Cassie Smith


Cassie Smith is a freelance writer living in Boise, Idaho.  Smith earned her BA in English at Eastern Oregon University in 2008 and her MA in English at Boise State University in 2011. In July 2015, Smith competed at the CrossFit Games. She is also a national-level weightlifter and a USA Weightlifting sports performance coach.



  • The Best Pre-Workout Supplements of 2022

    Our selection of pre-workouts, hand-picked by our team of experts, will provide all the energy (for the best price) you need for a great workout.

  • The Best Creatine Supplements of 2022

    Creatine is one of the most effective and well-researched supplements lifters can buy. It can support your gains goals and help you feel like a beast in the gym. Here are the best creatine products for 2022.

  • Your First Weightlifting Meet: What You Need to Know

    An Olympic weightlifting meet is a rite of passage and a crucial way to improve your training and technique on the lifts. If you're ready to take the leap, here's how to prepare.

  • How to Master the Olympic Lifts

    Ready to take your snatch and clean and jerk to the next level? It's not going to happen by accident. Here are the assistance lifts and programming priorities three elite lifters use to get there.

  • Learn the Olympic Lifts the Right Way with These Moves

    Getting proficient at the Olympic lifts doesn't just involve doing the same two things over and over. These six "foundation lifts" are the keys to building up to picture-perfect versions of the full lifts.

  • CrossFit Competitions: How to Prepare to Perform Your Best

    Crushing WODs in your home box is one thing. Learning how to prepare your mind and body for a competition is an entirely different beast. Here's how to prepare for a CrossFit competition and feel ready to crush it on the big day.

  • What You Need to Know Before Starting Crossfit

    Thinking about doing a CrossFit class or joining a box? It's a good idea to go in with your eyes wide open. Here's what you need to know, from a CrossFit games competitor!

  • 4 Lifting Lessons Becoming a Mom Taught Me

    A CrossFit Games athlete and diehard lifter found that transitioning to motherhood wasn't easy, but the lessons were worth the struggle.

  • Tawna Eubanks's 30-Min Upper-Body Workout for Women

    Tired of body-split training? Hit it all and build strength and intensity training upper chest, shoulders, biceps, and triceps with this IFBB pro bikini queen!

  • What Does 2,500 Calories Look Like?

    Ever wondered what 2,500 calories looks like? Use this handy visual guide to see a day's worth of meals across 3 different macronutrient ratios!

  • Women's Fitness: 4 Reasons The Word ''Toned'' Needs To Die

    "Toned"—the word litters everything from the covers of women's fitness magazines to "fitspo" posts on social media. It's time to let it RIP.

  • Ashley Horner's Every-Damn-Day Rituals for Total Success

    In life, just like in the gym, you're going to have to make your own success. Here's how this successful athlete, mother, and entrepreneur keeps it all together, and keeps building toward one achievement after another!

  • Why Every Woman Needs to Lift

    This open letter is an invitation to women everywhere to experience the unique thrill and power that comes from chasing strength and not fearing muscle. It's time to live up to the challenge and see where it takes you.

  • How To Train CrossFit Without Actually Doing CrossFit

    Intrigued by this wildly popular sport, but don't want to be a WOD star? Learn how to use the fundamental principles of CrossFit without showing your face at a box!

  • Our Favorite Quotes from Strong Women

    Women in the fitness world have more to offer than a cute workout outfit. We've rounded up 10 quotes from 10 strong, insightful women who have shaped the landscape of women in strength sports.

  • Ladies Lift: 5 Exercises Every Strong-Ass Woman Needs

    It can be intimidating to leap into the pit of iron and sweat, but the benefits are undeniable. These five lifts will earn you a spot in the rack, and deliver a healthy dose of respect.

  • Athletic Abs: Interview With Olympian Alysha Newman

    Athletics and aesthetics: This woman has it all! Pair that up with a dogged work ethic, and you've got the makings of a gold medalist!

  • Meet Brooke Wells: A Real-Life Superwoman

    Learn how elite CrossFit athlete Brooke Wells eats, trains, and lives to perform.

  • Avengers Interview: Chris Hemsworth And Scarlett Johansson’s Personal Trainer

    Superheroes need a super trainer. Chris Hemsworth and Scar Jo called on Duffy Gaver, no-nonsense bad@ss and former Navy SEAL. He turned them into Thor and the Black Widow.

  • 5 CrossFit Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

    Don't let holiday travel or family gatherings get in the way of your workouts. Here are 5 quick, intense CrossFit workouts you can do anywhere, anytime!