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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.
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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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
It's like Lithe homework. I love coming up with crazy creative combinations and customizing them to the group that I'm teaching.
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
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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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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
What is your favorite class to teach? I recently started teaching Action Figure and we’ve developed a love affair. This class is packed with amazing material incorporating all of Lithe’s best moves. With cardio, sculpting, and barre work this class has it all. I love the mental challenge it presents to me as an instructor. Learning this class was a challenge- just ask my poor boyfriend. I made him listen to me practicing for days before teaching it for the first time. Having weights on both your wrists and ankles really ups the challenge for Lithers, and I love seeing them get stronger every week!
Did you ever go through an awkward phase? That’s an easy one: I’m still in one. I think I will forever be in an awkward phase. Even as an adult I find myself constantly evolving. Once you think I’ve figured it all out, the next day life throws a curve ball and I’m back at square one. That is the beauty of life! Being a young adult is all about going through awkward phases and learning curves. I’m going to embrace the heck outta them!
What song always pumps you up? Back in the true awkward phase days, aka high school, my mom would have to physically drag me out of bed. When even her strongest attempts failed, she resorted to blaring music on my stereo which made it impossible to sleep. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams was the first song on the CD. Every morning this jam would come on and my little feet would start boogying under the covers. It gave my lifeless body energy and still does to this day. Whenever I need a pick-me-up that song is my go to.
What's your favorite body part? My nose. It is small, cute, and symmetrical. I’ve gotten asked if I had a nose job, but this baby is au naturel.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Having super strength, the ability to fly, or be invisible are great, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have them all? That’s why I want to be a wizard. Literally Hermione Granger can do anything, and that’s a true superpower. I still have confidence the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is real. If anyone has an in with the school, my application is ready to go.
Find Sukey on Instagram @sukeyhendrix
Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I grew up with an active lifestyle and played soccer and field hockey my whole life. But I have a dirty little secret. I always wanted to be a cheerleader. I mean who doesn't wish they could contort their body into a scorpion? At Penn State, one of my roommates was on the cheerleading team and when she was at practice or class, my other roommates and I would put on her uniforms and strut around our apartment making up our own cheers. Ha!
After college I got lazy about exercising. I came up with every excuse to get out of going to the gym. And when I did go, I didn't enjoy it. Last summer, a friend suggested that we try Lithe. I passed the Main Line studio on the way to work for four years and was curious, but never looked into it. I am so grateful for that nudge because I fell in love. I'm getting to (sort of) live out my dream of cheerleading. I see a difference in the way my body looks, my clothes fit better, and I feel healthy. The challenges also motivate me as I am competitive by nature. It also helps that I work about a block away, so I can walk to the studio when the weather is nice. To make a long story longer, there are so many motivators, but all in all I just love it – the classes, the instructors, the people, and the products.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? This may sound cheesy, but Lithe is the way I unwind. I have a stressful job with long, odd hours, so Lithe is my escape. I also like to read, watch home improvement shows, cook, and bake.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Without a doubt it is mastering the cardio sequences. I can't say I'm the most coordinated person, but I'm a perfectionist at heart. When I hit those sequences without messing up, I do a little internal cheer (insert SNL's Mary Kathryn Gallagher's "Superstar"). I'm not going to lie, I have gone home and practiced some of them after class.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rock Steady or Rah because I feel most like a cheerleader and both push me past my comfort zone.
What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? My husband is from New Zealand and I look forward to going back there every few years. I don't know if I'd call it exotic, but it's such a beautiful country.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? A toothbrush (bad teeth freak me out), sunscreen (that's just practical), and my husband (is he considered a product?). If my husband doesn't count, then chocolate, specifically Lindt Milk Chocolate Lindor Truffles.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? No matter how tired I am, I always feel better after a good sweat. Plus I love how Lithe challenges me and never gets boring. How can you get bored when your muscles are on fire?
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? I like to read trashy magazines and drink a glass or two of red wine.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Being able to do the chair squat series without passing out.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? That is a tough question. I would choose Spirit because I never stop moving.
What is the first album you remember buying? Something embarrassing. Probably Tiffany or New Kids on the Block.
What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? One of the coolest places that I have been to is Hawaii’s national park on the big island. My husband and I hiked near the active volcano and saw the lava flowing into the ocean.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Coffee, wine and Adam Levine. I know he is not a product, but we are talking about survival.
There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with Lithing and getting in two servings of fruit and vegetables before 10AM. Our superfood Green Detox Bowl is a nutritional powerhouse. With a combination of fresh spinach, bananas, local honey, hemp seeds, goji berries, and coconut, this smoothie bowl is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It's fresh and creamy and perfect for breakfast or lunch.
This soup is everything. The combination of miso*, roasted mushrooms, and bone broth is savory, earthy, rich and soul-soothing. Mushrooms are fantastic immune boosters, help prevent cancer, promote weight loss, and lower cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Bone broth is liquid gold and adding medicinal mushrooms to it kicks it into high gear and gives you an extra boost of immunity during cold season.
*Miso and roasted mushrooms have a strong, savory flavor. You may want to shake your soup and add a little bit of water to mellow the flavor.
Our Carat Bowl is solid as a rock. Organic black lentils, roasted squash, kale, and kimchi dressed with a tahini sriracha sauce. We love this bowl because it's delish, filling, and protein-packed (17.9 grams)! Low calorie lentils and kale are rich in iron which helps oxygen flow through the body and set your metabolism on fire. Needless to say, they're perfect for keeping you energized and lean.
Kimchi is a low-calorie, low-fat, nutrient-dense source of vitamins (especially vitamin C and beta-carotene), minerals, fiber, important phytochemicals (including beta-sitosterol, sulfur compounds, and capsaicin), and numerous probiotic strains (including Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus brevis). Researchers compare kimchi to yogurt and consider it a vegetable probiotic food.
TGIF! Did you get something sparkly this holiday season? Congratulations! This week we're giving away a 1.5 hour engagement shoot* with Antrim + Spruce (value $250) and a bridal makeup trial with Sam Hamilton of The Parlour (value: $125). If you're a bride-to-be and need to get started on your save-the-dates or finding a photographer and makeup artist, then this giveaway is for you.
Photographer and Lither Celia Ragonese launched Antrim + Spruce Photography last year. (You've seen her work on Fit Hip Healthy.) Celia uses natural light to capture candid moments with an editorial vibe. To ensure brides look amazing, she teams up with makeup artist Sam Hamilton of The Parlour in Fishtown.
Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens says, "Celia is so caring and invested and goes above and beyond. Her attention to detail is unparalleled and she always seems to be ten steps ahead and prepared for anything. Type A ladies take note: If you work with Celia you can relax. She's already thought of it. She maintains professionalism at all times, while managing to make the shoot fun."
For a chance to win, please tell us why you want/need to win. 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!
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