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35 posts from July 2011


Third St. Habit Giveaway

Happy Friday!  This week's giveaway is a $75 gift certificate from my favorite boutique in Philadelphia, Third Street Habit Just a few blocks away from our Old City Studio, you'll find some of my favorite brands like, Current/Elliott, Etoile by Isabel Marant, Low Luv x Erin Wasson & Iosselliani.  Also, check out  their blog, Habitute for all things hip and new...I love it!

For a chance to win, please visit our Facebook page and Third Street Habit's 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!

All images via Third Street Habit




Happy August and congrats on finishing up the last month of your Passports!  We hope that you're enjoying your travels.  Check out our August schedules and our new 6:30AM classes at Old City!:

Download Rittenhouse August

Download Old City August

Download Liberties Walk August

Image of Lithe Instructor Carrie Gero via Dom


LITHE BRIDE. 28 Jul 2011

Dana McGuiness, Lithe Bride

Long-time Lither (has it been 4 or 5 years?), Dana McGuinness Bonanno just got married in Cape May, NJ.  The coolest thing is that she met many of the women in her bridal party right here at Lithe.  Dana, you look absolutely stunning!  Congratulations!

Check out more beautiful images of Dana & Ed's wedding featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs, Style Me Pretty!

Images via Laura Novak Photography


Sayeh on Sculpt & Cinch

Lithe Passport. 61 days. 40 classes. My trip has already begun.


What you need: Just yourself. No gloves necessary.
Props: Cinch Belly Band or Waist Cincher
Clothing Considerations: Whatever you’re comfortable in.
Sweat Factor: Medium Sweat. You could hang out in public after this one if you needed to.

As a kid, I watched an unhealthy amount of television. Both of my parents worked, so I would walk home from school, let myself in (remember the term latchkey kid?) and plop down in front of the TV, and stay there for hours.

I would laugh at the crazy antics of Buddy Lembeck on Charles in Charge and swoon over mischievous Mike Seaver on Growing Pains (who knew he’d grow up to terrify people about being Left Behind for a living.) Although my parents spent most of their time discouraging me from watching so much TV--claiming it would rot my brain--I couldn’t be happier that I chose to wile away the hours of my childhood in front of a glowing box. As a result, I’m amazing when it comes to pop culture references in quizzo. (I will KILL it, if there’s a speed round asking for the lyrics of 80s television shows.)

One of my absolute FAVORITES was Small Wonder. Remember that one? It was about your typical American family next door: 2 parents, 2 kids--a girl and a boy--except for one zany detail: the daughter was a robot. What?? I watched this show. I sang the song, and thought it was hilarious that this family had a robot for a kid? So much for critical thinking! Why the hell did this family have a robot?? And if this show was so good, why did A.I. and Bicentennial Man SUCK so badly? (If you’ve never heard of these movies, consider yourself lucky. Don’t even bother looking them up.)

And now, it’s all I can think about when I take Cinch. The class is anything but easy, as it’s name might indicate. It’s all about the waist. Most of the class is spent on your feet doing standing waist work. You rotate through the top of half of your body, while often keeping your legs planted and square--resulting in robot like moves. At one point, your arms even frame your ears and you literally do the robot. Rotating to the side and back to the front. I can’t look at anyone while I do this move. If I do, then I begin imagining everyone in Vicki’s red and white outfit (was she also the maid??) and begin to break down and lose my form.

This class works your waist (and the rest of your body) in a completely different way than the rest of the middle focused classes. I was sore all through my sides for days afterwards. It’s an incredible workout and when I take a few in a row, I can definitely see definition in my waist. So although you may feel a tad awkward doing some of the series, just imagine that you have a hilarious secret you’re hiding from a nosy, red-haired neighbor and that you hope no one forgot to close the panel to your circuitry which is conveniently located in your back. That’s what I do, and it gets me through!


What you need: Just yourself. No gloves necessary.
Props: 3 or 5lb weights
Clothing Considerations: Whatever you’re comfortable in.
Sweat Factor: This class is interesting. Sometimes I’m pouring sweat. Sometimes I’m barely glistening. It’s up to you how much you push yourself.

Doing two things at once has never been easy for me. For example, when zoning out in front of the TV watching my aforementioned shows as a kid, no one could get me to speak. My mother would ask questions, my sister would wine loudly that she was bored and want someone to play with, and I couldn’t hear a thing.

This has translated into something similar as an adult. When I’m at work on my computer, and someone stops by my cube to ask me something, they basically have to whirl my chair around for me to extract myself from the task at hand. I’m also one of those super annoying people who can’t text or look at my phone and keep up with the thread of a conversation I’m having. I hear it buzz, I tell myself: don’t look. don’t look. this conversation is important. But alas, I can’t help myself and when I try to reenter the chatter discreetly, I’m clearly behind and confused, and everyone wants to kill me.

This is why Sculpt is a challenge for me. The class is a feat in coordination. And although you would think that after all my Nintendo-playing as a child, that hand-eye coordination would be my thing, it’s totally not.

Sculpt is classic in that the first half of the class is spent on the mat, doing ab-prep work, arms and back, and moves to the barre for the second half of class. The only catch is that instead of using both arms to steady you, as you normally would, you take one of your weights with you and each set of 30 (lunges, curtsies, sumos, etc.) are broken down into sets of 10 that incorporate a different arm movement. So for your first 10 lunges, you’ll do a bicep curl, then you’ll work your shoulders with some lateral lifts for the next, and triceps for the last 10.

This adds an extra level of difficulty to everything you do. Here’s a tip: take it slow! It’s tough to do all the leg stuff at the pace you’re used to while holding a weight. Instructors will encourage to slow down to keep your form. Listen! It helps!

Sculpt, is a staple class, in my opinion. It’s rare that it’s not in my repertoire at least once a week. So if you’re an incredible multi-tasker, you’ll take to this one like a duck to water. If you’re like me and you struggle to walk and chew gum, don’t worry. You’ll get the hang of it eventually!

10 stops down...only 26 to go. Next up? Thigh High and Pom!

See you in class!

Image of Lithe Instructors in Sculpt and Instructor, Anne Falasco in Cinch wearing Lithe's Waist Cincher, Performance Bra & Lace Insert Leggings via Dom

LATE JULY MENU! 27 Jul 2011

What's next?  Cold Soups, Spring Rolls, Yucca Wraps, our Peanut Butter Lithe Barre, Juice, Smoothies & more!

JESS & MELISSA ON NBC'S 10! SHOW! 26 Jul 2011

Jess & Melissa on 10!

*Update:  Here is a link! 

Check out Lithe Instructors, Jessica Procini & Melissa Weinberg this morning on NBC's 10! Show!  They'll be chatting about all things fit, hip & healthy:  Demo-ing Lithe Method, wearing Lithe Wear & tasting Lithe Foods. 

Images of Lithe Instructors, Jessica Procini, Melissa Weinberg & Instructors,  Brooke Holloway, Nicole Sewall & Anne Falasco wearing Lithe Wear via Dom



Make sure you all try this one...it's so good!  Fresh, organic kale, shallots and cherry tomatoes dressed in a vegan, lemon-tahini dressing. Not sure about nutritional yeast?  Nutritional yeast is a perfect substitution to salt, dairy, meats and other high fat foods with protein. This extremely low fat and low calorie yeast provides 18 amino acids, an abundance of vitamins and minerals, plus nutritional yeast tastes really good. The distinctive nutty, cheese-like flavor of nutritional yeast is a terrific flavor enhancer for many of your power food meals and I love it on kale chips and popcorn.  

Nutritional yeast is a popular choice for vegetarians and vegans because it is a perfect alternative to animal-based protein. One ounce of this yeast contains 14 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and is only 79 calories. Nutritional yeast is very rich in B-complex vitamins. Many brands also contain vitamin B12, which is essential for red blood cell production and is important for nerve function. Because of the low sodium content in this yeast, many people monitoring their intake of sodium use nutritional yeast as an alternative to salt.  Give it at shot!

Ingredients:  Kale, Shallots, Lemon Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nutritional Yeast.  Dressing:  Lemon, Tahini, Nutritional Yeast, Garlic, Shoyu, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Water & Pepper  (340 cal)  $7.75


Tweet with us and win!  Here's what you have to do:

Start following http://twitter.com/lithemethod if you're not doing so already.  Then, answer the question,  "What's your favorite #Lithe prop?" to win.  What do you win?  A Lithe 3 class package!

We'll announce the winner on the @lithemethod Twitter page. Remember, all entries must be received by 11:59 pm/et on 7/26/2011. Limit one entry per day per person/twitter address.  Check out the rules here.  

Image of Lithe Instructor, Cori Tillman in Thigh High via Dom



This is my absolute favorite...it screams summertime and is so good for you! 

Basil is anti-Inflammatory, anti-viral, rich in Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Iron & Magnesium.  Watermelon is also packed full of nutrition, hydrates and is low-fat. Not only is watermelon a great snack option, when you add up its nutritive value, you might consider making this an everyday dietary staple

Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.  It's also a great source for lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight heart disease.  Watermelon has the highest concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable (even the tomato!).

If you have a tough time digging into your bananas, coconut water, kale, swiss chard or spinach - all great sources of potassium - consider watermelon instead. It is a great source of potassium, which helps muscle and nerve function, helps maintain the body’s proper electrolyte and acid-base balance, and helps lower the risk of high blood pressure and muscle cramps.  Watermelon also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which can help maintain arteries, blood flow and overall cardiovascular function-perfect pre or post Lithe! 

Dig In, they'll be available mid-week ($3.50)!   

GONNA FLY NOW. 25 Jul 2011

Jess & Susie

Taking a nod from Sayeh, this blog post should be read while listening to Bill Conte's Gonna Fly Now.

Here are some pictures from our hike of Mount Liamuiga in St. Kitts which is a 3,792 foot tall volcano. We hiked to the top in about two hours and it took another two hours to get back down. It was an amazing experience and I have lithe to thank for it! It was a strenuous hike - imagine doing 4 straight hours of hipster lunges on the tall box!  The whole way up our guide was telling us all these stories of how people who had personal trainers, went to the gym everyday, etc. and STILL couldn't make it to the top. But every time he asked if we wanted to stop to take a break, we screamed "let's keep going!'.  The picture of us at the top right is looking down into the volcano's crater.


Images of Lithe Instructor, Jess Procini & Lither, Susie Procini in St. Kitts via Jess

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