An Independent School • Grades 5-12
April Committed Athletes: Melissa W. '19 and Julian S. '20
April Committed Athletes: Melissa W. '19 and Julian S. '20

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 potential committed athletes:

  • 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; 
  • Punctuality;
  • Positive attitude toward self and others during workout sessions; and,
  • 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 foundation of our strength program by rolling out the committed athlete platform."

In addition to being highlighted on the Lakeside Athletics website, student-athletes (one boy and one girl) who are selected will be featured in the weight room with their name written on the wall for all to see. Those selected will also receive a strength and conditioning t-shirt that highlights their accomplishments.

Huegli recently named Melissa W. '19 and Julian S. '20 as Lakeside committed athletes.

Coach Huegli commented on the efforts of these two newest members of the committed athlete group.

"Both Melissa and Julian have worked long and hard in the Lakeside strength program. They have demonstrated excellent patience, focus, and determination, taking advantage of their opportunities to better themselves. They both understand that progress and development is a process that comes with consistent training and hard work, and that results aren't instantly achieved. They both well represent what being a Committed Athlete at Lakeside is all about."

After learning of their selection as committed athletes, Melissa and Julian talked about what it means to be recognized.

Melissa W.

1. Describe what being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like to you.

Being a committed athlete at Lakeside means having a high level of self-awareness and determination. It's knowing how to take care of yourself as well as taking ownership of your training. A committed athlete trains with integrity at every opportunity. Most importantly, it means finding what inspires you to break your limits every rep, piece, or set. For me, it's a love for the sport and for my team.

2. How have you benefited from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?

Lakeside's strength and conditioning program was my first introduction to any kind of lifting. Over the years, the program has impacted my life significantly, from helping me get faster at the boathouse to improving my mental health. Getting stronger and bigger helped me rebuild my self-confidence and body image from the ground up, and I couldn't be more thankful for being able to lift at Lakeside the last four years. It changed who I was as a person.

3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?

To other athletes: know yourself! Train healthily and train smart. Come in and get the work done, even when it's early morning and your body refuses to budge. Even when 70% of your max somehow feels like 100%. Only by destructing a little, failing a little, can you come back together and reconstruct stronger. And committing to being stronger is never a mistake.

Julian S.

1. Describe what being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like to you.

Being a committed athlete is about pushing yourself hard in every lift and doing everything to better yourself in the weight room but also extends far beyond your scheduled lifting times. It's about the extra work you put in before or after games and how you take care of your body every day. It's about the little things you do to grow as a person.

2. How have you benefited from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?

Being part of the Lakeside strength and conditioning program has helped me by guiding me through everything that is best for me and will make me the athlete I want to be.

3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?

Set a goal for yourself. Then think how much you really want to achieve that goal. If you really want to achieve it should never leave your mind, you should always be thinking about how to get better. Then do everything in your power to reach that goal and become the best athlete you can.

Congratulations, Melissa and Julian!

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