Forbes calls Kathy Smith a “Fitness Titan” for good reason. With her iconic library of exercise videos, Kathy has stood at the forefront of the fitness and wellness industries for more than 30 years. And with her highly-acclaimed podcast and all-in-one workout app, Kathy remains at the cutting edge of a business she helped to pioneer. The Kathy Smith empire boasts over $500 million in sales – with a collection of New York Times bestselling books, videos, lifestyle products and fitness equipment – and a spot in the Video Hall of Fame.
The daughter of an airforce pilot, Kathy grew up in Brazil, Alabama, Hawaii, Texas and Illinois, before finally settling in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s – the birthplace of the health and fitness movement. During her early days in LA, Kathy explored her passion for exercise, first as an avid runner (running her first marathon in 1975), and later attending fitness classes alongside future fitness phenom Jane Fonda. Kathy began teaching her own classes, combining calisthenics with aerobics, and was quickly approached by a record producer to launch one of the first exercise albums: an LP with Kathy’s audio instructions and a poster demonstrating the moves. The success of her LP gave way to VHS workouts… and the rest is fitness history.
With her lifelong mission to “inspire the best in all people,” Kathy has served as a contributing expert to countless media outlets, beginning with her own hosted show on the USA network, Alive and Well. She offered exercise routines to an ever-expanding audience, first as a correspondent on The Today Show and then as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. And when The Oprah Winfrey Show devoted an episode to overcoming the challenges of menopause, Kathy shared breakthrough techniques from her bestselling book Moving Through Menopause.
Kathy appears frequently on QVC and other home shopping platforms to promote her chart-topping direct response products, which include WalkFit, Fat Burning Breakthrough, and a collaboration with BeachBody and The American Diabetes Association called Project You, the world’s first all-in-one nutrition and exercise program designed to combat type 2 diabetes.
In 2012, Kathy partnered with PBS to launch her special Ageless Energy, which spotlights her unique tools for boosting energy, stamina, strength and vitality at any age and continues to air nationally.
Kathy’s current projects include her new app “ReShape,” which delivers daily workouts, meal plans and meditations for staying active on the go. Her podcast “On Health: The Art of Living” features Kathy’s conversations with top doctors, researchers and celebrities on how to live a vibrant, passion-driven life; recent guests include Diana Nyad, Dr. Oz and Bulletproof Coffee creator Dave Asprey. Kathy’s biweekly blog and newsletter provide her latest insights on health and fitness, and her KS Wellness line offers nutritional supplements with essential ingredients and unparalleled flavor. Her FastFit DVD sounds the alarm on the belly fat epidemic with breakthrough techniques for balancing blood sugar and achieving optimum health. And Kathy’s “Ageless” program is an ongoing series devoted to inspiring her audience to live life to its fullest, as seen most recently in the streaming workouts Staying Strong and Total Body Turnaround.
As part of her efforts to educate girls on the benefits of sports and fitness, Kathy joined forces with Billie Jean King as a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Founders Circle. In 2011, Kathy was named “Woman of the Year” by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women in recognition of her work educating communities. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from IDEA (the world’s largest organization of fitness professionals), and was named “Healthy American Fitness Leader” by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness (an award limited to just 100 recipients in the nation). Kathy continues to devote her time to a variety of health-related causes, recently serving as spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging, which unites organizations dedicated to changing the way we age through education, facilities, programs and guidance.
As a highly-sought educational and motivational speaker, Kathy has delivered presentations for various organizations including the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She is a frequent keynote speaker at corporate events, with her popular “Gamechangers” address designed to help businesses maintain a healthy workforce.
Kathy is the mother of two daughters and currently resides in Park City, Utah – where she can usually be found hiking or skiing.