LITHE ESCAPE F/W 2014 (TEASER)! 23 Sep 2014

Escape

It's Lithe Escape time again!  While everyone else is eating candy, we'll be Lithing it up in paradise.  All info will be posted right here tomorrow!

WALK-STAR TIPS! 23 Sep 2014

*Turn up the volume so you can hear me - The fountain is super loud...

Our Fall Transformation Lithers are getting #SexierInSix by adding an additional 20-30 minute Lithe Walk-Star (ankle weights optional) to their schedules up to six days a week for six weeks. They are also receiving videos and tips via email on a daily basis, but we'll be posting them live a week later so that everyone can benefit!  Stay tuned for more! 

LITHE IN PHILADELPHIA STYLE 23 Sep 2014

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How to Stay in Shape Through Fall

PROGRAMMING TIPS FOR FALL 22 Sep 2014

Jen

I've heard from many Lithers, when they first start Lithing, that they were already working out every day, thinking that they were "fit" and had just hit that inevitable plateau with their results. Then, they realize, Lithe.Is.Different.

I specifically designed Lithe around a sculpting regimen and cheer-based cardio (Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting®) that gives you unparalleled results … and I've put a system in place via our scheduling key that assures you will never plateau. By constantly updating and adding workouts, customizing classes to the season, and orchestrating the monthly class schedules so you almost can't avoid variety in your workout, you'll never get bored and never stop seeing results.

To everything, there is a season ...

Just like eating seasonally is important, it’s just as important to work your body in unison with the seasons and what you’re are taking in food-wise.  During the fall, we get back to basics with the "bones" of Lithe.  Our classic, (and brand new!) grounded, sculpting workouts return to the studios in a big way: Higher Power, Waspie, Hot Legs, Cinch, Thinny, Hi-Top, and Skinny Jeans take the place of spring and summer's high-energy favorites (Spirit, Rock Steady, Rah).  Why?  We turn inward and are more lethargic and tight as the weather turns cool. Guess what?  Your body knows this, too!  Without even realizing it, you ground your body for colder weather as well as decreasing sunlight and serotonin levels.  Have you been eating processed, starchy food?  Try to stop.  Right now is a crucial time to winterize your diet and balance your body and blood sugar with more protein (veggie or animal) and nutrient-rich veggies. 

So remember, to get the most out of Lithe right now embrace the variety (and the classics) and continue to push yourself (hold those bands longer and pick up those 5, 8, and 10 pound weights!). You'll love the results! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Jen Mitchell wearing Lithe's Cinch band via Dom

SPLIT! 22 Sep 2014

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LAUREN'S BEAUTY BREAKFAST 22 Sep 2014

Monday's Breakfast

Good morning and second week of our Fall Transformation!  Looking for something hearty and filling that will re-set and power you through your Monday?  This is my go-to dish pre-photoshoot or bikini. Protein-packed and nutrient-rich, Lauren's Beauty Breakfast is a nod to our Lithe Escape breakfast (subbing a kale variety for Caribbean callaloo):  1 egg, 2 egg whites, and 2 handfuls of fresh-picked kale sauteed in olive oil and Braggs Liquid Aminos.   

Image via Lauren

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 19 Sep 2014

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Happy Friday! This week we're giving away a Lithe 5 class card!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what you're loving most about the #LitheTransformation Fall Challenge!  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Class card will be automatically added to the winner's account with normal expiration applied. Thank you, and good luck!

Image of Master Lithe Instructor Krista DeNofa wearing Splits 59 via Dom

#LITHETOUR NYC PLAYLIST 18 Sep 2014

Lithe Tour NYC Playlist

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#LITHETOUR PHL! 18 Sep 2014

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There's no place like home...

STEP-RALLY (OUTDOOR) 18 Sep 2014

STEPRALLY

Our newest outdoor workout is inspired by my days as a Gamecock Cheerleader.  We'd run, lunge, and work our entire bodies utilizing USC's Williams Brice Stadium.  Stay tuned, this Lithed-up, Philly-born workout will appear on the schedules next week! 

Image of Lauren via Katie K.

JONATHAN CEDRONE! 17 Sep 2014

Jonathan C

From: Drexel Hill, PA

Favorite City: Paris, France

Favorite Lithe Workout: Rock Steady! 

Favorite Lithe Exercise: Spread Eagle or Rockette Kicks

How'd he land a spot on the Lithe team: Jonathan is commanding, talented, fun, funny, energetic, and strong. He's both a Sage on Stage, and a Guide by your Side type of teacher.  You'll love his classes!

Other Job: Full-time Drexel undergrad, studying International Business and Economics

Enjoys: Biking, dancing, singing (badly), animals, playing piano, red wine, going to the movies, trying new restaurants, red wine, going to the beach, red wine, Lithing, walking home from work, fashion, laying out, interior design/architecture, and just staying in on the couch!

What you wouldn't know by looking at him: I'm a left-handed Libra that is actually quite shy; I'd choose staying home over going out when it involves meeting a lot of new people.  I place a lot of value in family and enjoy spending time at home with my parents and dog.  I'm an OCD cleaner and actually like devoting a day each week to clean my apartment top to bottom. I can't live without some alone time and prefer to live by myself because of it. 

Born with a heart condition known as a "coarctation of the aorta", I was told since a child that I was not allowed to take part in any strenuous physical activities (no sports!). Because of this, I devoted much of my childhood to the performing arts, beginning with singing, piano lessons, and theater. At 8 years old, I found my passion in dance and began taking classes in ballet, jazz, tap, broadway, contemporary, and lyrical. In high school, I joined a competition dance team - think Dance Moms - Except definitely not that crazy.  I've been a die-hard dancer since, and love that I can continue to dance with Drexel's company while focusing on a different major. It was actually the close similarity between competitive dance and cheerleading that attracted me to Lithe! And on that note, I LOVE teaching Lithe (cardio is definitely my thing)!

Image of Jonathan wearing Nike via Dom

 

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 17 Sep 2014

Sayeh

After my post last week, about being all or nothing, and going back and forth between gung ho and gut low, friends emailed me and fellow Lithers stopped me in the studio to tell me how much they identified with what I wrote. We talked about how good we feel when we eat well and work out, and how crappy we feel when we don't. And how despite knowing that, we still manage to relapse into behaviors that leave us feeling unhealthy and unhappy. But what struck me about all these conversations was how much we were all beating ourselves up for not being on point all the time in this particular regard.

And it bummed me out. 

If there's one thing that I really do believe and try to tell myself, and my girlfriends, when we get into our frequent life and relationship talks, it's to not get upset with ourselves about being upset. It's hard enough to deal with whatever we are dealing with, and beating ourselves up about why we made this or that choice or why we are letting someone or something get to us just makes us feel bad...for feeling bad. And well that's just too much.

It's so much easier said than done, and I often fail (OFTEN), but as I talked to all the amazing women I know both in and out of the studio about diet and exercise--and our not so great feelings about them at times--I found myself compelled to remind my friends how much they are succeeding at so many other things in life. What incredible mothers, friends, sisters and career women they are. How yes, the healthy living lifestyle is tough to do well all the time, but that they are juggling so, so many things and striving to contribute to this planet in a million meaningful ways, and well...that sometimes makes it tough to resist a cookie every single time or work out as consistently as we wish we could. Basically, I wanted my friends to cut themselves some slack. 

And then I found myself thinking that maybe I should tell myself the same things I tell my friends, and share with you guys something that I am proud of today, instead of just stressing about what I'm not doing in life.

So here's a little glimpse into what I'm doing when I'm not blogging about what I'm not doing.

 

If you watched, I hope you got a chuckle or two, and if you have a student that you're guiding through school, I hope you'll visit the Graduation Coach Campaign's YouTube channel. As for me and my fitness, I've signed up for the six week transformation challenge in hopes that it will boost me out of my workout rut and give me the motivation I need right now. I'll be keeping everyone posted as to my progress, so let's hope I can keep up my new resolution to think positively about all the things I'm doing well and cut myself some slack!

See you in class!

2014-2015 LITHE VARSITY TEAM! 17 Sep 2014

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Making Varsity is the ultimate Lithe challenge.  Congrats to our 2014-2015 team - These Lithers work hard all year long!  We can't wait to celebrate with you guys! 

INSPIRATION 16 Sep 2014

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8 WAYS TO FALL {2013 REPOST}! 16 Sep 2014

Squash Blossoms

Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons.  I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September/October is kind of like the new year.  It’s also just like heading back to school.  Like the ebb & flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives, a time to examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?). 

Come October, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create good, healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. 

Here are 8 ways to start making the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.

1.  Earlier to bed, later to rise.

There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add thirty minutes to your usual wake-up time and crash thirty minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest will go a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.

2. Nutrients in, garbage out.

Break a sweat everyday, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the Neti Pot, utilize aromatherapy and oils, brush your skin and drink more water.

3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton).

We take care of matching your Lithe schedules to the season (I’m currently creating two amazing new Fall Lithe workouts), but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity, length or frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing 2 times a day AND running, or if you’ve been in the studio 7 days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.

4. Breathe, sweat, shake & wrap it up!

The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice.  It not only works the core, but it releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins?  Wrap it up and sweat it out by taking our Wrap Star workouts:  Hot Legs, Cinch & Peeled!

5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet

Eat foods that are local and in season.  Enjoy your local farmers market, cook more, grab lean local and seasonal Lithe Foods, and go apple, pear and pumpkin picking with friends and family.  Try: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash and zucchini.

7. Build your practice

Fall is the perfect time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer?  Are you feeling less than motivated?  Sign up for our Fall Lithe Transformation Challenge (or do your own personal 9 day), focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit and see serious results.  Can't do the challenge or a 9 Day?  Sign up for 3 classes a week, 3 weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstance. 

8. Give thanks.

We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide and challenge us.  Always remember that the grass isn’t always greener, and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes, right now!

Image of Lauren via Jordan

 

#LITHETRANSFORMATION HASHTAG CALENDAR! 15 Sep 2014

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To win a ticket to Lithe Tour Philly, attempt to complete our Lithe Transformation Hashtag Calendar!  There are 19 hashtags in total, and we require you to complete 19 of them for the win.  We'll post every Monday, Wednesday & Friday for the next six weeks!  We recommend creating a public Lithe-specific account on Instagram or Twitter and follow us @lithemethod. 

THAT'S A WRAP! 14 Sep 2014

That's a wrap!

A big thank you to NYC, Athleta Flatiron, Well & Good, the 100+ NYC-based Lithers, and the diehard Lithers who traveled from as far as CT & OH to attend our Lithe Tour NYC!  We had a blast, and you guys showed Rock Steady who's boss!  Stay tuned to the blog to hear when Lauren & Lithe will be in the Big Apple next!  Philly, you're on deck!  Lithe on...

Image of Lauren via Jill Murphy

GAME DAY ISRAELI SALAD! 14 Sep 2014

FSTG ShiraziSalad

I love this time of the year.  It's football season AND late-summer produce is abundant and at its peak.  If you're celebrating game day and want to keep it healthy and Lithe, make this classic Israeli Salad.  It's light, refreshing, low in calories, dairy-free, and so delicious.  I've paired it with Food Should Taste Good® Multigrain Tortilla ChipsServes 8-10 people.  

Ingredients:
•   1 lb Persian cucumbers, diced

•   1 lb fresh, ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced

•   2 bags of Food Should Taste Good® Multigrain Tortilla Chips

•   1/3 cup minced onion
•   Juice of 1 lemon

•   1/2 cup minced parsley

•   2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

•   Salt to taste

If you love this, check out Sayeh's Salad Shirazi recipe!

Image of Lauren via J. Zoyla

FALL TRANSFORMATION KICK-OFF! 13 Sep 2014

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Ready to kick off?  Take the day and prep for a week of eating clean and feeling great with our signature week 1 menu that we tweaked for the season. 

Download Fall Transformation Menu

Download Fall Transformation Recipes

 

LITHE IS GROWING! 12 Sep 2014

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Love Lithe and want to teach and/or own a Lithe Studio? Lithe is currently developing a teacher training program and growing!  Email careers@lithemethod.com for more details.

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