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“You had a post about muscle relievers and tiger balm was on the list, have you personally used the product? I recently started strength training and am looking for a good product to help relieve tension. Thank you so much for your blog, it's really helped me!”

I have! Dancers at my university used Tiger Balm a lot. It smells really strong of cinnamon, which we all loved, so we’d crowd around the person wearing it just to smell them. It works really well for temporary pain relief, though for tension you’d be better off combining it with a massage or foam rolling.

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“Are you in Wisconsin? I feel like I recognize that lake haha”

Yup! We went to Pewit’s Nest and Devil’s Lake. :)

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“why isn't blogilates "real pilates"? just curious! i just don't want to waste my time on something that isn't actually as advertised.”

Pilates isn’t about weight loss. Pilates isn’t about getting a thigh gap. Pilates is a series of body-weight exercises (or using a number of machines, but still no weights) that attempt to fix muscle imbalances, fix posture, and improve balance. It works to decompress the spine, improve flexibility, and increase circulation.

What Cassey Ho teaches is a general fitness class with a few Pilates moves thrown in. Pilates isn’t “do a thousand squats,” it’s “make sure you’re not overusing your quads in this movement.” Pilates, in truthful practice, is an amazing way to learn your body and balance muscles that have been overworked.

“Hi! I just read your posts on Cassey Ho as well as some others, and I have to say that I agree and don't want to support that anymore. However I've been doing her workout calenders for a few months (without knowing it wasn't real Pilates?) and wanted to know if you knew of any good replacement videos or programs? Thank you!”

I’m glad you’re looking for other options! Here are a couple, but I hope other readers will share their faves as well.

Where do you go for weekly/monthly workouts and videos?

“Have you got anything against Cassey Ho? If so - why? PS: I'm not one of her hyperfans, I'm just curious :)”

I used to love her. Now, not so much. You can see all of my posts on her here, but I can summarize:

“I'm thinking about taking an aerial yoga class. Any suggestions?”

Work on your upper body and core strength while you find a class. Wear something tight that goes past your knees. Stretch and foam roll after class. Make sure you don’t have anything important to do for a day or two after class because you’re gonna hurt.

“I start my ballet classes at a studio this week and im really nervous because its something iv never done before. Is there any etiquette that one needs to follow? And do you have any advice so maybe im not so nervous?”

Ooh, etiquette question! That’s different! There are some basic things to follow to not appear rude in a ballet class:

And it is totally normal to be nervous. I’d suggest getting there early and introducing yourself to the instructor before class begins. If they know you’re brand new, they’re likely to give you gentle corrections and not assume you know things, so you’ll feel less pressured. And remember that things are going to feel strange: the muscles used in ballet and the way you’ll be moving are not normal for your day-to-day life, so it’ll be a big change.

Have fun in class!

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