In 2009 I stumbled across a Blogilates YouTube video when I was looking to get in shape. I honestly think I typed in "easy ab routine' and then someone by the name of Cassey Ho came up. The video looked innocent enough, so I got down on the mat. Boy, was I surprised. I'm not sure I even managed to get halfway through it. But, somehow I was hooked. There was something different about it. It was fun, it was upbeat, and it made me feel beautiful.
After years of following Blogilates and being a huge part of the Blogilates community, one day it just all made sense. Why don't I become a POP Pilates Instructor?
November 2014 my life changed. I traveled to New York, got certified, and met Cassey for the first time! Ahh. Was I going to cry? Faint? This woman literally changed my life. But, it felt like meeting a friend who I hadn't seen for years. It was just right. Now, I'm lucky to say that I not only teach POP Pilates, but also work for Blogilates.
But, the point of this post isn't to share with you how amazing the POP Army is (trust me I could write pages and pages about how incredible it is). This post is about how YOU as a POP Pilates instructor change the lives of the people you teach, and how YOU get to create a wonderful world of positivity and truly transform people's bodies AND their minds.
I started teaching at my local studio as soon as I was certified. POP changed things. The format isn't just about getting rock-solid abs (even though it's likely you will), but it's about positivity, community, friendships, and feeling powerful. I could tell right away that my students could feel the sparkle of POP.
People fell in love with it, and the community wanted more. So I gave them just that. From bringing POP to friends backyards, to parks and colleges, to Lululemon and my old high school, to children, to teens, to GUYS. My mission was to spread the love of POP to as many people as I could.
But, it's not just about the hype. There's more.
POP Pilates makes people SHINE. The smiles during the class. The smiles AFTER the class. The friendships that are built. Truly amazing. POP Pilates has helped people overcome eating disorders, has changed the way people look at themselves, and has given them the confidence to follow their dreams. What other format has done that?
So, let me introduce you to some of my students who brighten my life every single class. These words came directly from them.
Kristie - POP skeptic turns POP instructor
Rosalie - The most incredible 16 year-old
Katie - POP helped her find self-love
Any time Steph holds challenges, pictures or videos I jump in with no hesitation. I have met some of the most genuine girls through this experience and created even stronger friendships with those I knew before. I’ve since taken on more goals and will be trying The 28 Day Reset next month to make my lifestyle even better.
I honestly found so much support, motivation, self-love, and positivity since I’ve joined my POP community and classes. I couldn’t imagine my life without POP, my instructor Steph or the girls that I have met along the way. POP Pilates has shown me what I’m capable of and how to truly love myself. I’m so happy to be a part of something so great!
Heather - The mama POPster
Emilie - Fell in love with working out
"Stephanie is an incredibly energetic Pop Pilates instructor! I was hooked after my first class with the high intensive full body workout witch is choreographed to trending music that flows into one exercise to the next! Stephanie motivates me and others to challenge ourselves to do the best that we can"
- Elise Montgomery
I say it over and over and over again that POP Pilates is so much more than just a workout routine. And these ladies just proved it. We are a community, a family, we inspire and support one another to live healthy and HAPPY lives.
If you have a passion, a fire inside of you and you want to join this beautiful community then I want you to become part of the #POParmy. You have the ability to inspire people and make their life better. POP Pilates is changing the face of fitness and you can be part of it.