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What doesn't challenge you, doesn't change you.


Want better fitness results? More time at the gym isn’t always the answer.


Whether you're training as an athlete or working out to stay in shape, achieving great fitness results isn't easy. As we get stronger and fitter, we need to find new ways to challenge our bodies, otherwise we end up stuck in the same routine and watching our results plateau.

At least, that's what happened to us. As former athletes, busy with school or a 9 to 5 job, we just couldn't find time to increase our morning runs or extend our evening gym sessions, so we found ourselves stuck working out every day but without results to show for it. 


The solution we invented was Physiclo... a new kind of functional fitness wear that allows you to add extra resistance to any workout, designed by a team of NYU medical students and Olympic Silver Medalist Fencer, Keeth Smart. 

Originally, the concept started as a medical school project, to help patients exercise better. If people couldn’t find enough time to hit the gym, then we could help them make the most of whatever time they did have, by building extra resistance directly into their clothing. 

Today, Physiclo is the first functional compression apparel with built-in resistance technology. Our products combine the power and functionality of resistance band training with the quality and versatility of performance sportswear to help you achieve greater fitness results.




Frank Yao (Cofounder, CEO) was 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






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


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