- February 20, 2019
Foundation junior Taylor Clayton stays incredibly busy as a three-sport athlete for the Lions. Right now, Clayton — who just led the Lions in a win over Lake Mary Prep last week in the weight room — is balancing weightlifting, basketball and club volleyball.
Actually, I have only been doing weightlifting for a few weeks, and I got into it because Coach Christie suggested that I join the team, so I was like, “Why not?” She saw me squat for basketball, because I do weightlifting for basketball.
It’s definitely different, because I never work out my arms usually — it’s always my legs — so it’s different to work on my arms. And my arms aren’t used to it, so a lot of times, they’re really sore, so I have to make sure that I’m lifting right and have the right form. Also, weightlifting is all about form, and I never really worked on that, so it’s a really interesting transition.
I like clean-and-jerk; I’m better at it than bench, and I haven’t really hit a max for clean-and-jerk yet — I just kind of add a few pounds each week whenever we do our meet, so that’s my favorite.
I think my favorite part is going against everyone competitively. It’s like an individual and a team sport, so not only am I doing it for my team, but I’m also doing it for myself, so I can always set goals every week. My least favorite part is form, because I just started learning form, so I have to really focus on it to make sure I do it right.
It’s really hard to balance all three sports, but I just have to make sure that I give equal time to each sport. My No.1 is volleyball, because I’ve been playing it the longest, and I just started doing basketball and weightlifting. I just have to make sure that I focus on every single one of them.
Probably when I was playing volleyball at Foundation Academy, because we made it to districts, and then we got to go to regionals — that was probably the highlight. It was really cool that I was part of a team that was going that far, and our team is really good, and we’re all close.
Possibly weightlifting for college, but right now, I’m really focusing on volleyball — I’m creating highlights, and I’m going to start going to showcases. I really want to play D1 at UF — that’s my goal — but of course, I’d be happy with D2 or D3.