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How'd Anna Kournikova Get So Friggin' Hot? Maybe It's Her Workout Video, 'Basic Elements'

By Kristen Baldwin
Updated October 19, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Winning isn’t everything — heck, if you’re Anna Kournikova, it isn’t anything. The ravishing Russian has never won a major tennis tournament, but she still manages to scrape by on goddess-level looks and the $10 million she earned in endorsements last year. Kournikova’s latest endeavor is ”Basic Elements,” a workout video which promises to take fans ”through the pain barrier and into the power zone.” Yikes. The statuesque beauty recently allowed EW to lob some stupid questions her way.

How many times would I have to do Basic Elements to get as jacked as Jennifer Capriati? Whoa! [For] that you would probably have to do it a long time — a year, and every day.

Your body looks kind of shiny in the video. Did they spritz you with baby oil or something? No…I was actually sweating! I [taped] the whole thing in one day.

The press release describes ”Basic Elements” as ”sizzling.” In your opinion, what was the most sizzling part? I didn’t make up that press release! I’m really serious about exercising….I’m not just doing it for my body to look good. I’m doing it to be strong on the court. I don’t know if it’s sizzling or what. [Laughs]

If you’re losing a match, do you ever comfort yourself by looking across the net at your opponent and thinking, ”I’m hotter than you”? [Puzzled silence] No, I don’t think that would help much….When I’m on the court, I just think about how to win.

What part of your body do you have to work on the most? I don’t think I’d like to talk about the things that I don’t like. [Laughs] Then people are going to be looking there and saying, ”Yes, that’s not the way it’s supposed to be!”

Even though I’m a heterosexual female, I feel oddly compelled to ask you this: Will you go out with me? This is a weird question.

So…no? Probably no

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