Athletic Lab partners with Inside Tracker

Athletic Lab is proud to announce a partnership with InsideTracker. InsideTracker is a revolutionary blood analytics platform that offers ultra-personalized and science-driven recommendations on: Nutrition Supplementation Exercise Lifestyle changes Whether you are looking to increase your fitness or improve your overall health, InsideTracker has a solution for you.  Athletic Lab members will have discounted access to this valuable tool.

By |2021-11-01T21:31:00-04:00November 2nd, 2021|News, Nutrition Info|0 Comments

Post-Exercise Recovery by Elizabeth Criner

[Elizabeth Criner is a senior at NC State, currently working towards her bachelor's degree in sport management while also minoring in business administration, business entrepreneurship, and psychology. She is currently participating in the Athletic Lab Internship Program.] The actual process of exercising might seem like the most important part of working out, but what comes after a workout can be vital in keeping you healthy. When working out, your body is put through the ringer. Muscles form tiny tears, fluids are lost, heart rate rises, and many other things happen to your body all at once. All of these issues must be repaired and restored back to normal, before your next workout. One must replace fluids and fuels lost during exercise, make sure body temperature and regular cardiovascular functions return back to normal, and repair damaged tissue (Peake, 2019). One must ensure all of these return to normal before the next training session or competition. If not, you will increase your risk of injury, by not giving your body time to heal. Intense exercise can disrupt the nervous systems, cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, and immune systems. The main goal of recovery is to restore homeostasis, replace fuels and fluids lost, repair tissue, and heal through rest. There are many different ways athletes can choose to achieve these recovery goals. Some examples include: rehydration, carbohydrate and protein feeding, stretching, massage, sleep, and much more (Peake, 2019). If athletes train too intensely and do not give themselves enough time to recover, then they can experience overreaching. In the journal article, “Recovery after exercise: what is the current state of play?” by Jonathan Peake, overreaching is defined as, “the buildup of training and/or training stress leading to temporary impairment [...]

By |2021-07-03T17:45:34-04:00June 30th, 2021|Nutrition Info, Training Info|0 Comments

Obesity and COVID-19: A Deadly Combination by Gaby Smith

The United States has inarguably been one the hardest hit countries in the world by COVID-19. While the reasons for this is undoubtedly multi-factorial, an often overlooked confounding issue is the state of our nationwide health. In this guest post, Gaby Smith presents the compelling science on why COVID-19 and obesity are such a deadly combination. [This is a guest blog by Gaby Smith. Gaby Smith completed her MS in Exercise Science at Northeastern University and is participating in the Athletic Lab Mentorship Program. Gaby is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds certifications with U.S. Soccer, USAW, and USTFCCCA.] In the United States, we find ourselves in the midst of two epidemics: COVID-19 and obesity. While initially the two may seem to be only tangentially related, numerous studies have found a significant association between BMI and risk for death among COVID-19 patients independent of related health conditions (diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease) (Tartof et al., 2020). This association is of particular concern in the United States, as over 40% of the population is considered obese (BMI >30 kg/m2) (Kass, 2020). To this point, the two primary strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 include mitigation (handwashing, wearing a face covering, social distancing) and the adoption of practices consistent with good overall health. COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through airborne droplets when infected individuals cough, sneeze, talk, or breathe deeply. Inhaled droplets infect cells lining the airway and cause modest symptoms including coughing, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell, among others (CDC, 2020). Why is obesity such a significant risk factor Obesity seems to increase the severity of COVID-19 cases as a result of the chronic inflammation that characterizes obesity [...]

By |2020-08-29T13:22:55-04:00August 29th, 2020|Nutrition Info, Training Info|0 Comments

Nutrition – A Practical Guide to Enhancing Performance (Part Two) by Beau Hains

[Beau Hains, MS is the Director of Team Training at Athletic Lab] In my previous blog, I broke down the first two major factors for nutrition, which you can check out here. Now, I will go into the remaining three factors: Nutrient Timing Food Composition Supplements Nutrient Timing Nutrient timing is all about when to take the appropriate nutrients throughout the course of a day. This general definition can be broken down further into two subdivisions, which are meal frequency and meal timing. Meal frequency refers to the overall number of meals that you consume in a day, while meal timing refers more specifically to the time of day that you consume the meal in relation to your activity. Before we get into what benefits optimal nutrient timing can offer, I believe it is important to first understand what it is less helpful for. As I mentioned in my last article, if you do not have a good foundation of calorie balance and macronutrient intake, then nutrient timing will have a less significant impact. The importance of nutrient timing, or lack thereof in some instances, is explained very well in the graphic below. Each macronutrient has a specific set of guidelines on when they should be consumed to ensure they are utilized optimally by the body. Protein consumption, much like was discussed in my previous article about macronutrient ratios, can be simplified based on your goals. The research seems to remain consistent in that if you consume protein with all meals over the course of the day, timing really becomes a relative non-issue. However, it is worth noting that consuming over 30g of protein in a single sitting will not add any additional benefits regarding [...]

By |2020-05-10T11:05:33-04:00May 11th, 2020|Nutrition Info|0 Comments

Athletic Lab Healthy Living Challenge Returns

After an almost 3 year hiatus, our Healthy Living Challenge (HLC) is making a return to Athletic Lab. Reduce your monthly membership bill simply by participating in this fun and engaging fitness challenge. Participants in previous iterations of our Healthy Living Challenge dropped an average of 4% body fat, improved performance, and learned sustainable healthy lifestyle changes! The Healthy Living Challenge will focus on participation and accountability in a variety of lifestyle, fitness and nutrition based challenges. We'll incorporate the psychology of Loss Aversion to help you make new, sustainable healthy habits. Loss aversion refers to people's tendency to strong preference of avoiding losses over acquiring gains. Most studies suggest that the fear of loss is twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains. HLC Details: Duration: 4 weeks Date: May 11th - June 7th Cost: FREE for existing members; $169.95 for those not currently members (see below) Signup: Members may request to join the HLC at any point over the next 4 weeks by contacting [email protected] or clicking the link below Participants will receive: 100 HLC Points Pre and Post Performance Testing Free access to ProCoach nutrition and wellness platform Daily and weekly challenges to keep you accountable Nutritional and goal setting consultation Lifestyle Change! HLC Rules: Each participant will begin the challenge with 100 HLC points. Throughout the challenge members have the opportunity to retain their points by successfully completing challenges. Failure to complete daily challenges will result in a loss of some or all of that day's points. Challenges will fall in to 4 primary categories: Wellness - (sleep duration, stress management, etc) Activity - (daily step count challenges, completing training sessions via our app, attending virtual sessions, etc) Performance - (pre vs post [...]

By |2020-05-07T11:21:29-04:00May 6th, 2020|News, Nutrition Info|0 Comments