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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I began lithing in the summer of 2012 with my friends Nikoletta and Stacy and I have never turned back. The amount of weight I lost and the way my body transformed is what motivates me to continue on this journey.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? I shop online or meet up with friends for drinks.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The fact that I can use heavier weights in all the sculpting classes and I am definitely stronger because of that.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Walkstar or Hipster because I love the emphasis both classes put on the lower body, which is my problem area.
Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? I met Dana B. and I have connected with her during classes.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? My family, lipliner and lipgloss, and my cellphone.
We're excited to announce that Meghan Grauzlis is now a master Lithe instructor! Meg has taught since 2011 and joins master instructors Krista DeNofa (teaching since 2008), Bari Rosenthal (teaching since 2009), Liz Galbally (teaching since 2010), Elizabeth Tomkins (teaching since 2010) and Gerri Trooskin (teaching since 2010).
What makes an instructor a master? They must teach Lithe for at least four years and have taught a minimum of 1,000 classes. The status is something that is earned, not given. The Lithe master instructor embodies a commitment to Lithe, instructs with confidence and selflessness, and continues to study the method. Other elements that define this title include maturity and understanding of instructor injury prevention, utilization of voice (instead of body) for energy, total command of a large studio of 25-30 people, and involvement in instructor training.
We all know that Lithe is different and teaching it is the ultimate multi-task. Many assume that teaching Lithe is like teaching a grounded workout that rarely changes such as yoga, spinning, barre, or Pilates. They couldn't be more wrong. Lithe instructors are triple threats and it takes years to become a well-oiled teaching machine. Our instructors are forever in training and constantly learning new workouts.
Image of Meg wearing wearing FP Movement via Freepeople
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I started in 2009, but then moved to D.C. for work and realized how lucky I was to have Lithe. I tried other classes during that time: Yoga, Pilates, barre, Zumba, jazzercise, spinning, you name it. I didn't find anything as interesting, fun, or effective. When I moved back to Philly, I looked for an apartment near the Old City studio. I'm not a morning person, but I started going to 6AM classes. I don't go every day, but there are a lot of people who do and I find that motivating. I've also found that the less I go, the harder the classes are, so that helps. Going back after vacation is the worst.
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? The best medicine for me is a few drinks, a good meal, and laughs with my girlfriends.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Taking classes that I was intimidated by when I started, but now totally love. I'm uncoordinated and was afraid of the cardio classes, but decided that I had to trust Lauren's scheduling magic and mix it up. I'm still intimidated by a new CCS cardio sequence, but I've learned that I have to keep going to class and eventually it'll sink in. Also those hammer curls in boat pose seemed impossible when I started. I can't do the full three sets yet, but I think I'm almost at two. Half moons, I'm coming for you next!
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Waspie. It's my all-time favorite. It requires attention to detail and a few tries before it clicks. If you do all of those things, you'll be sore the next day. I also consider myself a bit of an acquired taste. If you're willing to spend the time to dig a little deeper, I think you'll find your efforts will be rewarded.
Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? A few years ago, a new attorney started in my office. I was trying to convince her to come out for happy hour, but she insisted that she had to work out and that she couldn't cancel her class because she'd get charged (smartest thing about Lithe, btw!). We quickly ascertained that we were both Lithers and bonded over our favorite classes and instructors. We'd constantly drive our co-workers crazy talking about new moves and foods and how Bari was obviously trying to kill us (xo, Bari!). I'm pretty sure I (discreetly) demoed the CCS from Sideline for her at Morimoto in an effort to make her realize how much she would love that class. And she does. Right, Miriam?
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? They're surprised when I utter the words cardio-cheer-sculpting since I'm as far from a cheerleader as anyone could imagine. Now that there are some clips on Instagram, I show those to them.
What is the first concert you went to? My very first concert was the Beach Boys at the Jones Beach Amphitheater with my parents. The first one I chose myself was Debbie Gibson. I believe it was the Electric Youth tour. If I still had a picture of me in the layered denim and patchwork skirt I wore, I would totally submit it.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I started coming to Lithe after my girlfriend Lora convinced me to buy a Gilt City package, and we waited until the very last day before it expired to sign up. We convinced ourselves to go mostly because we couldn't waste the $50, and I haven't looked back since! It took me a while to get into Lithe, but after a few weeks, my embarrassment and non-athleticism started to melt away, and now I can't go without Lithe. I am a cardiac anesthesiologist, so my schedule is very unpredictable, but I love the way I feel after a good Lithe session -- whether I've gone several days in a row or I haven't gone in a few days, I always feel totally challenged and like my best self after class.
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? I love drinking a good craft beer, eating and hanging out with my fiance and friends, browsing Pinterest for wedding ideas, finding a good recipe, and watching any show on Bravo or HGTV.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? When I started, it was getting through class without feeling like I had to vomit and faint. Then it was mastering all the CCS, which I am still working on. The most rewarding aspect is how I look and feel. I'm toned, strong, and sleep better and have more energy. After a few days of not going to Lithe, I get almost like a hangover where I feel icky, so I know I need to hit the studio and make it my top priority regardless of how tired or busy I am. My proudest accomplishment is doing tricep pushups on my toes and enjoying pushups in general (something I could never imagine myself liking a couple years ago).
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I like input and information, as well as some unpredictability, so I would say Freestyle. I like that you never know what is coming up next, so you better give it your all. Skinny Mini is also a forever favorite because of the variety and how it works everything in one amazing hour.
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? I'm lucky that I've convinced most of my friends to do Lithe. I even brought my guy friend to Action Figure, and he was addicted and wanted "more abs." My fiance doesn't understand what I do at Lithe, but he knows how good it makes me feel and how confident I've become, so he's totally supportive. He can probably name 10+ classes and came up with some of his own like "Twerk Town" and "Power Bottom" if Lauren needs some inspiration for a new class...
Who is/was your celebrity crush? I have a huge crush on James McAvoy. He's not particularly swoon-worthy or super Hollywood hunk, but I love that he seems like a genuinely nice, intelligent with a great sense of humor. Also, that accent!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Glossier Generation G lipstick, a Swell water bottle that keeps everything cold or hot for hours on end, an iPad with all my period dramas (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, North & South) to occupy my time and maybe I would never want to leave.
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We know you can't always schedule your workouts three weeks in advance, and that six hour cancellation window doesn't always allow for spontaneity with work, family, or friends. LitheWire is here to give you last-minute updates on open spots in our classes via Snapchat. We'll post a flash alert to our Snapchat story, and you can book the class at a discounted rate on MindBody or by calling the studio. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
It's the final countdown to Fall so we're celebrating Summer. To purchase, go to our online store and choose the Lithe Endless Summer five-class card.
Five-Class Card $100 $65
(That's like $13/class)
*One per customer. Five-class cards expire on one month from date of purchase. Limited quantities available. May not be combined with any other discount or promotion.
Meg G. via Dom
Ready to go big during the second most indulgent time of the year? Get back into tip top shape and savor the last few weeks of summer with our annual Lithe Endless Summer Challenge. We keep you inspired with Lithe community involvement, photos, recipes, and weekly emails.
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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? This past year and a half of consistent Lithing has transformed my body like nothing I've ever tried before. Also something about the supportive community and instructors and the focus on a healthy lifestyle on and off the mat, has transformed the way I feel about myself. I am happier, stronger, healthier, and my head feels clearer. I'm easier on myself when my diet goes off track or if I miss a workout.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? I love to go for a long walk around the city, get a chair massage, or grab a margarita and Mexican food with my boyfriend (El Vez and Xochitl are my favorite spots).
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Noticing how much stronger I've become by little things like graduating from flat-foot to stiletto during an entire bar series, increasing weights, and noticing lean muscle definition in my arms for the first time in my life. It keeps me coming back for more and after a long day at work, Lithe is my happy hour!
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Hot Legs! It's sassy, feminine, and fun.
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? They think I do the exact same thing every day. I've had people tell me that I should really be switching up my workouts. Little do they know how unique and diverse the classes truly are.
What is the first concert you went to? The Backstreet Boys when I was in the fifth-grade
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Guacamole, Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer (with SPF, of course), and a cold glass of Vinho Verde.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Let's be real, it's the results I've seen over the years. I've always been skinny, so it's easy to feel like I look healthy because of my build. But the truth is, I feel the healthiest and strongest I've ever been, which empowers me. Who would have thought that I would be in my 30s with two small boys feeling better than ever? Not me. And it all started with just showing up to Lithe. I walked into the studio, and then the magic happened. I get my ass whooped at every class and I love it. Now that I've gone off on a tangent, the truth is the confidence, the self esteem boost, challenge, and sheer high I feel after showing up, giving it my all, and leaving all my sweat on the mat keep me coming back.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? After a long day, which is just about every day when you have small kids (shout out to all the Lithe mamas), I like to sit outside on my porch, catch up with the hubs, and chat/vent to my bestie. Really long days call for ice cream. Could eat it every day. It's a problem.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? When I am pushed to the point of total exhaustion. Sounds kind of sick, but I know everyone can relate. When I'm doing sculpting work and I find that quiver, then I realize that's how it should feel. We all know when we kill it and when we're not giving it our all. So when I kill it or really try my damndessed, that makes me feel the best.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Since I'm a Libra, decisions can be hard, so I'm giving two answers. I would be Freestyle because you know it's going to be killer. You don't know what to expect, but you're never let down. Then I would go with Thinny because you can only push people so far. Sometimes we all have to find that inner thing that pushes us because we want a good workout, not just one to say, oh I worked out today. I have seen strength in myself with this class. You can skate by, but if you really dig deep, it's super hard.
What is the first concert you went to? I went to Ozzfest when I was in middle school, but I never actually made it inside. The parking lot scene is intense and a lot of people never make it in ... I mean it's Ozzfest. My first actual show was probably Dave Matthews Band or Cypress Hill.
Who is/was your celebrity crush? Lets start with women crushes: Rihanna, Beyonce, and Margot Robbie (how cute and sexy is she?). And let's not forget JLo. The women is in her 40s, has two kids, and dates 20-year-olds! And yup, I got to say ... all the Kardashians. I can't help it. I'm #obsessed. Who needs to go on to men after that line up? But I will just for fun. Leonardo DiCaprio, good ol' Brad Pitt (he just gets better and better), and Jake Gyllenhaal. And my new crush is Tom Hardy.
Happy Thurdsday! It's cardio day at Lithe, so it’s time to kick up the cardio and sweat it out. Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does it make a difference on the inside (improving your cardiovascular health), but you will see results on the outside, too (especially if you stick to it 3-5 times a week).
I think that one of the toughest aspects of Lithe is getting your cardiovascular stamina up to par or back up to par after some time off. As a newbie, you may find yourself feeling defeated trying to finish our hour-long classes numerous times a week and devoting some time to learning our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting choreography. You can do it! Here are some tips for safe, efficient and effective cardio:
1. Be a 6-7AMer! I suggest doing cardio in the morning before your first meal. Your body is most likely to use fat as the energy source because your glycogen stores are depleted.
2. Protect your feet, but not with sneakers (unless you have a foot injury). We barefoot train at Lithe. Why? It makes you stronger from head to toe and simply builds a better, stronger, leaner body. If you have a foot injury you should wear a studio sneaker and avoid stilletto. You want to work correctly, stay on a mat and NEVER over-bounce on the balls of your feet. Our feet work instinctively, but to prevent stress fractures, shin splints and plantar issues, stay on your mat, use your quads to launch a jump, keep a gentle point to your ankle, and then roll through the forefoot and heel. Your goal is to "sponge" and not bounce. That "up" energy should be an illusion. Your entire body is active, but you're working down into the ground. Work harder by getting low and grounded, rather than bouncing high and beating up your feet.
3. Keep your shoulders open, depressed, and lift your chest. This instantly engages and elongates your abs.
4. Activate your arms. Think about how you punch out those perfect sharp high V's and low V's ... Do this with every movement and feel your heart rate climb!
5. Don't stop as soon as your heart rate starts to really climb. So many people get nervous once their heart rate gets in the zone. Breath, stretch, and shake.
6. If you're DIY, Make a killer cardio playlist on your iPod to get you through the workout. Pick out your favorite songs that you love listening to so you forget about the time.
Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Most recently, my May wedding was a major motivator. Leading up to the big day, I participated in the Earned in Winter Challenge and took pictures and measurements before and after each portion of the challenge. Though my schedule as a pediatrics resident prevented me from reaching my class attendance goals, I toned up and lost eight inches, so that was a win even if I didn’t get a tank top! I have been Lithing for four years and you just can’t replicate the feeling after a great Lithe class: Energetic, strong, and ready to take on the world (or at least Philadelphia)!
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Am I allowed to say that I have a glass of wine? But really, other than sweating it out in a class, I love a meal with my husband and friends. Also, a snuggle with my sweet Goldendoodle Riley remedies any stressful situation.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Growing up, I danced and loved the challenge of mastering a new routine. When I explored various fitness classes in Philadelphia, I found that I got bored quickly. Then I found Lithe (thank you, Rue La La). At Lithe, I get to pretend I’m back on the stage during the CCS sequences. And the satisfaction of hitting every move without messing up is hard to beat. In July, my neonatology fellowship training will take me to Hershey, so I won’t get to the studio as much as I would like. However, I am so excited that Lauren has set up LBActive. I will be keeping up with my CCS moves from afar!
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Though I love taking Freestyle with Lauren or Rock Steady with Jonathan, I think I am most similar to Thinny: Grounded, a little complicated, and surprisingly tough.
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? You should see my husband imitate what he thinks I do at Lithe. It involves a high-pitched voice and lots of prancing around, just to give you an idea. Sorry, Mike.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? The first thing I’d have to go with is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I’ve been a devout user since college (maybe even high school). It's silky, a bit shiny, and has SPF 15. I’d also bring a sweatshirt because I am always cold. Finally, I’d pack Tweezerman tweezers because we all know a unibrows still exists even if no one is around to see it.
What is the first concert you went to? Wish I could say it was something cool, but it was NSYNC. It was the '90s!
Image via M2 Photography
So many of you near and far love Lauren Boggi Active and some may wonder what the difference is between the brands, and why I chose to take LB Active online instead of in-studio.
Lithe Method was never constructed to be a virtual workout. It's our live, in-studio experience. While Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting is the movement technique that Lithe workouts are based on, it's not what Lithe is. I'm not saying Lithe is more or less, just different! Lithe is 60+ workouts, an entire method and philosophy, a workout key, a teaching style, and an incredible in-person experience and community (some say a cult!?), but I never saw it translating into a virtual experience and frankly have never aspired to that for Lithe.
LB Active is a virtual platform for Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting, not Lithe Method. It's another type of brand powered by Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting. Like a pencil being used to write a novel or hold hair in a bun, CCS is an engine that can power many things. I've always been excited by the idea of taking CCS as a concentrated, core workout and building a new brand solely focused on that as an engine, and then using that to power other things. Similar to Lithe, but maybe not. I'm hoping that Lauren Boggi Active will become the laboratory to fine tune CCS and create amazing things. It will benefit Lithe, but go different places in a complimentary way.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I love the way Lithe makes me feel every single time - strong, confident, happy (and of course, a little sore). Lithe has become an integral part of my life. I recently moved from Rittenhouse to Old City and one of my requirements was to be within a seven-minute walk to Lithe. My agent thought I was crazy, but I now live 528 feet from the Old City studio and it takes me three minutes door-to-door. Between the move and starting a new job, Lithe is what stayed constant. I’ll be joining the 6AM OC Lithers, whom I hear are a phenomenal group. Can’t wait to meet and sweat with you all!
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Plan out my Lithe schedule for the next three weeks, cook healthy meals, watch Law and Order marathons, and of course, wine.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I can tell that I am getting stronger. I can lift heavier weights and do more push-ups on my toes. But the classes don’t seem to get any easier. Ah, the beauty of Lithe. No matter how consistently you go, it’s still a fantastic beat down.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Freestyle. Sort of familiar, sort of a surprise, but always a good time.
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? Oh, man. I love answering the question “What is Lithe?” and then getting the looks of bewilderment and confusion as I describe the choreography, straps around the wrists and ankles, weights and the barre routines. They think it’s a form of torture, which I suspect isn’t too far from the truth, but it’s sweet, sweet torture that delivers amazing results.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Can you hang Thinny bands from coconut trees? And the other essentials, water and wine to have with all the seafood I’d be catching and grilling. Mmm, grilled seafood...
It's unbelievable what a four-day weekend can do, right? You've worked so hard for months. Don't allow summer to derail you. It's time to dig deep! Be the person who always shows up and never gives up and believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it. We challenge you to take 14 classes in 14 days from July 11 thru July 24, so that you can re-ignite your passion with your health and fitness goals. Sign up today thru Monday, July 11.
July 11: #LitheResuts, #DigDeep
July 24: #LitheResults, #DigDeep
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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I started Lithing a little over a year ago. I was active, and had a “normal” gym routine, but it was definitely not consistent. With my work schedule and freelance demands, I dedicated less and less time to keeping myself together. Once I began Lithe, I felt like I was home. Within a month, I cancelled both of my gym memberships and started a daily Lithe routine. There are so many aspects of Lithe that keep me consistent: The results, the ever-changing and always challenging class schedules, and simply how much fun I have was enough to get me motivated, keep me engaged and striving to work harder on myself to achieve my personal goals. My goals started out small, but continue to grow as Lithe continues to push me to be the best version of myself.
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