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January 2018 Committed Athletes
January 2018 Committed Athletes

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 senior Lucy A. and junior Erich W. as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"Lucy and Erich are both excellent athletes who demonstrate a competitive focus aligned with their personal goals. They are disciplined, hard-working, consistent with their training and excellent leaders by example among their peers."


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

Lucy A.

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

The physical actions that come as a result of being a committed athlete are different for everyone. However, no matter where you are on your path of athleticism, being committed means you are your best and most motivated self. To be a committed athlete at Lakeside, or anywhere for that matter, is to take who you are and dedicate your time and energy to taking the necessary steps to becoming who you want to become. To be a committed athlete is to keep re-assessing and moving your goal just one more step out of reach so that the next day you can push both your physical and mental state just one step beyond where they were the day before. To be a committed athlete is to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. But most of all, a committed athlete has the awareness and ability to provide their body with the proper nutrition and sleep to fuel optimal progress.

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

The strength and conditioning program has not only built me a physical base that I hope to maintain for the rest of my life, but it has taught me how to create and follow through with a long-term process and goal.

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

Find what makes you motivated and jump in with two feet. Half of the process of becoming a committed athlete is the mental game. If you can find the phrase or goal that makes you tick and allows you to envision a better version of yourself, you are golden. 

Erich W.

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

A committed athlete is someone who takes each training session as an opportunity to grow, not just physically but also mentally. They are willing to use that session to set aside their thoughts of the day and focus on hitting that very next rep in front of them.

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

I have greatly benefited from Lakeside's strength and conditioning program; not only has the program improved my overall strength, but it has also provided me with a daily stress-buster, a way to let off the day's or month's emotions and just enjoy the upcoming workout. The high-quality equipment, well-structured workouts, excellent coaches, and supportive atmosphere in the weight room are all features of the program of which I am greatly appreciative over the past 3 years.

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

The strength and conditioning program offers a lot more than just a way to get stronger and stay fit; use it as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and build friendships with your peers along the way. Use the resources Lakeside provides to the fullest, and always strive to push the bar, explode from the ground, and crush the next rep better than the previous one.

Congratulations, Lucy and Erich!

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