Kathy Smith (fitness personality)

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Kathy Smith
Born (1951-12-11) December 11, 1951 (age 70)
OccupationPersonal trainer

Kathy Smith (born December 11, 1951)[2] is an American personal trainer who became well known for her workout videos during the late 1980s and 1990s. She has sold over 16 million workout videos since 1980.[3] Her exercise and nutrition program Project:You! Type 2 was created in association with the American Diabetes Association as a complete lifestyle system to help manage Type 2 diabetes.[4]

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Arizona.[1] She is the daughter of an Air Force pilot, and grew up in Brazil, Alabama, Hawaii, Texas and Illinois.[1] When Smith was 17, her father died of a heart attack, and a year and a half later her mother died in a plane crash. Following the loss of her parents, Smith began exercising to combat depression. Smith enrolled at the University of Hawaii, and graduated with a degree in business administration.[5]

Smith has stated that following the loss of her parents, and her sister's descent into substance abuse, she developed a wild lifestyle and feared her athlete boyfriend might leave her; she took up running to be near him, and found it to be a life-changing experience. She was one of less than twenty women to complete the Honolulu Marathon in 1975, and Runner's World magazine listed her as one of the top 100 marathon runners in the country.[citation needed]

Smith's fitness videos made her a multi-millionaire by her mid-thirties. She is an inductee to the Video Hall of Fame.[6] In 1993, Kathy Smith moved her videos from Media Home Entertainment to A*Vision Entertainment's startup label BodyVision.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Smith has two daughters, Perrie and Kate.[8] Kate is a professional runner who made the final in the 800-metre event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.


  • Personal Trainer: Total Body Workout (DVD, 1999, ISBN 0-7389-2149-1)


  1. ^ a b c Larkin, Kathy (December 4, 1983). "Fitness expert Kathy Smith is the latest 'Babe'". Boca Raton News. Boca Raton, Florida, USA: South Florida Media Company. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Lavin, Cheryl (November 26, 1995). "Kathy Smith". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois, USA. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kathy Smith Demos a few Exercises". ABC 4 News. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Newport Television, LLC. March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Total Health Magazine, "Kathy Smith Project YOU! Type 2"
  5. ^ Blinkhorn, Lois (November 10, 1983). "Exercise expert does a workable workout book". The Milwaukee Journal. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Osborne, Steve. "Kathy Smith: When Fitness Meets Focus". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008.
  7. ^ Applefield, Catherine; Goldstein, Seth (February 13, 1993). "A*Vision Works Out Label Deal With Kathy Smith" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  8. ^ "USA Track & Field | Kate Grace". usatf.org.

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