Excerpt From Shape Magazine,
Attention to detail. Unwavering concentration.
Not just hoping, but expecting to succeed. These are key to getting
superior results from working out. Take Olympic track-and-field athlete
Marion Jones, a competitor I – and the rest of the world – have admired
for years. Next month, at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, all
eyes will be on her: an athlete with an obsessive attention to detail,
who trains with fierce concentration. Jones, the fastest female runner
in the world, isn’t just a gold medal hopeful, she’s intent on winning.
“I know I’m capable of this,” she recently told the New York Times Magazine.
Not satisfied with Merely being the fastest woman alive, Jones wants
to be the fastest female athlete on the planet.
In this issue of Shape we salute such champions
– and the gold medalist in you. Throughout these pages, we show you
how to get to the next level in your fitness, and how to achieve the
pinnacle of what you are capable of, a la Marion Jones. In “Got Muscle?”
on page 142, 1996 gold-medal winning athletes Jennifer Azzi and Lisa
Leslie display the rewards (more muscle tone of course) of effective
training for the WNBA. We’ve incorporated some of their best moves into
a single routine for you, a workout that’s both a timesaver and challenging
enough to yield results.
Today, thankfully, real beauty means putting
on some muscle. So it’s no accident that Gabrielle Reece is this month’s
cover model. A professional athlete, 6-foot-3-inch Gabby, 30, is redefining
beauty standards by combining athleticism with femininity. Her beauty,
though, is not just on the outside. When I met Gabby more than 10 years
ago, she was a volleyball player under Cecile Reynaud (who also coached
me at Florida State University; in fact, it was Cecile’s call to me
that landed Gabby on her first Shape cover in April 1990). I learned
then that her true beauty came from being real and from being true to
her goals. Years ago I asked her about her goals. Her definitive reply:
“A volleyball player first, a model second.” A volleyball player is
who she is; modeling is something she does.
Beauty isn’t something you look at, says
author/fitness trainer Ray Kybartas in Fitness Is A Religion (Simon
& Shuster, 1997). It’s something you live. Just ask Gabrielle Reece,
or Marion Jones, or Jennifer Azzi or Lisa Leslie. Beauty is more than
a perfectly posed photo. It’s something we can all poses by being true
to who we are and what we want from life. Focus on your goals; pay attention
to details. Expect yourself to achieve and you will. Never lose faith
in the process. Be yourself first because that’s real beauty. And it
reaps real rewards.
–Barbara Harris, Editor In Chief
The most famous alumni of Florida State volleyball, Gabrielle Reece
went on to pursue a career in the sport that she loves. Captaining Team
Nike for the Bud Light four-woman tour is just the beginning of what
she has accomplished. On the court, Reece led Team Nike to the Tour
championship and has twice been named WBVL Offensive Player of the Year
while leading the league in kills four times. After a stint on a popular
MTV sports television show as co-host with Dan Cortese, Reece had her
own syndicated show “The Extremist” which aired on CBS. She has also
written articles for “Sports for Women” and had a monthly column in
Conde Naste and was recently featured on Lifetime Television’s Intimate
A role model for all athletes, Reece served
as a feature commentator for the 1998 Goodwill Games held in New York.
She also co-authored her first book entitled Big Girl in the Middle
Along with her television and volleyball careers,
Reece finds time to be a supermodel. Named one of the 50 most beautiful
women in the world by ELLE magazine, Reece also serves as the spokesperson
for Coppertone skin products. Despite her hectic work and travel schedule,
Reece is devoted to helping Florida State athletics. Reece returned
to Tallahassee to unveil Florida State’s logo for the 30th anniversary
of women’s athletics. On a previous visit, she worked with the volleyball
team in spring practice and offered words of advice to the team on success
in the world of sports.
Reece was selected to the Florida State Athletics
Hall of Fame in 1997.
In her senior season, Philgence was named to five all-tournament teams,
selected Metro Conference Player of the Week twice, as well as being
listed on the All-Metro Conference team and American Volleyball Coaches
Association All-South Region team. Her statistics also ranked in the
top around the nation. She has left her mark in the Florida State record
books as well as with the NCAA. Philgence is ranked 17th in the NCAA
for her career kills (2,110) and tops the FSU career charts. She also
led the Metro in hitting percentage (.333) and kills per game (4.41)
throughout her final season.
After breaking six school records during the
1990 season, Philgence was drafted to the South Team for the Olympic
Festival in Los Angeles. Philgence helped lead her team to the championship
game where the South defeated the West to claim the gold medal.
Upon graduation, Philgence traveled overseas
to play professional volleyball with the international league in France.
She was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.
A three-sport athlete at Florida State, Palgut lettered in volleyball
(four), basketball (one) and softball (two) from 1982-86. After a successful
collegiate career that saw her named to the All-Metro Tournament team
three times, including the distinction of MVP, she competed in the 1982
Olympic Festival on the East team. Upon graduation, Palgut joined the
U.S. Women’s National Team for Handball and had a successful career.
She participated in the Goodwill games, the Pan American Games (Gold
Medal) and the 1988 and 1992 Olympics receiving a 7th and 6th place
After a playing career spanning from 1974-77, Harris has had a successful
career in the magazine industry as Editor-in-Chief at Shape.
Harris returned to campus last fall when she
was honored as a “Grad Made Good” during Homecoming Ceremonies.
Harris is also the author of the August 2000
“Shape Magazine” editorial featured on the previous page.
A familiar face around the Florida State volleyball court, Warman was
with the team from 1981-84 and still returns to Tully Gym as a sports
commentator for the Sunshine Network.