XPT Founders big-wave surfer and elite athlete Laird Hamilton, former pro-volleyball player and fitness icon Gabby Reece, each bring a unique and powerful voice that shapes our overall vision.
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At 6’3”, 215 pounds, with an uncommon combination of balance, flexibility, and strength, Laird Hamilton is truly a “larger than life” athlete. Not only is he the quintessential big wave surfer, Laird is also known as a world renowned “innovator”, and guiding genius of crossover board sports including tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding.
In addition to riding many of the biggest waves on the planet, Laird has produced and appeared in a number of surfing films, including Radical Attitude (1992), Wake Up Call (1996), Step into Liquid, (2003) and most recently the surfing documentary Riding Giants (2004) where he appeared and served as an executive producer. In addition to his film work, Laird has appeared on numerous television shows such as Oprah’s Master Class, Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Over the last decade Laird has transcended surfing to become an international fitness icon and nutrition expert. Many of today’s top professional athletes, such as NBA All Star Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, look to Laird for training guidance, including instruction in his unique underwater resistance workouts.
Laird is also a bestselling author. His first book, FORCE OF NATURE: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing has become the go-to manual for people seeking inspiration for a healthy lifestyle. He is also a contributing editor to the popular men’s lifestyle magazine, Men’s Journal, where he writes about his own fitness, health and nutrition philosophies.
Laird’s passion for helping others live happy, healthy lives is also exhibited through his work with various charities such as Race Across America, Pipeline for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis, Rain Catcher, and Muscular Dystrophy. In addition, Laird has also pledged his support to the Surfrider Foundation and joined other celebrities for City Of Hope’s Citizen of Hope campaign.
Laird lives with his family on the Hawaiʻian island of Kauaʻi six months out of the year during surfs’ swell season and during the off season, they relocate to Malibu, California.
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World renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, wife, mother.
At 6’ 3” 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. Gabrielle Reece has recently been named host of NBC’s upcoming transformation competition series “STRONG”airing in April of 2016. From executive producer Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser”) and Oscar-nominated iconic film star Sylvester Stallone, the 10-episode series “STRONG” matches 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 creator of HIGHX Training a new program worldwide. HIGHX is a high intensity group fitness program that is a platform to inspire men and women worldwide.
Reece has been a dominant force on and off the pro beach volleyball circuit. As a result of years of personal experience and experimentation for her relentless pursuit to elevate her own fitness led her to create the HIGHX program. 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. In spring of 2012, Gabby was 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 benefitting 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). 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 was the creator and host of The HoneyLine, a fast-paced, magazine-style broadcast that delivered realistic solutions to women’s questions concerning style, health & fitness, relationship challenges in the home, food and the environment. Gabby enlisted the help of her celebrity friends (Sheryl Crow, Courteney Cox, Eva Longoria Parker, etc.) through one-on-one interviews getting the detailed answers to 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/.
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.
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 boldly shared her personal story of real life ups and downs regarding her marriage to surfing icon Laird Hamilton, motherhood and career in order to encourage women world-wide to challenge traditional norms and find personal happiness. Gabby’s challenge to feminist definitions of the modern women sparked huge media interest, resulting in appearances on The Today Show, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Live from the Couch, Dr. Oz, Katie Couric, E! “Chelsea Lately, The Jeff Probst Show, The Better Show, just to name a few. Gabby was also just recently co-host of the view, and appeared on Access Hollywood. Gabby’s book continues to capture the attention of women everywhere looking for authentic, practical, and real-world advice on marriage, motherhood and healthy living Beyond Gabby’s own website, her health and fitness tips have appeared in Shape, Men’s Fitness, and Elle magazines.
She was a monthly contributing editor for Yahoo Health, and has written for The Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. In addition to providing extensive magazine content, Gabby has hosted ‘Insider Training’ on the Fit TV/Discovery channel, where she provided an inside look at professional athletes’ exercise regimens and what they eat (www.fittv.discovery.com/fansites/insidertraining). Gabby has also been a featured host of ESPN and NBC’s “Gravity Games”. Early in her television program hosting career, she won a huge following by taking risks road-lugging, white water kayaking, drag racing, surfing, and sky diving on “MTV Sports” and “The Extremists with Gabrielle Reece”, and she was a commentator at the 1998 Goodwill Games. 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, Volleyball, Fitness, Life, Vogue, Experience Life and People, and has regularly appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Chelsea Lately, as well as other top tier entertainment shows. Gabby is currently considering several invitations for various television hosting roles scheduled for 2013.
California born, Gabby is a mix of her mother from Long Island (where her height comes from), and her father from Trinidad (who died when she was five). Her trademark piece of jewelry, copied on a tattoo inside her right ankle, is a stylized sterling silver cross worn by her father. 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.
Women’s Sports & Fitness named Gabby one of the ‘20 Most Influential Women in Sports’ (August 1997). Regarding their choice of Gabby for the issue’s cover, the magazine’s editor wrote, “Because I believe she represents, finally, the answer to all the image-questing pendulum swinging of the decades gone by. Who is the female athlete? She is everything once thought to be an inherent contradiction. She is strong and beautiful, sweaty and feminine, tough and ladylike.”
FITLAB | Managing Partner of FITLAB
FITLAB is an investment fund focused on advancing human performance. We partner with entrepreneurial domain experts across investment stages, from incubation to seed to growth, with a preference for getting involved as early as possible and taking an active operational approach.
Via an unmatched global strategic network in sports & fitness, FITLAB is able to accelerate the validation & distribution of category-defining concepts & platforms. We help drive innovation in the elite segment, bridge digital & physical channels, and democratize that service & technology for mass market consumers.
GM Nike+ Fuel Lab | Accelerator & Business Development
As GM Nike+ Lab, Accelerator and Business Development, Brian founded an innovation lab in San Francisco, built a strategic investing initiative, and oversaw all aspects of business development and partnerships. Brian was also a member of the Nike+ Leadership Team and the Founder & General Manager of the Nike+ Accelerator, one of the first corporate accelerator programs. Brian built teams that added new capabilities and approaches, accelerated innovation, and helped connect the leading brand in sport with the startup ecosystem. These efforts resulted in dozens of partnerships and added millions of members to the Nike+ community, new expertise to Nike, and new services for athletes.
Health Evolution Partners | Principal, Head of Consumer Health and Fitness
Health Evolution Partners invests in the world’s leading health care companies. We seek out companies that are driving critical shifts in the ways health care is financed, organized and delivered. Our investments will accelerate health care’s transformation into a high quality, efficient and consumer-driven industry. As head of consumer health & fitness, Brian leads the strategy and execution for venture and growth investments that help people take more control of their wellbeing and fitness.
Kalologie Skincare | COO & Owner
Cosmetic dermatology and retail health company operating owned and franchised locations and distributing proprietary and licensed products through its physician-led centers and various retail channels. Brian helped Kalologie raise its Series A round of capital, expand both domestically and internationally and launch Kalologie’s proprietary product line.
Highland Capital Partners | Associate
Thomas Weisel Partners | Sr. Associate
Raymond James | Analyst
MBA | Harvard Business School
B.A. | Vanderbilt University
Varsity Soccer (Captain), Phi Beta Kappa
Mike Melby is an investor & entrepreneur focused on human performance.
He currently serves as Managing Partner at FITLAB, an early-stage investment fund focused on human performance (health/sports/fitness). Prior to FITLAB, Mike was a Vice President at New Evolution Ventures (NeV), where he invested in and operated health clubs worldwide and served as head of business development for portfolio company UFC Gym.
Prior to moving into the health & fitness space, Mike was co-founder & CEO of PayDivvy, a social payment technology company, which was acquired by Higher One. He was also a founding advisor of TapIt!, a mobile advertising technology company, which was acquired by Phunware.
Prior to being a tech founder, Mike was a private equity investor with ClearLight Partners, a $900 million fund based in Newport Beach, and an investment banking analyst with FBR Capital Markets (f/k/a Friedman Billings Ramsey).
Mike has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from UC Berkeley. He is also an avid surfer and lifelong martial arts competitor.
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Jenn began playing volleyball at an early age in San Diego. She attended Torrey Pines High School where she was named CIF Player of the Year (San Diego County). She was highly recruited as a setter and hitter and went on to play at Pepperdine University on a full athletic scholarship. After graduating with a Bachelors’ degree in Physical Education, Jennifer began her impressive professional beach career on the Bud Light Four-Person Tour in 1994. She then joined the women's beach doubles tour in '97. For almost a decade, Jennifer was one of the top 10 team doubles beach player in the sport. During that time she played with many of the best partners in the game such as Leanne Shuster, Nancy Mason, Wendy Stammer, Patty Dodd, Carrie Busch, Katy Ripp, Jen Pavley, Jennifer Kessey, and Kerri Walsh. Jennifer was selected as Co-Rookie of the Beach and played in 3 Queen of the Beach events. She retired from professional beach volleyball in 2005.
During the ups and downs of the beach tours Jenn became an elementary school teacher for LAUSD. She was a substitute teacher in various cities of Los Angeles and eventually taught her own 3rd grade class for three years. Teaching was one of Jenn's passions besides volleyball, but when the tour added more cities to the schedule she had to give up teaching and train/compete full time.
After pro beach retirement, she received her personal training certification and was an admin assistant for Jane Kachmer management. For 3 years she was a personal trainer to top executives and other prominent clientele and began to learn the business of Hollywood. In 2008, Jenn fully entered the field of sports management. She currently works as the brand manager for Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton. Her responsibilities now include overseeing their websites, social media, PR as well as coordinating the efforts of their different agents and management companies. Jenn is a also partner of HIGHX and Co Creator of XPT.
James has spent the last 10 years helping build successful businesses, from advising some of the world’s most influential companies to launching and growing startup ventures. He is a co-founder of Ivy Venture Partners, a business advisory and venture firm focused on developing winning businesses for athletes and entertainers. James is partnered with or advises Beyoncé, Floyd Mayweather and a number of NBA, NFL and NHL athletes on their respective business endeavors; as well as Laird Hamilton on his clothing line, Laird Apparel.
Prior to Ivy Venture Partners, James worked at Bain for eight years, where he developed growth strategies and devised business plans for some of the most successful global luxury, auto and sports brands in the world. Before working at Bain, James was a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance, the world’s largest law firm, working in both London and New York. At Clifford Chance, James structured private equity and venture capital deals for clients across a wide range of industries.
While studying for his MBA, James founded the non-profit, SOMB, which provides school uniforms and new classrooms to children in sub-Saharan Africa, for which he secured substantial support from entertainers and athletes, such as Britney Spears, Floyd Mayweather, Eva Longoria, Snoop Dogg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Cuba Gooding Jr., The Game.
During college, James played rugby for RFU Championship team, Yorkshire Carnegie.
James holds an LLB with honors from the University of Leeds, a J.D. from Nottingham Law School, both in the United Kingdom, and an MBA from Wharton Business School.
Coach PJ is a human performance specialist with over a decade of experience preparing top athletes for competition, and a life mission to help athletes and coaches realize their true potential.
Over the past ten years, Coach PJ has trained dozens of athletes from the UFC, NFL, NHL and MLB. His passion for combat sports and commitment to excellence, has driven him to become a leader in combat sports performance training. He has worked extensively with over 100 fighters, including multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions and Top 10 ranked UFC fighters.
Outside of training top athletes, Coach PJ is devoted to sharing his knowledge and experience, with the purpose of elevating the fitness profession. He has appeared as:
Through application of his progressive training philosophy and unique approach to every situation, Coach PJ continues to raise the bar for fitness professionals. He has emerged as a sought after expert in human performance and trainer education.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Psychology & Kinesiology, University of Rhode Island
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist | NSCA
Sports Performance Coach | USA Weightlifting
Certified Conditioning Coach | BioForce
Functional Movement Specialist | FMS
Mobility & Movement Expert Coach Kelly Starrett founded San Francisco CrossFit with his wife and fellow athlete Juliet. Since opening its doors in 2005 as one of the first 50 CrossFit Affiliates, this athletic training center has become the prime coaching resource for reigning Olympians, national and world champions, tri-athletes, runners, and recreational athletes alike. Kelly’s focused coaching and warm personality brings his professional training as a strength coach and a doctor of physical therapy to life for brilliant coaching in a positive environment. Kelly is an inspiration to nearly everyone he meets, causing even superior athletes to re-examine their physical capacities and reach higher levels, and motivating beginners to believe in their natural ability to excel. Kelly received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. Before starting his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit, he practiced performance-based physical therapy at the world-renowned Stone Clinic. In current practice, Kelly continues to focus on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance. His clients see exceptional results from his progressive blend of manual physical therapy and strength training. Kelly’s clients have included Olympic gold-medalists, world-class extreme skiers and X-Games medalists, dancers with Smuin, San Francisco, and Sacramento Ballet Companies, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes. Kelly has also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Marin Rowing Association high school rowing program where he helped lead the varsity girls to a national title in 2008. He is also proud to have served as strength coach to reigning rowing Olympic gold medalist Erin Cafaro, in preparation for her success in the 2008 Beijing Olympiad. Kelly’s background as an athlete and coach includes paddling whitewater slalom canoe on the US Canoe and Kayak Teams, and leading the Men’s Whitewater Rafting Team to two national titles and competition in two World Championships. In his free time Kelly enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Georgia and Caroline, surfing, paddling, Olympic lifting, and dancing. www.mobilitywod.com
Dr. Galpin is an Professor at the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton and is the Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Program Design, and Sports Nutrition; among others. His research utilizes the muscle biopsy procedure to analyze muscle at the single cell level in response to high intensity/power/force exercise. Essentially, his research uses highly sophisticated measurements and laboratory techniques to answer practical questions like: How does muscle adapt at the cellular level to interval training vs. strength training? What cellular aspects of muscle allow some athletes, like elite CrossFitters or Mixed Martial Artists, to be simultaneously strong and highly conditioned? What happens at the cell level that allows some athletes to train harder, yet recover faster, than others? Dr. Galpin disseminates his research and other knowledge through his website (http://hhd.fullerton.edu/knes/ResearchLabs/bme/default.htm ), social media accounts (@DrAndyGalpin), peer-reviewed research and coaching publications, books chapters, coaching conferences and clinics, and personal seminars. He uses what he learns from his research to help his numerous amateur and elite/Olympic NFL, Weightlifting, MLB, NBA, UFC, etc. athletes. Andy Galpin, Ph.D., CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D Assistant Professor Center for Sport Performance Department of Kinesiology California State University, Fullerton email@example.com Twitter & Instagram: @DrAndyGalpin
Checkout Dr. Andy Galpin's new book 'UnPlugged'
"It’s time to stop, take a breath, and hit the reset button in a big way. Unplugged provides a blueprint for using technology to meet your health and performance goals in a much smarter way, while reconnecting to your instincts and the natural world. In addition to sharing the performance expertise of Brian Mackenzie and the scientific insight of Dr. Andy Galpin, Unplugged features exclusive stories and advice from elite athletes and world-renowned experts like Laird Hamilton, Tim Ferriss, Kai Lenny, Kelly Starrett, Steven Kotler, Erin Cafaro, Lenny Wiersma, Dr. Frank Merritt, and Brandon Rager."
World renowned author Patrick McKeown is a researcher and coach at the cutting edge of optimal breathing strategies. His book The Oxygen Advantage explores the science of breathing and how mastering one of the most powerful mechanism in our body can have a tremendous impact on both well being and performance.
Over the last 15 years Patrick has worked with thousands of people across the world, from elite athletes to weekend warriors, using simple breathing exercises to help them to correct poor breathing patterns which can result in life-changing health and fitness benefits.
Patrick McKeown completed his clinical training in the Buteyko Breathing Method at the Buteyko Clinic in Moscow in 2002 and was accredited by the late Professor Konstantin Buteyko. He has since authored eight books on the subject of breathing, including Close Your Mouth, Anxiety Free: Stop Worrying and Quieten Your Mind, Asthma Free Naturally, Always Breathe Correctly and Sleep with Buteyko. His latest book The Oxygen Advantage is an extension of his work, combining simulation of high-altitude training and specifically-formulated exercises which empower athletes to improve their sports performance safely, legally and at no cost. For the first time, athletes are afforded a reliable and accurate means to measure their progress using the Body Oxygen Level Test (BOLT), enabling them to address poor breathing habits; understand in simple terms how oxygen is released to working muscles; and to practice breath hold exercises that naturally increase aerobic and anaerobic capacity.
A TEDxspeaker, Patrick’s work has been published by leading publishing houses including Harper Collins (UK), William Morrow Press (USA), Red Wheel Weiser (USA), Sperling & Kupfer (Italy), Kanki Publishing Inc. (Japan). Journal publications include the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, The Journal of the American Orthodontic Society and Clinical Otolaryngology.
Kelly Chapman Meyer, environmental activist and health advocate, is a trustee of the NRDC and co-founder of The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. She joins her passions to help push forward policies and programs for health and wellness of both the individual and the environment.
Kelly co-founded the Teaching Gardens program as a way to combat the rise of childhood obesity and lifestyle-related illnesses. As an environmental activist she organized the Guinness Book of World’s Record Peace Paddle Out to help raise awareness and funds to protect our oceans. Moreover, as co-founder of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, Kelly has helped to raise over $40 million for ground-breaking Bio-Marker research. She was a Co-Executive Producer of Heartbeat, a scripted medical drama, which aired on NBC.
She has received a number of honors including: Oprah’s “2010 O Power List,” Huffington Post’s Game Changer 2011 and the 2012 EMA Life Time Achievement Award. A true outdoorswomen, Kelly is an avid surfer, yoga devotee and tri-athlete. She and her husband Ron Meyer, President and Vice Chairman of Universal Studios, have four children together.
American music producer Rick Rubin is well-known for helping shape the career of many popular musical artists, including Johnny Cash, Kanye West and Eminem. Born on March 10, 1963, in Lido Beach, New York, musician and record producer Rick Rubin founded Def Jam Records in 1982, soon partnering with Russell Simmons. Rubin later founded Def American Records and went on to work as a producer for an array of artists, including Jay-Z, the Dixie Chicks, Metallica and Johnny Cash. A multiple Grammy Award winner, he has also served as Columbia Records' co-chair. Early Years Rick Rubin was born on March 10, 1963, in Lido Beach, Long Island, New York. He grew up on heavy metal and embraced the early punk scene, learning to play guitar as well. After high school, Rubin attended New York University, where he started listening to rap music. He soon began exploring the local live scene and at age 20 produced his first single, "It's Yours," by T La Rock and Jazzy Jay. Starts Def Jam Within a year, Rubin was inspired to start his own record label, which he dubbed Def Jam Records. As "It's Yours" made the rounds, it found a fan in Russell Simmons, who was already making a name for himself in hip-hop. Simmons joined Rubin at Def Jam, and the pair was soon holed up in Rubin's NYU dorm room sifting through demos submitted by aspiring rappers. It wasn't long before Def Jam scored its first hit as LL Cool J's "I Need a Beat" sold 100,000 copies in 1984. The following year, Rubin began displaying the eclectic nature that has marked the rest of his career when he produced metal band Slayer's new album. In other developments in 1985, Def Jam saw label-produced album sales top 300,000, which enticed Columbia Records to bring Rubin and Simmons into their fold. Soon, Def Jam was putting out albums by all the up-and-comers in the rap game, including the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C. Über-Producer Rubin was now a gatekeeper of a relatively new musical genre and one of the key figures in its rise, but a falling out with Columbia in 1988 forced him out of Def Jam. He then moved to Los Angeles, California, and started Def American, which later became known as American Recordings. With his new label, Rubin truly began to embark upon a journey toward producer stardom, helming hit recordings for the Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik) and acclaimed work from Johnny Cash. The latter offerings earned the country crooner several Grammys and restarted the singer's career. Since then, Rubin has only become more influential, making recordings with such diverse acts as Neil Diamond, Jay-Z, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty, Eminem and the Dixie Chicks. Grammy Award Winner In May 2007, Rubin's magic touch landed him the co-chairmanship of Columbia Records, where his emphasis on creativity often put him at odds with management executives. His efforts and talents in the studio, however, have been unstoppable. Over the years he has won multiple Grammys, two for Producer of the Year and others for collaborations with various artists.
Country Rock Star. Dear friend of Laird and Gabby's. Fan of XPT.
Joakim is a dear friend of Laird and Gabby's and one of the first professional athletes to engage with XPT.
He is a professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Florida Gators, winning back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. The Chicago Bulls selected Noah with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2014 when he also was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Wim Hof is a Dutch world record holder, adventurer and daredevil, commonly nicknamed “The Iceman” for his ability to withstand extreme cold. He is the creator of the Wim Hof Method and holds more than 20 world records. Wim is an outlier of outliers, as he routinely asks scientists to scrutinize and validate his feats. Here are just a few examples: In 2007, he climbed past the “death zone” altitude on Mount Everest (~7,500 meters) wearing nothing but shorts. In 2009, Hof completed a full marathon above the polar circle in Finland, in temperatures close to −20 °C (−4 °F). Dressed in nothing but shorts, Hof finished in 5 hours and 25 minutes. Hof holds the current Guinness World Record for the longest ice bath, now set at 1 hour 53 minutes and 12 seconds. But it’s not just cold. In 2011, he ran a full marathon in the Namib Desert without water. The run was performed under the supervision of Dr. Thijs Eijsvogels. He can also run at altitude without suffering from altitude sickness. In the same year, he was injected with toxins under doctor supervision and demonstrated that he could effectively control his autonomic immune response. Wim was able to raise his cortisol levels and lower his blood concentrations of cytokines (inflammatory mediators) using solely his meditation and prep techniques. Not only this, but he was able to train others to achieve the same effect… with only 4 days of training! XPT BREATHING was developed from training's by Wim Hoff. XPT founders highly recommend full Wim Hoff Breathing programs available at his website INNERFIRE TWITTER: @Iceman_Hof INSTAGRAM: @Iceman_Hof
Don Wildman — arguably the fittest man in America over 75 — is a world class athlete in several sports. In recent years, he has competed and won the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, in addition to competing in the Ironman Triathlon nine times, the three-thousand-mile Race Across America bike race, the Aspen downhill ski race, and the New York and L.A. marathons.
Largely credited for building the $15 billion+ health club market through innovative celebrity based advertising, Don Wildman operated the first fitness center chain to offer group exercise classes to music, circuit training, the “30 minute workout,” indoor triathlons, quadathlons, and many other fitness innovations.
Don Wildman is also a world class sailor, avid snow border, and surfer. Don's passion in the fitness industry started early on as the founder of Bally's Total Fitness. Eventually, selling his company created substantial net worth for himself and his key management team; allowing Don to retire in 1994 at the age 61. Now 78, Don remains on the cutting edge of fitness. He is affectionately championed as the “Godfather of the Malibu Mob,” a group of self described “exercise fanatics” who workout, bike and paddle board together several hours everyday. Most notably, the regiment includes the infamous Wildman 2-hour daily circuit training program. Don is a proud, father, mentor and inspiration to many.
ABOUT BRYAN DIAZ
XPT’s Assistant Program Director Bryan Diaz is an expert in human performance and in finance for businesses large and small. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas playing football and eventually was named an All Conference Safety on San Antonio’s Trinity University Football Team. As a professional coach and finance director for the last 15 years, Bryan has been balancing his two passions for business operations (primarily in the fitness and wellness space) and physical performance.
In 2007, he started his journey with CrossFit and is part owner of the CrossFit gym in San Antonio, where members have cheered him on as he represented them as a CrossFit athlete on the regional and national stage. Bryan has competed in CrossFit’s Team Events, competed in the highly competitive CrossFit South Central Regionals 5 times and won it in 2012. His win in 2012 earned him a ticket to the CrossFit Games, where he earned a reputation for explosive lifting and strong mental focus.
He has an MBA from the University of Texas in San Antonio in finance and enjoys spending time with his wife Dr. Donna Diaz and their two dogs.
Growing up in a small beach town in Southern California, Chuck was drawn to the water at an early age. Competing in local surfing events, he transitioned to standup paddle surfing, which landed him a spot on the standup paddle surfing world tour. From there, Chuck found his passion in standup paddle racing and he has become a world-renowned paddle athlete. Chuck is a four-time finisher in the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championships; 2013 Battle of the Paddle Distance Race Champion; and 2014 and 2015 member of Team USA ISA Paddle Boarding World Championship, helping USA win a team silver and gold medal respectively. Chuck continues to travel the globe competing in elite events as one of the top standup paddle athletes. Chuck’s passion to push himself as a top level endurance athlete earned him a spot to compete in the 2015 Iron MANA World Tour in Bora Bora, finishing 2nd overall in the four-day multi-discipline swim, prone paddle, and standup paddle event.
As Chuck continues to evolve as an athlete and trainer, he seeks to help coach individuals with personalized training programs, organizing and teaching paddleboard clinics and private lessons. He has also been affiliated with directing kids paddle and surf academies through out his career.
XPT Team Malibu has been a vital part of the formulation and growth of XPT. Laird and Gabby have opened their home and their hearts to so many friends resulting in a community where people come to work out, breathe, heat+ice, and discuss fitness and life in a supportive, inspiring environment. The physical challenges are intense, as this is Laird and Gabby’s training ground. For Laird he trains not only for health but to create a muscular foundation capable of surviving the planet’s largest waves. For Gabby she continues to evolve as a fitness expert for not just women, but men and children through HIGHX.
The inviting, positive collaboration is what makes this group truly special, and the generosity of these gifted athletes provides inspiration to everyone who has the privilege of spending time with them. So from all of us with Team XPT Malibu, thank you Laird and Gabby!
XPT TEAM MALIBU
FEATURED IN PHOTO
Chris Gough, Orlando Bloom, Todd Thompson, Matt Pohlkamp, William Cawley, Darin Olien, Bart, Rob Garcia, Laird Hamilton,
Tim Ferris, Dave Anawalt, Brian Mackenzie, Wim Hoff, Brett Wyman, Hutch Parker, Star Faraone, Rick Rubin, Kenny Chesney, Lockwood Holmes Jr, Chuck Glynn, Margaret Hyde, Kelly Meyer, Simone Harrer, Frankie Harrer
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Gabrielle Reece, Jenn Meredith, Don Wildman, John C McGinley, Jeff Sweet, Lisa Sweet, Becky Parker, Nancy Truman, Chris Chelios, Nate Heydari, Jeff Fleeher, Sara Ell, Janet Friesen, James ‘Jim’ Brolin, Joakim Noah, Mourielle Hurtado, Randall Wallace, Erin Cafaro Mackenzie, Adam Friedman, Craig Cooper, Tim Marland, Makua Rothman, Margaret Gough