The name Gabby Reece is synonymous with fitness, guys. A longtime model and athlete, Gabby's career has gone from pro volleyball player to once being named one of the five most beautiful women in the world. So, when we got the chance to talk with Gabby Reece about some of her workout tips, we bit at the opportunity — especially during the winter season where finding that afternoon motivation can be difficult.
Working with Fitbit — which hooked us up with a couple Fitbit Ionic's to test out and track our previously lazy asses at the gym — Gabby Reece has proven that a life full of fitness, healthy balance and being careful with what you eat is the key to staying in shape. It's that passion about staying in shape that led us to get Gabby's best workout tips.
Along with her own, intense fitness regime, Gabby's husband — surfing legend Laird Hamilton — makes sure that, by tracking their workouts and progressions with their various Fitbit devices, they're able to reach the fitness goals day in and day out. See what workout tips and secrets Gabby Reece had to tell us to make sure we push ourselves all winter long in the gym, guys.
FHM: You've Been, Like, The Most Active Person For The Past 20 Years, How Do You Stay Motivated Each Day?
Gabby Reece: "When it comes to my motivation to stay healthy and active, I try to look at the bigger picture. The basic fact is that eating healthy and exercising leads to feeling better and gives us the opportunity to have a more positive outlook on life. There are so many factors that affect your health; from your daily activity and eating habits to your stress level and sleep."
FHM: OK, So It's Middle Of December And Dark And Cold At 4:30 p.m., What's The Best Thing To Get Some Energy And Hit The Gym?
Gabby Reece: "It’s essential to line up your values with your schedule. If you can put a stake in the ground, and say, 'movement is a regular and essential part of my daily life,' then working from that head space can potentially help you connect with a new reality. Here are three ways to put that stake into action.
Like Your Workout: "I’m not saying that exercising isn’t sometimes a grind, or at times tough, but there is no reason you should hate every second. Find a few things you can thrive at, and do those."
Find Friendly Competition: "Add an exciting personal challenge to your mix, to help motivate you to ‘train.’"
Use Music: "When I’m not training in the pool, listening to music motivates me to push myself further. I use my Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer headphones during my workouts so I don’t even need to bring my phone along and there’s no distractions. And Fitbit Flyer is designed with fitness in mind, so I know it can keep up with me during my toughest workouts and help me stay motivated the entire time."
FHM: Your Husband's Legendary Surfer Laird Hamilton, Do You Two Motivate One Another To Stay Fit?
Gabby Reece: "We don’t tend to work out together unless we are in the pool or doing breathing exercises. My whole family is a big fan of water activities and we try to spend as much time in the ocean and pool as possible. Anyone who has done one of my X.P.T workouts knows how much I love the strength building moves of an underwater workout. Having a smartwatch like a Fitbit Ionic that I can take into the water is a game-changer."
FHM: In Terms Of Nutrition, Can You Give Some Examples Of Must-Haves And Must-Avoids For Those Looking To Get/Stay Toned?
Gabby Reece: "Two things. First, eat the real stuff. Crappy food, fast, processed and loaded with sugar, doesn’t help your brain and body handle stress. Living food, real food, helps support your mind and body while it’s trying to deal with the million things coming its way. Every time I reach for the chocolate, I’m looking to feel something from it. Obviously, for the best success, combining caloric restrictions with exercise will get you to your goals faster. I like to eat high water-content and fibrous foods like veggies and fruits that are low in calories, but still fill me up."
"I try to keep myself accountable for my food choices during the day by keeping track of my caloric intake with my Fitbit app. Because it's important to measure more than just weight, I love to use Fitbit’s Aria 2 to measure my weight, body fat percentage, lean mass and BMI for a better overall understanding of my health."
FHM: Let's Talk Recovery: Any Tips On Staying Active Even When Your Body Might Be Sore?
Gabby Reece: "If you're already training, you could be over-training and actually not be getting the most of out of your workout. I know, even from my own life, that there is a time to really train hard and other times — if I’m tired, traveling or have anything stressful going on in my personal or work life — that I just do recovery type workouts."
"Getting out of your usual fitness routine can give both your mind and muscles the break they need, whether that means taking a walk to the park or going for a swim. I always try to make sure that I get up and move during these periods."
Lead image via Instagram/GabbyReece.