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23 posts from December 2010

JANUARY 2011 SCHEDULES! 24 Dec 2010

Lithe 2011 Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  We have many fantastic things in the works for 2011:  New studios, new workouts, new Lithe workout systems, Lithe Foods, Cocoon and so much more!  Check out our January schedules.  Please remember that Mindbody always reflects the most current schedules and that you may see some changes by 1.3.11 as we refine them.

Download Rittenhouse January

Download LibertiesWalk January 

Download Ardmore January

Images of Lauren Boggi & Lithe Instructors, Krista DeNofa & Anna Marie Chang, MD via Dominic Episcopo.



As most of you know, we've been battling wait-list issues for quite some time now.  We've blogged repeatedly, Face-booked, sent emails and even begged Lithers to be more considerate of their fellow classmates.  Instead of turning into a BIG operation with 40-50 people per class, we wish to continue and maintain our standards of excellence and set some rules.  As always, these schedule restrictions do not apply to our class card clientele. 

Image of Lithe Instructor, Bari Rosenthal in Twiggy via Dominic Episcopo.


GET LITHE! 24 Dec 2010

heather in thigh high

Wanna learn how to Lithe?  We have two Immersion courses beginning in January 2011!

Rittenhouse:  Monday & Wednesday (begins on Monday), 1.10.11 at 8:00PM

Northern Liberties:  Tuesday & Thursday (begins on Tuesday), 1.11.11 at 8:15PM

If our Immersion classes don't work for you, you can opt to take our Lithe 101 classes 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, Heather Burt in Thigh High via Dominic Episcopo.




GIFTED. 22 Dec 2010


My husband and I celebrate Hanukkah at our house and Christmas with my family.  Here are a few things that I'm giving, wishing for and getting this Holiday season: Kiera Mai perfume, delicious and nutritious Clementines, Rachel Comey Sazerac Boot, Heidi Swanson's (of 101 Cookbooks) Super Natural Cooking cookbook, Bonny Doon Farm essential oils, Virginia Johnson lightweight scarves and a Norwalk Press hydraulic juicer for Lithe Foods!

LITHE BRIDE. 21 Dec 2010

Fotini Custer

Fotini, you are breathtaking! Congratulations!

Images via Philip Gabriel {Click on montage above to enlarge}.

HELLO, WINTER... 21 Dec 2010




I'm a big believer in enjoying the holidays; eating and drinking, celebrating tradition and spending time with friends and family.  You CAN travel away from the studios and have fun without falling apart.  There’s no reason to deprive yourself as long as you enjoy your favorite foods in moderation and keep active, it probably won’t affect your waistline.

There’s no reason why you can’t indulge a bit AND stay healthy through the holiday season-all it takes is some planning, some goal-setting and little dose of old-fashioned discipline.  Our top 10 tips:

1.  No excuses!  Time can seem short when celebrating the season, but while it's necessary to see family and friends, it's equally important to make time for you and exercise.

2.  Get motivated...Set and write your 2011 fitness goals over the holiday period. 

3.  If you fall off the healthy eating/fitness wagon, get right back on.  Your hard work will not be ruined by one fall. You’re only human. Don’t let one small slip keep you derailed for days or weeks.

4.  Short on time?  Redefine your total-body, Lithe workout in 15 minutes at home. Don't waste time, give it your all and move quickly through each sequence with perfect form.  Lithe's push up sequence (through half-plank & triceps pushups) & Wide Second with some plyos will hit every muscle in the body and prevent you from losing your strength.

5.  Practice moderation...Too much of ANYTHING gets stored as fat – even healthy food.

6.  Practice portion control – even junk food – will probably NOT get stored as fat as long as you keep portion sizes small and don’t overindulge too frequently.

7.  Maintain your schedule.  If there’s one thing that all women who successfully get lean and lithe (and stay lean) have in common, it’s workout schedule consistency. Without it, you never get any momentum going. It’s like taking two steps forward, only to take three steps back.

8.  Don't eat it just because “it’s there."

9.  Consistency is key.  Remember, you have to keep your metabolic engine revving all year round. Once you have it going, it’s fairly easy to keep it going. But once you lose it, it’s very difficult to get it going again because you must overcome inertia all over again. (An object at rest tends to stay at rest!)

10.  Don't "save room" or skip meals.   When there’s a big party or holiday dinner scheduled, many women tend to skip their morning and afternoon meals to “save room” for the big one later.  It’s not the best idea...its a sure-fire way to really overindulge and start a binge that could set your back for days.  Continue with your normal pattern of eating. All you have to do is count your holiday dinners as one of your regular meals and keep it healthy and light. 

Image of Lithe Instructor, Nicole Sewall via Dominic Episcopo.


Slim & Sane

The generic advice on how to avoid holiday season overeating pours from the pages of equally generic women’s magazines at this time of year: don’t go to a party hungry, no standing and eating, one alcoholic drink, one water, repeat.

Among the many issues of individuality this formula ignores is the question of “Who is eating?” Different circumstances and environments bring out different sides of our personalities and different stressors turn us into different eaters. If there were a patron saint (or more accurately, devil) of archetypal holiday overeaters it would be “the martyr.” 

The holiday martyr believes she should sacrifice her physical and emotional health to the elusive goddess of holiday harmony. At this altar she presents the sacrifices of sleep, exercise, hours spent on holiday activities and of course debt, all with the belief that she will ultimately please more people. Exhausted and depleted from the sacrifices to this demanding goddess, the martyr eater arrives at the holiday cookie tray and office kitchen full of holiday treats for the final act of self-sacrifice: a sugar-induced bomb that will further destroy her physical health and the hopes of looking slim and healthy on Jan.1—which on some level, she feels is an unpious act of vanity.

Ditching the martyr does not equal ditching your friends, aging family members and all holiday-related activities in favor of a yoga retreat in Belize.

Between martyrdom and narcissism is a place of self-respect. Self-respect indulges with care on the most joyful and important elements of the holidays. It splurges on life’s “win-win” models of enjoying the process and the outcome. Contemplate other situations in your life that are beneficial from all angles for their insight into the holidays— eating locally nourishes your body, the environment and supports local economies, the thrill of the chase at a sample sale= is as fun as the ultimate find and Lithe allows you to love exercise and get amazing results.

But, just like those Lithe bands, protecting your boundaries with your time, friends, family and job takes effort and practice. The holidays can present a particular challenge if you are in close contact with female relatives who taught you martyr behaviors. Be wary of subtle encouragement to work yourself into an exhausted overweight mess to produce 15 different types of homemade cookies and procure every piece of plastic desired by the kindergarten crowd to affirm your status as a good parent. Remember that caring for yourself protects and cares for those around you more than preserving traditions of unhealthy behaviors.

Here are a few tips to kindly ask the martyr to leave. Be gentle with yourself and start small. Gradually, you’ll be more comfortable in a softer life—and around the festive cheese plate.


1. Always check in with your body before making commitments. Are you too tired to attend one more party?  Do you really want to do another gift-exchange where you’ll get another scented candle you don’t need, or are you just trying to be nice?

2. Think back to past and current win-win models in your life. Where has doing what feels good led to great results and how can you apply this to other areas of your life?

3. Observe your Mom. Does she rock the martyr persona? Because of historical, religious and familial upbringing, women are more subject to these influences then men. If so, you probably feel comfortable in the feeling of overwhelm. Being aware of the roots of your inner martyr can radically change the way you live your life.

Ali Shapiro is a regular NBC 10! Show contributor and works with individuals and groups to show them how to design their food and life to experience waitless living™. To sign-up for her newsletter, click here. To learn more, visit alishapiro.com.

Images via Ali Shapiro, Lithe Instructor, Carrie Gero via Dominic Episcopo & cookies via 101 Cookbooks.



Happy Friday!  This week we're giving away a 5 Class Card!  Perfect for a Lithe newbie or veteran ($50 value).  For a chance to win, please visit our Facebook page, "Like us" and then leave a comment at the post.  A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow and the winner will be announced on Monday!  Good luck! 

Images of Lithe Instructors, Lauren Boggi and Krista DeNofa via Dominic Episcopo.

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