"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard"
Every program is designed and adapted via a physical assessment, orthopedic exam, video analysis and high performance data for every athlete. We assess every athlete that comes through our doors and personalize a program for them based on a number of biological and maturity markers such a age, training history, injury history, sport, specific position, goals/objectives, structural pathologies, posture, etc…
With individualized programs based on one-on-one assessments, we are able to adapt the program to the athlete based on our thorough assessment, biological and maturity markers, instead of the athlete being boxed into a cookie cutter program based on age or sport, as you commonly see in large group training.
We test and re-test athletes regularly using different kinds of technology to make sure that we are seeing the adaptations that we want to see as well as performance enhancement that has long-term development, sustainable high performance output, and reduction of injury in mind.
When it comes to developing athletes, a long term approach is the best option. This is why we believe in progressive overload with consideration to the a/c (acute/chronic) work ratio, where we place just enough of a stress onto an athlete that is necessary to elicit a training response, that corresponds to that athlete’s biological and maturity markers. Research by Dr. Tim Gabbett, has shown that if the acute workload of training is greater than the chronic workload, the chance of injury for an athlete significantly increases.
My time at the Performance Lab has fundamentally shaped the way I’ve been able to train as an athlete. I’ve been introduced to first class training philosophies, equipment, and recovery methods that are second to none. Drew and his staff are incredibly knowledgeable and truly care about molding athletes that are able to train and compete at peak condition.
My son worked with Drew for two years for strength and agility on the baseball field. He is going to college on an Army ROTC scholarship and the knowledge of how to care for himself for the rest of his life. Drew and his team does a great job with athletes but the benefits go far beyond the playing field.
Finding the right gym for kids today, is tough and finding the perfect trainer is tougher. Either the gym isn’t suited for youth athletes or the instruction doesn’t fit with the daily needs of kids, teens and high schoolers. Drew Denson and the Performance Lab is the place for ALL youth sports. Drew has refined the art of making youth athletes better not just physically, but mentally as well. The Performance Lab is the total solution to youth speed, strength, balance and confidence.
Our 12-year-old son has working with Drew for about a year. We could not be more pleased with our son’s athletic progress and growth this past year. Drew is a dedicated trainer who has a vast knowledge of appropriate techniques, skills, and exercises that will help all developing athletes. He has an ability to positively “push” each young athlete to strive to always improve upon themselves and their skill sets. We are so fortunate to have found Drew and to have him coaching our son to realize and develop his full athletic potential.
My son has been going to Wake Barbell since July 2018. Since this time I have seen him grow not only in strength but also in his confidence. Drew’s leadership and direction for my son has been incredible. He has provided a great training schedule, workout plan and supervised my son the entire way. Drew cares about his members and it shows. He is always in the gym ready to answer questions, give direction, and also show and explain the how and why of a workout. I would highly recommend Drew and Wake Barbell to anyone!
I have 2 sons that have been going to the Performance Lab NC of Wake Forest for 9 months. They have seen incremental growth since the first week and you can tell by the naked eye of their noticeable gains. Drew's expert guidance has allowed them to grow and get stronger the right way. Strength training and arm care programs are top notch for young athletes. I have recommended numerous people to the Performance Lab because what he does works for those athletes who want to work hard, get stronger, and improve their performance. I was so impressed that I moved my travel baseball training to his facility for winter workouts. I will continue to use the Performance Lab and everything that comes with it for future training for my 2 sons.
Four years ago I came to Drew with one goal, to play college football. Within my high school years Drew as not only been a phenomenal coach and mentor, but a trustworthy friend that has always wanted the best for me and from me. Looking back, Drew has been with me through the thick and thin, and now I’ve accomplished my goal and am living my dreams.