My crazy crazy announcement…

Hey guys!

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:

TV show?

Book?

Another DVD?

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.

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!!!

success-really-looks-like

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!!!!!

OH

MY

GAWD

Umm. what!?

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

photo 1 (5)

FIRST 5 LOCATIONS FOR POP TRAINING

Los Angeles, CA: November 1 & 2, 2014

Location:
24 Hour Fitness | West Hills Super Sport
6653 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills, CA 91307

New York: November 15 & 16, 2014

Location:
24 Hour Fitness | Nanuet Super Sport
5205 Fashion Drive
Nanuet, NY, 10954

Seattle, Washington: December 6 & 7, 2014

Location:
24 Hour Fitness | Downtown Bellevue
188 106th Ave NE, Suite 500
Bellevue, WA

Austin, Texas: December 20 & 21, 2014

Location:
24 Hour Fitness | William Cannon
4625 W. William Cannon Dr.
Austin, TX 78749

Chicago: January 10 & 11, 2015 

Location: TBA

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.

<3 Cassey

  • Hege

    I wish this could happen in Norway as well

  • jackie harrison

    Wow congrats Cassey!!! I am a single parent. I watch ur vids and do pilates in my room or living room after daughter goes to sleep. Doing your routine has whipped my body back into shape. I never thought I’d ever feel as confident about my body as I do now. Thank you!! I’m so excited for you. You are amazing and u deserve this!!! I work in Bellevue and live in Renton WA. So will deffo be doing this.

  • Angie

    Hi Cassey im a huge fan, after you spread POP Pilates through the Northern hemisphere can you bring it to the Southern Hemisphere because that would mean soooooo much to me and my friends.

    Sincerely Angie

  • Teryn

    Amazing go Casey!!! This is just so exciting :D All that hard work, belief and positivty really pays off.
    After conquering the USA…NEW ZEALAND pleeease!

  • Tiana

    When does it come to 24??

  • Emily

    Cassey sorry I spelled your name wrong but I also forgot to say, Congratulations!!! Great future success always you deserve it!
    -Emily

  • Emily

    Sooo in!! How do I get started??? Casey, you are definitely a inspiration and I so needed something like this. I’ve worked since I was 16, like you, and for the first time my job description has changed to a stay at home mom of four. Three baby’s under 4yrs old. Aghhhh ;) I was looking for a workout routine and came across yours. Needless to say, your videos stand out amongst the others. Your high energy and happy smile is infectious. I have always been small frame but now in my upper 30s, tipping 40 and four kids later all the toppings and handles have stuck. Please help me get started with your meal calender. I am also a breast cancer survivor and haven’t been eating well at all. Clean eating sounds right up my alley. Since I literally just found you and starting a routine today, pop pilates sounds like it would be awsome to teach as well and I’d hate to miss the opportunity to be trained by you personally, will you be training classes in future as well? I’m in Naperville Illinois and would like to sign up to see if it’s for me but if you’ll be out again I can wait.

  • YANSHA

    ur story is srsly so so inspiring im in tears right now UR AMAZING CASSEY <3

  • Steph C

    I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN’T WAIT FOR THE CLASS TO COME TO A 24 HOUR FITNESS NEAR ME!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  • Dejtsia Nikki Yang

    I want you to do a meetup in Madison, WI please.

  • Jules

    I’m so in!!!! Thanks Cassey for your hard work!

  • Sabrina

    IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need to look good before the new year!

  • Sara

    I am so happy for you Cassy!! You’re my biggest inspiration and I’m so proud of you. I which i lived in LA, so i could join, but sadly i live in Norway.

  • Josefin

    I’m so IN!!

  • rachel

    I’m so happy for you! You have been such an inspiration to me and countless others. Your motivation and instruction has been the only thing that has ever worked for me. I’m 30 lbs down and counting thanks to you. I cannot thank you enough for all the work that you put into everything you do for your fans. I really hate to ask this, but I’m a student on a tight budget and one of the many great things about your videos is that they are free. Will your videos still be available? I know you will be busy and I’m so happy for you, but I just had to ask. Again, I cannot thank you enough. Your inspiring words have set me on a life changing path. It will be a dream come true to take your class one day!

  • Joy Gullings

    I am so IN! Thank you for everything you do Cassey! I love you!

  • Lydia

    I love your workouts ! I’ve been doing the calendars for almost two yrs now . The first yr I saw great results but I’ve recently been gaining a lot of weight despite intense training and clean eating. It would be awesome for an advanced calendar maybe with more gym/weights type workouts for people who have been doing the calendar for a long time ? Thanks for everything , and congrats on all the success ! :)

  • rita

    Totally in!!!! Cant wait!!^/

  • Heather

    IN!!!! :)

  • audrey

    I am totally IN!
    And congratulations, you really deserve it :)

  • Vivian

    Big question, Cassey! I’m planning to have my ACE certification by early January (currently studying for the exam). I won’t have it by the time I take the POP Pilates workshop (Austin, Dec 20-21), but should have it about 2 weeks afterwards. Is that going to be a problem? Do I have to present evidence of a group exercise certification before they’ll me in the door at the POP Pilates workshop? :(

    • Vivian

      Oh, and forgot, I’m SO IN for the meal plan and workout challenge! Medical problems prevented me from finishing your meal plan last year, but this year it’s gonna be different :D

    • Veronica

      This is my question as well! :)

      • Vivian

        Cassey, could you please respond to our question? It’s a major factor in whether I want to register for the training session or have to wait until I get my ACE certification :(

      • Hi Veronica! I just answered Vivian but you can do the POP Pilates certification without Group Ex cert! You will just need to show the Group Ex cert before you can get certified to teach POP Pilates! You are fine to do POP Pilates first!

    • You can do the POP Pilates certification without Group Ex cert! You will just need to show the Group Ex cert before you can get certified to teach POP Pilates! You are ok! Can’t wait to see you in Austin! <3

  • Sophie

    I am IN :D
    I can’t wait to start a new challenge, and i’m so happy for you :) CONGRATS !!

  • Vanessa

    First of all, I want to say Congratulation! and second, I am so in for the mealplan & workout challenge! :D

  • Yes

    Wow, this is great!! Can’t wait for more locations!! Congrats!
    http://wherebeautymeetsbrains.blogspot.com/

  • Julie

    Wow!!! Congratulations!!!!!! That’s so exciting!
    I am DEFINITELY in for the challenge!!

  • Star

    Congratulations Cassey!

    I have a question/suggestion as well –
    I feel like I’m super toned pretty much everywhere from doing your videos except for my mid-back (kind of where the band of a bra sits/bottom of the shoulder blades) Could you do a video targeting this area?

    Thanks for everything you do!

  • Heather

    Dear Cassey,
    Oh My God, I am really happy you achieve your dreams, it is really inspiring to see a person who work so hard finally achieve their dreams. I don’t understand what is like the feeling of it because I never experienced it before but I know that it is a really hard and struggling journey to hold on to something and finally achieving it. Congratulations to you Cassey.

    If you happen to come to Malaysia please please please tell me, I really like it if I could meet you for you are so inspiring and a strong person. You are always positive everytime and when I saw this post I was feeling that it must be very hard for you because you faced lots of hardship to reach what you are today, but still remains positive and happy all the time although you are struggling and having hard times during the process of achieving you dreams.

    And I am SUPER EXCITED for the meal plan and workout you mention in this post to get us slim and fit by New Year’s Eve. I am dying to achieve my dream body but always finding excuses to slack off so I still did not achieve anything now (embarrassing)…..But I want to achieve my dream body or at least slim down and look fit by New Year Eve. I so excited!!!!! Can’t wait for a second for it.

    If I accidentally wrote something that offense you I am sorry. Hope I did not wrote something that offense you. Thank you Cassey so much, you teach me that although one went through hard ship but we must not lose the hope and positive and kindness in ourselves, no matter what. Because you have shown us an example. Thank you very very very very much. Sorry for the long post, if you read my message I will be super happy. But I know you are busy so I just want to express my view whether or not you see my no good comment. Thank you so much.

  • Melisa

    Hi Cassey,

    *Sings CONGRATULATIONS* !! How I wish you and POP Pilates can come to Singapore though. Anyway, you’ve done a fantastic job! And, I’m DEFINITELY gonna be in for this project.
    Anyway, I just wanted to ask you if it’s possible to design a fitness journal cum daily diary for us POPsters? I think it would be really cool to carry blogilates journal anywhere and everywhere and all can just be logged into 1 journal?!! I know it’s pretty late.. but can you do it? Please? Or have you get it done already? *sheepish smile* Hope to hear good news from you!(:

    loads of love(from Singapore),
    Melisa

  • Aram

    CONGRATULATIONS, Cassey!! I am really happy for you! You deserve this ^^ If you ever come to Portugal let me know. Keep being kind and happy <3

    • Aram

      Im In, But im not sure about the meal plan, the thing is, I lose weight easily. so Im a little uneasy about it. Im surely IN for the workout. Congratulations again.

  • Maria Carolina

    CONGRATULATIONS, Cassey! I am SO HAPPY for u! U surely deserve this! If I lived in the US, I’d definitely want to be an instructor! Congrats, once more!

    • Maria Carolina

      Oh… and I’m IN!!! ;)

  • Jennifer

    I am IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congrats, Cassey!!!! I am so excited and proud of you, and you’re really getting me thinking about getting certified to teach on the side for fun!!