Myles Jones: The Making of a Dominant Physical Presence
Myles Jones has always been the biggest player on his team, whether it was football or lacrosse. At 6-foot-5, he towered over opponents in lacrosse during his time at Walt Whitman High School and entered his college career at Duke weighing 235 pounds — without ever spending much time in the gym.
Jones was too busy with lacrosse to take part in workouts with the football team. So when he had to transition to a Division I regimen, it wasn’t easy.
TEAM USA/CHESAPEAKE BAYHAWKS
COLLEGE: DUKE ’16
POWER CLEAN: 320
“When I got to college, it was kind of a shock for me,” he said. “There was a lot of terminology I had no idea about. I had no idea what a power clean was. I had no idea what a clean was. All I knew was the bench press, squat, curl and the dead lift. There were a lot of things that I had to learn when I got to college, but then it became fun, because it was something new to me.”
It didn’t take long for Jones to develop a passion for the weight room. He realized that the more work he put into his workouts, the more intimidating he could be on the field — and that made for a scary proposition for opponents.
After he finished his career at Duke with an NCAA title and as a two-time Tewaaraton finalist, Jones still weighed 235 pounds. Much of that weight, though, came from his muscle mass. He consulted with experts in the field of exercise science to help him maintain his shape and prevent injuries.
Jones’ professional career got off to a slow start, but he has flourished with Major League Lacrosse’s Chesapeake Bayhawks and was the MLL All-Star Game MVP. He has an endorsement deal with adidas and qualified for the 2018 U.S. training team.
And he’s still the tallest player on the field.
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