15 Female Athletes We'd Rather Watch Warm Up Than Play

An athletes body is their temple, and the years that they spend honing and refining their talent rewards them with athletic glory and an incredibly in-shape body. Man or woman, these athletes are showcased in magazines and on sports networks on a consistent basis, giving inspiration to those looking to follow in their footsteps. These individuals are heralded as heroes, and their influence on the athletic community is immense. Though few people will ever reach the lofty heights of the stars who transcend sports and entertainment, imitators are bound to arise.

As much as we enjoy watching athletes perform, some of the women who reach the top of the sport’s world are ridiculously good looking, and we much prefer to see them warming up and stretching as opposed to actually competing. After all, who doesn’t love feasting their eyes on athletic, toned women sporting yoga pants?

Because the world is filled with a number of sports and dominant athletes who conquer them, we went ahead and tracked down 15 gorgeous women that span several different sports. Sure, we could have whittled this down to one sport, but where is the fun in that? Variety is the spice of life, and we found plenty of women from different walks of life for your viewing pleasure. The 15 women included on our list are some of the world’s most beautiful and talented athletes who, along with conquering their respective sport, also boast some of the fittest bodies that you will ever see.

15 Sasha Banks

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If you have ever fancied yourself a fan of professional wrestling, then now is the time to tune and check out the completely revamped and revitalized WWE Women's Division. Of course, WWE performer Sasha Banks is a huge reason why women are taken far more seriously these days. Not only is she an immensely talented performer who has wowed audiences for years now, but she also happens to be one of the hottest women to ever enter the business.

Sporting one of the most desirable bodies in the company, Sasha Banks is as beautiful as she is talented. After conquering NXT, she has since come up to the main roster and is now a four-time WWE Raw Women's Champion. Need proof that she's talented? Watch her match from NXT Takeover: Brooklyn when she and Bayley delivered perhaps the best match of the year.

14 Paige VanZant

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Now that the UFC has several women's divisions that are steadily filling up with talent, the women that compete in the divisions are finally getting national recognition, and former model Paige VanZant might just be the hottest fighter in the company. The 23-year-old has already competed in 10 professional fights, six of which have taken place inside the Octagon. With a 7-3 overall record, Paige VanZant is one of the most talented and most exciting fighters in the UFC.

Despite the success that she has found in the UFC, Paige VanZant became a household name after appearing on the smash hit series Dancing with the Stars. Though her last fight ended with a loss, VanZant is looking to drop down a weight class in order to revitalize her career.

13 Allison Stokke

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The internet can be such a weird place when it comes to pictures surfacing of beautiful women. Allison Stokke was still a track and field competitor when pictures of her surfaced on the internet, turning her into a viral star in the process. Despite becoming an internet phenomenon at a relatively young age, Allison Stokke studied diligently and pursued her Olympic aspirations in track and field as she got older. While attending Cal, Allison Stokke received an All-Academic honour for the Pac-10 conference, proving that she was just as smart as she was talented and gorgeous. Unfortunately for Stokke, her run at the NCAA Women's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships were less than stellar. Even though her athletic career may have fallen short of expectations, she would rebound in a major way when she became a sportswear model.

12 Aly Raisman

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Is there any female athlete on the planet right now as popular as Aly Raisman? After all, this is the same athlete who was asked on a date by a professional football player via video message. The 23-year-old gymnast has been a dominant force in her sport for quite some time, and she has twice competed at the Olympics. In both 2012 and 2016, Aly Raisman would come home with an Olympic gold medal, solidifying her place in Olympic history.

Much like the aforementioned Paige VanZant, Aly Raisman also competed on the series Dancing with the Stars. Her time on the series was successful, and she would finish in the top 5. Her appearance on the series, as well as her domination at the Olympics, has made Aly Raisman a bona fide star.

11 Ellen Hoog

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For the next entry on our list, we decided to take a look at the women who make up the sport of field hockey, and one Danish beauty truly stood out among the pack. 31-year-old field hockey player Ellen Hoog might not be a household name in North America, but you better believe that this talented beauty is one of the most beautiful women in her sport. While representing the Olympic field hockey team for the Netherlands, Ellen Hoog would help lead her team to two consecutive gold medals in 2008 and 2012. Not only was the Netherlands field hockey team a solid unit, but Hoog delivered two separate game winning shots of 2012 and 2016. Even though field hockey isn't a sport that's popular in North America, Ellen Hoog is incredibly gorgeous and very talented at her sport. It was a no-brainer to include her on our list today.

10 Valentina Shevchenko

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Heading back over into the world of MMA, UFC bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko, much like Paige VanZant, is one of the hottest fighters who has ever competed inside the Octagon. As a professional kickboxer, Shevchenko was a dominant force who racked up 56 wins and only 2 losses in her professional career. Her transition to the sport of mixed martial arts has been just as successful, and she currently has a 14-3 record overall. The former K-1 Kickboxing Champion and current UFC contender is just as beautiful as she is lethal while competing, and her performances inside the Octagon have garnered her quite the fan base.

9 Alexandra Albu

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It's not every day that a fighter can take a two-year hiatus from competition and come back looking phenomenal, but most fighters aren't on the same level athletically as UFC competitor Aleksandra Albu. The Moldovan-born fighter was out of action for 2 years after winning her UFC debut via guillotine choke. Though the two-year wait seemed unbearable at times, Albu made sure to put on a phenomenal performance at her comeback fight in July of 2017.

Now that she is back on the UFC roster, people are hoping that they won't have to wait another two years to watch Albu compete. She's one of the hottest women in the UFC, and thanks to competing in bodybuilding competitions, she also has one of the fittest and most toned bodies in the company.

8 Sally Fitzgibbons

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Athletes who choose to take part in sports such as swimming and surfing are known for having some of the fittest bodies on the planet, and professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons is no exception to this. Fitzgibbons has had an incredibly successful surfing career which has seen her earn over $1 million. Though surfing is only popular in certain circles and certain areas in the United States, 26-year-old Sally Fitzgibbons is an athlete that people should be familiar with. The beautiful surfer also has a number of impressive ASP tour wins.

Not only is Fitzgibbons a talented and decorated professional surfer, but her Instagram account is grade A as well. At just 26 years of age, Sally Fitzgibbons has plenty of fuel left in the tank, and you better believe that she will continue to be a dominant force on the surfing scene.

7 Maria Sharapova

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In the sport of tennis, there are very few women who are as accomplished, decorated, and as recognized as Maria Sharapova. She has long been one of the premier tennis players on the planet, sporting a laundry list of accolades that few athletes will ever achieve. On top of earning 5 career Grand Slams, Sharapova also holds a silver Olympic medal, and she has 35 singles titles. On several occasions, Maria Sharapova has seen herself ranked as the number one women's tennis player in the world. Thanks to her good looks and toned athletic body, Sharapova has become one of the most recognizable women in tennis history. It is estimated that Sharapova has taken home over $36 million in prize money over the course of her illustrious career. Though she currently finds herself ranked at number 57 in the world, Sharapova will no doubt go down as a legend of her sport.

6 Lolo Jones

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Even before she became a household name thanks to a successful professional track and field career, Lolo Jones was dominating on the collegiate scene while attending Louisiana State University. While competing in the NCAA, Lolo Jones won 3 National Titles and pulled down 11 All-American honours. She has taken home two gold medals at the World Indoor Championships, and she also won a gold medal in 2013 at the World Championships. Her accomplishments in her athletic career, as well as her good looks, have helped make her a celebrity.

Even with all of her accomplishments, many people may know Lolo Jones for her declaration of abstinence. Jones has maintained that she will not engage in premarital relations, something that is rare to see in this day and age. More recently, she appeared on the MTV series The Challenge: Champs vs Pros.

5 Eugenie Bouchard

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While she may not be nearly as decorated as legend Maria Sharapova, Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard has quickly become a popular name thanks to her good looks. The 23-year-old tennis star has found some success in her career, and her best career ranking came in 2014 when she was ranked in the top 5. Though she has yet to win a Grand Slam, Eugenie Bouchard was a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2014.

Because she is one of the hottest athletes on the planet, Eugenie Bouchard has garnered quite the following on social media, and she currently has 1.5 million followers on Instagram. She has also amassed 1.4 million followers on her Twitter account. If you are not already following her, we highly recommend that you go and do so now. She is no stranger to posting some red-hot photos of herself.

4 Sydney Leroux

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Despite being born in British Columbia, Canada, professional soccer player Sydney Leroux is one of the hottest women in the world of soccer today who has risen to fame by playing for the US Women's National Team. Leroux currently plays professionally for FC Kansas City in the NWSL, and her time spent competing with the US Women's National team has also netted her an Olympic gold medal.

Not only is Sydney Leroux one of the most beautiful female soccer players on the planet, but she also boasts some of the coolest tattoos that you will ever see. They have helped her stand out among the rest of the soccer players on her team, and they have given her a unique identity with the media. If you think she looks hot stretching and in yoga pants, you should see what she looks like when she's dolled up and wearing a dress.

3 Michelle Jenneke

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The name Michelle Jenneke might not jog your memory at first, but trust me and believe that you have seen this beautiful athlete before. In 2012, a video of Jenneke surfaced on YouTube showing her dancing and warming up before taking part in a hurdle. The video quickly went viral. The talented hurdler has had a very successful career, and her biggest highlights have come by taking first place in the 2016 Australian National Championship as well as first place in 2010 during the Australian Junior Championship. Though she is perhaps best known for her warm up dance, Jenneke in her prime was still a very talented athlete, and she was one of the best in her country. Her looks are what made her a popular name, and in 2014, she was featured in an app called Stretch with Michelle Jenneke.

2 Paige Spiranac

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Athletic achievements are typically what help put athletes on the map, but sometimes being beautiful and wearing revealing clothes can also make you famous. Such is the case for professional golfer Paige Spiranac. The 24-year-old San Diego State University alum quickly caught the attention of media outlets everywhere for being perhaps the most attractive female golfer on the planet. Couple that with the fact that she has no issue showing off her incredibly toned body, and you have yourself a viral sensation that men everywhere cannot get enough of. Spiranac is still a popular fixture in her sport, and currently has 1.2 million followers on Instagram. Thanks to her decision to wear revealing outfits, the LPGA has since become strict with what they allow their athletes to wear. Needless to say, Spiranac has been pretty vocal about her displeasure with the rules.

1 Silje Norendal

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When it comes to the sport of snowboarding, Norwegian snowboarder Silje Norendal is easily one of the best female competitors on the planet. Back in 2013, Norendal took home her first Winter X Games Europe gold medal after dominating the SlopeStyle competition. Her most recent career triumph came at Winter X Games Europe in Hafjell when she took home the gold medal in the Big Air competition. Still only 24 years old, Norendal is only getting started in her professional career. Outside of a continuously impressive showing at the X Games, Norendal also took home the bronze medal in 2017 at the World Championships competing in the Big Air competition. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Normandale would fall just short of a bronze medal, and she has high hopes for the next time she gets to compete at the Olympics.

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