Fitness Friday: Blogilates

7 Dec

Happy Friday everyone! I am up early to head to work to make up my time while I am at my appointment today. I am anxious to see my new Dr. and get some input and another opinion for what’s next. I will let you know how it goes!

Today though I want to touch on some fitness. Woahhhh, did she just say fitness?? That is something I haven’t touched on in a longggg time because I haven’t been focusing on that so much right now in my life but today I wanted to share with you all a new workout blog I found and one that I really enjoy.

Now that I have gained to a healthier weight, though my body is still very sensitive to stress so I can’t do anything real high impact or intense, I wanted to find something that would help me incorporate some strength training back in so that I can keep my muscles strong and have that feeling of accomplishment again, AND to help beat the winter blues!

“Fitness to me isn’t about a crunch or a push up, it’s about taking your power back.” -Jillian Michaels

Before I was diagnosed with HA, I  was starting to cut back slightly on the cardio and incorporate more resistance training and weights into my routine. I am the worst at doing weights without some sort of video because I never know if I am doing them right and I never know what muscle group or move to do next.

I came across the blog Blogilates. Cassey Ho is a pilates and fitness instructor that blogs her workouts online.

And look at that, she’s listed #2 (right under one of my biggest influencers in the health and fitness world…) Jillian Michaels! Cassey has so much energy and spunk to her and she is the best at telling you what you should be doing and talking you through each move. I hate workout videos where you have to try and stretch your head to see what’s going on or stop what you are doing and figure it out while missing the workout the whole time! I also love how she incorporates dance moves and music into her workouts which definitely wake me up and make me feel energized.

There are workout plans, email newsletters, meal plans, recipes, fashion, music, and if you want to do more of an intense workout, she can cover you there too with her HIIT series!

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I really like pilates because it helps with flexibility and strength. In high school, I was hooked on Winsor Pilates, and I have done this workout way too many times. I have the WORST flexibility, like can’t even touch my toes bad…but I remember when I would do pilates, everything just felt stretched, taller, and longer…I also was standing up straighter than ever.

The biggest thing I remember about pilates is to always keep your core muscles nice and tight and when you do the moves, try hard to keep everything centered and not to wiggle around too much. Pilates is great for strengthening your core which helps with your posture, ab strength, and balance.

So if you are looking to look and feel stronger, dance a little in your living room, feel sore the next day, and not hear your Dad tell you to stand up straight anymore 😉 check out Cassey’s blog at Blogilates. She will make you sweat, feel strong, and gives off more energy than 10 cups of coffee!!

I am looking forward to doing some more of her challenges as well as reading her posts and trying some of her recipes.

Happy end of the week every one. Finish it out strong!


4 Responses to “Fitness Friday: Blogilates”

  1. Simone @ realgoodfood December 7, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Thanks for the website suggestion. I have to check it out. I like to do workouts at home every other day, so I’m always happy to find new workouts. Funny thing is, that I just posted my workout routine on my blog 😀

    • Mallory December 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      haha awesome! I read your workout routine! 🙂 Let me know if you check her out and what you think! So far, I’ve been sore every day after I do one of her workouts!

  2. Priscilla December 7, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Cool! I’m gonna try out some of her workouts 🙂 I’ve been needing something new…thanks!!

    • Mallory December 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      Yes, she can be super cheesy sometimes and reminds me of this girl David and I know BUT regardless, the workouts are just the right amount of challenging 🙂

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