December 31, 2019
Sitting here the eve before a brand new decade at my desk, and I’m thinking about how much has happened over the past 10 years.
In 2009, I graduated from college with a Biology degree, not knowing how my future would look because I didn’t see myself becoming a doctor – a dream my parents had made for me. I cried a lot. I had dark thoughts. I didn’t know what my future was going to look like. One of the only things bringing me peace was my Pilates practice.
At the time, I was the only instructor teaching POP Pilates at 24 Hour Fitness and had to quit because I got an opportunity to move cross country for my first real job out of college. My 40 or so students at the gym were sad because there would be no more POP Pilates. So I had an idea to film a 10 min workout and to put it on YouTube. I told them that anytime they missed me, they could work out with me on the internet. I picked the screen name “Blogilates” because I taught Pilates and I was starting to blog at the time.
Little did I know that 10 years later…Blogilates would amass over 4.7 million subscribers and that POP Pilates would be the official Pilates partner for 24 Hour Fitness – with over 4,000 classes being taught by certified POP Pilates instructors every month! INSANE. Truly insane what can happen in a decade when you follow your passion, work hard and continue to challenge yourself to do better everyday.
The photo above may look like your standard before and after, but to me, it’s a What I Knew Then versus a What I Know Now. I have learned so much about my body, my mind, my limits, my strengths, and my weaknesses over the past 10 years.
22 year old college Cassey had just started dating Sam and they thought it would be fun to drive to every fast food chain nearby and do a “best hamburger” 🍔 taste test, a “best fry” 🍟 taste test, and a “best taco” 🌮 taste test! Haha. It was super fun date idea that lasted us a couple weeks of going out to eat! Not gonna lie, IT WAS DELISH and helped us save money because we weren’t going out to fancy, romantic restaurants. Not great for our bodies but we didn’t know enough to care back then. Plus, we attributed our weight gain to being in love! It was happy weight! 😋
10 years later, I am in the fittest shape of my life – mentally and physically – on my own terms!! I never thought I’d actually be able to be like one of those people on those “as seen on tv” commercials that say they look better than they did in school, but ummm, I LOOK DANG FIONEEEEE AND I AM PROUD OF IT!!! Sam thinks so too 😉
I can’t believe we’re about to embark into a new decade. Who will I be 10 years from now?? I don’t know. But I’m excited to continue to build a better version of me everyday.
Alrighty…are you ready for your first workout calendar of 2020 and of the DECADE!??? I present to you the Blogilates January 2020 Workout Calendar!
Here’s what you week will look like. Each day of the week has a duo-focus!
SUNDAY: Obliques & Abs
MONDAY: Cardio & Abs
TUESDAY: Total Body & Abs
WEDNESDAY: Butt & Abs
THURSDAY: Arms & Abs
FRIDAY: Recovery Day
SATURDAY: Back & Abs
Do each video once (unless otherwise stated) and check off as you go! Each day will be around 45 min of exercise! If you want to ease into working out, check out my Beginner’s Calendar. It’s a free 4 week program to get you stronger, so that you can join in on the monthlies when you are ready.
In addition to your workouts, you also have a nice lil #2020challenge to do everyday from January 1st to January 20th! The challenge of the day is just 20 reps of an ab move and 20 reps of another muscle group move, so by the end of the week, you’ll have targeted every single part of your body! Here’s the #2020challenge graphic:
I will be uploading a few YouTube videos to show you how to do each of these moves, so you’ll know proper form and technique for each exercise! Plus coach you through all 20+20 reps.
If you’re in for the challenge, I want you to comment “I’m in!” in the comments section below!
Here is the first video with Days 1-7!
Then this is what I need you to do next if you want to set yourself up for a successful 20 day challenge:
- Save this graphic and post it to Instagram or Facebook and announce that you’re committing to this challenge for the next 20 days. Hashtag #2020Challenge. (This will create accountability.)
- Tag 3 friends to do this challenge with you. They could be online friends or POPsters! (This will be your support network!)
- Tag me @blogilates. (This is how I will know that you’re in for real.)
ALRIGHTY!!! That’s that for now you guys.
Go enjoy your New Year’s Eve because Jan 1 we are going HARD. I have a super cute Roarin’ 20’s outfit that I am changing into for NYE. Cannot wait to show you!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!