About Kathy Smith, Fitness Titan
They call Kathy Smith “Women’s Most Trusted Fitness Icon” for a reason. Several, actually: Her online weight loss program, ReShape, combines downloadable workouts, food plans, shopping lists, and hundreds of recipes. And her new DVD, FastFit, sounds the alarm on the bellyfat epidemic and blood sugar roller coaster with breakthrough techniques for long-term health.
Kathy Smith has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for more than 30 years. With a collection of best-selling books, videos, audios and DVDs on walking, strength training, yoga, Pilates, dance, aerobics and nutrition, Smith has sold $500 million in lifestyle products and fitness equipment and is a member of the Video Hall of Fame. Smith recently launched Ageless with Kathy Smith, a new age-fighting DVD workout line with award-winning producer Acacia that includes Staying Strong and Total Body Turnaround, and partnered with industry leader Stamina to develop a line of kettlebells for women called The Kettlebell Solution.
In addition to her DVD library, Smith is an accomplished author, with bestselling titles including The Feed Muscle Shrink Fat Diet and Moving Through Menopause. She has contributed her expertise on health and wellness to countless media outlets, including Oprah, The Today Show, USA Today, Larry King Live, The View, The Los Angeles Times, and many more.
Smith has partnered with Natural Factors, a leader in nutritional management, in an effort to educate on the importance of healthy eating and sensible exercise. As spokesperson for the Natural Factors supplement PGX, Smith appeared in a national TV advertising campaign, and lended her image to product packaging sold throughout North America.
Ageless Energy, Smith’s latest TV special, continues to air nationally on PBS. With her “Four Pillars of Fitness Success at Any Age,” she inspires viewers to shift their perspectives on fitness with a series of tools for boosting energy, stamina, strength and vitality.
As a sought-out educational and motivational speaker, Smith has appeared at events for the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and is currently touring nationally with her presentation “The Stress Solution: Train Your Body, Train Your Brain.” She recently gave the keynote address at Edward Jones’ annual Managing Partners Conference in Phoenix, and has been invited by the company to present at additional future events, including an upcoming appearance in St. Louis. A devoted advocate for breast cancer awareness, Smith was honored to participate in the 2013 Susan G. Komen Rally For the Cure at the Broadmoor Hotel & Resort, where she also contributed her tennis talents in the mixed doubles rally.
The Los Angeles County Commission for Women named Smith “Woman of the Year” in 2011 for her work educating communities. Other recent accolades include the “Lifetime Achievement” award from IDEA (the world’s largest organization of fitness professionals), and the “Alumni Hall of Honor” award from her alma mater, the University of Hawaii’s Shidler School of Business.
Smith continues to devote her time to a variety of health-related causes: She teamed up with Dr. Fran Kaufman – a world authority on diabetes and former President of the American Diabetes Association – and leading Harvard nutritionist Kathy McManus, to develop the groundbreaking Project You Type 2, an all-inclusive eating, exercise and lifestyle program to manage or prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Smith also served as spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging, which unifies organizations dedicated to “changing the way we age” through education, facilities, programs and guidance. And she is a member of the Founders Circle of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the nonprofit founded by Billie Jean King to empower girls and women through sports and physical activity.
With a mission to “inspire the best in all people,” Kathy is the mother of two daughters and currently resides in Park City, Utah.