Serena Williams Discusses Dancing Workout in Fitness May 2014

Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014 8:10 AM GMT

Taking time away from the tennis court, Serena Williams garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the May 2014 issue of Fitness magazine.

While rocking a few poses for the publication's photo shoot, the 32-year-old athlete opened up about everything from embracing her figure to making her health a priority.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Williams' Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Fitness!

On her figure:
"When I was young I thought I should be built more like an athlete - long and lean - not with a womanly figure. But then people my age started coming up to me and saying, 'I love you because of the way you look.' So I learned to be proud of my curves and embrace my large boobs. It's all about loving who you are and realizing that you're beautiful."

On her workouts:
"For me it's so important to mix it up, I ran, and then I biked. Then I did elliptical... I tried yoga. I started dancing because I couldn't train when I was sick. We started making up moves, and it was fun. Now I run for 10 minutes and then I dance."

On her personality:
"I think of myself as two different people. There's the Serena Williams that everyone knows: She's crazy. She can't make a mistake. And she's angry and just not nice, to be honest. I'm only that person for three hours a day when I'm on the court. The rest of the time I'm just Serena. I'm the class clown. But in [a] way, it's kind of cool to know that I ave everything together on the court, because I don't really have my life together personally. I'm here and there and everywhere traveling the world and playing tennis."

On her health:
"I realized that I'm really fortunate to be alive and to be playing, and that it's not the end of the world if I don't win... It was the first time I've ever had so much fun on the court. Now I know I don't have to play again if I don't want to. I play because I love it."

Photo Crdit: Jeff Olson for Fitness