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EXCLUSIVE! Tennis Sensation Maria Sharapova HATES Going To The Gym!

Thu, September 2, 2010 7:00pm EDT by 1 Comment

090210_maria_sharapova_544Super svelte and in shape Maria, who is currently competing in the US Open, says she can’t stand the regiment of the gym and would rather get her workout doing something fun!

It’s not easy to be 23-year-old tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, recently named the Highest-Paid Female Athlete by Forbes. She literally works her butt off every day to bring in the dough — on and off the court. But when it comes to staying in shape, she admits that she DESPISES going to the gym! “Personally, I’m not a huge fan of it,” Maria confessed to Aug. 24 at the Evian Live Young event in NYC.

“Working out is a huge part of my life,” Maria explained. But the in shape stunner says, “I love doing things outdoors like taking a run on the beach or in the park — doing things that are active and outside so you don’t feel like you’re doing so much.”

When it comes to food however, Maria doesn’t discriminate. “I love food,” Maria gushed! “I love trying different types of restaurants and different types of cuisine.” As for her food weakness — red velvet cupcakes. YUM!

Despite all the success and fame Maria has achieved in her career she says, “it’s [still] tough for me to imagine myself being a role model. When I think that the people look up to me are little girls and boys, I think they should want to be better than who I am. I don’t think anyone is perfect, [but] I always want to see them streaming to perfection.”

Most of all, Maria wants her fans to understand her life motto: “Enjoy your life! You’ve got to enjoy every moment of it — the good and the bad,” Maria said. “You’ve got to try and learn from the tough moments, because those make you stronger in life!”

– Lindsey DiMattina