Stephanie Smith


Stephanie Smith is a New York native who caught the fitness bug while earning a master's in journalism at the University of Missouri. A life-long victim of the YMCA family package, she didn't learn to really love fitness until she entered the renowned Mizzou rec room. Her one true love: glow in the dark cycling.

After maxing out her need for (stationary) speed, Stephanie decided to hit the pavement and actually try and go somewhere by joining her first half-marathon training group. She ultimately decided to combine her love of journalism, fitness, and a conversational tone by writing for Blood, Sweat & Cheers,, and Men's Health magazine. She hopes to bring this passion to


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  • 7 Ways To Get Out Of A Fitness Slump

    Try these 7 approaches to get excited about training again. Your next program is right here!

  • This Average Joe Got Jacked

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    When it comes to protein powder, dairy products are not the only options. In fact, there are more vegetarian choices than ever! Here are 6 that need to be in your cupboard.

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  • Must-Read Fitness Tips From Top BodySpace Members

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  • 5 Key Supplements For Vegetarians

    Meeting your daily macros is great, but without proper supplementation your workouts could be going to waste. Make the most of your training with these vegetarian-friendly supps.

  • What's In Your Shaker Bottle, Kathleen Tesori?

    New to the world of dietary supplements, or not sure what to take? Learn the basics and importance of supplementation with a day in the life of Kathleen Tesori's shaker bottle!

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  • 15 Transformations That Prove You Can Change Your Life

    Each year, we publish hundreds of awe-inspiring transformations. Here are 15 of the year's best. Read their stories, share in their success, and get inspired to become your own transformation hero!

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  • Figure Dynasty: How Nicole Wilkins Won Her Fourth Olympia

    You've seen her dominate the Figure category on stage. Now get an exclusive look what it's like to compete as four-time Olympia winner Nicole Wilkins.

  • Summer Gear Guide: 25 Warm-Weather Essentials

    The weather's heating up and summer's in full swing. Make the most of the outdoors with 25 warm-weather essentials designed to help fuel your adventure.

  • Calum Von Moger's Back Workout: Build A Massive Back

    Looking to build a broad, thick, brick-wall back? Take on Calum von Moger's bomber back attack and implement his pro tips!

  • Burn Fat Fast: 6 Quick Fat-Blasting Workouts

    Not everyone has an hour to work out. HIIT your muscles hard with these short, intense workouts designed to burn maximum calories in minimum time!

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    There's more to life than chicken and rice, and decadent meals shouldn't just fall on a cheat day. Prep healthy food that tastes great with these delicious recipes!

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    Bypass the bakery, satisfy your sweet tooth, and feed your hungry muscles with these 8 delicious protein treats!

  • Arnold Classic 2014 Bikini Finals: Kaltwasser Crowned Champ

    In the ever-evolving world of Bikini, it's anyone's game. But tonight, one woman outshined her competition. Congratulations, Ashley!

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    Nobody has ever won two Bikini International titles in a row. Will India Paulino break the tradition, or will one of the other 15 hopefuls earn the win? Check out what happened at today's prejudging!

  • 2014 Arnold Sports Festival: Candice Keene Wins The Figure International

    Seventeen ladies took the stage for a chance at Arnold glory. Champ Candice Keene reclaimed her crown and proved she's here to stay.

  • 2014 Arnold Sports Festival: Women's Fitness And Figure Prejudging

    The 26th annual Arnold Sports Festival brought fierce competition in the worlds of figure and fitness. Read on to see how it all played out!

  • 2014 Arnold Sports Festival: Oksana Grishina Wins The Fitness International

    In a lineup of seasoned IFBB Pros, only one lady could reign supreme. Oksana Grishina stood down last year's champ to earn the top spot!

  • Fitness 360: Dr. Sara Solomon, Supplement Program

    Sara schedules her diet around her intermittent fasting. By knowing the science behind supplementation, she perfected a program that works for her.

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    Sara's once all-consuming fitness program left her running ragged and almost killed her enthusiasm for exercise. Learn how she revamped her routine and found a healthy medium.

  • Fitness 360: James Grage, Supplementation Program

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  • Train To Serve: Preventing The Top Reasons For Calling 9-1-1

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