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Mixed-martial-arts pro Ronda Rousey grew up with a strong role model. “My mom [AnnMaria De Mars] was the world champion in judo [in 1984],” Rousey says. “Seeing a world champion walking through your living room makes you feel like anything is possible. The example she set made me aim high.” Rousey mastered judo in her teens, winning a bronze medal in the sport at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. She scored numerous victories in her next chapter as a UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship fighter and recently fulfilled a childhood dream by joining WWE—and winning her in-ring début at WrestleMania 34. Through it all, staying mentally and physically strong has remained a priority. “If you’re thinking about how you look while you’re working out, you’re not working out hard enough,” she says. “I think it’s good for girls to get grungy and sweaty and let themselves … just not be perfect all the time, you know?”
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“I have some tatami—the mats for judo—and I do my yoga at home on them.” Rousey either moves from memory or watches Erica Vetra on YouTube. “If someone tries to pull up anyone else, I’m like, ‘No, no, no. You need to watch Star Wars [–themed] yoga right now.’”
Rousey is also open to a new trend in the yoga world: “I have pet goats, and I’m going to try to get them to do goat yoga with me.” Yep—that’s a thing.
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Easy on the Hair
“I try not to do anything to my hair unless I’m working,” says Rousey. “I use coconut oil—not just on my skin but on the ends of my hair too.”
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“My husband and I try to eat as sustainably as possible. He’s a meat hunter, and we grow as much of our own food as we can.” Her snacks of choice? “Apple chips are my jam. And I eat dried mango with no added sugar or sulfur all the time.”
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Knock ‘Em Out
In addition to doing yoga and Pilates, Rousey regularly throws punches. “I have a heavy bag in my garage. I like to go in there, turn on the music, hit the bag, and pretend I’m Rocky.”
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“After a fight I usually have a bunch of Vaseline on my face,” says Rousey, who uses the jelly to slick her skin so leather fighting gloves won’t cut it up. “Malin + Goetz gets it off.”