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Kournikova to be "ELLE'S" Fitness Columnist!


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Tennis babe ANNA KOURNIKOVA has landed a new job as ELLE magazine's new fitness guru.

The Russian-born stunner is thrilled with her new job, because it gives her a fresh incentive to find new work-outs to help her stay lean and trim.

In her inaugural column, which appears in the June (05) issue of Elle, Kournikova admits she has struggled to stay in shape since announcing a hiatus from tennis to correct back and foot problems.

She writes, "As I've shifted from an intense training schedule to a more moderate pace... I'm suddenly facing the real issues of a nonprofessional athlete - which means worrying about how often I should hit the gym and what I need to incorporate into my diet and figuring out what fitness and food combination works best for me.

"Finally I can risk some new activities (such as rock climbing and Yogalates) without fearing that I'll get hurt and be sidelined, and report back on how rigorous and fun they really are.

"When I was playing competitively, I never really thought much about my body. As long as I could slam my serve at a WILLIAMS sister (VENUS or SERENA), I didn't worry about what I ate or if I needed to log StairMaster time because I wasn't exercising."
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This is from a poster on Anna's website -

anna will be working on a fitness project with ELLE magazine... her two-page introductory article is on page 158-159 in the June 2005 US elle.

she talks about her injury and her weight gain and some other things... all related to fitness. you can read for yourself.

she will doing different activities and reporting on them... also offering advice from her personal experience.

And from the article -

As a regular gymgoer, I've noticed a frustrating epidemic: leaning. I see women putting half their weight on cardio machines' rails because either they've cranked up the machine too fast or they can't handle their chosen incline. Leaning spoils the effectiveness of your workout. When I walk on the treadmill, I go at a brisk pace, usually about 4 mph, on an incline set to between eight and 12. I keep the speed constant, but I rotate the incline as I go. That tempo is also perfect for doing biceps curls, punches, and shoulder presses with light dumbbells (under two pounds) at the same time. The simultaneous challenge takes your mind off your feet and pumps up your heart rate. If you're walking for 20 minutes and do five sets of 30 punches, it's an efficient and effective use of your gym time. It sounds effortless, but it's quite demanding!

I get bored really easily, so I'll turn up the Top 40 music and even break out a book. I love anything entertaining; I'm currently reading In Her Shoes and Good in Bed, both by Jennifer Weiner. But no matter what you're doing, engage your core: Suck in your stomach, squeeze your butt, and concentrate on the muscles you're working. I try to visualize my arms getting longer, leaner, and more toned. Why bother hauling yourself to the gym if you're just going to go through the motions? When you really commit to something, even if it's only what you can fit in during your lunch break, it makes all the difference. Trust me.

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