An Independent School • Grades 5-12

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.

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 Eden M. ’21 and Will V. ’21 as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"It is my great pleasure to announce Eden M. '21 and Will V. '20 as the most recent “Committed Athletes” in the strength and conditioning program. Both exemplify outstanding committed qualities as they are focused, have purpose behind their training, and communicate well. The commitment to their training regimen has provided both physical and mental development that come only from their dedication to the training process. ”

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

Eden M.:

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

To me, being a committed athlete means having a desire to improve that just won’t go away. If you have a bad week, get sick, or even take a break from athletics for a while, you keep coming back because you know you can still get better. Being a committed athlete is showing up over and over and over, and putting in the time because you WANT to.

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

The Lakeside strength and conditioning program has been a consistent source of stability in my life. It lets me take a break from a hectic day and do something physical, and it gives me the space to take a breath and just be with my friends. It has also definitely helped me be a stronger athlete!

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 that once you commit to strength and conditioning, hold yourself true to that. As long as you keep going and keep trying, you’re moving forward.

Will V.:

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

For me, being a committed athlete has never been about lifting the heaviest weights or being the strongest person in the weight room. No matter what, someone will always be able to outlift, outrun, and outjump you. To be a committed athlete means ensuring that no one outworks you. It’s not about comparing yourself to others. It’s about setting goals for yourself and doing everything you possibly can to reach them.

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

The strength and conditioning program at Lakeside has helped me immensely on and off the field. On the soccer field, I’ve become a stronger, faster, and quicker player. More importantly, however, the program has helped me discover the value of sustained hard work. It’s often impossible to see dramatic day-to-day improvement in the weight room, but the clear long-term improvement I’ve seen has proven to me that ultimately consistent effort will be rewarded.

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

To be a more committed athlete, you must be committed to improving yourself. If you’re only working to prove yourself to others, then you’re not truly committed. It may take some work to find it, but the motivation to work out has to come from within. Once you do find it, that internal drive makes working out feel less and less like a chore, even on the days when you really don’t feel up to it.

Congratulations, Eden and Will!

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