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 NAFC, NESTA and Balanced Body University for mat and reformer.) Since then I’ve worked at every gym you can imagine! Currently, my format, POP Pilates is launching at 24 Hr Fitness gyms nationwide!

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. Catharina says:

    Hey Guys,
    I’m from Germany, so… sorry for my english..
    I do this may calender since tuesday the 12th. And I see already some results! I’m not fat or something.. I have just some weight to lose for the bikini time…
    But.. the problem is, i love sweet eats.. I love chocolate and i love candy… And I try to stop, to reduice eating sweets… But it’s really hart.. Do you guys have any snacks which i can eat like.. at “night”.. like 9pm or so?
    Because this is the time, when the mind says:” One chocolate is not that bad….”
    But I want to get through this as strong as possible, you know?
    And afterwards I regret all the sweets.. Fruits aren’t good after 2pm as well… i know.. better than sweets but still….

    Thank you for replies. Cassey thank you for all of your workouts and your positive mood all the time!

  2. Tina Goens says:

    I think you are amazing and that you support all women. I had all different people on my instagram and I have deleted most and only kept those I believe are about changing at a healthy pace and doing it the right way. So you stayed on my instagram. Like that really matters in your world, lol. Anyway, I was so excited about the bottles and I am going to order one, then I saw the cute clothes. To my heartbreak they only fit little people not real women on the path to change. I love, love, love you Casey and all you are doing, but you need some clothes that allow the big girls in transition to shout out how proud they are in clothes with your sayings. :) Wishing you continued success and awesomeness!! Muah!

  3. I don’t know why you let these people get to you. First they are nameless, faceless people who wouldn’t have the courage to tell this to you face to face. Just like when I write a boxing article for boxing24/7.com people talk about how dumb I am. I have never been told that face to face. Even if I have I don’t care. Being in the military teaches you that you cannot take anything someone says, or types behind a computer screen personally. When you develop the ability to not care what people are saying towards you, life becomes much easier. You are way more successful than these people who have nothing better to do than to put you down which is most likely jealousy driven anyways. 

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