LeBron James is, by all accounts, a once-in-a-lifetime physical specimen. He is a rare combination of size, athleticism and basketball IQ that the game has rarely seen, if ever.
The forward has recently been posting videos to his Instagram account of him working out with teammates and friends.
Fans wonder what goes into powering such a dominant athlete alongside the training that he is constantly focused on. Business Insider sat down with the four-time MVP to discuss what his diet before games consists of.
The recent NBA champion offered: “Before competition for me would be like a chicken breast and maybe a little pasta. The carbs help because you’re going out and playing a lot of minutes.”
His regimen is in stark contrast with other high-level athletes like Michael Phelps. The swimmer consumes thousands of calories before each contest and during training. The Akron native couldn’t dream of having such an insane calorie intake.
James continued: “But a salad and some veggies will have me perfectly fine. And before the game I might have a protein shake and some fruit, and I’ll be ready to go. But as far as pies or pizza and sandwiches and French fries – I can’t.”
The King keeps it pretty healthy on game days and it is hard to argue with the results. He can eat whatever he wants after leading the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit to clinch Cleveland’s first professional sports title in over half a century.
The three-time champion also works out five times a week and mixes up these daily workouts. Sometimes he works in his home gym or maybe he chooses to attend a VersaClimber class on certain days.
The grind never stops for the game’s greatest player and that is part of the reason that he is the success that he has become.