I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cassey Ho's Hot Body Year-Round by Cassey Ho
Published by Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony on April 7th 2015
Genres: Health & Fitness, Exercise, Diet & Nutrition, Diets, Women's Health
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Cassey Ho, internationally renowned fitness instructor, is known for her irresistibly popular workout videos which have been shared millions of times online. She runs the #1 women's fitness channel on YouTube, Blogilates. Her unique format, POP Pilates© is a fusion of ab-chiseling, butt lifting, total body sculpting exercises that are performed using only your bodyweight. Cassey's personality is bubbly, inspiring, and infectious. But don't let the smile fool you - her workouts will leave you sweating and sore for days. By following Ho's super effective workout plans and clean-eating recipes, you will transform your body towards a stronger, sleeker, and happier version of you. Hot Body Year Round is your ULTIMATE exercise and nutrition guide to living a fit, happy, and healthy life while sculpting your HOTTEST body. Cassey will show you how to stay motivated throughout the year, no matter what the challenges are. You will get:- 120 of Cassey's BEST total body transforming exercises- The complete POP Pilates exercise library - fully photographed and easy to follow- 20 full length workouts- 40 brand new, ridiculously delicious & nutritious recipes- Foods for beautiful hair, skin, and nails- 4 complete clean eating meal plans & grocery lists that complement each season- Cassey's personal daily meal plan- Motivational tips to stay inspired year-round- 256 pages of full color, glossy inspiration
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Not gonna lie, I worship at the altar of Cassey Ho. I first came across her when doing a fitness challenge with some friends using a closed Facebook group for accountability. Someone posted the Call Me Maybe Squats Song Challenge and I was hooked on the positivity of Cassey Ho and her fun routines set to music that I actually like. As such, I do own Blogilates themed clothing, the journal, and the 8 Week Hot Body Meal Plan. So, naturally, reading Hot Body Year Round was the next step in my fitness journey.
Cassey Ho’s Hot Body Year Round is aesthetically pleasing. It is full color with a water color looking theme. The pages are a bit more sturdy than a magazine’s pages and of high quality paper. The aesthetic of the book is very in line with the aesthetic of Ho’s Blogilates business. So, if visuals are a thing that matters to you – you will enjoy the tangible aspect of this book.
As for content, the book is divided by seasons. There is spring, summer, fall, and winter. Within each subsection are exercise routines, a grocery list and inspiring notes from Cassey. I do not love Ho’s diet plans, but I do like how upbeat she is about clean eating. It makes me want to try more raw foods. I like to use her recipes for inspiration, not for dietary guidelines. Each recipe is accompanied by a picture of the food which I liked.
As for the exercises, the movies are not hard to follow. Each exercise move is depicted with two photographs at the very least. I recommend that you view her videos for better clarity though. I did like the wide variety of exercise routines contained within the book.
In all, Hot Body Year Round is a fast read. It is a beautifully designed book. I will keep Cassey Ho’s book on my shelf for quick references as well as to use for an exercise routine when I am in a pinch. However, I think that I get more mileage out of her youtube channel, website, and specific meal plan that I purchased. I think this book would most appeal to people who already love Blogilates as well as people who are just starting out on their fitness and health journey who are in need of positive reinforcement and guidance.