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5 Reasons you should be Flywheel Training [Infographic] by Kyle O’Toole

[This is a guest post by Kyle O'Toole is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kyle recently completed the Athletic Development Mentorship  at Athletic Lab and you can reach him on Instagram @beyourownbest4life.] At Athletic Lab we regularly incorporate flywheel training with our athletes to increase performance and reduce the likelihood for injuries. This infographic by Kyle O'Toole provides an overview of some of the benefits of Flywheel training.

By |2019-01-03T10:25:17+00:00January 4th, 2019|Training Info|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Andreia Almeida

Our diverse and community is one of the many strengths of Athletic Lab. We are the training home to professional through youth athletes and adults looking to get in the best shape of their lives. The specific goals of our members may vary but they all share a common trait: they are goal-oriented and hard-working. Each month we highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For our first member of the month feature of 2019, we've chosen Andreia Almeida. Andreia is a long time member of our Performance Fitness program. You can also check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Andreia Almeida What city were you born in? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil What do you do when you’re not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? In Brazil, I was a lawyer, but since I came to NC I'm studying to open my own business - a coffee shop.  Also, I'm trying to improve my English and make friends. What’s your favorite exercise? Least favorite?  I have many favorites, but the first one is snatch, followed by burpees. The least favorite is dumbbell thrusters. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment since you started training? CrossFit taught me that consistency is the key. What motivates you? It all began with losing weight. I was obese and needed to change my life.  Now it's a lifestyle.

By |2019-01-03T11:43:48+00:00January 3rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

Performance Fitness 3 Month Promo

To bring in the Holidays & New Year, Athletic Lab is offering a Holiday Kickstarter promotion of 30% off our 3 month Performance Fitness Unlimited memberships. Any new member (or members who have not had an active account for over 12 months) are eligible to take advantage of this promotion. Sign up for our 3 month Performance Fitness Unlimited membership between now and January 20th, 2019 and you'll save 30%. Our Unlimited Performance Fitness membership provides unlimited access to all classes in our Performance Fitness program including CrossFit, Endurance, SwOLY, Weightlifting, Senza (Bootcamp), Movement & Mobility, Yoga, Open Gym and Foundations. Details: New or former members inactive for 12+ months are eligible Offer good through January 20, 2019 Members pay $118.95 / month for 3 consecutive months Athletic Lab's standard refund and cancellation policy applies

By |2018-12-17T00:21:55+00:00December 17th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab 2018 / 2019 Holiday Hours

The Holidays are here and we have a few schedule changes to accommodate the season. Please take note of the time changes on the following dates: Monday, December 24th Athletic Lab will be open from 7 am - 1 pm with the following class schedule: 7 am - 1 pm Open Gym 7 am Performance Fitness CrossFit 9 am Performance Fitness Endurance 10 am Performance Fitness Weightlifting 10 am Scholastic Prep 11 am Scholastic Sports Performance Tuesday, December 25th Closed Wednesday, December 26th  Athletic Lab will be open from 11 am - 6 pm with the following class schedule: 11 am Performance Fitness CrossFit 3:45 pm Scholastic Sports Performance 4 pm Performance Fitness Weightlifting 5 pm Performance Fitness CrossFit 5 pm Scholastic Prep Thursday, December 27th -Sunday December 30th Normal business hours Monday Dec 31st  Athletic Lab will be open from 6 am - 6 pm with the following class schedule: 6 am - 6 pm Open Gym 6 am Performance Fitness CrossFit 7 am Performance Fitness Foundations 7 am Performance Fitness Senza 11 am Performance Fitness CrossFit 1:15 pm Winter Soccer Fitness Program 3:45 pm Scholastic Sports Performance 5 pm Scholastic Prep 5 pm Performance Fitness CrossFit 5 pm Performance Fitness Weightlifting Tuesday, January 1st Athletic Lab will be open from 1 pm - 7:30 pm with the following class schedule: 3:45 pm NCFC Youth Program 5 pm Performance Fitness CrossFit 5 pm Scholastic Sports Performance 6 pm Performance Fitness Weightlifting 6 pm Performance Fitness CrossFit

By |2018-12-12T11:22:31+00:00December 11th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Weightlifting Club qualify 2 for Junior Nationals

Two Athletic Lab weightlifting club members have qualified to compete at the US Junior Nationals. Kincaid Young qualified as a 102 kg junior athlete with a qualifying total of 261 kg (Snatch 115 kg; Clean & Jerk 146 kg) and Marianna Below qualified as a 71kg junior with a qualifying total of 159 kg (Snatch 73 kg; Clean & Jerk 86 kg). The 2019 USA Weightlifting Junior National Championships will take place in Chicago, Illinois on the weekend of February 14-17. The Athletic Lab weightlifting team has a long history of success domestically and internationally including several Junior National Championships competitors, National and Masters National Championship competitors and multiple Pan Am and World Masters Champions. If you would like to help support the weightlifting team you can donate to their GoFundMe account.

By |2018-12-06T13:35:34+00:00December 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Mike Joyce

The strength of Athletic Lab is our community. We are home to professional athletes, young kids and adults looking to get in the best shape of their lives. Athletic Lab boasts an incredibly diverse group of goal-oriented and hard-working individuals. Each month we highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of December, we've chosen Mike Joyce. He is a member of our Weightlifting Team. You can also check out our previous members of the month here. ___________ Name: Michael Joyce What city were you born in? Raleigh, NC (one of the few actually born here) What do you do when you’re not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I am a project manager at a specialty chemical company. I formulate "green" coatings for various industries. The main applications are for paper and packaging products. I also like to take long walks on the beach, cozy up with a book by the fire, and get lost staring into beautiful women's eyes. What’s your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Favorite is back squat. Least is running. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment since you started training at Athletic Lab? Snatching over 100kg in competition, which is more than double what I could do when I first began olympic lifting. What motivates you? A simple desire to be better ever day.

By |2018-12-02T10:59:58+00:00December 5th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Long Term Athlete Development Simplified by Kyle O’Toole

[This is a guest post by Kyle O'Toole is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kyle recently completed the Athletic Development Mentorship  at Athletic Lab and you can reach him on Instagram @beyourownbest4life.] This infographic by Kyle O'Toole is a great compliment to his recent post on youth exercise and training.

By |2018-12-02T10:50:23+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Training Info|0 Comments

The Importance of Youth Exercise by Kyle O’Toole

[This is a guest post by Kyle O'Toole is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kyle recently completed the Athletic Development Mentorship  at Athletic Lab and you can reach him on Instagram @beyourownbest4life.] There has been a growing interest in youth fitness programs and the training of younger athletes has become more common in the past few years. Along with this growing interest has come an abundance of new perspectives on how to best work with children. Although researchers have looked at the safety and effectiveness of youth exercise programs there is still plenty of misinformation, and many parents are left wondering what is safe for their child.To complicate things, obesity in children is the worst it has ever been in our country. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, between the years 1999 and 2000, child and adolescent (ages 2-19) obesity was at 13.9%. In 2015 and 2016 that number rose to 18.5% and now obesity affects more than 13.7 million children and adolescents in the US. What’s worse is that the prevalence of obesity in children increases as they get older. Childhood obesity is 13.9% from ages 2 thru 5, 18.4% from ages 6 thru 11, and 20.6% from ages 12 thru 19 (Hales, Carroll, Fryar, & Ogden, 2017). There has never been a greater need for access to the correct information that will safely shift health markers, for your child, in the right direction. Here are the things you need to know about exercise and youth. Early Sport Specialization Although it currently has no standardized definition in literature, early sport specialization (ESS) [...]

By |2018-11-27T23:49:22+00:00November 30th, 2018|Training Info|0 Comments

Complex Training Simplified by Kyle O’Toole

[This is a guest post by Kyle O'Toole is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kyle recently completed the Athletic Development Mentorship  at Athletic Lab and you can reach him on Instagram @beyourownbest4life.] This infographic by Kyle O'Toole is a great compliment to his recent post on Complex Training. 

By |2018-11-28T11:32:06+00:00November 29th, 2018|Training Info|0 Comments

Complex Training by Kyle O’Toole

[This is a guest post by Kyle O'Toole is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kyle recently completed the Athletic Development Mentorship  at Athletic Lab and you can reach him on Instagram @beyourownbest4life.] Complex training is a term that many strength and conditioning coaches are using and who also understand the vital role it plays in the development of athletes where a combination of strength and speed is necessary. Every athlete needs to get bigger, faster, stronger, and coaches who can meet those needs are the ones who are utilizing complex training to its fullest potential. Complex training provides athletes with greater development of motor capabilities and strength qualities through the use of varied external loads and speeds of movement (Athletes Authority, 2017). It is widely considered the most effective training method in development of the force velocity curve. The key principles to complex training lie in the understanding of the force velocity curve and the importance it has on overall athlete development. Just understanding what the curve represents won’t be enough to push athletes to their peak. As a coach you need to realize how to best train all aspects of the curve. Force Velocity Curve The force velocity curve is a simple graphic that shows the relationship between force and velocity. Force and velocity have an inverse relationship with each other. As force production increases, velocity decreases and vice versa. Think of the speed of the bar while performing a barbell bench press. You can move the bar much quicker while warming up (lower force, higher velocity) compared to performing a 1RM (higher force, lower [...]

By |2018-11-28T11:28:15+00:00November 28th, 2018|Training Info|1 Comment