Fit Team Member Spotlight: Cassie Smith
Name: Cassie Smith
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Digital Publishing team is the coolest. Everyone is wonderfully dorky, intelligent, funny, and talented. We laugh every day.
I've been inspired by a lot of people. Everyone has a unique story and a particular passion. I like learning about them.
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.
The content! Duh! I love that we provide solid information to people who are complete newbs, experts, and everything in between.
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.
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.
The Goblin King...
- Bobaflex, "Bury Me With My Guns On"
- Awolnation, "Sail; Unlimited Gravity Remix"
- In This Moment, "Blood"
- Blue October, "What If We Could"
- 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:
Wall Balls10 reps
WOD: Perform as many rounds as possible in 8 minutes
Sprinting400 meter run
WOD: Perform 4 rounds for time
Sprinting400 meter run
Handstand Walks1 minute
Metabolic Conditioning: Perform 3 rounds for time
Skill Work: 3 rounds
WOD: Perform for time
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.
- Calories: 1,770
- Fat: 81g
- Carbs: 130g
- Protein: 150g
Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cup
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.)
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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.
I noticed that too, but I think they are showing her doing different lifts (hopefully.)
Cassie is performing a continental clean on an axle, as it typical in strongman. Her technique is excellent.
^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.