Drive and Determination

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Local athlete Camille Smith is not only an athlete but a role model to her kids she coaches. We thank Camille for allowing us to share her story, so read on peeps.

Well, let’s start from the beginning. Where were you born, and where were you raised?

I was born and raised in Norco, CA.

What were you like growing up, and did you play any sports?


I was a huge tomboy growing up. I played just about every sport you could think of through majority of my childhood and was (still am) extremely competitive. However, my main sport was soccer all the way up until I was a sophomore in high school. Then I made the decision to quit soccer and put all my focus into volleyball which I had been playing more to keep myself busy than anything.
You mentioned your family has an extremely athletic history, was there any pressure to be as good or better than any family members?

Honestly, I never felt “pressure” to be as good or better than any family members. I was always taught to be the best I could be for me and my team.

So your a full time Volleyball coach, whats it like like training young athletes.

I absolutely LOVE coaching! Coaching allows me to help teach these kids all the life lessons I have learned through the years through sport. I admit it is a bit tougher nowadays because you cant really get away with coaching the way I was coached. That “tough love” and “bust your ass no matter what” approach isn’t much accepted these days, or at least extremely misunderstood. But that just allows me to be more creative in my approach to each kid as an individual to see how I can get them to be at their best without fear of failure.

When did you start getting into fitness?

For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with fitness! But my drive to lift weights and such started in high school with my older sister, Katie, as my volleyball coach and then progressed into college where I found a ton more self motivation to be the best player I could be on my college team. In my mind, the best way to get to that point was to be in the best physical and mental shape I could be in. Then as soon as my college volleyball career was over, lifting took its place.

What made you decide to do your first bodybuilding figure competition?

Since I was a child I have always played team sports. I never really thought about an individual sport until my pursuit to play professionally on the beach came to a stand still. I have been told I am too intense and overly competitive. I definitely wasn’t ready to give up any sort of competition, so I decided to try a truly individual sport…bodybuilding. Me vs. me pursuing my other love, fitness.

Whats your current training prep routine like?

Well right now I am about 10 weeks out from my first show. I am working out 6x a week with weights and doing 3-5 days a week of fasting cardio. As far as diet goes, I am consuming more food than you might think. about 50% of my caloric intake comes from protein, 30-40% from carbs, and 10-20% from fats.

Whats your supplementation like?

I honestly don’t take many supplements. I take a basic protein isolate, BCAAs, glutamine, and pre-workout.

If you could choose only 3 exercises, what would they be?

Hmmm that’s a tough one. I would say any form of squats, lat pull-downs or rows, and side or front raises. I know that’s technically more than 3 but I love working out my legs, back, and shoulders.

Are you strict on your diet, or are you one of the lucky few who eats what ever the heck they want and still manage to stay lean?

I consider myself pretty lucky when it comes to what I eat. I have never been the diet type nor have I ever had to be on a diet (until now), however I do try to choose the healthier option majority of the time. But I am not gonna lie, when this girl wants to eat…she EATS!

What is Camille doing 10 years from today?

10 years from today I am hoping to have my own training business to have the opportunity to work with any and all people who want to pursue a healthy and kick ass life style. I want to build my business around the idea that everyone is unique and different that we should be confident in ourselves and utilize fitness and health as a way to enhance that part of our lives.

Any last words?

Be different, be weird, be unique, be you….be a unicorn!

 

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