LAUREN FOR YOU.BEAUTY.COM 31 Jan 2015

Lauren for You Beauty

In Spirit of the Super Bowl, Lauren gives cheer conditioning tips on Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen's blog, You.Beauty!

Lauren via Dom

GARDEN SAGE SKINNY HEATHEN 30 Jan 2015

Garden Sage

Happy Friday! Next up in our 13-week Skinny Heathen series with Art In The Age is the Garden Sage made with Lithe's The Vert cold-pressed juice and AITA's Sage liquor.

The Vert is a deep, yet light, power-packed raw juice blend made of cold-pressed cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, and ginger. AITA's Sage is a refreshing “garden gin” with an intoxicating aroma and woodsy, herbaceous flavor. Infused with organic thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and sage, it's delicious. The green garden flavor of this drink is smooth, bright, green, and herbal ... sort of like spring in a glass! 


Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

2 oz. Sage liquor

4 oz. The Vert

Ice

Sliced apple for garnish

 

Directions

Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in The Vert and Sage. Garnish with apple slices.

 

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LITHE SLIMMING BROTH 29 Jan 2015

Lithe Broth 1

This super-broth is a delicious, filling snack that also supplies healing nutrients and alkalizes your system, making it easier to detoxify, lose weight, and feel fantastic. This recipe can be varied according to taste.

Ingredients
3 quarts water
1 large onion, halved
2 carrots, sliced
2 cups chopped kale and parsley
2 celery stalks
1 tsp. turmeric
1 clove whole garlic (don't chop or crush)
Braggs Liquid Aminos or sea salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fresh dried shiitake mushrooms

Put ingredients into a pot and place on a low boil for approximately 60 minutes. Continue to boil to taste. Cool, strain (I prefer to eat the cooked veggies), and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Re-heat and drink up to 3–4 cups a day.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving 
Strained: 5 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates   
With Veggies: 60 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates
 
Image via Lauren

LITHE IN NYC! 28 Jan 2015

NY-1

Catch our last January class with Meredith and stay tuned for our February dates! 

Reserve your spot and bring H20 and a yoga mat!

Meredith Steinberg in Stella McCartney & Lithe via Dom

FOOLED BY LITHE 28 Jan 2015

Be Well

Lithe on Be Well

Remember your first time? We can all relate ...

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 28 Jan 2015

Fridge

Our sprout salad is a meal!  Protein-packed, filling, and good for your beauty and your booty. Alfalfa slows down the aging process which enables you to maintain your youthful looks longer, and stay energetic and healthy as you mature over time.

WE'RE HIRING (OLD CITY & MAIN LINE)! 27 Jan 2015

HIRING Join the team! Lithe is hiring part-time front desk studio staff.

Part-Time Front Desk Studio Staff Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide high-level hospitality and customer service to clients
  • Be comfortable with computer database functions and other basic computer skills
  • Have experience handling money and a register
  • Be able to communicate clearly and efficiently via e-mail and telephone
  • Maintain the Lithe Method brand aesthetic and studio appearance
  • Maintain the appearance and upkeep of Lithe’s retail (Lithe Foods and Lithe Wear)
  • Assist Lithe’s Studio Manager in daily studio tasks and projects

What's Required?

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task independently within a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to initiate tasks independently
  • Excellent communication skills and superior organizational skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills and confidentiality
  • Friendly and professional email and phone etiquette
  • Have a passion for Lithe, healthy living, and fitness
  • Be willing to participate in Lithe Method workouts to fully understand the brand
  • Flexible/non-traditional hours: multiple days per week including some holidays, early mornings, nights, and weekends

Part-time front desk studio positions will be available at Lithe with the following anticipated hours:

  • Lithe Main Line & Old City: 10-20 hours per week (including some early mornings, nights, and weekends)

Please submit resume, cover letter, and availability to careers@lithemethod.com.

NEW SITE! 27 Jan 2015

New Lithe Site

Here's a little corner peek at our new site that is about to go live in the next few days! 

ANNETTE'S LITHE INSIDE CHALLENGE (1/2 WAY POINT)! 27 Jan 2015

Annette's Lithe Inside Challenge!

So, I just passed the halfway point in my challenge to my 40th birthday.  I'm 22 days in.  Since January 1st, I have taken 25 classes, taught 25 classes, and trained to teach three more. My body is a bit fatigued, but overall I feel great. 

I'm amazed by the reserve of untapped strength we all possess. I see it in class when in the last 10 minutes, I challenge Lithers to give it their all, and they dig deep and do. That has been something I hold onto when I am taking class and thinking, "I probably could do 10 more plyos, I just don't want to."
 
I'm doing my best to pick sculpting classes that target different body parts to allow some recovery time, and since I have been teaching a lot of cardio this month, I've been lightening up on those in my own schedule. If you've ever taken one of my classes then you know it's really hard for me to stay on the platform and just watch. I love being down on the floor, sharing the energy and spirit. I definitely bounce around and get my heart rate going. So all of this has been a great lesson in listening to my body, feeling what it's telling me, and trying to adapt as needed.  
 
I've been surprised by how my body is physically responding to all of the training. It was exciting when we got down on our side in Endvy to do clams and I felt the strength in my back as I lifted up through my shoulders and ribcage. It was enlightening when I thought I was going to have an easy time in Floored, and then my muscles started to shake like crazy with every leg lift. It was humbling when I got to the end of Skinny Jeans and my thighs and glutes were burning so bad from the fold-over work that I had to come up for a break. But, it's also rewarding on the days when I make it through one class and realize I just might have enough reserve to push to take another that day. Each day is very different, with its own successes and challenges, and I am muddling through the best I can, looking for the little victories in each.  
 
I am the first to admit that my numbers might be a bit excessive. It just worked out for me that the beginning of the year is a quiet time for me in regards to acting work. I also suffer from the cold weather blues and don't do too well with excessive down-time. I have been focusing my energy on keeping my endorphins pumping.  
 
As for food, it hasn't been nearly as bad as I imagined. Yes, I miss my wine. That is a given. :)  But I'm not too much of a carb craver, so cutting back on the refined carbs wasn't too hard. I have however been eating A LOT, and I mean A LOT, of fruit to satisfy my sweets craving, which has been the toughest for me.
 
I've had two cheat days since I began. The first was New Year's Day as it was the first day of the challenge and I was out of town staying at a friend's house. I didn't plan far enough ahead. I did bring ingredients to make Lithe breakfast quinoa. But, as morning slipped into a lazy afternoon, and then into early evening, my host made us a lovely dinner. It was pretty healthy, but I can't say it satisfied all of the restrictions of the challenge. My other cheat came this weekend while I was at a funeral. Sitting around the table with loved ones, sharing stories and laughs, I realized life is too short not to partake in some of its sweetness (and the four cakes people had baked) every once in a while.
 
It has been easier than I thought to go out to dinner. Most places have a grilled fish or salad which is genuinely tasty with just a little cold-pressed olive oil and lemon.
 
My weight hasn't changed at all which wasn't a goal one way or another. I notice my arms becoming more cut, but my abs aren't necessarily responding the way I anticipated, making me think it's time to reevaluate a little bit and kick it up just a notch for the second half. Maybe subbing a yellow pepper for a mango or snow peas for pears.
 
I realize at this point that it's the little steps and the small changes that are going translate into maintained behavior. I have a 21-year-old California cabernet sitting in my basement waiting for midnight on the 9th. And I am dying for a slice of pizza from anywhere at this point. These things will definitely come back into my life. But I also can see moderation is easier than I thought, and allowing yourself that little bit of grace on the days you need it will do your heart and soul a world of good.  
 
I learned to appreciate modifications! Don't be afraid to modify in class. Right now, you might see me flat-footed at the barre or on my quads for push-ups. But also, find the day you're feeling strong to try and start that ab work on the mat with 5 lbs. You can always drop down to 3 lbs. after the first set if you need to, but at least you got that one set in. And trust me, next time you just might make it through the second set.
 
So much for keeping this short, but I have to say, the best part of the entire challenge has been the Lithe community. Everyone has been so supportive which really means so much. That encouragement has pushed me through the shake and burn to finish each class. I LOVE hearing about everyone's personal challenges that they have taken up in the new year as well. Some of my favorites have been, "I stopped after just one Girl Scout Cookie!" (Seriously WHO can do that with Thin Mints?) Or, "This is only my second class since the new year, but I'm here!" It's everyone's determination and passion that keeps me going strong. Thank you all for your inspiration! It is a gift!!!!
 
As you hear me say in class, "We're already halfway there. It's just a little muscle fatigue. You are SO MUCH stronger then you realize! Keep going!"
 
Annette's "before" image via Lauren

POST-BLIZZARD LIQUID LITHE! 26 Jan 2015

LL

Snow day fun day? Order our cold-pressed juice ahead of time and beat the rush! We're banding together with a group Liquid Lithe with two pick-up options: Order by Tuesday, 1/27 @12PM for Thursday, 1.29 pickup, or order by Saturday, 1.31 @12PM for Tuesday, 2.3 pickup.  

Lithe Foods are cleansing and detoxifying by design. Especially our cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and raw whole food Lithe Bar. Combine them for a day or two to re-set eating patterns.  
 
I always say that our workout truly demands more than juice. So, while I don't think that cleanses should be an everyday part of healthy, Lithe-friendly eating, I have personally benefited from a day of all (or nearly all) liquids – though the liquids I choose are more nutritionally varied and dense than just juice. 
 
Want to give it a try? Purchase online (please be patient with link loading!)
 
Liquid Lithe:
#1 ("breakfast"): Greenest Smoothie
#2 ("morning boost"): Smile Sparkle Shine
#3 ("lunch"): The Vert
#4 ("afternoon boost"): Lithe Spicy Lemonade + Lithe Bar
#5 ("dinner"): Bunny Detox
#6 ("dessert"): Cashew Milk
 
Baseline Nutrition = 1,480 Calories, 34g Fat, 150g Carbs (28g Fiber), 18g Protein

 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 26 Jan 2015

Bride-6
 
Dear Lithe - 
 
It's official, I am addicted to you. I moved over 2700 miles away from the Lithe ML studio to sunny LA but wow do I miss you guys so much. 
 
It all started in June 2012, when my co-worker Sarah mentioned Lithe as a great workout nearby. I had been traveling a ton for work, eating whatever I wanted and not working out nearly as much as I should have been. I was tired, bloated, cranky and didn't feel like me. I was in a rut and I finally found something different, new, fun and challenging. I quickly went from buying 5 class cards to the monthly passes as my love for lithe grew.  
 
Lithe is incredibly fun and um hello it works! I must admit, I feel like kind of a work out snob and even though I'm in a great workout town, I compare everything to Lithe. It's not dance-y enough, and dammit I miss those blue bands. What? Never thought I would say that! What I love most about Lithe though is the community, we really are each others cheerleaders and I will cherish the friendships I have made across Lithe and especially at the ML studio. 
 
Lithe literally changed my life, and for the fithiphealthier! I was in an unhealthy rut, and had the numbers from the doc to prove it, yikes! I knew I needed to get back on track or this could be a slippery slope. I forgot how fun it was to be active, challenge myself and get strong! Thank you for reminding me and bringing out the best in myself. The challenges have really upped the anti and from Lithe Spring Clean through the Fall Challenges you continue to keep me motivated. When I first started I couldn't dream of going more than a couple times a week, and before I moved I was going almost every day. My results have been amazing. I feel like Lithe has brought out the best version of myself. It gave me a place to decompress, smile, laugh and move! I'm happier, stronger and feel like I can take on any challenge. For that from the bottom of my heart I thank you, Lauren for creating such an amazing community. 
 
I wanted to also thank the Lithe Team for helping me feel amazing on my wedding day. Sam (fellow Lither and my Nordstrom wedding stylist) kept telling me not to lose any more inches before the wedding because we had to keep taking the dress in! I had so much nervous energy before the wedding and Lithe gave me a place to sweat it out and de-stress. What more does a bride-to-be need? The wedding was such an amazing and fun day. While we were taking pictures with the bridal party I was holding an umbrella up, and my sister looked at my arm and said holy shit look at those guns!! I smiled and said, "Thanks they're Lithe Built."
 
THANK YOU for all that you do! I miss you all and hope to visit a studio soon. 
 
Yours in Lithe, 
Cat

MARKET QUINOA SALAD 26 Jan 2015

Quinoa

This is a re-post from 2012, but it's a great Lithe Inside staple.  Right now I love it with roasted veggies.

My sister-in-law, Laurie G is the queen of quinoa.  She inspired me to make this lean, local and seasonal dish above.  It's my latest, "Make a big batch recipe on a Sunday and it lasts until Wednesday" dish.  Mars loves it too. 

Cook and cool your quinoa and chicken.  Then, mix in whatever you have in your CSA that particular week or what you can find in-season at your local farmers market.  Right now I'm loving (above):  quinoa, boiled chicken (I boil mine in low sodium, organic chicken broth), tomato, artichoke, avocado and cilantro.  Top with a little salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil.  Satisfying, filling, lean and so good! 

Images via Lauren

DEAR LITHE (CAT'S RETIRING) 26 Jan 2015

  Cat

Hi Lithe,

Even though I am incredibly sad to have to retire from teaching I wanted to write a little Lithe Love Letter to let you, and the Philadelphia Lithers know how much my time as an instructor meant to me.

I’m still suffering from a badly herniated disc in my lower back (L4) that flared up last May.  I’ve been improving over the past few months, and feel great some days, but I don’t feel comfortable committing to teaching all of you only to wake up on the day of class unable to move.

Being an instructor was an amazing and absolutely unforgettable time in my life and has helped me grow in so many ways.  I never thought I was “good” enough, “cool” enough, or confident enough to teach.  I’m naturally a shy person, but being an instructor gave me the confidence to get up in front of a large group of impressive, fit, professional women and make them all “get low,” “see their eyelashes,” and “break it down - one time each!”  Teaching not only gave me confidence on the podium at Lithe, but also helped give me the confidence to speak clearly and commandingly to others in my law profession.  (I still remember the day Lauren asked me to audition – I called my best friend right after and couldn’t stop jumping up and down with excitement).

While I can’t take classes at the moment because of my back, I’m working hard everyday to hopefully be back on the mat soon!  This is the first time in my life I’ve had an injury that has forced me to take more than a couple weeks off from any activity.  While it’s been a terribly painful experience, it has made me come to terms with the fact that I can’t always do everything “100%” and that I’m not a failure if I need to take a little break or modify.  My type A personality has always had me pushing myself beyond my limit, which, I’m learning from this injury, is not always the best choice.  I’m coming to terms with the fact that it’s okay if I have to take a week or two off and I won’t get horribly out of shape, gain weight, or lose my ability to Lithe.  I’m still in physical therapy but working hard with my doctors to get better as fast as I can! 

I absolutely LOVED every second of teaching and would continue to teach for years if I had the chance.  It was amazing to work with so many wonderful other instructors and support staff who all continue to inspire me.  I’m going to miss being a part of such a wonderful team.

Thank you so much Lauren.  For giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to be a Lithe instructor, for creating Lithe Method that has given me so much confidence and joy, and always proving that working out can be silly, fun, and incredibly tough!  I can’t wait to be back!

-Cat

Retired Lithe Instructor Cat Kiernan wearing Lithe via Dom

HEAVEN & EARTHY SKINNY HEATHEN 23 Jan 2015

Heaven

 

TGIF! At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Next up in our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits is the super decadent Heaven & Earthy, which is made with Lithe's Cashew Milk and AITA's Root Liquor.

ATIA has recreated a organic, pre-temperance, alcoholic Root Tea. An herbal remedy made with sassafras, sarsaparilla, birch bark and other wild roots and herbs.  It's interesting and earthy, but it's not Root Beer flavored vodka or a sickly sweet liqueur. 

Lithe's Cashew milk is our delicious, high in protein & healthy fat, low-glycemic nut milk packed with soluble dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals. With the perfect amount of sweetness and spice from cinnamon, vanilla, himalayan sea salt and coconut nectar, it pairs perfectly with Root!  I like to think of it as a healthy, low sugar, protein-packed White Russian!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Root liquor
  • 4 oz. Cashew Milk
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Ice

 

Directions

  • Add ROOT to a large tumbler or hurricane glass filled with ice. Fill almost to the top with Cashew Milk. Top with freshly shaved nutmeg or cinnamon.



Yield: 1 serving

Image via Chaucee

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 23 Jan 2015

Uber
 
Happy Friday!  This week's giveaway comes to us from  Uber, an iPhone/Android app that let's you tag your location and summon a professional driver to your side within minutes.  Once in the car, the driver will take you wherever you need to go.  The fare is billed to your card, with no need to tip, so you don't have to worry about handling cash. 
 
We've partnered with Uber and are giving away two $50 gift certificates to two lucky winners!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what Lithe class/studio you're going to "uber" to!  A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person.  Good luck!
 
Ultra Lithe Bonus: All new users will get a free ride, up to $20, using the promotional code LITHEMETHODJust click the promo code and sign up! You'll be riding in no time at all.  Valid through  12/31/15

2015 UPDATED PRICING OPTIONS 22 Jan 2015

Lithe_pricing

We really appreciate your feedback over the last week and have revised our 2015 pricing structure!  We hope that you can find an option that works for your practice and can truly commit to your health with our auto-renew options.  To purchase auto-renew memberships, please look under the contracts section of our on-line store. Additionally, you can also sign up with ACH by contacting the studio. 

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LITHE INSTRUCTOR AUDITIONS (ALL LOCATIONS) 22 Jan 2015

PTT

Become part of a unique, innovative workout and a growing team leading the industry in health and fitness.  We're looking for spirited, outgoing women and men with professional dance, cheerleading or fitness backgrounds. Lithers are welcome to audition but we are looking for candidates with open availability. 

Learn more about Lithe and attend our Open Call on Thursday, February 5th at 8PM @ Lithe Rittenhouse.  Please email your head-shot and current work resume to careers@lithemethod.com for audition details.

Image of Lithe Instructor Meredith Steinberg in Stella McCartney & Lithe via Dom
 

KATIE BOOK! 22 Jan 2015

Katie B

From:  Martinsville, NJ
 
Favorite city: New York, NY
 
Favorite Lithe workout: Waspie (for now!)
 
Favorite Lithe exercise: Plyos with blue bands
 
How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team: Katie has killer precision and is a natural teacher who is commanding, always smiling, warm, strong, form-focused and fun!  She brings a unique, calm-assertive presence to her classes that you'll absolutely love.
 
Other Job: Dancer, Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer
 
Enjoys: Dancing, reading, knitting, cooking, precision, coffee, painting, live performances, playing fetch with her dog Loki, staying active, design, working with her hands, helping people reach their goals
 
What you wouldn't know by looking at her: Katie graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance, ballet. There she got to work with one of her favorite choreographers Robert Battle, who set a new work on her.  She also had the opportunity to dance in an off Broadway show before moving to Philadelphia. Her Italian Greyhound mix, Loki always keeps her on her toes (she’s named after the god of mischief), and is a great running partner. She always forgets how short she is, and has a deadlift PR of 220 lbs.  
 
Temporary image via Katie Book

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 22 Jan 2015

Lithe Love Letters

Hey Lithe.  How’s it goin’?

So here’s the thing - I had a baby and stuff got weird. I mean, it’s not as if I wasn't warned that it was going to happen. Throughout my pregnancy everyone with a face insisted on telling me about the delightful physical changes that occur both during and after pregnancy. I smiled my way through a number of traumatic conversations around birthing hips and foot swelling. But, turns out the alarmists were right on this one. I emerged from my pregnancy about 9 months ago with a wonderful baby girl named Perry and a whole mess-o baby weight.

In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that I wasn't exactly rockin’ a Victoria’s Secret Angel body pre-baby, but I've always been active. When I found out I was pregnant (read: surprise!) I had been Lithing for a few months, maybe 2 or so days a week. I supplemented with fairly long runs and some spinning. Exercise has always been a big part of my life and I think, key to my sanity. Although I'm slightly embarrassed to do so I have to admit that I obsessed throughout my pregnancy about when I could get active again. I was basically chomping at the bit to no longer be a swollen, hormonal maniac.

The doctors cleared me for physical activity 6 week after my c-section and I was ready to roll. I busted out that jogging stroller and made it happen, only to find that the strain of running caused me incredible pain in my lower back and hips. Not one to give up easily, I kept running only to find things escalating to the point where I was unable to pick up the baby. Panicked about how I’d get back in action, the friend that I had Lithed with pre-baby (shout out to Lindsay) suggested that I start up again, so I hit the studio. I started with Step Rally, which had been one of my pre-baby favorites. Needless to say, it was hardly a magical experience. I left class crying and drenched with sweat, shocked by how far my strength and stamina had fallen. But the thing is, I kept coming back.

It’s hard for me to even say that I enjoyed Lithe before the baby. I spent so much of my time hiding in the back, stressed about what the fitness mavens in the class might think of me. I also felt certain that I could only do the sculpting classes because my tall and moderately awkward (on the best day) body doesn't lend itself well to CCS.

But after a few post-baby classes, I found myself letting all that go. It wasn't about just surviving through classes, it was about thriving. I forgot about everyone around me and instead looked inside…literally. I started thinking about my breathing and my core. I focused on the instructors’ cues instead of praying that they’d ignore me entirely. I even started doing the unthinkable…I asked for their input on my form.

What I’ve found is that my time in the studio is now entirely stress-free. I’m able to focus on improving each time and not worry about how ridiculous I look during that RockSteady CCS sequence (I know the answer – fairly goofy). It's funny to notice that  around the time that I stopped caring if I looked like JLo is when I started to see some great results. 

So now, you name the class, I take it. Pom? I’m there! Sideline? You betcha. All That? With bells on!  I can’t say it’s entirely about confidence, but something has changed for me. It’s easier for me to feel accepted because I see that we’re all in the studio with different motivations, but we’re all in it together. We’re trying to improve for a countless reasons, each one as valid as the next. It’s about accepting who you are and having a little fun with it. If you don’t know the steps just be sure to keep moving…and you might surprise yourself. Letting go is fun. Not to mention very good for your hip pops.

Sarah

RACHAEL'S DECEMBER BURN 21 Jan 2015

Rachael's Burn

A little over two weeks ago, Lithe Instructor Rachael Bridgens wrapped up her 2014 "Lithe by the numbers" personal challenge. Rachael, we love that you took a picture of every Lithe Burn!  Burn baby, burn! 

Start: 12/1
End: 12/31
Lithed: 12 classes
Taught: 27 classes
Total burn: 17,791

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