Need some inspiration right about now? Well, this oughta do it! Welcome to our "Summer Bodies are Earned in the Winter" series. Every Monday until Summertime, we're celebrating Lithe body diversity, and the real results of women who are toally kicking a** in the studios. These are real, strong women; women who lithe beside you in class. Some may choose to remain anonymous, some will not. Who knows, we may even see some before pictures!
RE: Results: You all see the results of Lithe via our instructors right here on the blog, website and in-studio. I love (to hate) when I hear Lithers saying, "Oh, I'll never look like an instructor because she was an athlete, or a college cheerleader". No, no, no. I repeat: NO! You absolutely can be your fittest! All of our instructors were clients. Most have Lithed religiously for years. Their results are from Lithing, not some other regimen, or sport that they were involved in 10-20 years ago.
For our inaugural post, we're starting off with Lither, Laurie. Laurie chopped her head off here (she's a little camera shy), so we can only see her beautiful body. I've experienced Laurie's amazing transformation first hand. Laurie was NOT a former dancer, cheerleader or athlete. Pre-Lithe, her workout consisted of some walking and the treadmill at the gym. She has a very small frame and was never "heavy", but she was much softer and proportioned very differently with little to no muscle tone. Currently, she is super strong with feminine (she says that she thinks that she appears more "feminine" in person than in the image above) curves and visible muscle tone.
Age: 44.5 years
Fell off the wagon: I recently fell off the wagon over the holidays: Thanksgiving combo-ed with Hanukkah, into party season over Xmas/New Years Eve and weekends at our ski house. It was crazy for a bit. I've been back at Lithe (and eating right) for the past six weeks.
How I Lithe: I started off two years ago taking 2-3 classes per week and 2 days of treadmill cardio at the gym, but about a year ago I up'd to 5 per week and quit the gym- there seems to be no point to doing anything else!! Not only are the results indisputable, I'm just totally addicted. Nothing else pushes me as hard or is anywhere as much fun.
I'm a huge fan of the fun, dance-y, sweat-your-ass-off classes with the bands. I feel like I'm burning max calories, and sculpting everything while I'm having fun dancing around. I particularly like Higher Power, Twiggy, Barlesque and Spirit. Those were game-changers for my body - I got slim, my legs got into really pretty shape, and my stomach just flattened out.
Sculpting is key: Per Lauren's blog posts about mixing it up, I make sure to take a sculpting class at least once a week, if not twice - I like classes that combine sculpting with some cardio CCS like Rock Steady, Stems, Weightless and Pom. Hot Legs is my current favorite and I'm so happy it fits my schedule. But I like Sculpt, Cinch, Waspie, A-list Abs and of course Skinny Jeans.
My diet: I do eat pretty clean. I vita-mix a green smoothie every day, and really most of my diet consists of lean proteins and vegetables. But I love to cook so, while that sounds simple, I like to make (and eat!) really delicious food - we grill and roast a lot, and I use a lot of spices and sauces and good oils and fats. I'm pretty strict about avoiding gluten, most of the time. Still love my dessert - I eat a TON of dark chocolate.
She does weigh in: I'm super tiny right now, for me - I am 5ft7, and my whole life, when I was feeling really good, I was 125-130 (bad stints I was upwards of 135). I'm currently 120 and seem to be maintaining easily. It's definitely intertwined with diet but I believe my workouts keep me slim even when I go a little overboard on the eating and drinking.)
She feels: As far as 'proud' - I totally am - I LOVE how I look - I can't WAIT to get into cute clothes every day - I have total body confidence right now.
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