POP Pilates Meet Up?

POP Pilates Meet Up?

Hello POPsters!

I’m sitting in bed trying to type a blog post as my body aches. Remember today’s workout command on facebook and twitter? I asked you to do squats to a whole song and pulse at the chorus. Well, I kind of did that yesterday ‘cept I had a 40lb barbell on my back. My butt hurts. It hurts in a way it has never hurt before. My badonkadonk is sore! (And I like it!) Joan, you should try it.

This Sunday I have the Nike Women’s Half Marathon to run in San Fran. I haven’t been talking about it much since, well, I haven’t been training for it much. I know, bad me. I’m not a “natural” long distance runner. I do it because it’s a good way to burn calories and my sister loves it so it makes the activity more enjoyable. In all honestly, I am a strength training girl and my sister is a cardio bunny. I would MUCH rather lift weights all day than run races. But life is about trying new things and constantly challenging yourself for improvement. I never in my life thought I could run a distance beyond 2-3 miles. Last month I did my first half marathon and in a few days I do it again! You can do it too. Just try to find the beauty and purpose behind your journey…it makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable.

Will any of you guys be running this race?

I have so much to tell you! I don’t know where to start. I feel like a lot has been happening and I want you to know what’s going on because friends need to update each other right?


OK, so my oGorgeous & Flomme yoga bags and gym bags. OMG guys. They are set to ship here on Nov 5 and will arrive around Thanksgiving time. I know, super late, but barely in the nick of time for the holidays! I think you will love them. I’ve been working sooo hard traveling, drawing, staring at fabric swatches, editing spec sheets etc etc and basically being on the computer all day long! And night. I think a lot of you notice that you get tweets at all hours of the day. Well those aren’t robot-generated, friends. It’s actually me trying to keep myself awake by updating my status messages 🙂

The new bags have ventilation holes, sweat proof fabric lining, pockets everywhere, and are so perfect in every way! I handpicked every detail that’s on those bags and it’s so cool to see everything come together as a physical product. Just a few years ago in college I was crying every night wondering what my purpose in life really was. The science papers I had to research didn’t ignite my flame. I was miserable. That story alone deserves its own blog post. Later. All I ever wanted was to be a designer but my strict Asian parents said that I’d NEVER make it.

Today they are actually supportive of me. It surprises me but I guess what it took was a strong stance and a determination to follow your passions. In the end, all parents really want are for their kids to be happy.

In a little over a month, they will be there with me to watch as the huge truckload of bags arrives at theOaklandport. I can’t believe this is happening guys! I can’t wait to show you my babies 🙂


Oh YouTube. Thank goodness for YouTube. If I never uploaded that first horribly edited video after I graduated in 2009, I don’t know where I’d be today.

Eew just watched that. I’m so lame. “Let’s get started and let’s get sore.” Hahaha

Thanks so much for doing my workouts and telling me that you like them! You were the ones who urged me to upload more. Remember the days when it’d be like 3-4 months between each upload? (Those were the horrendous days when I had a 9-5 job inBoston. Eeeeeek. Nightmares!) Now YouTube and blogging are my life! (Well, a big part of it.)

I was recently contacted by a production studio in LA that reps some of the biggest names on YouTube. I was in utter shock and thought the email was fake. But it wasn’t. I don’t wanna say too much because I might jinx this.

Oh uhh, I guess I just said it.

But umm…I’m crossing my fingers, toes, legs, and heart hoping for something good. If it all works out, we can really grow our Blogilates community and I can make even higher quality workouts for you all. Will you pray for me too?


OK so now I finally get to the point!

Recently, I’ve been getting a REALLY awesome sense of community on here and on facebook. You guys truly wow me with your enthusiasm and your support of each other. I want to meet you.

I want to plan some sort of a POP Pilates meet-up inSan Francisco. Would you be able to come? I know a lot of you guys are international fans, so I am sorry, but we’ll record it and you can workout with us on YouTube!

Please tell me in the comments below if you are in the Bay Area and if you can meet with me and your fellow POPsters on the weekend one day. We could do an awesome Pilates sesh and then chat afterwards. Bring your own mats kinda thing. Informal. Cool. Easy breezy.

That’s all I have for you today! Sorry this post was so long but I feel like you needed to know everything that was going on in my life! Now your turn – tell me your thoughts!


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  1. Gaby says:

    I’m so excited for you!!! I ll keep my fingers crossed 🙂 I cant wait for the new bags!!
    I live in NYC so I cant come to SF, but if it went wellllll it would be great if you could travel to diff cities and teach!! I d looovvee that:)

  2. Megan says:

    Unfortunately, I’m in China right now, so I wouldn’t be able to meet up. I just wanted to point out how jealous I am of the people who can and how awesome the idea is!!! <3 Blogilates!

  3. Melanie says:

    I live in the bay! I’d love to join in a Pilates sesh!

  4. danceaddict says:

    Count on 2 from the North Bay for that meet up, Cassey! We love you! Your spirit is infectious – we wouldn’t miss it!

  5. Kristie Chan says:

    I live in San Francisco and would definitely come to a POP Pilates Meet Up! Thanks Cassey for making working out and eating healthy fun : )

  6. Maritza Parra says:

    cassy! i absolutely love all your videos, i star working out when i move to sf from SB a year ago!! now I’m obsesses with staying fit. i would love to be part of meet up group, please keep in touch!!

  7. Yansha says:

    r u serious? dude that total body workout is the one i used every day for pilates for half a year & i still do it sometimes lol & i love it!

  8. Maritza says:

    I need a gym bag so baldy!! I haven’t bought one because I never like having just a bag, I may as well use my backpack! but I love your stuff so I can’t wait to see them!

    I’d love to do the meetup!

  9. Llanina "nina" says:

    I would LOVE to do a meet up! I live in San Diego so its not that far away. Weekends work best for me!!!
    Also, I am so excited about your new bags!!! And fingers crossed for you! 😉

    1. blogilates says:

      OMG would u come??!!

      1. "nina" says:

        heck yes! I’ve even convinced my boyfriend that I HAVE to go! It’s for my health. 🙂

  10. Julianna says:

    It’s awesome to see how far you’ve gotten since your first video:)
    I wish I could come to San Fransisco, but I live in BC:( well, I’ll definitely be there in spirit!!!
    And it’s great you’ve got some new bags coming out! I’m 16 and thinking of getting a job soon. When I do, I’ll be sure to buy on of your bags, and a couple shirts:) Can’t wait to see them!

  11. Maud says:

    I’m in France.I’d love to come, but I don’t have a money tree in my backyard (yet..) …sooooo bad!!! maybe next time (coz you’re gonna planned other meet up right ?? right??)
    so exciting about the bags and the phone call you receveid…fingers crossed (all of them, hands and toes, I also cross my legs and every thing I can cross!!)
    and good luck for the race!!!! you’re gonna be fantastic as usually!

  12. Christian Bozyk says:

    I would love to come but I live near Boston! I discovered your videos a little before you moved so I never had the chance to take one of you classes. But I am moving out to the West Coast next year so there is still hope!!

    1. blogilates says:

      aww we just missed each other!!

  13. Mia says:

    omg! i would love to do a meet up. i live on the peninsula so the city isnt that far for me. it would be so great to meet you. i wasn’t a fan of pilates until i found you 🙂

    1. blogilates says:

      OMG yea that’s not too far!

  14. N Wright says:

    I’m in the South Bay. I’d come.

  15. Liz Kuznia says:

    I live in Phoenix but I would totally drive or fly out for it!

    1. blogilates says:

      would u really!!??!!

  16. Jessica says:

    I would so be in for a meet up! I live in SF and love doing your workouts!

  17. Natasha says:

    Many Congrats! I said a prayer for the success of your company and the LA video production venture. I’d totally make the trip to do a Pop Pilates Meetup, how cool would that be to work out with you. Sign me up.

    1. blogilates says:

      yay!!! where are u coming from?

  18. romena says:

    I’m so there Cassey!!! Saturdays work for me!

  19. Teresa says:

    Yes Yes Yes! I live in sf and would most definetly come to the POP Pilates meet up! I love your workouts & your positive attitude. You always keep me motivated.

    1. blogilates says:

      OMG YAY!!! I’ll have to start looking for venues!

  20. Bindi says:

    Excited to see the new bags! Im happy to hear it is going so good for you, well deserved!!

    I wish i could join you there in SF, but malaysian borneo is slightly far away… hehe. Would be cool id doing some sort of skype, live streaming though.

    i dont know if you have brought it up before, but shoes… shoes for working out in. im in desperate need of good shoes and have no idea what i should think of when buying a pair. as for me i get quite sore ankles when jumping, running, just by landing on my feet. do you have any good advice??


    1. blogilates says:

      Nike!! Training shoes are good for jumping etc.

      1. Bindi says:

        thank you! going to singapore at the end of the month for some serious shopping 🙂

  21. I WILL try it, Cassey. Can’t promise a 40 lb barbell on my back, though, but I’ll add some weight to it, xD

  22. Antoinette says:

    I live in the East Bay!!!! I would love to have a POPsters meet up in SF some weekend. I’m sure I’d be able to get my cousin to come down for it too.

    I am super excited for this! =]

  23. Sara Parker says:

    I live in Minnesota but would fly out for the wknd! Depending on the date of course (I wouldn’t be able to before November) and I would bring a friend or two! Super excited for all the amazing opportunities that are coming your way.
    Love watching all the awesomeness that is happening to you right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. blogilates says:

      NUH-UH, would u really!!??

  24. Nancy Botta says:

    Aww I’m so proud of you (is that weird to say?) I remember coming across your first few videos, I was instantly hooked and I thought to myself, hmm, this girl is going places… and look at you today! And to think, this isn’t even it, you have so much more ahead of you! How exciting!! Man, I wish I could do a SF meet up, but unfortunately I’m stuck in gloomy ol’ Chicago (wah waahh-its rainy and blah today). However if you do a streaming type vid, or even a regular old recorded vid, I would totally watch, like all your other vids! haha. 🙂

    much love from the (terribly) windy city.

    1. blogilates says:

      aww wish u could be here 🙁

  25. Renate Meyer says:

    Wow Cassey!

    So insanely well deserved, honestly! I was thinking when I woke up today that.. does it ever dawn upon you how huge you have become? I am sooo happy for you and envious at the same time! Butyou deserve it so much, and I am just overwhelmed to be able to be a aprt of it <3

    Love ya loads and loads and loads!

    I most likely will not be able to come to the meeting sadly, money and time is of the essence 🙁 But hopefully there will be the live streaming soon and skyping wee ^_^


    1. blogilates says:

      One day maybe we’ll have a big super POP Pilates meet up and you can come! Or maybe I can start traveling. But I’m not there yet!! Hahah. Love you loads too 🙂

  26. Chelsea says:

    I live in Texas so I wouldn’t be able to make the meet up 🙁 Sad day! That would be so much fun though!
    & way to go girl! You conquer that half marathon ha!

  27. Emily says:

    Nothing would thrill me more than to see you getting to make DVDs and distribute them– and get to earn as much as you deserve for your amazing work! I would buy them– multiple copies for friends and family. Til then youtube works great!

    One of my favorite quotes that I was reminded of reading your blog about resilience… Elizabeth Edwards, who struggled mightily throughout her life: “resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it isn’t as good as the reality you had before.” She is one of my heroes and I think of that quote whenever I get into a ‘woe is me’ kind of place.

    1. blogilates says:

      aww thanks Emily! Love ur quote.

  28. Chua says:

    Hi Cassey, I would love to meet you and other POPsters, but I’m in Singapore. Please record the meet up so that others can watch it too! 🙂

    & you’re not lame pls. I like this Total Body Sculpt video, and it is the first few videos that I did when I first found your videos on YT last year. Aww I really hope everything work out for you. I think its really amazing to see how far you’ve gone for this pop pilates, and also how it became this Blogilates community. You and the other POPsters are truly amazing. 😀

    1. blogilates says:

      Hmmm I must do a Singapore one in the future!

      1. Bindi says:

        yes go to singapore! i’m approx 1 hour away 😀

  29. Leiahna says:

    So excited to see the bags!
    You are such an inspiration Cassey, seriously!
    I am in NY, but if I was on the west coast I would love to meet you!

    1. blogilates says:

      I would love to meet u too!

  30. Michelle says:

    Hey Cass,

    Would love to go but I’m in NZ. Please please record it if it happens so I can pretend I’m there!
    Can’t wait to see the bags and good luck! I’ll be crossing everything for you 🙂 xo

    1. blogilates says:

      Thanks Michelle! New Zealand! I wanna go!

  31. Twinkle says:

    So much great news!! Can’t wait to see the yoga and gym bags!! YAY! I’m be sending you heaps of good thoughts and luck for that production studio thing! That meet up sounds like an awesome idea and I would totally go if I lived in that area! But it sounds exciting! YAY!! <33

    1. blogilates says:

      Thanks Twinkle 🙂

  32. Sian says:

    You should see if live streaming it is a possibility.

    1. blogilates says:

      Depends if there’s wifi where I am but YEAH that’d be totally awesome!