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Getting Stronger

Getting Stronger

So, it’s the middle of my second week working out consistently, and I already feel stronger. Today consisted of cardio, Pilates (using Blogilates videos), and stretching, and I really enjoyed it! I feel so much better. My core is stronger already, and it has only […]

Fitness Goals – Week 1 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 1 Recap

This week has been a good one. I have completed one full week of workouts, and I’m feeling great! It has been so long since I’ve worked out consistently that I barely know what this feels like. My motivation is going strong, and I love […]

Blogilates POP Pilates – 8 Reasons Why I Love It!

Blogilates POP Pilates – 8 Reasons Why I Love It!

As a mom of two young children, it’s safe to say that I don’t have the time (or childcare) to go to a physical gym. (If you do, I would love to know how you make it work because for me, it just doesn’t.) So I looked around for workout videos and stumbled upon the Blogilates POP Pilates videos. I initially tried a few cardio workouts, and when I was so sore I couldn’t move the next day, I was more than interested. I then found the Blogilates calendars, and I was hooked.

So, here are my eight reasons for loving the Blogilates POP Pilates videos.

  1. The videos are energetic and fun! Between the pop music (get it, POP Pilates!), the bright settings and Cassey’s upbeat personality, it makes workouts much, much easier.
  1. Pilates is a really great core workout. This is a major problem area for me. After two C-sections in less than two years, my core lacks muscle tone, and my skin is flabby. I bounced back pretty fast after my first child, but the second one has been very different. I’m sure many of you can relate. I love the way my core feels after a Pilates workout, and I can already see results.
  1. The videos are easily accessible and free! All of the POP Pilates videos I’m using are on YouTube under the Blogilates channel. They are just a click away. I can work out using my phone, tablet or TV, which is very appealing.
  1. The calendars are great! (and Free) Why re-invent the wheel if you don’t have to? I can have a certified instructor/trainer prepare my workouts for me without ever leaving my home. I started the Blogilates Beginner Calendar 2.0, which covers the first four weeks. From there, I will move to the monthly calendars. These are completely free as long as you subscribe to the newsletter, which is just an added bonus!
  1. Pilates is low impact. I’ve had a few injuries in my past that tend to flare with arthritis pain or just tend to be re-injured. Shoulder surgery, hip dislocations, Achilles tendinitis to name a few…That’s why having a workout plan that consists of mainly low impact exercise is really important to me. I love cardio and high impact exercises, but I pay for it if that’s all I do.
  1. Cassey, the creator of Blogilates, is normal. She wants you to be your best self, not Hollywood’s best self. She is strong and fit with an abundance of muscle tone, but I love that it’s subtle and feminine. She seems to enjoy life without always being at the gym. That’s something I strive for and hope to look like one day. You only live once so make it count! (and I’m not talking about how many days you went to the gym)
  1. No two videos are the same. Of course you have to repeat videos at times, but every new video seems to have a new take on an existing move. Variety in my workouts is key to me staying motivated. The last thing I need is another excuse.
  1. It’s about being positive. POP Pilates and the Blogilates mission is encouraging! It’s about supporting each other and becoming a better, stronger person through exercise. This is definitely the kind of support I need to keep moving toward my fitness goals. I am excited to be a POPster!

I’m sure I will come up with several more reasons along the way, but this will have to work for now. All I know is that I want to do the POP Pilates workouts, and for me, that is everything!!

Workout Tip: Make your workouts fun and enjoyable. I never follow through with something I’m dreading. So if you hate your workouts, change them!

My Reason for Starting a Fitness Blog

My Reason for Starting a Fitness Blog

Today, I found myself wondering if starting a fitness blog was a good idea. Do I have enough to say? Do people have any interest in what I have to say? Who am I to write about a fitness journey? Should I really put my […]

My Fitness Journey to Now

My Fitness Journey to Now

My Fitness Past Fitness has always been a big part of my life. I grew up in gymnastics and swimming. I was always fit, and I loved to work out! My dream was always to open a gym with my best friend, but as time went […]