About Us – Physiclo

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About Us

PHYSICLO started out in 2013 as a project by a small group of medical students trying to find a way to help rehabilitate people who needed a "push" to reach that minimum baseline of healthy exercise. If it was difficult for people to suddenly adapt to an active lifestyle, then we wanted to bring the active lifestyle to them by building it into their clothes. 

We entered our idea (back then it was called "Skinesiology") into NYU Stern's 2014 Entrepreneurs Challenge and ended up winning first place in the Technology Venture category. That's when Physiclo evolved from being an idea into a business. 

After talking with hundreds of potential customers, we decided to pivot our concept to creating functional fitness clothes to help athletes & runners train more efficiently. One of the main challenges with working out is not having enough time, so our answer was to make the most out of the time you have.

And now we want you to join us. Start training with Physiclo to add resistance to your workouts and push your body harder than ever before.

Over $152,000 raised on Indiegogo with 1100+ backers & 1500+ pants preordered


Our Team

PHYSICLO is run by a team of NYU medical students, doctors, fashion designers, and Olympic athletes. Our mission is to create the ultimate workout apparel that empowers people to take control of their fitness. 

Frank Yao (Cofounder, CEO) is a medical student at NYU with a passion for sports science and kinesiology. He graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, where he also played water polo and rowed on the men's crew team.

Keeth Smart (Cofounder, COO) is a world-class sabre fencer from Brooklyn with an MBA from Columbia Business School. In 2003, he became the first American to be named the #1-ranked fencer in the world, and in 2008 he won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics. 
Kevin McMahon (Community Growth Director) is a digital marketer involved with the NYC startup community. He's a graduate of UNH with a degree in Anthropology and a member of General Assembly NYC. Kevin is also a world traveler, fitness advocate and avid runner in training. 


Jenny Chen

NYU Medical Student

Ryan Grattan

NYU Medical Student

Josh Phelps

NYU Medical Student

Jeff Huang

NYU Medical Student


Advisors & Mentors

JR Rizzo, MD

NYU Langone

Geoffrey Hall, FACHE

NYU Langone

Ellie Sarmadi, MBA

Wynsun Capital

Romain Kapadia, MBA


David Stern

Former NBA Commissioner

Peter Warner

SVP, Kohls

Kim Mesches

KM Collective

Ming Wilcox

Former: Z-Ply

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