About Me

My interview with GetFizzycal in London
Hey there!

So a little about me. You can read this or just watch the video 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. Hi Cassey!!!

    You are like this cute energized bunny! Very inspiring person who gives positive massage, lovely personality. I love your workouts and I am going to try my best following your exercises.The problem is I have problem with Hypothyroidism and there are days that I have energy and days I do not. Plus sciatica so yesterday I was working on one of yours butt exercise and this morning I was in pain and limping.I have very hard time losing 5 pounds if I can only tone my muscle I would be very happy.

    Love
    Snezana : )

  2. Magdalena Tockner says:

    Hi Cassey,
    (Sorry for my bad Englisch)
    I come from Austria and I’m 14 years old and I’m a little bit fatter than my friends. I love your videos. I understand you very well and I love your character and I hope you read this and you answeres this comment. In the next month I do your callender. I often tried it but my motivation is so bad but in this month I want it and I hope you read this.

    Bye, your FAN Magdalena from Austria!

  3. Marissa balough says:

    Cassey, I only now know about you due to the powerful video you made about body shaming and the lack of realization that people have in concern to body types. You are beautiful and clearly in shape. That video was moving and thought provoking. I really hope it continues to spread!

    Marissa

  4. Charlotte N says:

    Hi…
    So first off I would like to say Cassey, you are an inspiration to me and so many others all around the globe. I am started doing your July calendar about halfway through, and so far I am trying my very best to keep up with it.
    I started your calendar because I struggle a lot with self confidence and I just want to feel beautiful for once… But its really hard when I can’t find motivation… I weigh 74.2 kg (16 years) and I am 174cm tall… All of the girls around me are skinny or beautiful and I just want to be able to feel this too…
    Sometimes, when I workout, I can’t finish the workout or I can’t seem to feel the pain the next day, but during the workout I am sweating and dying and shaking…
    What am I doing wrong? Also, when I do a lot of core workouts, my back aches, any suggestions?
    So basically what I am saying is how can I loose this weight or how can I become skinnier in a healthy way.. Please help.. :/

    Again, to everyone doing the challenges, you’re great and Cassey you are an inspiration xoxo

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  6. Tine Degryse says:

    Hi! After me and my husband got marren we got stuk in a routine… and with that routine I gained lots of pound (over 12kg). I didn’t notice… I was being lived… not paying attention!
    When I got sacked for the 7th time in 8 years… I wanted, needed a change!!
    For the first time in my life I had the courage to fight for a better life… a better me!
    With the support of my husband I started going to school again… now I’m mid way my educatie and getting amazing grades!! I’m starting to realize that I can achieve more than my parents made me believe!

    With in all that time studying I’ve been looking for a way to train… I’ve tried a million things, but didn’t stick with them! Your program for beginners is the first thing that is really working for me!!!

    I want to thank you for sharing all you know! Think you for helping me to achieve my goals!
    Thank you for giving me hope, strenght, possitivity,…
    You positive vibes are shining a cross the ocean to Belgium!!!

    The New me thanks you!!!
    Kisses from Belgium!
    (Sorry for the mistakes…. my autocorrect is set to dutch )

  7. I want to thank you for changing my daughter Victoria’s life. She’s 15, 2 years ago she had to quit the swim team after developing a double lung pneumonia, she was hospitalized and suffered recurring upper respiratory infections for 2 years following. She gained weight and couldn’t exercise. The huge blessing to our family is Victoria found you on YouTube, she has followed you religiously. She’s off medication, she’s lost over 25 lbs, skin cleared up beautiful, your exercise videos have strengthened not only her body head to toe but her lungs too from breathing properly with each one, your meal plan is excellent and provides the perfect well proportion plan and my husband and I can’t thank you enough!! Victoria is a new teenager and she’s confident and happy again! A true blessing!

  8. I think you’re super inspirational and I love all your exercises. I try to incorporate some things into my own curriculum when i teach dance. I think you’d do great if you came to universities as well all the fitness centers you visit because I know I couldn’t come to one of your meet ups just because of school and money. But thanks for being so happy and you are just amazing i think (: I hope you keep up you’re dreams !

  9. Hi Casey,
    I’ve been following your videos for a while. I want to start to really take care of my health and I was wondering if you could do a special set of workouts for injured people. For example I have a knee problem, scoliosis and I got a tendonitis problem like a year ago which I still struggle with. So, to be hones I’ve found very little information about how to get in shape when your body health is not the best. I hope you read this and find it appealing to you.
    Thanks!

  10. Danielle says:

    I’m so glad I came across your blog on Pinterest. I am pregnant with baby #3 (14wks along) and recently had a partial thyroidectomy in Feb 2015. Before it was discovered I had a cancerous mass I had slowly crept up 15 lbs over the course of 3 years and was struggling with losing weight, all the while not knowing it was my thyroid and not my eating or exercise habits. I also have arthritis and do pilates to help keep my joints in good working order. I was trying to lose weight and ended up with a surprise bundle of joy instead. So I’m doing prenatal pilates and walking now that morning sickness is over. I am going to look into your videos and meal plans for when after the baby comes. I can’t wait to get back to me again. Your meal plans and exercise plans are just what I need to get back into shape. I can’t do high intensity workouts anymore because of my arthritis. I’m fine while I’m doing the high intensity workouts, but afterwards my joints are screaming and I’m achy all over to the point where sometimes my joints don’t react right away when I want to move. I look like an old lady. Pilates and low impact workouts and walking is what works best for me. Anyway. Can’t wait!! ALSO! Do you have a breastfeeding mama meal plan?? I’ll need 300-500 extra calories a day while breastfeeding. Thank you!!

  11. HI Casey,

    I heard about Fletcher Pilates and Stott pilates? What are they? and can you do some of these routines?

  12. I have been fan for the last three and a half years and I am beyond proud of how you’ve grown and touched so many people. The transformations have been so inspiring… until now. I have tried and failed time and time again. Filled boards on pinterest, sweated my heart out, did the research, ate clean, and still got heavier and more disappointed every year. Is it possible to have motivational burnout? I look at motivational quotes and pictures and instead of getting amped up to hit the gym like I used to, I just feel this sense of failure and longing. Why can I get there? I just want to be healthy and strong, but I’m not getting better just worse. How to you get that motivational spirit back when you’re constantly struggling to succeed?

    • Hi Tina! I’m not Cassey, but I saw your comment and I just wanted to say that I too have seen hundreds of inspiring transformations, and then reflected on my own progress. Often times, I feel as if that progress is just a straight line, sometimes even going down. I’ve worked and worked, researched and researched, and pumped myself up as much as possible, yet it seems as if the amazing transformation just isn’t happening. I just couldn’t find the will to work out and eat clean when nothing seems to be working.

      I found that the main thing holding me back was that I was always striving for that picture perfect transformation. I did all the research possible, made sure every workout was done in the morning to lose weight the quickest, and counted every single calorie. However, striving for perfection and comparing yourself to perfection is what will hold you down. The truth of the matter is that all our bodies are different. What researchers state as the perfect time to workout or perfect number of calories for us isn’t true for every body. And, no one is going to workout everyday with perfect form and full motivation. We aren’t perfect, so we shouldn’t expect ourselves to be. By realizing that I have to go step by step each day to get better, I am motivated to keep going and am not afraid of failure. You don’t have to eat perfectly and always be motivated. Just find a time of the day when you are energized, workout (change up your workout to keep it fun), and surround yourself with clean food.

      Also, I want to show you the greatest motivation. Go in front of the mirror, and look at yourself. With every “imperfection” is a chance to get stronger. Every time you finish a workout and look at the mirror, smile and know that you are stronger than you were yesterday. As long as you tell yourself that you are progressing each day, you will be motivated by your own success to strive further.

      :) Clayla

  13. Hi Cassey

    You inspire me.. to a healthiere life…
    You isnpire me… to be better.. in everything I do…
    You inspire me… to get e perfect body…

    most of all.. you inspire me.. to get a pilates coach..! :)

    Greets from Switzerland

  14. Hi Peeps,
    I need some help! i I am getting married in 4 months, could you guys help me chart out a fitness plan. thanks a ton :)

  15. I have been catching wind of all of the negativity being thrown your way lately and I just wanted to reach out to you and give you some reassurance. First of all, I admire you and thank you for speaking out against the internet abuse going on. Not only do you not deserve it, but there are others who need someone to show them that they don’t have to just sit by and take it as it comes either. I may not know how it feels to be in your position as a YouTube personality, but I definitely know that it hurts no matter who it comes from and no matter how small the dose. I also know that sometimes we may find such negative thoughts coming from ourselves. And that’s okay. We all have to sit down and get mad a cry a good, hot teared cry every once in a while to remind ourselves that we are human and that is what makes us beautiful. These moments are given to us so that we may be able to help those in our lives that we come to know and love. That includes ourselves. Your potential is unlimited, Cassey. You help improve lives each and every day whether it be with your workouts, vlogs, recipes, or just your positive energy in general. Just keep your head up and remember that you’re not doing this for them.

    Thank you for speaking out ,
    Sarah Y.
    (Hebrews 10:24)

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  18. I don’t know where to start! When I first saw one of my friends liking your page on facebook, I thought “well, just another one…” But then I saw some of your videos, and I must say I’M SORRY! You are soooo not “another one”! I’ve lost my motivation for a while, because of personal issues, but your enthusiasm just got me thinking: IT’S TIME TO START AGAIN! If she can do it, SO can I! I found your website, saved your work-out plans and did the 1000 ab challenge with you. I’m so blessed, that I found your page, you rock! I hope you will continue with posting different workout videos, cause I’m ready!
    Thank you so much for helping me finding my motivation again!

  19. Hello guys Im polish and sorry about my English I just wonder if someone had the same things as me like I want exercise but im scared of the pain next day and after that I don’t want to exercise. Can someone help me please because I have to exercise a bit.

    • Sophia Bohrer says:

      Don’t be afraid of the pain :) You can maybe start out with some less strenuous activities. Then, you can slowly start doing harder workouts. That way it’s a smooth transition and you’re muscles won’t hurt that bad.

  20. Bailey M says:

    Hi Cassey!!
    A couple years ago my mom was very over weight and decided to work on herself and her body. I was so proud of her because she lost so much weight and was healthy and fit. However my parents went through a divorce and my mom kind of went crazy and started getting very abusive emotionally towards me and my sister. She would make horrible comments about how I need to lose weight (she even said that in front of my friends) and would always talk about how she was thinner than I was. I struggled a lot and started to hurt myself and developed and eating disorder. Finally I started taking a healthier route towards losing weight and started to workout which is how I found your videos. Even though I dreaded working out due to how I was told that I needed exercising you always put a smile on my face and made me enjoy it. I later found myself working out for myself rather than trying to impress my mom who still thought I was not perfect enough for her. I ended up telling her to get out of my life because I could not deal with the negativity she brought upon me and I had a beautiful baby girl in October at the age of 17. I continue to watch your videos and do the workouts with you which has made me a healthy happy person. Because of you I lost all of that after pregnancy weight and I have so much energy to spend all day playing with my little girl. Thank you Cassey you are such an amazing person who makes working out and being healthy something I, and everyone, can enjoy!

    Love
    Bailey :)

  21. Sarah P. says:

    Hey y’all,

    I need some help. My birthday is coming up soon and it is summer break. I need to fit into this dress because it is very big time in my culture. I got introduced to blogilates and I started seriously on the 1st of June. I feel like I’m not very motivated to do this but that I am forced to because of my need to fit in a dress and look good. Although everytime I do this, I seem to not finish her workouts from the June calendar, but I still feel the burns, mostly the next day. What do I do?

    • Keep it up! The workouts will get easier as you get stronger, but you have to start somewhere! I suggest starting with the beginner’s calendar instead of the June calendar if you’re new to POP pilates, that way you won’t get discouraged and want to give up!

      • Start with the beginners calender..
        I started in the middle of may, only 3 times the beginners and then i swiched to the normal calender… you will get stronger!
        But you have to be motivated! otherwise it will be even harder if you aren’t working for like 100% .

        I believe in you! You can do this!

  22. 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!

    • Hallo :D

      Ich kenne das mit den Süßigkeiten. Ich mache das einfach immer so: über den Tag (also in der Schule) esse ich anstatt Süßes einfach Nüsse (ich liebe die total!), am besten Cashewkerne.
      Nachmittags, also zum Kafeetrinken, esse ich auch Süßes. Also zum Beispiel ein Stück Kuchen oder so. (Ich kann einfach nicht ganz ohne.)
      Aber immer wenn ich so richtig Lust auf Schoki habe, einfach Obst essen!
      Äpfel stoppen dieses “drauf Lust haben”. Oder du isst einfach Beeren. Viele sagen ja, dass man Obst nicht mehr so spät essen sollte, aber meine Meinung ist: es ist besser als Chips/Schokolade etc.
      Hoffe, ich konnte helfen! :)

      • Catharina says:

        Jaa:)
        Danke:) gut, dass ich nicht alleine mit dem Süßigkeiten problem bin. Aber Pommes, Pizza usw. das krieg ich richtig gut in den Griff!’
        Nur Süßigkeiten halt nicht. :D

        Dankeschön!

  23. 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!

  24. 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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