LITHE ESCAPE: WHOLE LIFE, WHOLE BODY 1 Aug 2015

Lithe is a lifestyle, a way of life - a path to happiness for many of us.  If you're thinking about Escaping with us this Fall, the deadline to register is today!  E: escape@lithemethod.com, and check out these beautiful videos featuring Aqua Wellness Nicaragua & San Juan Del Sur via Prana Living & El Camino Travel. 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 31 Jul 2015

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TGIF! This week we're giving away two tickets with VIP Lounge Access to Meghan Trainor's MTrain Tour. The show is on Wednesday, August 5 at 7PM at Penn's Landing Festival Pier. For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us which Meghan Trainor song you love Litheing to.  

 

One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Good luck!

LITHE ESCAPE NICARAGUA 2015! 29 Jul 2015

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We've been dying to go to Nicaragua. Are you coming with? Registration closes on August 1, 2015! 

Nicaragua has become a hot ticket for those of us with an ear to the ground for up-and-coming eco-destinations. You’ll win travel cred for heading to Nicaragua in these early days of its resurgence, but the real rewards are the stunning, secluded beaches, laid-back fishing villages with more pescadores than peddlers, and the sort of bang for your buck that can only last so long in a place as vacation-worthy as this. 

We look forward to: Staying in a treehouse colony, surfing classes at Gigante Bay, spa massages, green season showers, drinks at Mukul, exploring San Juan del Sur, sandboarding down a volcano, jungle walks, Lithe Escape fitness, organic cuisine sourced from Aqua's farm, and meals prepared by chef Ben Slow. In the evening, you're likely to be at Aqua's beachside Retox bar, sipping a cocktail, watching an epic sunset, and giving yourself a reason to do it all over again the next day. 

Check out the details and watch videos here

LITHE TACOS! 28 Jul 2015

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Do you do Taco Tuesday? We do!

It's easy, delicious, and a great way to experiment with different proteins, veggies, and wraps. I always chop extra of everything, so that I have enough left over for salads and quesadillas (Mars' favorites). This recipe is simple and understated with no taco flavored meat.  

Prep time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground bison
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin (or more to taste)
  • 1/2-1 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 head of Boston lettuce
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Cheddar cheese

To Do
Brown meat in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally to break it up. While it's cooking, grind the onion and garlic into a soft mush with a Vitamix or food processor or mince finely with a knife. Add the garlic-onion mixture, cumin, and salt to the saucepan with the meat and stir to combine. Finish browning the meat, stirring occasionally. Adjust cumin and salt to taste. Serve in Boston lettuce with your favorite fixings. 

Image via Lauren

WEEKS 5-8... 28 Jul 2015

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Halfway Point: We're four weeks into our current eight-week class schedule. Over the past four weeks we've worked on learning (or re-learning) choreography, perfecting form, and completing 30 reps. Losing steam? Don't! Now is the time to up the ante and lift heavier weights. Grab those five and eight pound barbells during your sculpting work on the mat and at the barre to burn that fat right off the muscle and increase strength. 

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHED-UP SALAD (& SOUP)! 28 Jul 2015

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We love Ian Brendle (Green Meadow Farm) and Z Food Farm's produce. So crisp, flavorful, and clean. Each week, these soups and salads change as we bring you summer greens straight from the farm. This week:

Eggplant Caponata
Organic eggplant, organic squash, garlic, celery, tropea onion, organic brown rice, raisins, organic tomato, local honey, and pinenuts with red wine vinaigrette 
There’s so much to love about this dish and it's just as good as Nonna's without all the oil. We always look for interesting ways to enjoy brown rice and this recipe makes it even more appealing and worthy of main dish status. The spices tantalize the tastebuds and we love how the eggplant's texture plays against the rice. The purple veggie is quite nutritious. It lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol with its chlorogenic compound and prevents colon cancer. Plus, it's anti-carcinogenic due to its antioxidant nasunin content and is a great source of folate, fiber, and vitamins A, B, and C. Enjoy hot or cold. 
One serving ($12) 
Available today

Summer & Spice Soup
Organic squash cashews, and curry (turmeric)

Move over, lunchtime smoothie. This soup does the body really good. It's loaded with flavor, fiber, and protein. Nobody ever guesses that we swap out heavy cream for healthy, raw cashews.
Cashews are filled with healthy fats. Seventy-five percent are unsaturated fatty acids and 75% of that unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid.  Studies show that oleic acid reduces high triglyceride levels, keeping that awesome heart of yours happy and healthy. Squash is a nutritional powerhouse, yet only has approximately 36 calories. Even better? There's 1 gram of protein, 7 grams of carbohydrates, and less than 1 gram of fat. It's also rich in manganese, which helps the body process fats, carbohydrates, and glucose. On top of all that goodness, squash is cholesterol, gluten and dairy-free. Enjoy it hot or cold.  
Two servings ($12)  
Available today

Smart Carb Salad
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abbage and scallions with peanut sauce 
We love this
light and crunchy protein-packed summer salad. Shredded cabbage (aka the smart carb) is dressed in our Lithed Up peanut sauce for a simple and balanced salad that fills you up (not out). Enjoy it cold. 
One serving ($10)  
Available today

SHE'S LITHE: MEGAN MOONEY 27 Jul 2015

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This week, we're hearing from Varsity Lither Megan Mooney!

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? The 250 class requirement definitely motivates me to make it into the studio even after a long workday or a late night. What really motivates me though is coming into class knowing I will see some my fellow 6AMers (and Lithe besties) who make it into the studio as well.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? I enjoy coming home, relaxing, and having a nice meal on my balcony while watching the sunset.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The most rewarding aspect of Lithe to me has been that I have never given up.  I have never stuck to any workout, let alone one where I wake up at 5:30AM even in the winter and give it my all.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Peeled. Despite being a sculpting class, there is some serious cardio aka there is more than meets the eye. And I am always up for fun, but know when to be serious.  

When you were in high school, what would you have been "Most Likely to..." in the yearbook superlatives? As a joke, I was voted teacher's favorite because I was the class clown and extremely sarcastic.  

What was the first concert you went to? In high school, I went to a Dave Matthews Band concert at the First Union Center (now the Wachovia Center). I was kind of disappointed because our seats were behind the stage, except that he spent half the concert facing us, so we essentially had front row seats.

SPLIT SCHEDULE (VIA LITHE INSIDER) 27 Jul 2015

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THIS WKND: LITHE BEACH AVALON & MARGATE! 26 Jul 2015

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Join Liz & Jess this weekend in Avalon and Margate!  All are welcome, so bring your friends! 

Our highly-touted beach workout based on Lithe Escape's highly effective fitness is available at the Jersey Shore ALL SUMMER LONG! Join instructors and Lithe creator Lauren Boggi for Lithe Beach

When: Saturday, August 1 from 8:30-9:45AM in Avalon.  Sunday, August 2 from 8:30-9:45AM in Margate.

Where: Avalon: 61 St. Margate: Exeter Ave. 

With: Lithe Instructors Liz Galbally and Jess Ender

Wear: A supportive bathing suit and sunscreen. 

What's it like?: Surprising, challenging, empowering, rock-your-world amazing, and fun!

Bring: Water, yoga mat (or towel), and a towel for drying off.

We supply: Enthusiasm, inspiration, and a$$-kicking moves.

Cost: Single class ($27); five class card ($125).

Sign up: Lithe Beach classes are available to purchase. When purchasing on Mindbody, select "Lithe Beach" instead of classes, and then book your class on the Rittenhouse scheduler.

Please note: No public facilities are available before 10AM. Please use the restroom before class.

Current Schedule:

June 20:  Margate, Lauren
June 27:  Longport, Danielle
June 28:  Ocean City, Meghan
July 3:  Avalon, Liz 
July 5:  Margate, Danielle 
July 11:  Margate, Lauren
July 18:  Avalon, Liz
July 25:  Margate, Lauren 
August 1:  Avalon, Liz
August 2:  Margate, Jess
August 8:  Margate, Lauren
August 15:  Margate, Danielle
August 18:  Avalon, Meg
August 22:  Margate, Jess
August 29:  Margate, Jess

MAIN LINE STUDIO NEWS 26 Jul 2015

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Lithe's amazing Main Line studio manager, Hannah Williams is relocating to Houston, TX next month and we're sad to see her go. Please join us as we congratulate Hannah on her move and welcome beloved veteran Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens to the management team as she steps into the role in August. 

WE WEAR: HIGH SUMMER CONTINUED 23 Jul 2015

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It's high summer and our We Wear series is a style diary that maps Lithers's studio-to-street wardrobes throughout the seasons. Over the next few days, weeks, and months we'll feature our go-to looks.

By now you know I have a teensy (okay, big) obsession with Third Street Habit. In all honesty, I probably go there once a week. Sometimes I just window shop while I'm in between meetings. It’s a sickness and also one of my favorite guilty pleasures (in addition to chocolate).

I busted out a few issues of Self, InStyle, and Elle for a little “me time” in my parents' backyard this past week to get inspired for high summer style. After flipping through the pages, I found a few trends to experiment with.

  • Wearing a hat more often, especially with denim or a dress for a little edge.
  • Adding boho vibes to my otherwise minimalist daytime look with fringey accessories.
  • Chopping my oft-neglected hair to the collarbone. A fresh, swingy bob that I can still pull back is perfect for warm weather and hot days in the studio. 

Of course, I told Liz at Third Street what my goals were and she pulled these pieces. 

Hat Attack Fem Fedora: The straw hat has a classic fedora shape, only a bit softer. A  navy patterned band tied into a dainty bow that dangles off the side accents open woven raffia. It's light and I love it wearing it. 

Maison Scotch Summer Poncho: The loose cotton crochet knit top is perfect for hot summer days. Tassels trim the open sides and an antiqued charm accents the hem. Sleeveless, semi-sheer, playful, and easy to slide on over a bikini. Or pair it with shorts and flats or denim and heels. 

These photos were snapped in collaboration with Third Street Habit for our We Wear series — a style diary that maps Lithers's studio-to-street wardrobes throughout the seasons. 

Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography

INSPIRATION 23 Jul 2015

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3 DAYS TO FLAT ABS (RE-POST)! 22 Jul 2015

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We're smack in the middle of summer and the best accessory to go along with a bikini are toned, flat abs. Today I share eight tips for slimming your middle in three days, flat. If you're already active and eating Lithe, incorporate these tips into your life and you’ll be confident in that bathing suit in no time. 

  • Do planks, crunches, and standing ab-work 
    Lithe is core-based, total-body, and all ab work. All. The. Time. Why is it so effective? Our Higher Power band system brings resistance to your core, while our CCS technique burns the fat off the muscle. While you're Lithing it up, th
    ere are a few things to remember about toning those muscles. Crunches define your abdominal muscles and planks and standing abs flatten them. Stay tuned for Lithe's upcoming workout High Top (I promise that you've never felt anything like it)! As with all things Lithe, mix it up. Alternate between regular crunches, oblique work, standing abs, and planks to keep your stomach toned and flat.
  • Ditch the processed, refined carbs
    Everything is okay in moderation (remember the 80/20 rule), but try to steer clear of white bread, Goldfish crackers, and other foods that have bleached flour. I try to avoid anything that is packaged. A recent study showed that people who incorporate whole grain foods into their diet slimmed their middle much faster than those who ate refined, processed carbs. Substitute quinoa, oatmeal, and brown rice for the white stuff. 
  • Be Picky
    Choosing the right foods can really fuel short-term weight loss. When I prep for a photo shoot or event, I strip my diet of all things unhealthy (except for dark chocolate) and eat very clean. My coffee is black, my water has lemon, and my smoothies are green. I load up on on cold-pressed juices, dark leafy greens, and lean proteins like fish. 
  • Sautee those greens
    Remember how everyone was eating during our Earned in Winter Challenge? Our menus included so many servings of sauteed kale. Kale is a natural anti-inflammatory. It reduces bloat and revs the metabolism because it is a flavonoid. Also, cooking them in olive oil or lightly steaming them makes them easier to digest. 
  • Say yes to bananas, watermelon, avocado, lemon, grapefruit, papaya and pineapple  
    Potassium banishes bloating by balancing body fluids.To de-bloat, eat potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocados, watermelon, and pineapple. Bonus: Eating these foods replaces the potassium and nutrients you lost while sweating it out at Lithe. 
  • Make it a LitheStyle
    You can do endless crunches and still not get the results you want if you’re not living a healthy, active lifestyle. Cardio and weight training increase lean muscle and burn calories, which is important if you’re trying to make those muscles visible. Our sculpting workouts build your muscles and create that Lithe body and muscular structure, while cardio and a clean diet help show them off by burning the fat off the muscle. 
  • Sub still water for bubbles
    Believe it or not, both soda and sparkling water can bloat you. Drinking a sufficient amount of still water each day keeps you from retaining water. Since water removes waste from the body, staying hydrated is key in beating the bloat. Add a lemon to jazz it up a bit. 
  • Start your day with Lithe Spring Clean tea 
    It's our little secret and it works. Find it on our menus. 

Lithe instructor Elizabeth Tomkins wearing Motherhood Maternity and Lululemon via Dom

EATING LITHE: PRINCIPALS (BREAKFAST) 21 Jul 2015

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day...  And guys, we really try (hard) to get a full, balanced meal to start off our day, but somehow, alarms don't go off in time for us to shower, dry our hair, and throw on our gear with coffee in hand - without breaking the Lithe 5 minute late rule. 

Many people ask me what they should eat in the morning, pre-Lithe. My quick answer is carbs. They're a great source of energy and are easy to digest. When you have time, you'll want to eat a mini meal like a half of a banana and a cup of cold-pressed juice, or half a cup of oats with half a cup of berries or yogurt, or a smoothie to get you through Lithe.  The trick is that you want to eat at least 20 minutes prior to your workout. This will give your blood enough time to flow away from your stomach and back to your muscle tissue.  Problem is that we don't always have 20 minutes to spare.

So, in an attempt to actually eat something good for us before our lunch break (coffee can only take us so far), I've timed and tried two super quick (and satisfying) breakfast options for those mornings when things don’t really go the way we planned. Or, you know, just so we can squeeze in some extra sleep, pre-Lithe.  

 
Lithe Overnight Oats

YOU NEED:

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup Lithe Foods cashew milk
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Pinch of sea salt
Top with: Shredded coconut, chia seeds, toasted almond slices

MAKE IT HAPPEN:

Place oats, cashew milk (or any non-dairy option), yogurt and other ingredients into a glass jar, stir and leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add your favorite toppings just as you’re walking out the door.

 

Lithed-Up Avocado Toast 

YOU'LL NEED:

1 slice of Ezekiel toast
1 avocado
1 hard-boiled egg
pinch of chilli flakes

MAKE IT HAPPEN:

This one is a classic and great for when you're going straight to work from Lithe and have to be sharp for that presentation.  This is brain food.  Lightly toast a slice of Ezikiel bread (do this only if you happen to have more than a minute to spare). Mash the avocado with a fork and spread on the bread. I make a batch of hard-boiled eggs every Sunday.  Slice one up the night before and then place on top of toast.  Sprinkle with chilli flakes and a pinch of sea salt.

Rachael Bridgens via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHE ESCAPE NICARAGUA 21 Jul 2015

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Coming to Nicaragua? Grab your girls and get ready for the time of your life. If there's one thing we feel that we've truly nailed, it's the art of packing for Lithe Escape. We can squeeze in just under a week's worth of outfits into a carry-on (recycling is key) and have our Escape beauty routine down to a minimum. We're pretty confident when we say we've got this one. Here's what you'll need.

Escape canvas bag by Forestbound

EATING LITHE: PRINCIPALS 20 Jul 2015

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Lithe's eating philosophy starts with loving your body and taking care of yourself inside and out. The healthiest and simplest thing you can do for yourself is to eat seasonal, whole foods. But that doesn’t mean we always follow that mantra. There are many crazy days when we chug coffee, scarf down Chinese takeout for lunch, and then have pizza for dinner. As inconsistent as some of us are, there are people who make eating well (and creating food that is healthy, yet never boring or bland) look ridiculously easy.

Take Lithe Founder Lauren Boggi, the Philly-based foodie is a pro at seasonal nutrient-dense cooking that also tastes fantastic. Every Tuesday, Lauren (and guests) will post new, easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for al fresco summer dinners and packed lunches. We’re hereby limiting our pizza dinners to once a month, max.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

SHE'S LITHE: ANNA JOHNSRUD 20 Jul 2015

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This week, we learn more about Varsity Lither Anna Johnsrud!

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? I’ve been on Varsity since it was introduced, so in my mind there's no excuse if I don't make it every year. I used to live two blocks from the Rittenhouse studio, so 6AM classes were easy to get to. But for the past year I’ve been a good 25-minute walk away. Now, I typically go after work and it’s so hard to get the motivation. Since I need 250 classes and frequently have evening plans, I coordinate with fellow Lither Dana Bonnano. I meet her before 7AM at her house, and then her lovely hubby drops us off at of the studio.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? I’m fortunate to have a pool in the building where I live, so I grab my plastic cup, fill it with beer (I  love craft beer), and lounge with a good book, soaking up what’s left of the sun.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? There’s so many rewarding aspects of Lithe from the changes I’ve seen in my body to the high I have after killing a CCS to the friends I've made. I also feel great when my form is on-point and I'm complimented by an instructor.
 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I’d be Sideline. It is so much fun and gets shit done! I love breaking down the CCS and the sculpting is so different from any other class. You leave soaked in sweat and with a smile on your face. 
 
Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Justin Timberlake and that’s a crush that has stood the test of time.

What is your most played music station? We can only stream Pandora at work, so I typically listen to the Rick Astley station. However if I need to focus and write a blog post or anything, Pitbull is my go-to station.

SUPERFOOD SWEET POTATO BOWL 19 Jul 2015

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Start your morning off right with our Superfood Sweet Potato Bowl. This breakfast of champions is made with organic sweet potatoes and topped with buckwheat groats, walnuts, chia seeds, raisins, and maple syrup.  Did you know that the humble Sweet Potato ranks #1 as the most nutritious veggie?

Image via Lauren

OLD CITY 6AM LITHERS! 16 Jul 2015

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Most of you have heard stories over the years about the 6AMers at our Old City studio. The group above is one of the toughest, most dedicated group of Lithers across all three studios. They're in the studio every day regardless of what life (or Mother Nature) throws at them. Celia dropped by on a rainy Wednesday Sculpt workout to snap a few shots of this badass crew with master Lithe instructor Bari Rosenthal.  

Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LAUREN ON THE #REALWORLDBRANDING PODCAST! 15 Jul 2015

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If you're in the fitness space or growing a business and want to hear how Lithe founder Lauren Boggi built Lithe (and landed the cover of Philly Mag), check out her podcast with Finch Brands president Bill Gullan! Real World Branding is live on iTunes.

Image of Lauren via Free People

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