Co Founder, XPT
Bio: Brian MacKenzie is a world-renowned strength and conditioning coach and the innovator of the endurance, strength and conditioning paradigm. He has studied altitude and hypoxic training for over 10 years, and ran over 30 ultra marathons including Western States 100 and is a finisher of the Angeles Crest 100-mile endurance run. He authored the book "Power Speed Endurance" and created CrossFit Endurance (www.crossfitendurance.com). which specializes in movement with an emphasis in running, cycling, and swimming mechanics. MacKenzie's program teaches over 70 seminars per year worldwide and provides free programming via CFE. He is co-creator and the head program director of XPT.
Spokewoman - Health and Fitness advocate, TV host,writer, Teaching Gardens
Bio: World renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, wife, mother, the former professional beach volleyball player and Nike’s first female spokeswoman, Gabrielle Reece, is the true definition of both athleticism and feminine beauty. Gabby’s commanding presence, passion for healthy living, and fitness expertise makes her a popular leader in the world of health and wellness.
She was host of NBC’s upcoming transformation competition series Strong, which aired in spring 2016. From executive producer Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser”) and Oscar-nominated iconic film star Sylvester Stallone, the 10-episode series matched everyday women with the world’s most elite trainers to help realize their natural greatness and conquer obstacles that were once unfathomable.
Gabby Reece is the co-creator of XPT fitness. Together with her husband, surfing legend, Laird Hamilton, Gabby is an avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, plus a 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. She has been a speaker at the TEDMED conference on innovations in health and medicine.
Gabby is also Nike’s first female athlete to design a shoe, the Air Patrol in 1995, and Nike’s first-ever female cross-training spokesperson. Her shoe eventually became the first women’s shoe to outsell the Air Jordan.
Gabby’s most recent book, My Foot Is Too Big for the glass Slipper, released in May of 2013, quickly became a New York Times Bestseller. 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, Life, Vogue, and People, and has regularly appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Chelsea Lately, as well as other top tier entertainment shows.
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.