We had the good fortune of connecting with Cass Walsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cass, what role has risk played in your life or career?
At 33 years old, I risked a career change and went from third grade teacher to fitness trainer after 11 years in a comfortable, solid job. Fitness was a massive passion of mine, and I knew I had to take a leap of faith, be willing to take a pay cut, and rebuild myself back up again in a new industry. I was scared, but I just knew in my heart I wasn’t an Elementary School Teacher anymore. I left my teaching job in February of 2020, and one month later- BOOM- PANDEMIC LOCKDOWN. I had a job lined up as a personal trainer in San Francisco, but the in-person fitness industry had completely shut down. I had no job. No way to pay my rent. No fitness background, and I’d already quit my teaching job, so I couldn’t stay there. I had to start something on my own, so I started running a virtual fitness class with 2 people, my sister and her friend, Ashley. From there, I reached out to other friends and they joined. 2 people turned to 5, 5 turned to 10, and here 1.5 years later 900+ people deep. My class is unique – so unique I don’t like to give my secrets away online. Let’s just say it’s far more than a virtual fitness class.
I went from only being able to afford to live with roommates, to my own studio apartment, to my own 4 bedroom house. Cass Class HQ is now thriving, running out of the Sunset District in San Francisco, CA. A staff of five, and a loyal community of 900+, we have built this and are growing everyday.
So YA- taking a risk paid off big time and I am beyond grateful for everything that has happened.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Starting Cass Class Fitness was a lot of hustle and hard work. I didn’t have any fancy gym to pull clients from. Just me, a group of friends, and me in people’s DMs on social media is what grew the company to what it is today.
Cass Class is about helping people feel something. Waking them up to their life. We are more than fitness, and it’s an experience you need to try to understand.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in San Francisco, so everyone needs to see the following things only locals know about. The Sunset district has a little beach coffee shop called Java Beach on Irving Street. It’s full of Irish locals and everyone is always happy. My husband, (who is also Irish,) and I go there on the weekends and enjoy the good vibes. We then walk through Golden Gate Park with our two Bernese mountain dogs, sipping overpriced lattes, enjoying nature.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t have done this business without the community. They tell their friends and family and support my business everyday, and I am appreciative of each and every one of them.
Hannah Leigh Byrne