PIIT28 Transformation Pack discount + omg I’m in a PIIT28 ad???

Sorry I’ve been so quiet online lately, I’ve been so busy with grad school, teaching POP, working out, and doing 4 Insta challenges! Phew!

Just wanted to share this with y’all! I woke up to find this in my Gmail inbox:

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The PIIT Transformation Pack is now on sale, which includes:

PIIT 1.0, PIIT 2.0, and PIIT 3.0  The 28 Day reset meal plan (regular or Vegan!)

Use the code: sweaty15 

to get $15 off the Transformation Pack (regularly $99—> that’s $84!)

Also, if you finish PIIT 1.0 and follow the calendar, you can get an awesome PIIT28 tank to show off all your hard work!

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Click here to join the awesome PIIT28 community 😉 

And for those who just want to try out PIIT28 1.0, click here. If you love the program and want to try out 2.0 and 3.0 afterward, I think 2.0 becomes available after you get 1.0, and 3.0 becomes available after you get 2.0, as each is a prerequisite to the next program. But honestly, I would want to save as much money as possible and buy the power pack (which saves about $38!) which has PIIT1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. If you have any questions, let me know! ❤

Btw, my POPster bestie (who does PIIT28 with me) filmed a short video of ourselves doing our favorite PIIT28 moves, as we had a chance to be in a PIIT28 montage video with other PIITsters! And omg we made it in the final cut!

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too awesome! It’s for a brief second, but we look so cool

Here’s the video for the first ever PIIT28 ad:

PIIT 3.0 Review

So this review comes a little bit late, since I actually finished the month challenge last month! But now that I have the time to sit down and look back on the third series of this Pilates Intense Interval workout program, it’s kind of amazing to see how far I’ve come since last year when PIIT 1.0 was first released. Here is my before/after picture:

 

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It’s not that drastic of a change visually, but I feel like most of the change (well, for me at least) all has to do with my mentality and physical endurance. During PIIT 1.0 I could barely get through a set without my shoulders or legs tiring out! That was a year ago. Now, I can push through my sets without needing to stop and rest. What I love the most is seeing my own progress, little by little—FullSizeRender 22The first time I did knee-in flyers (photo on left), I. was. DYING. But now that I’ve gained more shoulder strength and endurance, I have more fun with it! Yesterday I was doing them and felt myself almost fly up into a handstand and hold it :O I’ve never done a handstand in my life, so just knowing that I can almost do one gives me a little bit more confidence!

Another thing that I also really like about this program is that it’s only 30 minutes to get through. I’m pretty lazy, so knowing that this amount of time is only a teeny tiny part of my day kicks me into gear—whether I’m fitting in this 30 minutes first thing in the morning or late at night. What also helps me, whenever I’m halfway through, is thinking “Oh I only have 14 minutes to go??? That’s not much, I got this!”

 

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mentally breaking down PIIT makes it easier for me to charge through 😀

 

 

I think the major hurdle in the beginning of doing PIIT was finding the time to do it on a daily basis, but once I stuck to my schedule, it wasn’t that bad. Also, remember to take that rest day to let your body relax and get itself ready for the next six days! What also helped was the PIITster community that I followed over on Instagram. Whenever I felt lazy, I would scroll through and see everyone else killing their workouts–it inspired and motivated me to get off my lazy butt!

 

 

What’s new with PIIT28 is that you can buy all three programs at once now! There are also other options that include the 28 Day Reset Meal plan if you’re interested. Here are the different packs:

The Power Pack is basically what I have and will continue to use. Now that I’m finished with the program, I still do PIIT 3.0, but also try to incorporate other things that I enjoy doing (running on the beach, yoga) to balance myself out. What’s awesome is that with each workout program you get a beautiful e-book and a PIIT portal that has breakdowns of each move along with modifications, a bonus Get Flexy e-book that includes warm-up and cool down stretches for each targeted area (arms, legs, total body), along with a #PIITstagram calendar to follow and use as a way to connect with the PIIT community. 🙂

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Transformation Pack (PIIT 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 + 28 Day Reset (worth $149 but since it’s a bundle it’s discounted to $99–saving $49!)

If I were living on my own and had more control over meals and whatnot (I live with my family), then I would’ve totally gotten the 28 Day Reset! While I haven’t tried it myself, I’ve heard lots of positive reviews about the reset helping PIITsters to reach their goals in becoming healthier and fitter overall. The 28 Day Reset is described to: “help you tackle stubborn fat, bloating, acne, and with a focus on increasing your energy levels.”

There are also Vegan options, too, if you just want to get the Vegan 28 Day Reset, or the full Transformation Pack!

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If you just want to try it out, they still have just PIIT 1.0 workout program–but I think it’s a deal to get all the programs in one buy! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂

 

 

POPFLEX Peony mini haul review

I decided to take advantage of the awesome Spring sale that’s going on at POPFLEX and snagged myself the Goddess top in Navy and the Set the Bar bra in Navy/White.

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What I love is how quickly my items shipped to me! Plus, I live in Hawaii so regular packages (like from Amazon) take FOREVER to get here. I ordered my stuff on Monday and the POPFLEX team got it shipped to my by Wednesday. How awesome is that?! I honestly think they have the best shipping speed and customer service out of all the online shopping sites that I’ve experienced 😀 (oh god Old Navy’s was TERRIBLE but that’s a rant for another time).

I did a quick photoshoot and review for you guys, in case you’re interested in buying any POPFLEX during the sale!

First up is the Goddess Top in Navy:

I decided that even though I’m a size 4 in their bras, my boobs may be x-small but the rest of me is a little bit wider, so I sized up to a 6! And I’m glad I did. In the photos I paired it with my Draw the Line Peony leggings, which I highly recommend because they’re super comfy, have breathable black mesh on the sides, and have really cute Peony print POCKETS. I’m all about them pockets. 😉

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The front has a really nice silhouette

 

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The side is a teeny bit revealing

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I like how it flows down the back and how well it covers the booty 😄

 

 

Pros:

  • It’s super flowy and I love the little cutouts on the sides that flow down at the back.
  • The backing is beautiful with the Peony print straps to show off your back.
  • The top is made out of their bra material while the bottom skirt part is made out of their Swan tank breathable material. (I reviewed their Swan Tank here)
  • I can’t speak for girls who have larger chests, but the bra part is compressed enough to hold everything in!
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band is a bit tight

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see the difference in material? I like that the material is more breathable in the tummy area, though.

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There may be some side boob going on for other people, but since mine are so small, I’m not that concerned. It does look a bit funny that the black inner is poking out 😄

Cons:

  • The band in the middle is kind of tight (for a good reason, though, but still) and feels a little bit awkward when you first wear it.
  • Taking the top off is a challenge! I felt like a contortionist trying to pull it off! Another reason why I’m glad that I sized up.

Overall:

  • I recommend going one size up due to the band tightness and bra. Even though mine is a little bit big on me, I’m glad I sized up.
  • I’ve yet to test it out in a workout, but I’m sure everything stays in place.
  • This is a good top if you want to show off your back 😉

Next up is the Set the Bar bra in Navy/White:

This is a bra that I’ve wanted since it first came out, but always waited to get. I fell in love with the colors and the mesh design! So when I saw that it was on sale, I digitally threw it into my cart and was so happy to get it in the mail 🙂 I read that this bra runs tighter than the heart strings bra, so I sized up to a size 6 (I’m like a 32A–really small boobs lol).

 

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hehe you can still see the POPFLEX tag on the right side 😄 I forgot to snip it off! 

 

Pros:

  • The color! I love the navy/white combo
  • Stylish and breathable mesh cut-out
  • Holds everything in place (I mean, I don’t have much to hold, but they definitely feel in place!)
  • The backing is super cute and supported. I like how thick the bands are.

 

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Back and arms are all thanks to PIIT!

 

Cons:

  • Underneath the armpits area, similar to the Mermaid crop bra, is very tight! As you can see from the picture below, they don’t give that much room for my back/arm flab. lol. Another reason why it’s good to size up.
  • Because this bra is tight, just like with the Goddess top, you have to contort yourself when taking it off! A good thing is that the straps are so thick I don’t feel like I’m going to tear anything. But it’s still a workout in itself to take it off XD.

 

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Not much armpit space

Overall, I’m happy with my purchases and am excited to wear them for all of my PIIT and POP workouts!

If you also want to take advantage of this sale, you can use this link HERE and remember to use the code: FLRPWR at checkout! If you want to earn rewards points to use towards your next purchase (and save $10,$20,$30, etc.), feel free to sign up for an account. It’s quick and super easy! Remember the sale ends on 3/27!

 

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Treat yo’self to some POPFLEX!

 

 

 

 

Trying out Blogilates Baked Donuts

I’ve been craving something sweet, so I whipped up some donuts using Blogilates’ recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. oat flour
  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 1 Tb coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of stevia

Frosting:

  • 3 Tb vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • pinch of stevia
  • 1 tsp beet powder

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After preheating the oven to 325°F, I coated the donut pan with cooking spray. Then using an electric beater, I mixed together the oat flour, mashed banana, eggs, honey, and coconut oil. After I added the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and stevia and then mixed everything together. Spooning the donut mix was pretty messy, but I love how there was just enough mix for the pan! No wasted dough 🙂

While the donuts are baking in the oven for 9 minutes, I whipped up the frosting. The beet powder gave it a beautiful reddish-pink color, and the Greek yogurt that I used (Tillamook) gave it such a yummy flavor!

 

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That color, though! Love it! 

 

Once the donuts were baked through (used a toothpick to test it out–if it comes out clean, you’re good to go!), I let them cool, frosted it, and then topped it with some mini chocolate chips and berries :9

 

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They’re delicious, too! Another thing that’s great is that regular donuts usually leave a heavy, bloated feeling in my stomach. But after eating these, I feel comfortably full. They have the perfect amount of sweetness and density compared to regular donuts. So if you’re craving something sweet, try this recipe out and let me know how it goes! 🙂

POPFLEX Fly Away Run Shorts Review

When I first tried these on, I realized that they run pretty large, so I had to wait and exchange my Dark Bloom run shorts size 8 for a size 6. I was so excited to get my exchange in the mail! I wore it to the gym and it was super comfy. They look very flowy, like flower petals, and have black mesh underneath for some extra coverage.

Below is the front and back of the shorts. The lighting is a bit more yellow-y due to my taking these shots at home at night, but the colors are pretty vibrant in person!

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The front has a really long string tie to tighten the waistband, and as the POPFLEX Stylist tip recommends, you can cut the string to a desirable length.

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I think cutting it, folding the edge a tiny bit over, and sewing a backstitch with black thread will work! I’m a newbie at sewing, too just FYI. 

On the picture in the left, it’s a little hard to tell, but there’s a fold of fabric that goes diagonally over the fabric covering the back, and that fold does go all the way up! So if a breeze were to ruffle the shorts, it may reveal a bit too much lol. So if you need more coverage, wearing some black bike shorts, or black POP shorts underneath totally works. Because the shorts are so light, it doesn’t feel bulky at all!

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Paired the Flyaway shorts with black POP shorts 2.0 for extra coverage.

The material is really like surf shorts, and it actually did wick away all the sweat I had when I worked out at the gym. What’s nice is that there’s also a velcro pocket in the back ( I love pockets!). I’m hoping the velcro is sturdy and doesn’t accidentally rip off if I’m opening the pocket too fast.

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Overall, this is a pretty pair of running shorts to wear! (ooh I totally just rhymed)

If you have any questions, just let me know!  And if you’re interested in getting a pair for yourself, you can click HERE or use my links menu above! If you create an account, you can also collect reward points to go towards your next purchase, too 😉 Happy Shopping

POPFLEX Spring Peony Sale!

Happy first day of Spring, everyone! POPFLEX is celebrating by having their entire Peony collection 20% off! Use the code: flrpwr at checkout to save! You can click HERE or check out my Links menu above to shop! Also, if you create a POPFLEX account to shop with, you’ll rack up rewards points to use towards your next purchase.

This sale ends on March 27, so if you’ve been waiting to get some Peony POPFLEX, now is the time 🙂

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If you have any questions about some of the items, lmk! By the way, use this size chart here (since the Dark Bloom collection uses an updated size chart and runs a bit smaller compared to the Peony and Mermaid ones)

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I’m a size 4 (32A) in their bras and a size 6 (hip size 37-38″) in their bottoms for the Peony collection

I’m adding some items to my cart, too 😉

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I sized up the Set the Bar bra because they tend to run a little bit smaller.

 

Pictured below are some Peony collection items that I’ve previously reviewed: Swan tank in Navy, POP short in Peony, and Pointe leggings in Snow White)

 

 

Silver Linings: POP Instructor thoughts

Yesterday was…an interesting day. But I think this quote is the perfect representation of yesterday:

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Here is the dark gloomy part of the cloud:

So yesterday’s POP Pilates class left me feeling a bit discouraged. Only 4 people showed up (two newbies, two regulars)! And it felt like such a mess because I think the lack of people threw my game off. I spent the week before preparing some new tracks, visualizing a nice group of 10-12 people dying together during the 100’s track. What’s funny is that even though I prepared so much for this class compared to other classes–I just felt so off. My cues were wobbly, and some of the tracks were a bit faster for my new students. I hope they didn’t walk away discouraged. However, I did talk to one of them and let them know if they have any suggestions on how to make their experience better to let me know, so I’m hoping that helped. It’s tough. My goal is to get 20 people attending my class, so comparing that with the number of people who showed up yesterday is kinda sad. I’ve

There are too many doubts running through my head.

Is it because of me? Did I make it too hard and not give enough modifications? Did I scare people away? Is it because it’s spring break?  Is it because I only teach once a week? 

And here is the silver linings part:

Even though there were fewer people than last week, I feel like it gave me a little more freedom and more time to talk to my students. What’s nice is that the two regulars (a couple) told me that they really enjoy POP and have been attending my classes for three weeks now. The guy also said that now he knows he should do POP before working out, rather than after because now he knows how much of a real workout it is! So that was really cool. Honestly, I just hope the four people who did show up had a good time. The couple said they were going to be back next week, so yay! I need to find a way to get more regulars lol.

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And overall, I need to focus on the positives. I’m planning on asking the front desk to announce my class next time, so I hope that works in getting more people! *crosses fingers* For those who teach group fitness classes, have you ever had this problem? Any tips on how to keep people coming back?

*UPDATED 5/14/17: So those two weeks were really weird because the weeks after that (up until now) I’ve had steady numbers of 9-11 students! So I think it’s just a process of new people trying it out, or people being really busy that week, that made the numbers fluctuate so much. But so far my classes have been fairly consistent, and really fun! It’s nice when you can establish regulars and introduce new people to POP Pilates 😉

Dark Bloom Haul!

It’s extremely gloomy and gray today, so getting my POPFLEX in the mail early really brightened my day! I rushed to open each package and tried everything on. I noticed that the sizing changed pretty drastically from the Mermaid to Dark Bloom, as everything ran smaller than before (like with the Wishing Star Capris that I reviewed HERE).

*DB: Dark Bloom

 

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POPFLEX haul (starting from left top): Curious Crop top, Heartstring bras, Zenith Zip bra, Flyaway run short, DB Wishing star capri, Adventure Zip leggings, DB POP shorts.

 

 

I’ll post better pictures later, but here’s a brief review of my haul:

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Enchanted shrug in Plum + DB Zenith Zip bra + DB POP shorts

I tried the bottoms on first! Everything fit as expected, as I went a size up (size 8) and it was pretty comfy. The color of the Dark Bloom print, along with the cabernet Adventure Zip leggings were so pretty!

The black tank (Victorious Tank in night) fit pretty well, and I like the soft material that it’s made out of. The Adventure Zip leggings surprisingly fit kinda snug vs the Your Royal Highness leggings (that I reviewed here ) in the same size, which I thought was weird. The Zenith Zip bra is probably my favorite bra out of the bunch, as I don’t have to do my usual contortion act to get my broad shoulders over the straps. Just zip up and I’m good to go.

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Here is an overall kinda quick review 😉

*something to note* Whatever has the Dark Bloom print has a similar material to the BodyPOP watercolor shorts, so it feels slippery and smooth.

BRAS

  • Heart Strings bra (night, cabernet, DB) size 4
    • A little bit tight. If you have wide shoulders and a small bust, I would size up. Overall it fits my small chest (size 34A), but I had a difficult time getting it over my shoulders. What’s frustrating is that I was a size 4 in their previous collection (Peony, that bra was my favorite!) but according to this picture, there is a bit of a width difference:
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  • Zenith Zip bra (size 4)
    • again, fits my boobs but a bit tight around my shoulders.
    • Also feels a bit tight around the arm pit area.
    • Love the zipper, which reduces my struggle to put on/remove the bra by A LOT.
    • Print is amazing, as usual.
    • I recommend sizing up, especially due to the tight arm pit area.

TOPS

  • Victorious Tank in night (size 6)
    • Comfy and soft, felt pretty true to size
    • I like the swooping, curved hemline at the bottom.
    • The deep V cut lets you show off your sports bra without being too hoochie mama (lol).
  • Curious Crop Top (size 6) in DB
    • Glad I went up a size, as I figured my wide shoulders would cause issues.
    • The neckline is pretty tight, so I recommend sizing up
    • No zippers or clasps, so pulling this on was no minor feat!
    • makes my arms/shoulders look pretty good
    • Once it’s on, it’s super pretty and the straps are wide and sturdy–I can probably do PIIT28 in this and have everything stay in place (though I’m small-chested so I can’t speak for different chested girls)

BOTTOMS 

  • Adventure Zip legging (size 8) in Cabernet
    • a little snug than the Highness in size 8, but fit well
    • love the POCKETS and the fact that I can unzip the leggings whenever I need to take them off!
  • Fly Away Run short (size 8) in DB
    • Definitely go a size down! The band is stretchy but pretty wide. I need to exchange mine for a smaller size.
    • I love the design of the shorts and how they look like flower petals 🙂
    • The material is similar to surf shorts (quick to dry, light, and stretchy)
    • The shorts don’t have a liner (the part that looks like underwear) so if you need more cover, you can wear black POP shorts or compression shorts underneath
    • Read the Stylist tips on the product page–the drawstrings are long so you can cut and customize it to the length that you want.
  • Wishing Star capris (size 8) in Dark Bloom
    • true to size, comfy
    • They’re beautiful, that’s all I can say.
    • I love that the wishing star parts of the capris are made out of the DB print, too!
    • The only downside: NO POCKETS 😦 they’d be perfect if they had pockets. Oh well.

If you’re interested in getting some POPFLEX, click here! If you have any questions about sizing or anything, feel free to leave a comment. Happy shopping! 🙂

 

Dark Bloom Ch. 2 RELEASE

I was so excited this morning because POPFLEX released Part 2 of their Dark Bloom collection today! I was so worried items would sell out, but fortunately, I was able to get the pieces that I wanted…I kind of killed my wallet, but my heart is excited and happy to wear them to future POP classes! Here is my haul:

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Of course, I had to buy ALL the Dark Bloom print stuff! I feel like it’s my favorite print so far in the BodyPop/POPFLEX collections. I also forgot to add this pic, but they made a beautiful Zenith Zip bra:

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Look at how cute that is! Now there’s a sports bra that I won’t have to contort myself out of XD. One thing to note is that the backing is sheer, so we’ll see how supportive they are.

They also brought out shiny capris and zip bras:

And for some reason, only the Shiny Capris have POCKETS! :\ I was in such a rush to get my stuff I didn’t even notice it had pockets lol. Oh, and another new thing is their running shorts:

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They look like flower petals!

Phew! Did some serious retail therapy today. I can’t wait to review them all and show you guys! If you’re interested in checking out more Dark Bloom stuff, click HERE 😀 If you do buy any pieces, let me know!

Teaching POP at 24hr Fitness

So I haven’t posted about it yet, but I recently got a job with 24 Hour Fitness in Windward City (Kaneohe, HI) and I had my first class yesterday! I was soooo nervous this weekend and studied really hard, but was scared that I was going to blank out. Thankfully, I went to class prepared. Future POP instructors, here are some tips!

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Bring a bag with:

  • extra batteries (depends on the mic transmitter–might be AAA or a 9 volt)
  • aux cord
  • adaptors
  • windscreen for your mic
  • Tune belt (I bought mine directly from their online store. While Amazon sells it for $2 cheaper, Tune belt shipped my vertical microphone transmitter SUPER fast. It got to me in less than a week–which is saying something because they sent it all the way from Ohio to Hawaii in 5 days! Thank you, Tune belt for being awesome!)
  • chapstick
  • Extra speaker
  • and don’t forget your POP bracelet!

Oh, and I also brought a little notecard with the names of tracks and moves I would preview between each track. It helped me immensely when I forgot which track came after what (only got confused with the back/obliques tracks).

My class was at 7PM, so I got there at 6:30PM to scope out the place and get my sign-in fingerprint sorted out.

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My heart pounded quickly in my chest as I glanced at my watch.

6:50pm.

I stood outside the packed GX classroom, hearing the hyped up music through the glass entrance doors.

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My throat felt so dry, I kept having to take small sips of water every few minutes, hoping that I wouldn’t have to pee during the middle of class. How many people would show up?! I knew my Group X Manager would attend, which made me even MORE nervous! I always have this fear of failure nagging at the back of my mind.  This post, which I saw earlier in the day, gave me courage:

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The caption was so fitting, too. POP Pilates Official posted this on their Insta and wrote:

“Taking risks is scary. What if you don’t make it? What if you fail? Well, what’s even scarier is staying in the exact same spot. Not changing. Not getting better. So TAKE that risk. It’s worth the change.”

Love it. With this picture and those words in mind, I reminded myself to BREATHE and change that fear into excitement. Feeling powerful in my POPFLEX gear (Your Highness leggings and POP Army tank), I walked into the GX room. Thankfully the Group X Manager helped me set up the mic and stereo, so I was set to go in no time.

I quickly introduced myself to the small group scattered about the room, giving them a brief intro to what POP Pilates is and what to expect.

Here we go, I thought as I started up my music.

And you know what? Everything flowed! Because I’ve been practicing the different tracks for so long, each move/cue/modification came to me pretty easily. While I needed to take a quick peek at my note card, it didn’t hinder the flow of the class. I smiled as much as I could (even though everyone looked mostly tired lol) and tried my best to encourage them to do their best. I noticed I needed to modify for the more advanced moves, like the teaser and plank jack combos. (which was perfectly fine with me because it gave me a break, too). I think the best moment is when I glanced at one my students, beamed a smile at them, and they smiled right back! 😀 I had lots of fun, and I’m hoping they did, too.

At the end of the class, my Group X manager (who’s so awesome for taking my first class) gave me positive feedback and said that I was very “cutesy” and liked how I was always smiling and offered modifications. SWEET! While she won’t be able to take all of my classes, I appreciate how she took the time out of her busy schedule (of running ALL the GX classes on the island! and probably more!) to show me around the gym and take my first class.

I was so excited that I forgot to take a group picture! *facepalms* so I just took a post-POP selfie:

 

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first day: COMPLETE

I’m so glad my first class went as well as it did. I think it’s so cool to have followed this format since 2011–back when I was just following along to Blogilates’ YouTube videos in my dorm room –to this point, 6 years later: a POPster turned POP Pilates instructor teaching in a gym! How crazy is that?

I am so excited for next week!