The Secret to

turn your dreams into reality #3

with Gabby Reece

Volleyball icon and model Gabby Reece joins Robin for the third installment of her "The Secret to Turning Your Dreams Into a Reality” series! Listen to how Gabby built her fitness empire, how she makes her marriage to big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton work, and how she took her high-school volleyball career to pro! Robin facilitates a conversation with Gabby that goes below the surface, tackling motherhood challenges, femininity, personal roadblocks, and how difficult it can be to live life for yourself while in the public eye. Of course, a podcast with Gabby would not be complete without some health and fitness tips along the way! Play a “This or That: Fitness Edition” game at the end where Gabby reveals fitness secrets that will change your life!


Gabby Reece, professional volleyball player, model, author

Gabby Reece is not only a volleyball legend, but an inspirational leader, New York Times bestselling author, model, wife, and mother. The former professional beach volleyball player and Nike’s first female spokeswoman is the definition of both athleticism and beauty.


Gabby won an athletic scholarship to Florida State University where she played two seasons before accepting offers from the modeling world. Despite the demand of modeling and competing, Gabby set two school volleyball records for FSU that still stand today. A Florida State star turned pro, Gabby trained hard to hone her skills in 2-person beach volleyball and competed domestically in the 1999-2000 Olympic 4 on 4 Challenge

Series and the 1999-2000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. In 1997, competing with the best global beach volleyball players ever assembled, Gabby’s 4-person team took first place at the first-ever Beach Volleyball World Championships. 1997 was Gabby’s fifth season as team captain in the 4-person Women’s Beach Volleyball League (WBVL), and her fourth captaining Team Nike. Named the Offensive Player of the Year in 1994- 95 and WBVL blocks leader, Gabby led the WBVL in kills four straight years in a row from 1993-1996.


In 1994 Gabby became Nike’s first female athlete to design a shoe, and Nike’s first-ever female cross-training spokesperson. Working with Tinker Hatfield, designer of the Air Jordan, Nike first launched Gabby’s shoe the Air Trainer, then the Air Patrol in 1995, the Air GR in 1997 and the Air GR II in 1998, and her shoe eventually became the first women’s shoe to outsell the Air Jordan.


As a result of years of personal experience and experimentation for her relentless pursuit to elevate her own fitness led her to create her own unique fitness program HIGHXTM a high intensity group fitness program. Shortly after HIGHX, together with husband Laird Hamilton, they created Extreme Performance Training XPTTM. XPT is a unique and powerful fitness training and lifestyle program featuring their unique water workouts, performance breathing, recovery methods, and high-intensity and endurance training for people of all fitness levels and backgrounds.


When Women’s Sports & Fitness named Gabby one of the ‘20 Most Influential Women in Sports’ (August 1997) someone asked why they picked Gabby for the issue’s cover, and the magazine’s editor wrote, “Because I believe she represents, finally, the answer to all the image-questing pendulum swinging of the decades gone by. Who is the female athlete? She is everything once thought to be an inherent contradiction. She is strong and beautiful, sweaty and feminine, tough and ladylike.”


Gabby married the love of her life big wave surfer and waterman Laird Hamilton in 1997. They have 3 children (2 together) and reside in Kauai, HI and Malibu, CA.


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