Blogilates Q&A for w/e 3/12/2011
For those asking me to write full-length exercise and meal plans for them…I’m really sorry but I cannot do that right now. I appreciate you trusting me enough to give me your personal information and your goals but that would take me an extremely long time to personalize a specific plan of attack for every single person that writes. Perhaps in the future I can create a mini book of meal plans and workout plans that can be emailed to you where you can pick what works best for you based on how much weight you want to lose. I’d team up with some of my personal trainer and nutritionist friends to formulate this - does that sound like something you’d be interested in?
Here are the questions for week ending 3/12/2011. Enjoy!
heyy. SO IM THE PERSON!!! WITH THE IDEA!!!!! i already told you!! haha. sorry its just that it became true!! LOL!!! okk. so im only like a teen tho. is there an age limit? or like rules and regulations? and i also dont hav a facebook or a utube page or a tumblr. lol. thankss!!! and u dont need to reply if this is going to take up ur 10 questions. u can make a post if u need to!!! <33
Cassey: A-HAH! So when will the infamous anonymous show her face? ;) There’s no age limit, just check my post below on the design contest rules. Don’t have a facebook, tumblr, or youtube acct? Well make one!
Hey Cassey :)
I was wondering…does it matter if you do cardio workouts before or after your pilates workouts?
Cassey: No it does not matter - I generally like to do them before so that I get all revved up and ready to go crazy on the mat, versus lying down and then getting up. But if you feel like you want to reserve energy for Pilates, then do the cardio after. It does not matter though.
can you make a video or do a post of what a healthy combo of food is for the day? There are always suggestions in magazines about what to eat for breakfast lunch and dinner (plus two snacks) but they are always the most inconvenient meals. I need something realistic. Thank you for answering my questions Cassey!
Cassey: Here is what I eat in general day - it is pretty much lean protein and lots of vegetables. The fats are mostly coming from nuts. I hope this is realistic! I never spend that much time in the kitchen. My meals are super simple and super quick!
Breakfast: egg white omelet with mushrooms, red pepper, and spinach. salsa to top.
Snack: raw or roasted almonds, no salt
Lunch: baked chicken breast, sliced, over a bed of romaine lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. light vinegar or vinaigrette dressing.
Snack: baby carrots and all natural peanut butter
Dinner: steamed tilapia with steamed broccoli or green beans. soy sauce and tabasco to taste.
Hi Cassey, you’re pilates videos are amazing. best workout ive ever tried. the thing is im trying to gain weight, in a good way. like.. to look more “heavier” than really skinny, but then at the same time i want to have toned legs and round-shaped butt. If i do Pilates 5x a week will it make me lose more weight? im already skinny though:\ hope i get a feedback from you:)
Cassey: To gain more muscle weight, add protein to your diet and do weight bearing exercise. And if you do Pilates 5x a week and don’t change your diet to include more protein, then yes, possibly you could lose more weight but in general, Pilates is more a toning workout than a calorie blaster so you don’t have to worry about that too much. Great sources of protein include, egg whites, lean meats, beans, and whey protein powder.
Good evening Cassey! I’m really addicted to your pop pilates videos! Music + good workout = genius [:
I had a question about eating habits: Since I have a really big sweet tooth, how do you fight those cravings for candies, cookies and brownies? and are smoothies beneficial for your health?
Thanks! I hope you make more videos soon! They’re a blast to do!
Cassey: Hi E! If you really love eating sweet things, try subbing them out for fruits. These are nature’s candy and they are full of great vitamins that will make your hair and skin look great. Also, a lot of the reason behind why you crave something is because your head is telling you that you want it. But ask yourself next time after you finish a big meal, are you hungry, or do you just want to “taste” it? If you can resist it, don’t eat the cookie. Maybe allow yourself just one cheat day a week where you can eat whatever you want and the rest of the week, be good. Eventually, you’ll feel like you don’t need that cookie anymore. Also, if you want to lose weight and see results quicker, think about the candy as something that will slow you down as you try to reach your goals. Don’t let food have power over you. Smoothies are good, but not 600 calorie ones from McDonalds or Jamba Juice. They are dense and some people drink them WITH MEALS! Eek! That’s calorie mania and you don’t even know it because drinking doesn’t feel like eating. Try making your own smoothie using plain or vanilla nonfat greek yogurt, water or juice, and frozen fruits for the simplest and healthiest kind of smoothie. By using water, you’ll cut out excess sugars and by using greek yogurt, you’ll be getting the protein you need for lean muscle mass production. Good luck!
You are such an inspiration! Love your videos! :)
You have an amazing body! Would you mind telling me approximately your weight and height, so I can set myself a good goal?
Cassey: Hmm, I contemplated whether or not I should answer this but I’m going to be transparent. As of yesterday afternoon, I was 123 lbs. I am 5’ 5”. But remember, we are all built differently so don’t get stuck on the numbers!
hi cassey!! i noticed your VERY detailed post about weight loss! i just wanted to thank you for responding so quickly to the message i sent you last week! i hope you didn’t think that i was challenging you on your knowledge of all things health & wellness, because i do consider you a valid source on that. just wanted to make sure the younger kiddies on here are clear on everything. :) as i mentioned, i am extra sensitive to this since my little sister, now 16.. was hospitalized for anorexia by 14 and she still struggles with her body image, and all of the conflicting media out there. you are definitely a role model to a lot of people on here.. keep it up! and yes you should go back to school for nutrition, this is clearly something you are passionate about!
Cassey: Hey! I want to thank you for messaging me about this. That post was most definitely needed. No, I did not feel like you were challenging me at all, and I totally understand where you are coming from. I think a lot of teen girls growing up have this media-implanted dream of skinniness furrowing inside them. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be skinny, but lack of knowledge on proper diet and exercise is scary when attempting to change one’s body. Suddenly, attention to health is thrown out the window and replaced by whatever means it will take to “get skinny”. The sad part is, it doesn’t just stop at physical obsession - a mental body image distortion causes the girl to never be satisfied with her looks. A lack of confidence is the ugliest of all. So thanks for encouraging me to clarify further on the subject of weight loss. Write again! And I hope your sister is doing well.
My question is this: I do your pilates videos about four-five times a week, about two videos each “session” and I really love them and try to switch them around, but will my body come to a point where your videos just won’t work anymore? I am fine with maintaining the muscle and abs I have right now, I love them! But when my body begins to get used to the workouts, will that go away, or will it just not improve?
Cassey: No, your muscles will never just “go away” even if you keep doing the videos and you’re used to them. The only way they can go away is if you cover them with a layer of fat. So if you stop working out or begin to eat more then this will happen. I think your question is more about what happens when the workouts get too easy and you start plateauing. You’ll need to introduce more moves to surprise your body. Luckily, I have a whole arsenal of videos for you so you’ll never get bored!!!
does only one slice contains 36 kcal or it’s at 100g?
Cassey: Ok so it says 2 ripe bananas makes 6 servings. So 1/3 of a banana is 36 calories.
heyyy cassey <3
first of all i want to say that i LOVE your video’s! & second hmm is it better to do 1 hour one of your pop cardio video’s or 1 hour of running ?
Cassey: The Pop Cardio videos are meant to be high intensity intervals. If you can actually do the videos back to back to back to back to back for an hour, which is pretty crazy, then this will be better. In general, the quick moves in the cardio videos are more effective at blasting calories in a shorter amount of time compared to running. But it also matters how fast you are running.
Hey Cassey, thanks for the workout today :)
Just a thought, what about using 80’s pop music in one of your vids? Could be fun!
Ashley, from New Zealand
Cassey: Hi Ashley from New Zealand! That’s a great idea. I could even wear leg warmers!!!
I love love your videos! Especially the music you have on in the background! It makes those 30 minute workouts feel like ten! Regarding pre-workout snacks and meals, how long do I need to wait after eating to exercise? 1 hour at least? Is the time period different for a full breakfast and a snack such as an apple?
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
Cassey: If you didn’t have a chance to read my post and watch my video on what to eat before and after a workout, here’s the link: http://www.blogilates.com/post/2996785799/what-to-eat-before-and-after-a-workout-to-lose-weight. Big meals can take somewhere around 3 hrs to digest. Small meals, an hour or even 30 min if it’s really small like an apple.
Can you do pilates with sneakers on?
Cassey: Yes, you can. I don’t do it because I like pointing my feet, and wearing shoes makes it hard to do that.
Girl, I just want to say I love what you’re doing with this whole small business, ogorgeous, pop pilates, blogilates, healthy lifestyle, mini-mogul empire. I really admire when young women break the mold and make a business doing the thing they love. Anyhoo on to my question, I’ve been a practitioner of pilates on and off for about 2.5 years. I’ve been following your pop pilates videos since about mid January. Now I admit that I don’t know everything about pilates, but it seems to moves in the Pop Pilates videos aren’t strictly pilates moves, but perhaps borrow from the Bar Method? I haven’t had a chance to practice the Bar Method, but from what I’ve seen there seems to be some similarities. So I guess my question is, how do you come up with the move sets for Pop Pilates? Do you consciously adopt moves from various types of exercise (i.e. Yoga, classic Pilates, the Bar Method, the Dailey Method, etc), or do you go into the studio and just kind of wing it with general knowledge of Pilates-esque exercises? Anyhoo, like I said I love what you’re doing, I’m an avid fan, I look forward to your updates, and you’ve inspired me to get the ball rolling on my own small business empire! :)
Cassey: Hey Nancy! What an inspirational post. What small business “empire” are you thinking of building? Yes, I LOVE doing what I love, but trust me, it hasn’t always been that way. It’s been a journey for sure. Maybe I’ll write on that later. To answer your question about my moves, you are absolutely right that it’s not STRICTLY Pilates. The core of my moves are classical Pilates moves (like the hundred, the double leg lift, the single straight leg, teaser, etc.) but I find that set to be limited, especially since I’ve been practicing for a while now. It can get boring. So I’ve taken the 6 principles that make up Pilates (centering, concentration, control, breath, flow, precision) and tailored new moves around them. I actually just got introduced to the Bar Method last week, so nope, I wasn’t borrowing from them! But I did see that the Bar Method is very very similar to Pilates! I also watch fitness videos and take moves that I like and add a dancy/elegant twist to it. Makes it fun to let your body try new things constantly!
You’ve had a similar question already but mine is a little more specific. I am currently taking a pilates class and I love it! But I am moving to South Korea in the summer and I thought your videos would be a great way to keep up with the pilates on my own. However I am trying to figure out what equipment I need to take with me considering it has to come on the plane :/ I was thinking a big balance ball (a pump), resistance bands but then I was wavering between fitness circle, the small (8in) soft ball and was wondering about the small hand weights (thats an extra 4-10 pounds depending on which ones I bring) do they have them as water weights? (meaning: you fill it up with water to create the weight) I just want to know which ones you think are the true “essentials”. Thank you so much. Sorry I’m a little long winded :)
Cassey: Hey Marcie, honestly, I really love doing mat work without any equipment because your body is the best tool. Most of the classes I teach don’t have enough “toys” for everything so we simply don’t use them but that’s no biggie. We still get a great workout in. I think the “true essential” is the mat, but even then you could just do you work on a carpeted floor!
I have a hard time doing cardio on the elliptical or treadmill because I always end up with horrible headaches that last the entire day! What do you suggest I do in order to lose weight? Pilates are fine, but the running/cardio intensity gives me headaches.
Cassey: You should talk to your doctor about why running and cardio training gives you headaches. It could be that you are trying to go too hard, too fast, too soon. Go steady and speed up every week so your body has a chance to get used to the new exercises you’re doing. Maybe it’s in shock. But if the headaches still persist, try fun and lighter impact cardio classes like dancing or Zumba. Also, make sure you’re drinking enough water and eating a little. Whenever I am dehydrated and hungry, I get a headache just sitting around doing nothing.
Thank you so much for all of your AMAZING videos!
Would it be possible for you to do a total body video based on the magic circle (or Pilates ring)? I just love this little gizmo ;-)
Thanks again and many blessings to you.
Cassey: Yes, great idea.