The most special thing about Athletic Lab is our diverse community of members. That’s why we highlight one (or more) of our members each month a member of the month feature. For the month of September we’ve chosen four of our Cary Police Department members. Athletic Lab is located in Cary, NC which is consistently ranked as one of the safest towns in America. Cary PD plays a huge role in maintaining the safety and wellness of our community and we’re proud to have been a training home for Cary PD for several years. We also actively participate in Cary PD community events and Dr. Mike Young is a contributor to the fitness curriculum of the North Carolina Justice Academy. We’re proud to have Cary PD represented so strongly in our community. You can check out our previous members of the month here.

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Name: Don Hamilton

What city were you born in Fayetteville, N.C.

What is your role within the Cary Police Department What was the most rewarding part of your job? Prior to retiring, I worked in almost every area of the PD, but I retired as the Administrative Captain. Not an exciting position, but an easy one to cycle into retirement with because there wasn’t long term projects associated with it.

When you’re not working out at Athletic Lab and you’re not working, what’s your favorite pastime “I enjoy fishing”. Currently, my cousin and I are preparing for a trip through the Boundary Waters of Canada next Spring. Even though I’m not very good, I like to play golf.

How did your training at Athletic Lab carry over into your job Originally, I exercised to look professional in uniform and for any “hands on” situation that may occur. However, as I moved away from road work, it was more for the stress relief. I cannot think of anything else when suffering through a WOD. I left most workouts physically exhausted, but mentally rested.

What’s your favorite exercise I really don’t have a favorite, the closest one would probably be hang cleans. Least favorite? Much easier to answer, anything lunge- related. For some reason, that movement kills me.

What motivates you I’m amazed at and am in awe of what the elite athletes can do, but I’m motivated by the Average Joe’s and Jane’s (a group I consider myself to be part of). When I see the effort and gains others make, it pushes me to try harder.
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Name: Lee Carter

What city were you born in Wilson, NC

What is your role within the Cary Police Department What is the most rewarding part of your job I am on Patrol and also on the Emergency response team, and a sniper.

When you’re not working out at Athletic Lab and you’re not working, what’s your favorite pastime I enjoy hunting, being at the lake or beach. Honestly I just love being outdoors.

How did your training at Athletic Lab carry over into your job? How does it not carry over… Ha! I hate to see sloppy unfit police officers. Working out at The Lab helps me look professional, it keeps me active while at work and gives me the confidence to do my job knowing that I know I workout everyday. So, if anyone wants to test me, they’d better at least be prepared more mentally than I am.

What’s your favorite exercise? Least favorite My favorite exercise would have to be snatch. I love the feeling of tossing weight over your head. Least favorite, squat of course, because I’m terrible at it. But at least I’m working on it.

What motivates you? I am motivated by my age. Although I am older with every year that passes, I want to get into better shape than I was before. As I get older, I don’t want to fall into the typical “dad bod” and would like to stay fit and remain active.

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Name: Keith Perkins

What city were you born in Janesville, Wisconsin

What is your role within the Cary Police Department Police Sergeant assigned to Uniform Patrol. I supervise a team of six officers that patrol the westside of Cary on the weekends.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job Tough question? I would say those times when we make a tragedy less tragic for a person. That look of panic on someone’s face that transforms into confusion then gratitude and sometimes even tears of joy. Priceless!

When you’re not working out at Athletic Lab and you’re not working, what’s your favorite pastime? Don’t laugh, but working in the yard. Cutting grass, trees, working in the garden (my wife gardens, I work in the garden). My hobby is riding motorcycles, but I don’t get to do that as often as I’d like.

How does your training at Athletic Lab carry over into your job My ability to deal with stressful situations has improved exponentially because of my training at Athletic Lab.? I can’t explain it in the technical terms but I can say, as a lab rat and 26 years in a police car, my physical conditioning is directly connected to my mental & physical abilities to deal with the stress of police work.

What’s your favorite exercise? Stretching after the WOD!……funny, I’d say back squats.

Least favorite? No doughty, sled pushes!

What motivates you? As far as working out I’d say my desire to live a long and active life. I want to be way past my prime (much more than I am now) and still trying to keep up.

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Name: Bruce Dale

What city were you born in ? Sharon, PA.

What is your role within the Cary Police Department? What’s the most rewarding part of your job I’m currently a Lt. (Supervisor) in our Criminal Investigations Division. “It’s seems clich” to say it, but it really boils down to doing something positive to make a difference. I figured I could spend my time talking and blogging about helping others or actually saddle up and do it.

When you’re not working out at Athletic Lab and you’re not working, what’s your favorite pastime My wife and I deal in antiques and collectibles as a side business. We jokingly call it Cary Pickers; but we do pretty well at it and after a while, you develop an eye for items that resell very well in that market. We particularly focus on vintage toys, the baby boomers with disposable income are in a position to reconnect with their childhoods so we are always on the hunt for 60 s, 70’s and 80’s toys. We actually, for a while, had a male customer with a penchant for vintage lingerie, we didn’t ask questions we just provided him with items for his collection.

How does your training at Athletic Lab carry over into your job Most of us in this group are Certified Police Fitness Trainers and Defensive Tactics Instructors, so out of the gate, we’re expected to set the example for the rest of the officers. Whether they follow it or not certainly lies with them but that’s foremost. It’s true for Athletic Lab the Trainers are fit and set the example, this is a key missing element from a lot of the box gyms. Secondly, the unknown variables of police work dictate split second decision making and action. Lack of action or reaction can cost you or someone else their life. Hard workouts provide the decisive mindset backed up by the physical ability to act on the decisions. Any delay can be devastating.

It’s a good spot to mention Don Hamilton was my training officer when I started with Cary. That’s the example I had early on for Police Fitness and tactics.

What’s your favorite exercise? Least favorite I really like to focus on functional movements, running, farmers carry, sandbag carries, bear crawls etc. Exercises that are useful for getting yourself out of a bad situation. My least favorite is probably the thruster, mainly because I have trouble tying my shoes the next morning.

What motivates you It’s a by-product of work and not to sound morbid but if something tragic ever happened to me at work or otherwise, I never wanted to leave my family second guessing if I could have done something different or trained more etc. to change the situation. I spent this morning at the range practicing my shooting, including left handed pistol and tonight I’ll be at the Lab for the 6pm Endurance class.

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Name: Mike Lindley

Where were you born ? Maryland

What is your role within the Cary Police Department? What’s the most rewarding part of your job ? I am currently a Detective assigned to our Cyber Crimes Unit. The most rewarding part of the job is in helping people.

When you’re not working out at Athletic Lab and you’re not working, what’s your favorite pastime? When not working, I love mountain biking, running, kayaking, etc.

How does your training at Athletic Lab carry over into your job Athletic Lab helps me keep physically fit to assist in the performance of my job.

What’s your favorite exercise? Least favorite ? Favorite exercise is the burpee…least favorite exercise is thrusters.

What motivates you? What motivates me is my family- being there for my wife, children and grandchildren.