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!
    I’ve been following calendar religiously and I’m loving it! I would also love to have the app. However, I have a Windows phone and was wondering if there’s any chance of a Windows app coming soon? I really hope so! It sucks not being able to get the extra workouts that are only in the app :(

  2. Dear Cassey,

    I currently live in London and the BBC has done a series called ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’. The 4 doctors who host the show answer questions about healthy eating using research and by experimenting on themselves and a small group of volunteers. One of the things they have found recently is that women burn more fat after exercise if they eat before whilst men burn more fat is they exercise on an empty stomach. I wonder if this is something you would also like to explore.

    Attached is the link but I don’t know if you would be able to view it in America. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3rPBmcgXQf8qmlNkTbbQVg9/issues-covered-in-the-programme

  3. Mette Godsk says:

    Hi,
    My daughter and I are having a healthy and great time following you – It and you are just wonderful!!
    I am wondering if you, Cassey or anyone else knows where you can buy the big cup that are in VICTORIA SECRET SERIES
    Victoria Secret Supermodel Stiletto Legs Workout

    Read more at http://www.blogilates.com/victoriasecretseries/#4JYKWLFRj7pa4RIg.99
    My daughter would just looooooooove me for getting this for her.
    Can anyone help me? Please……
    Thanks :)))))

  4. I love your exercises, unfortunately I have not lost a significant amount of weight, but PILATES HAS have helped me maintain weight, strengthen my core, increased my flexibility and has made me enjoy more of my Yoga Class as I am much more flexible/have a stronger core and can stay in poses for a longer time. I have a very slow metabolism and need Insanity, intense interval cardio even to lose 5 pounds. I only do Insanity at around Spring time to shape up for summer- I am currently at my winter weight of 135(lost 2 pounds since Christmas time) and I am 169 cm tall, what I mean by winter is every winter I weight 133-140 pounds and every Spring/Summer I weight between 128-132 pounds. I will not/refuse to eat less then 1500 calories a day. Last year I tried eating 1000-12000 calories a day only during the spring to summer months yes I lost 7 pounds but I was hungry, lethargic all the time, and I feel I was putting my body in Starvation mode and when I started to eat more then 1200 calories the weight just came back right away despite exercising. So in the long run eating 1000-1200 calories is not realistic and not a healthy way to maintain weight loss in the long term, maybe good for the short term. I also find when I am working it is not realistic or healthy to follow the diets out there including the day off diet that’s become a hit this winter. Basically now I exercise 4 to 6 times a week, I try not to eat after 8 pm and I try not to eat more then 1500 calories a day on average( weekdays less, weekends more). I don’t have a sick, twisted vision of weighing less then 120 pounds and I don’t have a distorted body image view. I know you went from 126 to 118- good for you- but you are a fitness professional who probably works out a couple hours a day or works with a personal trainer. I don’t have the time nor the financial luxury to spend most of my day exercising because I am not a fitness professional and economically I cannot always afford to buy all the organic food like celebrities have and do not have the money for a personal cook or house keeper either. So finding a balance between work, home, social/church activities is a challenge. Sometimes it is not realistic to work out 6 days a week- us females have the monthly- when mine comes I am usually in bed after work and barely functioning at work especially for the first two days. So if I get to work out 2-3 days during my period week that’s a success- so even the Monthly calendar is not realistic because it doesn’t take that into account. Although I know you have stretches for monthly time and I wish you could incorporate more of those in your monthly calendar. I do love your upbeat personality and workouts!!! AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I do agree with you that 70% is what we put in our mouths and 30% is exercise and it is better to have a small group of true friends then fake people who bring you down. I also want you to know I am not one to make excuses, I really put in time and effort into my workouts and try to eat as healthy as possible, but I have accepted and love my size 6/8 curves.

  5. Happy birthday, Cassey! Wish you all the best! I cannot tell you how huge positive influence you made on me and how thankful I am for everything. You are the biggest inspiration for me and millions of people for living a healthy life: Not only physically, but also mentaly. I am sure people would agree with me if I said that you are the creator of a New Fitness Philosophy.
    Kisses and good luck!

  6. Hi Cassey,
    first of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    I started your workouts a couple of years ago but this is the first year, I’m actually starting to follow the monthly workout calender. Also I bought the very cute My Year To Grow Calender which I really love. Thank you for being so motivating, for pushing me to my limits and for helping me to achieve being the best me possible. I really love what you’re doing, so please keep going and stay the positive and happy self you are!
    Lots of Love from Germany,
    Lara! <3

  7. Hey Casey!!!
    First off I want to thank you so much for motivating me to love and take care of my body more. I’ve always wanted to change my figure and this was definitely the best I could ever ask for, so thank you so much!!
    I’ve been starting off 2016 with your new 2016 ab workout and I’m loving it.
    However, I’m a beginner at workouts and I’m also starting to get a bit busier with school. Soo I’m wonder how many reps should I do a day and for how many days a week should I do the work out.

  8. Hi Cassey

    Just started your January calendar challenge and absolutely loving it really feeling the burn
    Do we need to do our own form of cardio in conjunction with your workouts

    Thanks
    Kirsty xxxx

  9. really touches one’s soul.

  10. Hello Cassey :)
    I just wanted to tell you : thank you very much !
    Since childhood (I’m now 19 and a half), I was a little overweghted. It complexed me a lot.
    Last year, thanks to you, i redefinated my life’s style and went from 78kg (172 lbs) to 66kg (145 lbs), for 172cm.
    And still, I continue to loose weight and gain muscle.

    I don’t always do your video, but it’s your programs than give me the strengh to change my life. I always, somewhere in the week, do some exercices you taught me, when before, i avoided exercices like the plague.

    I fell so much better in my skin, thanks to you !

    Hope you will have an awesome year 2016 =)

  11. Hey I used to workout a lot but like basic workouts and then I knew about Cassey <3
    anyways I just printed the beginners calendar because when I tried doing the normal one I've found it kinda hard and I couldn't even continue half way through the video
    so can anyone please tell me what am I supposed to do after finishing the beginner calendar?
    it's just 28 days "4 weeks exactly" and I don't know what am I supposed to do after finishing it
    do I have to print 2016 jan calendar? or maybe 2016 feb calendar because jan will be done?
    let me know please
    and by the way I signed up to get the password for the monthly calendar
    but what should I open after getting it? where am I supposed to enter the password?
    let me know please and sorry if I'm a little dumb I just don't know how you guys work yet

  12. Hi Cassey!
    I just started using your videos last week, I’m nno stranger to exercise and they’re kicking my butt! I love them! I love the positive energy that you have and how much fun you make your workouts. Keep kicking butt, smile and staying resilient to the negative people. :)

  13. Hi Cassey!
    I have doing for a few weeks now, and I have definitely feel more positive, stronger, and have gained a little more flexibility. Before Christmas, my school children and I started doing “des pauses-actives” (translation: gym breaks). They obviously love the Gonoodle app and Just Dance on You Tube, but they LOVE your videos as well. The boys love that you push them to be stronger (I also think it helps you are very pretty), and the girls love having a positive role model and a female leader! So thank you for your support and hard work! Bonne année à vous, votre famille et votre équipe.

  14. Hey Cassey your #Blogilates App for android, i have downloaded it but i cant seem to do an in-app purchase. Me as well as many other people are facing the same problem. I have been trying for many months but it says my card number is invalid.. i do online purchases from two cards but both are said to be invalid. i have sent message to google play but they are not responding. PLEASE HELP .. i really want that app

  15. hi Casey i love all your blogilates products as they are fabulous i cant even comprehend it but i have a problem what do you do when your in another country and you cant purchase any of your beautiful products?

  16. MERRY CHRISTMAS CASSEY<3 :)
    I've been following your blog and workouts for years now and am so proud of you!
    You're such an inspiration to me, and you deserve every bit of success that comes your way.
    I'm working hard to follow my dreams right now too, and I wish to be as successful as you someday. Thanks for always staying positive and being such a great role model. <333

  17. 😞😱😱😨😰😰😢😢😢😡😡😡😡👿😈😈👿😈😵👎👎👎👎👎💔💔💔🔪🔪🔪🔫🔫🔫🔫🔪🔫🔪🔪🔫🔫🔫

  18. I got few words fuck you kiss my ass you are a dirty shit you a dirty motherfucker

    • Cassey ho fuck you kiss my ass bitch go to hell. Get out of my you are dirty ass shit
      One few more words 😞😞😱😩😫😢😡😠😵😲😵😲👿👿👎👎👎👎🔪🔪🔫🔫🔪🔪🔫🔫🔪🔫💣💣💣🔪🔫💣💣
      And you’re fired and don’t work with me no more don’t work with you no more I fired from you ttoo
      I got popsugar fitness workouts i don’t e-mailed you no more don’t e-mailed me back no more too
      Goodbye Cassey ho find another Friend and partner you sister your daddy and your mother are devil you a devil too goodbye and don’t come back bitch! and you’re be dead soon too and get out of my life you
      Skinny ass bitch motherfucker i three words kiss my ass! !!!

      • So you came ALL THE WAY HERE just to spread hate, thats pretty bitchy. Btw fix your grammar spelling and dont make run on sentences. You should probably stop working out and go back to school and not be such a dumbass anymore.

  19. Sammi Molinaro says:

    Hey Cassey! I’ve been obsessed with your cooking/tip videos for the past week and I’m so excited to start working out! I will start the beginner’s workout plan 2.0 tomorrow after school.

    I play Varsity soccer for my school team and wanted to challenge myself in a new way so I could have a toned tummy and better arms because I think those are my problem areas. I want to build more muscle on my legs and get a bigger butt too 😝. I also wanted to know how many miles is a healthy amount to jog each day because I wanted to work on my stamina before the soccer season starts up again.

    I think you’re just the person I was looking for to finally get me out of bed and inspire me to exercise and reach my goal. I want to be fit and I’m aiming for 130 lbs, do you think that is healthy goal for me? I’m 17 years old and 5’4”, I’m 148lbs right now. Hopefully, I can reach my goal by February, do you think that’s possible? I’m so excited for Christmas I’m going to be so active! I’m also going to be asking Santa for your fit journal, the sapphire hydrating bottle, and the detox bottle too! I’m looking forward to feeling good!
    p.s. this is just incase you didn’t get my email, it says the same thing.

  20. Hi Casey :))))
    I fell in love with your workouts in September. After that I feel stronger than ever and you motivate me a lot. I appreciate your work and energy because it is incredible <3 First I was working out like 2 days a week just like an amateur, run sometimes, play badminton, than I started to workout on my now at home and watch videos- your videos. Now I am stronger and I really practice every day about an hour and moreover I fell in love with jumping. However, last week I have twisted my ankle and I am so depressed that I can not workout, even more December calendar looks so cool :/ Hope I get better soon because you made me addicted to work on my body hard and get stronger every time. And I LOVE IT. Thank you for doing your job :)))))

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