More and more in recent years, it has become a very popular and common thing for professional athletes to spend hundreds of thousands to even millions of dollars on taking care of their body. From personal trainers, to chefs, to developing their entirely own method, the athletes who have invested in their health have seemed to be more successful in their sport and play for a longer time.
One of the most popular athletes of all time is NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently 44 years old and has been in the NFL for 22 years. An NFL player playing even into their 40’s is a rare thing. However, despite his age, he is still breaking records every week and each new season as he’s becoming the oldest player to produce high-quality numbers. Brady owes a lot of this success to his own “TB12 method”. Which is his own way of life including diet, workouts, recovery, and everything he does to stay healthy and play football at an MVP level, as he is doing again this season. When looking at Brady’s social media, he mentions his TB12 program very often and does not shy away from some self-promotion.
Apart from Brady plugging his TB12 regimen on his own Twitter page, he also has a Twitter account (@TB12sports) where much more specific information is posted on a regular basis.
Another athlete who has owed a lot of success to his investment in his health is Lebron James. It’s estimated that Lebron spends upwards of $1.5 million a year on chefs, trainers, masseuses, and high-tech recovery equipment such as his own hyperbaric chamber at home. Lebron James is often compared to a guy like Tom Brady because of the argument that they are the best at their respective sport despite being “old” for these leagues. Lebron is 36 years old and is in his 19th NBA season. Lebron doesn’t really discuss his regimen, but everyone around him does including his agent Maverick Carter and past and present teammates. This tweet from Alex Kennedy, chief content officer at BasketballNews.com, talks about what his agent Carter and two former teammates had to say about Lebron’s commitment to his body.
This video by Nonstop Sports’ YouTube channel also goes into great detail on how a multi-million dollar athlete like Lebron James is able to distribute $1.5 million on just his body:
With the success of athletes like Tom Brady and Lebron James, this should be a message to young pro athletes or aspiring ones of how important it is to take care of yourself. For most athletes, they have a very small window in which they are in their “prime” or are even in the league at all, and so being smart with your money and investing it into very valuable things like your health should be extremely important for these athletes.