Mike Young, PhD
Mike Young, PhDDirector of Performance & Research
Mike is the founder & owner of Athletic Lab. Mike is the guiding force behind Athletic Lab’s training philosophy & methodology. He oversees all training, instructor quality & staff education. Full bio

About Mike

Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting & a CrossFit Level 1 coach. He is on the advisory board for the Korean Weightlifting Federation and has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times to ESPN Insider.

Mike has coached athletes to National and / or World Championship appearances in 5 sports (bobsled, skeleton, track & field, triathlon, weightlifting) as well as directing the training plans for professional athletes in the MLS, MLB, NFL NHL and PGA and has coached at 4 Division 1 NCAA programs.

    6 NCAA National Championship Track & Field teams at LSU
    Coach of 7 USATF National Champions
    Fitness coach for North Carolina Football Club of the NASL / USL
    Fitness coach for NWSL Champion North Carolina Courage
    Fitness coach to 2x NASL Champion Carolina Railhawks
    Fitness coach to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS
    Strength & Speed coach to World Series Champion Andres Torres
    Strength & Speed coach to Super Bowl Champion Marquise Hill

Mike has authored or co-authored research on sprinting, balance, motor learning, stretching & biomechanics of throwing that has been published in peer-reviewed international research journals. Additionally, he has presented his research at national and international conferences. He serves as an invited editor for Journal of Sports Sciences, Sports Biomechanics, International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching and was a biomechanist for USA Track & Field for 16 years.

Mike has served as an instructor or professor at LSU, UNC, Ohio University & Lenoir-Rhyne University. Additionally, he is a lead instructor for coaching education programs from USATF, USTFCCCA & USA Weightlifting. He has lectured extensively across the US as well as in Brazil, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Jamaica, Jersey, Germany, Korea​, Portugal, Sweden​ and Taiwan​. He has taught coaches for organizations ranging from USA Speed Skating, the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Korean Strength & Conditioning Association & the North Carolina Justice Academy.

In addition to his research publications, Mike has written 2 books, 2 book chapters, contributed to the curriculums of the coaching education programs for USATF & USTFCCCA, has over 20 articles published in nationally distributed publications ranging from Maxim to Runner’s World, & has written hundreds of blog posts on several of the largest sport conditioning sites on the web.

Our Incredible Team

Greg Gustin, MS
Greg Gustin, MSAssistant Director of Performance
MS Human Performance & Sport Psychology | BS Exercise Science | NSCA-CSCS | USA Track & Field L-1 | Full bio
Cate Young
Cate YoungDirector of Operations
BS | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | USA Track & Field L-1 | Former D1 Athlete – Track & Field | Full bio
Matt Hunter
Matt HunterDirector of Scholastic Training
BA Health and Human Kinetics | NSCA-CSCS | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | USTFCCCA TFTC | Former D3 Athlete – Track & Field | Full bio
Austin Both
Austin BothGeneral Manager
BS Human Performance | NSCA-CSCS | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | NASM-CPT | USTFCCCA TFTC | Full bio
Stephanie Funderburk
Stephanie FunderburkDirector of Wellness & Nutrition
BS Kinesiology | NSCA-CSCS | USA Track & Field L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | Precision Nutrition PN1 | Former D1 Athlete – Soccer | Full bio
Devin Cornelius, MS
Devin Cornelius, MSDirector of Domestic Franchising
MS Sport Management | USTFCCCA TFTC | Former D2 & D3 Athlete – Track & Field | 3x All-American | Full bio
Chris Hoina, MS
Chris Hoina, MSCoach
MS Kinesiology Full bio
Jarrod Nobbe, MS
Jarrod Nobbe, MSCoach
MA Sports Performance | BS Exercise Science | NSCA-CSCS | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | USA Weightlifting L-2 Advanced Sport Performance | Full bio
Keith Crowder
Keith CrowderCoach
CrossFit L-1 | CrossFit L-2 | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | Precision Nutrition- PN1 | Full bio
Alex Penner
Alex PennerCoach
BA Exercise & Sport Science | NSCA-CSCS | USA Track & Field L-1 | USTFCCCA TFTC | Full bio
Andrew Sherman, MS
Andrew Sherman, MSCoach
MS Exercise Science | BS Kinesiology | NSCA-CSCS | Precision Nutrition- PN1 | RPR-1 | Full bio
Krishna Rajendran, MBA
Krishna Rajendran, MBADirector of International Business
MBA | Full bio
Ivan Jukić, MS
Ivan Jukić, MSAssistant Director of Research
MS Kinesiology | BS Exercise Physiology | Full bio