Serena Williams Workout Routine Helps Her Win Aussie Open

by Nate

in Athlete Workouts, Celebrity Fitness, Celebrity Workouts, Fitness Tips

serena williams espn the body issue Serena Williams Workout Routine Helps Her Win Aussie Open fitness tips celebrity workouts celebrity fitness athlete workouts Serena Williams won her 2nd straight Australian Open, defeating Justine Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Saturday.  Williams now has 5 Aussie Open titles, and 12 Grand Slam singles championships overall, tying her with tennis legend Billy Jean King.

“It was definitely a tough match mentally and physically,” Williams said. “We were both out there to prove something, and I think we did at the end of the day.”

Williams, is a physical specimen, and although she doesn’t have the traditional slender athletic figure of a tennis player, she has packed on plenty of muscle to help her sit atop the WTA rankings.  Serena was also featured in ESPN the Magazine: The Bodies issue back in October.

Plagued by injuries and facing a slumping world ranking just a year and a half ago, Williams got serious about her workouts and hooked up with fitness guru Mackie Shilstone.  Their workouts consisted of drills to improve Serena’s endurance, increase flexibility and strengthen her core.

“I’ve gotten a lot out of his program,” Williams told The Times-Picayune.  “As an athlete you exercise your whole life, so you pretty much know what to do, but he definitely has a different outlook and different outtake and makes it fun. I am more fit than I’ve ever been. And that’s so exciting to have someone to push you to those limits.

Serena told Star Magazine she also like to do yoga.  “I love Bikram yoga because you burn more than 600 calories in just one class. You need a lot of patience for yoga, but I love Bikram yoga because it’s in a super warm room so from the moment you walk in you’re just pouring sweat.”serena williams1 217x300 Serena Williams Workout Routine Helps Her Win Aussie Open fitness tips celebrity workouts celebrity fitness athlete workouts

Williams isn’t shy about telling people how she feels about her time in the gym though.  I hate working out more than anything, but I have to — when I’m running, I think about how much I want to win. That’s the only thing that keeps me going. I don’t know what to suggest to anyone else. I guess everyone has to find that one thing that encourages them and just think about it the entire time you’re working out.”  That’s great advice…plenty of us struggle to find a reason to go to the gym on a daily basis, but if we can set goals to motivate you it will keep you on track.

Check out our other posts for more tips on keeping yourself motivated, including Carrie Underwood’s advice on things you can look forward to training for.

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