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 Max S. ’20 and Bonnie Y. ’21 as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"Max and Bonnie have consistently worked extremely hard in the strength and conditioning program.  Since their freshman year they both have grown in understanding, skill, grit, and intensity, and as a result, they have made excellent progress because they work hard and make their workouts regularly.”

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

Max S.:

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

Being a committed athlete means remaining dedicated to improving yourself. A committed athlete always works hard towards their goals and knows what they want to achieve. The most important part of being a committed athlete is having the consistency to always getting their work done in the weight room because building strength takes time.

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 to improve my athleticism and confidence in myself. The support of the Lakeside community and strength and conditioning program has helped me to push myself to become stronger and healthier than any goals I had previously set for myself

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

To become more of a committed athlete you need to know how to push yourself to reach your ambitions. If you want to reach your goals the only way is to consistently show up and get the work done. It’s important to know that the only way to become stronger and more athletic is by pushing through the hard work, but it is also very satisfying when your hard work pays off.

Bonnie Y.:

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

A committed athlete at Lakeside is a student who can achieve a balance between academic and sports life and is able to flourish in both.

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 taught me to push myself to higher levels of fitness.

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

Being a committed athlete means consistency; even small actions make a major impact over time

Congratulations, Max and Bonnie!

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