to retiring, I worked in almost every area of the PD, but I retired as the Administrative Captain.  Not an exciting position, but an easy one to cycle into retirement with because there wasn't long term projects associated with it. When you're not working out at Athletic Lab and you're not working, what's your favorite pastime?  I enjoy fishing.  Currently, my cousin and I are preparing for a trip through the Boundary Waters of Canada next Spring. Even though I'm not very good, I like to play golf. How did your training at Athletic Lab carry over into your job? Originally, I exercised to look professional in uniform and for any "hands on" situation that may occur. [...]

By | 2017-10-04T12:38:49+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Sanjay Chandru

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-05T18:49:55+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Members of the Month: Krista Eberle, Devon & Andy Jarvis, Robert Stanley

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-24T08:35:15+00:00 July 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Josh Perry

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-09T00:47:18+00:00 June 14th, 2017|News|1 Comment

Member of the Month: James Gold

There is nothing Athletic Lab and its staff is more proud of than its members. That's why every month we highlight one of our members who has done something special.  Athletic Lab has members 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 May we've selected James Gold as our member of the month. James has been a member at Athletic Lab for almost 6 years. He started at Athletic Lab looking to get in shape, went on to join our CrossFit Competition Team and now is a member of our Weightlifting team. James is the defacto leader of the group and always ready to provide support to his teammates. He has competed at multiple Masters Weightlifting National Championships and the Masters Pan American Games. Most recently James competed in the National Masters Championships in March. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: James Gold Age: 36 What city were you born in? Rocky Mount, NC What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I eat!  I build and restore Jeeps...and my favorite: I hang out with my wife and crazy daughter. How long have you been a member at Athletic Lab? I've been a member since 2011. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? My favorite things is everything but cardio. My least favorite thing is [...]

By | 2017-05-01T17:26:06+00:00 May 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Christian Pigues

Athletic Lab has so many amazing members it's sometimes difficult to pick out just one. But that's what we do each month as part of our Member of the Month feature.  We have members 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 April we've selected Christian Pigues as our member of the month. Christian just completed a dominant indoor track and field season that was highlighted by winning the North Carolina State Championships in the 1,000m race in a blistering time of 2:30.44. Christian also boasted the fastest 800m time in the state (1:53.19). Both of these times rank amongst the top in the country. Off the track, Christian managed to break multiple Scholastic Sports Performance records including the 30m sprint and approach vertical jump. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Christian Pigues What city were you born in? Los Angeles What sport(s) do you participate in? Track and Field What events do you participate in? I complete in everything from the 400m to the 1500m but my best events are the 800m and 1500m. How long have you been competing in your sport? I've been running track since I was eight years old. How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? I heard about Athletic Lab through a referral from one of my dad's friends. [...]

By | 2017-04-12T19:26:41+00:00 April 1st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Members of the Month: Matt Hunter & Aaron Port

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! [...]

By | 2017-04-12T19:27:59+00:00 February 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Laksheeta Devanand

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

By | 2017-04-12T19:28:02+00:00 January 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments