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

Member of the Month: Athletic Lab Competition Team

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 [...]

By | 2017-04-12T19:28:18+00:00 December 20th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Jason LeDoyen

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. [...]

By | 2017-04-12T19:28:56+00:00 November 15th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Remi Swartz

October is ending 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 Remi Swartz. Remi is one of the top high school players in the country. She plays for Cary Academy and CASL's ECNL U-17 team and has been an All-State player for the past 3 years. Remi is committed to play for Duke University. Name: Remi Swartz Age: 17 What city were you born in? Sanford, NC How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? I had a friend that worked out at AL when I was about 12 or 13 and she told me about it. Remi Swartz What is your favorite and least favorite exercise? My favorite exercise would have to be squats while the sled pushes would have to be my least favorite. How long have you been playing soccer? I've been playing soccer since I was about 4 or 5 years old. What do you feel have been your greatest accomplishments so far? I think it's super important to stay humble, so I think it's an accomplishment to be able to go out and play the game, learn and continue to get better everyday. What motivates you? Always knowing that there's somebody out there working just as hard as I might be is motivation. Opportunities are never 'handed' out...they're earned.

By | 2017-04-12T19:29:08+00:00 October 31st, 2016|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Sonia Maheshwari

September is here 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 Sonia Maheshwari. Sonia is one of the top young tennis players in the country. Recently, she placed 2nd at the USTA Girls 14 National Championships in Atlanta, GA. Maheshwari had the best run of any player in the tournament. Despite coming in unseeded, she defeated No. 17 Iris Gallo of Longmeadow, Mass., 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in first round. She didn't lose another set until the final and knocked out No. 6 seed Kiana Graham of Austin, Texas, along the way. Name: Sonia Maheshwari Age: 13 What city were you born in? Raleigh, NC How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? My friend Ava Collard told me about it. Favorite class/time to work out? I like the power and speed classes. What is your favorite exercise/least favorite? I love medicine balls and sprinting. I do not really like weights because it makes me really sore:) How long have you been playing tennis? 6 years What have been your greatest accomplishments so far? My greatest accomplishment has probably been getting second at nationals. What motivates you? When I think about getting into a division one college. Also, knowing that I'm making my loved ones and myself proud :)

By | 2017-04-12T19:30:00+00:00 September 8th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Bruce Dale

It's August and 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 Bruce Dale. Bruce is a long time member of Athletic Lab who helps make Cary one of the safest communities in the US as a Sargent in the Cary Police Department. As an athlete, he has conquered some of the most grueling endurance challenges in North America and had multiple top finishes at the World Police & Fire Games. Name: Bruce Dale Age: 48 What city were you born in?  Sharon, PA What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)?  I work for the Town of Cary Police Department and I have for the past 23 years. With the typical public safety work schedule, I try to just get the most out of my time off as I can.  My wife and I travel as much as possible to our second home in the mountains, especially in the fall.  My other primary sport is mountain biking and depending on my training goals or upcoming events, I tend to increase or decrease my bike rides. I like to try and fit in as many different types of competitions as I can since they serve as a goal to keeping my fitness on track. My wife and I are both big college basketball fans, particularly Carolina and WVU, so that always plays into our day to day schedules during those seasons. We also have a Senior at ECU, so we try to get out there on weekends as much as [...]

By | 2017-04-12T19:30:40+00:00 August 17th, 2016|News|1 Comment

Member of the Month: Diego Roman

Our members is what makes great. That's why we take the time to highlight some of our members and the amazing things they do on a daily basis with our Member of the Month feature. The feature highlights one or more members each month. Click here to see previous members of the month. This month's member of the month is Diego Roman. Diego is a long time member of Athletic Lab and has recently overcome some health adversity and bounced back stronger than ever. Name: Diego Roman. Age: 13 What city were you born in? Cary, NC What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (school, hobbies, etc)? During my free time, I enjoy playing sports with school and neighborhood friends. How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? How long have you been a member? I first heard of Athletic Lab when my parents started going to work out. I became a member three years ago when I was in the fifth grade. Favorite class/time to workout? I enjoy Scholastic Strength, which is in the afternoon. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? My favorite exercise would be heavy weight squats. My least favorite exercise would probably be hurdles during speed class. Would you mind sharing what you've recently been through health-wise? Since March I have been going through some heart issue which prevented me from playing sports for a couple of months. This condition would cause my heart to race and also caused me to experience fatigue. How did you prepare yourself to return to training at Athletic Lab after your surgery? In order to get back into training, I had to go through a procedure at the UNC Hospital, [...]

By | 2017-04-12T19:31:08+00:00 August 1st, 2016|News|0 Comments