You know what? I am so happy that I am teaching regularly again. After the move from MA to CA, I took time off from teaching because I was going at it over 12x a week. It literally burned me out sometimes. So when I got back to the Bay, I said, it's time for a hiatus. It was nice for a week or two, but then I began to miss leading a group, seeing friendly faces - and kicking people's butts in REAL life (not just YouTube, haha).
For Group Fitness Instructors, you have to sort of have "seniority" to get a class. Since I had just moved back, I had none in the new gyms I got hired at, so either I would have to wait for a new time slot to open up or hope that another instructor would want to give up his or her class. Luckily, the latter happened and I now have my own classes on the sched again!
I am soooo fulfilled and happy because I LOVE TEACHING and I LOVE MY STUDENTS. Teaching gives me a natural high. I love everyone who comes into my classes wanting to learn and be pushed to discover their new potential. I can see when people work hard and I appreciate that. I really do. I am grateful that you guys give me your attention and give me the opportunity to show you things. I am still surprised sometimes that people listen to what I have to say. So thank you for making what I do so enjoyable. I love teaching you guys! I'll do it forever!
Anyway...if you were on facebook today, you know that I did something very mean. I announced that I have a secret and that I can't tell you. I can't tell you till next week. Muahahahaha....hey! Not like it's easy for me to contain either!!! But it's a good secret...so if you want, you can play the guessing game down in the comments :)
Alright, I also put up some new super cute gifts on oGorgeous today!!! iPhone hoodies!!! Woohooo!!! And just because there always has to be one that's super girly, I made one with ruffles! So Cassey right? I actually have a hoodie with ruffles in real life.
I've been putting my phone in it's hoodie for the past few days and can't help but put on my own hoodie, hold my phone by my face, and be like "Hey, we're matching!"
Cracks me up every time.
So it's 3am AGAIN and I really need to get to bed. Tomorrow, err, today actually I have the FoodBuzz Blogger Festival in SF. It's my first time and I am excited to go to the discussions and take a look at some of the foods they will be letting us taste. I will try my best to "eat clean"...but just in case I overdo it, which I'm pretty sure I 99% will, I worked out extra today. I think I'm covered.
I think tomorrow will be a SEA of DSLRs and people adjusting their plates for the best lighting. Haha. This will be funny. I have my Nikon D5100 all packed up in my purse. I'm ready to go.
Okay, my eyes are closing. I need to goooo to beeedddd.
Oh, btw, I will be announcing the winners of the FitActivewear Giveaway this weekend, so stay tuned! And thanks to everyone that entered. Loved your enthusiasm and smart answers. BIG thanks to Zeudy over at FitActivewear.net for her generous contribution to our community!
Ah remembered another thing! Did you sign up for the POP Pilates Meet Up? It's happening Dec 3 at Sports Basement in SF. The original number of free tickets have all been reserved. But your name on this waiting list here if you didn't get a ticket, so I can find a solution for the extra number of people. And for you intl fans, we are doing a live stream. So be sure to tune in!!!
K really. Eyes are closing...can't....see...
(sign above created by sister Jackelyn!)Hello! It's been a long long weekend and Monday away from the computer! Sorry for the hiatus in blog posting but I am back now! As you know, the first ever POP Pilates meetup happened this weekend in SF! I was so happy to see a bunch of my fans in the Bay Area and 2 that flew all the way from LA! I am shocked and way too flattered for my own good. SUPER BIG THANK YOU to all that took the time out of their weekend to come and do Pilates with me. It was awesome to have the live stream going on at the same time on BlogTV so that more people could benefit from the workout from all over the world. Seeing you guys chatting and getting excited was so cool for the people watching your comments too! Below is my photo recap! While we were setting up I was greeted by one of my youngest fans, Madison!! 6 years old. Remember her? She wrote me a cute note after she spotted me at the Nike Women's Marathon. On Saturday, mother and daughter stopped by to say hello. Madison even made me a hand drawn card! It was such a perfect start to the meetup.
One of the most exhilarating parts of the meetup was when I got to finally "MEET" my ambassadors!!!! We have never ever ever spoken in real life so when we all saw each other for the first time, talking, and breathing together, I felt chills down my spine. It was so crazy to see their faces light up the moment the cam from SF went live. From left to right we have the Cari, Becky, Amber crew from Chicago, us popsters in SF (Janice from LA and Vanessa from San Jose were there), Kajsa from Sweden, Lea from Slovenia, and Sara from Germany. Missing some peeps...ahem...you know who you are...j/k no one's mad! We will have to resched another google hangout soon.
Sports Basement Bryant St. not only sponsored the space for us to use, but they were kind enough to provide healthy snacks. I am deeply appreciative of this. Everyone loved the mini muffin things and kept asking me for the recipe because it tasted "healthy" - in a good way of course! Unfortunately I did not bake them! They also provided the laptop and projector for the live stream! Thank you SB, you made this all possible.
Is that a pile of Miracle Noodles I see? Well yes! Super huge thanks to MN for sending me these packs for the fans. I can't wait to see what you guys whip up! Some Pad Thai maybe? Pho perhaps? The workout started with The Hundred of course! To warm up those abs. Look at that perfect POPster form!
We did an awesome hour long workout and of course I thew in some of my faves like the 1/2 cobra pushup. This is my "MUAHAHA" face right before saying "...just so you know, we're going to kill your triceps now."
Group shot!!! We also all filmed a massive group burpee for the Burpee World Tour video.
Umm, matching much?
Chillin after the event. Or...more like we tried to have a sexy photoshoot but no one could keep a straight face.
After everyone left, a group of us went to go eat. Being the healthy active people that we are, naturally we ditched the cars for a 2 mile walk to Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant. Ok fine, the 2 mile walk was unintended. We took the long way.
We were able to get a table for 10. Thank goodness because we were STARVING from a tough workout!!! I was actually very surprised that none of the boys objected to eating Vegan. The times are changin'here. If you took your own, please be sure to share it with us too! <3 Cassey
#1. Dumbbell on neck, lower your chest keeping back straight, then up to standing
#2A. Deadlift to Upright Row
#2B. The upright row part
#3. Side Lunge with front raise
#4. Chair pose with shoulder extension
#5. Plie jumps - start in plie then point toes lift up and then come back down plie
#6. Jumping jacks with alternating front leg kicks
#7. Knee to nose (after doing walking planks!)
#8. Start w/ arms at 90 degree angle, lift chest and extend arms straight forward
#9. Lunges around the world w/ bicep curls - start with cross over lunge, to front lunge, to side lunge, to back lunge, to curtsy lunge
#10. Scissor Jumps! Start in plie then jump up and cross ankles, land in plie again.
#11. Chest flyes with 1 legged bridge pulses!
#12. Hop side to middle to side!
WOWWW!!!! And those are just SOME OF THE MOVES. These are from Ripped in 30 Week 1 and Week 4 videos - I have yet to take a look at the ones in between but I am in love my new subscription to GaiamTV. For fitness instructors, I think it's almost essential. I mean, honestly, it's hard to "invent" new moves all the time. Getting that spark of inspiration from other fitness professionals is really key in keeping your classes up to date, fun, and fresh.
I never saw Jillian's DVD before because I didn't wanna pay the $14.99 or whatever it was for each one. GaiamTV fortunately gives their subscribers access to their complete video library for $9.95/mo. I mean, wow. Some of my fave Pilates instructors are in there - like Mari Windsor of Windsor Pilates and Ana Caban! (I used to religiously do their workouts back in high school! That's how I got started in Pilates btw! At home DVDs!) There's workout videos, yoga videos, health videos, and all sorts of documentaries too. I am so excited to discover even more new moves! YAY!!!
And you know what else I am excited about? I announced today on Facebook that I AM FINALLY going to be making a POP Pilates DVD. And...the app!!!! I spoke with a friend about the app and we were able to work something out. I'll be getting input from you guys from time to time as the app develops, but yeahhhh!! 2012 will be fun!!! As for the DVD you guys told me you want a 1hr full class versus like 5 mini segments (ie. 10 min abs, 10 min arms etc etc.) - I think that's smart because you can get the mini's on YouTube. I also asked on Facebook if you wanted just me to be in the video or if I should have other students in it too. What do you think? And where do you think I should film? Let me know in the comments below!
As always these videos, DVDs and apps are all made FOR you BY you so your input and ideas are taken very seriously! So tell me what you wannnnnttttt!!!!!!
OK off to workout then teach Bootcamp!!!! I am going to workout like a maniac today again! I'm wiggling out of my computer chair to gooooo - okay bye! Love ya!
DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post for GaiamTV. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. And just so you know, I've been a long time fan of Gaiam :)
And here's another from POPster @peanutbutterdancer - look at the professionalism! Nom nom nom!!If you wanna see your food featured, just use the hashtag #cheapcleaneats and #blogilates and I will find you! Next week, we are making some savory items. I posted this on Instagram last week as I was experimenting and looks like y'all really wanna know how I made a healthy quesadilla dontcha?
It's flourless and nope, there are no bananas and oats in this one. Guess you'll just have to wait til Thursday to find out!
NOWWWWWWW. Listen up. Look at this pic. LOOK AT THIS PIC!It's Jillian Michaels! OMG. This happened. This just happened. I was at a SHAPE Magazine event that I bought tix to a while back. It was only $5 to take Jillian's class live, so clearly I gobbled that up! It was located at Hermosa Beach and the weather was perfect! She commanded us through her Hard Body workout and I liked it very much. It was a HIIT routine much like my POP HIITs. We did burpees, elbow pushups, knee crazies, and all sorts of side planks. It was kinda hard to see with everyone in front of me - but that didn't matter! I obviously worked out hard and had a lot of fun. I actually met some POPsters at the event which made the whole experience even sweeter. At the end, I was fortunate enough to meet Jillian for a brief moment. She's very nice and I really liked her energy. Though small in stature, she has big influence. I first learned of Jillian when I was in college. She was on Biggest Loser being all crazy - yelling at contestants - but what she brought to the fitness industry was some new flavor. She caught people's attention, she scared them, and they listened. Though my style and hers are completely different (I talk about my nails and what I ate for breakfast while I kill you), we both know what it takes to make you work and to take control of your own life. So happy to have met her...I hope to see Jillian again! Finally, for all the Daddios out there.... Here's a silly pic me and the parentals took after the UCLA meet up a few months ago! I just wanted to say this about my dad. We went through some hard times and had major disagreements about my career path and my passions. His wishes and mine were completely different and as a 20 year old, it was really hard to deal with. I cried a lot in college (LIKE A LOT) not knowing how to please my heart and my parents'. Though I studied Biology and respected the subject, it was not in my blood to become a medical doctor. Some of you may be thinking, big deal just follow your heart! But in the stereotypical Asian culture, "if you're not a doctor or a lawyer, then it doesn't matter." So after college, I moved far far away to the East Coast to leave things behind and let my more creative side flourish. Lots happened out there in Boston...my first job was def not my dream job, in fact I got the worst review of my life from my boss! It was humiliating...but life is so funny...because at the same time, one of my oGorgeous yoga bags (I started a yoga bag company in college when I started teaching) somehow creeped it's way into SHAPE Magazine and I was like WHAT. I remember crying on the floor of TARGET when I opened the magazine and saw my bag. This was my sign. My sign to get out. Follow my heart. I dedicated the next several unemployed months (my parents didn't even know) to designing and development. Meanwhile to entertain myself (had so much more free time), I started blogging and YouTubing more. And to pay rent, I started teaching Pilates up to 12 times a week. It was really exhausting. But I also credit this time period to making me a better instructor. Meanwhile...my parents tried to get me to go to grad school or get some job in the medical field! My dad was like any type of doctor please? Optometrist, Pharmacist, or Naturopath!? I didn't like taking calls from my dad because it always made me sad that he didn't believe in me. So we didn't talk that much. It was a time period of open-mindedness on both sides that helped us regain our relationship again. I never wanted to disappoint my parents. I always wanted to make them proud. So when I couldn't fulfill their wishes when I was in college, I had no choice but to believe in myself and just go. I'm happy to say that today...Blogilates has brought us together again. Today both my mom and dad are big supporters of Blogilates and they love you guys. They read all of your comments and they call me daily to tell me about new ideas they have for y'all :) So today, I wanna give a shout out to my dad for his open-mindedness and his unconditional love for me and our family. We've been through rough times but all that matters is that today we are happy. Thank you for being a cool dad and wearing a neon green headband ;) Happy Father's Day! Go tell your dad you love him! <3 Cassey
(me back in the day at Commonwealth Sports Club in Boston)Hey guys! Today I'm going to share with you the answer to a question I get all the time! How does one become a group fitness instructor? I got certified in Pilates when I was a sophomore in college and my little sister Jackelyn started her group training career even earlier at the age of 18! I am so grateful to be teaching still, 7 years later and still loving it as much as the first day I started. Oh man guys...where do I begin. Back in the day, I was teaching to classes of 2 people. I started at a small gym down the street from my school called It Figures! in Whittier, CA. They are no longer around, but they were the ones who gave me a chance to teach. Seriously, it was because of them that this all started. After I got a wee bit more confident, I applied to 24 Hr Fitness and was sooooo happy to get an email saying they wanted me to audition. Heart was beating so fast...I was so nervous...I didn't think I was ready. My group fitness director told me to do some team teaching with a more seasoned instructor before she could give me a class. I had never taught in front of a crowd before...ever. That Tuesday evening after my Bio class, I walked into 24 Hr Fitness in Whittier for the 5:30pm class and saw about 30-40 ladies in this dance studio. I was panicking. I headed straight to the front of the room, avoiding eye contact, met the instructor, introduced myself real quick and she gave me the headset. OMG a headset??!! I'v never worn one before. She taught me how to turn it on and place it on my head. Too big, but whatever, I needed to start! The students were getting antsy because they didn't know why their normal instructor wasn't teaching. She told me, "Cassey you do 30 min of abs and core and I'll do arms and legs the 2nd half k? Okay now go." BIG GULP. Uhhhhhh.... All these people were staring at me. Hands were sweaty, heart was beating LIKE CRAZY. "Hi everyone, my name is Cassey and I will be team-teaching today and showing you some intense core moves!" No response. Ok umm just go I guess... I started with The Hundred, then did some Roll Ups, and some Double Leg Lifts. The only thing that could keep me calm was counting 10-9-8-7-6-5...My heart was SERIOUSLY beating out of my chest. It was SOOOOOO SCARYYYYY. I still remember those feelings as I type. It was terrifying. After class, I spoke with the instructor and she gave me the one piece of constructive criticism that I will never forget. She told me, "Cassey that was good but you need to stop counting everything." From that day on, I never did anymore. I remember immediately calling my sister and telling her that I was still shaking. After 24 Hr Fitness and after I graduated from Whittier, I moved to Boston, started my first corporate job, and taught on the side at Boston Sports Club (love that gym). I remember seeing that Equinox was holding an audition, and if you know anything about the gym industry, to teach at Equinox is an honor. It had always been my DREAM be a part of that place ever since the day I started instructing. I had heard how glam it was...how clean it was...and how hard it was to teach there. I had only been teaching for about 2.5-3 years at that point and I thought what the heck, let's give it a shot. Let me tell you. That Equinox audition was so intense you don't even know. Top instructors from all over Boston came together in the most beautiful yoga studio I have ever seen in my life. Perfect hardwood floors, velvet curtains, soothing lights, and a room shaped like a lily pad. It was a round robin audition where all the instructors had to teach each other a prepared 2 min routine. Meaning...not only did you have to be able to do the moves that the instructor up in front was demonstrating...but you also had to perfectly execute your own routine. If the directors liked you, you were allowed to finish. If they didn't think you had it, they would say "Okay, thanks, next please." It was so American Idol. After a couple hours of auditioning, they told us to go home and they'd contact us if we made it. I waited a week. 2 weeks. 3. I finally wrote the director back and asked about my standing. She said, sorry Cassey, you seemed more like a video instructor than a teacher who can engage with her students. I was devastated. Several months passed by. I was hating my "real" job. I ended up quitting 9 months into it without a plan. I just knew I had to get out of that toxic environment. The only thing I could practically fall back on was Pilates...so I started applying EVERYWHERE. I ended up teaching 10+ classes a week at numerous gyms and studios to pay the bills. It was hard. It was tiring. But I attribute my skills today to that period of my life when all I did was live and breathe Pilates. I started to "get it"...I started to get more comfortable in front of my students...I started to become more creative and stylish on the mat. I loved it all. Then one night as I was browsing Craigslist for fitness jobs, I saw that Equinox was holding another audition. Ugh...it had been almost a year. Should I do it? If I fail again, I should really never come back I thought. Took a deep breath and said, whatever let's go. Came into that same studio I'd set foot in a year ago. Saw the same directors. I wasn't sure if she remembered me. This time, I didn't even prepare anything. I told myself, you know what you know. Just do your thing. If you get it, good. If you don't, who cares! When it was my turn to get in the front, my heart was at ease. I just taught like I was teaching friends. I made my peers laugh, I made their core hurt, and overall, it was very easy and pleasant. At the end of the audition, they told us thank you and that they'd get in touch with us within the week to let us know how we did. I wanted so bad to teach at Equinox. But I told myself...if it's meant to be, then it'll be. Don't worry. Your time will come. You know, they always say...if you stop waiting for something or expecting something to happen, what you want will come true. Then it happened. I got an email saying that that weekend out of the 50+ instructors that auditioned, they only picked 2, and I was one of them. The director did remember me. She said I had grown so much from the first time I auditioned and that I truly impressed her. I started crying. It was so intense. I couldn't believe it. My dream came true. I finally accomplished my goal of working at one of America's most prestigious gyms. I called my sister. We laughed and celebrated together. So that's my story of my group fitness career. I've taught at numerous gyms along the way and loved every single one of my students in every single one of my classes. Getting that room filled to capacity, jammin' to the music, sweatin' to the beat....ahhhh INVIGORATING!!! I will never ever ever stop teaching. It keeps me sane and makes me so so happy. YouTube has given me the opportunity to go beyond the dance studio and teach you guys too. I am so grateful. I hope you understand that you are my life :) Now, I want to introduce you to fitness dvd star Nicole Nichols of Sparkpeople.com who is a fellow group exercise instructor . She literally teaches EVERYTHING. I remember watching her on YouTube way before I made videos and learning some moves from her routines. Years later we are now friends and she is here to tell you the details of the fitness industry and how to break into becoming an instructor. Please, let's give a warm welcome to Nicole! Cassey: Hi Nicole! Can you tell everyone who you are and how you got started in fitness? Nicole: I actually started out studying architecture and interior design in college. But after about three years of study, I knew it just wasn't for me. My hobby of reading nutrition books and going to the gym, I discovered, could actually be a career—something I never even considered. I discovered the major "Health Promotion" at my university, switched majors and never looked back! I decided to make my love of design and art a hobby and my passion for health and wellness into a career. In college, I took on every possible learning experience and work opportunity. I volunteered, went to professional health conferences, joined health-related campus groups (like one that educated people about preventing eating disorders and encouraged body love), and took part in training programs at my university rec center, which is where I first worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. When I took a required class called "Writing for Healthcare" I knew I had found my niche: I wanted to write about health and fitness for a living. So I called up the campus newspaper to offer my services, wrote a regular health/fitness feature, and got a call from SparkPeople. The rest is history. I've been writing, blogging and creating health and fitness stories for nine years now. All the while I have continued to gain new fitness certifications and I still teach fitness part-time outside of my full-time job with SparkPeople. I've been teaching a variety of fitness classes now for 10 years. Because of my background as an instructor, I was the go-to person when SparkPeople wanted to create their own fitness videos and DVDs. I love my job! I love learning and helping other people feel empowered to take control of their health, too. Cassey: What's your fave healthy food? Nicole: It would be IMPOSSIBLE for me to pick just one. I truly enjoy a lot of healthy foods. I probably wouldn't want to live without…avocados, Greek yogurt, BERRIES (don't even get me started…soooo good), and broccoli. Cassey: And your fave YOLO or "cheat" food? Nicole: I don't ever consider any food to be a "cheat" food actually. I think that all foods can fit into a healthy diet when you practice moderation. I make it no secret that while I eat healthy food (and love it) at least 80% of the time, I love my sweets. My favorite treat that has no redeeming nutritional quality (since I was a kid) is Twizzlers. But I also love ice cream. Cassey: You work out so much! But what's your fave form of exercise? Nicole: Finding exercise that you enjoy is key to sticking with a routine and it not feeling like an obligation or chore. I love to run and train for 1-3 half marathons each year. I also love Pilates! It's my go-to exercise. I think of Pilates as daily physical therapy. It feels good and does so much good for your body. Cassey: Now for the BIG question! How does one become a group fitness instructor? Nicole: There are so many types of group exercise classes these days that it can be tough to navigate the world of group fitness as a newbie. I now have almost 10 fitness certifications (and am currently working on another: yoga!) but I surely didn't start out that way. I started with just ONE—a broad "group fitness instructor" certification from AFAA. Here's a good breakdown of how to reach your goal of becoming certified, getting experience, and getting hired to teach. 1. Decide what you want to teach. Is it yoga? Pilates? Group strength training? Maybe you love step aerobics, kickboxing or BodyPump. The easiest way to start is with ONE method that you can focus on. In my experience (and my professional opinion), yoga and Pilates are more challenging formats when you're just starting out as a teacher. The training is longer, more expensive and more complex, and they're harder to teach because they are so nuanced and detailed. Just something to think about—but of course lots of people learn them and do them without any previous fitness experience. 2. Talk to the right people. If you want to teach—perhaps where you currently take classes or at a specific gym—find out what they require in terms of training and certifications for their instructors. Spinning is a specific form of indoor cycling, and another specific one is Schwinn, for example. Some gyms might require one certification over the other. There are also a lot of Les Mills fitness programs gaining popularity, but to teach them you have to be certified specifically in those methods. Then there are some general classes (kickboxing, step aerobics, toning, etc.) that many people teach with just a "general" group fitness certification. If you want to teach, find out what is required. This may also include CPR or first aid certification in most gyms. Also talk to other instructors who teach classes that you enjoy. Ask how they got started, where they did their training, and if they have any tips. They will probably be very happy to help you get started on the right path, such as recommending a good certification or training program. 3. Get certified. The next step is deciding on your certification. ACE and AFAA both have great group fitness certifications that will train you and give you experience to teach some general classes. But if you want to teach yoga, Pilates, cycling or another specialty class, you'll need that specific certification. Many certifications can be attained through your own home study, and some will require in-person trainings and test-outs. Don't just go for whatever is "easiest." Go for the format that you think will truly help you learn and be a good instructor. That will make all the difference in creating successful classes—and getting hired.
(Cassey: here's me at my Les Mills BODYPUMP cert a few years ago!)4. Get experience. You should practice teaching as much as possible while you study for your certification and even after you obtain it. Most gyms will require you to "audition" for a teaching position, and you want to feel confident when you do that. It can also be nerve-wracking to get up in front of people and talk the whole time and give them the cues they need to exercise correctly and safely. The more practice you can get—even with friends or family members, the better off you will be. Some gym and universities will be very open to letting you "practice teach" as well to gain experience, often for no pay—but it can make a huge difference to feeling confident and ready to lead a class by yourself. Be open to feedback that will help you get better. 5. Get out there! Now you're trained, experienced and ready! Like any job, network. Meet people. Talk to other instructors. Talk to your gym manager or gym owner. You never know what opportunities it may lead to. 6. Remain professional. That means keeping up with your certification. A quality, reputable certification will require ongoing continuing education in order to stay certified, and a professional instructor will keep her certifications current. This also means staying true to what you have been taught. If you received a general group fitness certification and someone offers to let you teach a format that you have not been certified or professionally trained in—then you are not remaining professional and neither is your fitness studio. These sort of things do happen, but it is seriously frowned upon in the professional fitness community. It also makes you liable if you teach people things you were never trained in and they injure themselves. That could get you sued and your other certifications revoked. Speaking of, all instructors should protect themselves by getting a professional liability insurance policy; you hope you'll never have to use it, but it's good to have just in case. For many, a love of group classes (and OK, a bit of a desire to get paid to work out) leads them down the path of becoming a fitness instructor. It can be fun, rewarding and interesting, but it also takes a lot of groundwork and a desire to continuously evolve and learn to truly be successful. Most fitness instructors wouldn't change what they do and love to help others find their way as well, so don't be afraid to ask your favorite instructor for some tips along your journey! Thank you so much Nicole for sharing this information with us. I know all of the POPsters here looking for a career in the fitness industry truly appreciate it. Guys, if you have any more questions, please comment below and we will do our best to answer! You may follow Nicole on twitter @thecoachnicole and check out her blog at Sparkpeople here. Love you guys! See you soon on Monday for a brand new workout! <3 Cassey
Even babies came, hogging them detox bottles! :P
Billy Blanks even stopped by to do a crazy pose with me :DSo before I show you what our booth looked like this year, I want to do a throwback to 2013. It was a 10 x 10 booth with one headless mannequin. This was my first booth ever!! And then here is the 2014 booth! I actually designed this booth (you wouldn't think that this is a job but it is...haha) and I made sure there was squishy wood flooring, bright lights in the background, a changing tent, and lots of pictures! Oh and matching hangers. And 2 mannequins with heads!! Such a must! This year we grew to a 20 x 10! We even had matching shirts and reusable Blogilates bags! So legit. So legit. Thank you to my Blogilates fam for pouring their heart and soul into this event. It really was exhausting for everyone, but we made it through! I was also asked to lead 2 talks there. It was an incredible honor to speak as an expert on social media and branding to other fitness professionals and bloggers. I love sharing my knowledge with people especially when they appreciate it and will apply it to their own lives. Much like when I give you a monthly workout plan and meal plan. I want you to use it and make some changes in your life for the better. I also did the talk about how to turn your blog into a business leading up to Jillian Michael's keynote. If I could sum it up in one sentence, it would be this: Stand behind what you believe in and serve people whole-heartedly with passion. Then came Friday night at the POP Pilates Party! OMG it was so much fun! Several hundred POPsters, trainers, and fitness professionals gathered together to do a 1 hr class with me. Let's just say everyone's butt was sore the day after. Oops. I also want to plan a Blogilates National Tour for 2015. Where should we go?! Please tell me where you're from and if there's enough interest in one location, I will be there!!! Oh and I also want to show you something cool. Look! It's me on a door!!! Hahaha. I've never seen myself like this before :P I also taught some classes in celebration of the launch of the POP Pilates Certification program! Woot woot! Which by the way...we finally have dates for! The dates and locations of the trainings are:
Please go sign up! I will personally be leading these sessions. You will learn how to not only be a fitness instructor, but a SUCCESSFUL fitness instructor. You will learn how to be confident in front of a crowd and how to rock your class's core. Trust me, it is THE MOST rewarding job I've ever had. Your job is to inspire!!
Plus, you get to make money while you work out. And most gyms will most likely give you a free gym membership too. I mean - obviously those are not the important things, but they are very nice perks :)
Ok well hopefully I will see you guys soon at one of these trainings! Or next year at the Blogilates National Tour! Please comment below and let me know where we should plan to visit!!
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- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon crushed walnutsDIRECTIONS 1. Fill a foil muffin cup with the 2 tablespoons vanilla Greek yogurt and freeze for 2 hours (or overnight) until solid. 2. Spray a large mug with cooking spray. 3. Mix together the oats, banana, Greek yogurt, egg, almond milk, sweetener, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir well. 4. Microwave for 1 minute. 5. Remove and press the frozen yogurt disk in the mug and press down slightly. 6. Return to microwave for another minute or until just set. (If you like your cake under-done, pull it out sooner. If you like it firm and more like a muffin, keep it in longer). Sprinkle with walnuts. The center should ooze out slightly if you don’t over-cook it.
Calories: 293 | Protein: 14 g | Net Carbs: 29 g | Fat: 12 g | Fiber: 4 g
Cost: $0.71Also guys! I am having a POP Pilates Masterclass in San Diego this weekend! It'll be my first time teaching in SD so you MUST come. I would love to work out with you then hang out with you afterwards :) It's at 12 noon on Saturday at the Grand Opening of the La Costa 24 Hour Fitness! You don't need to have a membership and it is free for you guys. Here's the addy:
La Costa 24 Hour Fitness
3409 Via Montebello
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Ooooh and lookie what we have here! It's a new printable!
Add this to your printables collection. This "6 Minutes to a Sexy Booty" workout legit left my butt vibrating for a good 10 minutes after I did it. It was really so crazy. You can do the full length video with me here.
Okie dokies! I hope you have a lovely Thursday. Only 4 more days til the start of the 8 Week Hot Body Challenge! Upload pics when you get your journal or meal plan and use the hashtag #8weekhotbody.