Summer Check-In: Brett Clayton
PHOTO CREDIT: Cooper Atkinson
The weather is heating up in Kennewick and so are the offseason adventures. We checked in with our returning players to find out what they’re up to this summer and how they’re preparing for the upcoming season. Stay tuned for a Summer Check-In with each Americans player, and check out previous Summer Check-In articles HERE.
Describe your off-season training routine:
My off-season routine has been very similar over the past few years now. I work off a strict six days/week workout schedule in the gym. Four of those days are long lifts focusing on different parts of the body usually rotating lower then upper body, as well as a cardio spin bike session before every lift day. The other two days I use to focus on flexibility training, core, and more cardio. For the first half of the summer I usually stay off the ice, and then fit in ice times every week with the same training schedule.
Which skills are you focused on improving?
This off-season I am focused on improving two skills. The first is an off-ice skill and it is flexibility. I want to gain flexibility in my hips mainly as I have found that to be very important in skating speed and quickness. Improvement in flexibility is also a key in avoiding injury during the season. The second skill I have been focusing on is puck handling. Learning to do everything with more speed and my eyes up. Having the ability to control the puck well at high speed with your eyes up makes a world of a difference in a fast league like the WHL.
Have you spent any time with your Americans teammates this offseason?
Yes. I have been lucky enough to spend time with my close friend Maxwell James recently who aged out last season. Him and I live within a half-hour of each other in the lower mainland, so we try to find the time to meet up. He is very focused on preparing to start a new chapter in his career at the University of British Columbia this upcoming year .
I was lucky enough to go on a vacation with a few of my teammates down to Cabo San Lucas following the end of the season in Tri-City. I went with Nolan Yaremko, Maxwell James, and Jordan Topping. It was an amazing trip that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
What has been the highlight of your summer so far?
The highlight of my summer would have to be our trip to Mexico at the start of the off-season, as I mentioned before. It was a blast and I hope we can all make it back down together in the future!
Looking back at the Americans 2017-18 season, what was your favorite moment?
My favorite moment of this past season was meeting my new billet family The Merkl’s. Isaac, Crystal, and the two kids Kai and Quinn. They welcomed me into their home with open arms and treated me like a king. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to have met this wonderful family who is now part of mine and I’m so thankful to them for everything they do for me.
What are you most looking forward to about returning to Tri-City in August?
What I am most looking forward to about returning to Tri is being able to see all the boys and my billet family again and catching up with them, as well as getting that much closer to the start of a great season for my team!
Favorite song of the summer?
My favorite song of the summer would have to be Go for a Soda by Kim Mitchell. Great tune.