An Independent School • Grades 5-12
November 2022 Committed Athletes: Thiago A. '24 and Lilian G. '24

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.

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 Thiago A. '24 and Lilian G. '24 as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"Both Thiago and Lilian are extremely disciplined with their work habits and embrace the long-term process where the sum of their time and commitment invested in hard work and motivation result in confidence, results, and success. They are both stellar examples of the best of Lakesides Committed Athletes."

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

Thiago A.:

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

Being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like being someone who just shows up to do the work and doesn't make excuses for themselves. Isn't sloppy and focuses on getting the most out of every opportunity you get. As well as finishing the work that you start and continue being persistent and committed to your process.

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

I have benefited greatly in being a part of the Lakeside Strength and conditioning program. Not only has it given me a space to unwind and enjoy myself from the demanding life that kids our age face. But it has allowed me to improve greatly in my strength, agility and speed as an athlete, which has translated to my performance in my game significantly. Not only have I improved physically but also mentally in the way that it has given me a space to improve my persistence not only in the weight room, but in other aspects of my life.

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

I think the most important thing I would pass along to my peers is to not make excuses when disruptions to how you train come along. Rather than seeing lack of sleep, small injury or just not feeling like it, as an opportunity to bail on your commitment, see them as an opportunity to get creative and adapt some new way to stay true to what you really want to stay committed to. Having this mindset is like strengthening a mental muscle that spills over into other areas of life and other commitments outside athletic pursuits. Maximize your moments, find ways to work around obstacles, and don't make excuses so that even the small things such as committing yourself to the weight room can translate itself beyond physical strength to school, relationships and other parts of your life.

Lilian G.:

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

To me, being a committed athlete means coming to the weight room every day prepared to give your all physically, but also being excited to engage with and encourage your peers and learn from your coaches.

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

Lakeside’s weight room is full of vulnerability and kindness. Learning how to lift while surrounded by supportive peers and coaches has given me confidence in myself and my abilities that I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. This confidence and the relationships I have built across grades benefit me outside of the weight room and will stay with me for years to come.

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

For me, one of the hardest parts of being an athlete is maintaining balance. You have to remember that being a disciplined athlete is what allows you to be a committed athlete, so prioritizing recovery and injury prevention is just as important as lifting heavy and pushing yourself physically. If you commit to foam rolling, nutrition, and sleep, you will be a stronger athlete in the weight room.

Congratulations, Thiago and Lilian!

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