I can’t believe that I am EVEN writing this post. Cassie was a big reason WHY I became a trainer and got into fitness. I resonated with her teaching philosophy that fitness can be done anywhere with limited or not equipment. It should be fun and challenging. With the amount of moving and traveling, I knew POPPILATES was going to be perfect for our lifestyle. I didn’t need to have a gym membership or any weight. I truly LOVED that I could do it anywhere.
To be honest this is a decision that I probably should have made a while back, but emotionally I just wasn’t ready. I wasn’t ready to leave the person who inspired me so many years back. I don’t remember exactly when I found Cassie but I loved her monthly challenges, abs/glutes/arms challenges. It’s a day I thought would never. It’s bittersweet, but we all grow and evolve. I am glad that she got me into working out and taking care of myself.
When Cassie first launched her certification you had to be already have your group fitness certification. I didn’t have any fitness certification, but I knew I wanted to teach this class. I still did her monthly challenges and purchased the programs she put out. Eventually became a certified personal trainer, and knew my continuing education courses would be her certification. I did the online version first because I was living in West Virginia. There wasn’t an in person certification close by, and I think we only had 1 car at the time. It did take me a while to finally get my certification but I am glad I did.
As I am writing this it doesn’t seem real that I am not a POPPILATES instructor anymore. Thinking back on how long it took me to get certified as an instructor and all the time I put into learning the choreography. Even though I loved Cassie and POPPILATES, I wasn’t the best on my memorizing and sticking to the beat. I come to realize I love pilates but structured classes aren’t my thing, I prefer reps and sets. I still do POPPILATES to some degree, just not the way it was designed to be taught.
Pausing My Subscription
During my time as an instructor, I paused my membership several times. I did as a way to think about if it is something I didn’t want to do anymore. I would freeze for 6 months, and think about if I missed it or not. At the time I did miss it, but now I’m thinking did I miss it or just a toy I couldn’t play with and I wanted it. Either way, I would renew my membership and be refreshed and ready to teach again.
I posted a question in the instructor portal that I was thinking about cancelling or freezing or taking a break. I explained my perspective about how it seemed to be more work than I was expecting. There are just a few things that I personally don’t like anymore such as the music has changed. I get copyright laws and things have changed but I LOVED that it was to songs on the radio. To their credit, they do now have an option to purchase a playlist based on the release to songs on the radio. I think it’s $15, but on top of the $15 I was already spending each month didn’t make sense.
I was also having a horrible time downloading the songs to my phone. Personally, I think they should just create a playlist on Spotify. Finally I was tired of paying a monthly fee and not teaching. I didn’t feel like I was getting my moneys worth anymore.
It has been about 6 months since I have cancelled my subscription. There are days that I miss it and wish I tried harder to teach and promote the classes. There are days that I don’t think about it at all. Every month I still get her emails. I will always be so appreciative of everything she did for me. I am also excited to see where my training takes me now.