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October 2017 Committed Athletes
October 2017 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 and picture posted 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 Jake K. and junior Angela T. as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

“Jake and Angela are great examples of committed athletes. They work very hard and always figure out how to stay disciplined with their training. I have enjoyed being witness to both their physical progress and overall growth of character and grit.”

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

Jake K.

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

Being a committed athlete at Lakeside is about going out of your way to be great. In a very school-heavy environment like Lakeside, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of school. However, committed athletes are able to find time to work in the weight room to better themselves for their sport of choice. It is really easy to make an excuse and miss a day of lifting, but committed athletes throw excuses away and focus on being great.

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

I have really learned how to work hard and do the little things. As a freshman and sophomore, I often skipped kettlebells and pushups, or made a couple excuses here and there to get a break from lifting. Lakeside strength and conditioning has taught me the importance of doing all the little things and doing them right. I have learned to tune out anything that is happening in school or in my social life in the weight room and focus on winning each rep, by doing it with my full effort and proper technique.

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

I would really stress to my peers the importance of working hard. As I mentioned before, missing one day of lifting is really easy, and may not seem like you are missing much, but this mentality will lead to failure. It is more than just missing days of lifting, you are also adopting the mentality that settling for less is okay. While progress is hard to track on a day-to-day basis, you will learn that staying committed throughout the year will allow you to make incredible change.

Angela T.

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

The busy students at Lakeside always have a lot on their plate, but a committed athlete still finds time to get in the weight room. But being present isn't enough, they bring their best self, and come ready and on time. They always make the most out of the workout, and try to lift more than they did last week. But their dedication and drive shouldn't apply only in the weight room, but should follow them throughout each aspect of their lives: be it a sport, musical instrument, classes -- or any other hobby they enjoy.

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

At the beginning of 5th period, when I lift, I always start to feel a little hungry. But focusing on the workout leads me to forget my hunger; but don't worry, I eat plenty afterwards. The program has bettered me mentally and physically, and kept me active even at 7 AM in the smoky summer. After every session, it always gives me a boost of energy and endorphins so that I can go about with the rest of my day fully charged and excited to learn.

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

It's easy to get bogged down with excuses and stress, but remember to make time for yourself, ensuring you lead a balanced and healthy life. Establishing a routine that works around your schedule and being mindful of your goals will help you stay committed and not stray onto the path of excessive “slackery.” But above all else, take care of yourself and be happy -- and if you're not, change it!

Congratulations, Jake and Angela!

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