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NEVER MISS A MONDAY: DANIELLE 4 Dec 2016

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The #1 fitness rule is to never miss a Monday workout. Mondays are the real answer to long term success, and research shows that people who get back on track with their fitness regimens at the beginning of the week are happier, healthier and better able to maintain progress over time. The expectations and pace of December can make it difficult to stay fit, sane, and balanced. We asked a few of our own fit, hip, healthy community to share their tips on navigating the chaos staying on track to never miss a Monday! Here's what Lithe Instructor and Registered Dietitian Danielle has to say:

When it comes to kicking off a healthy new week, I often tell my clients that Monday does NOT have to be the only day to regain control, because in reality, any day can be a “Monday.” However, chronologically, it is the first day of the week, and thus easily lends itself to a restart mentality. The absolute best advice that I take myself and give to others as a new RD is to not dwell on what is done. Leave yesterday, today is a new day. Whether you had a string of missed workouts, unhealthy evenings, or just a bad day, it is NEVER too late to invest in your health. Remember: we’ve only got one body-feed it well, keep it strong, treat it right. Happy Monday, everybody!

Image of Lithe Instructor Danielle via Dom

SHE'S LITHE: WINNIE CANTOR 3 Dec 2016

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What brought you to Lithe in the first place and what was your first impression of Cardio Cheer Sculpting? I first came to Lithe in February 2014 - I purchased a RueLaLa 5 class coupon because I thought it would be a good way to tone up for my wedding just 3 months from then. My first impression was that it was different than anything I had tried before, really challenging, but also surprisingly fun! At first I couldn’t believe how difficult some of the moves were, and how some women made it seem effortless. But by the end of my 5 pack I was fully addicted, and got a monthly pass. I loved the variety and the element of surprise. 

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? My motivation comes from just how good Lithe makes me feel when I am able to come regularly. Being a pediatric resident, my schedule doesn’t allow me to always stay consistent. I notice that I am a happier, calmer person when I come to Lithe. I love the feeling of accomplishment and post-workout bliss after a hard class. I also love the results: I can honestly say that nothing has given me results like Lithe has. When I come consistently, not only do I see physical changes in my body, but my endurance and strength increases dramatically too.

When I started Lithing, I never imagined that I could do 30 full push ups or complete a CCS sequence without taking a break. I love being able to push myself farther, hold the pose a little longer, and do a few more reps than the week before. 

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I love trying new restaurants and drinking great wine, so you will typically find me at a Philly BYOB for dinner! Some of my favorites are Audrey Claire, Raddichio, Dmitris, and South Helm. I have two adorable dogs (Yorkie-Poos) that I love to get outside and play with. I also love to spend time with my family and friends, so my husband and I are often on the go visiting people on weekends! 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The most rewarding aspect of Lithe, if I MUST pick one, is mastering Armistice’s sculpting work. I remember how intimidating it was on day one, and now I can do it with 5 pound weights pretty much right through! Overall though, the most rewarding part is how strong Lithe makes me feel.

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? Press-downs! A simple, classic Lithe move that is just so satisfying for some reason.

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? Friends who don’t know about Lithe are very confused when I try to explain it. I’ve brought some friends with me over the past few years and their usual response is “oooh, now I get what you were saying”! Yes, I have to admit I’ve done some CCS in public to show friends- probably the most memorable moment was at a friends wedding with another Lither! 

What was your first concert? Actually, my first concert was the Q102 Jingle Ball when I was maybe in 6th grade. I went to see my longtime friend and now Lithe Instructor Danielle Ingerman open the show! 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant  - I’ve been wearing it since high school and am fully addicted! Everyone says its my classic scent

Darphin Ideal Resource - the perfect hydrating but light moisturizer

ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - gentle sleep aromatherapy that smells great, and works too

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 2 Dec 2016

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Happy Friday, Lithers! This week we're giving away two tickets to the Peek-a-Boo Revue December 10th Holiday Spectacular starring our very own Kalika Fail!

As Philadelphia's longest running burlesque show, they bring only the best in dance extravaganza, classic striptease, and ribald humor. Behind shimmy-shaking beauties and the bawdy emcees is a band of world class musicians known as the Striptease Orchestra. With the sites and sounds hitting you all at once, The Peek-A-Boo Revue will have you primed and ready for the most wonderful time of the year!

For a chance to win, let us know in the comments why winning the tickets will help make your holidays spectacular! The show is Saturday, December 10th at 9pm at the Trocadero. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thanks and good luck!

4 WAYS TO USE YOUR LITHE BREATH 30 Nov 2016

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You know that breathing serves as the foundation of your practice in each Lithe workout, helping you power through all 30 reps. But have you considered applications for your Lithe Breath outside of the studio? As the holidays approach and the days become shorter, try to incorporate these tips into your daily routine.

1. Good Morning, Sunshine: It's dark when your alarm goes off. You just know the floorboards will be freezing beneath your toes. And staying in bed sounds better than pretty much anything else at that moment. Before throwing off your covers, try bringing your hands to your rib cage and inhale deeply through your nose expanding your ribs laterally, then exhale like you're breathing through a straw knitting your ribs back together. Aim for five to ten full breaths this way each morning to help start your day on a positive note.

2. Reduce Stress at Work: December brings a unique set of extracurricular activities: shopping for the perfect gift, Ugly Sweater parties, solo viewings of Love Actually. Try telling that to the boss who emails you three minutes before the end of your work day about an urgent project that has to be done, like, YESTERDAY. When an unexpected stressor pops up, your sympathetic nervous system naturally kicks into fight-or-flight mode, your cortisol levels spike, and your breathing naturally becomes shallower. Take one full minute to stand up from your desk, shake out your limbs (maybe a mini-crazy arm series?), and breathe with intention in order to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, reversing the natural stress response so you can tackle work with a calm approach. Colin Firth and Liam Neeson will wait.

3. A Stealthy Commute Workout: When traffic is at a standstill during your commute, it's time for a stealthy ab workout to pass the time. The guy in the next lane may look at your pursed lips strangely, but we all know he was just singing along to Justin Bieber so he really can't pass judgment. Put on your favorite song and try to execute perfect inhales and exhales for the entire song. Alternate working in neutral for 10 breaths, then imprint for the next 10 to really engage your abs. You'll be surprised how effective this is.
 
4. Childbirth! Ok so this one won't be part of your daily routine, but talk to any Lithe Mama and she'll tell you what's up. Breathing in a steady pattern during labor is helpful for pain management, keeping as calm as possible, providing a sense of control, and most importantly for pushing like crazy. Bonus: a strong pelvic floor helps reduce incontinence after birth too!
 
Have you used Lithe's breathing techniques in other areas of your life? Let us know in the comments!

Image of Lithe Instructor Kasey via Antrim + Spruce Photography

CYBER MONDAY 28 Nov 2016

Lithe Bar

Buy 10 Kale Cashew Bars for $40 (that's $1 off per bar) with code: LITHEBAR

 

 

BLUE MAJIK 28 Nov 2016

Blue Majik

Drink away your blues with blue green algae!  Blue Majik fights inflammation, boots and balances your immune system and contains a high concentration of protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.  No wonder they call it MAJIK!  $4.  Back in the fridges this week. 

SHE'S LITHE: NIKKI KOVITCH 27 Nov 2016

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What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I started coming to Lithe after participating in Lauren's LB Active #buildapeach challenge. I loved the daily moves Lauren presented and the community of women was amazing, so I thought this can only be better in studio. I took Immersion in December of 2015 and have been Lithing consistently ever since. I loved the whole idea of Cardio Cheer Sculpting as I had done ballet from ages 3-18, and loved some of the dance-y aspects of it and the sculpting at the barre, but oh my god in the beginning I had no idea how I was going to make it through class. It really challenged me in a new way.

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Lithing has done wonders for my body and mind and that's what makes it easy for my to stay consistent. It is now just a part of my daily routine. Lithing really helped me through a tough break-up and the hour spent in the studio really allows me to not think about outside stuff, I just focus on nailing the choreography or my form at the barre and try and push myself a little harder each class. That is probably the biggest reason why I go daily. Then, of course there are the amazing results. I love being able to feel confident in a form fitting sheath dress or a pair of skinny jeans and not have to worry about sucking it in.

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? Lithe is my #1 de-stresser, but I also like to watch mindless TV or have a glass of wine. Going out with friends and trying new restaurants or bars is another way I keep balance in my life and try to keep myself as stress free as possible. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The most rewarding aspect of Lithe is the amazing community of women I get to see every day. Yes, the classes are amazing and effective, but I enjoy coming to the studio because of the fabulous instructors, front desk staff, and fellow Lithers. It's such a supportive group who encourages and praises each other regularly. Second most rewarding aspect is nailing the CCS sequences! I love when you have a good class where everyone is in sync, it really changes the energy in the studio.

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? If I were a Lithe move, I would be curtsy lunges because on the surface they are not a tricky move, but to do them well you need focus and strength. 

Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? I have met a lot of great people at the studio, and I love seeing the 5:45 Main Line ladies in class every day. I also met my friend Emily Risser through Lithe, we've had a lot of fun going out, or just meeting up in class together. 

Who is your celebrity crush? My longest celebrity crush has been on Leonardo DiCaprio. I'm talking back to 5th grade when I saw Romeo and Juliet - definitely without permission - at my friend's house. Then it just continued from there, especially after seeing Titanic. I think there's a "my heart will go on" joke in here somewhere.

BLACK FRIDAY 2016 23 Nov 2016

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Our biggest sale of the year begins today and ends on Monday at midnight.  Treat yourself and your people to the gift of Lithe and get ready to move mountains, girl.

 

  5CC

Five classes = $65 (that's like, $13/class).  Perfect for everyone.  Class cards expire 1 month from date of purchase. 

Fall Lithe

Show your pride.  Take 25% off Lithe's fall 2016 line with code BLACKFRIDAY.

 

Immersion

$50 off January Immersion ($100) w/code IMMERSION.  Perfect for new or seasoned Lithers who want to learn Lithe properly, dive deeper into their practice, go beyond Lithe 101, or create a fitness habit in a safe, yet challenging space.  Begins Monday, January 9th at Lithe Rittenhouse.

Cora

$50 off January CORA w/code CORA ($275).  Perfect for anyone who wants a 30-day, total body makeover in a small group setting.  CORA starts on Tuesday, January 10th at Lithe Rittenhouse.

 

ULTD

30 Days = $99 (that's like, $3/class).  Perfect for anyone new to Lithe.  Email Philly@lithemethod.com.  Expires 1 month from date of first class taken.

Images via Dom and Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHE PUMPKIN MOUSSE 22 Nov 2016

Lithe Pumpkin Mousse

Try this 10-minute, easy-to-make pumpkin pie alternative that's light (less than 100 calories per serving), delicious, and nutritious.  Everyone in the house will love it!  

Ingredients

8 ounces canned pumpkin

1 cup milk of your choice

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 small package of instant sugar-free vanilla pudding

1 cup whipped cream (optional)

Directions: Combine the pumpkin, milk, and spices in your high speed blender or medium bowl. Blend on low or mix with a spoon until mixture is smooth. Add in the pudding mix and blend on low or beat with an electric blender for 1-2 minutes. Then fold in the whipped cream.  Finally, spoon the mixture into small bowls and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving. Top with fruit of your choice. 

GREATFUL, THANKFUL, JOYFUL 22 Nov 2016

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Give with us this holiday season! At each studio, you'll find a bin for donations of nonperishable food items.  For every item donated to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, you'll receive one entry to our holiday raffle to win a Lithe Monthly Membership. Each day, Sunday Breakfast Mission provides three free meals to men, women and children. We are so thankful for you all, and in the spirit of gratitude we hope we can band together from now until Christmas to give back in Philly! 

OUT & ABOUT WITH KATIE BOOK 22 Nov 2016

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One of my first experiences in Philly, excluding elementary school field trips, was visiting with my fiancé while he interviewed for residency programs. We happened to stay at the Warwick Hotel on 17th Street, right across from Lithe! During our stay we saw a sign for a psychic next to our hotel and decided it would be fun to get a reading together. Although the clairvoyant was quite a character (and had a few insights about us), she was unhelpful with the apartment hunt. What’s funny though, is that we later walked past the building we ultimately live in, and I commented to Grayson, “What a beautiful building- wouldn't it be amazing to live there?" Thanks, psychic!

Since we live near Rittenhouse Square, our dog Loki loves going for walks around the park. She is a Lab/Italian Greyhound mix (that's what they told us when we adopted her) who we adopted at six-months, and we just had our three-year anniversary together! When she came to us her name was Arrow which we thought was cute since she's a crazy fast runner, but as she got more comfortable with us we saw that she was a little imp - incredibly clever but always getting into trouble. The movie Thor had recently come out (and Grayson's mancrush is Chris Hemsworth) so after seeing it we joked that she should be named Loki after the god of mischief and destruction. After some convincing on my part, her nametag was officially changed.

Loki and Grayson, as well as our new dog Lucy, are my family here in Philly but for the holidays I split my time between my family and my fiancé’s family who are both in New Jersey. Luckily each side has their big celebration on different days so we get to see everyone! It works out great because we never have to switch sides or alternate who we see each year.

I find that this busy time of year actually encourages me to set aside time for myself on a more regular basis. With everything that goes on during the holidays I know that if I don't allow myself to rest and recharge I'll never make it through. Most of the time adding an extra workout or two per week helps alleviate stress (not to mention it keeps me in great shape through this delicious season!).

Shoes: Steve Madden

Leggings: Michi NY (solid blue); Old Navy (patterned blue); Nike (black)

Sunglasses: Emilio Pucci (picked out by Grayson!)

Images via Jillian Crean

JANUARY CORA (AT RITTENHOUSE) 21 Nov 2016

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Guided by science, backed by spirit. Cora™ means heart in Greek and is the next generation of accelerated strength building and weight loss workouts. Perfect for Lithers who want to push themselves and turn up the intensity. You'll sweat and sculpt rapidly with this whole life, whole body program taught by our veteran instructors. It's our fastest, most effective plan yet! And all it takes is ten 75-minute workouts in four weeks. We've packaged it with our 4-week meal plan.  

 

How it works: Cora compresses cardio and sculpting moves into ten 75-minute rapid-result workouts. The routines are grouped into four progressive cycles that include our hottest studio moves, plus 30-second blasts which are shorter, revved up versions of our traditional interval training to produce targeted results. Like all things Lithe, every segment features our proprietary no-nonsense choreography and band system that continually works your muscles and abs, raises your heart rate, and maximizes the calorie burn. 

 

Week 1 / Cora Cycle 1: Lower impact, lighter weights (3-8 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 2 / Cora Cycle 2: Moderate to high impact, heavier weights (8-12 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 3 / Cora Cycle 3: Moderate impact, mod. to heavy weights (5-10 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 4 / Cora Cycle 4: Challenging cardio, heaviest weights (5-15 lbs. + Cora Bands)

 

Cora is held at Lithe Rittenhouse
Evening Course: Tues. & Thurs., 8:05PM-9:20PM & Sat., 12:15PM

Class 1: Tues., 1/10
Class 2: Thurs., 1/12
Class 3: Sat., 1/14
Class 4: Tues., 1/17
Class 5: Thurs., 1/19
Class 6: Tues., 1/24
Class 7: Thurs., 1/26 
Class 8: Sat., 1/28
Class 9: Tues., 1/31
Class 10: Thurs., 2/2

 

10 classes and 4-week meal plan ($325)
Register online

 

Master Instructor Meg G. via Dom

JANUARY IMMERSION 21 Nov 2016

Immersion

Want to learn how to Lithe properly, dive deeper into your practice, go beyond Lithe 101, or create a fitness habit in a safe, yet challenging space? Then you'll love our immersion classes. Our next session starts on Monday, January 9th and lasts three consecutive weeks. Monday and Wednesday, 8-9PM at Lithe Rittenhouse.

Book here

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SHE'S LITHE: STEFANIE ODETT 20 Nov 2016

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What brought you to Lithe in the first place? My friend Stephanie told me about Lithe five years ago. She said she could picture me in each class and LOVING it because I was a dancer and cheerleader in high school. My first class, after Lithe 101 was Weightless, which is a great mix of bands, barre and simple CCS. I was immediately hooked. 

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Lithe is solace for me. I find so much peace when I walk into the elevator, and then out onto the wooden floor, take off my shoes, smell that tea tree oil, and see the logo. There’s never a day I don’t look forward to class. Life has ups and downs, and I either celebrate good fortune on some days by coming to Lithe or get over bad days by leaving everything I have on the mat and I walk out with a smile with my shoulders back and head high.  

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I love hiking. There’s a different workout in changing elevations and having unpredictable terrain in front of you. I also enjoy finding little boutiques around the city (especially on Third Street after class in OC!). I’m a sucker for a good binge watch - most recently The Crown on Netflix. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Hands down keeping my arms up for the arm sequence in Skinny Mini and the candlestick series with five-pound weights. I feel like I can do anything when I complete both of those.

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? I look forward to the Full Round Up in Pom. I feel like I’m flying! It’s like you finish the awesome CCS sequence, but then you do this big move and start it all over again. I love when it shows up in Freestyle, too. 

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? Most think I’m nuts and part of a cult. But I know they are all a bit jealous that I've found something I love so much. Whenever I’m talking to my mom on my way to or from class, she says, “you’re so good.” They indulge me when I need pictures for challenges, know they can always buy fitness clothes as gifts, and have even attended a class when they are in town.  My sister and I do the arm sequences when we take walks in Florida visiting my grandmother. We’ve done the “at home” sequence on the blog in the backyard and laughed together. Lithe really brings out the best in you.

What is the first concert you went to? I think my dad took me to Jethro Tull. I decided I wanted to play the flute in elementary school after that concert. 

Who is/was your celebrity crush? Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto!)

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? The Harry Potter series (that counts as one thing, right?), sunnies, and a hammock.

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 18 Nov 2016

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Happy Friday, everyone! This week we're giving away the "Calm" Box from Sweet Whistle!

Sweet Whistle is a present company, with curated gift boxes designed by them or customized by you. The prize includes a soothing lavender scented candle from Maison Louie Marie, a dark chocolate Mast Brothers bar, and a cleansing charcoal soap bar from Herbivore. Gift it to a loved one during the holidays, or keep the goodies for yourself (we're not here to judge).

For a chance to win, please comment what product from Sweet Whistle's options you would include to your ideal "Calm" Box. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thanks and good luck! 

PLEASE RESERVE 29 Oct 2016

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Hey Lithers,
 
Lithe has never been a "drop-in" studio, so let's chat about the importance of reserving your spot in class ahead of time!  We love when you can make it to the studio to drop into class at the last minute whether it's due to canceled plans, or if you're in the hood, but please give us a heads up that you are coming.  While our morning classes often have lengthy wait-lists, our mid-day classes are at risk of cancellation if we don't have enough reservations to hold the group class. 
 
Did you know you can reserve on MindBody or the Lithe app up to 15 minutes before class? We're a lot like a restaurant and it's tough to plan for you if we don't know you're coming.  We try to set up the studio and provide props for the number of Lithers scheduled - with a small padding for a few walk-ins - we love having advanced notice that you're coming our way either via online sign-ups or a phone call to the desk staff.  This way, even if it's just 15 minutes before class starts, we can rearrange mats in the studio to make sure you have a great view of your instructor and plenty of room so you don't fear getting kicked in the face during see-saws. And your instructors really love to know who they are training ahead of time (especially in our FreeStyle workouts). 
 
We want to make sure you have the best experience in each workout, and a heads up that we'll be seeing you is so helpful.
 
See you around the studios,
Lithe
 
Image via Antrim + Spruce Photography

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 28 Oct 2016

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TGIF, Lithers! This week we're giving away four boxes of assorted-flavored protein bars - chocolate sea salt, coconut chocolate, blueberry, and maple sea salt - from RXBAR!

RXBARs are minimal ingredient all-natural whole food protein bars made of egg whites, dates, nuts and 100% natural flavors. They contain no added sugar, gluten, dairy, soy or B.S. Each has 12g of egg white protein, around 200 calories, 4g of fiber and only 6 to 8 ingredients. They were created by 2 best friends who saw a need for a bar that was clean, protein-rich, and designed to stand out amongst the highly saturated category.  They are Paleo and Whole30 friendly and are perfect for a convenient breakfast, on-the-go snack or as pre- or post-workout fuel. You can find them on Facebook, twitter & Instagram @RXBAR.

For a chance to win, please leave comment about when you would eat your RXBARs. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thanks and good luck! 

CHALLENGE PROGRESS 27 Oct 2016

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Today is day 25 of 30 in your Lithe Fall Transformation Challenge, and you all are killing it! This week, we've loved seeing your sweaty selfies, step counters, and data from your Fitbits or Apple Watches showing your #litheburn. You're slaying in the studios, banding together with your fellow Lithers, powering through your 30 reps, and that dedication is paying off. After today it's the final five-day push to reach your goal, and we can't wait to see the #litheresults of all of your hard work next week! 

LITHE CHEESECAKE 26 Oct 2016

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Return of the mack. Our eight-ingredient 100 percent organic cheesecake is back ($8). 

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