Pilates: Myths and Benefits

Ready to try Pilates but wonder what it really is and what it can do for you?

  • One of the most common misconceptions about Pilates involves yoga. Do you know the differences between Pilates and yoga, for example?
  • A second common myth is that Pilates is soooo easy and mostly for women. How does our guest, Cassey Ho address that myth?
  • Can Pilates make you taller?
  • What are the top benefits of trying a Pilates workout? What is this mode really good for?
  • If you want to get started with Pilates, what are the best ways? Cassey has a few suggestions.

(We hope you try one free place– Cassey’s videos on YouTube).

Get the scoop from San Francisco based Pilates teacher, YouTube sensation, and fellow FitFluential Ambassador, Cassey Ho, who is known nationally for her POP Pilates workouts and  pop, pop, popular website, Blogilates.

Cassey started doing Pilates in high school, fell in love with the practice and instantly became a hardcore devotee. She began instructing while still in college after earning certifications from Balanced Body University and NESTA. However, her biggest classes happen online in the YouTube universe. Her POP Pilates series fuses Top 40 songs and workouts to create energetic, fun, and upbeat sweat sessions.

Want to take a look at Cassey’s yoga and Pilates bags over at ogorgeous.com? See why Alexandra calls her a gym bag snob!
Have exercise questions you want addressed? Tell us in the comments below or over at  Fun and Fit.
If you have taken Pilates classes, what was your experience like? Did you have a myth busted? We’d love you to comment below.
About Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams

Identical twins and fitness pros Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MAhave been in the fitness industry since the first aerobics studio opened–with them–on the European continent back when leg warmers and thong leotards were the rage. Their fitness experience spans 3 decades on land, sea, and airwaves.

Kymberly has taught fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages for 30 years to more than 10,000 exercisers. She is former faculty at University California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies. IDEA, the International Association for Health and Fitness Professionals tapped her to serve as the inaugural editor for Fitness Edge, a publication devoted solely to group exercise leaders. Finally she knew enough people in the exercise world that she became a three-time nominee and finalist for IDEA’s Program Director of the Year award.

Kymberly also worked the mind attaining a Master’s Degree in English. Her true specialty was conducting business writing seminars and helping professionals communicate more effectively in the business world. From hosting an international fitness TV program to serving as grammar expert on a live show, Kymberly has led, moved and grooved with energy and good grammar for all.

Alexandra has been teaching, presenting and writing about fitness for over 25 years (since she was 7 and 1/2)! Currently on staff in the Exercise Studies Department at UCSB, she is also a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s many publications. As an international presenter, Alexandra enjoyed her honeymoon in Venezuela after judging their national fitness championships.

Alexandra has her advanced degree in counseling, which qualifies her to ask nosy questions of her two teens. Combining her love of words and the microphone, she has also had a successful run as a radio presenter, emcee and comedian. She loves to work, so she also writes for her blog and is a frequent guest contributor to a variety of blogs about business and health.

Kymberly and Alexandra are also the Hosts of Fun and Fit on WomensRadio. Fun and Fit offers answers to audiences’ fitness questions, shares Fun Fit Facts, faces Freak Out Fit Facts head on and helps listeners cut through the hype and fat to reach their fitness goals. Learn, laugh and live it up on your road to health and fitness!


  1. Nowadays Pilates exercise is becoming more popular as an alternative of treatment due to its success with increasing potency and stabilize. There are many benefits of Pilates including improved core potency, increased fitness and reduction in pain and prevention with injury.

  2. The benefits of pilates mentioned in the interview with Cassey Ho ….. improved posture and improved core strength are so important for anyone to reduce the risk for low back injury. Weak abs and poor habitual posture over time can take a toll on the low back and result in the onset of pain even without a specific injury. Pilates could be the key to avoid low back problems. And you can watch it on You Tube, now that is a cheap pilates class!