episode #353

Midlife Mastery: Marriage, Motherhood, Muscle & Mindset with Gabby Reece


Gabby Reece isn’t just a volleyball legend; she’s a beacon of inspiration in health and fitness, a podcast host, a corporate speaker, a New York Times best-selling author, a devoted wife, and a nurturing mother. With a storied career as Nike’s first female spokeswoman and a former professional beach volleyball player, Gabby embodies athleticism and grace.

“People will see in you whatever they want to see in you. It doesn’t matter what we do. And so I think the important thing is that you’re representing something that you feel good about and not putting a ton of energy into trying to convince anyone otherwise.” – Gabby Reece

In this enlightening episode, Dr. Stephanie delves into Gabby’s multi-faceted life, exploring her ventures like Laird Superfoods alongside her husband, Laird Hamilton. They also uncover the essence of womanhood through Gabby’s experiences as an athlete, entrepreneur, and matriarch.

From navigating the transition from fitness model to sports icon to the intricacies of self-care and maintaining a thriving relationship, Gabby shares invaluable wisdom gained from her journey. At 54, she radiates a profound understanding of life’s lessons and generously imparts her insights.

Episode Overview

0:00 Intro/Teaser
0:38 Overcoming Assumptions and Biases
2:26 Being Authentic and Letting Go of Approval
6:45 The Importance of Genuine Relationships and Feedback
10:40 Finding Strength in Career, Family, and Personal Choices
13:47 The Value of Women in the Post-Reproductive Stage
19:12 Movement as the Key to Mental Capacity and Success
26:46 Hypoxic Training: Building Endurance Underwater
35:30 Different Types of Conflict: Dirty Fighting vs Clean Fighting
40:05 Being the Flower or the Farmer in a Relationship
43:20 Embracing Femininity and Challenging Stereotypes
48:43 The Power of Love and Connection
51:42 The Value of Quality Relationships Over Quantity of Time
54:34 The Intentional Ingredients and Philosophy Behind Laird Superfoods
57:38 Overcoming Obstacles in Product Formulation and Maintaining Integrity
1:00:40 Italy’s Stringent Food Standards


Gabrielle Reece is not only a volleyball legend, but an inspirational health and fitness leader, podcast host, corporate speaker, New York Times bestselling author, wife, and mother. The former professional beach volleyball player and Nike’s first female spokeswoman is the definition of both athleticism and beauty. Gabby is a force to be reckoned with in the gym and on a microphone.

Resources Mentioned

Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It

Laird Superfood –  use code Gabby2024 for a special discount

Gabby’s podcast

Gabby’s website

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I’m Dr. Stephanie

Part geek, part magic, and all the way passionate about being a well-lived woman.

I want to throw my grandkids in the air in my 70’s. I want to be squatting even more weight than I am now, and putting my OWN luggage in the overhead bin. Sound like weird goals? For me these are just some of the little things that represent a life well-lived.

My health is MY job – I’ll be damned if I rely on luck, ‘good genes’ or a cocktail of drugs that over promise and under deliver.

The Betty Body is my first book-baby, and a collection of what I’ve learned after thousands of clinical hours, hundreds of conversations with the world’s top experts, and most importantly…

This book is an outline of what took ME from “rock-bottom health” at 38, to being my own version of a Betty in my perimenopausal mid 40’s. A woman who is physically strong, full of energy, enjoys mental clarity, great sex and a joyful family life. Is it all roses? Of course not. But I have the stamina and tools to deal with the push and pull of life so that it doesn’t turn into chronic stress.

I want this for you too. Let’s go Bettys!