As part of the envoy dispatched to PyeongChang, South Korea, to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie worked on a bizarre schedule, time-wise. Because of the 14-hour time difference, Guthrie managed to serve herself a sold sweat sesh some days before she had to be on set to prep for the show with her co-host, Hoda Kotb.
According to Women’s Health, Guthrie spent two to three mornings a week playing tennis with a Korean tennis pro during her time at the Games. Tennis offers a unique cardio and strength-training combo, thanks to the weight of the racket. The sport is to thank for a number of toned, sculpted arms, after all.
Although Guthrie isn’t the first public figure to tout the benefits of tennis, she’s not just doing it for the workout: She opted to practice the sport partially because she’s preparing for her own moment in the athletic spotlight. On March 5, to raise money for education in Africa, Guthrie will play a celebrity charity doubles match against bona fide tennis superstar Roger Federer.
But despite Guthrie’s training, the newscaster does not expect to even come close to beating Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion. She told Women’s Health, “My goals is to not double fault on every serve, to get the ball over the net, and not totally humiliate myself. Also, to become friends with Roger Federer.” (#Same.)
If you ever do need an extra bit of motivation, just pretend that you, too, have an upcoming match against a world-renowned athlete. And if you’re feeling sore after all those serves, repurpose that tennis ball by using it to massage away the tension.
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