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 Josie A. '22 and Charlie M. '22 as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"Both Charlie and Josie have been committed to learning and growing in the strength and conditioning program for the past four years. Even through the remote learning periods, they have stayed the course and maintained consistency in their training. They are disciplined, focused, and understand what they are trying to accomplish. I couldn’t be more proud of their growth and the example they represent for our program.”

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

Josie A.:

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

It means two things to me: discipline and diligence. As a student athlete, there are plenty of sacrifices you have to make in order to perform well, whether that be academically or on the field, and it’s incredibly important that you continue to push yourself to be the best athlete that you can be. At a school where independence is so greatly emphasized, it’s up to you to set your goals and hold yourself to them.

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

Apart from improving as an athlete, Lakeside’s strength and conditioning program has taught me the importance of hard work and discipline. These are very helpful values to carry around, as I’m sure I will do leading into college.

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

To put it simply: set a schedule and hold yourself accountable. Beginning in the strength and conditioning program can seem like a very daunting task at first, but if you take it one step at a time and stay consistent, you’ll see the changes you want to make in no time.

Charlie M.:

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

I think a committed athlete is someone who dedicates themselves to not only putting in hard work, but maximizing its efficacy. A committed athlete knows how and when to push themself, as well as how to quickly and fully recover from those efforts.

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

Throughout my experience in the Lakeside Strength and Conditioning program, I have repeatedly been prompted to analyze and reevaluate how I approach my training. Practicing a growth mindset in where I direct my energy is vital to my training, and it is something I learned in the program.

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

Be communicative. Your coaches and trainers are in those positions for a reason. Utilize them, appreciate them, talk with them about your goals, successes and shortcomings. Take coaching and learn.

Congratulations, Josie and Charlie!

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