100 1 25 25 bodybuilding.com
Bodybuilding.com Information Motivation Supplementation
in:

Fit Team Member Spotlight: Cassie Smith

This editor says yes to all fitness challenges. Olympic lifts? Yes, please. CrossFit? Hell yeah! Keg carries? No problem. Meet a modern woman who's up for any challenge!

Name: Cassie Smith
Email: cassie.smith@bodybuilding.com
BodySpace: cassie1162
Age: 27
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Education: M.A. English Lit; B.A. English Lit
Job Title: International Editor
Date of Hire: 12/12/11
Athletic Background: 4 years college soccer
Super Powers: "Your Mom" jokes
Random Fact: I've eaten guinea pig.

The female fitness ideal is changing. Women like Cassie Smith boldly lift because they want to be strong, not because they want your approval. Her functional strength will leave you 'mirin. Race her, try to outlift her, or start an argument with her, and you'll have a battle on your hands.

Humor, grammar, and fitness combine to make Cassie a powerhouse in Bodybuilding.com's Digital Publishing department. Whether she's hollering for her coworkers to join her in a walk around the building or showcasing her talent in shoots for our Exercise Database, she is a vocal advocate for strength and athleticism.

Meet yet another of our Bodybuilding.com employee who refuses to settle and lives to knock off one goal after another. Congrats to this month's Fit Team Member, Cassie Smith!

Q
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your position at Bodybuilding.com? How long have you worked here?

Primarily, I'm a content editor. That means I get to edit awesome articles that we put on the site. I also get to write my own articles, which is always fun. I've been working at Bodybuilding.com for about a year and a half.

You played collegiate soccer. How did that help prepare you for a career in fitness?

Being a collegiate athlete helped me become a better teammate, co-worker, leader, follower, and competitor. It also taught me to love and appreciate fitness itself. Although my knowledge base has grown considerably—I pretty much read and talk about fitness all day—my basic interest in the body and its capabilities made this career choice an easy one.

Do you participate in any type of competition to prove your athleticism?

I just participated in the Dark Horse CrossFit event at the Boise Fit Expo. I'm not sure it "proved" my athleticism, but it certainly challenged it.

Do you feel that CrossFit has made you stronger, as an athlete and person?

It's definitely made me recognize that I'm not as strong, fit, or awesome as I thought I was. Sure, I have the capability of being impressive, but that's true for many people. Every day I'm challenged to beat, keep up with, or emulate someone who is better than me. Knowing that it's always possible to perform better has been really motivational.

I have to give a shout out to my Arbor CrossFit friends. Thanks for everything!

What is it like working at Bodybuilding.com? Does it create a helpful fitness environment?

It's impossible to work here without being inspired. Whatever your interest: dancing, climbing, running, or bodybuilding, people are interested and supportive.

In our little Digital Publishing cave, any announcement of a PR or new 1RM is automatically given a positive response. We want each other to do well.

What's a B-Dub?

A B-Dub is a building walk. Every three hours or so, we content peeps go outside and walk around the building. I spend six hours per day thinking about B-Dubs, and the other two talking about them. I guess you could say that love and obsession are separated by a very fine line.

How do you balance your private goals with those of the company?

For me, the work/play balance is pretty simple. I've never felt like work rules my life, or that what I do at work is unimportant. My turbo levels are usually pretty low, so this company's flexible, easygoing culture is perfect.

Are there any negatives to the company? If so, how would you change them?

The only negative about my job is the fairly consistent user criticism I get about my work. I've gotten really mean emails, been called a "douche," (which, actually, is kind of funny), and have been told more than once that an article is "the worst thing ever written." But, I also get really positive, helpful feedback. So it all evens out.

What are your co-workers like? Dweebs?

The Digital Publishing team is the coolest. Everyone is wonderfully dorky, intelligent, funny, and talented. We laugh every day.

Has anyone from Bodybuilding.com inspired you to reach your goals?

I've been inspired by a lot of people. Everyone has a unique story and a particular passion. I like learning about them.

You are a strong woman! Do you feel like a target sometimes in this industry?

Ha! By "strong" do you mean that I'm opinionated? I feel really "strongly" that a woman should commit to fitness for personal reasons, not because she feels pressured or her boyfriend says her thighs are too big.

I also feel that men and women should let go of what a woman is "supposed" to look like. If a woman wants to be a bodybuilder, or compete in powerlifting, or try a strongman competition, then she should go for it. Nobody, man or woman, should be limited in what he or she can do or look like because of gender.

I really dislike the fact that women aren't always supported in their fitness goals because they might be considered "masculine." If that makes me a target for criticism, then I have this to say: Come at me, bro.

What is your favorite feature on the Bodybuilding.com website?

The content! Duh! I love that we provide solid information to people who are complete newbs, experts, and everything in between.

How do you envision the future of fitness? Can everyone, every shape be included?

To me, fitness is not always about how you look. Your fitness depends entirely on what you want for yourself. If you're not interested in being super ripped, there's no reason to feel bad. There are a billion other reasons to be fit; they're all valid and important.

What are your future fitness goals? Do you think working for Bodybuilding.com will help you reach them?

Right now, my goals are centered around CrossFit. I want to make it to regionals next year. I know, with absolute certainty, that I'll be supported in that goal.

If you could have a workout session with one person, all time, who is it?

The Goblin King...

Cassie's Top 5 Workout Tracks

  1. Bobaflex, "Bury Me With My Guns On"
  2. Awolnation, "Sail; Unlimited Gravity Remix"
  3. In This Moment, "Blood"
  4. Blue October, "What If We Could"
  5. David Guetta feat. Sia, "Titanium"

Routines and Regimens

My lifting schedule doesn't work like most bodybuilding body-part splits. It changes every day, but generally we do a strength or skill component and then the Workout of the Day (WOD), which is usually a metabolic conditioning circuit.

Sometimes, I do an extra "athlete" WOD that's geared toward gymnastics training. Here's a general idea of what a week might look like:

Training ///
Day 1
Day 2

    Strength

  • Pullups Pullups

    Pullups

    5-10 strict reps on the minute for 10 minutes
  • WOD: Perform 4 rounds for time

  • Running, Treadmill Running, Treadmill

    Sprinting

    400 meter run
  • Power Clean Power Clean

    Power Clean

    10 reps
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Partner Metabolic Conditioning Workout
Day 7: Strength/Skill Work

Nutrition ///

My nutrition changes depending on what I'm working toward. Right now, my goals are performance-based. In order to perform well at CrossFit, I need carbs. If, like during the employee transformation challenge, my goal is fat loss, I cut some carbs out of my diet.

Though I eat clean most of the time, I do drink beer and eat chips, and I love anything made out of chocolate.

Daily Totals
  • Calories: 1,770
  • Fat: 81g
  • Carbs: 130g
  • Protein: 150g
Meal 1: 8 a.m.
Meal 2: 12 p.m.
Meal 3: 3:30 p.m. (Pre-workout)
Meal 4: 6 p.m. (Post-workout)
  • Fresh Fruit

    Fresh Fruit

    1 piece

Meal 5: 7 p.m.
Meal 6: 8:30 p.m.
  • Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cup

    Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cup

    1 cup


Supplements ///

My supp regimen is really simple. I pretty much stick to the basics. I'm also pretty stimulant-sensitive. Pre-workouts and fat-burners make me feel like I'm on crack. (Think Jared Leto's Mom in Requiem for a Dream.)

With Lunch
Pre-workout

Bookmark and Share

Related Articles

About The Author

Bodybuilding.com Team Members put words into action and show they are truly living a fitter, healthier lifestyle through information, motivation...

RATE THIS ARTICLE
POOR
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
EXCELLENT
OVERALL RATING
N/A

Out of 10

3 Ratings

30

Comments

Showing 1 - 25 of 30 Comments

(5 characters minimum)

      • notify me when users reply to my comment
JohnHardesty

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
JohnHardesty

Nice work Cassie! Way to represent the Digital Publishing Team and the whole company!!

Jun 25, 2013 5:12pm | report
Svallin

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Svallin

You have no power over me.

Jun 25, 2013 5:39pm | report
Crunch Masta Chris

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Crunch Masta Chris

Great work, Cassie! Now that we've published the article, I think I'll have a B-Dub.

Jun 25, 2013 5:40pm | report
ErinMarie25

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
ErinMarie25

Dance magic, dance.

Jun 25, 2013 6:03pm | report
Pequitas

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Pequitas

We'll be here to support you and to help you reach your goals of making it to regionals in 2014! Keep kicking A$$!!!
Love,
Your Arbor Family :)

Jun 25, 2013 6:16pm | report
TruePacha

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
TruePacha

Crossfit is my precent passion!

Jun 25, 2013 6:24pm | report
jtothaill

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
jtothaill

Next year: Regionals! No doubt about it.

Jun 25, 2013 7:05pm | report
MulattoMami

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
MulattoMami

Awesome! I wouldn't mind working out with the Goblin King, lol--- <3 Bowie//Labrtinth//Muppets!!!

Jun 25, 2013 7:36pm | report
RWilks90

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
RWilks90

Gotta admit, I definitely love seeing CrossFit creep onto Bodybuilding.com more and more :D

awesome article! thanks for being such a positive inspiration!

Jun 25, 2013 7:42pm | report
Jeni2010

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Jeni2010

Thank you for this article! I've just started crossfit and appreciate reading more about it.

Jun 25, 2013 9:51pm | report
Roumena21

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Roumena21

Cassie, you are looking SWOLE! Haha. Love that you are on here, you deserve it!

Jun 25, 2013 10:52pm | report
bryanberic

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
bryanberic

Take on Arnies 6 rules to success advice.Never listen to anyone and believe in yourself.Any successfull person has to deal with negative criticism.(Even Jesus did!)I liked your artical and you appear to have an extremely positive and confident attitude.I wish you every success.

Jun 26, 2013 4:29am | report
sbrooke

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
sbrooke

You go Cassie. Great article. You are an inspiration to us mere mortals.

Jun 26, 2013 7:55am | report
cassie1162

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
cassie1162

Thanks everybody! E-hugs all around.

Jun 26, 2013 7:59am | report
Joggin Jill

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Joggin Jill

Cass! You are AWESOME!!! Way to kill it girl, makes me miss you the the crazy DPG crew so much though!

Jun 26, 2013 9:01am | report
Dazzling Danielle

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Dazzling Danielle

Danggggggg lady! YOU ROCK! Keep up the awesome work!! :)

Jun 26, 2013 9:33am | report
mdterps24

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
mdterps24

congrats cassie and this article awesome

Jun 26, 2013 9:46am | report
The Crush

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
The Crush

Ah yeah! Way to go Cassie! Svallin aint got nothin' on ya. Way to represent!

Jun 26, 2013 12:35pm | report
Bronzechristian

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Bronzechristian

I can relate to the whole stimulant sensitve thing. Great article- it is great to see people praticing what they preach.

Jun 26, 2013 1:10pm | report
BodySpaceAdmin

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
BodySpaceAdmin

Cass, you continue to amaze. Congrats! :)

Jun 26, 2013 5:01pm | report
saliff1

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
saliff1

Awesome interview!
You are a true inspiration, Cassie!

Jun 26, 2013 6:15pm | report
tjgear17

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
tjgear17

Great article! The first sequence of pictures are a little off with different grips and a bit off balance. But overall great work.

Jun 26, 2013 6:46pm | report
zaidat

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
zaidat

I noticed that too, but I think they are showing her doing different lifts (hopefully.)

Jun 27, 2013 7:40am | report
Muscle Mania Matt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Muscle Mania Matt

Cassie is performing a continental clean on an axle, as it typical in strongman. Her technique is excellent.

Jun 27, 2013 7:43am | report
Muscle Mania Matt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Muscle Mania Matt

^Meant to include an explanation. An axle has a larger diameter, which means that at heavier weight a normal clean will be extremely difficult. In strongman, lifters take a mixed grip on the axle, do a high pull and rest the bar on the torso while they correct their grip, and then continue with the lift. It is a bit awkward, but very effective.

Jun 27, 2013 7:47am | report
Showing 1 - 25 of 30 Comments

Featured Product

Give Us Feedback:
Report A Problem
Site Feedback
Follow Us:
Twitter
Facebook
RSS Feeds
Bodybuilding.com Newsletter

Receive exciting features,
news & special offers from Bodybuilding.com