About Me

My interview with New Media Rockstars in Santa Monica, CA
My interview with GetFizzycal in London
Hey there!

So a little about me. You can read this or just watch the videos above!

BACKGROUND:

Hello! My name is Cassey Ho and I am a certified fitness instructor, creator of POP Pilates, the designer of oGorgeous Bags, and a lover of all things healthy. I am so happy that I get to spend my time teaching people how to live to their best potential all over the world thanks to YouTube and this blog. Here’s my story :)

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 and currently am teaching POP Pilates at Equinox West LA. You should come by and take a class! Here’s the sched.

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 one of my biggest dreams 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

I first got interested in Pilates when I was 16 and about to enter a pageant. I was looking for a fun way to tone up when I saw an infomercial on TV with Mari Winsor showing the audience some core tightening moves…it was so intriguing. I begged my parents to buy the DVD set for me. When they said yes, I was overjoyed. I started doing Pilates religiously!  Not only did I end up winning that pageant, Mari inspired me to get certified sophomore year of college. To this date, I’ve been doing Pilates for 10 years and teaching for 6.5 years.

I came up with the idea for POP Pilates as I was teaching classes at the gym because I loved the music on the radio and I wanted to give Pilates a little boost in energy. The reaction was positive, my students loved it, and I’ve been teaching a more upbeat style of Pilates ever since!!

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. When things started to pick up, I moved back to CA and focused on running oGorgeous and making more workouts for my POPsters.

And guess what? I eventually got to meet Mari Winsor and thank her for inspiring me to teach Pilates. I sounded like a lunatic when I saw her at the BeFit studios in Hollywood before our taping of “Fit at Any Age.” I just had to let her know how much I appreciated her! See episode here.

Let me tell you, it’s hard work but it’s the most satisfying work in the world to me. I don’t care that I don’t sleep until 3am in the morning everyday. My job is my passion and my passion is my job. I feel so lucky to be able to encourage you to eat healthier, train harder, and live happier lives by doing what I enjoy. When I get to do Blogilates meetups in different cities, it warms my heart to know that you all are such good, positive, and inspirational people. Here’s a recap of the New York meetup that was just insanely energetic…I’ll never forget the experience!

 

And here’s a video from my Boston Meetup!

 

I never expected my blog or videos to be helpful to so many people. So thank you for continually motivating me to be a better instructor. You helped me win the Shorty Award for #SocialFitness this year (see my funny acceptance speech here), I was 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.

My life consists of lots of working out, eating clean, cooking clean, teaching fitness classes, designing for my store ShopBlogilates.com, writing, filming, editing, picture-taking, modeling, and producing. Oh and tweeting. Lots of tweeting. (Follow me @Blogilates)

train like a beast look like a beauty tank

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!!! Thanks for inspiring me to be the best I can be daily. You make me who I am and I love you for it.

In early 2014, I was on the Dr Oz and Steve Harvey Show! Check out my Steve Harvey episode here:

K, well follow me on facebook and twitter and let’s keep the convo going!!!!

Much love,

Cassey

Comments

  1. Hi Cassey! I’m jenny. I’m a thirteen year old ice dancer and I train six times a week. I really have fun and enjoy your workouts. I was just wondering if there were any workouts to make your butt narrower? Also, are there any tips to make muscles less bulky? Thanks! Jenny.

  2. Hi, Cassey!
    my friend first introduced me to your workouts in January and i was totally hooked! however, like with every other workout plan i went on, i had a hard time staying motivated and slacked off. A LOT. I was wondering if you had any advice on staying motivated?
    thank you so much!!!

  3. Hi Cassey,

    Thank you for creating Fit Journal. The colors and pictures are so appealing. I used it everyday to record what I eat, and exercise and adapted it to reflect on my moods. This action catapulted me to write my Gratitude journal and graph out my moods on a weekly basis to report it to my doctor. All thanks to you!

  4. Hi Cassey! My name is Sarah and I am 17 years old, I’ve always noticed that my left bum cheek was smaller than my right but recently my left butt has become significantly smaller and I’ve become really self conscious about it. What can I do? Please help!
    Thank you x

  5. Casey,
    It doesn’t matter how many squats I do, how many miles I run, or how clean I eat, I can not lose or tone my legs. I don’t want to accept my shape because I feel like I can and should be able to change. I’m an hourglass shape, my weight is fine, but I hate my thighs. I feel embarrassed in jeans and in swim suits. I just want to be able to feel confident and not hate the way I look. What should I do?

    • The only way that you will ever feel confident is if you love your body. The issue is not your body; it’s your attitude towards your body. Learn to love your body and focus on being healthy rather than being skinny, and you will feel much more confident in your body!

  6. Hi Cassey,
    My name is Dorothy Madronich I have recently found out about your youtube channel and workout videos from a friend and I love them! I am currently a sophomore at California State University Sacramento and I work as a Residents Advisor. I love your videos so much that I really want to do a blogilates program where I play some of your videos in the rec room and invite residents to come and do a workout together. Of course there will have to be snacks so I would provide water and some sort of health snack to eat. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for some videos that would be good for a large group setting? I want all residents to feel welcome and would not want to to a video that would make a person feel uncomfortable about working out in a group. I look forward to hearing from you and I can not wait to do this program!
    ~ Dorothy Madronich

  7. hey cassey im Hannah and I would really like to lose some weight if you can give me some advice and tips I would really enjoy it

    kind regards Hannah x

  8. Hi Cassey!! I have to say I’m happy my friend mentioned about you and your workout videos! it has really helped me with my back a lot. I tend to hunch back a lot, since I was a kid, and I’m just learning how to position my lower back by simply doing the pilates for beginners video.I was wondering if there was some exercises you could do to fix back postures; for some reason I can’t seem to position my shoulder in the correct way :( . I seriously envy how straight your back is! lol, I have small curvature on the top part of my back I want to fix. please I would love your help!!! And seriously thank you for your awesome videos!! I love them!!!

  9. Cassey,

    You are my inspiration. I am currently an undergrad completing my B.A.. However, I realize that office jobs just aren’t for me. I’m planning on getting the CPR and CPT certification this summer. I also plan on getting the CPT by NESTA. I admire how driven you are to do what you love and the steps you took to achieve it.
    I hope to meet you one day!

    Thank you,
    Connie

  10. Cassey,

    You are my inspiration. I am currently an undergrad completing my B.A.. However, I realize that office jobs just aren’t for me. I’m planning on getting the CPR and CPT certification this summer. I also plan on getting the CPT by NESTA. I admire how driven you are to do what you love and the steps you took to achieve it.

    Thank you,

    Connie

  11. Hey Cassey
    I was just wondering… if I buy something from shop blogilates, will shipping cost extra? I live in South Africa so…
    Thanks!

  12. Hi just wanted to let you know that the 2015 fitness planner that I got has one of the ‘calendar’ pages upside down. Not a big deal but I just wanted to say something in case that was something that happened to all the books or if it was just mine. I still LOVE it though. :D

  13. Hey Cassey! I was wondering about how tall you are? And have you done a get to know me or ask me video before? :)
    I looove your videos, and they’re in my daily routine of workouts. haha

    – Simone

  14. Cassey! I started working out and making lifestyle changes this January because of the way I felt uncomfortable in my own skin and at first, I was only doing it to feel comfortable but I began to love it. A few months ago, I began occasionally using your videos as part of my workouts, and now I am SO hooked that I even downloaded your Decemburn calendar and it is brilliant. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to you for helping me stay motivated, because, you know, everyone has their bad days, and you’re the one who teaches me all the time that it’s okay.
    Thanks so much. Much love.

  15. Madeline Acquaviva says:

    The password you sent in the newsletter isn’t working! popsterpresents right?

  16. Celena Courchaine says:

    Casey,

    I hope you know that you are truly an inspiration! I was just browsing through Pinterest and found a video of yours which soon started a new lifestyle! I’ve always been fairly fit, but never capable of keeping a habit for a long time. I’m not really sure what it is about your videos, but I am now working out daily and consistently doing so! The crazy thing is that I have to do it everyday! You are so great and genuine and I am so happy to have come across your blog! Thanks for being you :)

    Celena

  17. Hello Cassie,
    I wanted to thank you for your videos. You’re a great help. I was starting to dispair about my belly and thought it was getting bigger and bigger. I started doing your workout about a month ago and it’s already showing top results. Somebody even wondered if I’d had an operation.
    You’re great and I love you videos.
    xxx
    Carole

  18. Wajiha Sharief says:

    HI CASSEY!
    I really feel bad doing this because I am such a big fan of yours. You’ve inspired me to change my life completely with your energy and workouts. I’m always motivated and always happy and energetic now thanks to you.
    I’m writing to you because I purchased a Detox Bottle on August 31, and it arrived September 7th. It was the Train Like a Beast Look Like a Beauty one. I immediately fell in love with it, and used it every single day. But after a week and a few days, so around Sept 15ish the purple writing started rubbing off. It would stain my hands and I would ignore it and assume it was nothing. But now some of the writing has completely rubbed off. I’ve never put it in the dish washer, I’ve only rinsed it out and set it to dry before I used it again the next morning. Do you know why this could have happened? I wouldn’t mind buying another one, maybe the one I got was a defect out of 500. But I wanted to ask.

    • I had the exact same problem! i have the exact sane detox bottle as yourself and i loved it! Never have i put it in the dishwasher or even used hot water and the slogan began to smudge all over my hands and now its literally disappeared! It’s kind of a bummer really cus the slogan was my motivation!

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