Celebrities lifestyles can often seem foreign to those who live in more ordinary circumstances off modest means. One of the many ways this reality manifests itself is through the various exercise habits and fitness options the rich and famous pursue.
However, nowadays that figurative divide appears to be narrowing as boutique fitness options are made more available to average Jane’s and Joe’s. Moreover, many celebrities use their influence and opportunity to assist or otherwise connect with those who follow them.
One such example of this is Barry Smith, star of Southern Charm New Orleans. Smith started his own clothing line, according to a recent article from The Cheat Sheet. Story author Megan Elliott interviewed Smith for the piece, writing:
Barry Smith has big plans. The Southern Charm New Orleans star is preparing to launch his new fitness clothing line, First Team Athletic Apparel. It’s a natural next move for the personal trainer and gym owner who is focused on taking his various businesses to the next level.
“It’s something I’ve been working on for a while with a very good friend of mine,” Smith told Showbiz Cheat Sheet of his new line of workout clothes, which is set to launch later in July.
Smith and his partner initially dreamed up the line back in 1996, as they explain on their company website, but couldn’t get things off the ground. They revived the business in 2010 and are now just a few short weeks away from getting their items in the hands of customers. Soon, people will soon be able to purchase First Team Athletic Apparel direct from the company.
These aren’t just your basic leggings and tees. Smith has hooked up with Ghost Tactical, which makes antimicrobial, anti-stink combat clothing. The partner gave Smith and his business partner the rights to use his unique fabric treatments for their line of sportswear. And for anyone who has ever wrinkled their nose in disgust at a smelly gym shirt, these items promise to be a game-changer.
First Team Athletic Apparel isn’t the only project Smith has in the works. The owner of Fuel Center of Fitness also plans to start franchising the fitness classes he offers at his gym.
“I have classes that I designed. You can only get them at my gym. So it makes us a workout destination, not just a destination to work out,” he said.
With a physique that suggests Smith knows what he is talking about when it comes to fitness, it is encouraging to see his efforts to inspire fans to stay healthy and active.
To read Elliott’s full writeup, click here.