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.