MAMA SAYS: ALLISON SIRCHIO 27 Apr 2015

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Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our Mama Says column, we shine a little light on the mothers that make it happen.

Who: Allison Sirchio

Children: Riley Clare, 18 months and another due in May.

What's your day job? I work in marketing and sales for a medical device company based out of Ohio and I specialize in general anesthesia. It often takes me on the road to work with customers and my team of sales representatives.

How do you manage to schedule time for Lithe? I either do the 6AM class which gets my workout in before my daughter wakes up or the 7PM class after she’s gone to bed. If my day is light enough, I stop in for the 9:45AM. 

What was your last family-related late cancel? Somehow, someway, I usually make it in the nick of time. However, my last late cancel was back in December when I was still battling hyperemesis during my pregnancy. 

Did you Lithe before your pregnancy? Yes, and it’s only been recently that I’ve had to change my practice a bit. I try to schedule classes that don’t have heavy ab work since I’m so far along. I also remember some modifications from my last pregnancy. It’s important to listen to your body. 

Does Riley eat healthy or does she turn her nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? She loves my spinach and carrot smoothies. Loves them. I also incorporate a lot of things I learned from last year’s spring cleaning challenge into my cooking, like the use of coconut oil or manna, to give her fresh natural flavors. 

Which one of your Riley's foods can you not resist munching on? I’ve been known to eat her fruit and veggie pouches. They’re so convenient!

Which Lithe class makes you feels the strongest? It’s a newfound love, but Skinny Mini. Something about finishing that class makes me feel invincible. 

WRIST PAIN? 27 Apr 2015

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WE WEAR 23 Apr 2015

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You guys, it's white tee season! It's like spring hits and everyone is flaunting one. My favorite slouchy, slightly see-through, off-the-shoulder white tee is one of my spring staples. I wear it to the studio with the sleeves rolled up or out to dinner with my favorite jeans. We love a white tee paired with denim, but I say mix it up with a denim skirt or wide-leg pants. The possibilities are endless and that's what makes it oh so lovable. 

Lauren's wearing: Frame T-shirt (available at Third Street Habit), Michi bra, Gap jeans, Alexander Wang bag (available at Barneys New York), Masion Margiela shoes.

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography 

WE'RE HIRING (ALL LOCATIONS)! 23 Apr 2015

HIRING Join the team! Lithe is hiring part-time front desk studio staff.

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.

LITHE LATTE! 22 Apr 2015

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I am definitely a latte lover, but what I don't love about my daily coffee order is the lack of nutrition, chemical sweeteners, and non-organic milk (hormones) filling up my cup. Rival Bros. espresso does the trick for that quick energy boost, but the side effects from those other not so healthy ingredients leave me feeling less than Lithe.  

So, we created a skinny latte that's better than what you can buy down the street. After weeks of taste tests and tweaking, I am super-excited to debut our Lithe Latte: a healthy, 100% vegan, lactose-free latte alternative that's chock-full of protein. 

Ingredients: Rival Brothers Whistle & Cuss espresso, cold-pressed cashew milk, and Green Meadow Farm local raw honey.   

Price: $10

LITHE INSTRUCTOR AUDITIONS (ALL LOCATIONS) 22 Apr 2015

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Become part of a unique, innovative workout and a growing team leading the industry in health and fitness.  We're looking for spirited, outgoing women and men with professional dance, cheerleading, or fitness backgrounds. Strong communication skills and teaching experience preferred. 

Learn more about Lithe and attend our open call on Wednesday, April 29 at 8PM @ Lithe Rittenhouse. Please email your head-shot and current work resume to careers@lithemethod.com for details and audition content. 

Image of Lithe Instructor Meredith Steinberg in Stella McCartney and Lithe via Dom
 

SHE'S LITHE: MOLLY KIRIACOULACOS 21 Apr 2015

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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but do we know about her life outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? Planning around one class every single day and not being picky about the class has been my secret to staying consistent. That way even if I have to cancel two or three, I still get to Lithe the majority of the week. Also I really trust the process. I noticed the best results when I stopped avoiding or chasing certain classes and just focused on making it to a class. I promise you the more you go, the easier it gets to go more.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? If it’s been a really long day all I can think about is how soon I can get into my bed with a good book. No music, no phone, no TV. I’ve thought about learning to meditate but this quiet time gets my mind off of everything else.
 
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Being able to measure my progress through the core moves that you see in multiple classes. Getting in one more push-up on my toes or realizing you’re finally able to finish a lunge set without stopping is so rewarding. Then just when you think you’ve mastered it, you take a class where you add bands or ankle weights to the move and it’s a whole new challenge. I still look forward to the day I’m able to get through the barre chair squat series without taking a break!
 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rah! My friends would say I’m the person they call when they need cheering up. Between yelling out “I’m hot,” “Stop, bitch” and kicking fly-girl style, it’s impossible to take that class without smiling and feeling better when you leave then when you walked in.

What's your signature drink? A good sparkling rose. I love the bubbles and the flavor. I almost always start with a glass when we go out for dinner.
 
What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? Not on Netflix but I do have an embarrassing amount of America’s Next Top Model on my DVR. Tyra is crazy dramatic, but I love fashion photography, so can I say I just watch it for the pictures? Really, I’ve learned a lot about lighting, composition and of course “smizing”.

FOLLOW LITHE FOODS ON INSTAGRAM! 20 Apr 2015

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Some amazing things are happening over here at Lithe Foods. Follow us on Instagram: @lithe_foods

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

THE MAXI KNOT! 16 Apr 2015

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Is your maxi dress too long? Knot it up! I've knotted the bottom of mine (in lieu of hemming) for years. You'll also reap the fitness benefits. Twist the bottom of your cotton/jersey maxi dress at the ankle/calf for extra resistance to your core. It's an easy way to kick it up a notch while you're on vacation or just walking around town. 

Image of Lauren night-walking and breaking in flip-flops at Delray Beach wearing Splendid L.A.

WHAT'S IN LAUREN'S BAG 15 Apr 2015

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As busy women, we all have the most random and sometimes unexpected mix in our bags – from beauty essentials such as lip balm to any little thing that keeps our kids entertained. Today I share my must-haves.

Alexander Wang Rocco in soft peroxide with pale gold

• iPhone

The Honest Company baby wipes

RMS Beauty Oil

• Dental floss!

• A few Instagram prints of Jordan and Mars from Artifact Uprising

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Butter Elixir and Laura Mercier Bare Beige lip glace (helps me fake it if I’m not wearing makeup!)

Coola organic sunblock – I love the weightless feel and matte finish. 

• Organic and raw Lithe Foods Lithe Bar and Matcha Latte (quick healthy snacks prevent me from getting too hungry and running out of energy when I’m on-the-go)

• A ball for Mars – just in case!

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Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

MAMA SAYS: ALISON WHITEHILL-PETRELLI 14 Apr 2015

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If you're a regular at Rittenhouse's 9:45AM classes, you've undoubtedly seen Alison Whitehill and her wide-eyed toddler Paco. The duo has made coming to Lithe an integral part of their morning routine. A dental hygienist before Paco came along, she's now a stay-at-home mom. She lets us in on their shared love of chocolate chip cookies and the babysitting in Studio B. 

Children: Paco will be 2-years-old in August. 

How do you fit Lithe into your schedule? The babysitting service has been a game changer. And Paco enjoys his time at Lithe, too. As soon as we arrive, he starts yelling “ball” and excitedly makes his way to Studio B. When I pick him up, he is usually quietly working on a puzzle or listening to a story. 

What was your last family-related late cancel? Before the babysitting service was available at the Rittenhouse location, I often had to cancel evening classes because my husband was running late from work. He’s the managing attorney of a law firm, so while it was frustrating, it was also inevitable.

Does Paco eat your healthy meals or does turn he turn his nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? I’ve been lucky so far. He loves my meals! Avocado has always been his favorite thing to eat. 

Which one of your Paco's foods can you not resist munching on? I bake really good chocolate chip cookies and can’t help nibbling a few with him. 

Which Lithe class makes your body feel its best? Any class that Lauren teaches. She is really good at breaking moves down and making adjustments that challenge your muscles in a way you didn’t understand before. I also love Jonathan’s CCS cardio classes because even though you are working hard, you leave feeling like you were just at a dance party. 

APRIL EATING LITHE DETOX MENU 13 Apr 2015

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LITHE T-30 CHALLENGE! 13 Apr 2015

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Are you ready to up the ante?  #TMINUS30 is the third and final challenge in our #EarnedInWinter series.  We'll be taking our fitness up a notch by taking 25 classes in 30 days, integrating our Lithe Foods component into our practice and banding together so that we're feeling healthy, confident and fit when the summer season hits in about 6 weeks. 

  • The Fitness: Lithers must complete 25 classes in 30 days. 
  • The Food: Eat Lithe!  Continue to eat clean Monday-Friday. 
  • Hashtag Calendar:  Inspire each other! Share 3 posts on social media (FB, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram) w/ hashtags:
    Monday 4/20 #TMINUS30 #LitheResults (Before Pic)
    Thursday 5/7 #TMINUS30 #EatingLithe (Recipe) 
    Tuesday 5/19: #TMINUS30 #LitheResults (After Pic)
  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes the challenge and shares a recipe will receive a T-30 Tank!
  • The Ultra Lithe Grandprize:  At the end of the #EarnedInWinter challenge series, two Lithers will win a Lithe Instructor-Style-Photo-Shoot (date TBA). Post your progress, cheer on fellow Lithers, and share your testimonials using the official challenge hashtags. Every hashtag use counts as one entry into our Ultra Lithe Grand Prize Drawing!

Image of Lauren Boggi via Stuart Goldenberg

LITHE'S EATING LITHE SPRING DETOX! 12 Apr 2015

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We have the ultimate plan for you just in time for spring! Learn better habits while getting that Lithe glow (and body) with our Eating Lithe Detox. Our four-day detox is a collection of wellness staples, tonics, and remedies to cultivate inner and outer radiance. By implementing superfoods, adaptogenic herbs, Lithed-Up salads, and medicinal teas, you’ll achieve Lithe Inside. 

EATING LITHE DETOX:  Four days • 1300-1500 calories/day • Vegan • $300

April Menu

Ordering: Go to our online store > Products > Choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Thursday, April 16 at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup: 
-Day 1 and 2, pick up on Tuesday, April 21 from 6AM-8PM. 
-Day 3 and 4, pick up on Thursday, April 23 from 6AM-8PM. 

THOSE #LITHERESULTS! 9 Apr 2015

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10 TIPS FOR LONG-LASTING LITHE SUCCESS 9 Apr 2015

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You're not alone. We all find excuses to not exercise. Life gets in everyone's way, but you CAN reach your goals and achieve the results you want. Here are 10 tips for when you just can't seem to get your rear in gear, get out of your own head, or stay motivated. 

1. Prioritize. No time because you spend hours on your smart phone? Turn that time into active time. In the long run, you'll be glad that you put your health first. Your body will thank you, too. 

2. Make a date with YOU. Schedule your workout just like you schedule doctor's appointments and dinner with friends and honor that commitment. It's just as important. 

3. Write it down. Tracking your progress and setbacks is eye-opening and effective. Record how long you worked out, what class you took, how you felt after. I always remind myself that I'm only one hour away from a good mood and that always motivates me to just do it on days when I need a boost. 

4. Stay positive. Your body hears everything your mind thinks!

5. Imagine it. Visualize your results!  Think about how you will look and feel after one month, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year. Results are the best motivational tool, so be sure to keep up with your own measurements and photos. 

6. Make yourself accountable. Going public with your story keeps you committed. 

7. Don't get discouraged. It's important to make a long-term commitment, even if it means going without noticable results for a week. Remember that you can't go wrong by Eating Lithe and working out regularly (especially when it's fun!). 

8. Find a few besties. Spend time with friends who also value a healthy lifestyle. You will benefit from sharing your stories about how fantastic you look, how strong you're becoming, how great you feel, and funny things that happen in the studio.

9. Reward yourself! I'm not talking about junk food. Each week that you accomplish your goals (maybe it's a going to a certain number of classes, taking a particular class with an instructor that you used to avoid like the plague, or becoming a consistent 6AMer or 5:30PMer.

Treat yourself to something that inspires you to stick with it, like a new pair of workout pants or a piece of jewelry. I recommend creating a point system. When you meet your goals, give yourself a point and record it. When you hit a certain amount of points, treat yourself to an activity that makes you feel great, such as a mani/pedi with friends or a massage.   

10. Travel Lithe. If you've Escaped with us, you know that Lithe travels really well! Get outside, have fun, and utilize your surroundings. Just make sure to send a Lithe on Location shot to us! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis in FP Movement via Dom

THE BUTTERFLY TANK 8 Apr 2015

OatmealWe know you love to show your Lithe pride and we have a few great pieces on deck for you! This super-soft Duke & Winston oatmeal tank with an ink splattered butterfly will be available in studios soon.    

BUBBLE 7 Apr 2015

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Our newest workout will arrive late spring!  

WEATHER & YOU {AND A RECIPE!} 7 Apr 2015

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Spring has (finally) sprung! Spring is the season of new beginnings when nature awakens and the world comes alive. It’s also the time when our bodies come back to life after months of hibernation and heavy eating.

Changes in the weather effect our moods, our bodies, skin, hair, and the clothes we wear. I know that I feel different than I did just one week ago. Being that the pattern of weather really effects us, tapping into its rhythm can guide us towards better living.

Spring is the perfect time to be reborn physically (you're probably moving more these days) and to establish a self-care routine. Self-care doesn’t have to mean a luxurious day at the spa or come with a heavy price tag. It can be very simple. For example, I've been enjoying this Matcha Beauty Tonic every day with my phone and computer turned off.

I love matcha. It provides a delicious nutrient-rich energy boost before and after Lithe. And it has so many amazing benefits. It gives you the zip of coffee without raising your heart rate.  It also keeps you satiated and works as a fat blocker by blocking the ability of digestive enzymes to break down fat, a step necessary for fat to enter our cells. So instead of absorbing and storing the fat, it gets passed through the body. Matcha is also rich in chlorophyll, which alkalizes and detoxifes the blood. By increasing its pH, the body has a better chance of getting more oxygen and nutrients to cells for healing. I notice that my skin looks more radiant and I feel revitalized when I drink it.  

Spring Matcha Beauty Tonic

Ingredients
1/2 tsp. matcha
Coconut milk to taste
1 tsp. coconut oil
1/4 tsp. ashwagandha (adaptogen/stres relief)
1/4 tsp. reishi (superfood/immune booster)
1/4 tsp. mesquite (superfood/blood sugar stabilizer and protein)

Directions
Scoop matcha powder (start at 1/4 tsp. then adjust according to your taste), ashwagandha, reishi, and mesquite into a cup. Fill cup with hot water, and then whisk in the coconut oil and milk until it starts to froth. Cup the bowl in your hands before bringing to your mouth to sip and enjoy!

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

MONDAY INSPIRATION 6 Apr 2015

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