Cassandra (AKA. Cass) Martin is well known for her heavy lifting approach, and bodybuilder physique. With her partner as her very own personal trainer, she’s managed to build a name for herself with a huge following on social media.
With a healthy diet and a hard work ethic, Cass shows a continuous thirst for the fitness lifestyle. She’s won the hearts of millions of followers, along with inspiring women world-wide to build a powerful physique of their own.
This is her story:
“Nothing worth having comes easy. You have to work hard!”
|Full Name: Cass Martin|
|Weight||Height||Year of Birth||Nationality|
|125 – 135lbs (56.7 – 61.2kg)||5’5″ (165cm)||1990||American|
|Fitness Model, Social Media Star||Cass|
|Weight||125 – 135lbs (56.7 – 61.2kg)|
|Year of Birth||1990|
|Profession||Fitness Model, Social Media Star|
“I saw a few girls like Jamie Eason and Dana Linn Bailey, and thought it would be really cool to look like them.”
Although Cass had always been naturally lean growing up, she wasn’t always a fitness enthusiast as a child. She also wasn’t the typical teenage girl; she was more interested in sports and hobbies more commonly associated with boys her own age.
After graduating from College, Cass began working as a full-time construction worker alongside her boyfriend.
Cass working in the construction industry.
Cass had always been aware of the fitness industry due to her partner’s keen interest in it. However, she only found the desire to sculpt her dream physique after seeing female bodybuilding icon, Jamie Eason, on the cover of a magazine.
This was the first time she’d seen a muscular female physique, and immediately, she became inspired to get lean, and gain muscle mass. At this point, Cass set her sights on building a figure similar to her fitness icon’s body – at the age of 23, she began training in the gym.
Through hard work, determination, and the help of her fitness-obsessed boyfriend, Cass made serious progress to her figure.
Lifting Heavy Weights
After venturing into the world of bodybuilding, it wasn’t long until Cass had become aware of the legends of the sport. She saw a video of Ronnie Coleman lifting weights and was inspired by the brute force of the Mr. Olympia legend.
Becoming fascinated by Ronnie’s strength and charisma – she knew that she wanted to increase her lifts. It was at this point, when Cass began training with heavier weights to achieve her new goal.
A couple of months later, Cass’ fascination for bodybuilding had peaked – she’d fallen in love with working out.
She began following the journey of fitness athletes on social media in her spare time – Cass was motivated by the intense training sessions of other fitness models, and how they managed to retain their femininity during their workouts.
She began to idolize female athletes such as Dana Linn Bailey – respecting how Dana presented herself, not needing to expose herself sexually, but purely through her training in the gym and work ethic.
For the next year, Cass continued to develop her physique. After realizing her goal of building a powerful figure, it wasn’t long until she was recognized for her aesthetics.
At the start of 2016, Cass created an Instagram profile, aiming to spread her passion for fitness with others. However, she didn’t expect to receive such a reception; almost immediately, she started to attract fans, with many fascinated by how she was able to stay feminine while being muscular and strong.
By the end of 2016, Cass had gained masses of online followers. As a result, she’s become arguably the biggest female fitness sensation in the modern era.
Due to her passion for bodybuilding, Cass is now admired on bodybuilding forums all over the internet. This is just one of the places where she inspires a huge fan-base to begin their fitness journey, and to lead a healthy lifestyle of their own.
“When it comes to my training, the basic movements have worked best for me.”
Cass enjoys training 6 days per week with heavy weights, always pushing her limits. She’ll mix up her workouts so her body doesn’t get used to a certain routine – sometimes performing 3-7 reps in sets of 4, but then performing up to 12-15 reps in other sessions.
Cass trains individual muscle groups every day, apart from leg days, as she believes her body responds the best to this. She works through 4 exercises per session, adding in super-sets occasionally.
Cass’s routine looks something like this:
Monday – Quads & Calves
- Back Squats 4 x 8-10
- Hack Squats 4 x 15-20
- Front Squats 4 x 8-10
- Leg Press 4 x 15-20
- Seated Leg Extensions 4 x 15
- Seated Calf Raises 4 x 20-30
Tuesday – Chest
- Flat Bench Press 4 x 6-8
- Incline Bench Press 4 x 8-10
- Incline Dumbbell Fly’s 3 x 10-12
- Cable Fly’s 3 x 12-15
Wednesday – Back
- Wide Grip Pull Ups 4 x Failure
- Wide Grip Pulldowns 4 x 12-15
- Bent-Over Barbell Rows 4 x 10-12
- T-Bar Rows 4 x 8-12
- One-Arm Dumbbell Rows 4 x 10-12
- Seated Cable Rows 4 x 10-12
- Deadlifts 4 x 5-8
Thursday – Glutes, Hamstrings & Calves
- Lying Leg Curls 4 x 12-15
- Seated Leg Curls 4 x 12-15
- Walking lunges 4 x 12-15 (per leg)
- Romanian Stiff Legged Deadlifts 4 x 12-15
- Glute Kickbacks 4 x 15 (per leg)
- Standing Calf Raises 4 x 20-30
Friday – Shoulders
- Side Lateral Raises 4 x 10-12
- Front Raises 4 x 10-12
- Military Press 4 x 8-10
- Single-Arm Lateral Raises 4 x 10-12
- Bent-Over Raises 4 x 10-12
- Pec Dec Fly’s 4 x 12-15 (Superset)
- Single-Arm Side Lateral Cable Raises 4 x 12-15
Saturday – Arms
- Straight Bar Curls 4 x 10-12
- EZ-Bar Curls 4 x 12-15
- Alternating Curls 4 x 15 (each arm)
- Rope Curls 4 x 12-15 (Superset)
- Straight Bar Curls 4 x 12-15
- Machine Dips 4 x 12-15
- Skull Crushers 4 x 8-10
- Lying Dumbbell Extensions 4 x 12
- Close Grip Pushdowns 3 x 12-15
- Rope Pushdowns 3 x 12-15
Sunday – Rest
“My diet is fairly basic, and I keep it very consistent. I enjoy eating lots of carbohydrates – as well as a variety of red meats.”
Cass aims to eat up to 6 meals per day, keeping her body fueled, and her metabolism high. While cutting body fat, she eats very clean, keeping her carbs to a minimum.
However, most of the time, Cass follows her lean bulking diet – regularly consuming high amounts of carbs, red meat, and green vegetables.
Cass’s bulking diet looks like this:
- Breafast – 2 full eggs, 4 egg whites and 4oz beef hamburger
- Snack – 2 ounces Turkey Sausage, 2 Whole Eggs, 4 Egg Whites and 1 cup Oatmeal
- Lunch – 1 scoop Protein
- Snack – 5 ounces Ground Beef, 2 cups Jasmine Rice and 1 cup Broccoli
- Dinner – 1 scoop Protein
- Snack – 6 ounces Sirloin Steak, 2 cups Jasmine Rice and 1 cup Asparagus Spears
While cutting bodyfat, Cass follows this diet:
- Breakfast – 2 cups of oatmeal
- Snack – 2 full eggs
- Lunch – Turkey sausages and green vegetables
- Snack – Eggs and turkey sausages
- Dinner – 2 full eggs
- Pre Workout Supplement
- Whey Protein
“When I began to become involved on social media, I started receiving such an overwhelming following and so much support; it really inspired me to keep going.”
Idols and Influences
Cass was first inspired to embark on her fitness journey after seeing Jamie Eason on the cover of a magazine. However, once she delved further into the world of bodybuilding, she was motivated to become stronger by Ronnie Coleman and Dana Linn Bailey.
The social media and fitness icon also credits her fans as her main source of inspiration; being motivated by other people’s fitness journeys.
“I just love knowing that I am helping to motivate others reach their goals too.”
What we can learn from Cass Martin
Cass has taught us that to be feminine, you don’t have to stick to the stereotypes of ‘what is girly.’ She’s become a female fitness icon after building a strong, muscular physique.
You shouldn’t conform to what society regards as normal if you aren’t happy. Just be yourself, and everyone will appreciate your hard work.