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5 #fitspo mantras, as told by Cassey Ho (aka Blogilates)

You don’t get over 3.7 million YouTube subscribers and 1.4 Instagram followers without putting your workout where your mouth is.
 

Cassey Ho

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She’s the brains (and the muscle) behind Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube, created a new movement called POP Pilates (music meets Pilates routines) and started her own activewear line, POPFLEX. When Cassey Ho shares with us her words of workout wisdom, we sit up and listen.

 

#1. If you're putting it off, it's not working

Hands up if you’ve ever told yourself that you don’t have the time to exercise. Cassey has one thing to say about workout procrastinators: “People put off exercise because they don’t like what they’re doing! If you have a hobby, you’ll want to spend time doing it because it’s what you enjoy. So if you’re procrastinating, you need to find a new workout. There is always something for everyone; you just need to find what works for you.” She speaks from experience: Cassey was a former competitive tennis player in school, but hated how competitive it was. She believes her fitness journey really started when she discovered Pilates at 16, because the only person she had to compete with was herself.

Cassey Ho

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#2. Find your fitness guru

Thanks to YouTube, your bedroom can become your gym. But with a plethora of exercise videos for you to trawl through, should you be making your choice of vid based on the number of views, the type of workout, or if it’s celeb-endorsed? “At the end of the day, we’re all teaching you how to do a push up or a bicep curl,” says Cassey. “So it’s about finding that instructor who speaks your language in terms of motivation and who keeps you wanting to come back.” Every vlogger who knows her stuff will teach you how to execute the perfect plank, but not every girl will make you want to feel the burn.

 

If you find regular Pilates classes too slow paced, the more upbeat POP Pilates might be for you.

 

#3. It’s not always about going fast and furious

The rat race isn’t fast enough – these days the workouts are getting faster too. Routines like the 7-minute workout claim to burn the calories in a short period of time. Personally, Cassey professes that they aren’t her cup of tea, and reminds us that you have to warm up before each exercise – and her warm up alone is 7 minutes! “For me, it’s all about endurance and building strength. In real life, are you really going that hard in that amount of time?” she asks. “But it’s really all about having fun. If you’re enjoying your workout, ten minutes wouldn’t be enough.”

 

#4. Don’t limit yourself to food fads

With so many types of diets and food fads popping up on social media, it’s hard to say which is legit and which one is just #forthegram. “Anything that’s super restrictive is probably not going to work out,” says Cassey. “When people get so religious about eating a certain way, it’s not true. There are diets for you to lose weight in a short period of time, like for a big event or a wedding photoshoot. But they aren’t sustainable – you need to find a food plan that you enjoy.” Her speedy dinner fixes are stir-frys, where she tosses frozen vegetables, meat or tofu into a pan, and serves with some brown rice or quinoa on the side.  Her YOLO treat? Matcha green tea milkshake.

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#5. Don’t trust the mirror – trust your body  

Like Mulan, your reflection doesn’t always show who you are inside. Everyone builds muscles and loses weight differently – just because your workout buddy has shrunk to a size 8 and you haven’t, doesn’t mean that you’re not doing enough. Cassey confesses that for her, its genetics. She was told that she is predisposed to be overweight for her age and height, and was a chubby kid growing up. “The hardest part was coming to terms with that. I don’t look like [other fitness entrepreneurs], but it’s not because I don’t work out,” she explains. “But it’s not about looks, it’s about how strong you feel.” Don’t let other people’s judgement doubt your validity.