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
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
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.
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.
[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.
[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) [...]
[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.
[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 [...]
Athletic Lab is proud to announce an addition and restructuring to our coaching staff. Coach Andy Sherman has joined our staff following the completion of his Athletic Lab mentorship program and Austin Both and Matt Hunter have been promoted to Director roles. Athletic Lab already has one of the most educated, experienced and credentialed coaching staffs in the entire country and we look forward to these changes making us stronger than ever. Andy Sherman: Coach Andy Sherman is the latest addition to our coaching staff. In his new capacity, Andy will coach both Performance Fitness and Sports Performance sessions. Andy completed his Athletic Lab mentorship in the Fall of 2018 and was immediately added to our staff. Andy joins us following successful coaching stints at the collegiate and private sector levels. Collegiately, Andy worked at the University of Rhode Island. Andy is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach (PN1), and has completed his Level 1 Reflexive Performance Reset Certification (RPR-1). Andy joins Athletic Lab with an incredible coaching, educational and experiential background. He's worked with everyone from elite professionals through the general population and his education and credentialing are top notch. He's exactly the kind of coach that Athletic Lab is known for. – Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Director of Performance & Research Matt Hunter: Director of Scholastic Training Matt Hunter has been promoted to the Director of Scholastic Training. In this new role, Matt will oversee our Scholastic Sports Performance Program as well as assist with the education in our Coaches Mentorship program. Matt joined the Athletic Lab coaching staff in the Fall of 2016 following his successful completion of our coaches mentorship [...]
Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently provided a workshop on "Weightlifting for Sports" in São Paulo, Brazil. The 2 day event featured almost 50 coaches and was organized by ELITE Training Brazil which is the top coaching education company in South America. Mike provided 4 lectures and 4 learn by doing sessions covering how to implement weightlifting and weightlifting derived movements in to the training programs of athletes. ELITE Training Brazil has partnered with Athletic Lab to bring our 3 phase coaching mentorship to Brazil and Portugal. The first mentorship event was held in May of 2018 as a privately hosted event for the legendary Palmeiras Soccer Club. In January 2019, the first mentorship open to the public will be provided at the Reebok Sports Club in São Paulo. The event is already sold out but there are still spaces available for other dates. Check the ELITE Training site for details. 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.