Hi, I’m Luci Gabel, MBA, MA, ACE, ACSM. I’m a Leadership Optimal Performance Coach and the founder of LuciFit, LLC. Along with experience and multiple advanced degrees in business, nutrition, and physiology, I’ve held leadership roles in the Department of Defense and private companies, and have been an entrepreneur and start-up founder. I’ve lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea; New York City, Washington, DC; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Silicon Valley. A former triathlon competitor, blackbelt in Taekwondo, and enthusiast of all kinds of workouts, I like to be where there is plenty of urban excitement, and where outdoor activities and healthy food is easy to find! I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband. After my twenty-plus years of experience and education in leadership and health, I know the secrets to having a successful career with uncompromising health in body and mind, and an exceptionally fulfilling life. That’s exactly what I’ll help you to have.
That’s it in a nutshell. If you’d like more details keep reading, or grab a copy of my new book Eat to Lead.
Today, I work with those who are interested in reaching a higher playing field in life—those who want to become healthier and more balanced in every way, and make decisions and lead from a healthier place overall. I help people to be inspiring, well-rounded, healthy leaders.
I’ve helped hundreds of people including CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, doctors, military officers and royalty, harness and optimize their mental and physical energy, and lead a more balanced and satisfying life.
For the first ten years, LuciFit, LLC included myself and my team of trainers who helped executives and entrepreneurs in Washington DC and the San Francisco Bay area to successfully incorporate fitness and healthy nutrition into their busy lives through workshops, programs, and one-on-one training and coaching.
Before LuciFit, I was co-founder and managing partner in a start-up for a large fitness club and spa in Washington DC, which received awards and press for it’s high standards, beauty and innovation. I also worked as the director of a fitness club and spa for the U.S. department of defense in Seoul, Korea; a high profile position for which I earned the Commanders’ Award for Civilian Service. I held a management role at the personal training department at the Honolulu Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I trained the trainers as well as helped the department increase profitability and notoriety.
My career began studying pre-medicine at Binghamton University (SUNY) at which time I studied physiology and psychology, and taught exercise classes. These experiences together started me on my path of promoting human health through prevention rather than medicine.
Throughout my career, I’ve helped clients create better habits for the betterment of their life: A wide range of leaders who face the challenges of balancing leadership and life, my clients have run the gamut—from healthy individuals to those with obesity, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, post operational joints, post cardiac rehab, and cancer survivors, and cancer survivors who are athletes.
I’ve worked alongside ballet dancers, body builders, professional athletes, and professional triathletes, and learned much about how they train for their sports. I’ve also worked with doctors and physical therapists on getting mutual clients to optimal health.
My formal education includes: a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (from Johns Hopkin’s University); a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis on Genetics (University of Maryland); a four-year degree program in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Maryland (accredited degree program by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) ; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical and Psychological Health.
I speak from experience when I say You can be optimally healthy and juggle many other things in life at the same time. I acquired 2 master’s degrees inside of 3 years. While partnering in and directing the five-star fitness and spas above I got my black-belt in Tae Kwon Do, competed in triathlons, run races and other multi-sport races. I started and grew LuciFit, LLC to a multi-state company with a team of trainers on both coasts which included much traveling. In addition to my work and workouts I’ve been a student and teacher, of yoga and Pilates since 1998. These experiences have given me a unique perspective on business, busy-ness, and how to stay healthy in the modern, demanding lives we lead.
I travel for work and for fun. These days, I live in California, my family lives on the east coast, and my husband’s mom lives in Italy. This brings me many wonderful opportunities for travel. You can see my pictures and musings on food and exercise while I visit exciting places here on my blog.
You need to be bold enough to claim your health, and your life, in order to be the best version of yourself in your leadership roles. Through 20 years of experience in my fields of expertise, these are the four most important things I’ve learned:
1.) Leaders are good at harnessing their own energy as well as the energy of others.
The best leaders aren’t born into the role, they’re made through dedication, practice, and learning. They help others to perform at their best so everyone wins.
2.) You’ve got to listen to and respect yourself first, so you can listen to and respect others.
In other words: “We can’t serve from an empty vessel.”
3.) The right food and exercise is our only fountain of youth.
It will make you younger and stronger—from your skin to your brain, right down to your DNA.
4.) Diets Don’t work.
In order to have optimal energy for what we do daily, most of us need to eat more, not less, of the right stuff. Interestingly enough, doing so usually leads to weight-loss for those who need and want to lose it. Choosing healthy food that fits your needs and preferences is easy and delicious when you know the basics of how it’s done, and I share that in my new book: Eat to Lead.
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