Have you taken Skinny Mini with Master Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins? If not, you're missing out! To be honest, Elizabeth could probably teach without any music at all and her signature blend of grinning and growling would inspire you to push through grapevines, grounded abs, and liberties at the barre for the full hour. Luckily, she made this badass playlist for all of you to sweat it out to during Skinny Mini - enjoy!
TGIF, Lithers! This week we have a giveaway of the decadent Ekaterina Luxury Cream from Sabbatical Beauty. Did we mention 2 ounces retails for $175??
The cream is made of four types of caviar extract, three types of gold and white truffle extract. Caviar is well known for providing essential Omega three oils and has anti-aging properties. The gold in the Ekaterina cream comes in three different forms: colloidal gold (small, microscopic gold particles suspended in distilled water), fermented gold (yeast that has been enriched with gold and then harvested), and real 24 karat gold that both tops the cream and is dispersed throughout the jar. The Ekaterina Cream is part of Sabbatical Beauty's limited edition Fall collection, CRISP.
For a chance to win, please comment which product from the CRISP collection looks most enticing to you. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thanks and good luck!
For the past almost 12 years, I’ve been at the helm of growing an active empire that strives to support, encourage and motivate people to be their best selves every single day. About two years ago, I would spent about 4 hours a day writing blog content, working on visuals, and shared everything fit, hip and healthy with over 5,000 loyal daily readers. I shared personal, passionate and uncensored Me On Monday posts about my struggles with multiple miscarriages, risk, my post-pregnancy body, and montages of things that I loved.
Two years ago, I decided that I would never blog personally for Lithe ever again. Blogging was becoming a time suck, and doing it all was so overrated. The blog was becoming more of an emotional dump for me, and a negative feedback system for the Lithe community to stir up drama and tear each other down rather than build one another up.
I was really craving separation, didn’t need the stress and, felt that blogs were becoming a dead, mediocre medium so the time was right for change. And, the change has been great. I've been able to spend more time with my family and friends, and support my passion for other entrepreneurial endeavors.
But, I guess you should never say never, because here I am again. Today I woke up at 5:30AM, made my coffee, and checked my inbox, like usual. I saw that management had forwarded this YORN (Your Opinion, Right Now) review below that made me immediately want to wash my hands of my job at Lithe (because who needs this shit anyway?), sell the studios...and also write a blog post! We receive feedback all the time and it truly takes a lot to rattle my chain, but it has been a difficult week and I really wanted to speak up for the 50+ amazing, hard-working people that work so passionately for this company, so I'm taking to this platform like I used to. I hope that this will help Lithers to step out of their comfort zones.
By the way, YORN is great, but the problem with it is that users very rarely request a response so it’s impossible to communicate or get to the bottom of cryptic, mediocre feedback like the one below. We love and appreciate detailed, specific and useful feedback from our community so that we can improve, but it’s hard to respond to or address issues when it’s a one-way street. We like to explain why we do the things we do, so here goes.
Dear Anon Lither, I appreciate your passion for Lithe. Nobody gets upset over a workout unless they love it, right? We're so lucky to have earned the ability to be an integral part of people's lives, and what's super cool about having an amazing, dynamic brand means that we’re able to create content for a variety of people even if it may not hit the mark every. single. time with every. single. person. Having a great brand means being able to make mistakes, and DO overs. Do you love the new ILLIN? Do you like the updated HI-TOP? Some of you loved the Summer Hits schedule in July, August and September, and some were clamoring for the 8-week curated schedules back.
Anon Lither, I ask that you step outside of your Lithe bubble and realize that you’re one type of Lither – the cardio queen. You chase one aspect of Lithe, and don't think about the Lither that loves barre work and avoids more cheer heavy workouts. And then there is the Lither who embraces the Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting in its entirety: she works her ass off and steps up to the challenges thrown her way. She requests sculpting and she also loves cardio. She is in the studio to become stronger and make gains. I know this because she’s at the barre with me and in my sculpting workouts every week. She works in stiletto and fights hard to do her push-ups on her toes, rather than dropping to her knees on the first rep. She knows that our barre is hard, and also knows that it’s amazing ab work, not solely leg work.
Anon Lither, I know that you probably do not want to follow our key to Lithe (Monday is Abs/Core, Tuesday is Cardio, Wednesday is Legs/Core, Thursday is Cardio, and Friday is Arms/Core). I wish that you'd give the key a chance and really step out of your comfort zone. I just know that you’d be floored with the results, and the balance it brings to your body.
You may like to think that Lithe isn't both cardio AND sculpting, but our sculpting workouts are what gives you that killer definition that you're paying for. Banded cardio will only take you so far. Doing both is best. I feel sorry for you because you don't understand that one to two cardio-heavy workouts per week is really all that is necessary, but two to three sculpting workouts will completely change your body. Seriously, you're missing out, girl! You're settling for mediocrity at Lithe and you may not even realize it.
Anon Lither, I know that you love what YOU love and that is absolutely okay. Everyone has their favorites and most hated (myself included). It would be SO incredibly easy to look at our data and play the top 10-15 workouts on repeat. Literally, life on easy street for the business. I've thought about it. I could settle for mediocrity for Lithe.
Anon Lither, Our classes are absolutely little less full right now versus September. It's because we're not accepting as many ClassPass users as we once did. I stand firm on their business practices and feel LITHE should be paid fair value for our services.
I'm going to sound like a mom defending her children, but, Anon Lither, I absolutely do not have to create new content for Lithe but I do it so that people can continue to change, improve their bodies and feel empowered in a new way once they nail a fresh cardio or sculpting sequence. There's no feeling like empowerment through movement.
Lauren Boggi Active is a Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting lab, so to speak. And, it’s a totally different brand and a completely different workout for at-home exercisers.
Do you know what came first between Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting and Lithe? This is like the chicken or the egg question. CCS is the mother. I created the technique post college while living in NYC and teaching Pilates. I missed my cheer game and body from college. Lithe happened after Lithe: A Pilates-Evolved Studio that opened in Northern Liberties in 2005. Basically, I was too much of a chicken to start out with pure CCS in Philly because I knew that I needed to build people's trust via Pilates.
Lithe is an in-person studio experience. Lithe workouts are 60-minute workouts that are defined by a core exercise sequence, which fatigues a particular muscle group. The core muscle group then becomes the stabilizer and then we exhaust the muscles through a trademarked exercise series via 30 reps. It’s magic, but you know that already.
Lauren Boggi Active is a Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting based, non-body part specific, 45-minute streaming workout that attacks multiple muscle groups at once. Sure, you may see CCS exercises on Instagram or Lauren Boggi Active that I make Lithe-friendly in format, sequencing and methodology. It is rewarding to me that people all over the world, and many former Lithers who have moved away are able to try CCS from wherever they are currently. I’ve wanted to do video workouts for a long time, and am so happy to offer CCS on a broader scale.
And, a company built by women (and a few men!) for women, we like to think that we know a little bit about what we’re doing; when we receive this type of feedback from another woman, we could either take it as just a slam, or turn it around as a useful means to communicate with the entire Lithe community.
This YORN started my day off on the wrong foot but it also made me realize WHY I'm here. I'll continue to do my best to empower you, support and motivate you all to never settle for mediocrity. I’ve always said that if nobody hates it, nobody loves it. And, as an artist, I realize that I will never make ALL 3,000 or you happy, but I know that I speak for all when I say that I would appreciate it if some would recognize and embrace the hard work that goes into this business to change your bodies, make you smile and hopefully be the best part of your day. Let’s not settle for mediocrity!
And, hopefully, someday I won't look back and feel embarrassed that I put so much energy and time into this this called Lithe : )
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Pink, a pear-pineapple-ginger-grapefruit-beet cold-pressed juice, hits the studios this week. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one dollar from each juice sale will be donated to BreastHealth.org.
According to the team at BreastHealth.org, 50% of breast cancers could be prevented with different lifestyle choices, even if you start at age 50. They also stress that Breast Health is Women's Health: the things you are already doing for your overall wellness like a healthy diet, exercise, and not smoking also benefit your breasts. Basically, Lithe is like extra credit!
What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I’ve been Lithing since 2008. I was working out with a trainer and was bored with the gym, so I checked out Lithe after reading a review online. My first impression was that the workouts were tougher than I expected and the class variety was spot-on for hitting the perfect combination of cardio and sculpting throughout the week. I keep coming back for the challenging workouts (no easier more than eight years later!) and the community of women.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Different life factors over the years, including staying fit through my pregnancies and then trying to get back to pre-baby fitness levels keep me consistent. Most recently, my monthly membership. It keeps me hitting my weekly and monthly goal for total classes, which inspires me to get enough sleep (and not drink too much wine on weeknights!) to get to the 6AM classes.
What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? Hanging with my daughters and husband and our awesome group of friends, going to the local farmers' market, trips to Brigantine, and organizing my life. Starting the week with my life in order is the best de-stresser I know.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The results. And committing (mostly) consistently over the past eight years.
If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? Side planks – and right now, I’m loving the side balance work in Thigh High. Those moves take strength and balance, which are motivating factors in my life.
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? My daughters say that I go to the Lithe to get strong. I agree! They love to side plank and plyos.
What is the first concert you went to? Cindy Lauper. My sister and I wore side ponies and leg warmers. It’s one of my favorite pics ever!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? My electric toothbrush, sunscreen (I’d have third degree burns in a matter of minutes without it), and my iPhone, with a solar charger and service, of course.
Happy Friday, everyone! This week we're giving away a gift package from Wilde Gatherings including a gift basket with an assortment of hair & skincare products, as well as a 90-minute customized Ayurvedic skincare treatment.
About Wilde Gatherings:
Our mission at Wilde Gatherings is to provide a holistic range of products based on Ayurvedic principles. By holistic we mean: products that use natural, raw and organic herbal ingredients; products that are responsive to what your skins needs, as it needs it; and products that are free from fillers, emulsifiers and chemicals that are disruptive to your skin and to the environment. Our system, allows you use natural ingredients that can be mixed, matched, massaged or masked, that respond to what your skin needs—that season, month or even that week. Products that allow you to give your skin what it is asking for, once you learn how to listen.
Our goal is to help your skin reach balance. Wilde Gatherings products are designed to empower you to respond to your skins needs.
Our passion is helping you to learn how to listen to the needs of your skin by sharing the wisdom and formulas of this 5,000 year old practice. Like good health, good skin comes from an awareness of the effects of what we put into it.
For a chance to win, please let us know in the comments why you need an Ayurvedic skin treatment! One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thanks and good luck!
Remember Lither, Emmy Shea? Check her out in this New Balance ad and read her story below!
I just wanted to thank you and all your lithe instructors. (As you probably know) I started Lithing around this time last year. I was coming off an injury caused by martial arts and wasn't allowed to train for a minimum 2 months. Lithe gave me a complete workout without compromising my recovery. The core work was incredible- I had never experienced anything like it! Overnight I fell head over heels for everything Lithe. I appreciated the attention you put into all edges of the brand, and it shows. I never took a class I hated, ate something I thought was "bad" or "mediocre", or wore clothing that was uncomfortable. Most of all, I loved being around women who felt the same. I loved the energy of the classes. The dance routines made me feel sexy and strong, something rarely acquired in this society. I smiled at myself in the mirrors instead of having a stare down. I continued Lithe months after my injury had been deemed healed. Lithe put me in touch with myself, the modern day everything woman, and I liked what I found. I bring that new female confidence with me to my current training every day.
I am now back into my mixed martial arts training or "beast mode" as the boys call it. It's quite a shift from Lithe. I train will all very athletic as well as accomplished men, (my coach is a marine), often multiple times a day. They call me "hellcat". I never hesitate to bring them a daily dose of girl power- Thanks to Lithe for reviving the sexy strong woman in me! Just because I'm tough, doesn't mean I can't smile or shake my booty when I train. After all, this is supposed to be fun right?
I hope all is well- I still keep up to date on Facebook and love everything I see! I attached some photos from my fights. I'll be back for Hot Legs and Rock Steady soon :)
Illin' is a word that describes something that is "sick" (amazing) and is synonymous with "epic" and "legendary." Illin' is a total-body, high cardio, booty-poppin', star jumpin' hour of fun. This Lithe workout with Twiggy-like phasing serves up a veritable 'buff'-et of CCS that gets your heart rate up and burns calories. Standing and grounded sculpting tones your not-so-hard 'core' areas. It's user-friendly, loved by all, and classically Lithe.
You've never worked your abs like this before! Put on your socks and hit the floor. Hi-top is a total-body workout with a focus on the CORE (from the nipples to the knees). We're talking visible abdominal results within 24 hours, post-class. Don't want to use our loaner socks? DIY with a a pair of thick ski socks. They will provide a more slippery glide/ride and extra cushion for the ankles, feet, and shins.
What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I first tried Lithe after graduating college and moving to the Main Line. I loved it since I was a competitive figure skater with a dance background growing up. I took a break for awhile, but got back into it when I moved to Old City and was bored and unchallenged at the yoga studio. It completely changed my body and my mind! I love workouts where I feel tough and incredible. I am proud to be a 6AM Lither. Lithe has given me the dedication to be able to do that.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Whenever I'm bored, Lithe changes it up with a new class, instructor, or sequence. I also am a yoga teacher and it's made a huge difference in my strength and ability to hold poses.
What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I love exploring the city, trying new restaurants, seeing live music, and dancing with friends.
If you were a Lithe move, what would you be and why? Bow-and-arrow jacks. I just feel fierce, yet flirty when I do them.
What do your friends think you do when you’re at the studio? My friends refer to Lithe as "that weird marionette thing." They think I'm a puppet because of the vertical bands.
What was the first concert you went to? Britney Spears in fourth-grade. Still might be my favorite concert.
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