Venus Williams Bares It All for ESPN Body Issue 2014

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The Body Issue is definitely one of my favorite issues of ESPN Magazine. I am truly mesmerized by the human body, especially the bodies of athletes. It’s incredible how people have different body shapes, but I find it even more incredible the different types of physicalities of  athletes who play different sports. The cross between genetics, different types of training and nutrition to determine different body shapes and forms.

Tennis player Venus Williams graces the pages of the 2014 issue, letting us see her in a whole different light. She bares it all, with her body on display as well as telling her struggles with her disease “Sjogren’s Syndrome”. Peep excerpts from her interview with ESPN;

 

On doing a nude shoot, and body insecurities;

Oh man, this is the real deal. It didn’t dawn on me until right when I walked on set that I would have to be without clothes. If I would have thought about it before, there may have been a little less of a chance….I had such a lackadaisical attitude toward being tall. I never really used to care; it just always helped me with my game. Sometimes women who are taller aren’t comfortable with it, but I love being tall. 

 

The only complaint she said she has about being tall is having a hard time finding jeans that fit for her height. And she admits she has big feet, and that it’s not the easiest finding cute shoes.

 

I was joking (around), wishing I did a thousand abs a day so I could compete with all the athletes that are just ripped, but I’m probably never going to be ripped…I wish I could retain muscle easier. If I don’t go to the gym for a week, I just get thinner and thinner. My body just doesn’t want it. I’m full of oil, I guess…

 

On how looking good plays a role on her confidence;

My motto personally has always been: Look Good, Play Well. I think there’s a connection with what you wear. If you don’t feel good about what you’re wearing, you aren’t going to feel confident and you aren’t going to be able to concentrate.

 

On her disease;

Sjogren’s syndrome has been a life-changing experience, that’s for sure….You are so tired it hurts. At my worst point, I wasn’t able to play tennis at all. Just the whole quality of my life was compromised — and uncomfortable. It’s very difficult to understand unless you’ve gone through it. Especially as a professional athlete, there’s never any acceptable excuse. You push and you push and you’ll die on the court if you have to, but you get it done. The whole experience is just foreign as an athlete. You have to accept that you’re never going to be 100 percent. So, how do you get past those roadblocks? I wouldn’t say I “enjoyed” the challenge. But I’m up for the challenge. 

 

Interesting enough, comparing her  body to her sister Serena Williams, who both biologically have the same parents, and play the same sports, yet  have different body types. Check out the differences of Venus’ ESPN body issue pics compared to Serena’s body issue pics from a previous issue below;

 

 

 

 

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To watch the entire ESPN Body issue with Venus click here; http://espn.go.com/espnw/video/11113063/venus-williams-feature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Famous Outdoor Celebrity Workouts

picstitch-18So the summer is here, and working out outdoors may not be the first thing that comes to mind. For Madonna, she takes to the beach to do her workouts by running in the sand. By doing this, it can strengthen your ankles, arches, and muscles below the knees. Doing this workout can also burn 1.6 times more calories.

In great weather, horseback riding will be a suitable outdoor workout. 59-year-old former model Christie Brinkley does horseback riding as a way of working out her inner-thigh muscles and cores. We can admit no matter what age, this workout definitely benefits her!

For the colder weather, there is a work out for that as well. Heidi Klum takes to the snow to ski as part of a workout and time to spend with her family. Riding the slopes can help work out the quads and core, and can also help build up muscles in the legs. So if you are a busy parent looking to have fun and want a great workout, this may be for you!

Both Jennifer Love Hewitt and Courteney Cox play outdoor tennis as a way to get a total body workout. Aside from sweating, it can burn up to 600 calories per hour. With the many movements and ball swatting, it sure is a great way to get your entire body in shape!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Via Shape Magazine, Google

Serena Williams Covers Essence Magazine Talks Health, Fitness & Loving Her Curves

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It’s definitely Serena‘s moment!

In the June issue of Essence Magazine not only does she cover the magazine, but she is the guest editor as well. The infamous Williams sister talks serious about topics like self-esteem, aging, maintaining her health and loving her body.

After suffering a pulmonary embolism just two years ago, Serena took the time she needed to take care of health and now shows no signs of slowing down. She has since won a few Olympic gold medals and reclaimed her spot as the number 1 tennis player in the world!

Serena told Essence about her famous curves:

“It can be a bit weird,.. Before it was, ‘Serena has a big butt,’ and that was all, Now there are way more people who feel comfortable with themselves and they’re saying, ‘I’m a woman, and this is what I look like.’ I always say, ‘We’re popular now! We’re finally in style!’ “

about getting older and her health;

“I feel lighter, I feel healthier, and even though I’m 31—which really isn’t old, but for an athlete, particularly a tennis player, it’s old—I promise you, my body has never felt better. Considering how much I’ve played and how much I’ve done, I feel fine. I’m strong…”

What she says about maintaining her hair during a work out…
It’s hard. If you just embrace your natural curl and rock that, I think that’s the best way to style it when working out.
on getting a bikini-ready body;
All you have really have to do is a great 30-minute run or walk to get in shape for bikini season. Sometimes it’s hard because you don’t have the time, but it’s tough and you have to get it in. I focus on the core because as a tennis player you have to run, move and get balls. Lifting my own body weight is something I’ve recently started doing, too.

Check out Serena’s full interview in the Essence Magazine on stands June 7th

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Serena Williams’ Core Power

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Serena Williams is one athlete who displays strength, both on and off the tennis court.

Now she is showing you how to get strength like hers, with her new Core Power workout that’s available on the Nike training app.

Fitsugar.com caught up with Serena during the filming for the app, and this is what she had to say about the workout;

“the drills featured in the Core Power workout are based on key exercises I do regularly to stay strong. Everything I do on court begins with strength from the core, so it’s the perfect foundation for my training as a tennis player.”

Check out the sneak peek pics below, showing Serena working the stability ball, and using resistance bands in a diverse way.

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My abs already hurt just looking at it.

Head over to fitsugar.com for the workout how to’s or
download the app on NTC to get your Serana On!