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40 posts from June 2012

LITHE GIVEAWAY FRIDAY! 29 Jun 2012

  Duet-1Happy Friday!  This week we're giving away a five class package, one Lithe Foods Greek Pita Salad, a Lithe Latte and fresh-pressed Greenie ($116 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!

Image of Lithe Instructor, Tiffany Nork via Dom

10 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS! 28 Jun 2012

ANNUAL_promoAnd...SOLD.  If you e-mailed in, we'll be responding to let you know if you were one of our first 10! 

 

 

For the first time ever, we have 10 yearly Lithe memberships available!  That's one full year (1-a-day monthly unlimited) and it comes with a few great perks:

 

Annual Membership Perks:

  • 1 day of Liquid Lithe (3 seasonal juices & 3 smoothies) on day of your choice ($42 value)
  • Bring-a-New-Lither Sessions: 3 Free 101's for you and a buddy ($120 value)
  • 4 Seasonal Lithe Insider workshops with Lithe Founder Lauren Boggi, including (optional) measurements & before-after photos (over a $100 value!)

Lithe Insider Workshop Dates:

Saturdays, 12pm-1:30pm at Lithe Old City

*September 15, 2012

*December 8, 2012

*March 9, 2013

*June 9, 2013

 

Price:

$2,000 (that's a $400 savings, so it's like you're getting two months free!)

 

To sign up:

Sign up via email: First 10 emails to "info@lithemethod.com" with the words: "Reserve me an Annual Membership" will be chosen.  E-mail must include your name, and a phone number that we can reach you at for payment during the day. Payment must be received by 5pm, or we will move down the list of e-mails.

 

Package Info:

  • Begins when any current package expires/runs out. Valid at all four Philadelphia Area Studios.
  • Can be frozen twice in the calendar year for up to 7 days at a time.

Image of Lithe Instructors, Liz Galbally & Elizabeth Howe via Lauren

 

CHRISTINA'S REVIEW! 27 Jun 2012

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MARGHERITA FRITTATA! 27 Jun 2012

Margherita Frittata
This is the Italian version of our protein-packed, low-cal, and low-carb egg "muffins" with the classic Margherita combo of fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil.  Ingredients: egg, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, tomato, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper
1 “muffin”:  83 Calories, 6g Fat, 1g Carbs, 6g Protein  Price:  $6.00  Best: HOT or COLD

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 27 Jun 2012

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Action Figure (Put Armistice and Weightless and Skinny Mini and Fabulegs into a Vitamix and the giant Lithe smoothie extravaganza that is Action Figure will explode out in a mixture of sweat and tears all over you.)

What you need: No gloves necessary!
Props: Ankle weights, Wrist weights, 8lb weights (no, that’s not a typo. EIGHT pounders)
Clothing Considerations: Long pants (if the velcro weights irritate your skin or rub on the backs of your heels)
Sweat Factor: Get ready to look like this.

My entire childhood, I only owned one action figure: a 4-inch tall She-Ra the Princess of Power doll. She-Ra ruled! She was tough; she was brave; and homegirl knew how to dress. She wore a flattering, white mini dress with a sweetheart neckline, cinched at the waist--a completely flattering silhouette for her buxom body. I don’t think Tom Ford came out and said She-Ra was his inspiration for Gwyneth Paltrow’s cape get-up at the Oscars, but let’s be honest. And her ability to accessorize? Rachel Zoe and her piles of bangles and fingers full of rings would feel under-adorned in her presence. The woman wore a giant gold headdress atop her flowing gold mane, a gold choker (yeah she did), giant gold cuffs, a fab gold belt (also all the rage this year), and knee-high gold boots. In short, She-Ra was my hero.

But, although she was exalted in my eyes, I didn’t play with her all that much. I was usually more of a Barbie girl. (Shocking, I know. Although, my Barbies were gangster. Like who was more cool than SPACE Barbie? She had an amazing fuschia outfit and did space exploration.) She-Ra would only make an appearance from time-to-time, when I was feeling particularly full of mischief, to wreak havoc on my carefully orchestrated Barbie fun. Oh, hello Barbie. Hello, Ken. Sorry to disturb you whilst you are on your date at this 50s style soda fountain, but I will be karate chopping you off these pink stools now. (My She-Ra knew martial arts too.) I’m not sure why She-Ra was so angry with my Barbies. Perhaps she was bitter because He-Man (that was She-Ra’s bf right? Or did I just make that up in my prepubescent mind?)* wasn’t picking her up in pink Corvettes to take her back to Dream House for some action. Perhaps.

So when I sat down on the mat before Action Figure the class, struggling and juggling all my props, I was feeling a little more Barbie than She-Ra, I must admit. I had the feeling in the pit of my stomach that often comes right before a Lithe class that I know is going to do a number on me. I looked over at the girl next to me, and said in my best Ralph Wiggum voice, I’m scared. She looked at me, and said. Really? I’m excited. I love this class.

That’s when I knew I was in trouble.

Lithers don’t just love any classes; they love the ones that are the most brutal. We are a masochistic bunch. The harder and the sweatier, the better. So I sat up straight, dropped the scared bit, and pretended I was fastening beautiful gilded cuffs to my wrists instead of 2lb weights, and golden boots instead of ankle weights and was ready to call on my inner princess of power.

That lasted about 2 minutes.

The first cardio sequence is akin to the one you do at the beginning of Tight End or Weightless-- lots of jacks, double jacks, jump jump plyos, etc. which transition into a little dance sequence. But it’s a whole new ball game with 8 extra lbs attached to your body. It didn’t take long before I was wishing that a winged, talking unicorn would fly through the studio and whisk me away. And it didn’t end there. We went on to do sculpting work, twisting our waists in high v’s and low v’s, a standing lunge series, push-ups, see-saws...all with an 8 extra lbs. Kill.er. Then we went on to deadlift the additional 8 lb dumbells on TOP of the wrist weights in various bicep and tricep moves. NBD. THEN you go to the barre, and do various torturous lunges, sumos etc. while basically carrying a very fat newborn on your person.

But, as always seems to happen the moment a Lithe class is over, I went from feeling like a bit of a weakling to feeling pretty dang strong for having survived. I basically showed up feeling like Space Barbie, dressed up in all the right equipment--with no real action figure ability whatsoever, to sweating my way into full on She-Ra status. By the power of Gray Skull, that’s not bad for 60 minutes!

See you in class!

*update: at press time, I did a little research and realized He-Man and She-Ra were actually twin brother and sister! There goes my sexual frustration theory.

Image of Lithers and Lithe Instructor, Elizabeth Howe in Action Figure via Lauren

LIQUID LITHE! 26 Jun 2012

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You've been asking for a healthy, grab n' go, Lithe-centric "liquid detox" and we're delivering!  Ladies, here's your LIQUID LITHE.  No need to pre-order, ship, or pay over $42; just grab from our in-studio fridges!  Many of you have been piecing together your own liquid day(s) for months now and have been raving about it.  I have to be honest, I don't love the thought of going just juice (all day) while Lithing.  
I've always said that our workout truly demands more than juice.  So, while I don't think that juice fasts or cleanses should be an every day part of healthy, Lithe-friendly eating, I have personally benefited from a day of all (or nearly all) liquids -- though, the liquids I choose are more nutritionally varied and dense than just juice!  

Follow the diagram above and piece together your own Liquid Lithe.  Here's my current favorite line-up (with an additional kale salad added in) as example:

#1 ("breakfast"):  Lithe Latte 
#2 ("morning boost"):  Lithe Greenie
#3 ("lunch"):  Basic Green Smoothie
#4 ("afternoon boost"):  Lithe Greenie
#5 ("dinner"):  Horchata + Kale Salad
#6 ("dessert"):  Lithe Sangria

TOTAL = 1,271 Calories, 31g Fat, 197g Carbs (26g Fiber), 34g Protein

Our Lithe Foods are, by design, cleansing & detoxifying, especially our drinks (juices, smoothies, shakes, & kale salads).  Combining them together for a day or two of Liquid Lithe is great for really giving you a good kick in the buns and resetting your eating patterns.  I've also used Liquid Lithe as a pre-cursor to our Detox Plan. 

NYC AUDITIONS, ROUND 1. 25 Jun 2012

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Carrie and I were up in NYC this weekend auditioning a select group of 15 extremely talented (and very lovely) women; many are professional dancers, Broadway performers, NYC Rockettes, ex-cheerleaders and fitness instructors.  NYC, you've got one hell of a Lithe team coming at you this fall!  We'll be posting the details of our next NYC instructor audtion soon.  

Image of NYC Lithe Instructors at NY Live Arts via Lauren

MAD PROPS! 25 Jun 2012

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FLYIN (HAPPY WEEKEND!) 22 Jun 2012

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Jordan takes pictures of Mars in his highchair and then superimposes him into fire trucks, fighter jets and trains.  This weekend he's a pilot.

LITHE GIVEAWAY FRIDAY! 22 Jun 2012

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Happy Friday!  This week we're giving away a ten class package-perfect for a Lithe newbie or veteran ($180 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!

Image of Lithe Instructor, Bari Rosenthal via Dom

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