20 Amazing Bodies of AEW Female Wrestlers
Step into the world of AEW's female wrestling stars and discover the incredible dedication, determination, and strength that have propelled them to the top of their game. In this article, we delve into the wellness routines, fitness secrets, and inspiring journeys of 20 remarkable athletes. From Toni Storm's commitment to her physical development to Thunder Rosa's candid discussion about mental health struggles, these women showcase not only their prowess in the ring but also their resilience and dedication to leading healthy, balanced lives. Join us as we explore their stories, workouts, and the challenges they've conquered to become the incredible athletes they are today.
Toni Storm talked about her wellness routine and changes she's made to Muscle and Fitness. "I've always trained, I've always stayed consistent, but it's really in the last year that I've really started to see myself developing as an athlete," she says. "For example, when I was in NXT, you can even see in the footage, I'm not in the greatest physical condition that I ever was, but with moving to America from the UK, huge lifestyle changes, Covid, life just in general can really be harder at times than it is in others, and during my time in NXT I didn't feel like I was perfect with my training and my nutrition, but really in the last year I've been kicking it into gear and taking it up a notch. I'm training the most consistently than I've ever been, and I'm starting to see some really good results."
Jamie Hayter talked about how she changed her wellness routine during the pandemic to Sports Illustrated. "I started taking my diet more seriously and got into better shape. I stopped drinking. I needed to focus entirely on lifting myself up. If I was healthy on the inside, I'd be healthy on the outside."
Britt Baker shared some of her go-to workouts in an interview with Muscle and Fitness. "I'm really big on Pilates too," she said. "It's something I have got way better at in the last year or so. I actually work with a stretch therapist twice a week just to help with my flexibility because I've had my fair share of injuries. I think one thing that is really important for your body is mobility."
Nyla Rose is the first out trans wrestler. Unfortunately, she's had to deal with a lot of backlash. She talked about this in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "People might feel it's a conflict of their beliefs by simply respecting someone else, but it's not," Rose says. "You don't have to understand or even agree with somebody's situation to show them simple respect and kindness, like respecting their pronouns and respecting their way of life. I'd love for people to be cool with it, but if that's not your thing, it's not your thing. But shouldn't people want to treat their fellow humans with a little respect and kindness?"
Jade Cargill shared some of her fitness secrets with PopCulture.com. She says that she has made some changes to the exercises she chooses to do. "Instead of doing a lot of squats, for example, I do leg press," she says. "So I try to compensate and do two for one because I'm not trying to burn myself out too much. And I'm trying to more so maintain rather than get big, if that makes sense. So I'm not trying to over-exhaust myself. I take rest days, like tomorrow I'm going to take a rest day."
Leila Gray talked about her success in an interview with Toned In. She says that her success is due to believing in herself. "Everything is starting to pay off. And just believe in yourself. Things are possible, dreams come true. And it sounds cliche, but it's really true. If you apply yourself and you believe in yourself, you can really achieve anything."
Kiera Hogan opened up about her approach to the Knockouts Tag Team Championship with WrestleZone.com. "I feel like people are finally going to just understand why we are the best and why we are going for these titles at Hard To Kill. That's exactly what we are, we're hard to kill, especially me. I've been there for four years now and I'm ready to prove it. I'm ready to leave it all in the ring and leave it all on the line."
Madison Rayne makes sure to stay in shape. One thing she likes to do is weight train. Rayne shared this gym video on her Instagram. In it, she is seen stepping on and off of a stool holding a weighted ball, and using hand weights. She captioned the video, "Let's go!"
Mercedes Martinez talked about the evolution of women's wrestling in an interview. "I'm one of the fortunate ones that has been able to keep my career on the up-and-up and be able to see these ups and downs and these changes … and maybe even influence some of these changes. I take credit, I pat myself on the back all the time, to know that I am a part of this women's change in wrestling. There's still a lot more to go, trust me."
In an interview on the No Longer Novice! Now What? A Fitness Podcast, Kris Statlander talked about how wrestling helped her deal with an eating disorder. "Once I started wrestling, and getting involved in wrestling, and training I realized how winded I was getting. I was getting to the point where my legs would go numb. I had horrible circulation. I was like, 'I guess I should try and eat something, and get food down, because I need to try and get better at this — I need to get stronger'. And then, I remember, I started actually really work out, and I would eat. I think I gained like 40 pounds once I started eating again. But I wasn't upset about it. I was happy about it for the first time, because I was like a lot stronger now."
Serena Deeb makes sure to keep her fighting skills intact. She shared this video of herself practicing some moves with a trainer on Instagram. Deeb captioned the post, "Big thank you to Jason Mello for teaching me some fight choreography and knife work. It was so bad ass to train with you!"
Taya Valkyrie talked about how she wants to focus her energy and her career in an interview with SHAK Wrestling. "I just really wanna work and make an impression and continue to build my legacy. For now, I'm still incredibly happy working absolutely everywhere. I'm not a person to sit at home and sit still and drink a tea and talk about the weather. I've never been like that, I get bored very easily, so this has really kept me on my toes and kept me inspired and motivated. We'll see what happens this year. I'll just keep moving along and being the Taya Valkyrie that everyone knows."
Paige VanZant shared her diet secrets in an interview with Women Fitness. "Dieting is a huge part of being any sort of professional athlete," she said. "My husband and I love cooking and we really enjoy making healthy meals together. I like to think of myself as a chef and have competed on many cooking shows. We of course have our occasional cheat day here and there. But once we have a flight scheduled it's down to business. Then after we fight we go a little bit crazy and eat everything in sight."
Marina Shafir talked about how she got into wrestling in an interview on Ronda Rousey's website. "The day I decided to just do it was like any other day, but the decision to do it was more that this is an amazing opportunity to learn a whole lot about myself that I didn't know and couldn't find out through fighting. Because fighting, you kind of suppress emotion and fight through emotion. And in pro wrestling, you have to harness those emotions. Everybody fights different, but personally, it was a brand new, refreshing way to engage myself."
Leyla Hirsch talked about her career on an episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast. In it, she talked about what inspires her in the ring. "I would say amateur wrestling," Hirsch revealed. "I honestly feel if I didn't do amateur wrestling, I wouldn't be this type of wrestler. Also, training at CZW, I wasn't going to be a girl that put on a lot of makeup. I wanted people to believe in everything that I did in the ring."
In an interview with the Dallas News, Athena talked about her life and career. She says that she wants to inspire other girls like her. "I just want to show people that it's OK to be you. That it's OK to defend everything that you want in life to accomplish your dreams no matter what other people say. That's my main goal."
In an interview on the Wilde On podcast, Red Velvet talked about her journey to wrestling. "I quit dance, I was kind of in a bad place, I switched the channel, and at the time WWE was casting for Tough Enough. You didn't need any experience, you just needed to submit a video that you are Tough Enough. The training didn't matter. I kind of geeked out and was like, 'I don't know what's going to come of this, but let's just try.' I went to my friend's backyard, I had moved on from the break up, I dyed my hair red, it was super red. 'Let's do this.'"
In an interview with the Daily Star, Skye Blue talked about what her career goals are. "I would definitely like to break some of the standards and the mold. I would love to have an intergender match on TV. I would love to do a hardcore match on TV. I love doing hardcore matches even though I really shouldn't. But just something, you know, I want to show that the girls can do it too."
Willow Nightingale talked about how she approaches her career in an interview with Pitchfork. "For a long time I've been this bubbly, cheery, enthusiastic character, but I know in my heart I can't be eternally happy, because that's not life's journey," she says. "We change, we grow, we evolve."
In an interview on Busted Open Radio, Thunder Rosa opened up about some mental health struggles she went through after getting hurt. "It made things much more difficult than they were mentally for me. There were days that I — I'm gonna be honest and I've said it on my YouTube channel, I wanted to kill myself. Everything stopped and there's nothing you can do and I'm so thankful that I have a really good team and a really good family. My son, I think he's the one who's helped me the most and he helped me many times many nights, just telling me everything's gonna be okay and I was lucky enough to have some resources and I was able to be in therapy. There were not good sessions at times. There was a lot of crying, there's a lot of letting things go and accepting things that you cannot change and you're just moving forward."