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Be­ly­ing her im­pres­sive com­pet­i­tive re­sume — two over­all wins and five class vic­to­ries over 11 bikini com­pe­ti­tions thus far — Casey Snider wasn’t very ath­letic grow­ing up and ac­tu­ally didn’t dis­cover the gym un­til her last year of col­lege. “I did a semester of work­out classes and ended up wish­ing I’d pur­sued a de­gree in health in­stead of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and psy­chol­ogy,” she ad­mits.

Snider owns a fer­til­iz­ing com­pany, and she earned her pi­lots li­cense so she could fly around the coun­try and check in with her cus­tomers. All that travel means she has to stay dili­gent with her diet. “At home, I typ­i­cally grill ev­ery day, or If I’m cook­ing, I have chicken or shrimp and a veg­gie or two,” she says. “I also love to find poke places when I don’t feel like cook­ing.”

On the way to the gym, Snider lis­tens to mu­sic “on full blast” or to Lori Harder’s pod­cast to get mo­ti­vated. “Pos­i­tive self-talk is key,” Snider says. “I al­ways say lit­tle mantras be­fore go­ing into the gym like, To­day is go­ing to be an amaz­ing work­out or You are go­ing to use your strong legs to do the heav­i­est squat you’ve ever done.” Snider lifts six days a week, aug­ment­ing her rou­tine with Cy­cle­bar, hot yoga classes, hik­ing and walk­ing her dog. “I re­lax in na­ture and de-stress in the gym,” she says.

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