Lithe WKND Miami:  Redeem your $100 off Lithe WKND coupon online, which can be used to book your weekend with Lauren Boggi at The Standard - Must book Dec 1-4, 2015. 

Class Card:  Purchase online or call 215-545-5144. *One per customer. Five-class card expires Dec. 31. May not be combined with any other discount or promotion. 

Lithe Ultra Cleanse:  Purchase online or call 215-545-5144. *Valid for pick-up on January 4 only. 

GET IT...DELIVERED. 24 Nov 2015


Post-Thanksgiving, Dec 1. cleanse orders close today at 3PM. Order on Caviar for delivery or go to our online store > products > choose your pickup studio.


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We thought that this re-post was perfect with our Fall Transformation ending... brought this hilarious blog post to our attention on Facebook. It's a collection of the stereotypes of all the different types of barre-bies (women who take barre classes) that one may encounter in any of the different barre methods that are out there.

Lither Dana Auriemma thought it was hilarious, and could definitely relate, but since Lithe is a truly unique workout with a different set of rules, she came up with her own set Lither stereotypes. Which one are you? We know we've been a bunch of them at one time or another!  Download Which Lither Are You?



This week we learn about Lither Lynne Fuller. 

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? After Rich and I were married, I grew tired of barre classes. I went to them to prepare for our wedding, but they did not challenge me the way biking, climbing, or a hard run would. My hope was to find a fitness routine that kept me in great physical shape and helped me de-stress. One day, I was stopped on Haverford Station Road and saw the Main Line studio signs. Soon after I found a 5-pack of classes. Now I always plan my work schedule around Lithe. 
I love Lithing because it makes me feel better than the two-a-day practices that I did as a swimmer in college. I had a career-ending shoulder injury that required either surgery with a 50% result or that I give up the sport. I turned to running which gave me a knee injury, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. I needed something that would allow me to feel in shape, but not beat me up. I modify, but I can honestly say that my shoulders work better than they did before the injury. I also wear sneakers to class for my foot/knee problems, so if you see me sporting super bright trainers while doing plyos you'll know why.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Well, there has been a lot of stress lately. We recently purchased a 92-year-old house that needs a lot of TLC. We also have a Bernese/Golden puppy who should have been named Marley. So if the house is standing and the dog has not eaten my latest issue of Us Weekly, you'll find me catching up on celebrity gossip with a glass of Sebastiani cabernet in hand (sometimes two) on Friday evenings. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The clap series and lunges during Rock Steady. I envision that with every clap the floppy part under my arms begins to look like Michelle Obama's. You may or may not agree with her political leanings, but no one can deny that she has some pretty amazing arms. 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rock Steady for the cardio-cheer-sequence and of course to hear Jonathan say, "they are attitudes, not borings!" Then I would roll out the rebounder for a the jumping sequences in Fat Free with Julie. These two classes are fun and every time I take them I see everyone else smiling through all the crazy sequences, so that keeps me going, too! 
What movie character do you most closely identify with and why? Kathleen Kelly (i.e. Meg Ryan) in "You've Got Mail." I met my husband online while I was hoping that I would find the perfect person that I already knew. It turns out that we have a close mutual friend and it kind of happened in the same way. Plus the scene where Brinkley (the golden retriever) heads over the hill in Central Park to meet Shopgirl brings tears to my eyes. I still have my AOL handle just to hear the phrase when I click my inbox.

What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? If we have two or three weeks to travel, we go, so this is a hard toss up. Here's my top five: Biking the islands of Croatia, surfing in Nicaragua, hiking Machu Picchu, swimming the Great Barrier Reef, or watching the rhinos in Kruger Park at dawn. Unfortunately, there's no travel in my future for awhile, but hopefully we will make it to Asia. Then I will have explored every continent except Antartica.



Our Lithe Transformation ends on Tuesday! We're so impressed with your dedication to this challenge and we can't wait to see the results of your hard work. It's time to post your before and after #LitheResults #LitheTransformation photos. All you have to do is duplicate your exact before images. Choose the same spot and wear the same outfit, and then share. We want to see front, side, and back (top photo above), but if you only shot two viewpoints, place them side-by-side like the ones above. 




1-2 days  • 1400 calories/day • 100% plant-based and raw

Lighten up post-Thanksgiving with our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse on Tuesday, December 1! Our greenest, Lithest cleanse is low in sugar, rich in fiber and healthy fats, alkaline, and nutrient-dense. If you're looking to go deeper, greener, and 100% liquid, this is the right choice for you.

Ultra Lithe Cleanse Menu

  • Lithe Coco-Rose Water
  • Lauren's Skin Saver
  • Watershed Cocktail
  • Ultra Lithe Green Soup (there's an entire avocado in here!)
  • Spirit Lemonade
  • La Ensalada
  • Ultra Lithe Milk

Go to our online store > products > choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 25 at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Days One and Two on Tuesday, December 1 from 6AM-8PM. Due to the nature of the product, we cannot guarantee freshness beyond Thursday, December 3. 



Our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse is developed for Lithers and it's filling, farm-fresh, and organic. Enjoy!

1. Coco-Rose Water: Thai coconut meat, rose, alkaline water

2. Lauren's Skin Saver: aloe, kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger

3. Watershed Cocktail: pineapple, cucumber, jalapeño 

4. Ultra Lithe Green Soup: cucumber, avocado, spinach, garlic, ginger, dill, cilantro, pink Himalayan sea salt, EVOO

5. Spirit Lemonade: kale, activated charcoal (coconut), lemon, maple syrup, pink Himalayan sea salt

6. La Ensalada: kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger, green tomato

7. Ultra Lithe Milk: ashwaghanda, cashew, filtered water, cinnamon, vanilla bean, pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut nectar 



Happy Friday, everyone! Today we're giving away one spot in our November 30th 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 1 is taught by creator, Lauren Boggi. We'll kick it off on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8-9PM at Rittenhouse starting on November 30th.

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 Maggie S-R via Dom


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Thanksgiving is at our heels, so we headed to Aoki. Owned by the fabulous Alina Alter (she's a Lither!), Aoki is inspired by street style, world travels, and modern femininity. Alina is a true believer in fashion as a means of empowerment and we love that she encourages her customers to take risks, make statements, and question the status quo.

Lithe instructors Elizabeth Tomkins and Ashton Osby love Aoki Boutique and we thought they would be a perfect match for this We Wear edition. Aoki is offering a 20% in-store discount to all Lithers and FitHipHealthy readers. Check out their second look.

Sweater vest by Lucca, in-store
Vegan leather pants by Mono B, $40
Star cuff by Jessica DeCarlo, $88-$130
Gold wing necklace by Serefina,  $70
Vintage romper by Lucca, $90
Soft trench by Lucca, $130
Silver swirl earrings by Jessica DeCarlo, $50
Etched silver cocktail ring by Soixante Neuf, $70
These photos were snapped in collaboration with Aoki Boutique for our We Wear series — a style diary that maps Lithers's studio-to-street wardrobes throughout the seasons.
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Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography



Lithe Method’s seven anatomically sound basic principles form the foundation of our Cardio-­Cheer-Sculpting technique. Because they assist the body in moving through our exercises safely and effectively, each one should be referenced and reinforced. 

Certain principles are uniquely tailored to Lithe such as our Lithe breath, pelvic alignment, and proper hand placement with our Higher Power Band System. While some overlap anatomical principles found in other movement disciplines. At Lithe, we teach these principles in our own unique style, but the anatomy behind them is universal.  

Last week we talked about the Lithe Breath. This week we dive into cervical spine alignment. 

The seven cervical vertebrae begin at the base of the skull and make up the inward curve of the neck. These vertebrae should be kept safely in line with the spine throughout our workout with the head balanced between the shoulders. By doing so, you reduce unnecessary tension in the neck and focus the work on the abdominal muscles.  

It is critical to maintain proper cervical spine alignment during our mat exercises in order to work the correct core muscles and prevent neck pain. When working on the mat, you'll hear your instructor cue you to tilt the chin towards the throat and lengthen the back of the neck prior to flexing into ab work.

Cervical spine alignment should also be maintained during push-up sequences, inverted work, band exercises, and barre work. In every exercise, the head should be balanced directly in between the shoulders. Improper form includes lifting or tilting the chin too far up or down, jutting the head forward like a turtle, or hanging the head down during a push-up series or any work on the hands and knees.  

Image of Lithe instructor Jaime Powers via Dom




Join the Lithe® team! Become a part of a unique, innovative workout and a growing team that's leading the health and fitness industry. Lithe is looking for spirited, outgoing men and women with dance, cheerleading, and/or fitness backgrounds to teach at our three Philadelphia studios. Prior experience preferred. Must be able to 
command a room of 20+ people, 
count to and on the beat of the music
, have rhythm
, great form
, and possess a rockstar personality.


When: Saturday December 19 @ 3PM
Where: Lithe Rittenhouse

To apply: For more info and audition details, please email your resume and headshot to Manager of Instructor Training Meredith Steinberg at



Since 2005, Lithe has empowered people through movement. Lithe is an innovative, fun, and effective fitness regimen inspired by the movement and spirit of cheerleading. Lithe's proprietary Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting technique combines the dynamic cardio of cheer choreography with the grounded sculpting of cheer-based conditioning. Our vigorous (and sweaty!) workouts challenge people through the use of the barre, weights, rebounders, and resistance training via our signature Higher Power Band system. With more than 50 high-energy cardio and sculpting workouts in rotation, Lithe keeps clients engaged and ensures that they never plateau. Our challenging and always-changing classes transform the body and our empowering teaching style and community-focused studio environment inspire our clients to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Visit us online at


Image of Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins via Dom



Show your Lithe pride with our fall limited edition home studio tanks ($30) and sweatshirts ($65). Available in sizes XS-XL. To preorder, email, call 215-545-5144, or stop by the front desk. 


For a behind-the-scenes peek at Lithe, Snapchat is where it's at. We're live tomorrow.

LITHE LEERY? 16 Nov 2015

It's no secret that Lithe Method has a reputation. Ask women who Lithe regularly to describe it and you'll hear words such as fun, supportive, challenging, rewarding, and sometimes even addictive. But for those who have never taken a class, Lithe evokes something different. One peek at the barres, bands hanging from the ceiling, and props leaning against the walls may bring to mind adjectives like intimidating, insane, torturous, and impossible

Of course, I don't blame them. Starting any new workout regimen is a big step. And while I don't mind that Lithe has a reputation for being tough because changing your body takes work, I do mind when women think they won't be able to do it. Some watch the flow of fit bodies that come and go from the various studios around town and think, I couldn't keep up. Or I will be the only person in the room that's not in fantastic shape. And while I understand their fears, it's important to know that any able-bodied woman, regardless of fitness level or age, can Lithe!

Nobody who comes to Lithe starts with a Lithe body. From competitive athletes to those who are brand new to working out, there's a diverse range of women that attend classes. The best way to start out? Our immersion program. It's a 3-week course of 2 classes each week that builds you up gradually to the level of regular classes and teaches you our basic principles and form step-by-step.

Once you are mainstreamed into non-immersion classes, instructors make sure to let you know how to modify certain sequences (lunging with a flat foot, marching in place) until your fitness level increases. And anytime you need a extra help or want to take it slowly for a day, there's our Lithe 101 classes. 

It's important that you feel supported through every step of your workout. We are here as you take it at a pace that's best for you. Most people who begin Lithe are surprised at how quickly they catch on and how well their bodies take to the challenge. Still leery? Check out these additional tips.

Image of Lithers stretching before Weightless at Old City


Julie Termini

This week we get to know Lither Julie Termini.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing?  I love the variations in the workouts. Every class challenges me in a new way. Each one is different and I always strive to become stronger in the series. I enjoy the change every two months in the schedule because it keeps things fresh! My sister (a fellow Lither) also motivates me.  We count on each other to push through working out when we are having a rough day.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress?  I love to spend time with my husband and family. I enjoy cooking and planning dinners out. A glass of wine helps me de-stress, too.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you?  I feel most accomplished when I'm done with a class and get that adrenaline rush. I feel like I can conquer the world. I also love when I get through with the barre series while in stiletto the entire time! The instructors and other Lithers that I have become friendly with also make my workouts even more rewarding. I love banding together and completing the workouts and challenges with my fellow Lithers's support.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why?  Definitely Illin'. It's always a challenge for me and never gets easier; I just get stronger! In my life I am an extremist (so I've been told by my family) and I feel Illin' is an extreme workout. Right up my alley.
What is your go-to recipe to bring to a cookout or potluck? I love a fresh Jersey tomato salad. It reminds me of summer and that's my favorite time of year. I'm a teacher, so my summer break is priceless.



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? Then you'll love our immersion classes. 

When: Our next session starts Nov. 30 and lasts three consecutive weeks. Mondays & Wednesdays, 8-9PM.
Where: Lithe Rittenhouse. 

To book, go to our online store > services > Lithe Immersion.  

Image of Lithers at Rittenhouse


Floatation Philly



TGIF!  This week, we have a great giveaway from Flotation Philly:  TWO, 90 minute floats ($150 value), and TWO, 45 minute floats ($90 value)

Have you floated yet?  It's so amazing.  Imagine what your body feels like at rest in zero gravity.  It's a lot like going to a spa, but instead of getting a massage, you'll enter a soundproof pod filled with concentrated epsom salt water that renders you weightless, allowing you to escape from all external distractions.

Floating is a scientifically proven tool that helps your body (and mind) maximize its ability to rest, relax, recover and rebalance. This type of sensory deprivation touches all areas of your physical, mental and emotional well-being. It starts with eliminating all external sensory information your mind & body are processing. This triggers a rush of endorphins that ease your thoughts, massage your muscles and relax your spine. While floating you will feel free from all of life’s distractions, allowing you the mental clarity that you never thought possible. 

For a chance to win, please tell us in one word why you want to float. 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!


The Next Step

Before we talk about breathing, it's important to differentiate that Lithe Method incorporates the entire method and philosophy of the workout, while CCS (Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting) is the movement technique that we use at Lithe. The method encompasses CCS (the technique) in addition to the way we sequence movements, the teaching style, the rotating classes, etc. 

You know the stretches that you do before every Lithe workout? Those are our way of patterning and prepping the body. Lithe's seven bio-mechanical principles form the foundation of our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting technique. The anatomically-sound principles of movement ensure that you move through our exercises safely and effectively. 

Lithe's 7 Basic Principles

  • Breathing
  • Cervical spine alignment
  • Shoulder stabilization
  • Ribcage alignment
  • Pelvic placement (neutral, imprint, tuck)
  • Hand placement
  • Foot placement

This week we'll talk about the Lithe breath, the foundation of our practice. 

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography


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It's so important to breathe properly at Lithe. It's the foundation of our practice and without the breath, it's literally not a practice. Aim for a full breath pattern, which means full inhalations and exhalations. To do this, forcefully inhale through the nose (your nostrils should almost close), feeling the ribcage expand laterally. Without tensing the jaw, exhale forcefully through pursed lips, knitting the ribs together and engaging the abdominal muscles. Exhale through a small opening, like you are blowing through a straw, in order to more fully engage the abdominals. 

Breath cues are specified in all Lithe sculpting, band, and barre exercises and many cardio exercises. Proper breathing supports our movements with the exhale typically occurring on the exertion. You will find that breath is not always specified for cardio exercises. We do not want to over-­cue breath and cause you discomfort or confusion when your heart rate is elevated. When breath is not specified, it means that the breath does not have to occur in a specific pattern, however you should still be inhaling through the nose and exhaling through pursed lips.

Breathing in this way helps increase your endurance. Your instructor may also give you the option of a breath pattern if he/she feels it may support the movement. She/he may say, “try exhaling every other one or just breathe like you’re running, in through the nose and out through the mouth.”

The proper breathing technique looks and sounds different for each person. The exact sound or position of the lips is not primary. It is most important for you to forcefully exhale and engage the abdominal muscles, rather than the jaw. 

Our goal is to make sure that you do not simply make the correct sound, without taking the correct action in the body. Pay particular attention to the way your instructor demoes the breath while teaching. She may exaggerate the sound in order to help the class stay on beat, but make sure that you focus on the abdominal action in your cues, so that you're not simply mimicking the sound without absorbing the full benefit of the Lithe breath.  

Top image via Antrim & Spruce Photography

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