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Fitness After Tennis 10/09/2008 - 11:57 AM

TracyaustinProfessional athletes spend their careers making sure their bodies are in peak physical condition. But what happens after they retire? Two-time Grand Slam winner Tracy Austin, 45, a mother of three boys and one of the faces of the cosmetic filler Juvéderm, shares her secrets to staying healthy. Hint: She has a 100-sit-ups-a-day habit.

What do you do to stay in shape?
Actually my favorite is to play tennis. I play tennis on Tuesday and Thursday. It’s like a cardio tennis class for an hour and a half. That’s really what keeps me probably the most fit. The other days I randomly mix in walking in the morning before the kids go to school for 40 or 45 minutes, or I have a trampoline downstairs in the gym.

What do you do on the trampoline?
I just mix it up. Sometimes it’s double jumps, sometimes it’s one leg and then the other leg, sometimes twisting. I’ve got the TV on, so I just do different things. It’s nothing set it stone, it’s just whatever I feel like. And you know what? For years it was all about keeping track, and how many of this and how many of that. So I’m much more lenient on myself and I just go for it.

How long do you usually jump?
What I like is that I don’t really know the answer to that. Probably half an hour. I was so regimented my whole life, so I’m not too hard on myself. But I’m pretty disciplined.

What else do you do?
My favorite thing to do in the summer is water aerobics. I’m in the pool with my kids, but I have the aqua belt around my stomach, so you’re working everything. I can work on my arms, my core, my legs. And you’re not looking at the time as much because you’re enjoying yourself. So that’s one of my favorite exercises. I’ll also do the treadmill at the club. If my kids are taking lessons and I’m going to be there for a while I’ll do that. I do band work downstairs in the gym.

What do you focus on strengthening with the bands?
More on my arms probably because I just feel like they need it the most. I tore a ligament in my wrist a couple of years ago so I definitely have to keep my forearm strong and then I don’t have a problem. So I do the band work for my wrists as well.

Are you into stretching?
I do yoga sometimes. My girlfriend across the street, for about three years we did yoga every week on Mondays. But we’re not as religious about that anymore. It was so healthy for my body, I found that I was so much more flexible, I was way looser for the next few days. I do stretch before I play every single time, so I probably stretch 3–4 times a week. I will not step on a tennis court without warming up first, doing my stretches, and taping my left wrist.

What else are you religious about when it comes to fitness?
I’m really religious about doing at least 100 sit-ups every day. It might be I’m at the club and I have 10 minutes until my kid’s lesson starts and I get on the floor and do my 100 sit-ups. Or if it’s at night and I haven’t done them, I’ll do 100 sit-ups in bed. There are definitely days that go by when I don’t do it, but I’m pretty good about getting it done.

Do you eat differently than when you were on tour?
I eat kind of the same as when I played. Probably we weren’t as into eating specifically then as they are now. But I think I ate healthy then and I eat healthy now. I mean, when I say eat healthy, if I want a small bag of potato chips, I’ll have a small bag of potato chips. To me it’s all about portions. If I’m really dying for it, yes, I’ll have a scoop of ice cream. It’s three scoops [that’s a problem]. I’m pretty disciplined. But I also believe in balance in life.


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Posted by Ali 10/09/2008 at 01:06 PM


Posted by Mia 10/09/2008 at 01:55 PM

I don't really see Tracy Austin having a great body. She is quite thin and there is absolutely nothing sexy about her body. It is commendable that she tries to keep herself in shape but dedicating a column in the webpage on Tracy Austin's body is a little too much.

Posted by Carlito 10/09/2008 at 04:17 PM

Can't agree more with Mia.
Besides, let's be honest, Tracy does look like a typical "blonde", long French nails (that Frenchwomen do not have btw), colgate smile, the blue dress shown on this picture is rather tacky...not even close to the charms of an Ivanovic or a young sabatini. I definitely prefer more "natural" looks.

Posted by jon 10/09/2008 at 06:05 PM

100 bucks says Mia's fat.

Posted by Heidi 10/09/2008 at 06:54 PM

Mia, shut up, thin is in.

Posted by Stacey 10/09/2008 at 06:55 PM

Mia's probably just jealous that Tracy is better looking than her. I personally think Tracy looks great, especally at her age. I hope I look like that when I'm her age. Good for Tracy!

Posted by Caroline 10/09/2008 at 06:56 PM

Your right jon, Mia is probably a fat girl.

Posted by TenFan 10/09/2008 at 10:41 PM

I also agree. Mia = Huge fat bitter woman.

Tracy looks great!!

Posted by ChrisAmerica 10/10/2008 at 09:56 AM

Tracy looks hot for a woman who has had THREE boys and is still trying to maintain! To criticize her because HER looks dont appeal to you shows a poverty of common decency. The whole point of this article is to you show how a professional athlete who has retired maintain their fitness with respect to sharing some commonalities we all share as human beings...reproducing and aging! You go Tracy!

Posted by Fran 10/10/2008 at 11:11 AM

The comments here are pretty funny.Tracey Austin can't help being blond,you know!No,she's not particularly attractive;but what did she ever do to you?
She could be in good shape but you cant tell because of the dress!!

Posted by kamret 10/10/2008 at 11:20 AM

Tracy is a cutie pie! Really pretty and sexy!

Posted by Asad Raza 10/10/2008 at 03:02 PM

Cardio tennis? Cardio tennis? Tracy Austin does cardio tennis, or is she just saying she plays and it's LIKE cardio tennis?

Also, Healthy Player, please tell me what to do if my back gets pretty sore every time from serving every time I play a match...

Posted by carlito 10/10/2008 at 03:15 PM

Tracy did not do anything to me, I am sure she is a fine person. But I believe I have the right to say that she has no style and looks like a barbie doll, to me. This country has become so politically-correct that we can't express an opinion anymore, unless it is utterly Go Tracy! Go girl! Go Sarah! If you want to make this country a haven for Palin alike positive BS just go right ahead, I am sure it will help America get right back on its feet. In the meantime I will continue to say what I think, makes me feel healthier.

Posted by Jessica 10/10/2008 at 06:21 PM

Wow...I would never have thought about posting the kinds of comments I see here. When I think of "comment" I think, "holy crap! 100 sit ups a day!?! I'm not worthy!" To me, its not about what's in and what's not, but about how you personally feel about your own health and how you feel when you look in the mirror naked. And while I'm all for being "un-PC", and I am grateful we have the right to express our opinions (Rock on! keep doing it), I cant help but wonder how Tracy Austin would feel if she reads these. The beginning posts WERE a little "mean-girls."

Posted by Chase 10/10/2008 at 07:32 PM


It's a small article/short interview with a former champ who, at 45, still looks quite fit. Fitness is a big issue for people who are in their 40s, and tennis can be a big part of the fitness regimen for people much older than that. It's relevant to ask Austin how she manages to stay in shape. It benefits substantial readers. Poor, brainless college students eating Ramen-noodles aren't the ones subscribing to Tennis Magazine. It's the people who have established themselves in society and who actually know something about the way the world *really* works who buy the rackets and belong to the clubs and get the magazine in the mail. The rest just flap their liberal yaps.

And anyone who feels the need to smear Gov. Sarah Palin without reason on a tennis message-board is undoubtedly a corpulent, neurotic communist. Heh.

Posted by Jessica 10/10/2008 at 07:59 PM

Chase-Thanks for mentioning the Palin crack. I meant to address that but forgot.

Posted by BOBBY 10/11/2008 at 09:36 AM

Mia is fat for sure.She has proved it with her neurotic comments.Tracy looks great for the age of 45.I wish people will learn to look at positive side.Tracy is an inspiration for people over 40s.Good article.

Posted by jon 10/12/2008 at 01:53 AM

Tracy looks great for 45, for sure. She doesn't have the 'sexiest', curviest body- I'm not dreaming about Tracy Austin at night- but she has a very fit body and a tennis player's body. You girls really need to learn to either hide the jealousy better, or just shut up- kinda embarassing/painful to read posts like Mia's (yes I'm the jon that called her fat).

Posted by Wes 10/12/2008 at 04:28 AM

For those people who keep talking about Austin's looks are seriously off topic here and should READ THE ARTICLE. This article is about how professional athletes stay fit, not about their looks.

Posted by Wes 10/12/2008 at 04:31 AM

Mostly referring to Mia and Carlito.

Posted by Ornela 10/12/2008 at 10:05 AM

ah come on she is in good shape, Tracy at least you were a good player keep up with your diet, beauty is important only for images first impresion but health is what really matter

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Posted by Siddharth Shankar 04/01/2009 at 06:14 PM

I agree with Ornela, health comes first

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