New to Lithe, or having touble holding the blue bands? Watch as Lauren gives tips on proper hand form when using Lithe's blue Higher Power band system.
It's not a smoothie and not a juice – it's a Freshie! I've been searching for a truly natural sweetener for years and I feel like I struck gold on Friday when the Microgreen Queen introduced me to popcorn shoots. Popcorn shoots are microgreens (some are sprouted) that are sweet like sugar cane nectar.
Whip this one up in your high speed blender. Things are about to get really fresh...
Ingredients: Ice, 1 cup coconut water, 1 handful of spinach, 1 Asian pear, 4-6 popcorn shoots (to taste)
Instructions: Blend in your high speed blender until smooth.
Images via Lauren
1. Ban.do canvas totes are bright and durable. 2. New Balance 711 Mesh Trainer is so comfortable and great for Lithe with its super flexible forefoot. 3. RMS beauty oil keeps my skin glowy and protected as the weather turns cooler. 4. Lithe's kale & cashew wholefoods Lithe Bar is perfect post-workout (coming soon from Napa, CA). The Beacon by Beacon & Lively is awesome - Pink means that my sitter is texting. Love being smart without being a smart-phone zombie.
Images via Jordan and brand wesbites
Ready to get ultra-Lithe in paradise? From October 30-November 3, 2014, we're heading to the original eco-chic resort, Amansala on Mexico's Carribean coast. For four nights and five days we'll take over Amansala Chica, the all new 20-room, all suite outpost (complete with a beachfront juice bar and rooftop spa) that's organic, sustainable, hip – and right on the ocean's edge.
What is Lithe Escape? Getting back to basics. Eating fresh and simply, falling asleep to the sound of the sea, rustic, bohemian luxury, salt, sun, sand, sweat, spa, Lithe magic, new friends, and exploring.
Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded women. Get excited for girl time and downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU.
Want to learn more? Download Lithe Escape Amansala
Ready to book your spot? Email email@example.com. Our awesome Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette is ready to assist you beginning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 10AM with flight information and roommate details.
So, I'm in the midst of week 2 of the 6 week Fall Transformation Challenge, and it's been a rocky start. Week 1 coincided with my busiest and most important work week of the year thus far, and getting to class wasn't easy. So when I saw Melt back on the schedule, I was relieved. Not only is it a required class for the challenge, it was exactly what I needed. Something restorative, yet still challenging. So I thought I would repost my review on Melt to encourage all Lithers to give it a shot even if you aren't participting in the Transformation. I know most of us like the hard-core nature of classes like Tight End and Weightless better than the more low-key--we want to make the most of hour. But Melt does challenge you (details about the ab sequence below), and also does your mind and body wonders. Tif calls me a Melt junkie, and it's absolutely true. You can't beat a workout which stretches and centers you while giving you an ab quivering shake.
You will leave wanting to make an appointment with Tif for a Body Booster. Her knowledge of the body and all its muscles and connective tissues is so impressive and helpful, both in the studio and on her table. For an appointment, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you need: Wrist/Andke Bands! (or socks or leg warmers). You need something to protect the delicate skin around your ankles from chafing from all the sliding the bands do in this high energy class. BYO or purchase them at the front desk for $6. I highly recommend them. They make a world of difference.
Props: Yellow Melt Ball, Lithe Thinny Bands (the ones that velcro around your ankles) 3lb weights
Clothing Considerations: Long pants. Especially if you don't have wrist bands. This will protect your skin from the abrasive velcro of the bands.
Sweat Factor: A light sheen. You could hang out with people afterwards without anyone wrinkling their nose and asking..."What IS that?" It won't be you. You'll be fine.
A few weeks ago I tried to jump back into Lithe after my post-wedding, love-bloat, lithe-hiatus by taking Watershed for my first class back. I thought to myself: It'll be a good chill class to get me started. We roll around on that spiky ball a lot, and I should be fine. I've never been more wrong in my life. Being the person that reviews all Lithe classes, you would think I would know better!! Once I got in there, I remembered that we exhaust the leg muscles at the bar BEFORE we roll around on the spiky ball. I was in so much pain the next day that I straight up couldn't WALK let alone go to class again. This sent me back on an unintentional break to recover and then the new year's holiday hit and then...well I was back on hiatus (never having really ever left).
So this week, I decided I would ACTUALLY ease myself in...for real. So I took Thinny on Monday. And while it was super challenging, especially with the brand new incredibly tight bands at the new Rittenhouse studio, I was able to use my legs on Tuesday when I kicked it up a notch to take Skinny Jeans (taking it slow by staying flat footed the whole time). But foreseeing that 40 minutes at the barre would do a number on me regardless, I made sure to sign up for Melt yesterday. I used to chase Melt around the schedule a couple of years ago, when it was in rotation, and loved the combination of stretching and massage the class offered, so I thought it would be perfect.
Now, of course, as with all things Lithe, Melt has upped the ante and is a whole new class. When I walked in and saw the Thinny bands hanging from the ceiling, I cursed the Gods because it was clear that we were about to WORK. And work we did. But I have to say...it was the perfect combination of WORK and reviving my muscles. We started the class with a series of stretches, much different than the quick ones you may be used to in other Lithe classes. We took our time with them. Really getting into it and getting our bodies ready for the class. Then we grabbed the the small yellow Melt ball which is slightly larger than the spiky balls from Watershed and significantly smaller than the blue balls (hehe), used in many other classes. Tif, a licensed massage therapist, guided us to put the ball in a particular spot on our bodies that is often incredibly tight. And while she queued us for exactly what to do, and we laid there breathing, taking deep breaths through the tension, pain and release, she came around and adjusted each of our bodies to help us to get deeper into the stretch. (Germaphobes, need not worry, she sanitizes her hands between each Lither). And depending on the number of people in class, she gets to you once or twice max so no need to fret if being touched isn't your thing.
Next, we strapped the Thinny bands around our ankles, grabbed the 3lb weights and placed the small ball under our low backs. And that's where we moved the train from relaxation station to f#@k me! depot. We did an ab series that I might be so bold to say is one of the tougher ones in all of Lithe. My core was seriously quaking. And I had to take periodic breaks before continuing. Yes, I'm not at my all time best as far as stamina is concerned, but it was objectively TOUGH.
This process basically repeats itself for the duration of the class. Your work the hell out of a muscle group, then you take a quick breather by using the ball to release tension in the body. At one point you rub the ball across your pecs (ladies blessed with big bazooms, you might have to wrestle with yours for a bit first, but it's worth it) and you will feel a "hurts so good" feeling (as Tif puts it) that will have you wincing with agony/pleasure.
If you're in that mode where all you want to do is burn calories by taking all of the high cardio classes, and you think Melt is too soft. Think again. You get that heart rate up repeatedly. Burpee moguls (try to visualize that one), mountain climbers, back bends...the list continues. This class is incroyable! And honestly, might be my new favorite. It was challenging, but also felt so therapeutic and...fun. Melt is all grown up, and perfect for those days where you want a challenge, but doing a CCS sequence is more than your overworked mind or body can handle.
So far so good on easing my way in. I'm feeling the momentum building and climbing my way back onto the wagon. (Although I have had more chocolate chip cookies than I care to admit in the past 2 days...but hey! Baby steps!)
See you in class!
*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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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