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 Jack D. ’20 and Lauren C. '20 as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"Both Jack and Lauren have worked long and hard in the Lakeside strength program. They have demonstrated excellent patience, focus, and determination, taking advantage of their opportunities to better themselves. They both understand that progress and development is a process that comes with consistent training and hard work, and that results aren't instantly achieved. They both well represent what being a Committed Athlete at Lakeside is all about."

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

Jack D.:

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

A committed athlete at Lakeside is someone who always makes sure the work gets done. It doesn’t matter how busy they are or how much they don’t want to. They find the time to better themselves because the only way to do that is through consistency. They don’t make excuses, they just get in the weight room and push themselves every time they are in there.

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

I’ve benefitted from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside in numerous ways. It is a place where everyone is always supportive and pushing you to be your best. It is also a place in my life where I can clearly see my work over the years come to fruition. It is a place where you are only rewarded when you put in the work. I have learned the importance of consistency, hard-work, and dedication throughout my time in the Strength and Conditioning program.

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

As a student athlete, what I would pass along to my peers about becoming more of a committed athlete is it can only benefit them. Being more of committed athlete will help them excel at the sport they love and improve their team. It will motivate other people in their program to work harder and become better. It also is incredibly satisfying to dedicate yourself to something and see yourself get better. And if all else fails, it will allow them to become a healthier person, which will make them happier.

Lauren C.:

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

I think that being a committed athlete means that you are always working hard, pushing yourself to get stronger, that you want to become a better athlete and the understanding that once you commit to something that you stick with it and that you also have to take care of your body. 

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

I’ve been able to continue growing stronger and gain a better understanding of my body and learn what exercises are the most beneficial for me. I’ve learned about the maximum load my body can take and the importance of recovery. 

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

That it’s important to buy into it if you’re serious and want to see results. If you’re serious about improving as an athlete and have made to commitment you need to do the work. It might be hard some days but if you do the work it will pay off. 

Congratulations, Jack and Lauren!

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