Dubbed one of the world’s sexiest athletes, former Women’s Beach Volleyball League star and fitness icon Gabrielle Reece, also known as Gabby, possesses a look that conveys both athleticism and feminine beauty. At 6’3”, Gabby is a dominate force on and off the pro beach volleyball circuit. Her commanding presence, passion for healthy living, and fitness expertise makes her a popular public speaker on the subjects of health and wellness. She routinely provides advice and guidance on fitness, nutrition, and active living, via gabbyandlaird.com. An avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, plus truly authentic example of healthy living, Gabby has become a role model to women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family
In spring of 2012, Gabby was recently invited to Washington, DC to speak at the annual TEDMED conference on innovations in health and medicine. Gabby also has an ongoing relationship with the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, an initiative benefiting needy schools through the planting of organic gardens, by which she speaks to children about the importance of eating healthy and regular exercise (www.takepart/teachinggarden). Additionally, to further help reverse the growing obesity crisis, Gabby has recently collaborated with her husband (surfing legend Laid Hamilton) to develop gabbyandlaird.com, a website dedicated to providing comprehensive fitness, nutrition, and motivational support to anyone looking to achieve a personal transformation to a healthier lifestyle.
Competing at the highest levels of woman’s volleyball throughout most of her life, including competing professionally when five months pregnant in the summer of 2007; Gabby has been a consistent inspiration to women to stay in shape, even during their pregnancy. After a brief hiatus to start her family, in the summer of 2010 Gabby returned to competitive pro beach volleyball’s AVP Tour, including an invitation to be the captain of Team Nike for a 4 on 4 exhibition tournament. Additionally, in the summer of 2010 Gabby was the face of “Lighten Up Your Summer,” a web series with Glo.com sponsored by Vaseline/ALOE Fresh. (www.glo.com/vaseline), and in May 2010 appeared as a feature trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser.
Gabby is also the creator and host of The HoneyLine, a fast-paced, magazine-style broadcast that delivers realistic solutions to women’s questions concerning style, health & fitness, relationship challenges in the home, food and the environment. Gabby enlists the help of her celebrity friends (Sheryl Crow, Courteney Cox, Eva Longoria Parker, etc.) through one-on-one interviews getting the detailed answers to these modern day questions. For Gabby’s HoneyLine appearances with Rachael Ray & Sheryl Crow, please visit http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show/segments/view/girl-talk-sheryl-crow/.
Passionate about fitness throughout her life, Gabby has released and produced her own health & fitness products: “Bell Express 15” Workout Kits, “Gabrielle Reece Fit & Healthy Prenatal Workouts” DVDs and “Gabrielle Reece: The Complete Fit & Healthy Pregnancy Workout” 2 DVD set. The “Bell Express 15” Workout Kits for time-crunched consumer. The “Gabrielle Reece Fit & Healthy Prenatal Workouts”, as well as the “Gabrielle Reece: The Complete Fit & Healthy Pregnancy Workout” covering all three trimesters and the three months post-partum. Workout kits and DVDs, as well as her book “Big Girl in the Middle”, can be found on Gabby’s fitness site gabbyandlaird.com and on Amazon.com.
Gabby is also 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 Launched Gabby’s shoe the Air Trainer in 1994, the Air Patrol in 1995, the Air GR in 1997 and the Air GR II in 1998, her shoe eventually became the first women’s shoe to outsell the Air Jordan.
Gabby has most recently developed 48 functional training workouts specifically for women at GabbyandLaird.com. These workouts are designed to assist with everyday living, and have been developed to progressively allow women to advance form a beginner level to high-intensity sports performance conditioning over 120 days. As part of an overall healthy lifestyle program, Gabby has also provided comprehensive nutrition guidelines to assist woman in maximizing their results from their fitness program. Both the functional workouts and nutrition guidelines are free services available at gabbyandlaird.com
Beyond Gabby’s own websites, her health and fitness tips have appeared in Shape magazine, Conde Nast’s magazine, and Elle magazine. She was also a monthly contributing editor to Yahoo Health for several years, and has written for “The Huffington Post” and the “Los Angeles Times Magazine”. Gabby will soon be a contributor to Sharecare, the leading question-and-answer platform that allows experts to answer health and wellness questions.
In addition to providing extensive magazine content, Gabby has hosted ‘Insider Training’ on the Fit TV/Discovery channel, where she provided an inside look at professional athletes’ exercise regimens and what they eat (www.fittv.discovery.com/fansites/insidertraining). Gabby has also been a featured host of ESPN and NBC’s “Gravity Games”. Early in her television program hosting career, she won a huge following by taking risks road-lugging, white water kayaking, drag racing, surfing, and sky diving on “MTV Sports” and “The Extremists with Gabrielle Reece”, and she was a commentator at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Gabby’s skills cross over onto the big screen where she played a pro beach volleyball player in ‘Cloud Nine’ with Bert Reynolds (2004), a guest star in ‘North Shore’ (2004) and as a physical trainer in the film ‘Gattica’ (1997). She has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated for Women, Travel & Leisure Golf, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Outside, Elle, Shape, Self, Harpers’ Bazaar, Volleyball, Fitness, Life, Vogue, Experience Life and People, and has regularly appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Chelsea Lately, as well as other top tier entertainment shows. Gabby is currently considering several invitations for various television hosting roles scheduled for 2013.
California born, Gabby is a mix of her mother from Long Island (where her height comes from), and her father from Trinidad (who died when she was five). Her trademark piece of jewelry, copied on a tattoo inside her right ankle, is a stylized sterling silver cross worn by her father. Raised on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Gabby didn’t take up volleyball until in the 11th grade when she and her mother moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Gabby won an athletic scholarship to Florida State University where she majored in Communications and played two seasons of volleyball before accepting offers from the modeling world in New York. She was only a sophomore at Florida State University when Elle named her “One of The Five Most Beautiful Women in The World”. Despite the allure of high paying modeling jobs, Gabby returned to the FSU campus and set two school volleyball records in solo blocks (240) and total blocks (747). Both records still stand today. In 1997, Florida State University inducted Gabby into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
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 a 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.
Women’s Sports & Fitness named Gabby one of the ‘20 Most Influential Women in Sports’ (August 1997). Regarding their choice of Gabby for the issue’s cover, 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.”
Jenn Meredith Castillo