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February 2024 Committed Athletes: Connor K. '24 and Emani B. '25

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 Connor K. '24 and Emani B. '25 as Lakeside committed athletes.

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

"Connor and Emani are excellent examples of what a Lakeside Committed Athlete is all about. Both love the training process and make it a priority to be consistent and deliver effort that has rewarded them in the long term big picture."

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

Connor K.:

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

Working to make yourself a better version of yourself every day, and never taking a day off.

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

I've learned more than just how to train efficiently, but the sciences behind it and why it's so important.

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

Lifting is only part of it - sleep and eating the right foods are vital.

Emani B.:

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

Being a committed athlete is learning to hold yourself accountable. Consistency is the key to seeing improvement, and you must find motivation within yourself to stick to your schedule. Being a committed athlete means being the most responsible person in your progress, pushing yourself to go 100% during every workout, getting in one extra rep when you feel like you can’t, and going after your goals with tenacity.

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

Lakeside’s strength and conditioning program has taught me to push myself both physically and mentally. In the sports world, it is so easy to compare yourself to the athletes around you. The weight room has taught me to focus on my own progress and realize that improvement is not immediate. Success becomes so much sweeter when you know all the hours that went into the process. As well as improving my strength and athleticism, the weight room has developed my mindset towards athletics, which has helped my confidence, dedication, and competitiveness on the basketball court. Additionally, conversations with Coach Erica and Coach Huegli have taught me the importance of technique, injury prevention, recovery, and rest. I am grateful for the opportunities Lakeside’s strength and conditioning program has given me to grow as a student-athlete.

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

To become a committed athlete, it is crucial to learn how to both train hard, and train smart. At the end of the day it is not about how much you can lift, but the individual routine you create to improve your own athletic performance. Build a schedule you can stay consistent with, create meaningful and specific goals, and carve out time for rest and recovery. Most importantly, find joy in your athletic development. Enjoy the small moments with your teammates, celebrate progress, and lean into your competitive spirit. When working out is something you find joy and pride in, it gives you purpose and the motivation to challenge yourself.

Congratulations, Connor and Emani!

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