No one would've blamed LeBron James for enjoying an extended celebration this summer.
He deserved it.
He delivered to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio its first championship in over 50 years. He did it against a team everyone thought was unbeatable. And to do it, he had to use every single ounce of his energy and talent.
If that doesn't earn you a break, what does?
Well, LeBron didn't really see it like that. Nope. Actually, King James worked out almost every single day of the entire summer:
LeBron James said there were only "2-3 days" this offseason when he wasn't working out
— STACK (@STACKMedia) September 26, 2016
LeBron says he took 2-3 days off in the offseason before getting back to work.
"There was no summer for me."
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) September 26, 2016
— Cleveland Clinic (@ClevelandClinic) September 26, 2016
Now that's dedication.
Thanks to the power of social media, we've been able to keep tabs on James and his workouts all summer. Here's a partial look at his fitness itinerary:
- Versaclimber workouts at his home in Akron, Ohio
- Hitting the free weights on vacation
- Battle Ropes on top of a BOSU ball at a gym in southern California
- Workouts with D-Wade and Ben Simmons at UCLA
- Versaclimber class at Rise Nation in West Hollywood
- Workouts with the U23 Chinese National Basketball team during his trip to China
- Workouts with the entire Cavaliers team at the University of California-Santa Barbara
That's a busy schedule! LeBron has always been a hard worker, but even he acknowledges that he really got after it this off-season. Check out this excerpt from Sports Illustrated's recent cover story on James:
Shortly after Durant signed and the NBA's tectonic plates shifted, James started setting his alarm for 5 a.m., working out in a West Hollywood gym at 6. He insists the Warriors are not the impetus, but he acknowledges that he rarely trains this hard this soon.
A single game has yet to be played in the 2016-2017 NBA season, and yet Cavaliers-Warriors Round 3 already feels like a foregone conclusion. If that indeed comes to pass, all the extra work James put in this summer just might help the Cavs come out on top.
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