Russell Wilson Spends an Insane Amount on Fitness and Recovery

Since being drafted in 2012, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never missed a start. He wants to keep it that way and willing to go to financial extremes to achieve that. Wilson revealed during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast last month that he spends an average of $1 million a year on his body. “I probably spend $1 million if not more, a year, just on recovery,” Wilson said.

“I have a whole performance team. I got a whole group,” he continued. “I got a full-time trainer that travels with me everywhere. … I have a full time [physical therapist]. … I have a full-time mobile person that’s working on me, making sure that I’m moving the right way and everything else. I have a full-time massage person, two chefs. We have a whole performance team. I’ve got two hyperbaric chambers. I’ve got a little bit of everything. I get in the hyperbaric four times a week, three times a week. I get treatment every day.”

So why does he do it?

“Because I’m trying to play until I’m 45, at least. So for me, my mentality is that I’m going to leave it all on the field and do everything I can to take care of myself. And that’s such a critical thing because if I feel good, I’m going to play good and I think that’s why I’ve been able to be out in the field every time.” Also eye-popping is that Wilson never misses a workout, almost never. In the interview, Wilson revealed that he works out almost 365 days a year. “I do 365. The only time I don’t — I probably do 363,” Wilson said. “The reality is Christmas — depending on the circumstances, but usually I do because we usually have a game around then — and Thanksgiving. I’m in between 363 and 365 amount of work that we do every day, something around the work I do. I’m trying to play until I’m 45, at least. For me, my mentality is that I’m going to leave it all on the field and do everything I can to take care of myself.”

The current record of consecutive starts is held by Brett Favre, who started in 297 consecutive games. For Wilson to break that record, he’ll have to play at least halfway through the 2030 season when he’ll be 42 years old. Of course, if anyone can do it, it seems like Wilson would probably be the best bet.