About Cass

(aka martinimonsters)

How I got into lifting​

Like many women, I started out my fitness journey trying to be as skinny as possible, thinking I couldn’t lift more than a five pound dumbbell or I’d get bulky.  I tried every kind of exercise dvd, yoga, p90x, the only 20 minutes a day hiit routines, and nothing really stuck with me. I enjoyed a lot of it well enough, was never an unhealthy weight, but never reached a point where I was happy in my body. Enter my late 20s and I’m trying running, which turned out to completely disagree with me, came down with a severe case of posterior tibial tendinopathy and my brother suggested getting into heavy lifting and finally I found the thing that clicked with me. Not only did it finally create a body I love (and also teach me to appreciate it even when it’s less than perfect), it somehow balances my mood so I don’t find myself falling into throws of ennui as much as I used to.

Extra note: I'm obsessed with food

I’m a bit of a hedonist and desserts in particular are a passion in my life. I’m often baking, either perfecting my recipe for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, or creating the most satisfying fake sugared protein’d up breakfast muffins.

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Software engineer by day

As a founding member of the Twitch fitness community, I spend my lifting sessions teaching, demonstrating, and ranting on all things lifting related.

What began as just streaming my workouts, because why not, turned into a live Q&A that has grown beyond the bounds of my streaming sessions. Over the years of informally coaching people in small spurts through streams I realized I needed to expand my services to better guide people to their fitness and health goals.

Fitness streamer by night

Being an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, with a B.S. in Computer Science (in Real Time Interactive Simulation, which is just a fancy way to say I have a degree in making video games) has made me a uniquely rounded coach. I’m a voracious (perhaps even obsessive) learner, but a logical and critical mindset helps me filter through all the noise in the health and fitness world. You will often hear me talk about balance and I exemplify this, not just in my choices, but in my personality. My logical half is tempered by my empathy. I think this is key to what makes me successful in my efforts to help people. 

FAQ

What does martinimonsters mean?

Just a name I came up with in high school for my gmail. I was looking at art by Shag and it came to me and sounded cool. I don’t even love martinis. But I definitely enjoy a drink here and there.

How did you start streaming?

I started streaming in 2013 mostly to find friends to play League of Legends with. I had to quit competitive gaming (because I was all or nothing with it) in order to focus on fitness goals, but I was already so used to the habit of streaming. So I just kept doing what I was doing, with lifting instead of playing games. Check out my stream on Twitch!

Are you A powerlifter?

I believe the powerlifting movements are applicable to almost every trainee. While I wouldn’t consider myself a powerlifter, competing in powerlifting has enabled me to solidify the techniques and generalize the application towards other fitness goals. Personally, I like training with some goals for getting stronger in the squat, bench, and deadlift.

A/S/L?

Born July 2nd 1985, currently reside in Portland, OR.
Height: 5′ 2.5″
Weight:125-130 lbs

Random assortment of things said to, or about, me

“You got the wrong degree”

From my film professor after I received my BS in Computer Science

“You should have been a therapist”

From a viewer on a Twitch stream

“She’s got the brains, she’s got the booty”

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