I’ve been holding something in for the past few days. However, this thing has been at least 5 ½ years in the making. In fact, it was being made even before I knew it was being made.
I asked you guys on facebook and Instagram what you thought this thing might be and you said:
Opening a store?
I love being able to share news with you guys because I feel like we are close friends and I just wanna tell you everything! So it was fun reading your comments. But guess what guys? Not a single one of you got this riddle right :D
But I wouldn’t expect you to either…I didn’t even believe it when I first heard it.
So let me tell you a little story about how I came to love fitness.
When I was 16 years old, I started doing Pilates after I saw a Mari Winsor Pilates DVD infomercial. Then after I finished her series, I began doing some old school YouTube Pilates videos in my little bedroom late at night (kinda like you guys). I fell in love with how Pilates made me feel. I felt my body getting tighter, my posture getting better, and I just felt so graceful! I was HOOKED.
4 years later as a sophomore at Whittier College, I found that there was an opening for a Pilates Instructor position at a local gym up the street. I totally wasn’t certified or anything, but I thought maybe, just maybe they might hire me. So I practiced hard, killed it at the audition, and they gave me a job…and the opportunity to get certified! I’m forever thankful to Evelia who was the one who hired me because without her belief in me, I don’ t know if I would ever have started teaching Pilates.
When my parents checked in with me to see how my studies were going, they found that I was teaching Pilates on the side and got really upset. They told me to stop wasting my time and start studying more.
I never stopped because I knew I wasn’t wasting my time.
Teaching always made me a happier person. And anything that makes me smile is more than worth my time.
I think it was several months later that I applied to my first big box gym, 24 Hour Fitness. I was so nervous. I had been teaching to a class of only 4-5 people and had only DREAMED of motivating a crowd of people to get fit. I auditioned, got the job (woot!), and then started subbing classes until there was an opening for my own class.
That was about 7 years ago…and since then I’ve literally taught at almost every gym chain. Bally’s, Crunch, Equinox, Boston Sports Clubs. Since then, I’ve also worked at a job that I hated so much. So then I designed a yoga bag line that surprised me by giving me the chance to quit that job I hated. I also moved around a lot, made friends, lost friends, and followed dreams. But this whole time, I’ve been so lucky to have YOU GUYS right by my side as we’ve grown Blogilates together.
Guys, it’s been an intense journey. But it’s about to get even more intense…
BECAUSE GUESS WHAT.
2 years ago when I decided to move to LA to find a new place to follow my passion, I applied to some jobs out here to become a group fitness instructor. You wouldn’t believe how incredibly hard it was for me to find a job. Many of these group fitness directors wouldn’t even give me the chance to audition. I honestly don’t think they even looked at my resume! I was so heartbroken. Really.
Rejection is no fun.
But you know what is?
Proving them wrong…so so SO SO WRONG!!!
Guys…I am so happy to announce literally the craziest thing that has happened in my life so far. Are you ready for it? Are you!!??
POP Pilates is going to be an OFFICIAL class at 24 Hour Fitness gyms!!!!!
This means that you can actually go in to your local 24 Hour Fitness and take a POP Pilates class (yes like the one you see on YouTube ‘cept an hour long version)! It’s POP Pilates in real life!!!
As a group fitness instructor (haha and yes I eventually got a job teaching in LA after that heartbreaking incident), I couldn’t dream of anything bigger for my format that started as a video on YouTube back in 2009 when I graduated college! I can’t believe that there will actually be POP Pilates instructors teaching this class with me all over the states! Like it’s going to be on the Group Exercise schedule right alongside classics like Turbo Kickboxing, Bodypump, Insanity. Whoa…
And it’s all thanks to YOU. Without your love and enthusiasm for working out…no one would have ever given us the chance to share POP Pilates like this. I am grateful for you every. single. day.
And guys, it doesn’t have to stop at you taking the class. You could be leading the class. If you’ve been doing POP Pilates for a while now, and are teaching your friends randomly, or have a knack for leading others…I really think you should join the POP team. I want you to be a part of the initial group of instructors. We’re starting something very special together. Because there are over 400 24 Hour Fitness clubs in the US, we will be looking for instructors who are certified and qualified to teach at our gyms. (OMG I can’t believe I just said “our” gyms.) There are plenty of spots to fill, but before you can audition, you must go through POP training.
Trust me, it’s going to be one of the most rewarding experiences motivating people to change their lives. You won’t understand until you actually get up in front of a class and feel what I am trying to describe. I personally will never stop teaching because I love my students too much. I love YOU GUYS!!!
Invest in your education now…because it will reward you over and over again beyond, not just by getting you a job, but in what you cannot tangibly count.
HOW TO BE A POP PILATES INSTRUCTOR
1. Go to bit.ly/poppilatescert15 and pick the location nearest you. (There will be more trainings all over the US in the coming months!) I will be personally leading these POP Trainings along with a fellow POP Instructor named Sarah! It’s going to be a super fun and intimate bonding and learning experience.
2. If you’re Group X certified through another certifying body like AFAA or ACE, great. You can just pick the POP Pilates Powercert option. If you’re not Group X certified (like you’ve never taught before), you will need to get the whole package to get fully certified through NAFC. Make sure you click this link to get an extra 15% off your training.
3. Once you’re all set, you’ll be able to log in to your NAFC account, see your POP Instructor’s Manual, and watch the choreography videos.
4. Then we will go over everything in real life at the workshop and help you pass your test.
This will be my first time teaching a workshop like this and it’s going to be the first time anyone is getting certified in POP Pilates, so pretty much it’s gonna be a big historical milestone in my life that I will never forget. I hope you can be a part of this with me and we can build our POP army together! :D
FIRST 5 LOCATIONS FOR POP TRAINING
24 Hour Fitness | West Hills Super Sport
6653 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills, CA 91307
24 Hour Fitness | Nanuet Super Sport
5205 Fashion Drive
Nanuet, NY, 10954
24 Hour Fitness | Downtown Bellevue
188 106th Ave NE, Suite 500
24 Hour Fitness | William Cannon
4625 W. William Cannon Dr.
Austin, TX 78749
Also, international POPsters, you can get certified too! Just click HERE and pick the international option.
Well guys, CONGRATS to all of us! I never ever could have done this without you. I really still can’t believe this is happening. To be able to have you guys go in to a REAL GYM and take a REAL POP PILATES class is blowing my mind right now.
Thank you so much for helping me make my dreams come true. I hope I can help you turn your dreams into reality too. Please, if you ever need anything, I am here with you and for you.
By the way, next week, I want to tell you about a challenge I’ve been planning for you. I’m thinking about a meal plan and workout challenge to get us super hot and fit by New Year’s Eve. (So that we’re looking and feeling GOOOOOOOD even before 2015!) What do you think? Are you in? If you are, comment below and say IN!!!!
Okie dokie guys.
Love you so much and thank you forever and ever and ever.