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26 posts from August 2015

SHE'S LITHE: MICHELLE LUNGER 31 Aug 2015

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This week, we get to know Varsity Lither Michelle Lunger!

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? Absolutely! Making Varsity is a personal reward for all the hard work I put in at the studio and the monthly perks are a nice treat. My wedding this past November was additional motivation to get to class. 

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Trashy TV (think Bravo) is my go-to when I need to unwind and forget about the stresses of life. When the TV is on at home, it’s usually on ESPN, CSN, or any type of sporting event. When I can steal the remote for a half-hour, I’m looking for mindless entertainment.                

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The most rewarding aspect of Lithe for me is the far-reaching positive effect on my life. Lithe boosts my mood, improves my self-worth, helps me through tough times, and has introduced me to some really great friends. Hi, girls!

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be a Barlesque-Twiggy hybrid. Twiggy was my first true love, then Barlesque swept me off my feet. I once took a Barlesque/Twiggy split and it was the best hour of my Lithe life.     

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Jordan Knight from NKOTB. He had the right stuff, baby.  

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Contacts/glasses (my eyesight is horrible), toothpaste, and a Swiss Army knife. I’m 33% practical. 

FALL INSTRUCTOR UPDATES 30 Aug 2015

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Julie Fannin, Gerri Trooskin, Joellyn Fox, D.P.T., and Anna Marie Chang, M.D. are back on the schedule! Ashton Osby, Danielle Ingerman, and Alicia Lai are currently on leave, but will be back late fall. See a few new names?Join us as we welcome new instructors Alicia Tom, Sukey Hendrix, and Meghann Galloway to the team! Stay tuned for their bios.  

Joellyn Fox, Gerri Trooksin, Anna Marie Chang, and Julie Fannin via Dom

LITHE-UP YOUR METABOLISM! 27 Aug 2015

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SHE'S LITHE: JEN ETTORE 24 Aug 2015

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This week, we learn about Varsity Lither Jen Ettore!

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? Absolutely. After my son was born in the spring of 2013, I started getting back into my pre-baby groove with Litheing again. By the time September rolled around I made the commitment to myself to go for it. My goal was to hit that 250 classes by the following August and I did. 

Chasing after a busy 2-year-old takes a lot of stamina. I need to be the best version of myself right now to keep up with him and Lithe helps me have the energy.

I am a faithful Old City 6AMer. Unless someone in my family is sick or I have an early meeting at work, I'm there every weekday.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Lithe is my number one form of stress relief. Taking a class first thing in the morning gives me a sense of accomplishment and sets the tone for the day. I feel like I can take on anything after a 6AM class.  

Having that one hour of me time is important since life is busy these days. My husband and I both work full-time jobs. My husband also owns and operates a small batch coffee roasting company with two of his friends in Collingswood NJ called Revolution Coffee Roasters. On most weekends you can find me and my son hanging out at the Collingswood farmers' market where Revolution Coffee has a stand. We love picking up local food and veggies from the vendors. It’s a big part of our lives right now and it's something we look forward to every weekend.

Other forms of stress relief for me are the occasional run a few days a week (if I can find the time to sneak it in). I am proud to say that I just finished my first Broad Street Run. And of course, a good glass of pinot noir helps on those extra stressful days. 
 
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Well, chair series never get easier even after all these years. And I can only imagine what I look like when trying to do some of the jumps (Hello, herkie!). The most rewarding aspect for me is seeing the results. Lithe changed my body when I started in 2011 and then again after I had my son. It is so true what they say, just trust the process. It really does work. 
 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Twiggy. It was one of the first classes I took when I finished my immersion in 2011. I was hooked after that. I don’t think I could ever tire of Twiggy.
 
What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? Gossip Girl from beginning to end. And I'm totally not embarrassed. Next on my queue is Mad Men and I’ve been meaning to catch up on Scandal before it starts again this fall.
 
What was the first concert you went to? I went to see New Kids on the Block in grade school. It was a big deal. (For the record my heart belonged to Joey.)

SWEATBANDS 23 Aug 2015

What you need - Sweat Bands

We're updating our band system at all the studios during the month of September (Rittenhouse is just about complete). With our cushiony and comfy new Twiggy/Thinny attachments, sweatbands will be mandatory for hygienic purposes.  We know that some of you don't like to use them, but we must keep our shared props sanitary so that you have a healthy, happy and safe experience with us. We go to great lengths to keep things clean at Lithe, but we need your help. 

There are several things that you can contract from shared sweaty props made of fabric including E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph, which is a bacteria that causes skin infections. Sweatbands prevent the spread of these icky diseases. Rest assured that these common germs are easily avoidable and much less frightening than they sound. So please remember to change out of your sweaty threads (and sweatbands) post-Lithe and wash your hands before you leave the studio, so you don't have to worry about these microscopic critters. It's also good to get into the handwashing habit since cold and flu season are around the corner. 

There are a few loaner pairs at each studio if you forget yours, but we do recommend purchasing your own. You'll find them at Lithe, City Sports, Target, and many other places. And if you're new to Lithe, check out what you need to get started.

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography

Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph, is a bacteria that mostly causes skin infections. - See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/7-grossest-gym-germs#sthash.4sNAcbZO.dpuf If you're new, check out what you need to get started

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 21 Aug 2015

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Happy Friday!  This week we're giving away a three-month Rocksbox membership. Not familiar with Rocksbox? It's the premiere destination for borrowing jewelry before you buy it. For a monthly fee, Rocksbox members receive a curated box of designer jewelry with the option to borrow, buy, or swap at any time.  It features 30+ amazing designers including Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, Gorjana, and Loren Hope, and every box includes a return label and bag reseals so when you want to send it back you have everything you need!

As far as jewelry, I spent most of my adult life only wearing the basics... diamond studs & my wedding rings. That's it. (boring!!) - See more at: http://www.workingmommagic.com/2015/05/why-i-love-rocksbox.html#sthash.Zc6rqMrK.dpufWe love that it's so easy. Every box has a return label and the bag reseals, so when you want to send it back you have everything you need.
Every box has a return label and the bag reseals, so when you want to send it back you have everything you need. Just pop it in your mailbox and the mailman takes it. - See more at: http://www.workingmommagic.com/2015/05/why-i-love-rocksbox.html#sthash.Zc6rqMrK.dpuf

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

Image via Rocksbox

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 20 Aug 2015

DEAR LITHE

Dear Lithe,

It’s been two years since we separated and I still often think about how you made me feel and how I felt when I had you in my life. You’ve given me confidence and physical and emotional strength. I see that you’re spreading your wings and I can’t help but be happy knowing that more people can share in my love for you. Please keep doing what you’re doing. And if you ever feel like coming to where I am, I would love that.

I promise to visit when I’m in town.

 

Dear Lauren,

I’ve been meaning to write this love letter ever since I left Philly but it was a little painful. I realize how ridiculous that sounds. I guess I felt that if I wrote this love letter, then the good-bye would be official. And I just wasn’t (and still am not!) ready to say good-bye. I know a lot of people write in to tell you how Lithe has changed their lives and how much healthier they are. I am writing to express the same and more.

Lithe has changed a part of me that I wasn’t expecting. It changed me mentally. It was the first time that I witnessed myself doing the impossible. (Tight-end? That’s like at least 100 reps on one leg alone, right?? ) The physical and mental training that we had in Lithe has carried over to other parts in my life. So often in class, I would see an instructor demo a move that I was sure was physically impossible. Though I never got through those reps un-interrupted, I attempted it. That’s more than I would’ve done, pre-lithe. That’s the mental toughness Lithe gave me. I don’t know that I would’ve gotten this on my own. For that, I am forever grateful.

Physically- well, you already know. I now scoff at other workouts (cocky, I know).  I push myself more. I test my limitations. I don’t quit. I’ve found the coveted muscle-shake. I walk into other workout classes with an inflated sense of confidence knowing that I have the best form and breathing technique. All this, I’ve learned from Lithe and the instructors.

I’m learning how to get to the next physical level because I’ve had the physical training from Lithe to push me there, no matter what I’m doing.

I know you hear it all the time, but, we love Lithe. We know you pour your heart into it. We feel it with every 2.0 class, with every new Lithe drink, and seasonal Lithe challenge.

If you ever need a moment of clarity, just remember that you’re changing lives in so many ways other than in the physical sense. You’ve transcended a mere “workout” into something that permeates into all other aspects of our lives. THIS is why we can’t live without it.

Love,
Irene

WE WEAR: PUMPED-UP KICKS 20 Aug 2015

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Sneakers are the perfect accessory for an active summer. They support us to and from the studio, when we're on the run, and look great with Michi leggings, Splendid tank dresses, and Mother denim. Nike, Adidas, Converse, New Balance, Mizuno — you name it, we've been wearing it. 

Everyone has their favorite brand depending on personal fit and style. Lauren Boggi loves New Balance's 711 Mesh Trainer because it's cush and great for running (and Lithing) with its flexible forefoot. Master Lithe instructor and avid runner Tiffany Nork prefers the Mizuno running shoe because it feels like clouds.

Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens is obsessed with Nike's colorful and lightweight sneaks. She's worn Nike forever and loves how colorful and lightweight they are. She ran Broad Street for the first time in May and after a lot of knee and foot pain accepted that she needed to get a pair of sneakers with supportive soles. She now owns (and loves) New Balance, but it took her awhile to get used to the chunky sole. She blames it on barefoot training at Lithe since she likes to feel her feet touch the ground. For shorter runs or cross-training, she's in lightweight Nikes all day, every day. 

Rachael also loves the Nike Dunk Sky Hi because it's a blend of casual and cool and the ultimate studio-to-street accessory. She says, "When I wear it I feel like such a bad-ass, but a laid-back, approachable bad-ass. I can also actually run in it and this pair is perfect for catching the train or making a flight. I like bright, funky things and feel like I am constantly walking the line between Katy Perry and a 3-year-old. Hi-tops give me a legitimate excuse to go crazy with prints and colors. They make me feel like an off-duty Victoria's Secret supermodel. Add aviators and a faux leather ball cap and I'm channeling Alessandra Ambrosio casually dropping by La Colombe."

Images via via @rachelle_pinksole, @nbwoman, adidaswomen & Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens wearing Nike via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHED-UP DAHL 19 Aug 2015

Lithed Up Dahl

Labor Day weekend is almost here, so you may want to keep this recipe in your back pocket. This Lithed-up dish is our anti-inflammatory secret weapon for counteracting your late summer wild ways (think: too much wine and sugar). The Indian equivalent of Jewish chicken soup, mung dahl is food for the soul. It's an easy-to-digest Ayurvedic stew that satisfies a body screaming for nutrition.  

Ingredients

2 c. mung beans

3 large onions, sliced

5 cloves of garlic, diced

1 thumb size piece of ginger, diced

4 large carrots, finely diced

7 large handfuls of spinach

3 large handfuls of coriander, finely chop the stems and roughly chop the leaves

2 limes (juice one and cut the other into wedges for garnish)

6 cups of hot water

1 tbs organic coconut oil

1 tbs Bragg Liquid Aminos

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tbs cumin

1 tbs turmeric

6 cardamom pods, smashed

Directions

  1. Cover and soak the mung beans overnight, then drain and rinse.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan, then add beans and simmer (covered) on med heat.
  3. Dry fry (without oil) the spices in a large frying pan for 1 minute on a medium heat until fragrant. Stir continuously to prevent burning.
  4. Gently heat the coconut oil in the same pan, and then fry the onions until soft, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add garlic and ginger and dry fry 5 more minutes on low heat, stirring to prevent over-browning.
  6. When the beans have cooked for approx 20 minutes, add carrots and the onions-garlic-ginger mix (set aside 2-3 tbs. of mix for garnish).
  7. Add coriander, pepper and Braggs. Continue to cook over medium heat covered for approx 10-15 minutes.
  8. Add more water or stock if needed and stir to prevent burning.
  9. Serve with a handful of chopped spinach (the leaves will wilt) and top with a spoonful of the spiced onion-garlic-ginger mix, and lime juice.

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LITHE FOODS IN PHILADELPHIA STYLE 18 Aug 2015

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Stay tuned for info on our post-Labor Day Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse. 

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