Start with Self-Care & Show Up for Others—with Gabby Reece – EP126

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A lot of women struggle with guilt when it comes to self-care, feeling badly for prioritizing their own health and fitness. And yet, if we’re not square with ourselves, loving and being loved by the people we’re closest to becomes very difficult. It’s also that much harder to be productive and achieve clarity and confidence in our work. So, what can we do to show up as the best version of ourselves for the people we love—and in the world at large?




Gabby Reece is a world-renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, wife and mother. As a former professional beach volleyball player, Gabby competed at the highest levels throughout her career, earning WBVL Offensive Player of the Year honors and leading the league in kills four years in a row. Now, Gabby partners with her husband, surfing legend Laird Hamilton, to empower people to take responsibility for their health through XPT, a performance lifestyle designed to help people achieve peak fitness. Gabby’s presence and passion for healthy living make her a popular leader in the health and wellness space.

Today, Gabby joins us to offer insight around being comfortable with yourself and developing an identity beyond the things you do. She shares her goals as a leader in the world of wellness and explains how her view of health and fitness has changed over time. Gabby also weighs in on prioritizing your time, choosing people to work with, and being the best version of yourself as a mom. Listen in for Gabby’s advice on reaching out to the right people for support and learn why taking care of yourself is the first step in being a good partner, parent and professional.

Topics Covered

[1:36] Gabby’s insight around identity

  • Volleyball is thing she did, not who she is
  • Learn from people comfortable with selves
[7:32] Gabby’s goals as a leader in health + fitness

  • Serve as example, let others learn from actions
  • Share info from access to incredible people
[11:12] How Gabby’s view of health + fitness has changed

  • Focus on performance, outcomes when playing
  • Shift to self-care (optimize mind, spirit and emotions)
[15:49] Gabby’s self-care schedule

  • Train in mornings MWF, train with others 3X/week
  • Create environment, systems to be successful
[20:38] How Gabby prioritizes her time

  • Check in with WHY (how fits into big picture)
  • Don’t try to do everything at once
[25:05] Gabby’s insight on choosing who to work with

  • Surround self with people who reflect values
  • Business must function without you
[26:49] The fundamentals of XPT

  • Mantra of breathe, move and recover
  • Willing to try something new, keep improving
[31:53] Gabby’s thoughts on being a mother

  • Feels natural but not easy
  • Strive to be good example
[35:00] Who Gabby goes to for advice on parenting

  • Trusted friends with older children
  • Byron Katie taught to really listen
[39:52] Gabby’s advice on reaching out to the right people

  • Choose friends who root for you (and vice versa)
  • Actively pursue community
[46:25] Gabby’s top tips for Ali Fitness listeners

  • Start with self, then relationship, family and work
  • ‘Life is short, what do you want to contribute?’

Learn More About Gabby Reece

Gabby’s Website



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