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Athletic Lab Outdoor Schedule Changes – COVID-19 [6.29.20]

Gyms and fitness facilities in North Carolina remain closed by Executive Order. In response to the recent extension, we are expanding our outdoor training schedule and availability. In response to feedback and demand please note (in Italics) the following changes to our outdoor training schedule. These changes go into effect on Monday June 29th:. Monday & Wednesday 7 am - 7:45 am Endurance 11 am - 12 pm Scholastic Sports Performance 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength 6 pm - 6:45 pm Endurance 6 pm - 7 pm Open Gym Tuesday & Thursday 6 am - 6:45 am Endurance 7 am - 7:45 am Endurance 11 am - 12 pm Scholastic Sports Performance 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength 6 pm - 7 pm CF / Strength Friday 7 am - 7:45 am Endurance 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength Saturday 9 am - 9:45 am Endurance In addition to the schedule expansion we have increased the attendance limits for Endurance classes to 8 and have purchased 2 outdoor tents to help cover the training area. Spaces are not guaranteed unless they have been reserved in advance. Participation requires an active Performance Fitness membership and completion of a supplemental waiver. Members may complete the supplemental waiver on their membership management portal. Equipment and a coach will be onsite and outdoors for Open Gym hours. Members may follow our remote programming or do a session of their choosing during these times. Individuals will be assigned their own "training bay" to ensure safe social distancing and allow staff to [...]

By |2020-06-30T09:23:04-04:00June 29th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Mike Young presents at the Proformance Child to Champion Australia Conference

Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently lectured at the Child to Champion Australia virtual conference. The conference was hosted by Proformance Strength & Conditioning. The international conference has a long history of success in the UK. Proformance was slated to hold an event in the US for the first time in mid March at Athletic Lab. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 mandated closure cancelled the on-site plans and the conference was rescheduled as a virtual conference. A UK event and this Australian event were similarly changed to a virtual format in response to COVID-19. Young delivered "HamStrong - Examining hamstring injuries & what we can do to prevent them." The 2 day event featured an international lineup including Alex Natera, Sophia Nimphius and Lachlan Wilmot. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff lecture or provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.

By |2020-06-21T14:44:27-04:00June 21st, 2020|News|0 Comments

Scholastic Training Returns to Athletic Lab

Our popular Scholastic Sports Performance Training is returning for summer. After a long hiatus due to our mandated facility closure in response to COVID-19 we are bringing our Scholastic Sports Performance classes back in an outdoor format. A North Carolina Executive order continues to forbid indoor training for gyms and fitness centers in response to COVID-19. We will offer this outdoor format until the indoor training moratorium is lifted. Each session will address speed, strength and conditioning. Details Start Date: Monday June 22, 2020 Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Time: 11 am Class Duration: 60 minutes Cost: $20 per class or $45 per week Reservations are mandatory and can be made through our Member Portal

By |2020-06-15T09:26:36-04:00June 16th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Applying GPS Technologies to Team Sports (Part 2) by Vanessa Batchelor

At Athletic Lab, we use GPS tracking as part of our player monitoring toolkit with multiple teams to assess player readiness, manage training load, and reduce injuries. [Vanessa Batchelor, MS is a coach at Athletic Lab and the Director of Sports Science for NC Courage Academy] Connecting the Dots Athletic Lab uses GPS technology in our use with the North Carolina Courage. Sports coaches, performance coaches, and sports medicine professionals often work directly with athletes to ensure safe, effective training methods. In many circumstances, having great success can push the boundaries of performing in ideal, safe conditions. GPS technology provides further understanding of the relationship between internal and external loads for use according to each profession’s obligations. Having access to an objective source of information, such as GPS data, can keep those calling the shots on the same page. Common goals of athletic teams typically include improving sport-related physical capabilities, decreasing the likelihood of injury, and maximizing the length and productivity of athletic careers (Valle, 2018). Although these commonalities unite the team’s staff, the process of achieving success isn’t so easily agreed upon. GPS data creates an opportunity for succinct training plans according to the importance of each goal, as the hierarchy shifts throughout the season. Using GPS Data as a Sports Coach Although the responsibilities of a sports coach revolve around analyzing relevant skill and developing athletic potential, proper team management is often the bone structure of any successful squad. GPS is a tool designed to collect and organize player output, so the coach produces competent, informed decisions with evidence of intensity and capacity in mind. The ability to accurately monitor and manipulate the fluctuations of daily practice intensities can efficiently increase [...]

By |2020-06-13T13:48:24-04:00June 15th, 2020|Training Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab partners with Accelerator School

Athletic Lab is proud to announce a partnership with Accelerator School. Accelerator School offers elite soccer training and a 21st century academic environment for middle and high school athletes. The school has locations in North Carolina and Spain and have planned expansion in New York, Boston and Buenos Aires. The school is designed for children who dream of playing Division I college or professional soccer. Athletic Lab will be assisting with the Accelerator School National Virtual Soccer Academy (NVSA) to provide strength, soccer fitness and speed training. Athletic Lab has been a leader in sport performance training for soccer for over a decade. Athletic Lab has trained the North Carolina FC for 8 of the last 10 years and are the official Sports Performance provider for NCFC Youth - the largest youth soccer club in the United States. Additionally, Athletic Lab's Mike Young has served as the Performance Director on 4 professional teams including the 2x NWSL Champion North Carolina Courage and has consulted for many of the top teams from around the world. I've admired the work of Accelerator School since its inception in 2016. We've had the chance to train many of their student-athletes since that time and an official partnership is a great next step. They are leading the way in combining elite soccer training and educational experiences. -Mike Young, PhD This announcement follows a recent partnership with New You Weight Loss.

By |2020-06-12T15:12:52-04:00June 14th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Mike Young presents at UKSCA Roundtable

Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently participated in a roundtable on "Facility Ownership / Self Employment in Strength & Conditioning." The roundtable was hosted by the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA). The UKSCA is the largest organization for strength and conditioning coaches in the United Kingdom and considered one of the top in the world. The roundtable featured 5 panelists and was hosted by the UKSCA's Rich Clarke. Young was the only participant from outside of the United Kingdom. Young delivered the keynote at the 2019 UKSCA Annual Conference. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff lecture or provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.

By |2020-06-12T14:26:03-04:00June 13th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Post-Quarantine Training by Craig Kleinberg

[Craig Kleinberg is a Performance Coach at Athletic Lab where we regularly integrate Velocity Based Training] We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is still some uncertainty, but athletics are beginning to come out of pandemic hibernation. Here in North Carolina, professional and collegiate athletes have begun training, the NBA just released a plan to resume activities, and several European soccer leagues have been active for a few weeks. Eventually, youth and high school sports will begin to open back up as well. When training is finally able to resume as “normal,” our instincts will be to dive right back into where we were pre-pandemic, but it is important to approach our preparation with thoughtfulness. This article may be geared toward return to sport, but the principles still apply to the general fitness enthusiast as well. What type of impact could we expect to see after this period of interrupted training? Many of us have been doing something, but we haven’t had the access to the full gym experience for two months now. It only takes approximately four weeks to observe a 4-14% drop in aerobic capacity (5). While we might be able maintain strength for 2-3 weeks, after eight weeks, there could be a 7-8% loss in strength (6). Additionally, Kubo and colleagues found that after an eight-week detraining period, tendon stiffness returned back to pre-training levels (3). Basically, we will not be able to sprint as fast, jump as high, or run as far. Hopefully, training and preparation hasn’t completely halted, but to some extent, it has been disrupted. How athletes, and the regular gym member approach return to training has the potential make an outstanding season or [...]

By |2020-06-11T17:43:43-04:00June 11th, 2020|Training Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Outdoor Schedule Changes – COVID-19 [6.12.20]

Athletic Lab prides ourselves on delivering the best possible training experience. While our facility remains forced closed by North Carolina Executive Order, we are expanding our outdoor training schedule. In response to feedback and attendance please note the following changes to our outdoor training schedule. These changes go into effect on Monday June 15th:. Monday & Wednesday 7 am - 7:45 am Endurance (Meet at outdoor training bays, class to be conducted on the turf) 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength 6 pm - 6:45 pm Endurance (Meet at outdoor training bays, class to be conducted on the turf) 6 pm - 7 pm Open Gym Tuesday & Thursday 7 am - 7:45 am Endurance (Meet at outdoor training bays, class to be conducted on the turf) 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength 6 pm - 7 pm CF / Strength Friday 7 am - 7:45 am Endurance (Meet at outdoor training bays, class to be conducted on the turf) 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength Spaces are not guaranteed unless they have been reserved in advance. Participation requires an active Performance Fitness membership and completion of a supplemental waiver. Members may complete the supplemental waiver on their membership management portal. Equipment and a coach will be onsite and outdoors for Open Gym hours. Members may follow our remote programming or do a session of their choosing during these times. Individuals will be assigned their own "training bay" to ensure safe social distancing and allow staff to appropriately clean equipment after each use. A maximum of 6 [...]

By |2020-06-11T21:38:01-04:00June 11th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Outdoor Schedule Changes – COVID-19 [6.7.20]

Athletic Lab prides ourselves on delivering the best possible training experience. While our facility remains forced closed by North Carolina Executive Order, we are expanding our outdoor training schedule. In response to feedback please note the following changes to our outdoor training schedule. These changes go into effect immediately:. Monday & Wednesday 7 am - 7:45 am Endurance (Meet at outdoor training bays, class to be conducted on the turf) 8 am - 8:45 am Senza 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength 6 pm - 6:45 pm Endurance (Meet at outdoor training bays, class to be conducted on the turf) 6 pm - 7 pm Open Gym Tuesday & Thursday 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength 6 pm - 7 pm CF / Strength Friday 3 pm - 5 pm Open Gym 5 pm - 6 pm CF / Strength Spaces are not guaranteed unless they have been reserved in advance. Participation requires an active Performance Fitness membership and completion of a supplemental waiver. Members may complete the supplemental waiver on their membership management portal. Equipment and a coach will be onsite and outdoors for Open Gym hours. Members may follow our remote programming or do a session of their choosing during these times. Individuals will be assigned their own "training bay" to ensure safe social distancing and allow staff to appropriately clean equipment after each use. A maximum of 6 training bays will be available each day unless demand dictates otherwise. Training bays will be reserved for classes during scheduled times. Individuals with prior reservations and those attending coached classes will be given priority for space. [...]

By |2020-06-07T15:48:52-04:00June 7th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Mike Young presents at the Proformance Child to Champion UK Conference

Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently lectured at the Child to Champion UK virtual conference. The conference was hosted by Proformance Strength & Conditioning. The international conference has taken place in the UK for several years. Proformance was slated to hold an event in the US for the first time in mid March at Athletic Lab. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 mandated closure cancelled the on-site plans and the conference was rescheduled as a virtual conference. The UK event was similarly converted to a virtual event in response to COVID-19. Young delivered on "Physical Preparation for Women's Soccer" at the 2 day event where he discussed his work as the Performance Director of the North Carolina Courage. The conference featured speakers from 5 different countries including Dan Baker, Nicole Rodriguez, Luis Mesquita, Luke Jenkinson and Kevin Til. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff lecture or provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.

By |2020-05-31T14:36:47-04:00June 1st, 2020|News|0 Comments