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Wrestling Star Nia Jax in Cute Workout Gear is "Full of Gratitude"

Here’s how The Rock’s cousin lost 48 pounds in six months.

Wrestling champion Nia Jax (real name Savelina Fanene) is taking a break from the madness of the fighting ring to relax, breathe, and enjoy the beauty of nature. Jax, 39, shared pictures of herself wearing black workout gear, looking zen and serene as she sat outside in a yoga pose. "Full of gratitude 🙏🏽," she captioned the post. Here's what inspired Jax to lose weight, gain a huge amount of confidence, and become an even better fighter.


Pilates and Personal Training

Jax says she is currently training in preparation for her return to the ring. "I am training. I'll train over at D-Von Dudley's ring," she told Bill Apter, via Cultaholic. "He's great and then I go over to Nattie and TJ's [Natalya & TJ Wilson], so they run me through some drills and stuff like that and I have matches. I'll get in the ring every now and then with some of my friends like Charlotte [Flair] and her husband, Manny [Andrade El Idolo)… Right now, I'm enjoying being at home with my family. I have a new nephew and I've kind of started being obsessed with Pilates."


Pickleball Matches

Jax enjoys pickleball matches with her friends, which is a great way to get a cardio workout while having fun. "I think one of the things that we as a society have underestimated is the benefit of being outdoors, and a lot of pickleball is played in the setting of existing tennis courts or other newer courts that are being specially designed for pickleball that are outdoors," cardiologist and Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Calum MacRae tells CNBC. "Something like pickleball, which is an active, social sport and builds community, sustains people in regular exercise over time. It's really something that for us is exciting to see."


Losing 48 Pounds

Jax lost a whopping 48 pounds in just six months after feeling uncomfortable at friend Charlotte Flair's wedding. "Me to @MsCharlotteWWE after her wedding: 'I feel gross & uncomfortable! I want to lose weight'. @MsCharlotteWWE to me: 'Please let me help you! You got this woman.' Officially started in October…6 months later, down 48lbs🥺🙏🏽 Sends me killer workouts and motivates me 💪🏾🥺," Jax tweeted. Nice work!


No Glam Squad

Jax takes care of her own pre-ring prep, no glam squad needed or necessary. "I really take pride in doing my own make-up all the time which takes me about 40 minutes, and my hair takes another 15 to 20 minutes," she told Metro. "Putting on my gear is probably another 15 minutes, so all in all I don't think an hour and a half is too bad!"


Body Type Pride

Jax is proud to represent a different body type in the wrestling world. "I noticed they were always beautiful women but skinnier and smaller than me," she told Refinery29. "I just never really saw somebody like me in the business, and I didn't think that somebody like me would fit in to that business. Maybe a young girl seeing me and not feeling comfortable in her group can feel like, Oh my gosh, look, she went out there and she's different and I look like her and she's kicking ass and she's taking names. Maybe one day I can do that and I should just embrace who I am."

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more
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