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LeBron James reportedly spends $1.5 million per year to take care of his body — here's where it goes

That’s one expensive gym membership.

IN HIS 15th season, at 33 years old, LeBron James played all 82 games for the first time in his career, then went through a 22-game playoff haul.

Of all of the accomplishments of James’ career, his longevity might be the most impressive.

The newly-signed Lakers star is one of the most physically dominant players in the league, but it doesn’t all come naturally. James is said to spend seven figures a year — with one report saying $1.5 million — to take care of his body. That covers costs from his home gym, trainers, massage therapists, chefs, appliances, and more.

It’s all worth it for James, who shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Here’s how he spends his money to keep in tip-top shape.

LeBron James reportedly spends seven figures a year on his body. Malcolm Gladwell once told Bill Simmons that in a conversation with James’ business partner Maverick Carter, Carter said that cost was $1.5 million.

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James’ former teammate Mike Miller said James treats his body like an investment.

Miller said, via Bleacher Report: “Where a lot of people don’t do it, he puts a lot of money behind taking care of his body. A lot of people think it’s a big expense, but that big expense has allowed him to make a lot more money for a long period of time.”

James has a whole team of people who work with him, from trainers to massage therapists to chefs.

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According to ESPN, when James was having back problems in 2015, he contacted David Alexander, a trainer he worked with in Miami. Alexander pointed James to Donnie Raimon, a former Navy SEAL who’s an expert in biomechanics.

Raimon helped James work on his core strength, eventually fixing his back problems. James eventually hired Raimon full time, and Raimon moved to Akron, Ohio, to be close to James.

Those core workouts look intense.

James is a workout fiend. He’s said to have replicated the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers’ gyms in his homes.

A big part of James’ physical work is the various forms of treatment he gets to prepare for and recover from games. He was reportedly one of the first players to invest in a cryo chamber, which uses liquid nitrogen to essentially be a more efficient version of an ice bath.

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James is also a fan of using the hyperbaric chamber to put more oxygen into his body. It can also increase mental awareness.

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He wears compression sleeves, shorts, and boots to stimulate blood flow. The boots are gigantic.

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And he wears compression gear on flights after games and gets hooked up to an electrostimulation machine to flush out toxins and make his muscles contract.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

James does some simpler treatments too, like straightforward ice baths.

He has his own chef. James said he generally tries to avoid red meats and sugar, but occasionally he splurges.

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