Place a rolled towel, pillow, or double up your mat right underneath that bone. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Give it some cushion and you should be fine. Let me know if that helps!
I see, you want to achieve an hourglass figure. It sounds like your shape may be an apple or inverted triangle.
Okay well first off, you can’t change the actual shape or skeletal structure of your body. According to this wiki article, only 8% of women actually have the hourglass figure. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_body_shape) So if you’re saying that your upper body is wider than your hips (and you’re not actually looking to lose weight), what we can do is just work with what you have an make it look amazing. Inverted triangles are just as hot! Just do the cardio to melt the fat off, do the pilates to tone the muscles underneath, and eat a healthy diet to speed up the whole transformation. Good luck!!!
Thank you! Yes I can post some involving the ball. Appreciate the suggestions always!
Style and functionality make a sexy couple. Without fashion evolving every season, who’s to tell us we absolutely NEED another top at Lululemon? What a boring wardrobe of yoga attire we’d have if those Canadian designers just kept it at function.
So begins my post on some of the cutest, loveliest, hottest things in the world of fashion and fitness.
One of my favorite collections is Stella McCartney for Adidas. No one does femme sports better than she does. The detailing in all of her clothing makes everything so couture-feeling, but at the same time so workout-able. The prices may be high but sometimes we can get lucky and snag ourselves a good deal at Nordstrom Rack or the sale section at Sweaty Betty in the UK. Here are my top picks!
I really love the romantic dusty rose color of this jacket. The high collar and the pleats at the arm make this sporty coat so regal-looking. There’s a hood tucked away in there too! The semi-metallic sheen of the jacket is also so so so attractive to me. I may have to break down and get this…it IS on sale after all.
“The crinkly, crushed-paper feel of the adidas by Stella McCartney Cover Up Studio Image Blouson gives a luxurious sensibility to the jacket’s loose batwing silhouette.”
Ohhhh pretty as a peach. Soft, romantic, and so flowy. I love flowy. I am not sure how I feel about the crushed paper feel though. I’ve definitely felt this fabric before and I sometimes question why I would want to be wearing a plastic bag. Pretty though.
How can I write this post without featuring some Lulu? Man, the whole yoga and pilates community is OBSESSED with this Canadian company!!! Oh and before I start sharing top Lulu styles, did you know that there are 4 Lululemon Outlets in the world?! Yes there are and if you live by one, make a trip. I personally have never been but I hear it’s like the sale rack all mushed up into one place. I am not sure if you can use your instructor discount there. I’ll post more on the outlets later…
I so totally have this jacket in the purple. I had a hard time choosing between coal or purple, but when I put the purple on, it made me smile.
Obviously this jacket was Cassey in a nutshell so I had no choice but to get it. Ruffles and Pilates? C’mon, yes, and thumbholes while you’re at it please.
I didn’t get a chance to get this pant while they still had it in my size. Ugh. I hope this remake it because I love the corseted waist detail (and I have the Tadasana top). Apparently there is also a drawstring cord at the hem to adjust it to more of a ruched capri style. Comes in black/purple, black/aqua, and heather gray/hotpink.
If anyone knows me, they know I love working out in booty shorts. Oops. Or Boogie Shorts in this case. They stay in place when you’re running or stretching and no underwear-showing situations (ahem, running shorts). Can’t wait for summer to come so that I can wear these again.
Lulu does it right with the ruffles, and just subtle ones in this case.
Now I’m not a REALLY big fan of Lucy - I feel like it’s a plain and boring version of someone TRYING to be Lulu. With their Lulu-esque price point, I think they can be a little more adventurous in their design. Anyway, I bought the top below the other day on clearance with an EXTRA 30% off! Oh and that reminds me…they are changing their instructor discount to just 20% off…not 30%. Use yours before the 2011!
I love Lucy’s fitted bra tops. They are long and the boob cups are perfect. Goodbye sports bras.
I like the hole in the back. Super sexy and super ventilating! The sweetheart neckline is also very flattering. I have this in Laguna. Great quality, great fit, I’d buy more Lucy if they kept their styles more interesting.
Sometimes you gotta go to custom-made for extra special activewear. I found this shop on etsy. The fitted arms and low neckline on this bolero are very flattering. I also like that you can tie this in the front or hook it in the back for a completely different look. This would be a great top to teach in.
Each of these shorts are sewn by Crunch fitness instructor Jennifer Morco! Foldover is the way to go. I like the large floral print of the band, matches very nicely with those booty shorts underneath. I might have to get myself a pair come summer.
Oooops, what’s that?! Including my own product!? Why yes. Afterall, oGorgeous is all about fashion and fitness!
This mat strap or mat sling is adorned by 100% genuine suede hand-cut flowers. I actually make them each time I get an order. It’s a compliment magnet.
Okay that’s all for now people. Keep it stylin at the gym. Remember as Kimora Lee Simmons once said, “Dress like you’re going to run into your worst enemy.” This holds true at the gym too! You never know who you may run into…
Awesome! Love your blog!
Hey! This post is purely honest and no usernames will be named. I just wanted to share some funny questions that I’ve been asked on Youtube. I will try to answer them…in all seriousness.
Q: Hi Cassey! I love your Pilates videos! I’d like to make a request for a video on how to make my boobs bigger.
A: Hmm. Well first of all, I don’t think there are any Pilates moves that I’ve learned that focus on breast enlargement. But we can try to work on your pecs with will enlarge the muscle underneath your boobs, making them appear perkier. Maybe you’ll even achieve some cleavage! This will require 2 dumb bells at least 5 lbs each. You will perform flys either on a fitness ball or a bench. Looks like this:
Q: Cassey!!! I’ve been doing your Pop Pilates videos for a couple months now and I totally see results! But I’ve always had a problem with the fat around my face. I just can’t get rid of it. Could you do a workout for my face? Thanks!
A: Face fat can be very annoying. But you can’t really perform exercises on your face. Nor would you want to. I mean, a muscular face isn’t exactly sexy. What you want is to lose the fat on your face. This means you have to lose fat on the rest of your body too. You will need to do cardio. This means adding some walking, jogging, running, dancing, kickboxing, and/or spinning etc. to your daily activities. Good luck!
Okay that’s all for today.
Yes 30 min of Pop Pilates then 30 min of strength training is great. Add cardio too. And what do you mean by wider hips?
Hi! Congrats on the little one! All I can suggest is a complete lifestyle change. What I mean is change you: 1. diet, 2. exercise, and 3. mentality. So, try to replaced refined carbs like bread and rice with veggies. Be active for at least 30-60 min a day! The videos are good, but to lose weight quickly, you need to do cardio! So tack on some walking then jogging then running. Good luck!
Okay so I am about to start teaching Reformer! Eek! this begins in January at the Watertown BSC. Nervous, excited, yes, but still learning it and loving it. If you haven’t tried reformer yet…check it out. It will really help bring your mat work to perfection.
For those of you that aren’t really sure what the heck a refomer is…here’s a quick rundown from livestrong.com!
The Pilates Reformer is an exercise machine used to incorporate the Pilates exercise technique for a challenging and intense workout. Springs, leverage and body weight are used as resistance while performing movements targeting specific muscle groups. Workouts consist of controlled, flowing movements working your muscles through a full range of motion. The reformer adds increased resistance to the movement. By working to overcome this resistance, training results in increased fitness levels.Benefits of using the Pilates Reformer: 1. Increased Muscular Endurance
Muscles exert force to overcome resistance. Training results include increased muscle fiber endurance, size and strength along with increased connective tissue strength. With increased muscular endurance, your muscles are able to exert force for extended periods. Increased endurance enables you to perform everyday tasks without fatigue. Additional benefits include improved muscle tone as muscles are lengthened and strengthened without appearing bulky.2. Increased Core Strength
Exercising on the Pilates Reformer requires proper form and technique. The focus of proper positioning is within the core, your abdomen and lower back muscles. By conditioning the core muscles, they will contract with all movements to stabilize and align your spine. A strong core will increase the effectiveness of all exercises due to your ability to maintain proper alignment. Core strength increases your ability to generate power to your muscles and decreases the risk of injury.3. Improved Posture
Workouts on a Pilates Reformer will improve your spinal alignment. With improved alignment, your muscles will strengthen to improve spinal support and stability. Improved posture will lengthen your joints giving you a taller appearance. Muscular imbalances will be corrected decreasing the risk for injury, especially to the lower back. Awareness of proper posture during exercise will carry over to awareness of proper posture when performing everyday movements.4. Increased Flexibility
Flexibility is the range of motion of your muscles and connective tissue. Workouts on a Pilates Reformer require your muscle groups to move through a full range of motion. Improved flexibility decreases strain and stress on your joints and muscles. Muscles contract with increased efficiency, and workouts are more effective. Improved flexibility reduces stiffness, soreness and the chance of injury. You can perform everyday movements with less strain and fatigue.5. Improved Breathing
Pilates workouts emphasize proper breathing. Breathing becomes deeper and less frequent, resulting in improved relaxation. Benefits include increased lung capacity and breathing efficiency during workouts and at rest. Your lungs are better equipped to supply your body with increased oxygen during workouts. Energy levels increase during exercise and at rest.6. Reduced Body Fat
Exercise increases your metabolism, your body’s ability to burn calories. Increased muscle mass increases the number of calories burned. When the amount of calories burned is more than the amount of calories eaten, excess body fat is burned and used for energy to meet the increased demand.
Hey Miss New Body, hmm I have yet to wear a BodyBugg to figure out how many calories are burned in a 10 min session. If you want to lose weight, watch you diet and start doing cardio. Weight lifting is great for burning calories even after you’re done working out. Do Pop Pilates to tone. Good luck!
Hey! Well we can’t spot reduce, but we can spot tone. What I mean is, to get rid of the fat in those 2 areas, you’re gonna have to do some cardio like running, spinning, kickboxing, or dancing to melt it off before you can see any toned muscle. Make sure to watch your diet as well. This will speed up the process double time. How often should you do the vids and run? Try to do the Pop Pilates at least 3x a week if you’re doing 30 min sessions. More is fine if you can handle it. Try to run before you do Pilates - it is a great combo. But you’ll find your groove. I can’t really be accurate because I can’t see you right now, but just keep active as much as possible! Good luck!
ABSOLUTELY. Clam shells target all 3 of the muscles that you mentioned esp. when you hold and squeeze for a second when you’re in open clam. The bridging pelvic thrusts are great too. I think they are in that vid as well.
Ok so due to the amount of questions I get about what songs I’m playing nightly for my Pilates class, I’m gonna start posting playlists to share! Here is November and December’s mix. If you don’t hear the song you’re looking for, just leave a message and let me know!
Pay attention to your diet! This will speed your way towards becoming leaner and letter those muscles show through after all of your hard work. Eat tons of veggies and lean protein. Try to stay away from refined carbs, sugary drinks, and fried food. They are the culprits!