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35 posts from February 2014

#EARNEDINWINTER! 28 Feb 2014

Victory

Aww, yeah!  Great job everyone!  We love seeing all your inspiration via Social Media.  Hang in there, only 15 days to go and 20 days until Spring!  We can't wait to see everyone's results!

Image of Lithe Instructor Colleen McNally doing a heel stretch via Dom

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 28 Feb 2014

Rembrandt & Lithe

Smile, it's the weekend!  Nothing is better than a bright, healthy smile - except coffee, chocolate and wine!  You don't have to chose (or drink your coffee with a straw) because REMBRANDT believes that you can have your cake and eat it too. 

This week our giveaway is an oral care whitening kit from the REMBRANDT DEEPLY WHITE collection ($40+ value!). One lucky winner will receive one REMBRANDT Deeply White 2 Hour Whitening Kit which whitens teeth three shades in just two hours, and one REMBRANDT DEEPLY WHITE Toothpaste and Mouthwash which can be used daily to visibly whiten teeth and restore enamel.  All products feature the same enamel-safe whitening ingredient dentists use, remove surface stains and penetrate deeply to whiten inside and out. 

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what is making YOU smile today. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person.  Good luck!  

 

INSTAGRAM ♥... 27 Feb 2014

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FAQ'S ANSWERED BY LAUREN 27 Feb 2014

FAQ

What's up with the late cancellation/no show fee on the monthly unlimited membership?: Yeah, it’s been a tough challenge to handle for us and we’ve thought hard about the best way to ensure that people take late canceling or no-showing seriously. When someone late cancels it’s really painful for us as a business, but also to the brand’s reputation and client satisfaction as a whole. We lose 2 spots if you think about it, the no-show, but also the Lither who could have gotten into the class and didn’t. Beyond that, there’s the disappointment of not being able to get into a class that would be diminished if we knew the attendance before-hand and weren’t surprised last minute. You'd be shocked at how many people cancel last minute. Believe me, I don’t want to charge a ‘penalty’ but it would be anarchy without it.

We ran a few focus groups of different populations (moms, people who lithe exclusively and people who lithe but also do other exercise methods). With our old policy, we used to take one day off of the monthly unlimited. For example, lets say you are a 6AM'er. IF we had spots in another class later that day (we usually do not!), we would allow you to take that class at no additional charge, but other wait-listed and walk-in clients got first priority. IF we didn't have spots in classes later that day, you would have to pay $22 to sign up for another class.

The late cancellation fee will generally be less expensive than losing a full day on a monthly package. If you take 21 classes per month it works out to $10 per class. If you take 21 classes then the cancellation fee will be the equivalent of losing 1 day on your monthly. However, if you take less than 21 classes each month the cancellation fee would work out to be less than losing the value of 1 day on your monthly package. We found that most people prefer the new way rather than the former. We certainly try and work with people who have to cancel, but I highly recommend that people who cancel often utilize a class card. BUT, with that said, when class card Lithers late cancel, they lose a class from their class card also.

I need people to feel a responsibility to their commitments, both for the business and for all other Lithers’ satisfaction. We are very open to other solutions as this is a constant topic of discussion internally. Right now this is sort of industry standard, and while we aspire to transcend industry standard in everything we do, this is the best way we’ve found so far.

Why did you raise juices by a buck: It stinks. I didn't want to do it but we have a new producer, and a better, fresher, more consistent product. We are constantly working on ways to decrease costs while maintaining quality. Right now, our prices have gone up a bit to produce a high quality juice, and we need to make a profit on this as Lithe is a business not a nonprofit (sometimes!):) Our Lithers want our juices, and we believe they would rather pay $1 more for them, than to not have them at all. That’s really what it comes down to. We want to offer this because it’s who we are and because we should, but it also has to make sense for the business. Like I said, we’re always looking to provide excellent value… price AND quality, and we will never want to waiver on the quality, so sometimes the price is what moves.  Read more on why cold-pressed juice is so expensive via Huffingon Post.

Why aren't all of my classes changing every 4 weeks?  They still will, but you'll see that we are working in a direction of only offering only the "best of Lithe" every quarter rather than classes that are not 100% loved by a majority of Lithers. Mindbody utilization reports tell us what you all really love. We'll also be debuting our "key" soon which I think that you will all find really exciting.  We are most definitely pairing down our options so that we give you a more consistent product. For example, we are slowly removing classes like Action Figure and Wings from the schedules so that the client experience is improved. I know all about those stinky weights : ) We will be selling weights in the future.

Old City:  Yes, wait-lists are growing at this location.  We have some great plans for Lithe OC that I can talk about in the springtime!

Rittenhouse: The. Studio. Isn't. Complete. Yet.  We have dramatically reduced wait-lists and increased client satisfaction. Wait-lists are not 40+ people deep anymore. We still have to install: signage, additional mirrors and barres, additional lockers, fans, and up-grade our locker room. 

Image of Lauren Boggi via Dom

SAYEH'S LIVING MORNING SMOOTHIES! 26 Feb 2014

Sayeh

It's no secret that I've been struggling with motivation lately. Bursts of it are easily quelled by howling winds and polar vortexes. And while clean eating has always been something that I have to make a real effort to maintain, I've been trying to be more conscious about it since I'm not sweating it out in the gym like I normally do. Part of that has been making myself a smoothie in the mornings when I can. I love smoothies for a million reasons, but most of all because they are quick, tasty and because they always seem to hold me over until lunch time. One smoothie that I've been loving is this quick banana almond smoothie that I play around with depending on what I have on hand. 

Ingredients

1 ripe banana (add a couple of teaspoons of agave nectar or raw honey if it's on the less ripe side)

1 handful of good spinach* or your another favorite green like kale

1 small palmful of almonds (you can do a tablespoon of almond butter here instead)

1 cup of your milk of choice (rice, almond, hemp, soy, etc) or water

1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil or a scant palmful of flax seeds (I also do chia seeds or hemp seeds here or a combination)

a teensy pinch of cayenne (I love the kick and it get things moving in the metabolism department)

a teensy pinch of turmeric (Start with a TEENSY pinch, and see how you like the flavor. It's strong and too much can overwhelm your smoothie. But if you can deal with it, go for it, because turmeric can do wonders to fight inflammation in the body.)

1/2 cup of ice (you can also freeze your banana and skip the ice)

Throw all the ingredients into the blender with the ice (if using) going last, on top of everything else. Pour. Drink. Enjoy. 

*I was watching some show on television where a food expert said that he wouldn't use boxed supermarket lettuce or spinach to feed his rabbit, because he didn't consider it food. I was shocked by this statement. I bought boxed lettuce and spinach all the time. (I later found out boxed greens are the source of much controversy.) So a while ago, I went to the Fair Food Farm Stand in Reading Terminal and on a whim bought a box of their mixed greens and a box of their spinach. Although I balked at the price at first (way more expensive than Whole Foods, or Whole Paycheck, as my girlfriend refers to it), my mind was COMPLETELY blown. The greens themselves were so substantial and had so much of their own flavor. LETTUCE. With flavor! I barely needed to dress it. And it all lasted SO SO long before it even thought about wilting. They are much more expensive than the supermarket boxes, but I have to say I'll never go back when it's available. Obviously, I'm not hating on anyone buying supermarket boxes. I still do it especially when the weather has made the local greens scarce, but if you have the chance to get the local stuff, I highly recommend it!

Image of Sayeh wearing Lithe via Dom

LITHE ON LOCATION! 25 Feb 2014

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Lither Tara Ann Carter sent us two shots of her in front of the Great Buddha (called Daibutsu) in Kamakara in the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, and doing a perfect Attitude Swing in Acadia National Park in Northern Maine!  Tara, great form even in a short dress and sandals!

Images via Tara

LITHE IN DAILYCANDY'S COAST TO COAST: BEST WORKOUTS! 25 Feb 2014

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Check out Lithe in DailyCandy's Coast to Coast: Best Workouts

SUMMER BODIES ARE EARNED IN THE WINTER (ED.3)! 24 Feb 2014

Summer Bodies are earned in the winter
 
This week we're featuring Lither Natalie.  I really loved getting to know Natalie better.  She wrote in and said that she would LOVE the chance to be featured in this series because she has NEVER loved her body more than she does today.  How beautiful is that? 
 
Age:   28
 
Kids: Not yet - maybe someday!
 
Her Fit.Hip.Healthy: Fit.Hip.Healthy to me means living a lifestyle that makes me feel like my best self. Obviously, that means a healthy diet and exercise, but it also goes beyond that for me. I make sure to make the time to do things that I love (go to concerts, spend time with my family, traveling to a new place etc) and say no to things that I'm not up for or don't fit in my schedule (i.e. not working long hours when I don't need to). A huge part of my lifestyle is going to Lithe as much as I can...and not just for the workout! I've met so many genuinely kind-hearted people (clients and instructors) - my relationships with them enhance my happiness just as much as sweating it out does :)
 
Fell off the wagon: I've honestly spent most of my life off the wagon. I went through years of body hatred and an eating disorder that left me with a completely skewed view of what exercise was supposed to mean to me. It wasn't until I started Lithing regularly a little over a year ago that I feel like I finally have things right.
 
How I Lithe: I lithe 5-6x a week (give or take depending on my mood and energy levels!)
 
Trusting Lithe to train her is "key" for her: I have complete trust in the mysterious, Wizard of Oz-like schedule of classes. With my schedule, I tend to pick the same time slots when I go, and I have YET to become bored or stop seeing results. That being said, here's a shout-out to some of my main girls:
  •  Rachael: your Armistice has not only given me arms that could win an arm-wrestling match against Paul Bunyan, but I'm still impressed by your knowledge about the habitats of penguins you shared during one "crazy arms" series. You're also the reason I have been getting my butt out of bed for 6am classes :)
  • Sophie: your Rock Steady was the turning point for me in terms of my CCS skills. You have so much patience and strength and are UBER inspiring!
  • Cori: I never understood (or felt) Waspie until you took the time to correct my form. You're amazing!
  • Jamie P: Your smiling face during the toughest parts of Peeled is something to write about! I always look forward to your classes and the upbeat energy you bring.
 
My Diet: I am a poster child for Intuitive Eating. I am so in tune with my body and what it needs, it's kind of amazing. My body craves healthy things 80% of the time, and the 20% of the time when it wants to party, I listen and give in. As soon as I gave up trying to stick to some kind of regimented diet, my body started to gradually morph into what it was was truly meant to be (and I'm not complaining!)
 
She does not weigh in: I haven't owned a scale in years (and seeing that written down is pretty awesome).
 
She feels: like a million bucks. times a billion.
 
 
Image of Natalie via Stuart Goldenberg

SPLIT! 23 Feb 2014

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I love a good Split.  Since February 2009, Split has been one of our most loved workouts.  Get the best of both worlds with 1/2 bands (30 minutes) + 1/2 barre (30 minutes) that's perfectly programmed so you're balanced and Lithe.  Check out what's on deck this week!  

Image of Lauren Boggi wearing Lithe via Dom

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 21 Feb 2014

Lithe & Intermix

Happy Friday, Lithers!  This week's giveaway comes to us from the incredible INTERMIX.  Established in 1993, Intermix is a multi-brand women's specialty retailer which curates the most sought-after styles from a thoughtfully edited selection of coveted designers. Renowned for its unparalleled styling, INTERMIX delivers a unique point of view and an individualized shopping experience.  You can shop INTERMIX online or at one of their 37 boutiques across the US and Canada, including our very own here in Philly right around the corner from Lithe Rittenhouse at 1718 Walnut!  

INTERMIX curates emerging and established designers with the latest, most inspiring newcomers, so you're always sure to find something you love.  Personal stylists are available to work with you one-on-one to create amazing looks from designers like Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Missoni, 3.1 Phillip Lim, A.L.C., rag & bone, Helmut Lang, Neil Barrett, J Brand, Barbara Bui, Giuseppe Zanotti, Valentino, Chloe, Illesteva, Jimmy Choo, and Tabitha Simmons. 

INTERMIX is giving away a $250 gift card + a 2-hour personal styling session to one lucky winner!  This is the perfect opportunity to refresh your closet for spring.  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what spring fashion you are most excited to wear.  Check out the INTERMIX Spring 2014 Look Book for inspiration!  A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person.  Good luck!

 

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