Committed Athlete: Adam H. '12
Led by head coach Rick Huegli
and assistant coach Erica Pitman
, the Lakeside strength and conditioning program’s committed athlete platform recognizes student-athletes who demonstrate qualities and characteristics that exude commitment, leadership, and confident competence in the weight room.
Led by head coach Rick Huegli and assistant coach Erica Pitman, the Lakeside strength and conditioning program’s committed athlete platform recognizes student-athletes who demonstrate qualities and characteristics that exude commitment, leadership, and confident competence in the weight room.
Lakeside student-athletes who exemplify the following traits are looked at as a potential committed athlete:
- Consistent attendance to training sessions that have been arranged
- Consistent attendance to training sessions beyond regular in-season team sessions
- Appropriate effectiveness and training intensity of workouts
- Proactive communication with strength and conditioning staff
- Positive attitude toward self and others during workout sessions
- Leadership example
“We want to be purposeful about the way we train and the way we are building competence in our student-athletes”, Huegli said. “Our objective each and every day is to grow and promote a culture of commitment and personal responsibility within our student-athletes. We’re really laying the roots of our strength program by rolling out the committed athlete platform.”
In addition to being highlighted on the Lakeside Athletics website, student-athletes (one girl and one boy) who are selected will be recognized bi-weekly in the Harry Swetnam Weight Room with their name written on the wall for everyone to see. Those selected will also receive a special Lakeside strength and conditioning tee-shirt highlighting their recognition.
Huegli recently named senior Adam H. as Lakeside committed athlete.
Coach Huegli’s comments on Adam H.:
“Adam has been an asset to our strength and conditioning program at Lakeside, and the work he has committed himself to has produced strong and progressive results,” said Huegli. “I’m confident in his position to grow as a future athlete because of the steps he has taken to stay committed to his training.”
After learning of their selection as committed athletes, Adam talked about what it means for him to be recognized.
1. Describe what you feel a committed athlete at Lakeside should look like.
In my opinion, a committed athlete is an individual that can combine a naturally competitive attitude with constant dedication. This dedication has to be present every day, especially during the offseason. Committed athletes do not just lift to look good, they use the weight room to better themselves at their sport and have an edge on their competition.
2. How have you benefitted from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?
As a basketball player, one of my biggest assets is that I have become stronger than a lot of other guards. In my team at Lakeside, I have put on 35 pounds because of the weight room. I think that this strength has prepared me to play at the college level but of course, I still have a lot of work ahead of me.
3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?
I would tell my peers to not view lifting as a 45-minute grind but an opportunity to better you physically. I rarely actually dread my lifting sessions and I frequently decide to do extra exercises after I finish the actual workout. Lakeside academics are rigorous but you can only have one high school sports career so I would encourage my peers to maximize their opportunity with the weight room. If you want to play sports after high school, you simply cannot succeed without putting in work in the weight room. Lakeside has put a lot of energy into creating a collegiate-level strength program and it is crucial that its students take advantage of it.
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