Holiday Deals: $100 off Instructor Training, 50% off PIIT28, 30% off POPFLEX?!

Even though the Black Friday deals have come and gone, there are still lots of savings to be had!

1. Save 50% off ALL PIIT28 Programs! If you’ve been waiting for a chance to snag a deal on this awesome program, now is the time! Use the CODE: CYBER50 during checkout!  I would definitely take advantage of this deal and buy the bundle if you haven’t tried the PIIT28 program yet! It includes PIIT 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0!

2. Save $100 off POP Pilates Instructor Training!  If you’ve been interested in spreading the POP love and joy that comes through teaching POP Pilates, join the POP Army and save $$ at the same time! This deal ends tomorrow, 11/27. Use the code: POPARMY100 at checkout!

 

 

3. One MORE day to buy POPFLEX at 30% off! POPFLEX sales are super rare (and deals like this come pretty much once a year during Black Friday), plus you receive a FREE magic scarf when your discounted purchase equals 100$ or more! Keep warm and save! Use the CODE: HAPPYFRIDAY during checkout! Sale ends 11/27, so if you’ve had anything on your wishlist, better get it now!

 

Here are my top 5 fave POPFLEX pieces:

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1. Your Highness Leggings: High waisted with a beautiful mesh pattern makes me feel unstoppable whenever I put these on!

 

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2. Danger tank + 3. Adventure Zip Leggings in Cabernet: LOVE the handy zipper in both top and leggings. The Adventure zip leggings are similar to compression leggings, so my legs look awesome in these!

 

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4. Victorious Tank + 5. Wishing Star Capri in Dark Bloom: The racerback design and low v neck helps show off your sports bra without being too revealing + the Dark Bloom pattern and material of the capris is so beautiful with the high cut mesh!

I managed to snag myself some items that have been on my wishlist for a while:

As always, if you have any questions about any of the PIIT28 programs/ POP Pilates Instructor Training/ POPFLEX, (phew! That’s a lot of stuff, isn’t it?) leave a comment below! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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POP Pilates instructor thoughts

I’ve been teaching for about 9 months (holy smokes almost a year!) at 24 hour Fitness and thanks to my students and fellow instructors/ supervisors, I’ve grown so much since I got certified June 2016! I figure now is as good a time as any to reflect and give feedback on my own experience, in case those of you are reading are ever interested in becoming a POP instructor, too.

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I am a POPster turned POP Pilates instructor. When I first got certified last year, I was extremely doubtful of myself in even trying to audition for 24 or any other gym due to my lack of experience in teaching group fitness—this was the first certification I ever got, so I felt like I needed to teach on my own at first, gain some experience, and then try out for a well-established gym.

Teaching on my own

That was really the tough part–having to spend money on things like: liability insurance, waivers, and speaker systems, just so I could be an independent instructor. I thought “why am I spending money if I’m not able to make enough??” It was also very difficult finding an audience for POP Pilates, as I wanted to teach at a beach park, and those who were interested in taking a class had varying availabilities. Most of my classes consisted of 2-3 friends, so I just used those classes as practice.

Silver linings

While I wasn’t able to make money teaching on my own, spending all that time practicing helped me improve and become confident enough to audition for 24 Hour Fitness! I auditioned back in October and started working in January of the following year.

After joining 24 

Even though I had a class time set up, it was my job to keep students coming back! In the beginning, attendance really fluctuated–one week I had 10 students, the next it dropped down to 4, then 2! It was very difficult to not feel discouraged during those months. Over time my numbers gradually became more consistent, and last week I had 20 people in my class! 😀 The best part of my job is at the end of class, when students come up to me and say they’re feeling stronger or that they really enjoyed POP! ❤ I think that’s what makes this job worth it—just having the ability to help others on their health/fitness journeys.

 

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Join the POP Army!

If you LOVE POP Pilates and want to share your passion with others through teaching, become a POP Pilates instructor! As a POP Instructor we get first-hand news from Cassey and the rest of the Blogilates team about POP events, new merch (and did I mention that as a POP instructor we get 20% off POPFLEX???? Best perk ever!) along with being part of a compassionate and extremely helpful community of instructors.

For more info, click HERE! And if you don’t live in the US there’s online training called PPOW (POP Pilates Online Workshop)!

Here’s a calendar for all of the US workshops:

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Get 15% off if you sign up more than two weeks before your training! There is also a student discount for those who are still in school (which I took advantage of since I was still in grad school at the time), all you have to do is e-mail info@blogilates.com with your valid school ID to get 20% off the $299 certification fee. Or if you time it right, there are usually really good deals around Thanksgiving/Christmas time–say, $100 off?! That’s what happened this year and last year!

If you haven’t tried out POP Pilates yet, see if there are any nearby classes using the handy Class Locator! 

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See those 16 classes in the middle of the ocean aka Hawaii? XD One of those is mine!

 

If you have any questions about the process or about POP Pilates in general, feel free to leave me a comment! 🙂

30% off everything PIIT28 and 28 Day Reset!

If you’ve been waiting for a sale on PIIT28 or maybe the 28 Day Reset, here’s your chance! Enter the code:

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during checkout, and you’ll get 30% off everything on PIIT28.com! 

Including….

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The PIIT Power Pack $79 (which saves you about $38 if you were to buy them all separately)

Along with the 28 Day Reset if you’d like to try it out. I haven’t tried it out, so I can’t give my honest opinion on how effective it is. To check out my reviews on PIIT 1.0-3.0, click on the “Posts about…” link above, and select “PIIT28.”

This sale ends on September 5th. PIIT28 has made me so much stronger and appreciative of my body and what it can do. It has definitely helped me in becoming more confident and even trying out some of Blogilates crazy POP HIIT workouts (which KILL but not as bad as I thought they would)!

I hope you’ll join me in the PIITster community on Instagram so that you can earn your free PIIT28 tank, too! Feel free to comment if you have any questions 🙂

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Here’s a quick ad if you want to see what PIIT28 is like!

Leave your negativity at the door

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Today started off pretty rough. Spending $15 on transcript fees only to find out that I requested the wrong transcript—basically flushing that money down the drain–which frustrated me. Then I was panicking 30 minutes before my POP class started because I couldn’t find my iPhone 7 adaptor (what a design fail! It’s so tiny and very easy to lose). Even more frustrated, my negativity grew into a larger storm cloud—but I had to shake it off. There was no way I was going to walk into the GroupX room feeling like crap, because that would probably lead to a negative class. I would hate to do that to my students, whether they’re regulars or new!

And to top it off, when I started my class, my mic had such terrible, deafening feedback I HAD to shut it off and go without it. I kept thinking, “damn, things can only go up from here.”

And I think they did.

Since I only teach once a week, I wasn’t even expecting to see my iPhone adaptor there—but there it was, sitting in the volume control box! Thank GOD the instructors are awesome and didn’t steal it!

It was also neat to see that my numbers are staying consistent, around 13-15 students per class—two guys actually attended my class tonight, and boy is it satisfying to see them struggle through it! POP Pilates is no joke, but I hope they had fun 😀 I also had a bunch of new students, which was really awesome. Thanks to my class and POP, I plie punched away all my negativity and left feeling so much better. So if you’re ever feeling down or you’re having a bad day—maybe try a workout that you enjoy! And if you’re an instructor (you probably already know this lol) but leave that negativity at the door; You’re a leader meant to give your students a positive experience, and you can’t do that if you’re a grumpy cat face, haha.

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What to do if a headache and stress have got you down? PIIT of course!

This weekend was a doozy. It started off going really well, but then some personal things got in the way and I ended up feeling very…bleh. Not the most descriptive term, I know, but I felt emotionally and physically drained, with a nagging headache. Instead of retreating and taking a nap (which is something I do sometimes), I pulled on my socks and shoes and picked a workout—It’s one of Blogilates’ Body tone bootcamps, but it’s pretty much PIIT28 style: 7 moves, 45 seconds each, with 15 second rest breaks in between for 4 rounds.

And I can’t forget my music, either! Music always gives some excitement to my workouts.

Whenever I feel stressed or frustrated, exercise always helps me kick the negativity away—it’s so therapeutic and I like killing two birds with one stone: as I was able to get a workout in while also physically releasing my stress. And I can’t forget hydration! Drinking enough water throughout the day can be tough, but water is so important for you! —and it also helps keep headaches away, at least for me this time!

 

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A pretty POPFLEX water bottle to keep me hydrated! (listed under Accessories: it’s great bc it doesn’t leave a watery puddle on my desk)

What do you folks do when you’re feeling stressed?

 

 

Summer POPFLEX Mermaid Sale!

Summer is finally here and to celebrate POPFLEX is having a sale on all of their mermaid items ❤ If you’ve always wanted to snag some of POPFLEX’s mermaid items, but wanted to get more of a discount, here is your chance!

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Use the discount code SUMMERDAYS at checkout to receive 20% off! Click HERE to see all the lovely mermaid items ❤ And if you make an account, feel free to sign up for their rewards program where you can get points to use towards future POPFLEX purchases 🙂

And if you’re interested in seeing how it fits, check out my pics below! I also wrote up some reviews about the Mermaid shorts  and the Mermaid Crop top  if you’d like to check them out 😀 Happy Shopping!

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Blogilates’ Body Tone Bootcamp: Review

School’s out and summer is upon us: that means beaches and bikinis/swimsuits galore! Blogilates’ has got you covered with her 6 Week Body Tone Bootcamp series. I really liked how she explained her process in naming the series–at first, she thought of names like “Bikini Body” or “Summer Body” bootcamp–but she changed her mind because we shouldn’t have to fit a certain ideal to feel good about ourselves! We should want to work out because we want to feel stronger and confident in whatever we want to wear. I followed the 6-week series, doing one video (repeating it four times) each week–while also pairing it with PIIT28 and running. (Oh, did I mention that I signed up for the runDisney 5k Summer series? I’ll talk about that later in another post!) I love how each video worked different sets of muscles and had that perfect intensity similar to PIIT28 so that I didn’t feel out of shape when doing actual PIIT workouts!

What I liked about this series was that its style is similar to PIIT28: 45 seconds per move, with a 15-second rest break in between–7 moves per set, doing four sets total! So if you decide to follow the series, you would do a 28-29 minute workout each week! The lazy girl in me just LOVES that about PIIT (and this Body Toning Bootcamp series) 😀

Also, because each video focuses one area–the burn is REAL. The toughest move for me was during the Elevated Leg Circles in the Legs Focus video:

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My booty and legs DIE during this move–I even have to take tiny breaks because everything BURNS so bad, especially during the Left Leg Elevated Circles, since my booty was already working to hold myself up. This one is torture for me, but in a good way of course, haha! Another thing that I like is that Blogilates continues to keep making more challenging videos! I’m never bored or thinking “wow these moves are way too easy!”

In my opinion, my favorite and most challenging video is the Arms Focus video. I feel like my arms are a more neglected area, so it’s really nice to find a video that solely focuses on strengthening my arms with moves like Tricep Kick ‘n Dips and the dreaded Triple pushup!

Another plus is that this series is apartment-friendly, which means no jumping around to disturb your neighbors below you! But even when there’s no jumping I still work up a sweat, especially during the Fat Burn Total Body Focus video!

The series ends with a lovely and really intense 18 minute Stretch and Flexibility Focus video, which leads into splits practice! I’m still working on getting into the splits, so I want to continue going through this video until I get there!

Overall, I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to try something new with their workout routine! And if you enjoy it and want to challenge yourself even more, try the PIIT28 program! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment 🙂

Layla Mali: Bag Review!

My POPster friend and her friend started up their own online shop with beautiful handmade bags, and to treat myself for graduating, I bought myself a mini blue shoulder bag. To my surprise, I received a large package in the mail from them.

Why is this package so large, I ordered a teeny little bag! I thought to myself as I opened it. To my surprise, there was not one, but two bags! A colorful yoga bag along with the bag I purchased! :O Along with it was a note from my POPster friend congratulating me for graduating–the yoga bag was a graduation gift! The gesture was so sweet I wanted to cry happy tears :’) Thank you so much! I wanted to spread the word so if you’re a bag lady like me, feel free to check them out HERE! Here’s a little preview of their products:

I wanted to give a more in-depth review of both bags here, so let’s go!

I usually carry around a lot of stuff whenever I go out, so I figured it was time for a change! This shoulder bag is really perfect if you’re looking to downsize and declutter your purse game ;D Even though it measures at around 3.5×6″ there are three pretty roomy pockets that can carry things like:

  • chapstick
  • car keys
  • cell phone
  • coin purse (that I use as my wallet)
  • anti-bac hand gel
  • pocket mirror
  • ear buds

I fell in love with the peony design and the different shades of blue ❤ I also really like the coin zipper pulls, however they’re a bit thin so I’m always careful when pulling on them–I’d hate to break them by yanking on it too fast! I’d also hate it if the zipper got stuck on the bag material–I tend to do that with my Jansport backpack when I’m in a rush, haha. I’ve used this bag at least 5-6 times, and it’s held up pretty well so far!

 

Next up is the peony yoga bag!

 

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So in love with how vibrant and colorful this bag is! ^_^ 

 

I’ve used it to take my POPFLEX Desert Garden yoga mat to a friend’s POP Pilates class, and it kept my mat nice and clean, while being just as colorful as my mat 😉

 

What was nice was that there was extra space in the bag (dimensions are 8.5×30″). Usually, the yoga bags I use can barely fit my yoga mat, so I like having extra space just in case I need to pack a towel or wallet in there.

 

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This bag is actually sold out, but there are similar styles (just different colors) still in stock on their page  for $45

 

Their shipping is also really quick, and they do ship internationally.

So if you’re searching for some colorful bags, check them out! 🙂

Challenge prizes: Yummy Soap Review!

So it’s been practically a month since my last post, so just wanted to catch you up on what I’ve been doing so far! I was lucky enough to get picked as a winner for one of the Insta challenges I participated in ^_^ That challenge was so much fun, I had a really great time getting creative with my posts. Here’s a big ol’ grid of what I posted for the #slayerfestyoga17 challenge:

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Each day had a different baddie from Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv show!

I was so surprised to see that I had won one of the prizes! 😮 And it shipped so quickly to Hawaii, too! So I received these lovely handmade vegan soaps from Ginger Lily Shoppe :

 

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So many lovely soaps! ^_^ Thank you! The soap w/o the label (I turned it on its side so you could see how it was molded like a honeycomb!) is a

So far I’ve tried the Charcoal soap for my face (since my face is pretty oil and acne-prone) and the Coconut Milk & Honey soap for my body.

 

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Love the stamp on the charcoal soap!

 

 

The charcoal soap lathers quite nicely, so I don’t feel like I’m using all that much when washing my face. My skin feels nice and clean and a little bit tight–which I think is normal for these types of soaps–along with getting rid of all of the oil on my face! But of course, always use a light moisturizer after washing 😀 (I use BENTON Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel).

 

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Isn’t the honeycomb design super cute? Sorry, there’s some dried bubbles on there!

The coconut milk & honey soap smells nice and yummy, and I love how it lathers up! I haven’t used bar soap in a while (Most of the time I use body wash) so this is a nice change for my skin. I also like how Ginger Lily Shoppe makes their soap with local ingredients (local honey) and no fragrances! The smell is au natural :3

I’ve yet to try the other soaps (coffee scrub soap and coconut aloe soap) and I can’t wait to try them! Thanks so much again for the lovely soaps, Ginger Lily Shoppe! 🙂

*Disclaimer* I’m not sponsored or anything for any of the products mentioned above, just wanted to do a little review on them! 😀

 

Final release of Dark Bloom!

So Cassey has worn this top in her earlier videos and I’ve been wondering: “Is she ever going to release it??!” I love POPFLEX’s halter tops with the built in bra–so thankfully my thoughts have been answered:

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POPFLEX finally released the rest of their Dark Bloom collection this morning! These are a few of the pieces that I snagged 😉

 

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From left to right top: Danger Tank in Night, Danger tank in Cabernet, and Majesty tank in Night! 

Can’t wait to try these on and review them! If you’d like to check them out, click HERE!