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

Member of the Month: Mario Döring

Athletic Lab is home to professional athletes, young kids and adults looking to get in the best shape of their lives. Our community is 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 November, we've chosen Mario Döring. He is a member of our Performance Fitness Program. You can also check out our previous members of the month here. ___________ Name: Mario Döring What city were you born in? Albstadt (Germany) What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I am working for a German company as a research engineer at the NC State campus in Raleigh. Athletic Lab is my biggest hobby right now, but I also like to watch football (Seahawks) and sports in general. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Favorites: Rowing, Assault bike and Running (I love running); Least Favorites: Cleans, Thrusters and Lunges What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment since you started training at Athletic Lab? My weight loss (about 90 pounds) and the ability to learn/do exercises I could not do when I was heavier. What motivates you? To get better every day and the competition with the other members (especially Karthick… ;))

By |2018-11-07T18:47:40+00:00November 8th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: North Carolina Courage

Athletic Lab is home to professional athletes, young kids and adults looking to be the best version of themselves they can be. Our community is 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 October, we've chosen the North Carolina Courage Football Club. The Courage have trained at Athletic Lab the past 2 years and Athletic Lab's Mike Young is on staff with the team as their Director of Performance. In late September, the Courage capped what is arguably the most dominant season in women's professional soccer history. During the 2018 season, the North Carolina Courage claimed a historic treble, winning the Women’s International Champions Cup over Paris St Germain and Lyon, the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship. Along the way the team broke multiple records in the most dominant and most successful U.S. women’s professional soccer season to date. During the regular season the team set the NWSL records for wins (17), regular-season points (57) and regular-season goals (53). The team stormed through the post-season making their second consecutive league final by beating the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 and the Portland Thorns 5-0. You can also check out our previous members of the month here.

By |2018-10-29T12:29:20+00:00October 29th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Tony Crabtree

Athletic Lab is home to professional athletes, young kids and adults looking to be the best version of themselves they can be. Our community is 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 September, we've chosen Tony Crabtree. Tony is a long time private training client at Athletic Lab. You can also check out our previous members of the month here. ___________ Name: Tony Crabtree Where were you born? North Carolina What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)?  I own Giant Development.  We develop residential neighborhoods.  We have about 150 employees and we have been in business 16 years. When I am not at work, I like to spend time with my 5 kids, coaching and driving them to practice. I like to read, go to mass, spending time in the pool with Mia and Charlie, shooting hoops, smoking cigars, and Sunday dinners. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? My favorite exercises are bench press and dead lift. My least favorite are  Z carries and anything cardio. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment since you started training at Athletic Lab? My biggest accomplishment is to keep coming on a weekly basis. I have lots of injuries.  I need a hip replacement, torn rotator cuff,  three ruptured discs, and a torn meniscus.  But because of Matt's ability to work around my injuries and build up the muscles to support those injuries, I am able to continue to train.  Nowhere else would I be capable of doing this. What motivates you? My family is my biggest motivation. I am someone's father,  husband, [...]

By |2018-09-07T10:25:44+00:00September 10th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Ram & Thulasi

Athletic Lab is home to professional athletes, young kids and adults looking to get in the best shape of their lives. Our community is 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 August, we've chosen the husband and wife team of Ram and Thulasi. They are both members of our Performance Fitness Program. You can also check out our previous members of the month here. ___________ Name: Ram Danabalou What city were you born in? Pondicherry, India What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I am a Project Manager at DCRI (Duke Clinical Research Institute). I enjoy movies, reading and hanging out with friends. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? The least favorite are plate push/sled push - Apart from my wife, it really does take my breath away . My favorite are BW & Back squats. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment since you started training at Athletic Lab? That I can pass my wife in certain WODS?  What motivates you? Looking to enjoy another day healthier and fitter than I was yesterday. I remember the very first day at AL and almost being passed out after 10 -15 minutes. The camaraderie of my fellow Athletic Lab'ers and the affinity with the extraordinary AL personnel have helped me come a long way in my journey to a healthier me. ___________ Name: Thulasi R What city were you born in? Chennai, India What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)?  I am a Business Operations Manager at Cisco Systems Inc.  I enjoy Gardening  and  running outdoors. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite?  My [...]

By |2018-07-26T18:08:42+00:00August 2nd, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Hope Weant and Sam Steger

Athletic Lab is made up of a diverse group of goal-oriented and hard-working individuals. That's why we take a moment each month to highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of July, we've chosen Hope Weant and Sam Steger. Hope and Sam recently competed in our Summer Weightlifting Open. Both Hope and Sam are members of our Weightlifting Team. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Hope Weant What city were you born in? Winter Haven, FL What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc): I am a neuroradiology nurse practitioner at Duke Hospital.  I enjoy hanging out with my friends and eating/making yummy foods and traveling.  I also love exercising with our awesome dog Heinz. How long have you been a member at Athletic Lab? 5 years. My mother in law Ginny Weant started going to Athletic Lab first then she got me and Aaron (husband) to join. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? I love cleans, body weight squats and dumb bell snatches.  I know this is a game but I love handball.  I hate ALL the animal walks and thrusters equally and passionately. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment since you started training at Athletic Lab?  Being around the people at Athletic Lab has challenged me and pushed me to do things that I really never thought I could do.  Since starting Athletic Lab 5 years ago I have ran 1 marathon, 6 half marathons, 1 marathon relay, competed in 3 crossfit competitions, and 1 olympic weightlifting competition.  I never did any of those things before starting Athletic Lab.  I can honestly say that I don't [...]

By |2018-07-03T15:28:22+00:00July 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Rohan and Rahul Sachdev

The Athletic Lab community is made up of 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 June, we've chosen brothers Rohan and Rahul Sachdev. Both brothers are long time members of our Scholastic Sports Performance program and standouts both on the tennis court and in the classroom. Check out the video about the Sachdev brothers and read about their accomplishments below. You can also check out our previous members of the month here. Meet Rahul Rahul was recently nominated by his school for the “Student Spotlight of the Year Award.” This is a special award given to just one student from each school for excellence in studies and other achievements. Rahul is a high A student in every subject. He participated in Math Counts and Science Olympiad and won awards in the competition. Rahul won the 2018 PAGE of Wake County Spelling Bee held in March, earning an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Rahul beat 90 spellers from public, private, parochial, magnet, home and charter schools in a spellathon. This will be Rahul’s second invitation to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Rahul makes just as much of a mark as a tennis player ranking as high as 13th in the nation. Meet Rohan Rohan is Rahul's older brother. Rohan’s high school tennis team recently won the N.C. High School Athletic Association Men’s 4A dual-team boys tennis state championship. His team captured their first state tennis crown, dethroning Charlotte's Myers Park 5-1 to end the year undefeated at 20-0. Rohan played line 1 and was chosen as the Most Valuable Player [...]

By |2018-06-28T22:06:54+00:00June 28th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Jim Klopovic

Athletic Lab is made up of a diverse group of goal-oriented and hard-working individuals. That's why we take a moment each month to highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of May, we've chosen Jim Klopovic. Jim is a member of our Performance Fitness Program and frequents our Senza (Bootcamp) class in the mornings and Yoga on Sundays. In his 70th year, Jim has an incredible outlook on life as you will get a glimpse of in the answers to his interview below. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name:  James (Jim) Klopovic Age: 69 and living in my 70th year. Where were you born? Euclid, Ohio. What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I am fully retired from careers with the Air Force and the NC Governor’s Crime Commission (45 years total). And I am gainfully employed. I have the rare good fortune to be working for a company called the International Academy for Public Safety. We do on-line leadership education and development for law enforcement. Simply put, we are an answer to Ferguson and all the tragedies we see in the media. My main hobbies are shooting skeet and letters. I read – So many books, so little time. And I do a bit of writing. My latest book is The Honest Backpacker (www.honestbackpacker.com). The book is many motivations, not the least of which is to get into Nature as a Gateway to so much more, health, wellbeing and, yes, happiness. I fill in the spaces with a little travel and some hunting and fishing when I am invited. I am entertained by sampling [...]

By |2018-05-15T11:02:05+00:00May 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Jeff Souza

Athletic Lab is made up of a diverse group of goal-oriented and hard-working individuals. That's why we take a moment each month to highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of April, we've chosen Jeff Souza. Jeff is one of the original members of the Athletic Lab Track Club (formerly HPC Elite). You can check out our previous members of the month here. Born in Brazil, Jeff Souza first met Mike Young in 2008 at a USA Track and Field Level One course at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He became one of Mike's first athletes to train in the newly formed Athletic Lab HPC Elite group. "I'm proud to be his oldest member," Jeff says of this experience. When asked what his favorite exercise or training activity is, Jeff gave an answer indicative of the type of mindset it takes to be a top-level competitor of any sport. "There is no favorite training activity when you love and respect all of the events I need to master," he said. He does, however, enjoy sleeping to which he states is the most important activity. He added, "All exercises are welcome on my plan, there is no challenge I can't manage to learn and do my best." As for his least favorite part of training? It's controlling the food cravings he has in the afternoon. Jeff has done 30 decathlons in the past 10 years and finished all of them. Of this, he says that the excitement of the challenge alone is not all that he enjoys, but also "the joy of completing it." Of the many accomplishments in Jeff's career, he is especially proud of [...]

By |2018-04-13T09:49:20+00:00April 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Member of the Month: Jack Flood

Athletic Lab is made up of a diverse group of goal-oriented and hard-working individuals. That’s why we take a moment each month to highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of January, we’ve chosen Jack Flood. Jack is a member of the Athletic Lab Track Club, and recently set lifetime personal bests for his total score (5,460), 60m, shot put and pole vault to take 2nd place overall and qualify for the USA Track & Field Indoor National Championships. Several weeks later, Flood improved in the shot put again and broke his club record in the event for the 2nd time in as many meets with a throw of 14.69m. You can check out our previous members of the month here. Name: Jack Flood What city were you born in? Blue Point, NY What’s your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Favorite Exercise: Power Cleans and Squats; Least Favorite Exercise: Turkish Get-Ups, by far! How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? I first heard about Athletic Lab back in late June after viewing a video on Devin Cornelius's Instagram. I saw he was still training for the Decathlon and I instantly went to the website. I saw what Eric Broadbent did and knew this would be the right fit for me. I then planned out a way on how I was going to move down (to NC). Coincidentally, my older brother Zach lived in Holly Springs, so in September, I decided to move down to begin training. What do you enjoy most about competing post-collegiately? No difference to me, I really love competing. What competition stands out the most to you and why? Competing in a Heptathlon [...]

By |2018-01-08T23:40:58+00:00January 8th, 2018|News|0 Comments