Mike Young, PhD
Mike Young, PhDDirector of Performance & Research
Mike is the founder & owner of Athletic Lab. Mike is the guiding force behind Athletic Lab’s training philosophy & methodology. He oversees all training, instructor quality & staff education. Full bio

About Mike

Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he is recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting & a CrossFit Level 1 coach. He is on the advisory board for the Korean Weightlifting Federation and has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times to ESPN Insider.

Mike has coached athletes to National and / or World Championship appearances in 5 sports (bobsled, skeleton, track & field, triathlon, weightlifting) as well as directing the training plans for professional athletes in the MLS, MLB, NFL, NWSL, NHL and PGA and has coached at 4 Division 1 NCAA programs.

  • 6 NCAA National Championship Track & Field teams at LSU

  • Coach of 7 USATF National Champions

  • Fitness coach for North Carolina Football Club of the NASL / USL

  • Performance Director for 2x NWSL / ICC Champion North Carolina Courage

  • Fitness coach to 2x NASL Champion Carolina Railhawks

  • Fitness coach to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS

  • Strength & Speed coach to dozens of NBA, NFL and MLB players

Mike has authored or co-authored research on sprinting, balance, motor learning, stretching & biomechanics of throwing that has been published in peer-reviewed international research journals. Additionally, he has presented his research at national and international conferences. He serves as an invited editor for Journal of Sports Sciences, Sports Biomechanics, International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching and was a biomechanist for USA Track & Field for 16 years.

Mike has served as an instructor or professor at LSU, UNC, Ohio University & Lenoir-Rhyne University. Additionally, he is a lead instructor for coaching education programs from USATF, USTFCCCA & USA Weightlifting. He has lectured extensively across the US as well as in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Germany, Korea, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey. He has taught coaches for organizations ranging from USA Speed Skating, the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Korean Strength & Conditioning Association & the North Carolina Justice Academy.

In addition to his research publications, Mike has written 2 books, 2 book chapters, contributed to the curriculums of the coaching education programs for USATF & USTFCCCA, has over 20 articles published in nationally distributed publications ranging from Maxim to Runner’s World, & has written hundreds of blog posts on several of the largest sport conditioning sites on the web.

Our Incredible Team

Austin Both, MS
Austin Both, MSAssociate Performance Director
MS Coaching Education | BS Human Performance | NSCA-CSCS | USA Weightlifting L-1 | CHPC L3 | USTFCCCA TFTC | Full bio
Cate Young
Cate YoungDirector of Operations
BS | USA Weightlifting L-1 | USA Track & Field L-1 | Former D1 Athlete – Track & Field | Full bio
Alex Penner
Alex PennerDirector of Coaching & Community
BA Exercise & Sport Science | NSCA-CSCS | USA Weightlifting L-1 | CHPC L3 | USA Track & Field L-1 | USTFCCCA TFTC | Full bio
Kyrie Weant
Kyrie WeantPerformance Fitness Director
BS Sport Management | CrossFit L-1 | CrossFit L-2 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | CHPC L3 | Precision Nutrition- PN1 | Full bio