Ronda Rousey spoke recently about what it means to be a female in the testosterone-dominated world of the UFC, and said that it’s been a long process to become comfortable with her strong body.
The Expendables 3 star says that strong is the new sexy, and she’s happy to hear that her body is inspiring others to look at things in a new way. After a battle with bulimia, she says that training for what she really wanted–the Bantamweight title–helped her see things in a different perspective.
“What I really realized I was doing wrong was dieting and training and doing all of these things that I didn’t even like to get this idea of the body that I wanted. I was focused on the results, instead of the process. I was unhappy and thought that when I got the right body I would be happy. But I was going at it backwards. I had to make myself happy first and then the body came,” she told Yahoo News.
Rousey has been getting great reviews for her role in Expendables 3, another male-dominated scene that the athlete made her own. However, she said that during the premiere she was nervous about watching herself and had to force herself not to react because she knew her friends were watching her face.
“Anyone I was watching the movie with would look at my face to see my reaction to watching myself and so I got self-conscious about how I looked watching me,” she said.
Rousey says she would train every day of the week if she could, but her coach forces her to take a break. Rather than stick to a workout or training routine, she says she likes to change it up.
“I do different things every day. I never really liked weight lifting because there is no problem solving, whereas when I am fighting, I am trying to solve a problem, so I don’t think about being tired. I box, wrestle, do jujitsu, run up sand dunes, every single day is something different so that I am mentally engaged. That’s what makes me want to train longer. Then it’s like, “Oh my god what am I going to do today?” instead of, “I have to go do my regular gym routine.” There is no routine. I purposefully try to do something different every day to keep my muscles confused and my mind interested.”