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Spring athletes prepare with pre-season workouts

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Spring athletes prepare with pre-season workouts

A student enters the weight room after school. As spring season nears, students have begun working out directly after school.

A student enters the weight room after school. As spring season nears, students have begun working out directly after school.

A student enters the weight room after school. As spring season nears, students have begun working out directly after school.

A student enters the weight room after school. As spring season nears, students have begun working out directly after school.

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As the winter season approaches, most students are planning for the cold weather. Sweaters, hot coffees and holiday vacations. However, some students are looking even further past the snow and are preparing for the warmth of spring.

When all ice has melted, spring will be on the horizon and it will bring the sun along with it. Student athletes who play sports like soccer or lacrosse have already begun their pre-season workouts in anticipation for 2019.

“(Working out) helps us get to know our teammates,” sophomore Even Deam said. “In the weight room it helps us prevent injuries.”

Because the teams are so diverse, it’s unlikely that athletes will see everyone on their team during the day. After school in the weight room, teammates can catch up with each other about what they missed while also training their bodies to stand against potential injuries. However, there are downsides as well.

“Our pre-season is usually right after school,” Deam said. “After a long day of school it’s hard to go straight to (workouts).”

Pre-season workouts usually begin at 4 p.m. on weekdays. That means that students have little time to transition from an academic to an athletic mentality. Without taking time to decompress, some students bring their stress from one environment to another.

Push to do the best you can because you feel accomplished and motivated when you do your best.”

— sophomore Elizabeth Cake

“Sometimes (the work is) a tough mental block to have to push through,” sophomore Elizabeth Cake said. “Sometimes we have other things besides workouts.”

Schoolwork doesn’t become easier when workouts begin. Students have the same expectations as always and the pressure to manage everything can become taxing. There are ways students have found to lift the weight, so to speak.

“Push to do the best you can because you feel accomplished and motivated when you do your best,” Cake said. “Work with your friends, they always cheer you up.”

When surrounded by teammates, the burden seems lighter. Others will understand what you’re going through and will even offer help.

“Motivate each other, give each other positive feedback,” Cake said.

While it may require a lot of additional time and effort, pre-season workouts are beneficial in both the short and long term.

“We get to work with people who we wouldn’t get to see throughout the school day,” Cake said. “The whole purpose is to be strong enough so that we can play without injuries.”

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