LITHED-UP COBB SALAD 12 Feb 2016

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Cobb salads are a great way to get all your healthy fats, proteins and greens in one bowl.  A restaurant cobb salad may seem healthy, but it's typically a total calorie bomb. Loaded with large portions of bacon, blue cheese and fatty dressing, you can easily eat half your recommended calories for the day in one sitting. All those ingredients are the things that make a cobb salad delicious, so don't worry that this Ultra Lithe recipe that won't taste anything like the original. This healthier version weighs in under 350 calories, and still a classic cobb.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach, chopped

1 egg, hard-boiled

1 strip of turkey bacon

6 grape tomatoes, chopped

1/4 avocado, cubed

4 oz chopped cooked chicken breast

40 calorie Ultra Lithe blue cheese dressing (recipe below)

Directions:  Hard-boil egg and cook bacon according to the package.  Chop all ingredients and toss together over your bed of spinach.  

 

40 Calorie Ultra-Lithe Blue Cheese Dressing

1/2 cup Siggi's plain yogurt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles

Directions:  Mix all ingredients and then allow dressing to sit in fridge for 10 minutes so that the flavors meld together. 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 12 Feb 2016

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TGIF!  Ready to move with confidence, evolve your Lithe practice and ditch your mat?  This week’s giveaway is one pair of Studio Skins from NB Women! You may have seen our founder, Lauren Boggi wearing these over the past year, as she personally helped New Balance refine the prototype through Lithe.  We believe in barefoot training; working through the whole foot strengthens the foot and ankle and prevents overuse injuries.  The New Balance Studio Skins will change your Lithe practice with a anti-microbial protection, supportive Fantom Tape technology and silicon cushioning on the balls of the feet for a better workout at the bands and the barre. 

For a chance to win, please tell us your shoe size and what Lithe workout you can’t wait to wear them in. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

WE'RE HIRING (CENTER CITY)! 11 Feb 2016

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Join the Lithe team! Lithe is hiring part-time front desk studio staff for our Rittenhouse and Old City locations.  

Part-Time Front Desk Studio Staff Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide high-level hospitality and customer service to clients
  • Be comfortable with computer database functions and other basic computer skills
  • Have experience handling money and a register
  • Be able to communicate clearly and efficiently via e-mail and telephone
  • Maintain the Lithe Method brand aesthetic and studio appearance
  • Maintain the appearance and upkeep of Lithe’s retail (Lithe Foods and Lithe Wear)
  • Assist Lithe’s Studio Manager in daily studio tasks and projects

What's Required?

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task independently within a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to initiate tasks independently
  • Excellent communication skills and superior organizational skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills and confidentiality
  • Friendly and professional email and phone etiquette
  • Have a passion for Lithe, healthy living, and fitness
  • Be willing to participate in Lithe Method workouts to fully understand the brand
  • Flexible/non-traditional hours: multiple days per week including some holidays, early mornings, nights, and weekends

Part-time front desk studio positions will be available at Lithe with the following anticipated hours:

  • 10-20 hours per week (including some early mornings, nights, and weekends)

Please submit resume, cover letter, and availability to careers@lithemethod.com.

WINTER BEAUTY SOUP 10 Feb 2016

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This winter parsnip and apple soup warms our bones, keeps our bellies flat, and burns fat. Bisque is one of those red flag foods that you should stay away from if you're eating Lithe, right? But not all bisques are created equal. Our raw soup is organic, creamy, healthy, less than 100 calories, and 100 percent plant-based. And with 3 grams of soluble fiber per serving, it's rich, filling, gluten and dairy-free, and fantastic hot or cold. The real star is the parsnip, which provides a high level of vitamin C (vitamin C is a must for building and maintaining collagen) and vitamin A (which is also a vital nutrient for healthy skin and hair). 

One serving ($8)

Parsnip Facts & Benefits:

  • Eating parsnips regularly can treat a variety of health problems and conditions such as asthma, arthritis, pneumonia, ulcers, hay fever, and kidney damage
  • It is recommended that you eat parsnips if you are on a weight loss program or want to reduce cellulite. Parsnips are an amazing fat burning food
  • Parsnips can boost immunity and aid healing and recovery during the convalescence period after an illness
  • Eating parsnips can stimulate growth in children
  • The soluble fiber in parsnips is responsible for regulating blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol
  • Pregnant women are encouraged to eat parsnips due to their high folate content
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of parsnips improve respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma
  • Just a cup of parsnips every day meets 14 percent of your daily recommended intake of potassium. Potassium is essential for preventing stiff joints and swollen muscles as well as boosting energy levels
  • The niacin and vitamin C in parsnips help to improve the digestive and nervous system
  • The antioxidant properties of parsnips can fight cancers by reducing the number of harmful free radicals in the body

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 10 Feb 2016

Jaime
I'm Jaime Powers and I recently celebrated the big 4-0. I'm a nurse coordinator in the Department of International Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Lithe instructor. I'm proud of both of those roles, but if you told me 14 years ago that I would be in either of these positions, I would have chuckled in disbelief.

In 2002, I worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I transitioned into the PICU a year earlier and loved everything about the fast-paced, high adrenaline environment. I was approaching the end of my shift on December 23 and my patient was a little girl with AML, a type of leukemia. She was about 4-years-old and having increasing respiratory distress and we called for a stat chest x-ray. The x-ray tech brought the machine into the room and wheeled it up to the bed. I remember doing what I had done hundreds of times before, placing one hand behind the child's back and one hand under her bottom. I needed to lift her enough so the x-ray tech could slide the plate beneath her. The child's father offered to lift her for me, but of course I refused. I was in a rush and proper body mechanics flew out the window. I didn't lift the height of the bed to my level which caused my weight to be unbalanced between my feet. One second after lifting the child, I felt a pop and my back gave out. The pain was so frightening that I dropped to my elbows on the bed. I remember the child's family being as concerned about me as they were about their child at that moment. I had never injured myself before and had no idea what to do. A fellow nurse thought that I pulled a muscle and tried to massage the "kink" out of my lower back. Thankfully, I was at the end of my shift as all I wanted to do was get into bed. I returned the next day on Christmas Eve, but my body got increasingly tight and I couldn't stand up straight. My rib cage was shifted to the left and I was hunched over. I was sent home midday as the pain was unbearable and my body position was a terrible sight. After a quick occupational health exam, I was told it was a musculature injury. I drove home that afternoon and was unable to get out of the car. I cried until I figured out how to get my feet on the ground. The following week was a blur of physical therapy, muscle relaxers, and tears. Eventually the acute phase subsided, the swelling went down and I began to see the sway in my lower back again.  

As with any chronic pain, you adapt and it becomes your new normal. You're aware of your body position at all times. Don't stand for too long, don't sit for too long, always sleep with a pillow under or between your knees, and forget about sleeping on your stomach. Ice sometimes, heat other times, and lots and lots of Motrin. The bathroom sink becomes a dangerous place. You're always sure to rest your elbow on it as you brush your teeth and if you must wash your face at the sink it has to be one-handed as the other needs to lean on the sink. The one thing that never eased was my inability to have all of my weight on one foot. I was in my late 20s and had to lie on my bed to get dressed every day.

My condition exacerbated whenever Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around. I would stand for too long while baking and end up on bedrest for a few days. This post-holiday slump was particularly bad in 2010. My doctor sent me for an MRI and it revealed three bulging discs and degenerative changes to my spine. It was clear that this injury was not new and the changes had most likely taken place over many years. My neurosurgeon friend reviewed the results and told me it was time to make changes as I couldn't keep living this way as I would end up in a wheelchair. We talked about surgery which I vehemently opposed and thankfully he advised against. The only other option was finding a serious core strengthening program. He explained that if I tightened the muscles around my spine, I would have a chance of relieving the pressure on the discs. A fellow nurse was going to a new exercise studio called Lithe Method. She loved the program and encouraged me to try it. I wasn't into classes and preferred blending into the walls of the gym. Since my usual exercise methods weren't helping, I took her advice and went to an immersion class in April 2010. At first, I was in uncomfortable, but not in pain. Once you experience true pain you always know the difference. I took the classes at my own pace and focused on form. I was petrified of injuring myself and was often behind the rest of the class. I worked up to 4-5 classes a week and focused on the sculpting as it was physically impossible for me to do any jumping. I fell in love with the workout and stuck with it. Over time, I picked up my pace, but I always maintained form as most important. I watched myself gain strength from the inside out and began to understand my body. I can't pinpoint exactly when the chronic pain began to fade away.

After two years of Lithing, one of the instructors suggested that I audition. I was thrilled and proud of the recognition. That was when I reflected on how far I had come and how great I felt. I auditioned and made the Lithe team in March 2012. That same year, the girl who couldn't lift her feet years ago ran the Broad Street 10-miler. All of these accomplishments were new to me since I never considered myself athletic. My pain is mostly resolved with only occasional rainy day aches. Though my injury is still there, I've learned to manage it by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. 

Thank you for the opportunity to encourage others and show them it is possible to achieve relief. Most importantly, we all need to listen to our bodies and take the time to care for ourselves.

UP CLOSE WITH TIF 9 Feb 2016

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If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To be in more than one place at a time. I'll chalk that up to being a mom.

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? Anything high energy like Higher Power, Tight End, Pom, or Stems. Although, now that I am pregnant with my third child, medium tempo classes like Armistice, Waspie, and Skinny Jeans are just fine with me, too. 

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? I was pretty awkward in junior high school. I was on the chubby side and uncomfortable with myself. I think that's why diet and exercise come so easy me now. Both have been a part of my life since high school. That's my normal.

Do you have a specific song that always pumps you up? This might sound weird, but when I run I listen to the '90s hits station on Pandora. Oasis, Everclear, and Green Day songs don't have the fastest tempo, but there is something about that music that I love. 

What is your favorite body part? I've always loved my back and it's the only thing that stays intact when I'm pregnant.

You can find Tif on instagram @tifnork

CORA 8 Feb 2016

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Guided by science, backed by spirit. Cora™ means heart in Greek and is the next generation of accelerated strength building and weight loss workouts. Perfect for Lithers who want to push themselves and turn up the intensity. You'll sweat and sculpt rapidly with this whole life, whole body program taught by some of our most veteran instructors. It's our fastest, most effective plan yet! And all it takes is ten 75-minute workouts in four weeks. We've packaged it with what we know works: Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse and Lauren Boggi's 4-week LBActive meal plan.  

 

How it works: Cora compresses cardio and sculpting moves into ten 75-minute rapid-result workouts. The routines are grouped into four progressive cycles that include our hottest studio moves, plus 30-second blasts which are shorter, revved up versions of our traditional interval training to produce targeted results. Like all things Lithe, every segment features our proprietary no-nonsense choreography and band system that continually works your muscles and abs, raises your heart rate, and maximizes the calorie burn. 

 

Week 1 / Cora Cycle 1: Lower impact, lighter weights (3-8 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 2 / Cora Cycle 2: Moderate to high impact, heavier weights (8-12 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 3 / Cora Cycle 3: Moderate impact, mod. to heavy weights (5-10 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 4 / Cora Cycle 4: Challenging cardio, heaviest weights (5-15 lbs. + Cora Bands)

 

Cora is held at Lithe Old City:

Class 1: Tues, Mar. 1 with Lauren (measurements)
Class 2: Thurs., Mar. 3  with Liz G.
Class 3: Sat., Mar. 5 with  Danielle
Class 4: Tues., Mar. 8 with Bari
Class 5: Thurs., Mar. 10 with Liz G.
Class 6: Tues., Mar. 15 with Liz G.
Class 7: Thurs., Mar. 17 with Sophie
Class 8: Sat., Mar. 19 with Krista
Class 9: Tues., Mar. 22 with Bari
Class 10: Thurs. Mar. 24 with Lauren (measurements)

 

Sign up for Cora fitness workouts + 4-week meal plan ($325)

Sign up for Cora fitness workouts + 4-week meal plan + 2-day Ultra Lithe Cleanse + 1 Beauty Broth ($450)

 

SPLIT SCHEDULE (VIA LITHE INSIDER) 8 Feb 2016

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SHE'S LITHE: KIKI DELIA 8 Feb 2016

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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I usually take night classes (5:45PM or 7PM) at the Main Line studio, so I'm pretty tired by the time one rolls around. Booking three weeks in advance keeps me accountable. Also, remembering how much better I feel mentally and physically afterward motivates me to sign up for that next class. When I feel lazy, I remind myself that an extended break from Lithe will only make the next class more difficult.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Lithe is the healthiest way that I de-stress, but I also enjoy binge-watching Netflix with my husband and cat. We (my husband and I, not our cat) are also huge cinephiles and go to the theater at least once a week. I'm a big fan of action movies (yes, even the bad ones), but I'll happily watch dramatic indie flicks, too. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Becoming stronger has been the most rewarding aspect to me. Prior to Lithe, I was inactive for more than a year. Work was my priority and I wasn't taking great care of myself. The women in my first classes were so strong and confident and I feared that I would never be able to keep up. While I am still far from being a superstar, I can now make it through some of the challenging cardio and barre sequences (Illin’ seat drops come to mind). Oh, and surviving one of Krista’s intense Freestyle sessions also makes me feel pretty invincible.  

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Freestyle. I enjoy surprises and one never knows what's coming next in class. The ever-changing lineup keeps me engaged every time, so I am never bored.

What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? My husband and I toured Costa Rica last summer and spent several days in the rainforest. We were fortunate enough to see green sea turtles, sloths, caiman, and various monkey species. We are big animal people, so it was an amazing trip.

EARNED IN WINTER 2016 7 Feb 2016

 
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Ready to kick it into high gear again? The Summer Bodies Are Earned in Winter Challenge is the first of three consecutive challenges to get you bikini-ready (and confident!) by Memorial Day. #EarnedInWinter begins on Monday, February 15, 2016. Sign up today thru Saturday, February 13.

 
The Details:
    
•    The timeline: Mon., Feb. 15 thru Thurs., Mar. 10. 
    
•    The fitness: Complete 20 classes in 25 days.  
    
•    The food: We want you eating clean Mon. thru Fri.
    
•    The recipes: Share your favorite #EatingLithe recipe on Fri., Feb. 29.     
•    The prize: Everyone who completes 20 classes in 25 days and participates in our social media hashtag calendar wins a brand new limited edition tank.

 
Social Media Sharing: Complete the hashtag calendar below. Don't want to use your personal Instagram or Twitter account? No worries, many Lithers create an account just for Lithe challenges. Our social media component is a fantastic way to inspire each other, make friends, hold yourself accountable, and stay motivated.
 
Hashtag Calendar:

Mon., Feb. 15 #LitheResults  #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your starting point "before")

Mon., Feb. 22: #EatingLithe #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your current favorite recipe)

Mon., Feb. 29: #LitheLove or #LitheBestie #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat
Mon., Mar. 7: #LitheBurn #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat
Thurs., Mar. 10: #LitheResults #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your results "after")
On Deck:
Lithe Spring Clean Challenge: Mar. 21 thru Apr. 14 (20 classes in 25 days)
T-30 Challenge: Apr. 25 thru May 24 (25 classes in 30 days)
 

LBACTIVE FEBRUARY CHALLENGE 5 Feb 2016

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FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 5 Feb 2016

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TGIF! This week we're giving away two $50 gift cards and two Beets Don't Kale My Vibe sweatshirts from sweetgreen.  

Founded in 2007, sweetgreen is a destination for simple, seasonal healthy food. The folks at sweetgreen believe that the choices we make about our food and where it comes from have a lasting impact on our communities. Their vision is to change the way people live their lives, starting with how they think about food. (Need proof? They meet with farmers before meeting with landlords). 

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us your favorite sweetgreen salad order. Two winners will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Also, sweetgreen just launched their new app for IOS. You can seamlessly order online directly through the app (Yes, that's right. No waiting in that line) and earn rewards all at the same time. Click here to download.

Image via sweetgreen

 

LITHE TEAM ML 4 Feb 2016

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Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHE IS LOVE 4 Feb 2016

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Who are you going to sweat with? Free classes for everybody all day long, so sign up and bring someone you love (plus, there will mimosas at the ready after class). 
One guest per person, please.  

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2016 3 Feb 2016

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We're heading back to Jake's! From May 12-17 2016, we're going to Lauren's happy place, Jake's Treasure Beach! Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip; it's the epitome of bohemian luxury.

The backstory: A good friend introduced Lauren to Treasure Beach back in 2008, and she fell in love with the area, the welcoming community, and the friends that she made there. Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast are the antithesis of a tourist trap. It's off the beaten path, but it hasn't stopped her from returning again and again.

Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village and the community there is truly unlike any other in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines, and miles of sweeping savannas—not its white sand beaches or jungle-like rainforests. Treasure Beach is renowned for its warm people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century). 

Full Disclosure: This is the real Jamaica. It's an almost three-hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart. 

What is Lithe Escape? Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... a better body, more confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded people. 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 Jake's Escape 2015 (this is last year's brochure...prices are the same but please note that the dates are different for this year).

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2016 ROOMS/PRICING/GETTING THERE 3 Feb 2016

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Accommodations at Jake's are double or single occupancy, and almost all double occupancy rooms mean sharing a bed with another Lither. We are happy to help pair you up with a buddy if you'd like to share a double occupancy room. 

 

Ocean View Single, $3,260

Ocean View Double, $2,060

Garden View Single, $2,720

Garden View Double, $1,790

2 Bedroom Cottage Single $2,630 (Reserved)

2 Bedroom Cottage Double: $1,740 (Reserved)

 

The prices include your room accommodations, three daily meals, two Lithe Escape workouts per day, and transportation to and from Montego Bay Airport. Airfare, spa treatments, alcohol, and additional optional excursions and food are not included. 

Want to learn more? Download Jake's Escape 2015 (this is last year's brochure...prices are the same, but please note that the dates are different for this year). Also, check out @lithe_escape on Instagram. 

Ready to book your spot? Email escape@lithemethod.com. Jill, our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, will assist you with flight info and roommate details. If you would like to reserve your spot, we are only taking deposits via check for this trip. The $1,000 non-refundable deposit check can be made out to Lithe Method and dropped off at any studio in an envelope to Jill's attention. We'll collect final payment a month before the trip.

 

Flight Info: Here is the flight info for 5/12 & 5/17 to book in order to take advantage of the complimentary airport transportation: http://goo.gl/flights/kXWe If you arrive later than the group or depart earlier, a private ride to the resort is $135 one way and holds 1-3 people. Treasure Beach is a 3 hour drive from Montego Bay airport so Thursday & Tuesday are very travel heavy generally with one workout late Thursday and an optional bright and early one Tuesday!

Image of F/W 2015 Lithe Escape Nicaragua crew

LITHE SPICED BREAKFAST QUINOA (RE-POST) 3 Feb 2016

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As soon as the weather turns cold I make breakfast quinoa. Not only is it healthy and full of protein and super-foods, it really hits the spot post-Lithe. I prepare my quinoa ahead of time on Sunday and store it in the fridge. It's great not having to worry about cooking healthy on Monday and Tuesday mornings. 

This recipe is anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. Cacao, mesquite, and maca support recovery and the immune system and provide an energizing, caffeine-free boost. This recipe is especially delicious – coconut and banana meet cacao, cinnamon, and spice.  Seriously, it's everything nice.

Lithe Spiced Breakfast Quinoa
Two servings

Ingredients
1 cup coconut milk (I prefer Thai Kitchen. If you don't have it on hand, any milk will do)
1/2 cup quinoa (I use regular)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon (I love La Boite's Smoked Cinnamon N.18)
Pinch of Lithe Spice No.1
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2-3 dates, sliced 
1 banana, sliced
1/2 teaspoon each of cacao powder, mesquite, and maca (optional)

The secret to this super-fast and delish morning breakfast is to cook the quinoa ahead of time. To do this, simply take 1 cup of uncooked quinoa, rinse it, and then place it in a sauce pan with 2 cups of water (maintain that 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water). Bring it to a boil, cover and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the quinoa has turned into spirals and becomes a bit translucent (don't let it get mushy). You can store cooked quinoa in the fridge for about 4 days.

Directions
1. Place sliced dates and bananas into a medium sauce pan and pour in coconut milk.

2. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered.

3. Once the bananas and dates have softened (approximately 5-10 minutes), stir in cooked quinoa, cinnamon, Lithe Spice No.1, cacao, mesquite, maca, and shredded coconut.

4. Simmer until the liquid is absorbed by the quinoa or until it reaches the consistency you like (approx. 3-5 minutes).

5. Serve immediately or let cool and refrigerate.

UP CLOSE WITH RACHAEL 2 Feb 2016

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We're getting up close and personal with Rachael Bridgens!

What's your hidden talent? I can do a back handspring and it's been my party trick for ten years. I use the term back handspring loosely. It's really more like I have a few drinks, close my eyes, and pray I've still got it. I've done back handsprings in heels and a skirt, on the streets of Philadelphia, in a stranger's kitchen, and on the patio of a beach bar. I believe in doing things that are scary and pushing outside my comfort zone. I think adults should spend more time being playful. Nothing gives you an adrenaline rush like throwing yourself over backwards and praying nothing breaks. 

What's your favorite workout to teach? That's a hard questions, but I'd say any workout where the energy is up, the choreography is flawless, and the whole class is crushing it. I teach so many different workouts these days that I can't pick just one. Here's a few that I love:

Peeled
My top choice because I have come so far. When I started teaching Peeled it was the most traumatizing Lithe experience I've ever had. My arms and legs wouldn't move in the right direction during the opening sequence and I fell off the podium twice my first night. And creative cue-ing through all those squats? You've got to be kidding me. It's the only class I've ever taught where I left the studio and cried in my car. Fast forward a couple years and I love Peeled. I've got the coordination situation down and I am wildly passionate about the importance of wearing Peeled sleeves and the magic of the sliding push-up series. If I had to choose one Lithe move to do for the rest of my life, it would be that push-up.


Sculpting classes
I love me some "box, 2, 3, 4" and a good "boobs and butt!" cue, but whenever I teach a sculpting class I feel like I have something of real substance to offer. When I work out I want to know everything about what's going on: Why are we doing this? What is it working? How can I make it more challenging? How can I redirect my energy and focus on another muscle group? With grounded, slower classes I have more time (and lung capacity!) for longer sentences and I can really teach versus just lead.

FreeStyle
It's like Lithe homework. I love coming up with crazy creative combinations and customizing them to the group that I'm teaching. 

Walk Star
There is nothing more amusing than running around in a circle while a large group of women shamelessly Thriller at crowded intersections and unsuspecting male joggers get stuck on narrow forest trails in a mob of crazy arms! Plus, I love to be outside. 

Do you have a song that always pumps you up? If you have ever taken class with me, you know I love softcore rap and early 2000s pop divas. If I had to choose one song that makes my heart happy and makes it physically impossible for me to stand still it would have to be Trick Daddy's "Let's Go." Yep, just openly admitted that. Flashback to my high school cheer days and I'm standing on the sidelines, pompoms tucked behind my back during basketball warmups, and literally dying because all I want to do is dance. I am also a fan of mash-ups. My current favorite is "Lean Yourself" by Gustav Krantz. Coming to a playlist near you.

What's your favorite body part? My legs. This may sound crazy, but I really like my ankles. I'm obsessed with shoes (ankles and feet are just an extension of the leg, right?). Everyone used to tell me I had chicken legs, and then I started Lithing and they became more defined. Now I just need that Lithe-built booty.

Do you have a nickname? My Dad calls me Chilli (with upward inflection on "li", not like the food). It's a derivative of Rachaelie. And many of my friends call me Bridgey. I used to hate being called Rach, but now I'm fine with it. I sort of love overly familiar people who give nicknames to relative strangers. It feels so friendly.

You can find Rachael on Instagram @rachaelbridgey

Image via Dom

SHE'S LITHE: CURRAN BRUGGER 1 Feb 2016

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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? After having my second child in two years, I was looking for something to help me get back in shape and make me feel strong again. While I was on maternity leave, Lithe opened on the Main Line and I fell in love with the classes. I was never a ‘class’ type of person. I played field hockey and lacrosse throughout college at Penn, ran marathons, and hit the gym after I graduated, but I grew bored, and my body wasn’t responding as well. I studied dance when I was younger, which is my first passion, and I thought Lithe might be the perfect combo – and it is! I don’t really need motivation, just time in the day, so I schedule meetings, travel, etc. around Lithe. It's my me time and it keeps me focused and balanced. 

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? My sons Voss, 5 and Torin, 3 help me de-stress. Depending on the day, we are either having a Beyonce dance party, practicing Ninja Turtle moves, or drawing before bath time. This gives me a chance to talk to them and find out what's going on in their world and usually leads to lots of cuddles and kisses. When I travel for work, I miss this, so a glass of wine has to do. My husband has been a stay-at-home dad ever since our oldest was born and he makes all of this possible.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I love that I feel challenged in every class and that it is up to me to push myself as hard as I can. Seeing the results of the little things adds up and gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Recently, I've enjoyed the Lithe challenges and the support from both the Main Line team and Lithe community. The 6AM Main Line crew is amazing and I love that we chat before class, and then push each other hard. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Freestyle. The instructors are amazing and I love the creative challenges they come up with. 

What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? While living in London for five years (pre-kiddos), my husband and I traveled a lot. My favorite and most memorable trip was to Mount Toubkal in the mountains of Morocco. After a few hectic days in the old city of Marrakech, hiking up to that beautiful mountain was an experience in itself. The Berber people were kind and welcoming and the treks were breathtaking. 

What is the first album you remember buying? My parents always had music playing in the house, so I don’t remember buying my own album until the Michael Jackson era. It was definitely "Thriller." The one where he has on a white jacket with a popped collar and is leaning casually on his elbow.

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FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 29 Jan 2016

Kasey

Happy Friday, everyone! Today we're giving away one spot in our February 1st Immersion course ($150 value). Want to learn how to Lithe properly, dive deeper into your practice, go beyond Lithe 101, or create a fitness habit in a safe, yet challenging space? After a two-year hiatus, our award-winning three-week progressive Lithe Immersion course is back.  We have a team of incredible teachers, and Class One is taught by creator Lauren Boggi. We'll kick it off on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8-9PM at Rittenhouse starting on February 1.

For a chance to win, please leave your name below. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Lithe Instructor Kasey Porter via Antrim & Spruce Photography

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