Don’t Know Where To Start With Your Fitness Journey? Try here.

You really want to get into fitness. You go on Youtube, type in “workout for beginners” and thousands of videos pop up. You scroll through, looking at the thumbnails, the titles. After a few minutes, you finally decide on one. “Uh…I guess this one looks good”. You click on it. After the “skip ad” is clicked, the video starts. The instructor greets you. “WELCOME TO MY BEGINNER FITNESS VIDEO EVERYONE! ARE YOU READY TO DIE?!” “Wait, what?”, you ask yourself. “I CAN’T HEAR YOU! ARE YOU READY TO DIE? :D”. “Y…yes?” “GOOD LET’S GO!” The torture ensues. You’re drenched after only a few minutes in. “GUESS WHATS NEXT?!”, the instructor asks. “What?”, you moan. “30 REPS OF BURPEES!” Nope. You turn that video off. “Eff this fitness crap! I. Am. DONE!”

Has this ever happened to you before? You’re motivated and really, really try to work out, but you just can’t find a good fit? Even if it’s a beginner workout, it still seems to be too much? It has definitely happened to me. I’ve been active my whole life, but it was only about 2-3 years ago when I started doing longer, more challenging workouts. I gradually increased how long I would work out over time. I started, however, with doing just 10 minutes a day.

There is a channel that paved the way for my fitness journey, it is called Blogilates.

Cassey Ho is a super bubbly Pilates instructor. She built her company from the ground up and now has over 4 million subscribers. Her channel appeals to mainstream with its well designed videos, clean graphics and song choices. As she has gained in popularity, Cassey has a lot of collaborations with other fitness instructors. She also has a passion for fashion and has since be able to create her own athletic wear. Cassey’s channel is packed with information about how to eat healthy for cheap, typical fitness struggles, addresses dieting myths, and more. She also shares her own journey and struggles with fitness- very relatable ones at that.

The Blogilates channel has loads of videos to choose from including a bridal boot camp series, apartment-friendly series, and a PIIT series (Pilates intense interval training, Cassey’s own creation). To see a complete list of her videos, click here. Some are complete workouts (includes warm up and cool down), but most do not. Make sure you do a light cardio warm up and some stretches afterward.

What’s good about her videos:
-they’re short
-they’re effective
-they’re a great introduction to building strength to taking on longer workouts.

Cassey really has created a fitness empire. From filming videos in her college dorm to filming in her own studio, Cassey now goes on tour with her program POP Pilates. Through this program, you can become a certified POP Pilates instructor. For more information, click here.

Blogilates was my first fitness channel when I decided I wanted to get serious about working out. Back then, I believe she had the subscribers in the hundred thousands, so it is really awesome to have watched her growth over all these years. I am really happy she had the chance to combine everything she loves doing and make a successful living off of it.

Keep in mind that these are Pilates videos and that is just one of many fitness styles. If this isn’t your cup of tea and you’re still searching for something you like, keep trying different things! There’s yoga, weight training, running, marital arts, kickboxing, CrossFit, and so many other ways to get your body in shape.

P.S She now creates these super adorable and relatable comics.

To visit the Blogilates YouTube channel, click here.
To visit the Blogilates Instagram, click here.
To visit the POP Pilates Instagram, click here

Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only.**

YouTube Fitness Review – Yoga with Kassandra

When I am not working on strength and cardio with Kat, I go to Kassandra Reinhardt’s YouTube channel, aptly named “Yoga with Kassandra”. Kassandra has a calm and soothing energy. Her videos contain just the right amount of educated explanations of the poses, and she has a wide assortment of videos in styles such as Power, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga is a slow-moving practice where you typically stay in poses anywhere from a minute to 5 minutes. Because of this, it’s not for everyone. Some people can find it boring. I have found Yin Yoga to be an integral part of any fitness routine. While strength and cardio focus on main muscle groups, Yin Yoga focuses on strengthening the joints connective tissues. This is important for increasing flexibility and mobility, which in turn, improves any other workouts. The 10-minute video below is Kassandra going into depth about Yin.

One of my favorite series of hers is Chakra Yoga. In a Yin style sequence, Kassandra aims to balance each of the 7 chakras with specific poses. She couples this with affirmations that pertain to the respected chakra. I personally like this because my mind tends to wander during my practice, but when I am silently repeating an affirmation, it’s easier to stay centered. If you are unfamiliar with the chakra system, I will briefly summarize. The chakra system is one of many energetic systems in the body, originating from India. There are 7 nodules, wheels, or energy centers,  that house specific types of energy. These centers can become blocked or unbalanced which causes certain emotional reactions. You can click here to read what those reactions are. You can help balance the chakras with color therapy, sound therapy, yoga, food, and more. This series offers a well-rounded approach to balance the chakras in a relaxing and healing way.

Another great thing about Kassandra is she just launched an Online Yin Yoga teaching program, and she hosts international yoga retreats.

To try Yin Yoga out and have 30 minutes, I recommend this one here
If you are super short on time or want just a snippet, I recommend this 10-minute practice here

To view Kassandra’s channel, click here
To view the Chakra Yoga series, click here
To view Kassandra’s Instagram, click here

-Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only.**

YouTube Fitness Review – Kat Musni

YouTube can be used for a lot of things. Aside from spending mindless hours watching random videos, you can also use it to get fit. As an introvert and a Cancerian, I like to stay home a lot. So, going to the gym for a regular workout isn’t really my thing. I’ve been using YouTube to work out for years and because of that, I have a few favorites. Today, I’d like to mention one, in particular, Kat Musni.

I came across Kat’s channel when I was looking to up my fitness level for my first ever Spartan race. Her workouts use dumbbells and every move is different, which is something I was looking for. Kat is a high energy, super positive person who is knowledgeable about her field. Her workouts always include a warm-up, a cool down, and great content. Mix in her motivating and insightful gab throughout the workout, you’ll feel great physically and mentally.

This past January, Kat posted her first 30-day fitness challenge called “The WarrioRAWR Challenge”. She gradually amps up the difficulty, but always offers modifications and encourages viewers to go at their own pace.

Side note: Kat is very open about her personal struggle with body image, sharing her progress every step of the way. She is a REAL PERSON and very approachable. I’ve had a few correspondences with her via Instagram and her personality is just as authentic and awesome as in her videos. I’m so thankful to have come across Kat Musni’s channel. It has changed my fitness entirely.

To view Kat’s channel, click here
To view the 30-day WarrioRAWR challenge, click here
To follow Kat on Instagram, click here

-Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only.**