She Got Game: How the Best Female Athletes Stunt in the Gym

  • Skylar Diggins Nike training

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    Skylar Diggins

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    Skylar Diggins didn’t become one of the new faces of the WNBA by accident. She is in the gym almost every single day, whether it’s getting up shots, lifting weights, or teaching young kids on the finer points of the game. No matter what she’s working on, though, you can be sure that SkyDigg will be showing off a fresh pair of sneakers from her massive collection of NIKEiDs.

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  • Sydney Leroux Nike training

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    Sydney Leroux

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    Leroux may be coming off the bench for the U.S. Women’s National Team at this summer’s Women’s World Cup, but that doesn’t stop her from being one of the fittest women playing for the Yanks. The former UCLA Bruin is an absolute beast in the gym, showing off her picture perfect form on a host of different plyometric exercises and sporting a vast array of wild colors while doing it.

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  • Serena Williams working out

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    Serena Williams

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    There may be no greater personification of style and skills being blended together in women’s athletics than Serena Williams. An absolute force on the court with 19 major titles to her name, Serena is renowned for her incredible work ethic off the court. Unafraid to cater her gym outfits to show off her toned abs and famous derrière, this living legend brings new meaning to the phrase “flaunt it if you got it.”

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  • Ronda Rousey fighting training
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    Would you tell Ronda Rousey if you didn’t think her gym game was on point? Fortunately, it will never come to that. The baddest woman on the planet may skew more conservative in her attire when she’s in the gym getting ready to maul her next opponent, but the kind of freedom and maneuverability her gear gives her probably helps explain how she makes her “championship” opponents tap out in 14 seconds.

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  • Alex Morgan Nike training

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    Alex Morgan

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    The new face of women’s soccer in the United States, Alex Morgan is going to be everywhere this summer when the Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 6. While there’s no denying Morgan’s beauty, don’t let her looks fool you; the star striker gets after it both on and off the field, and has truly earned her sterling reputation. Donning the perfect gear for her soccer-specific training, the 25-year-old Morgan has made herself into a star for years to come.

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  • Allyson Felix working out

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    Allyson Felix

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    You don’t win four Olympic gold medals by not working hard day in and day out. Allyson Felix is living proof of the importance of making every second count, and her entire gym regimen reflects that. While her outfits are always among the most stylish of any athlete out there, they also are specifically tailored for her workouts in order to give the 200 meter specialist everything she needs to excel on the track.

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  • Lindsey Vonn training

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    Lindsey Vonn

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    One of the best skiers of her generation, Lindsey Vonn works relentlessly on her body off the slopes. Especially after battling multiple knee injuries in recent years, she has recommitted herself to strengthening her body; basically, if you can’t find her skiing, she’s probably in the gym. And just like when she’s speeding downhill, Vonn makes sure her gear allows her to move freely and get the most out of her body.

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  • Ana Ivanovic tennis working out

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    Ana Ivanovic

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    Understandably, this tennis superstar spends much of her workout time on the court. However, that doesn’t mean that Ivanovic won’t sometimes mix it up with other types of training, with everything from kickboxing to yoga on the menu. Regardless of what she’s doing, though, the 2008 French Open champ makes sure she’s getting after it in gear she might find herself wearing on the court, a sensible sort of “dress rehearsal” for when she needs to move explosively all over the court.

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  • Miesha Tate workout training

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    Miesha Tate

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    MMA fighters need to be able to move around when they train. Looking pretty is great and all, but it might also be a good way to find yourself on the receiving end of a devastating chokehold. Miesha Tate knows this perfectly well, and this rising star in the UFC never hits the mat without comfortable attire that allows her full range of motion on all her signature taekwondo-style kicks and punches. Get in her way at your own peril.

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  • Michelle Wie gym workout training

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    Michelle Wie

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    After making national headlines for playing with the men on the PGA before her 18th birthday, Michelle Wie faded a bit from the public eye before winning last year’s U.S. Women’s Open. Her commitment to hard work in the gym has clearly paid off on the course, as she spends a lot of time working on her core and upper body strength in gear that allows her to move free and easy no matter what direction she torques her body.

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  • Skylar Diggins Nike training
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  • Serena Williams working out
  • Ronda Rousey fighting training
  • Alex Morgan Nike training
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  • Lindsey Vonn training
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  • Miesha Tate workout training
  • Michelle Wie gym workout training

Even for the world’s best female athletes, greatness isn’t just achieved during the game. Indeed, it most often develops away from the cameras and the bright lights, in the gym and in training where these stars work out the kinks and set themselves up for success when it matters most. Without hard work to go with natural talent, Alex Morgan doesn’t net amazing goals, Allyson Felix doesn’t blow by fools on the track, and Serena Williams doesn’t (basically) run the world.

When these women get in the gym (which is often), it’s essential that they blend style with function in pushing themselves to the limit and getting the most out of their game. Sure, it doesn’t hurt that they look good too, but what’s far more important is that their gear lets them put in work and keep themselves on top. Their gear may be fashionable and sometimes flashy, but whether it’s Nike, adidas, or something else, it’s all worn with a specific purpose in mind: domination.

And dominate they do. With heart, hustle, and a healthy dose of swag, these incredible women put in the work away from the field that keeps them elite on game day. We could all do well to take a page out of their book when it comes to the effort and style they bring to their workouts each and every day, and at the very least every one of these ladies is worth a follow on Instagram and Twitter so you can keep track of what they’re up to. Here’s a look at How the Best Female Athletes Stunt in the Gym.

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