The Oxford Dictionary defines dedicated as; devoted to a task or purpose; having single-minded loyalty or integrity.
Prior to the start of the school year, I was approached by a couple of our junior student-athletes who wanted to put together a group workout before school. I quickly had six student-athletes commit to the workout sessions with the understanding that if we found they were having a hard time waking up and showing up, we would have to pursue other training options. For those of you who have teenagers of your own, you know first-hand how much of a challenge it can be to get them up for school, let alone a 6:00 am workout session. I immediately learned how hard working and determined this group of students are and that for them there would be no other options.
Twice a week they wake up before their peers to start their mornings with speed and agility drills in the gymnasium. We then make our way up to the weight room to begin our strength training lifts using machines, free weights, and barbells. By remaining consistent in this training schedule, they all have experienced significant increases in both speed and strength, while safely working within their own individual abilities. The improvements in their performance capabilities have been amazing to witness but won’t ever compare to the increases in their self-confidence; whether that is finally being able to lift a weight they never thought possible or confidently stand their ground in a weight room full of senior students.
This is our last week heading into March break and to say these six students are dedicated would be an understatement. They are already discussing what new exercises our next program will have, the new goals they are setting for themselves, and yes, even still trying to get me to cave and add in that third morning workout.
King’s-Edgehill School’s motto of be more is not confined to our Ted Canavan Athletic Centre but is present in the classroom, on the theatre stage and on the playing fields. The dedication of these six students thus far is proof of that.
Shauna Forsyth, MS, CSCS
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Highlander Athletics