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32 posts from January 2014

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 31 Jan 2014

Krista

Happy Friday!  This week we're giving away three Lithe classes and our Lithe Hoodie!

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what your favorite Lithe prop is!  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter.  Rules:  One entry per person.  Thank you, and good luck!

Image of Lithe Instructor Krista DeNofa via Dom

SAYEH'S LIVING THE ALL NEW MELT! 30 Jan 2014

Sayeh

Melt!

What you need: Wrist Bands! (or socks or leg warmers) The new Thinny bands no longer have a foam cushion to protect your ankles (sanitary reasons). You need something to protect the delicate skin around your ankles from chafing from all the sliding the bands do in this high energy class. BYO or purchase them at the front desk for $6. I highly recommend them. They make a world of difference. 
Props: Yellow Melt Ball, Lithe Thinny Bands (the ones that velcro around your ankles) 3lb weights
Clothing Considerations: Long pants. Especially if you don't have wrist bands. This will protect your skin from the abrasive velcro of the bands. 
Sweat Factor: A light sheen. You could hang out with people afterwards without anyone wrinkling their nose and asking..."What IS that?" It won't be you. You'll be fine. 

A few weeks ago I tried to jump back into Lithe after my post-wedding, love-bloat, lithe-hiatus by taking Watershed for my first class back. I thought to myself: It'll be a good chill class to get me started. We roll around on that spiky ball a lot, and I should be fine. I've never been more wrong in my life. Being the person that reviews all Lithe classes, you would think I would know better!! Once I got in there, I remembered that we exhaust the leg muscles at the bar BEFORE we roll around on the spiky ball. I was in so much pain the next day that I straight up couldn't WALK let alone go to class again. This sent me back on an unintentional break to recover and then the new year's holiday hit and then...well I was back on hiatus (never having really ever left).  

So this week, I decided I would ACTUALLY ease myself in...for real. So I took Thinny on Monday. And while it was super challenging, especially with the brand new incredibly tight bands at the new Rittenhouse studio, I was able to use my legs on Tuesday when I kicked it up a notch to take Skinny Jeans (taking it slow by staying flat footed the whole time). But foreseeing that 40 minutes at the barre would do a number on me regardless, I made sure to sign up for Melt yesterday. I used to chase Melt around the schedule a couple of years ago, when it was in rotation, and loved the combination of stretching and massage the class offered, so I thought it would be perfect. 

Now, of course, as with all things Lithe, Melt has upped the ante and is a whole new class. When I walked in and saw the Thinny bands hanging from the ceiling, I cursed the Gods because it was clear that we were about to WORK. And work we did. But I have to say...it was the perfect combination of WORK and reviving my muscles. We started the class with a series of stretches, much different than the quick ones you may be used to in other Lithe classes. We took our time with them. Really getting into it and getting our bodies ready for the class. Then we grabbed the the small yellow Melt ball which is slightly larger than the spiky balls from Watershed and significantly smaller than the blue balls (hehe), used in many other classes. Tif, a licensed massage therapist, guided us to put the ball in a particular spot on our bodies that is often incredibly tight. And while she queued us for exactly what to do, and we laid there breathing, taking deep breaths through the tension, pain and release, she came around and adjusted each of our bodies to help us to get deeper into the stretch. (Germaphobes, need not worry, she sanitizes her hands between each Lither). And depending on the number of people in class, she gets to you once or twice max so no need to fret if being touched isn't your thing. 

Next, we strapped the Thinny bands around our ankles, grabbed the 3lb weights and placed the small ball under our low backs. And that's where we moved the train from relaxation station to f#@k me! depot. We did an ab series that I might be so bold to say is one of the tougher ones in all of Lithe. My core was seriously quaking. And I had to take periodic breaks before continuing. Yes, I'm not at my all time best as far as stamina is concerned, but it was objectively TOUGH. 

This process basically repeats itself for the duration of the class. Your work the hell out of a muscle group, then you take a quick breather by using the ball to release tension in the body. At one point you rub the ball across your pecs (ladies blessed with big bazooms, you might have to wrestle with yours for a bit first, but it's worth it) and you will feel a "hurts so good" feeling (as Tif puts it) that will have you wincing with agony/pleasure. 

If you're in that mode where all you want to do is burn calories by taking all of the high cardio classes, and you think Melt is too soft. Think again. You get that heart rate up repeatedly. Burpee moguls (try to visualize that one), mountain climbers, back bends...the list continues. This class is incroyable! And honestly, might be my new favorite. It was challenging, but also felt so therapeutic and...fun. Melt is all grown up, and perfect for those days where you want a challenge, but doing a CCS sequence is more than your overworked mind or body can handle.

So far so good on easing my way in. I'm feeling the momentum building and climbing my way back onto the wagon. (Although I have had more chocolate chip cookies than I care to admit in the past 2 days...but hey! Baby steps!)

See you in class!

DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS} 28 Jan 2014

Love Letters

Dear Lauren and Team,

Thank you so much for Lithe!  I had been debating trying it out for a few years and I am so glad that I finally did.  I had been nervous that I would find a competitive, exclusive, cold environment, but it turns out Lithe is anything but.  Everyone has been warm, welcoming, and supportive as I stumble my way into Lithe!

Fitness has always been part of my life.  I was an athlete growing up, and as an adult I'm always looking to make my workouts more challenging.  Even though I work out regularly (a balance of weight and suspension training, pilates reformer, yoga, and cardio) I knew Lithe would be a unique and humbling challenge (let's just say I'm not too stellar when it comes to fast-paced choreography and I've never been a huge fan of group fitness).  I was relieved to find that instead of judgment and impatience, I encountered nothing but encouragement from the instructors and other Lithers (bonus: my first non-101 class was Endvy with you- what a workout).  I have yet to be on the receiving end of side-eye in the mirror when I mess up and I've come to realize that in this environment it is unlikely that I ever will.

You really have created a culture of respect where everyone appreciates each other's talents and acknowledges that each of us are on our own individual journey to improve our fitness (I WILL conquer CCS choreography!) and love our bodies.  Instead of feeling competitive with the other women, I feel nothing but admiration for the way they challenge themselves (we all find different parts of each workout difficult, but we push through it together) and it inspires me to work harder.

Thank you for creating not just innovative and challenging workouts, but for cultivating a positive, uplifting community.  If you ever need someone to write about what its like to go from a hopeful skeptic to an enthusiastic supporter, I'm happy to do it.  Thanks again!

Best wishes,

Vicki Ricart

LITHE ON LOCATION! 28 Jan 2014

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Lither Lindsay Honzak shared this Lithe on Location shot just a week shy of her 6 month lithe anniversary. She and her family were at Amista Vineyards near Healdsburg, CA in the Sonoma Valley when her fiance captured this picture of her lunging in the vineyard!  She thanks us for making her days healthier, happier and brighter!

LITHE FOODS 2014! 27 Jan 2014

Lithe Foods

Remember this postLithe Foods is back in the fridges today (at all studios) just in time for our evening classes.  How is Lithe Foods different this year?  You'll see your favorite Lithe cold-pressed juices and smoothies, but now you'll also see a curated selection of lean, locally-inspired, and seasonally influenced takeaway fare from our favorite Lithe-approved Philadelphia restaurants, chefs and bakeries. 

Get ready to fuel your practice with our kitchen-to-studio Lithe Bodega!  Created and curated by Lauren Boggi, who understands the need to balance your busy life and keep your taste buds buzzing.  Since we don't always have the discipline to shop and prepare something delicious and healthy, Lithe Foods does the work for you, and packages it “to-go” so you can keep moving!

We're excited to bring the Lithe community the best Philly has to offer and we have a whole lot of excitement up our sleeve.  We're softly launching a la carte options today with a Philly favorite:  Pure Fare

*Please Note: Some Lithe Foods juice/smoothie names and ingredients have been updated to improve our product.  Have questions?  Customer service inquires may be directed to Laura at lithefoods@lithemethod.com.  Press inquires may be directed to pr@lithemethod.com

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CATE RIGOULOT 27 Jan 2014

  Cate Rigolout

From: Hamden, CT

Favorite City: Paia, HI

Favorite Lithe Workout: Thinny & High Waisted

Favorite Lithe Exercise: CCS sequence from Tight End

How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team:  Cate is an experienced teacher with a great eye for misalignment and poor form.  She has super strength, stamina and form, and I think that you'll agree that you can't help but like her.  She can crack the whip and be funny (and a little bit goofy) in the best possible way!

Other Job: High school science teacher

Enjoys: walking around the city with her husband & two dogs, curling up with green tea on a Sunday morning, baking, cooking, going to concerts and music festivals, traveling, hiking, SCUBA diving, dark chocolate, and spending time with friends and family.
 
What you wouldn't know by looking at her: She was a nationally competitive pairs figure skater throughout high school and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to train for a month when she was 15. She stopped skating to study environmental science at Trinity College and focused her research on insect chemical ecology. She was raised as a vegetarian and has never eaten chicken, beef, or pork, but will eat fish while traveling under certain circumstances. She's a scientist and a naturalist at heart and knows lots of interesting, mostly random, facts about a variety of plants & animals. She also has a knack for identifying dog breeds.

Image of Lithe Instructor Cate Rigoulot via Dom

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 24 Jan 2014

BHLDN

Happy Friday!  This week's giveaway comes to us from BHLDN (pronounced 'beholden' and meaning 'to keep' in Dutch).  As the sister brand to Anthropologie, BHLDN was founded in 2011 with the mission of providing each bride with the edit she's been searching for —heirloom-quality wedding gowns, artisanal hair adornments, jewelry, footwear, and decor. They just released their spring collection, which is loosely inspired by the dreamy, sun-bleached seascapes of Greece. The new gowns are very romantic with lots of sheer, airy elements and are enhanced by soft, tonal embellishments, like 3D embroidery and lace, or adorned with cool, soft sparkle and place stonework.  If I were walking down the aisle again, I'd definitely wear a dress from their selection.

If you're currently a Lithe Bride searching for your perfect dress, stop by BHLDN's sample sale at the Navy Yard tomorrow from 10AM to 1PM.  Gowns will be priced from $100 to $300, so get there early to score a deal on a gorgeous gown.

BHLDN is giving away a Side-by-Side Bracelet ($100 value) plus a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what Lithe class you think is best for sculpting Lithe Brides!  A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person.  Good luck!

Images via BHLDN

INSTAGRAM ♥... 23 Jan 2014

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S/S 2014 LITHE ESCAPE! 22 Jan 2014

  S/S Lithe Escape 2014

After a two year hiatus, Lithe Escape is back!  From March 23rd-March 28th 2014, we're taking a departure from our intimate, ultra-luxe villa-based Lithe Escapes of the past and going to my happy place: Jake's Treasure Beach.  Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip; it's the epitome of bohemian luxury.

Back-story:  A good friend introduced me to Treasure Beach a few years back, and Jordan and I have fallen in love with the area, the warm, friendly community and the friends that we have made there.  Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast is the antithesis of a tourist trap.  It's really off the beaten path, but that hasn't stopped us from returning again and again. 

Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast.  The community of Treasure Beach is truly unlike any other place in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines and miles of sweeping savannas—not it’s white sand beaches or jungle-like rain-forests. Treasure Beach is notorious for the warmth of its people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century).  Full Disclosure:  This is the real Jamaica.  We'll be an almost three hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget, and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart. 

What is Lithe Escape?  Imagine one week to focus on yourself...A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded women.  Get excited for girl time and down time, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU

Want to learn more?  Download Lithe's Escape Manual

Ready to book your spot?  Email escape@lithemethod.com.  Our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette will be ready to assist you beginning on Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 4PM with flight information and roommate details. 

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