Meet Brayden Walker. He is just 12 years old, and he already has a 180lb bench press. Brayden is from Boca Raton, FL and he has only been Powerlifting for six months. He also plays basketball, soccer, and plans to play football next year. Brayden parents help get him started in Powerlifting because they wanted to encourage his natural strength, and during his first week of lifting he had already reached a 245lb deadlift.
Name: Brayden Walker
Home Town: Boca Raton, FL
Sports: Powerlifting, Basketball, and Soccer
Gyms and teams:
Middle School Team:
Don Estridge Dragons
Travel Basketball Teams:
Nike South Florida and SFK
Hobbies: Collecting Sneakers
Interview with Brayden
Georgia: Out of all the Sport you play, which is your favorite?
Brayden: It would have to be Powerlifting and basketball.
Georgia: What got you started in Sports?
Brayden: My parents got me into soccer and basketball at an early age for fitness and health. My whole family is into fitness and love sports.
Georgia: How old were you when you started playing Basketball? Soccer?
Brayden: Maybe 7
Georgia: How long have you been Powerlifting?
Brayden: Since June
Georgia: What is your favorite lift?
Brayden: Bench press. I want to beat my father and grandfather’s records. They have both benched over 500lbs. I really love the rush of getting on the bench and pushing heavy weight. I just started deadlifting and I think I’m going to like that too.
Georgia: Do you think being so tall is helpful for any of your sports? Does it make any of them harder?
Brayden: It helps a great deal with basketball since I play the 4 and 5. Forwards and centers have to post up and get rebounds all game. With powerlifting it makes it a little harder. Since I have to go farther than the average lifter.
Georgia: You said you collect sneakers. What kinds of sneakers do you collect and how many pairs do you have?
Brayden: Around 35. Mostly Nike, and I really like my Jordans too
Georgia: Do you have any other hobbies?
Georgia: Do you have any pets?
Brayden: No , we travel too much.
Georgia: Is it hard to keep up with your training and school?
Brayden: Yes, I have all advanced classes with a lot of homework and I have to keep an A average to play sports. You have to be disciplined to be a student athlete and know grades come first. I also want to go to a good college so I have to push myself.
Georgia: What are your goal? PRs, sports, or school.
Brayden: This year I want to get great grades, bench over 200lb deadlift over 300lb and average 10-15 points a game in basketball.