We just wrapped up 3 full days at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, complete with a POPFLEX Pop Up Shop, a POP Pilates showcase party, and lots of POPsters! It was fun seeing you guys at the POP wings – I hope you had a chance to take a photo with them! We made them special just for you!
Racking the clothes was SUCH A PROCESS! But so fun to see everything on hangers and mannequins like a real shop, for the very first time! We even bought a price gun – you know those things they use to put prices on bread at the supermarket – yeah – one of those! It felt so legit!
The POP Pilates Showcase Party was so nerve-wrecking for me because it was the first time that I was going to present POP Pilates alongside my Master Trainers. But it wasn’t stage fright or anything…it was the fact that I needed to SUPER MEMORIZE POP 6! You see, every quarter we release a brand new set of choreography with 13 new tracks for a whole 55 min class. We do this to keep classes fresh and to keep muscles constantly surprised with new exercises. So I spent the entire day before studying like it was finals week!!! I went to sleep listening to the music and I woke up doing the moves as I brushed my teeth. Brain farts happen and yeah I forget choreo sometimes, but I DID NOT want to mess this up! Funny to think the creator of the format has to practice so hard, but you gotta do what you gotta do!
I am so happy to report that it went sooooooo smooth!!!! AHH!!! I was dying at how beautiful the choreography looked. I uploaded some footage on my IG @Blogilates – so you can take a look there! And big thanks to MT’s Hue and Aimee for being amazing trainers and “back up dancers”! :P Thanks to my Program Director Jules for helping me come up with the best POP Pilates choreo to date!
If you guys did not get a chance to take the class, NO WORRIES! I have a surprise for you!
This Saturday the 23rd, 24 Hour Fitness will be hosting POP Parties all over the US! These are full length 55 min classes taught by our amazing, certified POP Pilates instructors! All POP classes on that day will be free, so even if you don’t have a membership, it’s all good. Just come in and tell the front desk that you’re there for the POP Party! You can even show them the ad above as your ticket.
To see if there is a POP Pilates class near you, just click on the image below, check “view by class” and type in your zip code! Then scroll down the list until it says “POP Pilates” and check for the times! Make sure the date is on Sat the 23rd!
It’s still crazy to me to think that this format that I started on YouTube is an ACTUAL class at 24 Hour Fitness. I mean, what!! I still remember my very first audition at 24 Hour Fitness in Puente Hills, CA. I was so nervous. I had only taught to classes of 3-5 people max at a tiny gym in Whittier…so for me, this was like going to the big leagues! When I got hired, I was scheduled to team teach a Pilates class with a very seasoned instructor to a class of over 50 students. I remember just TREMBLING. I WAS SO NERVOUS THAT I WAS GOING TO DIE.
She put the headset on me and said “You do abs and I’ll do the other muscle groups.” I remember showing the class the Hundred, the Single Straight Leg Stretch, Double Leg Lifts…all the classics! When I finished I ran to my car and basically started crying and shaking. Because I was so happy that I had survived.
(Yes, there was a time when Cassey could not handle teaching a live class.)
The adrenaline and the love from the students kept me coming back for more. After many months of subbing and working hard to show my GX Director that I deserved my own class on the schedule, I finally got one! It was far too – the drive was at least 30-40 min away from my dorm – but it was so worth it. I felt like I had won life!!
And now…9 years later…POP Pilates is a class that is a real format on the 24 Hour Fitness schedule! It still amazes me how magical life can be sometimes. How is it that it’s come full circle? I think it has a lot to do with working hard, sharing your passion genuinely, and creating things or services that bring value and happiness to people’s lives. Sometimes you don’t know your path, but you know what feels right. So keep going towards what feels right and then the right things will happen.
Also, I want you to know that I don’t have all the answers. Things are not perfect. I fail a lot. I cry a lot. I get upset and write journal entries about how I’ve been mistreated and misjudged. But you know what? Failing is learning and you cannot give up. Challenges are there to make you stronger. They are there to make you appreciate what you EARNED when the good finally happens. So embrace it all. As humans, we are soooo lucky to be able to feel all these emotions. It makes us dynamic. It makes us real.
I am super thankful for my 24 Hour Fitness family and their trust in the POP Pilates program. I really encourage you guys to head out of your comfort zones this Saturday and join a free POP Pilates class! Being in a group exercise studios alongside other people is not scary or intimidating at all. It is MOTIVATING. You cannot replicate that energy in your living room. Plus, you will be in very good hands with my POP Pilates Instructors. If you have ever thought about getting certified, I encourage you to do it. Being a fitness instructor is the BEST DECISION I have ever made in my life. Click here to learn more about getting certified.
Until then, I’ll leave you with a silly pic from the POP booth!
Comment below where you are from and we can help you find a class near you!