So a little about me. You can read this or just watch the videos above!
Hello! My name is Cassey Ho and I am a Pilates and fitness instructor, a lover of all things healthy, and the designer of oGorgeous Yoga bags and Gym Bags. My hometowns are Los Angeles and San Francisco. I just recently moved from Boston and am now back in the beautiful Bay Area.
I graduated with an honors degree in Biology from Whittier College in 2009 but decided not to pursue my parent’s predestined path for me in medicine. While in school, I started teaching Pilates as a sophomore at a small studio down the street from our campus. Right then and there, instructing became one of the most satisfying parts of my life. (I am certified by NESTA and Balanced Body University for mat and reformer.) Since then I’ve worked at numerous gyms including Equinox and Crunch.
Senior year, I launched oGorgeous when I couldn’t find a yoga bag that was stylish enough or big enough to fit my mat and gym things in. My first design was the Beverly Bowtie yoga bag, complete with tons of pockets, satin lining, gold chain straps, and a glam bow of course. Super girly, it attracted the attention of my students. Orders started to roll in and the next set of designs were drawn.
After working a bit in corporate America for a fashion retail company in buying, I realized that my passion for design and entrepreneurship could no longer be a “side thing”. It was around this time too that my media dream came true…the Pleated Pocket Sparkle yoga bag was featured in SHAPE Magazine and on the Wendy Williams Show!
I remember running to Target after getting a text from my sister saying that her friend thought she saw my bag in the magazine. I can see myself so clearly right now flipping madly through SHAPE. My heart pounding. My fingers shaking. Was it true? When I saw the picture, I melted onto the linoleum floor and cried. It was an amazing feeling.
So I quit my job.
POP Pilates, YOUTUBE & BLOGGING
My first POP Pilates video was made after I graduated college and before I moved out to the East Coast…it was more of a farewell thing for my Pilates students in CA. I didn’t make very many videos back when I was working because I didn’t have time. But after I quit, I started YouTubing and blogging religiously for whatever reason.
I never expected my blog or videos to be helpful to anyone really. So thank you for continually motivating me to be a better instructor and healthy living writer. I was just recently named the Best Healthy Living Blogger of 2012 by FITNESS Magazine and am the #2 most influential online personality by Sharecare…only second to Jillian Michaels.
Anyway my life consists of lots of working out, eating clean, teaching fitness classes, designing, filming, editing, picture-taking, and producing.
I also competed in a fitness Bikini competition once. You may find that interesting so here’s a link if you wanna see how it went! Here’s basically what my meal plan looked like if you want to get started: 90 Day Challenge.
I love my POPsters and the Blogilates Community!!! Here’s a video featuring you guys! Love you!!!