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Valentina Shevchenko in Workout Gear Says Hi From Antigua and Barbuda

She posed by a historical cannon and took in the scenery.

Valentina Shevchenko is known for being an MMA Fighter. She recently took a trip to Antigua and Barbuda. Shevchenko shared some photos from the trip on Instagram. In them, she posed by a historical cannon and took in the scenery. Shevchenko wore blue workout gear, looking stunning. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Valentina Shevchenko stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.


She's Focused


Shevchenko shared her approach to fights with Yahoo Sports. She says that she makes sure to be focused. "The most important how– as a definition of the champion and the average fighter– how you can control your emotion. If you can turn it into the way you have to. You have to really focus, and do your best in the training, in your job, in everything. This is like defying you as a fighter, defining you as a person. But if you're thinking, oh, looks like my body is not ready today, looks like my mind is ready. I better go do something else. This is your definition. This is really like say like what type of fighter you are."


She Doesn't Set Goals

Shevchenko tells Yahoo Sports that she doesn't like to set goals. "You know I kind of feel that when the person tries to set goals like and follows his goals, it's just like it's not good. It's not good for the internal feeling that one can have. Because you have this pressure and you are thinking, oh no, I have to rush in some way, or I have to do that, I have to like another thing. And if something is not going as they planned, they are so frustrated. They try and do crazy things. They're starting to act like, literally, like you're thinking like, what they are doing. It's not how it's supposed to be. And that's why I don't like it. I don't like to set goals."


She Makes Sure To Train

Shevchenko shared how she makes sure to still train when she doesn't want to with Yahoo Sports. "You know, during the training camp it's very hard. It's very hard. Recently I was asked, 'When is the last time you feel that you don't want to train, that you're waking up in the morning and you don't want to train?' And I say that this is like a very common feeling during the training camp because it's hard. And really, you are kind of like, oh no, but then you like starting to understand and your mind take it over because it's like saying you have to train because you are prepared for the important fight. It's a normal thing that's happening."


She Knows What She Wants

Shevchenko knows what she wants. She tells Yahoo Sports that this helps her with fights. "It's like knowing what I want. What is number one for me. And to be able to get rid from all unnecessary things, and like to focus only one thing that's really important, to be successful in martial arts, to be dominated as a fighter. And just to prepare for each fight is if it's my best fight."


She Hikes

Shevchenko enjoys going on hikes. She shared these photos on Instagram of herself hiking the Pacific Coast Highway. Ace Fitness states that hiking has a lot of benefits. "Being in nature decreases anxiety and includes some benefits such as an increase in cognition and affect, or feelings and emotions. Being in nature may also provide the opportunity to be more mindful and present to the moment you're experiencing, which has been shown to reduce stress and blood pressure."

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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