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 Michael W. '22 and Kara O. '22 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 Michael and Kara 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, Michael and Kara talked about what it means to be recognized.

Michael W.:

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

Being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like being dedicated to your mental and physical health outside of practice. For example, it is important to sleep enough every night and make sure you’re adequately eating and hydrating. It is also important to be dedicated to the weight room because that is where you can achieve the greatest physical improvements.

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

The strength and conditioning program has helped me become more disciplined and mentally acute. Being disciplined in the weight room has not only helped me achieve my goals in athletics but has also helped me achieve greater focus and discipline in the classroom. The strength and conditioning program has also helped me meet a lot of people who share similar goals and now we can help push each other.

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

My number one tip for becoming more committed is to have your friends hold you accountable. Lifting with friends not only makes showing up easier but also makes lifting more fun and rewarding.

Kara O.:

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

To me, being a committed athlete means paying attention to the small details. The little things that no one else is going to notice are the things that make me better. Things like following the tempo, getting all my reps in, and focusing on my form make being in the weight room more rewarding and help me become stronger. Although I believe a committed athlete is disciplined, I also think of them as healthy and happy. It’s hard to do well in the weight room if you are not feeling good. A committed athlete understands that proper recovery and rest are just as important as the time they spend lifting.

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

My time in the weight room has positively translated onto the soccer field. When I’m consistently lifting and playing games, I feel stronger and faster. I’m more likely to step to a loose ball or drive up the field because I know my body can handle taking those risks. The weight room has also taught me about self-determination. Making your own choice to lift every week, being your own motivation, and pushing through when things are challenging because it’s important to you, not because it’s important to others is very powerful.

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

The biggest thing that I would pass down is to have fun. The more you’re enjoying the work you’re putting in, the beneficial it’ll be for you. However, because there can be some days where you can feel especially unmotivated, I also recommend having some consistency within your schedule. Having a routine to keep you accountable when you want to be doing something else is crucial to staying committed.

Congratulations, Michael and Kara!

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