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37 posts from October 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 31 Oct 2013

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Happy Halloween!

LITHE ON LOCATION! 31 Oct 2013

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Check out Lithe Instructor Ashton Osby plyo'ing & Heel Stretch'ing on the trail in Laguna Beach, California! 

#LITHEIST 30 Oct 2013

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25 THINGS {BY SAYEH}! 30 Oct 2013

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The first class I ever took with Jaime was Peeled. It was a double whammy of newness because it was my first time taking the class and with a new instructor. I had no idea what to expect. While Peeled killed me (and still does), Jaime blew my mind. She did ever single rep of the arm work. Every. Single. Rep. If you haven't taken Peeled, you should go now just so you can truly understand how ridiculous this is. But her physical prowess wasn't the only thing that caught me off guard, it was her disarming way. The only word that comes to mind to describe it is: kindness. She just oozed kindness. She was in-charge, she was kicking my butt, but she was just...nice. I felt like I'd been taking her classes for years even though we hadn't spoken a word to each other. A coworker, whom I've been evangelizing with the gospel of Lithe for months, finally went to her first 101, and Jaime was her instructor. When I peppered her with questions about the experience, she could only gush about Jaime. What a perfect introduction into our community. This week she shares her 25 Things, and turns out being nice isn't her only quality!
  1. My name is Jaime.  It is not short for anything, and I don’t have a middle name.  Telemarketers like to call me Hi-mey.   My parents named me after the Bionic Woman… think The Six Million Dollar Man circa 1975.  Sadly true, but I am thankful as Sunny was a close second!
  2. My Confirmation name is Victoria after my grandfather Victor.  He was the only person I know who could actually walk on water & teach me to tie my shoes at the same time.
  3. Serendipity is my favorite word.  I love what it means and how it sounds as it rolls off your tongue.  I have contemplated getting it tattooed on my foot for years.
  4. I do have one tattoo.  It is of my favorite thing… the sun.  I got it on spring break in South Beach.  I met Marky Mark in that very tattoo parlor!
  5. My second favorite holiday is the 4th of July; it runs a close second to Christmas.  SUMMER, fireworks, parades & BBQs=happy day! 
  6. I spent my entire childhood with short hair… my mom called it the Dorothy Hamill.
  7. My mom is amazing.  She makes me totally crazy and is one of my very best friends.
  8. I have one older brother who is part Wayne Gretzky and part Lance Armstrong (minus the doping stuff).  My best friends & my cousin are my “sisters."  Each of them brings spice to my life… I would be lost without them. 
  9. I am an aunt and a Godmother.  I absolutely love spending time with my littles doing whatever they want to do.  I am a kid at heart- amusement parks, pink cotton candy & mini golf- love. 
  10. I suffer from the disease of perfectionism.  It came clear to me again as I was painting my bathroom and broke out a fine point artist’s brush.
  11. A girly girl with power tools.  My favorite color is pink and I have a soft spot for Lilly Pulitzer all the while having more power tools than most men.  I once remodeled a condo… chair rail, crown molding, fire place surround and my claim to fame… I installed a toilet!
  12. Don’t ever tell me I can’t do something.  I will take it as a personal challenge and prove you wrong.  I believe that anyone can do anything they really want to do if they are willing to work for it.
  13. I have been a pediatric ICU nurse for 13 years and counting.  It is a mental, physical and emotional challenge every day & I love it.  My perfectionist nature definitely comes in handy here.
  14. I am late. I am almost always either right on time (I mean to the minute) or late.  It is a struggle that I have tried to correct for years.  When I tell you I am sorry for being late… I really mean it!  I believe the universe works against me.
  15. I am a good sleeper.  I can sleep anywhere at anytime and I must always set an alarm.  FYI… the Sleep Cycle app has changed my life!
  16. I love to cook, entertain, decorate and garden… I could be totally content doing that and Lithe forever.
  17. I have a GIANT sweet tooth.  I choose vanilla over chocolate and cookies over cake… unless there is a lot of frosting involved.
  18. When I am stressed you will find me cleaning and cooking.  It is how I find my balance and often involves a bottle of wine.
  19. I rarely watch TV but the first thing I do when I get home is turn it on.
  20. An animal lover to the core.  In high school I though about being a veterinarian.  I got a job at my local animal hospital and quit in tears after my first day.  I tried again after college and volunteered at a local animal shelter.  I left in tears with a kitten after one hour.  Welcome home problem child Emily.
  21. Emily is my famous million-dollar cat. She has been “special” since her very first near death experience.  A fellow Lither saved life #7.  I will be eternally grateful AS.
  22. Burt’s Bees lip balm & tape lint rollers… necessities of life.
  23. I love all kinds of music and I am always stuck with a tune playing in my head.  I often hum and sing aloud without even realizing it’s happening.  All I can say is I am sorry!
  24. I am not yet married nor do I have children of my own.  I have kissed a lot of frogs and I am still waiting for one to turn into a prince.  Know anyone? 
  25. I love Lithe!  It has changed my life & continues to make me a better version of me. Thanks LBG! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Jaime wearing Lithe via Dom

LAUREN ON BUSINESS & BRANDING 29 Oct 2013

 

Lauren on Business and Branding

 

Lauren on Lithe & Branding for Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly.  Want to learn more about Lithe and the importance of branding?  Check out the roster for ThinkFest!

RETIRED LITHE INSTRUCTOR! 29 Oct 2013

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Lithe Instructor, Cheri Tolin has accepted a promotion with Dechert LLP (Congrats, Cheri!) so she will no longer be on the schedule, but we'll see her on the mat!  Cheri, thank you for your endless energy, inspiration and commitment to Lithe.  We'll miss you! 

Image of retired Lithe Instructor Cheri Tolin via Dom

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 25 Oct 2013

Aveeno Oatmeal & Lithe

Happy Friday!  Did you know National Oatmeal Day is on Tuesday?!  I love oats, and so do the folks at AVEENO®, Lithe's beloved locker room and shower product sponsor.  

Oats are the lead ingredient in many of AVEENO®'s ultra moisturizing products. As the cold weather approaches, our skin's need for moisture increases.  Say syonara to dry, itchy, flaky skin with AVEENO®'s iconic oat-based products.  My three favorite oatmeal products are also AVEENO®'s best-sellers:

Daily Moisturizing Lotion, formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and blended with rich emollients to soothe and moisturize dry skin.  AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, also formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal, cleanses and nourishes skin while replenishing and locking in moisture.  The lightly fragranced, dermatologist recommended formula helps replenish skin's natural moisture as it cleanses for visibly healthy skin.  Plus, it's hypoallergenic, soap-free, dye-free, and gentle enough for sensitive skin!  AVEENO® Soothing Bath Treatment is made of finely milled 100% pure ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin.  When dispersed in water, this powder forms a soothing milky bath that works as a natural cleanser, provides temporary skin protection, and relieves skin irritation and itching.

To celebrate Lithe + AVEENO®'s shared love of oats in honor of upcoming National Oatmeal Day, we're giving away an AVEENO® Oat Bundle ($100+ value) of their most iconic oat-based products for moisturizing and soothing skin! For a chance to win, please tell us your favorite use or recipe for oats! A winner will be chosen at random and announced on National Oatmeal Day (Tuesday, October 29), so this time you have four days to enter. Good luck!

Product images via AVEENO®.

LITHE ON LOCATION! 23 Oct 2013

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Check out Lithe Instructor Lyndsey Salter with fellow Lither Caitie Medve Lithing on the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland!  Beautiful, ladies!  I love the jeans and matching boots!

GET LITHE: FOR GOOD! 23 Oct 2013

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We had such a great response from our complimentary 101's this month that we're extending the offer indefinitely.  You're loving it, and we love making you Lithe.  So, essentially your first class is free!  If you took a 101 as a beginner, or as a refresher this month, go ahead and indulge again.  It's okay to have a second helping!  To do:  Go to the on-line store in Mindbody, and select Complimentary Lithe 101's. 

Rules:  All new and existing clients can use this offer once.  It must be used within 30 days of being adding to your account.  Need more than one?  Additional 101's are always encouraged for newbies and we recommend purchasing the New Client Special, post-complimentary 101. 

Images of Lithe Instructors Gerri Trooskin, Kim Sauer, Jaime Powers, Liz Galbally and Tirsa Rivas via Dom

SAYEH'S LIVING WAIST NOT 2.0! 23 Oct 2013

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Waist Not 2.0!

What you need: Gloves! 
Props: Pom Bands (The ones with handles), 3lb weights (optional for modifying), 2 mats (intrigued?) 
Clothing Considerations: Whatever you are comfortable in
Sweat Factor: I had a pretty good sweat going. If you have to go out in the world after, you certainly can without looking like you stepped out of a swamp, but you should probably just go home and shower. 

Rachel Dore's column last week about being Fit.Hip.Mindful was truly perfect. All of it resonated with me. The "I am here" mantra struck a cord because my mind is always wandering, (my wedding is day after tomorrow!), as did the piece about being open. So much wisdom in those words--especially for life in general. But being open can be challenging when it comes to our ways and habits. It's hard to switch gears when we've been operating in the same ones for so long. Lithe however, offers us a microcosmic opportunity to take baby steps in that direction. Not sure if you'll ever be able to be open to another political party's rhetoric (or the annoying FB'er who won't stop ranting about it)? At least you can attempt to not spazz out when you walk into your favorite class, and it's now a 2.0. Don't think you'll ever be able to understand the obsession with YouTube sensation "What Does the Fox Say?" (What's wrong with you? It's incredible. It's my gonna be my first dance.) you can at least try a new instructor without wanting to gag.

Enter Waist Not 2.0. I walked into it on Friday, looking forward to the chill vibe I was used to in its predecessor. When I saw the bands dangling from the ceiling a la A-List Abs 2.0, I thought fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu....well you know what I thought. But, in the spirit of openness, I sat down, took some good breaths, set my intention (to be hot for my wedding) and was ready TO DO THIS!

Think of Waist Not 2.0 as A-List Abs 2.0's much much meaner older sister. She loves you, but bosses you around and doesn't let you wear her clothes or touch her makeup, and while you kinda hate her, you really wish you could just hang out with her and her friends. You begin by laying flat on the mat and taking the Pom handles into your hands for some familiar ab-prep work. All extremely more intense with the resistance of the bands. Since the focus of the class is the waist area, you do a ton of rotation work...taking the bands with you, working your arms, shoulders, back...EVERYTHING.

This class had me TREMBLING and for real sweating. At one point we were in side plank and had to bring our hand which was pointed towards the ceiling, holding a band, down in front and underneath our bodies. I baaaarely made it. My good friend made eye contact with me in the mirror and mouthed, this is HARD." I mouthed back some other, worse expletive. And then there's Banana Rolls. I'm not even going to tell you what these are. All I'm going to tell you is: be open, be patient, and prepare to be SORE. (Hint: They are the reason you need 2 mats.)

We finished off the class with some standing leg and waist work, which included a bit of choreography. Not jumping, dancing choreography. Just a series of moves you do in sets and then put all together. I have to say that Waist Not 2.0 gave me the class I never knew I was missing. It was a cardio class that wasn't crazy high energy. In other words, I sweat like a cray and my heart rate was UP, way UP, but I didn't jump around at all. There are days where I want a serious cardio workout, but I'm not in the mindset to do a Twiggy or a Barlesque. but I still want the sweat factor of those classes. Waist Not 2.0 is just that--best of all worlds for any day...but especially those days where you just don't have it in you to slap your own butt. I couldn't recommend it more. 

See you in class!

Image of Lither Sayeh Hormozi wearing Lithe via Dom

 

 

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