My gym doesn’t close until 11 p.m., but some nights I procrastinate so long watching “Orange Is the New Black” or “Gilmore Girl” reruns (I’m preparing for the reboot, hold your judgment) that it gets to 10:30 and I’m still on my couch. At this point, I have basically two options: Call it a night and try to be better tomorrow, or roll out my mat and piss off everyone on the floor below me by working out at home. I often opt for the latter and either follow Kayla Itsines’s bodyweight circuit or go on YouTube to take a Blogilates virtual class.
Cassey Ho, the 29-year-old fitness entrepreneur behind Blogilates—and who appears in all its videos—has more than 3 million followers on YouTube and more than a million on Instagram. She’s known for her body-positive approach to Pilates, and was the focus of dozens of blogs posts after she publicly hit back at internet trolls last year.
This week, Ho visited the STYLECASTER office in New York (did you catch her on our Snapchat??) as part of her new role promoting Dailies Total1—she says she’s a big fan of colored contacts, folks, more so than Kanye perhaps—and told us all about her spectacularly healthy lifestyle. Ho even broke down and measured out the exact meals and snacks she eats in a regular day and what she listens to while working out.
My favorite Pilates move is:
The earthquake! You begin seated with legs straight and a tall spine, roll shoulders back and down, and lean back at the hips. You’ll feel your core shake like crazy! It doesn’t look like you’re moving that much, but, oh boy, this move is powerful and great for a strong core.
For breakfast I had:
An omelet at 8 a.m. with two eggs, one cup of spinach, half a cup of mushrooms, one chicken sausage, and one cup of pico de gallo.
For lunch I had:
A chicken salad at 12:30 p.m. with five ounces of roasted chicken breast, four ounces of butter lettuce, two tablespoons of raw sliced almonds, half a cup of cherry tomatoes, and two tablespoons of strawberry vinaigrette.
For dinner I had:
At 7 p.m. I had six ounces of miso-flavored tilapia with one cup of quinoa, one cup of sautéed spinach, one cup of roasted butternut squash, and two tablespoons of Sriracha.
Today I snacked on:
A cup of strawberries with coconut yogurt. I love the combo because it’s naturally sweet and nutritionally dense to keep me satisfied. I also had a Fuji apple with natural peanut butter—healthy fats keep me satiated.
One thing I don’t eat:
Chocolate. My taste buds are hyper-sensitive to the cocoa in chocolate, so it literally tastes like bitter medicine to me.
My all-time favorite workout is:
PIIT28! I developed this workout program that combines high-intensity cardio exercises with total-body-strengthening Pilates moves. One round is seven minutes and 10 seconds, and for a full workout, you’ll need to do four rounds for a total of 28 minutes and 40 seconds. I love this style of workout because you burn fat and build muscle and endurance in a short period of time with zero equipment.
I think the next health and fitness trend to dominate will be:
Working out to get HAPPY, not skinny.
The health trend I just can’t get behind is:
Teas that claim they will burn fat and give you your dream body. It’s all a marketing scam, and it is so sad because people actually fall for these claims, waste their money, and in the end, and don’t see the long-term results they want.
My favorite healthy restaurant is:
Spinfish Poke in Santa Monica. You can make something similar with one scoop of raw salmon (about ice-cream-scoop size), one scoop of raw yellowtail, half a cup of brown rice, and one cup of mixed greens. Add two tablespoons of seaweed salad, one tablespoon of mango, one tablespoon of onion, two tablespoons of spicy shoyu, and two tablespoons of Sriracha.
My favorite healthy snack is:
My go-to smoothie ingredients are:
Bananas, fresh berries, and coconut yogurt.
My favorite Instagram accounts are:
Food IGs and baby animal IGs!
The three ingredients you’ll always find in my kitchen are:
Bananas, avocado, Sriracha.
My signature healthy dish is:
Banana pancakes! All you need is one banana mashed with two eggs. Cook them like pancakes—so delicious and so clean.
The best part of my job is:
Being able to interact with my [followers] on a daily basis. This community is so genuine and positive. Nothing makes me happier than hearing their stories and seeing how many REAL friendships have been formed because of Blogilates.
The project I’m busy working on right now is:
A partnership with Dailies Total1! I am a longtime wearer of contact lenses and have been wanting to try daily disposables for a while. Since switching to Dailies Total1 contact lenses and feeling how comfortable they are, even at the end of the day, I know they’re the best contact lenses for my super on-the-go and active lifestyle.
The health app I couldn’t live without is:
The Blogilates app. It’s essential for PIIT28. I use the timer in there to write down my moves and to time my intervals.
At the beginning of most days I:
Eat a healthy breakfast and get in a good workout!
Every week I try to work out:
About five or six times.