Call Me Gangnam! And my fitness idols!

Call Me Gangnam! And my fitness idols!

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Hey POPsters!!!

So I ended up doing it! The Gangnam Style Call Me Maybe mashup workout! It’s only about 4 min long but killer, just like the original Call Me Maybe Mighty Squat Challenge…but with pelvic thrusting and horse riding 🙂

Also! Today I threw together a cool workout OOTD (outfit of the day) comprised of Lorna Jane and Body Language Sportswear. (The specific pieces are mentioned at the end of the post.) I am loving loving loving neons for summer but looks like it’s also carrying through fall, so I am super excited about that. But honestly though…not sure if there are really “seasons” in the gym. I’ll wear whatever I want as long as it makes me look good and feel good!

The outfit got me thinking something…

I am fortunate enough to know the designers of the clothes I am wearing!

Matt and Erica are the dynamo power model couple that run BL and I love em to death! Here’s an older article I did on them a while back when we first met in real life. Now, we meet up frequently when I am down in LA . They are so down to earth and funny. I also love everything that they produce, especially their scrunchy pants and capris! Their clothing is constantly seen on those “celebs leaving the gym” pics in the mags. Hahaha.

Just recently, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my female entrepreneur idols, Lorna Jane – the ceo, founder, and head designer of the Australian-based activewear brand Lorna Jane!

Isn’t she lovely?

Two women that I really look up to in the fitness world are Lorna Jane and Tosca Reno. I talk about Tosca’s “eat clean” diet and philosophy all the time. I have many of her cookbooks. It’s how I eat and live now. She basically runs a whole empire and is the brains behind OXYGEN magazine as well. I am totally subscribed and get uber excited everytime my monthly issue comes in the mail 🙂

Lorna on the other hand dominates fitness fashion and creates gorgeous pieces that give Lululemon some serious competition! LJ is my go-to brand for sports bras. These just fit the best for me and the padding gives me lots of support and extra oomph if you know what I mean.

I feel like I have a very special connection with Lorna though…I don’t remember if I ever talked about this but oh well whatever, if I did, I’ll just repeat it!

It was probably about 9 or 10 months ago when I decided that Lorna was going to be one of the inspirational women I look up to. When I read her story, it resonated with me so much it was insane. We have such VERY similar beginnings. Yes I know I am only 25 and have got a long way to go…but really, the journey so far is so similar it’s almost freaky.

Lorna was a group fitness instructor and started out making fashionable workout clothes for herself. Then her students started to ask if she could make pieces for them so the orders began to roll in. At the time she was working full time as a dental therapist. When orders got crazy, she quit, started her own store, faced many challenges, but kept moving forward because she believed in her dreams and surrounded herself with positive people who believed in her too. Today, Lorna’s brand isn’t the only thing that’s famous…Lorna Jane is a healthy living role model for a lot of women. To me though, she is an example of drive, passion, and overall – an outstanding businesswoman.

The parallels?

Well, I am a group fitness instructor! Started teaching back in college when I was majoring in Biology. (See we have that science background in common!) I was supposed to go into medicine. When I was teaching, I couldn’t find a yoga bag that was fashionable or functional enough to carry my mat – so I made one. Then students started asking where I got it and one by one small orders piled up. That’s how oGorgeous got started. Eventually I quit my first corporate job out of college after just 9 months and decided to give oGorgeous 100% of my heart and dedication. I just didn’t think it’d be fair to myself to not give my dreams a fighting chance. It was at some point between developing my bags and having extra time with no “real job” that Blogilates blossomed into something I never had EVER EVER planned for. I always thought oGorgeous was gonna be my “main thing” but now – I get to design and teach every day. The two things I love to do most!!!! It truly is a blessing.

Lorna herself still sketches and designs many of the pieces that debut every month. I majorly respect that. As oGorgeous begins to grow, I don’t think I could ever give up design either. I grew up drawing! I don’t know if you know this…but you know how when you’re in school every kid has a title attached to them? Like John the basketball player. Mary the singer girl. Philip the trouble maker. Felix the smart kid. Guess what mine was?

Cassey the artist.

I have many many many sketches of evening gowns, wedding dresses, and all sorts of pictures I drew. It was my ULTIMATE dream to be a fashion designer when I grew up. But when the discussion of college majors came around…my parents weren’t too stoked about me attending a school just for design. So I locked my passion up in a secluded box somewhere at the back of my heart and tried to forget about it for 4 years.

Luckily it didn’t stay there that long. THANK GOODNESS I followed my heart, my passion, and my gut. It wasn’t wrong. I am sooooooooooo happy and in love with what I do daily that – well – that I don’t sleep. Haha. Maybe too in love. Still need to find balance. That is something I hope to learn from Lorna and Tosca. These two ladies have built up magnificent empires around them but find time to spend with family and lead healthy, happy lives.

So yeah, anyway, there is my little spiel!!! I am so happy I got to meet Lorna when I was down in LA for Livstrongwoman Pilates Bootcamp filming a few months ago. She is wonderful and just brimming with good energy. LJ is opening up new stores in CA – all are southern right now. Can’t wait til they get an SF location. They are gonna take over!!! Hahaha. So cool. And so wonderful to see growth.

Who are your idols?

Oh wow, I just had a wave of de ja vu flood through my veins. I think I asked you this before already….

Oh well!

So tell me, who are your idols and have you met them? And in school, what was your “title”?

Hope you’re having a SPECTACULAR DAY and don’t forget to enter the #Trainlikeabeastlooklikeabeauty giveaway! Details here.

<3 Cassey


FIT OOTD: Zeta Top sports bra from Body Language Sportswear (now $46, was $58), Divine short from Lorna Jane in Shocking Pink ($62.99) and Divine Excel Tank from Lorna Jane  in Peacock Merl ($62.99).

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  1. Jen says:

    haha, my “title” in school is also The Artist! it’s nice to know i have something in common with one of my biggest inspirations ^^
    most of my idols lie somewhere in the realm of drawing, and anyone who has the determination to change their lifestyle and stick to it for good.

  2. Chelsea says:

    Hey Cassey! I’m really interested in buying the Lorna Jane shorts you are wearing in your video and figured you could answer this question for me, how does the sizing run? Do they run small or big? I think I’m about the same size as you, I usually take an XS or a Small in bottoms .. Thanks for your help!!

    1. blogilates says:

      I am wearing an xs here!

  3. Claudia says:

    my biggest fitness idol right now is Jillian Michaels! but Cassey, you’re pretty decent too 😉

  4. Paige says:

    I have looked for a “fitness role model” for years and was never impressed with anyone until I found you on pinterest….now I’m a devoted POPster! I majored in Exercise Physiology in college and believe my approach to exercise and wellness is based on the fact that human body was designed to MOVE! Most fitness instructors and either weird yogi-types that are trying achieve nirvana or body builder types that are only after a certain look and they will destroy their bodies with supplements, chemicals, and quick fixes. You, my dear Cassey…approach exercise with the best attitude possible. Its fun, light hearted, hard work but worth it, and you always looks cute in your work our gear which is a must in my book. I’m slightly un-motivated most days to work out, but you keep me going! You are AWESOME!

  5. Mishy says:

    Haha I honestly love looking and reading through your blog posts. It’s so amazing what you have done and how you have inspired many people, including yourself. I actually think that you’re my role model as a fitness person. Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. melinda says:

    today is one of those days where i just simply cannot drag myself to the gym… thank you .. thank you… i have a favor to ask of you… i have been thinking myself to share recipes or things i learn along the way on youtube.. but do not know how you film your videos.. what do you need… do u just use your phone.. if you can do a how to video… that would be wonderful…. thanks! mel

  7. sammyt says:

    great post! Cassey, I love the workout pants. I really don’t have an idol persa. Anywhos…Let’s see some sketches. Maybe a “Call Me Fit” top or pants.

  8. Priyanka says:

    Hi Cassey, it would be wonderful if you could share some of your sketches / drawings from your collection of “Cassey the Artist”!!

  9. chana says:

    Loved this workout! And when it comes to who i look up to… you of course cassey! Your the one who kicks my butt everyday encouraging me to push myself and train insane!! Thanks Cassey 🙂

  10. Jazz says:

    In a way you are a pre-doctor: preventing illnesses by inspiring fun exercise 🙂

    1. blogilates says:

      best comment ever. must tell the parentals this 🙂

  11. Giuliana says:

    Wow, that was very inspirational! Haha Thanks for everything Cassey, YOU are my idol 😀

  12. Vera McDonnell says:

    Was that really rap music so degrading? I’m not sure where that awful music was coming from??? That was awful. I really don’t think you meant to put that to one of your videos. B____ betta have ma mone. F___ this and that???

  13. Jeannie says:

    It was always Jeannie the Smart Girl or Jeannie the Girl Who Sings Like An Angel 🙂

  14. Kirsten says:

    I absolutely LOVE this workout to bits!!! Please do more combo’s like this, they are amazing… you’re amazing!

  15. Liza says:

    I’m so excited to do this tomorrow morning! 🙂 So glad you got to meet your fitness idols, Cassey. It must be so inspiring and must have reignited your passion to go for the gold!

    And I think you might enjoy this song from Carly Rae Jepsen’s new song “Tiny Little Bows”:

    1. Liza says:

      Wow, I meant song from her new album “Kiss” called “Tiny Little Bows” hahaha

  16. L says:

    I smile at least once everytime I watch youur videos, it makes working out so much fun <3

  17. Cee says:

    hey cassey!
    i love the combination of strength and cardio in this video, and how the moves switch up pretty frequently (it makes it easier to do the whole thing when there’s variety, imho). pleeeeease do more of these!! but i’m not generally that into mashups… maybe you could do a combo workout for a pop challenge?

    thanks girl!

  18. Tina says:

    my idol is you Cassey, and my title was “Tina the soft long black haired”, they all wanted my hair

  19. April says:

    oh my goodness you look amazing!! Where is that orange shirt your wearing from?

  20. maja says:

    This video is amazing, this is why I love u! thanks for making working out fun, I love starting my days with you 🙂

  21. Brittany says:

    Oh goodness this looks crazy!! I love your leg challenges, you make doing squats for 4 minutes fun!

  22. Maddy K says:

    Hi Cassey
    I love your workouts!!!!!
    Could you please have more Eleanor Calder leg workouts as I am dyeing to get her legs
    Maddy K