January 10, 2018 by Chris Kilkus
Physiclo Expands on Resistance Apparel Concept
Physiclo founders Frank Yao, a former New York University medical student, and Keeth Smart, an Olympic Silver Medalist fencer, want to bring resistance tights to the masses.
Compression tights have been widely accepted by athletes along with general customers, but workout pants with built-in resistance is an open category that Smart and Yao are hoping to jump-start.
According to Yao, right now in the space there are two types of competitors: companies that make ankle weights and other brands that have created leggings with built-in resistance bands that attach to the waist, which he said is problematic because it interferes with movement. The resistance bands in Physiclo leggings are positioned to target specific muscle groups and don’t restrict movement. The men’s and women’s pants retail from $110 to $125.
The concept started in 2013 when Yao was studying at NYU and thought about putting resistance bands in apparel to help rehabilitate patients. They raised $150,000 on Indiegogo — their goal was $30,000 — and introduced the product to the market. The leggings have been a hit with athletes including Carmelo Anthony, tennis pro Patrick McEnroe and New York Giant Brandon London, but going forward the founders want to expand the brand’s reach.
“We want to get