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GET LITHE! 28 May 2010


Wanna learn how to Lithe?  Get slim just in time for summer!  We have three Immersion courses starting in June:


Monday & Wednesday beginning on Monday, 6.7.10 at 8:00PM  

Tuesday & Thursday beginning on Tuesday, 6.15.10 at 8:15PM  

Northern Liberties:

Tuesday & Thursday beginning on Tuesday, 6.8.10 at 8:15PM  

If the Immersion classes don't work for you, you can opt to take our Lithe 101 class or a private session at your convenience. You can sign up and purchase online or call 215-545-5144 to register.  

Image of Lithe Instructor, Carrie Gero via Dominic Episcopo. 




From: Glenside, PA.

Favorite City: Philadelphia!

Enjoys: Spending time with family and friends, shopping, traveling, Lithing, going to Avalon in the summer, going out to eat (especially trying new places in the city), running, coffee, having fun.

Favorite Lithe Exercise:  Curtsy Lunge

Other Job: Marketing Representative for an investigative firm.

How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team?:  Liz has been on my radar for about a year.  She has really evolved into a serious athlete here at Lithe and boy does she train like one!  When I asked her if she wanted to train to teach, she responded with a quick, "YES!!"  Liz has a strong cross-country running background (she keeps up with Lithe Instructor, Tif Nork!), she pushes and gives it 100% all the time.  When I watch her at the barre, I'm inspired to work harder!  She has amazing cardiovascular endurance, a great pace and a special, quiet focus that pulls you in.  I'm so excited to her have her on the team.  She'll be teaching Hot-stepper in June!

What you wouldn't know just by looking at her: She's 28 yrs. old, she graduated from LaSalle University, is an only child, was born in San Fransisco, CA, she just bought a condo in Old City and wants to eventually go back to school to become a school counselor and work with kids. 

Image of Lithe Instructor, Liz Galbally via Dominic Episcopo

LITHE BRIDE. 27 May 2010


Dear Lauren: 

I can't thank you enough for all that you have done for me both physically and mentally through Lithe.  I started Lithe in October, 2009, soon after I got engaged.  From the start I knew that Lithe would become part of my life, from the fantastic instructors (thanks especially to Krista and Carrie), to the great friends that I have made, going to class has been the highlight of my day.  I also attribute my calmness throughout the wedding process to Lithe.  The core breathing melted away any urge to become a bridezilla. 

Heather Tashman Fritts 

Heather, you look so, so GORGEOUS and happy!  We're so thrilled to help-you've made an amazing transformation. 

Images via  mkphoto.com



Here is a digital sneak-peak of our BAGGU studio bag designed by Oh Joy! It's far cuter in person but I really wanted to show you guys the mock-up.  I love that Joy incorporated our butterfly (represents fit), a flower (represents hip) and the orange wedge (represents healthy) into the print!

Joy Deangdeelert Cho is my first featured, Women Who Lithe. Originally from Philadelphia, Joy now lives in San Diego, CA. Joy was one of my first clients and has been Lithing for 4 years (one year from afar).  She also loves cupcakes and I consider her one of my sweetest, dearest friends. 

Joy is a graphic designer, editor and author.  She designs textiles, packaging, and branding for clients in the fashion and food industries. Some past & present clients include: Swell by Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenzweig, Target, Mattel, QVC, Charlotte Ronson, Pfiff Lingerie, Mari's New York, Joya Candle, Urban Outfitters, and more. 

Joy is the editor of oh joy! and ohjoyeats.  Time Magazine featured her blog as one of the top websites in the "Design 100" issue.   She has recently finished co-writing & designing Creative, Inc. – a book about becoming a freelance creative talent to be published by Chronicle Books and to released in Fall 2010. Joy's line of stationery products is currently carried in over 125 stores nationwide and internationally and is also carried in Anthropologie stores across the country.  An Oh Joy wallpaper collection for Hygge & West will be launching in the Summer of 2010.  

I chose the BAGGU bag for our studio bag.  BAGGU is lightweight, made of rip-stop material and is compact-size. Plus, I love that a single Baggu can carry up to 25 lbs. of weight and eliminates the use of 300 to 700 plastic bags in a year! BAGGU was created by Emily Sugihara who studied Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design. She interned at Proenza Schouler, worked at J.Crew and now runs her eco-bag business like a true trailblazer and entrepreneur. What’s even more fascinating is she’s only 26.

Baggu sent me a sample a few weeks ago and I've taken it everywhere and I've stashed everything in it-from groceries to clothes and shoes. I love that it folds up into a tiny little square and it's waterproof-perfect for the beach!  It will be available to purchase for $10 or it's yours to keep (complimentary) with a $50 purchase of clothing.  Check it out at all three studios beginning June 7th. 

Images via Oh Joy Craftzine and Baggu.

THIN-SKINNED? 26 May 2010


It's Wendy on Wednesday!

I usually dread the summer months because the many “fun” outdoor extravaganzas (i.e. pool parties, bbq’s, etc) remind me of just how pathetically sensitive my skin actually is.  The general rule of thumb is that if you’re going to be out in the sun, you have to wear sunscreen. 

Ladies with sensitive or redness prone skin can get a sunburn-like irritation from something as simple as walking to get coffee.  Unfortunately, slathering on a thick, day-at-the-beach sunscreen on top of or in place of an everyday moisturizer irritates our skin just as much.  I have been searching high and low for daily moisturizers that protect my skin from the sun, hydrate effectively, and reduce and prevent redness all at once. 

Images via La Roche-Posay , ZenmedMurad & Garancedore.fr



No, that's not Colleen, but we think she looks a lot like ER actress, Maura Tierney!

From: Cleveland, Ohio

Favorite City: Rome, Italy

Enjoys: Philadelphia restaurants, the ocean, Vosges chocolates, reading a good book in the sun, watching the Amazing Race, Saturday morning Armistice followed by a trip to the farmer's market.

Favorite Lithe Exercise: See-saw.

Other Job: Lawyer (she just finished being a litigator at a law firm in Philly and is starting soon as a teaching fellow at Georgetown Law School's Community Justice Project).

How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team?:  Colleen is a natural teacher and has it all: Perfect form, incredible strength and stamina, dedication AND she can really dance. I've always loved watching her strong precision in classes like, Hot Legs & Thinny.  When she told me that she was moving to DC and couldn't live without Lithe, we agreed that she would be the perfect instructor to head the charge for Lithe DC. We're so thrilled! You will have a chance to get to know her-Colleen will be on the schedule in July and will be teaching in Philadelphia through the summer before she heads to Georgetown.

What you wouldn't know just by looking at her: She's 34, is the oldest of 4 kids, has been married to her husband Mike almost 2 years, loves planning trips all over the world (she is spending May and June hiking in Nepal and sailing in the Cook Islands), and is really excited about becoming a law professor, but would love to start a chain of boutique hotels in far off lands. 

Image via NBC.com

THAT'S AMORE. 21 May 2010


Have you tried Sweet Freedom's tomato pie?  Unbelievable.  I'm in love.  Dairy-free, gluten-free and so, so yummy.  Thanks, Ali & Heather!

HIDDEN GEM. 21 May 2010


Hey Lauren,

Just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE Rare Form. Sort of funny - I actually was signed up for Thinny on a Friday morning at 7am and when I arrived at the studio, I was told - "no Thinny - it will be Rare Form instead" and I thought to myself: Noooooooooo - what a bummer. I even said to Krista..."wait, will I even sweat, is this really a workout?" - I was a little Debbie Downer about the whole thing.

Well...I sincerely apologize :)

I stayed for the class - I took Rare Form and I fell in love.

It is amazing. To think I have been semi-avoiding this class thinking it "doesn't count" as a class and other crazy reasons for crossing it off my list! I listed things like "not wanting to waste time stretching" as reasons for never signing up and trying it out (I know, I know - embarrassing and utterly misguided). Anyway, I digress...

I stretched and felt muscle groups I didn't even know I had and I was more sore from Rare Form than I have been from any Lithe class since my first month of Lithing. For real. Anyway, just wanted to appreciate the class (and Krista for so artfully teaching it). It flew by in what felt like mere minutes.

I feel like it is a hidden gem of the Lithe line-up and a perfect way to start a Fri am by appreciating and connecting with the body that carried me through the week!  A 

Hey A!

Great!  We hear this so much.  Deep stretching is so very important.  It lengthens muscles, makes us stronger, work faster, relieves nasty metabolic waste from the muscles and prevents injuries and muscle imbalances.  A lot of Lithers poo-poo Rare Form because "it's not a workout",  but lemme tell you that you will walk away sweaty AND sore! 

I wish people had a different mentality about stretching.  Most people don't understand that you're working a muscle in it's longest state (rather than contracting it).  It's a different feeling of a workout.  I highly recommend it and Rare Form has always been on the schedule for that exact reason.  I can only imagine what the benefits (and results) of classes like Sweet Cheeks and Thigh High would be if everyone was a lot more flexible!  Thanks for the feedback!

Image of dancer and Lithe Instructor, Elizabeth Sturgis via Dominic Episcopo.

NO FAT TALK. 20 May 2010


The body image debate continues!  Read about it here on Be Well Philly.

SUMMER DREAMS... 20 May 2010


These make me feel fine:  The island of Grenada (maybe our next Lithe Escape), Fitflops shiny red Gogh, Royal Hut beach towels & Aurelie Bidermann enamel shell necklace. 

Images via flikr, Net-a-porter,  Royal Hut  & Fit flops.

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