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Gabrielle Reece was a pioneer on and off the sand. As one of the world’s best volleyball players and most recognized models, Gabby helped break a barrier for female athletes in becoming an elite athlete while building an elite entertainment/lifestyle brand. Dubbed one of the world’s sexiest athletes, Gabby has become 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.

From GabrielleReece.com:

“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.”

Here “The King of Kamelot” welcomes the beautiful and inspiring Gabby Reece to #InTheLab via Spreecast where we discuss her new book “My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper”, the controversy surrounding her “submissive” comments, the role of women in a relationship, how she keeps her marriage healthy and lasting, the importance of sex in a relationship, being one of the world’s most beautiful women, her goal of empowering people, and so much more! Gabby is the true definition of “Beauty and Brains”, and is truly a role model for all women in managing personal and professional life to the fullest.

Here is Gabby on NBC’s Today, Chelsea Lately, and Rock Center with Brian Williams:

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