Effective immediately, Athletic Lab is closed for on-site training. Wake County has declared all gyms, fitness and wellness center to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, we will follow the guidance of the law and scientific experts. We encourage our members to follow the best practices provided by the CDC. The forced closure is in place until at least April 30th, 2020. We will be sending out additional information to existing members about our policies and offerings during this time period. We encourage you to be safe and stay dedicated to your wellness, fitness and performance during this stressful and chaotic period.
Effective Monday March 23, 2020 please note the following changes to our schedule. These changes are made in response to the an effort to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are made to maximize social distancing, minimize the likelihood of crowding in excess of current CDC guidelines, and assist in our ability to sanitize the facility. Updated our schedule to better distribute the class load (and attendance) throughout the day rather than placing the bulk of classes during the evening hours. Added an Outdoor Community WOD that is free and open to the public on our outdoor turf field. Cancelled regularly scheduled Foundations classes. Our Foundations program will now be scheduled on a case by case basis as individuals sign up. Canceled Sunday open gym so that we have a day to deep disinfect the facility. Lowered class attendance limits to ensure that there are no training session above CDC guidelines. Implemented a HARD close time. Typically, we extend our hours of training well beyond the stated hours of business operation. In an attempt to better clean the facility we are requesting the training floor be completely vacated at 7:15 each weekday. Modified programming to ensure that sessions can take place within a safe social distance. Sessions will be designed so that individuals will have a safe social distance. Each individual will have their own space that is a minimum of 6' x 6'. As always, we recommend members follow the best practices for reducing community spread: As much as possible maintain 6 feet of social distance from others Make sure that surfaces are wiped down as much as possible Making sure sick individuals, including staff members, do not enter the facility
Athletic Lab remains open with precautionary measures during the COVID-19 health crises. We are closely monitoring the outbreak and are following the guidelines of the CDC and state officials. At the time of this writing, gyms and fitness facilities in North Carolina have full permission to remain open. We recognize this may change on short notice and we will always operate within the recommendations of the experts, state and local governments, and best interest of our members and community. For those members who wish to continue training at Athletic Lab (or any fitness facility), the following is recommended by Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: As much as possible maintain 6 feet of social distance from others Make sure that surfaces are wiped down as much as possible Making sure sick individuals, including staff members, do not enter the facility Making sure the workplace has flexible absentee policies In the past week, Athletic Lab has taken the following precautions: Ramped up our already extensive cleaning schedule by over 6x Requesting pre and post session hand washing from members Propping doors open to minimize surface contact contamination Implemented mandatory daily temperature screenings of all staff members Purchased specialized cleaning equipment and sanitizers Implemented a touch-less hand sanitizer dispenser Replaced communal chalk bowls with individual chalk baggies Ordered liquid chalk dispensers (expected arrival of March 22) to further reduce the likelihood of community spread Added a viral disinfectant additive to the washing cycles of our reusable cleaning goods Post class barbell, pull up bar and plate sanitation Nightly steam cleaning (@ 316 deg F) and / or viral disinfectant cleaning of the rubber floors, counter top surfaces, mats, foam rollers, [...]
Athletic Lab, in partnership with ELITE Training, held a Phase 2 international mentorship on the second weekend in March. The course was held in São Paulo, Brazil. São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. Athletic Lab has collaborated with ELITE Training since 2017. Together the companies have brought our three phase course to Portugal and Brazil. ELITE Training is one of the largest coaching education companies in the world. The Athletic Lab mentorship provides an in-depth understanding of the Athletic Lab training philosophy. Our mentorship covers both the underlying sports science and practical applications. The course is modeled after our on-site coaching mentorship program. The mentorship combines academic and experiential learning to prepare sport performance and fitness coaches to excel. Athletic Lab's coaching education initiatives are recognized around the world. We provide online and in-person lectures and seminars around the world. Hundreds of coaches in the United States, Portugal, Brazil, Istanbul and Taiwan have taken our international mentorships this year. The course has been delivered to many of the top coaches in the world including the entire physical preparation staffs of Palmeiras Soccer Club and Vitória de Guimarães Soccer Club. Each phase builds on the previous one with more advanced concepts and applications. Graduates of the recent 3 day Phase 2 High Performance Coach course are eligible to attend the third phase of the course. The third phase is a truly immersive learning experience designed for Elite Sport practitioners. We host the third phase on-site at the Athletic Lab headquarters in North Carolina, USA.
Four athletes recently represented the Athletic Lab Weightlifting Team at the USA Weightlifting American Open Series 1 event. The event took place as part of at the Arnold Classic Sports Festival in Columbus, OH. The meet is one of the largest and most important on the USA Weightlifting competition calendar. Masters athlete Matt Konar qualified for the IWF Master's World Championship. He swept gold in the M45 73kg category with a total of 185 kg. Haley Seaton totaled 136 kg for a personal best meet total. Irena Rindos competed in her first national meet and totaled 125 kg. Karl Hamlin totaled 203 kg including a personal best in the clean & jerk.
In just 5 days Athletic Lab, in partnership with Proformance Strength & Conditioning, will host the Child to Champion: Pathway to Elite Performance Conference. We have added several exciting speakers to the schedule and the event has been approved for 1.4 CEUs from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Below you'll find the tentative schedule for the event. Please see HERE for details on the speakers and their presentations. Day 1 (March 14): 9-10 Intro to the Strength & Conditioning Pathway - Baker 10:10-11:10 Assessment & Monitoring - Eisenmann 11:20-11:50 Building a Better Model of Youth Development in Softball - McDonald & Stoker 12-1 Planning & Programming -Young 1-2 Lunch (provided on-site) 2-3 Integrated Approach to Athlete Development - Parkes 3:10-4:10 Foundation Speed & Agility - Baker 4:20-5:20 Foundation Strength & Power - Eisenmann Day 2 (March 15): (Subject to change - pending weather) 8:30-9:30 Developing Relative Strength & Power - Baker 9:40-10:40 Advanced Methods of Strength & Power Development - Young 10:45-11:15 Integrating LTAD in to PE - Jennings 11:30-12:30 Developing Game Speed - Young 12:30-1:30 Lunch (provided on-site) 1:30-2.30 Targeted Approach to Speed Development - Cahill 2:50-4 Linear Speed Development - Young
Athletic Lab is the training home of professional and elite athletes as well as adults looking to get in the best shape of their lives. We have an diverse and vibrant community of hard-working, goal-minded individuals. Each month we highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For our March member of the month, we've chosen Mint Cooper. Mint is a long time and consistent member of our Performance Fitness program. You can also check out our previous members of the month here. ____________ Name: Mint Cooper What city were you born in? Prachin Buri, Eastern Thailand. What do you do when you’re not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? Photography for fun. I used to do some translation work, but not anymore. What’s your favorite exercise? Least favorite? My most favorite exercise is pull up and my least is the Air Bike 😀. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment since you started training? My greatest accomplishment here at Athletic Lab is seeing the improvement in overall performance: finishing the benchmark workouts with better time/reps, I can lift heavier weights, I have better form, and I'm reaching my set goal. My goal last year was bar muscle up and with the help/techniques/ support from staff and friends, it happened. This year, my goal is to do a free handstand and perhaps some handstand walks. I can lift heavier weights, I have better form, and I'm reaching my set goal. ~Mint Cooper What motivates you? The fun environment is what motivates me. I don't like to workout by myself and I usually perform better with friends. I always look forward to coming to the gym not only to exercise, but also to [...]
In just over 2 weeks, Athletic Lab in partnership with Proformance Strength & Conditioning, will host the Child to Champion: Pathway to Elite Performance conference. The 2 day conference will feature world leaders in long term athletic development. We are excited to announce that the conference has been recognized for 1.4 CEU credits by the National Strength & Conditioning Association. The "Child to Champion" conference is a well-established brand that has brought together leaders in the field of long term athlete development. Child To Champion – “Creating A Pathway To Elite Performance” will offer you the chance to learn exactly what needs to be developed at different stages of the pathway to produce elite level athletes. Providing you with all the knowledge and tools you need to build well-rounded athletes, that are well prepared for the road ahead. Participate in a range of theory and hands-on practical sessions taking you right from foundation level training for youth athletes to advanced methods of developing strength, power, speed and agility for elite performers. Learn how to assess, monitor and utilize growth and maturation data with developing athletes. Helping them, their parents and coaches better understand their training needs and current levels of performance. Child To Champion was the best conference I have been at as a speaker and attendee in years. You have pulled together a lovely mix of practical and theory and real world experience. Take a bow! A great weekend at the #ChildToChampion conference at Hartpury Uni! Informative, well-delivered presentations & practicals with some innovative ideas which have made me excited to get back to work! Thank you to the presenters and organizers. [...]
Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently provided a workshop on "Science and Practice of Athletic Development for soccer." The 2 day event featured over 20 coaches. The event was hosted by Rehab & Perform and took place in Brussels, Belgium. Mike provided both lectures and practical sessions over the course of the 2 day workshop. Sessions included: Neuromechanics of speed [Lecture] Fundamental concepts of COD and agility [Lecture] Designing warmups [Learn by doing] Fundamental concepts of periodization and monitoring for team sports [Lecture] Developing energy system fitness for team sports [Lecture] Integrating strength training for team sports athletes [Lecture] Developing speed for team sports [Lecture] Speed development [Learn by doing] Designing the session [Lecture] COD and agility development [Learn by doing] Students learned key concepts for speed, strength and change of direction development as well as endurance related capacities. 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.
Athletic Lab, in partnership with ELITE Training, held a Phase 1 international mentorship the second week of February, 2020. Almost 20 coaches attended the course in São Paulo, Brazil. São Paulo is the largest Portuguese speaking city in the world and the most populous city in Brazil. ELITE Training is one of the largest coaching education companies in the world. Athletic Lab partnered with ELITE Training in 2017 to bring our three phase mentorship to Portugal and Brazil. Athletic Lab is an industry leader in the field of coaching education. We provide online and in-person lectures and seminars around the world. Our mentorship provides an in-depth understanding of the Athletic Lab training philosophy. Our mentorship covers both the underlying sports science and practical applications. The course is modeled after our on-site coaching mentorship program. The mentorship combines academic and experiential learning to prepare sport performance and fitness coaches to excel. Hundreds of coaches in Portugal, Brazil, Turkey and Taiwan have taken our international mentorship. The course has been delivered to many of the top coaches in the world including the entire physical preparation staffs of Palmeiras Soccer Club and Vitória de Guimarães Soccer Club. Graduates of the recent 3 day course are eligible to attend the second and third phases of the course. Each phase builds on the previous one with more advanced concepts and applications. The third phase is a truly immersive experience. We host the third phase on-site at the Athletic Lab headquarters in North Carolina, USA.