What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I grew up with an active lifestyle and played soccer and field hockey my whole life. But I have a dirty little secret. I always wanted to be a cheerleader. I mean who doesn't wish they could contort their body into a scorpion? At Penn State, one of my roommates was on the cheerleading team and when she was at practice or class, my other roommates and I would put on her uniforms and strut around our apartment making up our own cheers. Ha!
After college I got lazy about exercising. I came up with every excuse to get out of going to the gym. And when I did go, I didn't enjoy it. Last summer, a friend suggested that we try Lithe. I passed the Main Line studio on the way to work for four years and was curious, but never looked into it. I am so grateful for that nudge because I fell in love. I'm getting to (sort of) live out my dream of cheerleading. I see a difference in the way my body looks, my clothes fit better, and I feel healthy. The challenges also motivate me as I am competitive by nature. It also helps that I work about a block away, so I can walk to the studio when the weather is nice. To make a long story longer, there are so many motivators, but all in all I just love it – the classes, the instructors, the people, and the products.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? This may sound cheesy, but Lithe is the way I unwind. I have a stressful job with long, odd hours, so Lithe is my escape. I also like to read, watch home improvement shows, cook, and bake.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Without a doubt it is mastering the cardio sequences. I can't say I'm the most coordinated person, but I'm a perfectionist at heart. When I hit those sequences without messing up, I do a little internal cheer (insert SNL's Mary Kathryn Gallagher's "Superstar"). I'm not going to lie, I have gone home and practiced some of them after class.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rock Steady or Rah because I feel most like a cheerleader and both push me past my comfort zone.
What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? My husband is from New Zealand and I look forward to going back there every few years. I don't know if I'd call it exotic, but it's such a beautiful country.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? A toothbrush (bad teeth freak me out), sunscreen (that's just practical), and my husband (is he considered a product?). If my husband doesn't count, then chocolate, specifically Lindt Milk Chocolate Lindor Truffles.