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33 posts from September 2014

BLUE BAND HAND TIPS! 30 Sep 2014

 

New to Lithe, or having touble holding the blue bands?  Watch as Lauren gives tips on proper hand form when using Lithe's blue Higher Power band system.

 

THE GREEN FRESHIE! 29 Sep 2014

Freshie

It's not a smoothie and not a juice – it's a Freshie!  I've been searching for a truly natural sweetener for years and I feel like I struck gold on Friday when the Microgreen Queen introduced me to popcorn shoots. Popcorn shoots are microgreens (some are sprouted) that are sweet like sugar cane nectar.

Whip this one up in your high speed blender. Things are about to get really fresh...

Ingredients: Ice, 1 cup coconut water, 1 handful of spinach, 1 Asian pear, 4-6 popcorn shoots (to taste)

Instructions: Blend in your high speed blender until smooth. 

Images via Lauren

RIGHT NOW... 26 Sep 2014

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 1. Ban.do canvas totes are bright and durable.  2. New Balance 711 Mesh Trainer is so comfortable and great for Lithe with its super flexible forefoot. 3. RMS beauty oil keeps my skin glowy and protected as the weather turns cooler.  4. Lithe's kale & cashew wholefoods Lithe Bar is perfect post-workout (coming soon from Napa, CA). The Beacon by Beacon & Lively is awesome - Pink means that my sitter is texting. Love being smart without being a smart-phone zombie. 

Images via Jordan and brand wesbites

 

F/W 2014 LITHE ESCAPE AMANSALA! 26 Sep 2014

Escape

*Today is the last day to reserve your spot on our Fall Weekend Lithe Escape! Payment is due in full on Wednesday, 10.8.14.  

Ready to get ultra-Lithe in paradise?  From October 30-November 3, 2014, we're heading to the original eco-chic resort, Amansala on Mexico's Carribean coast. For four nights and five days we'll take over Amansala Chica, the all new 20-room, all suite outpost (complete with a beachfront juice bar and rooftop spa) that's organic, sustainable, hip – and right on the ocean's edge. 

What is Lithe Escape?  Getting back to basics. Eating fresh and simply, falling asleep to the sound of the sea, rustic, bohemian luxury, salt, sun, sand, sweat, spa, Lithe magic, new friends, and exploring.

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 downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU

Want to learn more?  Download Lithe Escape Amansala

Ready to book your spot?  Email escape@lithemethod.com.  Our awesome Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette is ready to assist you beginning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 10AM with flight information and roommate details. 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 25 Sep 2014

Dear Lithe (love letters)
Lauren,

Hello! I haven't had the pleasure of meeting your acquaintance yet, but I spent the past week at Lithe and just wanted to write a quick thank you.

I played soccer for the greater part of my life.  I graduated high school and played semi-professionally instead of going to college. I dabbled in volleyball and softball growing up, but stuck with soccer above anything else.  In all sports, I never had to try – I seemed to be a natural and relied on that.  When I turned 23, I decided not to resign with my team and to enjoy a social aspect of life. However, something has really, really been missing. I've reorganized my priorities in life and goals and to obtain the things I want for myself, I have to lose some serious inches in my legs and hips (4-6 inches on my upper thighs, 1-2 inches on my hips, and a total loss of 9-14 pounds), so I turned to Lithe on top of my new clean eating and kickboxing regiment.  
 
After the first day I was hooked and after the first week and six classes, not only am I sore and so far outside of my comfort zone, I am happy. I absolutely have some learning to do in the cardio classes as far as the routines go, but your instructors are understanding, which makes it really comforting for someone who is used to being a natural at most athletic things. I am really excited for this journey (I've booked classes until October 14 at this point and plan on buying the calorie trashers in a few weeks!) and want to thank you and your instructors SO much for sharing your gifts and patience with me!

Thank you,
Briana Tyson

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 24 Sep 2014

Sayeh

So, I'm in the midst of week 2 of the 6 week Fall Transformation Challenge, and it's been a rocky start. Week 1 coincided with my busiest and most important work week of the year thus far, and getting to class wasn't easy. So when I saw Melt back on the schedule, I was relieved. Not only is it a required class for the challenge, it was exactly what I needed. Something restorative, yet still challenging. So I thought I would repost my review on Melt to encourage all Lithers to give it a shot even if you aren't participting in the Transformation. I know most of us like the hard-core nature of classes like Tight End and Weightless better than the more low-key--we want to make the most of hour. But Melt does challenge you (details about the ab sequence below), and also does your mind and body wonders. Tif calls me a Melt junkie, and it's absolutely true. You can't beat a workout which stretches and centers you while giving you an ab quivering shake.

You will leave wanting to make an appointment with Tif for a Body Booster. Her knowledge of the body and all its muscles and connective tissues is so impressive and helpful, both in the studio and on her table. For an appointment, you can email her at tiffany@lithemethod.com. 

Melt!

What you need: Wrist/Andke Bands! (or socks or leg warmers). 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!

WALK-STAR TIPS! 23 Sep 2014

*Turn up the volume so you can hear me - The fountain is super loud...

Our Fall Transformation Lithers are getting #SexierInSix by adding an additional 20-30 minute Lithe Walk-Star (ankle weights optional) to their schedules up to six days a week for six weeks. They are also receiving videos and tips via email on a daily basis, but we'll be posting them live a week later so that everyone can benefit!  Stay tuned for more! 

LITHE IN PHILADELPHIA STYLE 23 Sep 2014

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How to Stay in Shape Through Fall

PROGRAMMING TIPS FOR FALL 22 Sep 2014

Jen

I've heard from many Lithers, when they first start Lithing, that they were already working out every day, thinking that they were "fit" and had just hit that inevitable plateau with their results. Then, they realize, Lithe.Is.Different.

I specifically designed Lithe around a sculpting regimen and cheer-based cardio (Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting®) that gives you unparalleled results … and I've put a system in place via our scheduling key that assures you will never plateau. By constantly updating and adding workouts, customizing classes to the season, and orchestrating the monthly class schedules so you almost can't avoid variety in your workout, you'll never get bored and never stop seeing results.

To everything, there is a season ...

Just like eating seasonally is important, it’s just as important to work your body in unison with the seasons and what you’re are taking in food-wise.  During the fall, we get back to basics with the "bones" of Lithe.  Our classic, (and brand new!) grounded, sculpting workouts return to the studios in a big way: Higher Power, Waspie, Hot Legs, Cinch, Thinny, Hi-Top, and Skinny Jeans take the place of spring and summer's high-energy favorites (Spirit, Rock Steady, Rah).  Why?  We turn inward and are more lethargic and tight as the weather turns cool. Guess what?  Your body knows this, too!  Without even realizing it, you ground your body for colder weather as well as decreasing sunlight and serotonin levels.  Have you been eating processed, starchy food?  Try to stop.  Right now is a crucial time to winterize your diet and balance your body and blood sugar with more protein (veggie or animal) and nutrient-rich veggies. 

So remember, to get the most out of Lithe right now embrace the variety (and the classics) and continue to push yourself (hold those bands longer and pick up those 5, 8, and 10 pound weights!). You'll love the results! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Jen Mitchell wearing Lithe's Cinch band via Dom

LAUREN'S BEAUTY BREAKFAST 22 Sep 2014

Monday's Breakfast

Good morning and second week of our Fall Transformation!  Looking for something hearty and filling that will re-set and power you through your Monday?  This is my go-to dish pre-photoshoot or bikini. Protein-packed and nutrient-rich, Lauren's Beauty Breakfast is a nod to our Lithe Escape breakfast (subbing a kale variety for Caribbean callaloo):  1 egg, 2 egg whites, and 2 handfuls of fresh-picked kale sauteed in olive oil and Braggs Liquid Aminos.   

Image via Lauren

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