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Up Close & Personal Interview…plus a YOLO Meal Beach Photoshoot!?

January 3, 2013

Up Close & Personal Interview…plus a YOLO Meal Beach Photoshoot!?

Hey POPsters!

I have a special treat for you!!!

Back in December (OMG wait isn’t that a Taylor Swift song or something?) – I did a photoshoot and interview with New Media Rockstars which is a new online magazine that basically is like the PEOPLE Mag of the YouTube online world. I started following them when the whole Ray William Johnson vs. Maker situation was getting out of control! Was anyone else following that? It was like a reality TV show cept you could follow it all over twitter, YouTube, Instagram – oh man was it drama drama!

Anyway, I was fortunate enough to do a sit down interview with NMR and talk about how I got started on YouTube, talk about you guys a lot (love you! OMG!), and just have a chance to say what I can’t say when I am killing you through burpees or eagle crunches!

I’d love it if you watch this because I think it’s important that you get to know your trainer/instructor better as a human being. It’s essential that you know where my philosophy and passion for POP Pilates and healthy living come from so that when you follow the 90 Day Challenge or the #JaNEWary calendar, it’s more than just text on a screen…it’s more like becoming real workout buddies with a friend you can trust.

Ya feel me!?

Also, head over to NMR now and you can see a fun beachy foodie photoshoot I did with the NMR team! I’ve never done a YOLO meal and photoshoot at the same time. Interesting concept but the photag insisted that it’d be cool for you guys to see me out of my element just enjoying life and eating like “a normal person.”

cassey ice cream

Eating strawberry cheesecake and strawberry double scoop in a waffle cone. Oh yes.

cassey beach run

Yea I was cold. But I’m a trooper. “Shoot like a beast, look like a beauty” right!?


Click to see more pics!


Haha! I surely have my YOLO meals because I know it is healthy to not restrict yourself too deeply or else you WILL rebound…and rebound hard. I recommend one YOLO meal a week to satisfy your cravings and you soul and then bam back to clean eating! Clean eating tastes great BTW…it’s not deprivation at all. You get to eat a lot and it tastes amazing. Especially when you can begin to cook for yourself, it is so ridiculously SATISFYING!

Sometimes your mouth wants a cookie or some cheesecake, and it’s ok! Feed it! Just not every day!

Here’s a tip: Watch the vid if you don’t like reading the interview! But def head over to NMR to see the pics! Lemme know what you think!!!

Can’t wait to start the Cheap Clean Eats series to show you that clean eating IS NOT EXPENSIVE at all. I’m so serious. Follow my instagram @Blogilates to see what I am eating daily to get fit and lean!

Love u guys!

<3 Cassey

PS – yes…still editing the HIITilates video! Remember I gave an extension for the entry today…you can comment on this new video today up until tomorrow 11:59PM PST for the chance to win a TRAIN LIKE A BEAST LOOK LIKE A BEAUTY tank. Read here for more deets.


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  1. Eli says:

    I love your honesty. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration. I am just starting out with my fitness blog and youtube videos, and seeing successful people can sometimes be a bit intimidating, because i’m not ‘there’ yet. So thanks for letting us know how you started, and helping me to believe that i can do it too 🙂 Wishing you all the best for your future endeavours. 🙂 x

  2. Amanda says:

    i want that ice cream!!!

  3. Guwini says:

    You can do ten burpees after that ice cream. LOL
    You are soooo inspiring. It was a great interview, btw.


  4. Isabel says:

    Cassey! Thank you soo much for everything you do! You have made me sweat alot, but its made me better.

  5. Cassey you are so inspirational and an amazing role model:) You encourage me to make my health and fitnes videos and write my blog! I love hearing about happy success stories like yours! it makes it all worth it:) love you xoxo

  6. Mallory says:

    hey cassey! i know you don’t have much time, so i’ll make this quick. you are so inspirational! you’ve really sparked my interest to become healthy. you look gorgeous in your photoshoot, and i really hope you know how much we all appreciate you! 🙂 thank you for everything!

  7. Rosaruth says:

    Cassey! I loved this interview! I share your LIFE whenever I am talking to someone about working out. You really are an inspiration! Thank you for all that you do!

  8. Hello Cassey,
    Watching your interview video was emotional to be honest with you. BUT, it was emotional in a good way. I was thinking if she can do what she dreamed she’d never do but was a HUGE,MASSIVE success, then why cant i? I agree with you, follow your heart. Like i said your a huge success, you’ve got a good career, on the other hand acting like a mother for those who have a eating disorder, giving beauty tips and advise. You pushed everyone to they limits; including me working my butt off swearing whilst i am doing workout because it feels like your torturing me! In the end, there good, impressive results which makes me even more determined to work harder and harder to get my dream body which i dream i’d never ever have in a million years. Although i am young, my mum tells me to leave all the beauty things, stop doing workout and concentrate more on my education. I’m stuck in the middle, dont know what to do because:
    I love doing your workout
    i dont want to betray my mum because she buys me all the things i see and need, if she can do that then is she askin to much from me??
    What do i do??
    P.S: Thank you
    Lots of love
    from Alisha

  9. yazmin garcia says:

    I enjoyed the interview and I have to say that you are trully an inspiration to so many out there. I have only been following your videos and calanders for like 3 months but i have to say they are very challenging and i absolutely love them. Keep it up and thanks for everything!!!

  10. Sarah says:

    Beautiful pics, Cassey! Enjoyed the interview.

  11. Annamari says:

    Cassey you truly are not only an inspiration and motivation for me when it comes to working out and being healthy, but also in just the kind of person you are. You have already done so much being so young and i really really look up to you for that. Thank you for the videos and the blog and everything, and keep doing what you’re doing, ’cause you are a pop star!

    Lots of <3 from Finland!

  12. Cindy says:

    you are SO pretty 🙂 the pics turned out amazing!

  13. Johanna says:

    Great photoshoot, you look lovely <3

  14. Anni says:

    I just want to say: you are so beautiful, and you motivated me so much, now i really want to stay healthy and fit. thank you ;**
    (i hope my english is not too bad :D, I am from germany ;))

  15. Liz S. says:

    What a great interview! Love the questions you answered and just how dedicated you are to your audience. You’re so genuine and passionate, and it’s commendable. Thank you, Cassey!

  16. Voula says:

    (I actually wrote this first on the wrong post, so I coppied it here, hope it’s ok!)
    Hey, Cassey! You make it sound so easy and natural, following your heart. Personally, I would think twice if my parents didn’t approve of a decision of mine… But, I guess, you just have to do it, right? You are such an inspiration, not just on being fit, but on being positive and succeeding through life!
    On the interview, when you say at some point “my popsters”, it sounded like you’re the queen and we’re the faithfull followers! Loved it! lol!
    Thanks for everything!

  17. Emily says:

    I love your work Cassey, it feels like I’m finally getting on track with my life! Your workouts are so good! And I can do them anytime, even when I get the heebie jeebies to workout at 11 o’clock at night!

    Lots of love and thanks from Australia!

    Emily <3 xxx

  18. Mirela says:

    I think you are a great person.I mean I know many people who say everything is about the fans, but they don’t really mean it.But you do!I mean you inspire us,you push us to go to the end,to train insane and to eat right.And I mean who else does that?You really are like a friend-always there when you need.Keep up the good work!
    <3 Mirela from Romania

  19. Trish says:

    Haha I did something similar over the weekend; was vacationing in Miami so i bought a peanut butter and white chocolate froyo with sprinkles. It tasted so good, and I didn’t feel fat at all! Cassy your website has changed my way of thinking about healthy eating. Now i know its okay to YOLO every now and then, in fact, its good for you! Afterwards I hit the gym for an hour and felt amazing. Thank you!

  20. Manon says:

    Love the interview, I feel like you’re my friend and that’s amazing, you’re really an inspiration, i’d love to meet you if you come in France, it will be soooo cool <3 Because of you and your workouts i'm feeling stronger mentally en physically !
    Manon x

  21. Sarah says:

    I absolutely loved the video, and the pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!

  22. Christina says:

    Hey Cassey!

    I really enjoyed the interview, and of course, the photoshoot! It’s great to hear more about you as a person in addition to being killed my your workouts! You’re such a strong, powerful, and inspirational woman and I hope you know that.


  23. Kia says:

    I liked your interview, you seem like a really really nice person 🙂

  24. Ann-Kathrin says:

    btw… NO I do’nt want a HIIT workout! those are sooo hard!… so in fact.. I DO want it 😀 and I really like the jaNEWary calender with the many cardio days. melts of all the fat, yay!

  25. Ann-Kathrin says:

    I love the interview and totally love the photos!
    I need to be stronger to stay away from cookies every day. haven’t figured out how to do that, haha. but I’m so motivated for a healthy 2013, I can do it! With your help! thank you!

  26. Annette says:

    Hey Cassey!

    I loved the interview and those pics of you at the beach were really cute <3 !
    It's so nice to have you as a role model for this community. You followed your dreams and now you are a successful fitness trainer who's job it is to do what she likes the most!
    Nowadays that's pretty rare. That's why I admire you so much!

  27. Katie says:

    I watched the interview yesterday and was hoping we will be able to see the photos. And they are totally awesome! You are so beautiful!
    I can’t wait for HIITilates video and food series!

  28. Linda says:

    Hi Cassey,

    I hardly ever give comments, but I just have to say what an amazing person I think you are.
    Keep being your lovely self!

  29. Floess says:

    Hi Cassey,
    amazing interview! I love it! And I love the icecream It looks so delicious! I want summer again. 🙂

  30. Lora says:

    Cassey, you are amazing and you are so funny, I love working out with you because you inspire me to use all my energy to continue and so I think, thanks to you I’m a fighter. Also you’ve helped me, you are my workout buddy.. I mean seriously. And everything you do, matters. So I just want to thank you for being so present, I feel that I can always count on you. And that photoshoot is really cute! And the interview is very inspiring like you are!

  31. Kathleen Bodle says:

    Wow! I love the pics and the interview was really cool! You motivate me so much!

  32. Candy says:

    u look gorgeous n e colours of blue really matches u well…
    p/s: more HIIT/CARDIO workouts please!

    1. Mel says:

      I love love love the sweater you are wearing…do you happen to know where it is from?

  33. Nice photoshoot! You’re so pretty and sweet! I love you <3 #POPSTERPRESENTS

  34. Emily yap says:

    Hey Cassy! Fist off, you looook so darn good in that photo shoot! You’re really amazing and you’ve come so far. I just want to tell you that ever since I saw your videos, I was on board. Absolutely nothing could make me want to work out at all. Maybe it’s because I don’t see it like you do. But ever since I watched that first video of yours, I thought to myself ‘ hey, you really have to do this ‘ you kind of woke me up. And to see your energy in your vids is so amazing and you’re so strong and encouraging. I’d like you to know that no matter what, you are beautiful as well. You’ve gave me a confident boost like a rocket high one. And I’ve never felt better of myself. I know you’ve been going through some rough times but always remember that we love you. You don’t need him! Hahaha. Really, you’ve got us, and we love you! You’ve changed so many lives you know that? You deserve all the good and none of the bad. You’re really an inspiration to me. Love you Cassy <3

  35. ezza says:

    wow cassey after watching your interview i feel so inspired and motivated to just do things that i love and live life healthy and be happy. you dont know how happy your videos and your workouts make me feel. its like everytime i want to give up i remember something you said or something like that and i think well if cassey can do it so can i. you are an inspiration to me and im soooo pysched for the workout dvd’s 😀

  36. Sara Winiecki says:

    Cassey! You look stunning!! and I LOVE THE INTERVIEW! My favorite part was hearing all about your transformation after college, quitting your job, posting videos on youtube and just how crazy successful it all turned out to be! Not only have you inspired me to work out but also to go after my dreams and never give up on a goal!

  37. Kylie says:

    “Be you to the MAX”
    -Cassey Ho

    Ya loved that! once u said it i was like YES!!! love that quote!! 😀 you ROCK to the max 😉 lol

  38. daye says:

    love the vid!! been doing the blogiates videos for years–but never knew your back story.
    btw–thought you were awesome before, but you just gained 1000+
    cool points in my book…

  39. Amber says:

    Super cute shoot, I love that you did a YOLO food moment. Love what you stand for!

  40. Gemma says:

    Super exciting about the interview! you look amazing in the photos 🙂 Can’t wait to see you cheap clean eating stuff. People always have this perception the healthy has to be expensive and its really great to see you showing everyone that it doesn’t need to be that way.

  41. Natasha says:

    Cassey you’re now my background! So I always have your gorgeous face to inspire and motivate me even when I’m feeling terrible! Keep up the incredible work 😀
    Natasha <3

  42. Sonia says:

    Cassey you are glowing inside and out!

  43. Hikari says:

    Gosh Cassey you are so BEAUTIFUL! And that ice cream looks so yummy x’D You make everything look so exciting! Workouts most especially! Most people would say, “Oh no, working out! Nooooooo” (Don’t you just hear that a lot?) But when I hear work out, I can beam and say, “I’m going to work out with Cassey and I’ll be just fine!” I think you are a really inspirational and a great, lovely person. So many POPsters love you and I’m one of them. Keep rocking and inspiring us, Cassey! <3

  44. Deanna says:

    I just recently found your website and I am OBSESSED! You’re my inspiration to acheive a great body the right way and I’m super excited to do the workouts on your calendars! This year, I will NOT be lazy!

  45. Ashley says:

    You are my inspiration Cassey! Keep up the great work! You’re amazing!

  46. Leanne says:

    Hey Cassey,

    I have stumbled onto your blog a couple times before but after watching this interview of you I really am inspired.

    Your positive attitude is contagious and I did some of the videos a couple days ago and WOW what a workout! I plan on doing a couple tomorrow again 🙂

    I’m looking forward to adding your videos to my workout routine and one day I hope to be able to get through a video and do every rep alongside with you!

    Keep up the great work lovely <3

    – Leanne

  47. Katie Higgins says:

    Hi Cassey!
    You are so amazing! I am in the middle of trying to figure out what I want to do (career wise) and your story was so inspiring and comforting. You are so positive and real. I love your videos/workouts, please don’t ever stop! Thank you for all you do.

    XOXO Katie

    P.S. Photo shoot pictures look gorgeous!!

  48. Sandz says:

    Great interview. inspiring as usual

  49. Maddi says:

    Cassey, thank you so much! I’ve always struggled with my body image and self-esteem but since discovering your amazing work I’ve been so much happier. I haven’t been a POPster for long but already I am totally inspired by you. You motivate me to get out of bed in the morning and WORK OUT. Working out with you every day makes me so happy and I’m always smiling during your work outs even when it feel like my arms/legs/butt/thighs etc. (The list goes on) are going to fall off. So, thank you for being you 🙂 xx

  50. Kaitlyn says:

    Hey Cassey,
    I slipped off the wagon for all of last month (having a first Christmas for a baby apparently is a lot more stressful than I realized) But I am DETERMINED to get back on the wagon and make 2013 an amazing and more importantly healthy year. Thank you for pushing us, thank you for motivating us, and thank you for making working out easy and fun. This is just so much more “do-able” (is that a word?) because you have videos and blogs and meal plans and recipes and and and and… I could go on for days. It makes getting in shape and getting healthier that much more attainable.. and even though it really is a life style change, it seems worth it because we see you live it. So thank you, for being an amazing coach for so very many of us.

    All the best,

  51. Helena says:

    LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH CASSEY!!!! Cant wait for the HIITLATES video!!! 😉

  52. Britnee says:

    Hey cassey!!! I have been following your workout calendars for a couple months now and I absolutely love it. I have never been this addicted to working out in my life. Sooo I had an idea for a video. I would love if you could do a video on a couple workout moves to do like in class at work and in the car that are effective but discrete so no ones knows your getting a workout in. I would really appreciate it!!! Thanks for all the amazing videos and your awesome commitment!!!

  53. Nikki says:

    LOVE your videos, Cassey. You are so fun and full of life. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  54. Kayla Cohen says:

    I am actually glad that I stubled across your videos! You are amazing and I love how you are able to inspire me to the upmost <3
    Thanks A Million!!

  55. adriana p says:

    good job, Cassey! keep doing what you are doing and you will achieve your goals! xoxo

  56. Tina says:

    Cassey, you are so inspirational! <3

  57. Tara Dawn says:

    Those photos are stunning. And the interview was great 🙂 Keep doing your thang, girl 🙂

  58. Julee says:

    great interview it was really interesting learning more about you!! Looking forward to the Cheap Clean Eats series, I was literally thinking about emailing you and asking about that a few hours ago, because unfortunately $$$ has been an issue when it comes to my eating. Your such an inspiration and really down-to-earth which is great to see. Thanks so much ily <3!!!

  59. Haha “Back To December”! I love that song. And Taylor Swift 😉 And I love the idea of a YOLO meal each week.

  60. Dorothy says:

    you’re so beautiful, and those photos capture that really well 🙂

  61. Ju says:

    Cheap clean eats?! Looking forward to that!
    I finished reading your interview, and I agree with what you said at the end: go for it and be yourself, then everything else will fall into place.

  62. Vivien says:

    Cassey! I actually saw you while you were at the Santa Monica Pier but I was too scared to say hi, we were literally like 30 cm apart and we made eye contact but not really because I was wearing sunglasses. The moment I saw you I just stopped walking mid-stride and stood there staring at you. Creepy, I know and I’m sorry. Hehe. It made my day seeing you, it was like seeing a celebrity!

    1. blogilates says:

      OMGGGGG why didn’t you say hi!!!????

  63. Tammy says:

    Ah Cassey, when you described your reaction to seeing your bag in SHAPE i started tearing up. You are so sweet and genuine. Thanks for being so open with all of us. Love you! <3

    1. blogilates says:

      haha it was literally what happened!

  64. Tiffany says:

    So excited for the clean eating series! Can’t wait 🙂

  65. Nicole says:

    I totally agree with your outlook on clean eating! I had to do an elimination diet type deal through a gastroenterologist for 100 days to try to figure out why I was having bad stomach pain, and basically that was clean eating to the extreme. Coming off of that diet, I rebounded so bad, overate, and gave into my cravings. Thank goodness for Blogilates, although my stomach still isn’t better it has helped me to build muscle even though I’m not 100%!

    1. blogilates says:

      wow did u figure out what was wrong w ur digestion?

      1. Nicole says:

        Not yet! I’ve been to a few doctors but for some reason they can’t find it, they think it is most likely Chrones disease or something similar though. Blogilates has helped me get so much stronger, and actually gain weight in muscle, which considering how much I lost when I got sick, is a big deal!

  66. Gretchen says:

    Ahh! Gosh Cassey I just love you so much! I’m so excited because I’m going to write you a really long letter to your PO box after I’m done studying for finals and doing my homework! (Ugh) you’re so awesome and I’m so excited for your HIITlates videos and your eat cheap eat clean series! You’ve inspired me to eat a little bit cleaner and I love it! Thanks so much for everything! I love you!!

  67. Megan says:

    i just started your workouts literally 20 minutes ago!! i can’t wait to see results!

  68. LaurafromFrance says:

    Hey Cassey,
    It’s really late here ( 1.12am) but I’m still here , watching your videos ( don”t worry I will have my 8h of sleep today 🙂 ) and just like everyone else I wanted to say thanks for your comitment towards people like me all over the world !
    Finger crossed for amazing results in 3 months !

    Laura x

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