This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of SELF. For more from the September issue, subscribe to SELF and download the digital edition. This full issue is now available on national newsstands.

“I am who I am. I love who I am,” Serena Williams says in SELF’s September issue cover story. “Just that whole attitude of being strong and powerful — that’s something I can get behind.” (Read the entire inspiring interview here.) Williams serves her “bring it” perspective on the tennis court and in the gym. Here are four ways she keeps her workouts fresh and fun.

1. Mix It Up: “I’ll do one day of serving, then a day of ground strokes. I’m definitely an outdoorsy person, so for cardio, running is best, whether it’s distance or sprints. I also like ballet.”

2. Go Hard: “I usually do about two hours at the court and then an hour and a half or two at the gym. It’s intense! For me, clay season is really about being fit with your legs.”

3. Brand Out: “I take all kinds of dance: contemporary, modern and Lyra with a hoop. Venus wants me to try hip-hop. I like ballet, but I don’t do pointe yet — that’s a dream of mine.”

4. Sleep In: “When I was younger, I would always practice at 8 or 9 A.M. Now, I sleep until I wake up. Then I’m like, ‘The monster is awake — let’s work out!’”

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