Dear Lauren and the Lithe ladies,

I wanted to write this letter for awhile, but I figure there's no better time than Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As some of you know, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in June 2014. I found out that I was positive for a gene mutation, giving me an 85 percent chance of developing it. Because it is genetic, lifestyle factors didn’t play much of a role in my diagnosis. I underwent a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, five long months of chemotherapy, and another surgery which included my last reconstruction, or the placement of my permanent implants.

Prior to my diagnosis and surgery I was in the best shape of my life. I Litheing almost daily for about four years. My 6AM Lithe routine was an important part of my life – but I had no idea just how important. 

From the day of diagnosis until my surgery I continued to Lithe. It was my escape. It was the one hour each day that I wasn't thinking about what I was going through. On July 31, 2014, I underwent a surgery that was almost 11 hours long. As soon as I woke up in the post-operative unit I sat up (yep, I popped straight up because I was terrified to roll to either side) and was walking to the bathroom and sitting in a chair less than 24 hours after surgery. My surgeon and nurses were beyond impressed. My recovery went smoothly once I was home and I know it's because of how strong I was prior to surgery. I am a physical therapist, someone trained in rehabilitating the body, but it is completely different when it is your own body. 

About six weeks after my first surgery I was back at Lithe, modifying, but happy to be back. The instructors were so kind and understanding. I started to tell my fellow Lithers what was going on, where I had been, and what was to come. I had no idea that these women, who I had spent so many hours with before would become a great support system to me. They listened, asked how I was, and genuinely cared. Not long after returning I started chemotherapy. I tried to continue Litheing but the chemo got the best of me and kicked my Tight End. I worked throughout chemo and that took every last ounce of energy. In February 2015, I finished chemotherapy and had my final surgery in April. I returned to Lithe exactly six weeks after my second surgery, on the first day I was off my restrictions. I’ve worked hard since then. I’m still not at 100 percent, but I know I will get there. I learned how incredible my body is and what it's able to withstand. I cannot imagine how much harder the entire journey would have been if I wasn’t active and strong – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Lithe gave me so much of that strength. I consider myself lucky to Lithe every day. 

Lauren, you have created an incredible workout, brought together an amazing group of women, and changed so many lives. I am grateful to be part of this community.   

So, to this community I think so highly of, I would like to share one last part of my story. Just prior to my diagnosis, I found a lump in my breast. Because of my age, I never had a mammogram, nor did I know I had this gene mutation. I went to my physician and was immediately sent for a mammogram and ultrasound. As if all of this isn’t scary enough, my mammogram and ultrasound showed nothing. The cancerous tissue appeared similar to the rest of the tissue. In fact, we celebrated after the mammogram because I had been told there was “nothing suspicious.” It was recommended that I see a breast surgeon, but I was told it wasn't necessary. However, deep down I knew something was wrong. I ended up having a biopsy and that’s how I got the news, but could you imagine if I had stopped with the mammogram? I encourage you to never stop when it comes to your health. Women have incredible instincts. Trust yourself and be proactive, no matter how scary something may be. I didn’t waste a minute getting answers and for that I am grateful.

Christina Calhoun


Sarah B.

This week, we get to know a Lither who has left Philly but still has love for Lithe, Sarah Bennick!

You moved out of state after achieving Lithe's Varsity requirement of 250 classes. What activity have you been doing in the meantime to replace Lithe? When I first moved to North Carolina, I joined a CrossFit gym with my husband. Although the workouts were challenging, my heart was just not in it, and I quit after only one month. Since then, I started running several days a week. I created my own FreeStyle (incorporating some of my favorite Lithe moves), that I try to do at least 3 times per week. I also love doing my own versions of Walk Star and Hotstepper on a running trail near my house. Eventually, I would like to find a studio-based workout that includes cardio and sculpting all in one...but as all Lithers know, there really is nothing that compares to Lithe.

Has your body changed in any way since you haven't been Lithing? When we first moved, I was quite lazy with my exercise routine. It's so hard to work out on your own and I missed the accountability that Lithe naturally provides (gotta love that six-hour cancellation rule). I gained some weight and was really unhappy. Once I regained my resolve, I dropped the weight and finally feel like my old Lithe self again.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? We have a small patio and backyard where we live, which is surrounded by trees and beautiful greenery. It's so quiet and relaxing. I love sitting out there with a book (and sometimes a cocktail). Having outdoor space feels like such a luxury, since we never had it when we lived in Philadelphia. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Before Lithe, I did ZERO exercise and even cringed at the thought of it. I almost accepted that I would be overweight and unfit for the rest of my life. When I started Lithing regularly, I was excited to not only see progress on the scale but also with my body shape (goodbye love handles)! It truly does reshape your body in ways that no other workout can. I also love the Lithe community and support I received from my fellow OC 6AMers. And of course, doing any CCS sequence perfectly is always icing on the cake. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Tight End because it helps sculpt that Lithe booty! The CCS is awesome and reminds me of my cheerleading days back in high school. And who doesn't love getting up on the tall box for some serious sculpting? I would literally jump for joy whenever I saw it on the schedule.

What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? BoJack Horseman. It's an animated show about a washed-up Hollywood celebrity trying to get back in the spotlight, except the character is a horse and voiced by Will Arnett. So hilarious.

What was the first concert you went to? NSYNC! My dad took my sister and me (along with four of our friends). Needless to say, he won father of the year for sitting through that.




We love Ian Brendle (Green Meadow Farm) and Z Food Farm's produce. So crisp, flavorful, and clean. Each week our soups, bowls, and salads change as we bring you seasonal produce straight from the farm. Here's what's available now:

Bombshell Bowl
Organic quinoa, organic shaved radish, organic shaved turnip, baby red Russian kale with honey mustard vinaigrette

Radishes are at their peak in the spring, but often reappear at farmers' markets in the fall. With tangy-sweet honey mustard dressing, crunchy turnips, and fluffy quinoa, this bowl is refreshing, protein-packed, and totally aligned with your nutrition goals. Enjoy cold.  

One serving ($10)  
Available today  


Bone Broth

Lithe Bone Broth

Lithe Founder Lauren Boggi has sworn by bone broth for years. Now Lithe Foods makes it available to everyone so that they can reap its health benefits. 

This simple superfood is the equivalent of liquid gold. Lithe's bone broth is made from organic grass-fed beef marrow bones, chicken feet, and mirepoix so that it's packed with nutrients. Lauren starts each day with a cup of bone broth and says it plays a major role in keeping her and her family healthy. The amino acids and other healing compounds released in the simmering process also promote joint health, which makes bone broth a smart sip for Lithers. And if you want to feel and look your best this fall, bone broth also helps out in the beauty department. It's rich in collagen, which supports and strengthens the structural matrix of hair, skin, and nails.

Available in two sizes:

The 16 oz. has two sippable servings ($10).

The 32 oz. has four 8 oz. servings or enough to make one large batch of soup ($16). 

Key nutrients in Lithe bone broth and their benefits:

Cartilage: Used as a supplement for treating joint pain and eases inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

Bone marrow: Helps increase blood cell production and strengthens the immune system.

Amino acid:  Key in the production of glucose and enhances gastric secretion of soft tissue and wound healing.

Collagen and gelatin:  Aid in the formation and repair of cartilage, help bone healing, and facilitate digestion and assimilation of proteins. 

Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium: Help sustain healthy bones and muscles; facilitate proper nerve transmission and gland function; generate energy in the body.


Who Can Lithe?

We know that exercising regularly has been linked to a decreased risk in breast cancer, but a new study says that five hours (300 minutes) is the magic number to significantly lower your risk. That's inspiration to amp up your workout game and great news for those of us who Lithe five times a week.

A study published in JAMA Oncology looked at women who exercised for 300 minutes a week for one year. Although the women didn't lose much more weight than those who exercised only twice a week, their breast cancer risk decreased. Why? They burned more fat. And fatty tissue increases estrogen which raises breast cancer risk. If you're falling short, try walking to work or the studio (walking from Rittenhouse to Old City and back adds 45-60 minutes toward your weekly 300-minute goal.

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography



We're excited to announce that Lithe Method's Lauren Boggi is the official fitness expert and partner of Breast Health powered by

Our goal is to inform, empower, and inspire women and girls to protect the health of their breasts. Join the movement on Instagram @gobreasthealthy and watch for our informative blog posts. Founder Marisa Weiss, MD kicks off breast cancer awareness month on the Today show. Tune in and ‪#‎gobreasthealthy‬!

Image of Lauren via Dom

WE WEAR: TEEKI & RVCA 30 Sep 2015

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Check out Lithe instructor Annette Kaplafka rocking these desert babe Teeki hot pants and RVCA crop top on a recent Sexier in Six at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Annette says, "I love the design. So cool and unique. Another Lither was wearing a pair and once I saw them I was in love. Especially after she told me there were made from recycled plastic water bottles, I had to have them. They were a gift to myself after finishing Lithe's #Tminus30 challenge this year. They are lightweight, but still offer great compression and feel great on." 

When you're doing your Sexier in Six this week, find a bench and do ten see-saws on the right and left, 30 triceps dips, and 30 step-up lunges on each side, a la Walk-Star. We promise you'll feel the burn! 

Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography







Flyer is the third Lithe Icon class. Come check it out on October 24 @7:15AM at Lithe Old City or November 8 @7:15AM at Lithe Main Line. 

Love Lithe's Spirit? You'll flip for Flyer. It has been in the works for years and we're excited to debut it as an Icon class. Utilizing Lithe's unique rebounder and band concept, we take Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting® to the max with one hour of cathartic cardio, high impact jumps, and superior sculpting on the rebounder. Like all things Lithe, this one strengthens and slims you all over and leaves your body looking perfect. 

  • Born: September 2015
  • You need: Gloves
  • Coordination level: 3 (on a scale of 1-3)

WRIST PAIN? {RE-POST} 28 Sep 2015




This week, we get to know Lither (and 2014 Earned In Winter Challenge winner), Jenn Seltzer!

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? Yes – the way I go into the challenges is to try to get them done with day(s) to spare at the end. That way if something comes up (with a job and two kids you never know!) at least I’ll have the classes done. Although much longer, I view Varsity similarly and gave myself a July 31st deadline instead of August.  So, on nights when I was tired and I’d think about canceling my 6AM – I just didn’t! I’m proud that I beat my own internal deadline and finished my 250th class in June.  
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Recently, I started trying out recipes and making healthy things for me and my husband to eat. I’d love if my kids would too, but most of the time they won’t try anything I make. Some of my favorites to play around with are granola, copying the Lithe raw oatmeal (I will get it to be perfect), and anything with my Spiralizer!
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I love how I feel – both mentally and physically. I have gotten so much stronger over the past few years of Lithe. But probably the most rewarding part is the friends that I’ve made. I love the camaraderie of Lithers and the instructors. I’ve met so many people with so many different stories, backgrounds, and experiences. I tend to arrive (very) early for class so I can chat with everyone.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Probably Thinny. It’s grounded, yet deceivingly tough. I’d like to say Freestyle, but despite it being one of my favorite classes (I love not knowing what’s coming next!) – it is the opposite of my overly type A personality.
Any special talents? I can tie a cherry stem with my tongue. I can turn my tongue upside down. And I can make it into a flower.
Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Kirk Cameron was plastered on my wall. 
What was the first concert you went to? Jack Wagner … I can’t even begin to explain. I had a thing for Frisco from General Hospital.  



We've been escaping and achieving mind-blowing results since 2009. Imagine one week to focus on yourself. A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), and unparalleled results. Follow us in Nicaragua and see where we're going next @lithe_escape!  




1-2 days  • 1400 calories/day • 100% plant-based and raw

Lighten up with our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse on Monday, November 2nd! Our greenest, Lithest cleanse is low in sugar, rich in fiber and healthy fats, alkaline, and nutrient-dense. If you're looking to go deeper, greener, and 100% liquid, this is the right choice for you.

Ultra Lithe Cleanse Menu

  • Lithe Coco-Rose Water
  • Lauren's Skin Saver
  • Watershed Cocktail
  • Ultra Lithe Green Soup (there's an entire avocado in here!)
  • Spirit Lemonade
  • La Ensalada
  • Ultra Lithe Milk

Go to our online store > products > choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, October 28th at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Days 1 and 2 on Monday, November 2 from 6AM-8PM.  Due to the nature of the product, we cannot guarantee freshness beyond Wednesday, November 4th. 


Ultra Lithe Cleanse Menu

Our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse is developed for Lithers, it's filling, farm-fresh, and organic whenever possible. Enjoy!

1. Coco-Rose Water: Thai coconut meat, rose, alkaline water

2. Lauren's Skin Saver: aloe, kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger

3. Watershed Cocktail: pineapple, cucumber, jalapeño 

4. Ultra Lithe Green Soup: cucumber, avocado, spinach, garlic, ginger, dill, cilantro, pink Himalayan sea salt, evoo

5. Spirit Lemonade: kale, activated charcoal (coconut), lemon, maple syrup, pink Himalayan sea salt

6. La Ensalada: kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger, green tomato

7. Ultra Lithe Milk: ashwaghanda, cashew, filtered water, cinnamon, vanilla bean, pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut nectar 


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Now that Lithe Escape is upon us, it’s time for a refresher on minimalist packing. As much as we love feeling ready for anything, lugging around an overpacked bag or checking luggage is no fun. Cutting down on what goes inside your weekend bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, comfortable, and confident.

Wonder what to bring? You won't need much! We'll be in Nicaragua for five days and you'll spend the majority of your time barefoot and in a bathing suit or in exercise gear. We wake, we eat, we Lithe, we chill in the sun, we eat, we chill or walk to town, we Lithe, we eat, and then chill some more (it's heaven).

People are always shocked to learn that Lithe Escape creator Lauren Boggi is a super-light carry-on only packer. She finds it freeing to travel with so little. Here's how she does it: 

  • Think small: Starting with a compact suitcase instantly limits how much I can bring. 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a packing list: The key word here is basic. Sports bras, swimsuits, cover-ups, underwear, socks, workout shorts, loose pants, a warm layer for evenings, a chic go-with-everything maxi dress, and sneakers. Follow your list without exception. It’ll help you not go overboard. 
  • Be reasonable: Ignore the voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need four pairs of shoes, heels, a hair dryer and 12 tops for a five-day trip. You don't and the practical you knows it!
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them: It minimizes wrinkles and frees up a ton of space for other traveling necessities.
  • Be basic: Stick to basic, neutral colors and light fabrics.
  • Essentials: Passport, sunscreen, yoga mat, bathing suits that you can lounge, swim and Lithe in, sunglasses, cover-up, sneakers, flip-flops, a good book, and cell phone charger. 
  • Choose your accessories wisely: Pack a scarf, hat, statement necklace, and a classic pair of flat sandals. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
  • Recycle: Unless you’ve been hiking all day or rolling in the sand, there’s a good chance you can use certain wardrobe pieces more than once. If you wore your maxi dress and cute espadrilles for dinner, turn that sundress into a beach cover-up for another day. My rule is that every article of clothing should work with at least two outfits. I love tunics that work as cover-ups, dresses, tops and nightgowns. My daytime black tunic often works over leggings, and then I can dress it up with jewelry or a scarf at night. 

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

WE WEAR: ALO YOGA 24 Sep 2015

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Lithe Creator Lauren Boggi loves Alo Yoga's Rebel unitard. It's stunning, supportive, sleek, and made of mesh and vegan leather. Check her out soaking up the last of the summer sun in front of Stephen Powers's latest work for the Ralph Brooks Revitalization Project.  

Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography

CHILDCARE 23 Sep 2015


Childcare: Hey, Old City moms. Babysitting will be available during our 9:45AM classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting on October 5th.   

Babysitting is currently available at Lithe Rittenhouse's 9:45AM classes from Monday thru Friday. To reserve, call 215-545-5144. Arrive as early as 15 minutes prior to class. Pick-up is immediately after class ($7, cash only).

Image of Lithe Instructor Julie Fannin via Dom

CHARCOAL + CASHEW = <3 22 Sep 2015

Black N White

Seriously, this must be what heaven tastes like, right? This week, these two cult favorites are in studios and online, and are perfect for your Pope-cation. Lithe's organic cashew milk helps boost metabolism, supports energy production, is naturally low in carbohydrates, high in healthy fats, rich in protein and fiber, and is cholesterol-free. We love it in our latte and granola and it's great for crushing those late night cravings. Lithe's raw, organic cold-pressed charcoal lemonade is mouthwatering, a bit grainy, good for digestion and assists in detoxification (aka the hangover helper).  

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHED-UP 22 Sep 2015

Lithed Up
Whole life, whole body. Look out for our Aloe Tonic, Fall Recovery Smoothie, and Lithe Bone Broth in-studio and online.


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