I found a new way to relax!

I found a new way to relax!

Rolling my ankles

Run Cassey Run

Hey POPsters!

I don’t remember the last time I was so unproductive and loved every second of it.

Actually, wait,  I do.

That was when I was so addicted to facebook back in college that I’d just spend hours and hours looking at people’s pictures and coming up with witty titles and captions for my albums.

Anyway, just in the past 2 days, I think I found a new hobby. Like something that just brings me pure personal and obsessive joy without much benefit to anyone else: cinemagraphs! It’s basically a GIF but only a portion of the picture is animated.

What!? Yeah. When I told my mom of this marvelous revelation as we were strolling around the Stanford Shopping Center today, she raised her eyebrows and contorted her face exclaiming, “Are you kidding? That’s not relaxing! That’s still work!!”


Actually…it’s not work at all. I find it more like art and art relaxes me and brings me to a different world.

I find myself looking at objects now and wondering, how can I make that an impactful cinemagraph that makes you cock your head sideways and go “Hmm. Interesting.” I find myself browsing websites for great cinemagraphs and studying them to see what makes them so intriguing. I am now trying to come up with a formula that will help me create a successful cinemagraph each time. This is something I am not good at and I find so much joy in creating these amateur motion graphics, learning from them, and doing more research to make it better. All for what? Clearly no one really cares about those random tomatoes I posted yesterday, (but if you do, you can follow me on cinemagram, it’s an app you can download and my username is blogilates) so I just do it because I like it.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun that has nothing to do with anything just cuz it makes you super happy? I’d love to hear!

Also, today has been quite wonderful! I was surprised by a long time POPster who took my Bootcamp and Pilates classes at CRUNCH this morning! I first noticed her because she had my mint Nike Frees. Then it wasn’t after class that she told me she had been following me since she was a freshman in college and now she’s graduated! It was so cool to talk to Tiffany and learn more about how she’s trying to be healthy and how the vids have helped her.

I really love meeting you guys and I like talking too so beware, I’ll ask you as many questions as you ask me!!!

I am currently at the Apple Store trying to get my new iPhone 5 fixed. I am so sad. I have not had a phone that could actually make calls for 3 days now. I am one of the unlucky ones that got a defected phone! Yeah, and that’s what I get for pre-ordering early!


And one more thing!!!

Look at this:

Yup. The Blogilates app is in the works for reals! Last night I met up with my developer and we were drawing out every single screen that the app was gonna have. It was actually pretty fun. Late Saturday nights at the local coffee shop just chugging away. I am so excited for this to happen. There’s so much I didn’t know about that had to go into making an app. This is such a cool learning experience and I am fortunate to have found someone who has the same passion and vision for this project as I do! That’s why I have been so hesitant to make an app for a while. It’s almost like finding a father for your baby.

Yup so that was my weekend in a nutshell!! I am off to LA tomorrow to get ready for the Livestrongwoman shoot. I will also announce the twitter winner very soon. So make sure you’re subbed to Blogilates, BlogilatesTV, and Livestrongwoman on YouTube and you’re on the newsletter. May the odds be evah in your favor! 😉

<3 you so much! Bye guys!


PS – Oh and get ready for an awesome new workout on Monday based on the overwhelming song suggestions I got on the Call Me Gangnam workout.

It may come a wee bit later just because I wanna spend a little extra time on it but it will come. Hope you understand!

32 thoughts on “I found a new way to relax!”

There are 32 comments posted by our users.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Viktoria says:

    Hey Cassey, I know it sounds silly but I learn languages for fun… it makes me happy… and workout also makes me happy, of course.. 😉 xoxo Vik

    1. Maja says:

      Oh thats interesting, what languages do you know?

    2. Jess says:

      I learn languages for fun as well! & I just joined you girls! It feels great to feel my muscles coming back to life <3<3<3
      What are yours? My languages are English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and some Mandarin lately (^_^)

  2. Cherina says:

    Hey Cassie, I dont have have twitter and not on FB much but do you live in the Bay Area? I have been following you for the last year and I love you.. I hosted a class with you all the way in boston and the girls LOVED you!! I am wondering if you have a way of contacting you? Email? Just so I can ask a question! thanks

  3. Shahed says:

    Is there any chance the app can be FREE ???

  4. Alison says:

    I LOVEEEEE those animated pictures!! I really want an app like that for the iPhone 🙂

  5. Lisa says:

    *facepalm* Would help if I left the link…


  6. Lisa says:

    Speaking of Gangam Style…have you seen this awesome cover by Pentatonix? They’re completely acappela and insanely awesome and as soon as I saw the vid, I thought of you. Looks like they were even getting some cardio in there!

  7. Dannica says:

    Just out of curiosity, will the app be available for android phones too?

    1. gess says:

      yea! we want android app! not all of us are fortunate enough to have an iphone! im mad the toneitup girls dont have one. and can we have a a food and water log!! please its everything in one. preferably like the lose it app!

  8. vicky says:

    I cant wait to your blogilates app! Yay!

  9. NicoleMarie says:

    I had so much fun doing this workout. You always come up with the best ones! Can’t wait for the blogilates app to come up 🙂

  10. GK says:

    I just luv your reaction when you were watching the one diretion video it was so awesome. I luv you so much Cassey人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ Plz do a workout for the transverse abdominals to the song the boys by girls generation (English version) It is a really good song. Here is the link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFbyh0wzTS0—– It starts at 1:08.

    Thx so much!!!!人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\
    Btw my bias is the one who yells the “my heart” part near the end or the one that starts the verse (the one with the pink highlight) and they are the same person

  11. GK says:

    I just luv your reaction when you were watching the one diretion video it was so awesome. I luv you so much Cassey人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ Also I won’t say this enough plz plz plz do an abs for the boys workout to the song the boys by girls generation (English version) It is a really good song. Here is the link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFbyh0wzTS0—– It starts at 1:08.

    Thx so much!!!!人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\
    Btw my bias is the one who yells the “my heart” part near the end or the one that starts the verse (the one with the pink highlight) and they are the same person

  12. A says:

    lol loooove cinemagraphs too!:D but cassey you must run on your toesssss… <3

  13. Marie says:

    Nice work on the gangnam mashup, and I’m so looking forward to the app!
    You should totally check out this gangnam dance by five korean girls too, so much energy! 😀


  14. Leelee says:

    The pictures up top look really cool.

    It appears they don’t have the cinemagraph app for Android. Figures lol

    Will the Blogilates App be available for Android or is it only for iPhone/iPod Touch users?

  15. Sara says:

    Im so sorry about your phone, Cassey. At least you HAVE an iPhone 5. I had the 4 for a year, dropped it on the sidewalk last friday while eating an on-the-run granola bar and walking to school (obviously clumsy people can’t do two things at once) and the screen cracked. Of course AT&T won’t let me replace it until my upgrade next summer. Gotta start loving my cracked screen. LOLZ. Hope that makes you feel a lil’ better.:-)

  16. Ann-Kathrin says:

    My hobby? Blogilates! Seriously, I love reading your blog posts, I learn so much about healthy food and healthy living. Working out has become my hobby. And sometimes watch TV. I really like cooking shows! And I also love baking. That’s my passion. But not only the healthy stuff… Haha! 🙂

  17. LOVE your video! Hilarious! I didn’t do it because I was feeding my baby while watching, but holy cow it looks like a great burn! Might be doing it this afternoon! Keep your AWESOME job up lady!!!

  18. Sun says:

    Since you like cinemagraphs so much you should check out this site, she’s a talented photographer who also make a lot of cinemagraphs. Some of her old ones are so amazing. http://annstreetstudio.com/category/cinemagraphs/

  19. Ni Ni says:

    I love the rolling the ankle cinemagraph! you are awesome. How I wish I had your energy & positiveness! love you long long time & more! hehe

  20. kendrrat says:

    Congrats on the app in progress! Thats super cool. And oh man I want some sweet pretty Nikes!

  21. Tiffany says:

    I totally called my bf as soon as I got into my car after taking your class. I think he got kind of worried at how high-pitched and excited my voice was after leaving the gym haha!

    It was sooo nice to finally meet you and you’re uber sweet =) Can’t wait for the app and to take your classes again next week!

    Have fun in LA <3

    1. blogilates says:

      yayyyy it was so cool to meet u too!!!

  22. Danette says:

    I’m sooooo excited about the app as well! As for me relaxing is doing some knitting, or looking up dessert recipes : )

  23. Aja says:

    You’re hilarious Cassey.
    The app looks great. I’m hoping I have something I can use it on by the time it comes out. Worse comes to worse I’ll splurge on an iTouch.

  24. Patti says:

    I’m so excited for the app! It looks really great so far 🙂

    Relaxation over here is playing the piano and reading – not very relaxing for some, maybe, but it has nothing to do with my career, so it takes my mind away!

  25. Heidi K. says:

    You work so hard! I don’t know how you have so much energy!

    I can’t wait until you have a map/meet-up tool where you can meet other POPsters. I live in Texas and really want to meet other people with a passion for fitness/nutrition between the San Antonio/Austin area!!


    P.S. I am SO sad. I’ve been trying to find the mint nike free runs in my size, 8.5, for like over a month. I check almost everyday and NO luck. 🙁 Be sad with me! haha

    1. blogilates says:

      awwwww – have you just tried googling? i know they exist…on odd sites but they do! I swear!

      1. Heidi K says:

        Yeah, I have. I did Google shopping and took a peak at ebay too just in case. They seem to only have size 12 left everywhere! I won’t give up. lol