Working Out With Seimone Augustus

When you think of Minnesota Lynx forward Seimone Augustus, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Superstar? Scorer? Olympic gold medalist? Winner?

All of those would be true, but there's a secret to Seimone's success. Staying in shape.

WNBA.com spoke recently with Augustus to get her take on how she stays healthy and in peak physical condition while playing her demanding year-round schedule of basketball.

Q. How would you describe the role of fitness and exercise in your life?
A.
"It's very important because it keeps my body intact."

Q. When did you start working out and when were you in the best shape of your life?
A.
"I started working out in middle school, doing cardio and stuff. But I didn't start lifting weights until high school. The best shape of my life had to be college, throughout my whole four years there."

Q. What's your favorite exercise for the lower body?
A.
"This season -- with our strength and conditioning coach -- we tried to do lots of yoga. It works well. It's tough, it's tough."

Q. What's your favorite exercise for the upper body?
A.
"I like the push press. It builds muscle."

Q. What's your favorite cardio exercise?
A.
"Suicides, or 17's, going sideline to sideline."

Q. What do you do to stay in shape during the offseason?
A.
"I run. I lift weights. I just like to stay in the gym when I'm overseas."

Q. How do you work out on your off-days during the season?
A.
"We don't have off-days. So I try to rest as much as I can. The season is so compact, you don't want to burn yourself out."

Q. Is there a certain meal you like to eat before games?
A.
"I like to eat meatball sandwiches from Subway before games. :)"

Q. What's your toughest fitness challenge?
A.
"Cardio is always challenging. You get your heart rate up."

Q. Is there one exercise that you hate doing or have to force yourself to complete?
A.
"I haven't found one… Oh, I'm lying. Pull-ups. Chin-ups."

Q. Is there a song or a type of music that you listen to while you're working out?
A.
"We call it 'hype' music -- music to get you riled up. Rap. I listen to Lil Boosie right now."

Q. Is there a fitness product on TV that makes you laugh the most?
A.
"The ThighMaster. Squeeze, squeeze… what?"

Q. Is there a fitness goal that you've set for yourself that you're working towards now?
A.
"I'm trying to get cut. I'm trying to get defined, like Tamika Catchings."

Q. Is there a fitness accomplishment that you are most proud of?
A.
"I'm not big. I'm not cut. But I'm healthy and that's good."

Q. What advice would you give someone who wanted to get into better shape for playing basketball?
A.
"Find somebody to work with, a positive influence. Get in the gym. Do the cardio and the conditioning. Make sure you hit the weights. That's the best way to keep away from injuries and to keep your body healthy and strong."

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