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Serena Williams Shows Off Fit Figure in Swimsuit

Here’s how the GOAT stays in such great shape.

Serena Williams is enjoying a tropical getaway! The tennis pro recently jetted off to an island destination, indulging in walks on the beach and taking some much-needed "me" time. "I have been reflecting on my life, and came to the realization that I'm exactly where I am supposed to be," she captioned a series of photos of herself, looking absolutely gorgeous and fit in a swimsuit and coverup. How does the 39-year-old multi-tasker put her health first?  Read on to see 7 ways Serena Williams stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bikini Photos!


Food Is Her Fuel

Serena's body is her vehicle and food is her fuel. "My philosophy is eat to live. Don't live to eat," she told  Women's Health. "You need it to survive. And [that's] very hard to live by, cause I definitely love to snack, but this is what I want. These are my goals."


She Isn't a Breakfast Person

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Serena rarely starts her morning off with a meal. "I often don't make breakfast because I just forget or I'm running around getting Olympia ready. And then I go work out," she told Women's Health. "When I roll out of bed, I'm just not hungry."


Her Diet Is Mostly Plant-Based

Serena tries to eat as vegan as possible. "I want to have a healthy lifestyle and, so you know, [I'm eating] a lot of greens and mostly plant-based lately, just super healthy stuff,"she told Women's Health. "I had a bean burger the other day today…[Today] I had a gluten-free bean burrito."


She Only Eats Pasta When She Is Training


Serena saves complex carbs for when she needs them to fuel her body. "The only time I eat pasta is when I'm playing/training. Usually, you'll never see me eating pasta otherwise," she told Women's Health. "I usually like to have lots of greens before my match and then fruit actually, and a little carbs and some sort of a protein."


She Has a Cheat Food

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Serena has one go-to cheat meal. "I love Moon Pies. If 'Moon Pie' sponsored me, I'd be bigger than any house on this planet!" she joked. 


She Is a "Moody" Eater

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Serena explains that her diet varies by her personality. "I can have a smoothie for six months. And then I'll be like, I never want to see a smoothie again for the next six months. And then I'll be like, okay, I'm back on the smoothie. My eating is very moody," she told Women's Health. 


She Trains Like a Boss

When Serena trains, she goes hard, which is no surprise considering her record on the court. "When I was a kid I trained really, really, really hard," she said on Masterclass. "And I think that's so important for kids out there that want to grow up and be the best. Ask any professional player. You train really hard. You train for hours. I remember in the summer, we would train from, I think it was from like 9:00 to 11:00 and then 1:00 to 6:00. And then on Saturdays, we would train from 9:00 to 12:00. And then we would have Sundays off. So we trained a lot."

Leah Groth
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