Watch Serena Williams Crush Her Boxing Lesson with Mike Tyson
Tyson complimented the Grand Slam queen on her "power."
In case anyone had questions about Serena Williams' badassery, the Grand Slam queen recently showed off her boxing skills while taking some seriously exclusive lessons with one of the most renowned boxing champions of all time: Mike Tyson.
The workout took place at the Mouratoglou Preseason in Florida, an annual training camp hosted by Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, that helps athletes prepare for the upcoming tennis season.
Believe it or not, Tyson seemed to have some hesitations about sparring with one of the greatest female athletes of all time. "I don't want to get in the ring with this GOAT," he wrote alongside an Instagram photo of the duo holding up their gloves. "Much love and respect."
While there are only a couple of clips of their workout on social media, it seems that Tyson taught Williams some punching techniques and eventually let her go to town on a punching bag.
Williams shared a similar video to her Instagram feed, writing in the caption: "Preseason just got really real."
It seems like Williams and her coach thought of boxing as a way to switch up her workout routine and test her skills in unique ways as she prepares for the upcoming tennis season. Given the many benefits–both mental and physical—that come with boxing, it totally makes sense. (Related: The Surprising Way Boxing Can Change Your Life)
A two-for-one cardio and strength workout, boxing can be a very effective way to improve overall fitness, Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise previously told us. "In addition to boosting your strength and cardio, boxing improves a number of skill-related parameters of fitness, including balance, coordination, reactivity, and agility," she explained. (Related: This Total-Body Conditioning Workout Proves Boxing Is the Best Cardio)
The sport is also a huge stress reliever, something Williams might benefit from going into the new tennis season. "I'd say the number-one thing that sets boxing apart from other workouts is the degree of stress relief," Arnold Gonzalez, USA Boxer and a trainer at EverybodyFights, told us in a previous interview. "It's unlike any other workout."
Not only that, but the act of hitting something might help your body release more endorphins (those happy hormones that come with exercise) compared to other workouts. A study published in the scientific journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that people who engaged in high-intensity workouts (like boxing) for an hour released significantly more endorphins than those who spent an hour doing more moderate exercise.
It's safe to say Williams crushed her lesson with Tyson. Real talk: Is there anything she can't do?