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Pro Athlete Melanie Oudin

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Written by Hadley Tamburo via Teen Vogue

Melanie spills on what she does to keep her routine interesting, how she makes time for family and friends, and how she keeps herself in tip-top shape!

 

The youngest American Grand Slam quarter finalist since Serena Williams, Melanie Oudin—who’s only 20—has been playing tennis since the tender age of seven. She’s constantly on the go, competing in tournaments, perfecting her skill, and working out to maintain her athletic physique. Having participated in a number of different tournaments over the last couple of years, she’s been able to work with, and compete against, the best in the tennis world.Melanie is a champion both on and off the court, and if you’re anything like her—juggling friends, family, and sports—you know how stressful it is to manage it all! The talented tennis star gives you the details on her fitness routine, motivation and how she balances it all.

 

How did you start playing tennis?

I started when I was seven, with my grandmother and my twin sister. I played in the neighborhood courts. When I was ten, I saw Venus and Serena Williams and I told my mom that I wanted to be like them. Then it just kind of happened! I was disciplined, I sacrificed a lot of things, but kept doing it because I loved the game and I ended up turning pro at sixteen.

 

What is your routine like now? How often are you practicing?

I’m practicing for four hours on the court a day and lately I’ve been doing two and half hours of fitness—a morning session and an afternoon session.

 

And what are your favorite go-to beauty/fitness products?

For beauty products, I usually use Neutrogena—their moisturizer and their sunscreen—and then I take USANA supplements, especially the Booster-C. That’s really good for energy and keeping you healthy on the road.

 

Do you have any big, upcoming tournaments that you’re getting ready for?

I’m going to be playing Miami in two weeks in the Sony Ericsson.

 

What kind of things do you do to keep yourself focused and motivated—especially for important events?

I do fun activities when I’m not playing tennis, like going to movies or shopping with my friends. That way, the next day, I can be ready to play tennis one hundred percent again.

 

Is it hard for you to maintain a balance of a social life and work, with all that you have going on? What do you do to try and maintain that balance?

It can be hard, but you have to make sure you find a good balance of work and social life. You definitely don’t want to make it tennis 24/7 or you can get burnt out. If you make a new goal every day for practice or for personal fitness, it keeps things fresh. I still love playing every day.

 

What do you do to stay in shape?

I do things like running and biking to stay in shape. I started taking kickboxing—which is really fun—and have taken a couple of Zumba classes, too. And then practice on the court, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lance, Cross Country Runner

Age and school?

I am 15 and I attend Community Health Academy.

 

Sport(s) and role (captain, position, etc.)

I run cross-country and I didn’t have a role in the team. I guess I was a runner.

 

What do you eat to prepare for a game (or race, etc.)?

What I ate before I practiced everyday was a sandwich with plenty of protein in it, a.k.a meats.  I also had pasta before running sometimes.

 

How does proper nutrition help you perform?

Proper nutrition helps me perform by giving me the energy and calories to burn. What you need the most is something to burn because if there’s nothing to burn, you can get very dizzy and pass out.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a coach?

The best piece of advice I’ve received is to be as determined as possible. If you’re not determined enough, there’s no use of being on the team.

 

What advice do you have for other high school athletes about eating and nutrition?

Advice that I have is to always eat healthy while on the team because you wont be able to perform at your peak. Eat like pasta, plenty of protein, rice and beans, etc.

 

 

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Rachael, Lacrosse Co-Captain

Age and school?

I am 17 and I attend Curtis High School.

 

Sport(s) and role (captain, position, etc.)

Girls Lacrosse – Co-Captain, Offense

 

What do you eat to prepare for a game (or race, etc.)?

As a snack, I eat an orange and big handful of nuts like almonds and sunflower seeds about an hour before the game starts.

 

How does proper nutrition help you perform?

Getting proper nutrition before I play really helps me perform both in practice and games because it gives me the energy I need to run up and down the field. Eating the right snack before a game also gives me one less thing to worry about because I can focus on the game and not on stomach aches or feeling tired.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a coach?

The team always makes fun of our coach for telling us to “Trust the System”. He constantly stresses this motto during the season because if we train hard, listen to directions, and execute like he tells us, we can rely on “the system” to pay off.

 

What advice do you have for other high school athletes about eating and nutrition?

If you “have a lot on your plate” schedule-wise, you need to make sure the food on your actual plate gives you the energy you need to power through it!

 

 

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