While we all try to take our health seriously, it’s safe to say none of us take it as seriously as LeBron James. The Lakers star is in his 16th NBA season, and the 34-year-old isn’t slowing down anytime soon. It’s no wonder James is so successful when you consider how seriously he takes his health and fitness.
LeBron James’ longtime personal trainer
In 2003, James was introduced to Mike Mancias during the preseason of his first year with the Cavs. Mancias was new to the NBA scene as well. He’d recently graduated college and was working his first professional job as an assistant trainer for the Cavaliers.
After the two met, James and Mancias quickly noticed they had the same principles, training discipline, and goals in mind. Mancias has been James’ personal trainer ever since — that’s 16 years!
At this point in James’ career, Mancias has to make sure that the NBA star doesn’t overdo himself. The 34-year-old is well past the point where most athletes would retire from the game.
The key to James’ training is simply to keep doing what they’ve been doing. Habits that have been formed over the past 16 years continue to work. James and Mancias need to make sure they continue to make tweaks to improve his performance.
James invests in his future
While Mancias plays a major role in James’ success, there are a hundred more pieces to the puzzle that is King James.
The athlete employs many people to keep him healthy and fit year-round. This staff includes a biomechanist, recovery coach, masseuses, personal chefs, and extra trainers. In every house he’s owned, James has made sure to incorporate a decked-out gym complete with ice tubs and a hyperbaric chamber.
It’s been reported that James spends approximately $1.5 million each year to keep his body in top condition. Excuse us, what? That’s right; James budgets for seven figures each year on body-related expenditures. And we can’t argue with his results.
This money has been an investment for James’ entire career, earning him much more back each season and giving him plenty to donate to his favorite charitable organizations.
James’ priorities remain constant
The biggest reason James and Mancias have remained partners for so long is simply because they have the same goals. Mancias’ routine takes James through a tough daily workout, but they like to keep things simple.
For conditioning, they simply play basketball — what’s better for a basketball player than to play more ball? They complete pool workouts, use climbing machines, do core and balance exercises, and, of course, utilize strength training.
With staff as dedicated as Mancias, James has been able to thrive both on and off the court. Recently, he’s helped to create the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio through the LeBron James Family Foundation. The school helps keep at-risk children in school. He’s partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children’s Defense Fund, and After-School All-Stars, all aimed at helping children in need.