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 growing up with a dance background. I ended up moving to Fairmount and took a break for awhile, but I got back into it when I moved to Old City when I was feeling bored and unchallenged at the yoga studio. It's completely changed my body and my mind! I love workouts where I can feel tough and incredible. I am so proud to say I am a 6am Lither – Lithe has given me the dedication to be able to do that!
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I want to try every class there is! Whenever I feel like I'm bored, Lithe changes it up with a new class, new instructor or sequence. I also still practice yoga and 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. My personality is a combination of being fierce but feminine!
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 4th grade. It was incredible! Still might be my favorite concert!
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Master Lithe Instructor Bari Rosenthal via Dom
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Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons. I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September and October are similar to the new year. It’s also just like heading back to school. Like the ebb and flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives and examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?).
Come September, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and upcoming winter months.
Here are eight ways to make the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.
1. Earlier to bed, later to rise
There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add 30 minutes to your usual wakeup time and crash 30 minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest goes a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.
2. Nutrients in, garbage out
Break a sweat every day, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the neti pot, use essential oils, brush your skin, and drink more water.
3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton)
We take care of matching Lithe schedules to the seasons, but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity and frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing two times a day AND running or if you’ve been in the studio seven days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.
4. Breathe, sweat, shake, and wrap it up.
The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice. It not only works the core, but releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins? Wrap yourself up and sweat it out by wearing our calorie trashers during sculpting classes.
5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet
Eat foods that are local and in season. Enjoy your local farmers' market, cook more, and grab Lithe Foods. Go apple, pear or pumpkin-picking with friends and family. Put these fruits and veggies on your grocery list: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash, zucchini.
6. Build your practice
Fall is the ideal time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer? Are you feeling less than motivated? Try your own nine-day challenge to focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit, and see serious results. Can't manage a challenge? Sign up for three classes a week, three weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstances.
8. Give thanks
We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide, and challenge us. Remember that the grass isn’t always greener and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes right now.
Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom
Do you have a hidden talent? I'm a professional jazz and hip-hop dancer. *Jazz hands*
What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? Waspie because even the most veteran Lithers can tone different body parts. It requires concentration to activate the muscles needed to complete each exercise properly and you can fake your way through if you’re not focused. It's also a great way to stay creative in cueing and adjusting form since we do so many reps of each exercise.
Did you ever go through an awkward phase? Sometimes I think I'm still going through it, but I'll let other people decide. There was a time when my hair went from super straight to super curly and I didn't deal with the change well. It resulted in a lot of puffy bangs that were like little cotton balls stuck to my forehead.
Do you have one song that can always pump you up? I don't have one specific hype song, but I use a lot of fun, pop music in class and it gets me pumped and ready to go. Other instructors have told me that they know when a song comes on that I like because I smile for the whole song.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To travel quickly like the Flash, so I wouldn't have to sit in rush hour traffic.
What is your favorite body part? My arms. I work hard on them, so I'm glad it's paying off.
What is your nickname? Leeny has been my nickname since childhood because my little brother had trouble pronouncing Colleen when he was learning to talk.
You can find Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @doughertyco
@Sammyloveslithe is bringing that Lithe spirit to France. Share where you are!
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Since I work at Saks Fifth Avenue and I am on my feet all day, the early class schedule offers me relief from my stressful day.
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Because I'm in retail, I am constantly socializing all day. I like to come home and relax with a meal in peace and quiet.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I feel that the variety of workouts are a big benefit to my overall fitness level and enjoy each and every one of the classes.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Twiggy due to the fact that it focuses on core and posture which are areas I enjoy working on.
What movie character do you most closely identify with? Julia Roberts’ characters in Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich.
What is the first album you remember buying? Tapestry by Carole King.
What is your go-to recipe to take to a cookout or potluck? My Greek cookies.
What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? Monte Carlo and the French Riviera.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? A fire-starter, a pot, and a knife.
What is your favorite body part? I'm going to go with my booty. Thank you, Lithe for making it strong and round all at once!
What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? My favorite to teach is Twiggy because it was the class that made me fall in love with Lithe and it's just so fun! The breakdown is the best.
Did you ever go through an awkward phase? YES! For whatever reason, as a middle-schooler, my idea of a good outfit was pairing my brother's XL Tommy Hilfiger shirts with mini skirts. Plus I had huge soda-can bangs. Awkward is a nice way of putting that phase.
What is your hidden talent? I consider myself to be a fairly good baker. Some have called my chocolate chip cookies "the best." I find baking to be super therapeutic and stress relieving ... and yummy.
Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? 100%. "Get Up" by Bingo Players always pumps me up whether I'm teaching, running or cleaning the house
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I wish I could read minds, though I'm sure I'd instantly regret that choice once I had the ability – TMI.
What is your nickname? In high school & college it was L Train but now it's a mix between LT and BabyTro.
You can follow Laura on Instagram @babytro and Snapchat @lady_tro
Image via Antrim + Spruce Photography
Happy Friday, everyone! Today we're giving away one spot in our September 12th 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? We have a team of incredible teachers, and Class One is taught by creator Lauren Boggi. The three-week course begins on September 12th and classes (Mon. & Wed., 8-9PM) are held at our Rittenhouse studio.
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
We're sad to see summer come to an end, but fall means that Lithe Foods is ramping up again. This season we're back with new cold-pressed flavors and an expanded green juice line (complete with nutritional info). And for the first time in our six-year history, all of our products are a hundred percent organic. These juices are chock-full of goodness with over 50+ micro-nutrients and two lbs. of produce per average bottle, and you'll taste the difference. Where's the food? Your favorite bowls, raw oatmeal, raw cheesecake, and a plant-based protein smoothie will hit the fridges when the weather turns cooler.
We have a new look and our bottles are a bit smaller. Why? Being a hundred percent organic comes with a higher price and we'd rather give you a better quality product and the proper serving size. Please be careful when opening your juice, it's filled to the brim so that no oxidation occurs.
Green: Apple, kale, lemon, ginger (130 calories, 30g carbs, <1g fat, 5g fiber 1.5g protein)
Greener: Cucumber, apple, kale, spinach, lemon, ginger (110 calories, 28g carbs, <1g fat, 5g fiber, 3g protein)
Greenest: Cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, dandelion, lemon, ginger (60 calories, 12g carbs, <1g fat, 4g fiber, 4g protein)
Glow: Pineapple, carrot, turmeric, lime
Charcoal Lemonade: Purified water, lemon, ginger, agave, activated charcoal
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