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40 posts from September 2011


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Ahh...October!  My most favorite month.  Fall marks the end of old things and the beginning of the new. So in the spirit of endings and beginnings, lets say goodbye to our 'fitness past' and embrace our new health and fitness goals.  I'm so excited to bring you some super effective new workouts, new props, workshops, new Lithe Foods, the Fall Challenge (in November!) cool weather hot-steppers and more!

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Image of Lithe Instructor Brooke Holloway wearing Lithe's Slimming Pants & Rhythm Tee



Happy Friday!  This week we're giving away a 1-A-Day Monthly Unlimited class package-perfect for a Lithe newbie or veteran ($200 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 Instructor, Nicole Sewall via Dominic Episcopo.

I ♥... 29 Sep 2011


Anything by Isa's Restoratives, Hatch (Coming October 1!), Isabel Marant Suede High Tops at Third Street Habit, Lithe Foods Banana Chips w/Apricot Mousse & Almond Cream, NINO Brand & Samatha Hahn {via Oh Joy}

Images via Bela Shehu, brand websites, Oh Joy and Habitute via Third St. Habit.

LETS COAST. 29 Sep 2011


What's the best thing on wheels?  Our new Coaster Prop!  Get ready to sculpt your abs to perfection with our amazing new workout, High Waisted.  I'm putting the finishing touches on the workout choreography and the prop and I'm so excited to bring it to you this November.  Stay tuned!

Image of our Coaster prototype via Lauren



Lithe Passport. 61 days. 32 classes. My trip has already begun.

Higher Power

What you need: Gloves!
Props: Lithe Higher Power Band System (blue bands)
Clothing Considerations: Whatever you’re comfortable in
Sweat Factor: You’ll look like you were attacked by someone with a super soaker.

I didn’t grow up in a religious family. In my house, our mother just told us there was a higher power, and to always do the right thing. So, as a result, I grew up keenly interested and curious about all things spiritual--both traditional and alternative, so horoscopes were always a source of light-hearted fun. They were the first things I would read in Teen or YM magazine (well right after the “Nightmare of the Month” column. I’m still scarred by all the tampon horror stories I grew up reading as a child.)

So it’s no surprise that when I’m not lithing, or writing about lithing, I’m the resident astrologer for the National Constitution Center. This means that every month I write a column for the NCC’s blog, Constitution Daily, analyzing a zodiac sign and using it to think about events of the past, instead of attempting to predict the future.

Am I extensively trained in the art of reading the stars? Not a whit. But that’s what the internet’s for, right? (The way I see it, if Kris Jenner can become an ordained minister, I can sure as hell try my hand at a little astrology!) As for me, I’m a Taurus. A true Taurus. Bull headed, but caring. A teacher. Jealous and a bit possessive, but loyal with a slight penchant for nice, material things. Taurus likes? Stability, comfort and pleasure (duh, who doesn’t like those things?) Taurus’s dislikes? Being “pushed too hard.”  

Well it’s clear that Liz Galbally didn’t get that memo! I took Higher Power with her last week, and nearly died! I’ve taken it before, but Liz just took it to the next level. It is 60 minutes of intense, practically non-stop cardio using the bands. According to various reports on Fit.Hip.Healthy, it burns around 600 calories in an hour. This doesn’t surprise me in the least. Between the endless Clam Diggers and jumping lunges and cheer sequences, calf pumps, lift and pulls and more, I didn’t think I was going to make it through side number 2, after finishing the first.

No amount of star gazing could’ve prepared me for how nuts Higher Power was, but hopefully this post will help you see into the future a little bit better than I did, and prepare you for what lies in store!


What you need: Nothing! Just yourself!
Props: Step 8, 3 and 5 lb weights
Clothing Considerations: Whatever you’re comfortable in.
Sweat Factor: Ever taken clothes straight out of the washer and put them on? It’s like that.

Ever since I’ve been lithing consistently, my favorite thing to do is make people feel my arms. My biceps. My shoulders. My triceps. The whole thing. I warn them of course, that squeezing my arms may cause them serious pain...because they’re so rock solid!! (Seriously, I do this. All the time. My friends just shake their heads and indulge me.)

The thing is, I’m proud of myself! I’m no Angela Bassett or Madonna (thank God), but if my friends did as many Crazy Arms series, push-ups, tricep dips, and band classes as I’ve done to get my arms in shape, they would insist that people squeeze them as well! When I look around class during weight work, every woman regardless of weight or size, has incredible arms. Lithe Method doesn’t mess around when it comes to them.

Sleeveless for example will not only kill your arms, but burn some serious calories. The first 20 minutes of class is serious, fast-paced cardio which includes things like Rockette Kicks and a Kick Cross Step that I’ve never done in any other Lithe class, so is a little tricky to get at first.

Then the class moves into heavy weight work, and slows down significantly, using 8lb weights the whole time. Basically, I thought my arms were going to fall off. After that we dropped it down for push ups (which is killer after all the weight work) and then picked up the 3lb dumbbells for another set of weighted cardio. To top it off (or should I say bottom out?) we ended, with wide-second work, lunges and squats to round out with a lower body workout.

Needless to say, incorporating Sleeveless into your repertoire will have you wanting to sport tank tops through the winter so you can flash your incredible arms! And maybe ask some innocent strangers to squeeze them, or at least tell you which way to the gun show.

Next Up? A-List Abs and Short Shorts!

See you in class! 

Images of Lithe Instructors and Anna Marie Chang, MD via Dom



Image of Chef Lauren Hooks at Camp Lithe making our Tofu Scramble Yuba Wraps via Anne Falasco

DREAMCOAT! 28 Sep 2011


Check out Sayeh's nails. I'm obsessed. Sayeh's sister Naz is incredibly talented and has this killer blog. Take a look at her Water Marble manicure!  Dreamy. 

Image of Sayeh's manicure via Lauren



I'm really into tea right now (I'm obsessed with black tea, roobios and the TBar's coconut tea latte with Soy).  I recently caught up with Philly's Alexis Siemons:  Lither, writer, blogger of Teaspoons & Petals and tea consultant:

1.  How did you become so interested in tea?

I can still recall the moment that I watched the green jasmine pearls unfurl in my teacup over 3 years ago. Inspired by the aromatic sips and wondrous leaves, I created my tea blog (teaspoons & petals) to document my journey with the steep. This simple quest of curiosity quickly blossomed into a hobby, then a passion, and now a passionate career. From blogging, crafting custom blends, teaching classes to writing articles that feature my tea-infused recipes, I can’t seem to get enough of the simply beautiful steeps.

2.  Do you have any teas that you prefer to drink before/after Lithing?  Anything super beneficial for pre/post exercise? 

While my tea steeps change every moment, I often steep a green tea (normally pi lo chun) before lithing for a hydrating sip and small burst of caffeine. During lithe, I like to sip an herb infused water (lavender & mint or  thyme with a squeeze of lemon and dab of honey) that wake up my taste buds and body when I need a reviving sip mid class. Considering that I leave lithe on an energy high, I steep something a bit more delicate, like a Chinese white tea. Although if I opt for an evening class, I’ll steep a hot cup of Rooibos (made from south African red bush plant) that has a rich, earthy flavor without any caffeine.

3.  What tea should we be drinking this fall?

Masala chai is a wonderful fall tea thanks to its traditional warming spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel seeds, peppercorn, cloves, etc) anchored by hearty black tea that warms the soul. Although, if you prefer a chai sip with less caffeine, you should try a White Chai or Rooibos Chai. I also love roasted teas, like hojicha (roasted Japanese green tea great when served with ginger honey), Tung Ting oolong or Gen Mai Chai green tea. The steamy sips, toasty aromas and flavors pair perfectly with crisp fall weather.

4.  Anything that you can teach us about tea?

My best piece of advice is  to find a few teas that you love and learn how to steep them properly. I often advise friends in Philly to visit local tea shops where you can sit and sip and buy in bulk to-go (Tbar on 12th & Sansom). Meet up with friends and treat yourself to a few pots to find a favorite tea. Ask the tea expert behind the counter for the proper steep time and temperature and you’re set to make a lovely cup at home.

Keep in mind that every tea requires a different water temperature and steep time. For example, most black teas require boiling water steeped for3-5 minutes, while Green tea only should be steeped in 180 degree water for 2-3 minutes, and White tea at 175 degrees for 3-4 minutes, etc. Most teas have steeping directions on the packaging, but you can always google it just to be sure. Or tweet me :) 

Image of Alexis via Courtney Apple



Here's an update of my little guy. 


  Ali Shapiro

Even if you won’t be celebrating a new year this September, fall still seems like a time of fresh starts. For alumni of the quintessential American childhood, the first cool mornings bring back memories of the start of the school year with new school supplies and clothes. Indeed, this feels like a crisper time for a fresh start than cold and stark January 1st—which many greet from a fog of holiday food and alcohol.

For the Jewish New Year, there is a tradition of apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. I would like to share with you this recipe makeover for a traditional Rosh Hashana food, Jewish Apple Honey Cakelets. This cake is made from high-protein, high-fiber, low-carb coconut flour that balances out a touch of low-glycemic honey while cupcake form provides built-in portion control, and easy portability. Regardless of when you celebrate the new year, all Lithers can enjoy a truly sweet fall!

P.S. Only 2 spots remain in my Truce with Food program. I’m thrilled so many Lithers are joining me. If you are on the barre, definitely take the lunge before its filled.

Ali Shapiro is an author and regular NBC 10! Show contributor. She works with individuals and groups to achieve Eating Elegance™, which is a systematic approach to creating a sophisticated freedom around food and lifestyle that nourishes your tastes, not your taste buds. In other words, food is no longer the centerpiece in your life. To sign-up for her newsletter, click here

Images of Ali via Ali Shapiro and Lithe Instructors Krista DeNofa in Fat Free & Brooke Holloway wearing Lithe Wear for fall!

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