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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Let's be real, it's the results I've seen over the years. I've always been skinny, so it's easy to feel like I look healthy because of my build. But the truth is, I feel the healthiest and strongest I've ever been, which empowers me. Who would have thought that I would be in my 30s with two small boys feeling better than ever? Not me. And it all started with just showing up to Lithe. I walked into the studio, and then the magic happened. I get my ass whooped at every class and I love it. Now that I've gone off on a tangent, the truth is the confidence, the self esteem boost, challenge, and sheer high I feel after showing up, giving it my all, and leaving all my sweat on the mat keep me coming back. 

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? After a long day, which is just about every day when you have small kids (shout out to all the Lithe mamas), I like to sit outside on my porch, catch up with the hubs, and chat/vent to my bestie. Really long days call for ice cream. Could eat it every day. It's a problem.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? When I am pushed to the point of total exhaustion. Sounds kind of sick, but I know everyone can relate. When I'm doing sculpting work and I find that quiver, then I realize that's how it should feel. We all know when we kill it and when we're not giving it our all. So when I kill it or really try my damndessed, that makes me feel the best. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Since I'm a Libra, decisions can be hard, so I'm giving two answers. I would be Freestyle because you know it's going to be killer. You don't know what to expect, but you're never let down. Then I would go with Thinny because you can only push people so far. Sometimes we all have to find that inner thing that pushes us because we want a good workout, not just one to say, oh I worked out today. I have seen strength in myself with this class. You can skate by, but if you really dig deep, it's super hard.

What is the first concert you went to? I went to Ozzfest when I was in middle school, but I never actually made it inside. The parking lot scene is intense and a lot of people never make it in ... I mean it's Ozzfest. My first actual show was probably Dave Matthews Band or Cypress Hill. 

Who is/was your celebrity crush? Lets start with women crushes: Rihanna, Beyonce, and Margot Robbie (how cute and sexy is she?). And let's not forget JLo. The women is in her 40s, has two kids, and dates 20-year-olds! And yup, I got to say ... all the Kardashians. I can't help it. I'm #obsessed. Who needs to go on to men after that line up? But I will just for fun. Leonardo DiCaprio, good ol' Brad Pitt (he just gets better and better), and Jake Gyllenhaal. And my new crush is Tom Hardy. 

SIX CARDIO TIPS! 21 Jul 2016


Happy Thurdsday! It's cardio day at Lithe, so it’s time to kick up the cardio and sweat it out. Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does it make a difference on the inside (improving your cardiovascular health), but you will see results on the outside, too (especially if you stick to it 3-5 times a week).

I think that one of the toughest aspects of Lithe is getting your cardiovascular stamina up to par or back up to par after some time offAs a newbie, you may find yourself feeling defeated trying to finish our hour-long classes numerous times a week and devoting some time to learning our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting choreography. You can do it! Here are some tips for safe, efficient and effective cardio:

1. Be a 6-7AMer! I suggest doing cardio in the morning before your first meal. Your body is most likely to use fat as the energy source because your glycogen stores are depleted.

2. Protect your feet, but not with sneakers (unless you have a foot injury). We barefoot train at LitheWhy? It makes you stronger from head to toe and simply builds a better, stronger, leaner body. If you have a foot injury you should wear a studio sneaker and avoid stilletto. You want to work correctly, stay on a mat and NEVER over-bounce on the balls of your feet.  Our feet work instinctively, but to prevent stress fractures, shin splints and plantar issues, stay on your mat, use your quads to launch a jump, keep a gentle point to your ankle, and then roll through the forefoot and heel. Your goal is to "sponge" and not bounce. That "up" energy should be an illusion. Your entire body is active, but you're working down into the ground. Work harder by getting low and grounded, rather than bouncing high and beating up your feet.

3. Keep your shoulders open, depressed, and lift your chest. This instantly engages and elongates your abs. 

4. Activate your arms. Think about how you punch out those perfect sharp high V's and low V's ... Do this with every movement and feel your heart rate climb! 

5. Don't stop as soon as your heart rate starts to really climb. So many people get nervous once their heart rate gets in the zone. Breath, stretch, and shake.

6. If you're DIY, Make a killer cardio playlist on your iPod to get you through the workout. Pick out your favorite songs that you love listening to so you forget about the time.


Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom



What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Most recently, my May wedding was a major motivator. Leading up to the big day, I participated in the Earned in Winter Challenge and took pictures and measurements before and after each portion of the challenge. Though my schedule as a pediatrics resident prevented me from reaching my class attendance goals, I toned up and lost eight inches, so that was a win even if I didn’t get a tank top! I have been Lithing for four years and you just can’t replicate the feeling after a great Lithe class: Energetic, strong, and ready to take on the world (or at least Philadelphia)!

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Am I allowed to say that I have a glass of wine? But really, other than sweating it out in a class, I love a meal with my husband and friends. Also, a snuggle with my sweet Goldendoodle Riley remedies any stressful situation.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Growing up, I danced and loved the challenge of mastering a new routine. When I explored various fitness classes in Philadelphia, I found that I got bored quickly. Then I found Lithe (thank you, Rue La La). At Lithe, I get to pretend I’m back on the stage during the CCS sequences. And the satisfaction of hitting every move without messing up is hard to beat. In July, my neonatology fellowship training will take me to Hershey, so I won’t get to the studio as much as I would like. However, I am so excited that Lauren has set up LBActive. I will be keeping up with my CCS moves from afar!

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Though I love taking Freestyle with Lauren or Rock Steady with Jonathan, I think I am most similar to Thinny: Grounded, a little complicated, and surprisingly tough.

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? You should see my husband imitate what he thinks I do at Lithe. It involves a high-pitched voice and lots of prancing around, just to give you an idea. Sorry, Mike.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? The first thing I’d have to go with is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I’ve been a devout user since college (maybe even high school). It's silky, a bit shiny, and has SPF 15. I’d also bring a sweatshirt because I am always cold. Finally, I’d pack Tweezerman tweezers because we all know a unibrows still exists even if no one is around to see it.

What is the first concert you went to? Wish I could say it was something cool, but it was NSYNC. It was the '90s!

Image via M2 Photography


Lauren Boggi Goldenberg

So many of you near and far love Lauren Boggi Active and some may wonder what the difference is between the brands, and why I chose to take LB Active online instead of in-studio. 

Lithe Method was never constructed to be a virtual workout. It's our live, in-studio experience. While Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting is the movement technique that Lithe workouts are based on, it's not what Lithe is. I'm not saying Lithe is more or less, just different! Lithe is 60+ workouts, an entire method and philosophy, a workout key, a teaching style, and an incredible in-person experience and community (some say a cult!?), but I never saw it translating into a virtual experience and frankly have never aspired to that for Lithe. 
LB Active is a virtual platform for Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting, not Lithe Method. It's another type of brand powered by Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting. Like a pencil being used to write a novel or hold hair in a bun, CCS is an engine that can power many things. I've always been excited by the idea of taking CCS as a concentrated, core workout and building a new brand solely focused on that as an engine, and then using that to power other things. Similar to Lithe, but maybe not. I'm hoping that Lauren Boggi Active will become the laboratory to fine tune CCS and create amazing things. It will benefit Lithe, but go different places in a complimentary way.




Dig Deep

It's unbelievable what a four-day weekend can do, right? You've worked so hard for months. Don't allow summer to derail you. It's time to dig deep! Be the person who always shows up and never gives up and believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it. We challenge you to take 14 classes in 14 days from July 11 thru July 24, so that you can re-ignite your passion with your health and fitness goals. Sign up today thru Monday, July 11.


  • When: Monday, July 11 thru Monday, July 24.
  • The Fitness & Food: Take 14 classes in 14 days and eat clean Monday thru Friday.
  • Hashtag calendar:

    July 11: #LitheResuts, #DigDeep
    July 24: #LitheResults, #DigDeep

  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes the challenge and hashtag calendar wins two weeks of free access to Lauren Boggi Active Studio LB streaming. Studio LB streaming is perfect for Lithers who travel or those who want to vary their routine and increase their results.

 Image via Antrim + Spruce Photography

CORA LOVE 5 Jul 2016


"I was intimidated by the Cora classes, but I got my tax refund, closed my eyes, and signed up. Loved (and hated, haha) every second. The instructors were top tier. The supportive group was small and it felt like seeing friends three days a week, plus I felt like Beyonce every time. I tried to eat healthy during Cora, but I'm human. I ate cookies and drank wine, usually together. Somehow I was still the "biggest loser" for May. I cried when I left the studio that day. I was so happy. If I could afford it, I'd sign up for Cora every month. Also, those Cora bands are incredible. My arms got toned so fast. It was the best experience I never expected to love. Losing 10.5 inches wasn't too bad either." - JD
"I loved the Cora community and how the classes made me push myself. The other class memebers helped with the experience and we encouraged and supported one another. Of course, it helps to have someone to make eye contact with when you're absolutely dying. I saw great results after completing Cora. I lost almost 9 inches and 4 pounds. I feel stronger and I'm able to use heavier weights and hang on to weights longer (example the latter half of Armistice!)." - NK
"I loved the personal attention that the Cora instructors gave to help us maintain proper form while kicking it up a notch. I also loved the extra resistance provided by the Cora bands. The results were amazing. I took regular classes during Cora, so my muscle definition was great. My overall strength and endurance increased. I'll be back for another round of Cora" - JW



What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I started Lithing a little over a year ago. I was active, and had a “normal” gym routine, but it was definitely not consistent. With my work schedule and freelance demands, I dedicated less and less time to keeping myself together. Once I began Lithe, I felt like I was home. Within a month, I cancelled both of my gym memberships and started a daily Lithe routine. There are so many aspects of Lithe that keep me consistent: The results, the ever-changing and always challenging class schedules, and simply how much fun I have was enough to get me motivated, keep me engaged and striving to work harder on myself to achieve my personal goals. My goals started out small, but continue to grow as Lithe continues to push me to be the best version of myself.

When you’ve had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? I love taking my dogs for a walk, drawing, sewing or having a glass of wine with the latest scary movie.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I always love when I can finish a full Barre sequence. I feel so strong and accomplished, knowing that it doesn’t matter how many times you do it, it is always a challenge. I also love seeing the results of hard work paying off, and the overall feeling that you get when you leave class. You really do feel like a superhero - like you are on top of the world and can do anything.
If you were a Lithe class, what would you be? I would be Mercy for sure! I am always on the move, and juggling a million hats, but I always give 110% to anything I do, and love to make things challenging- just like Mercy. The quick and fun CCS routine plus the weights is always a challenge, but so rewarding.
What do your friends and family think you do when you’re in the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? They thought it was a dancey-light impact, frilly cardio-girl-thing. A lot of my friends with cheer, dance, and strong athletic backgrounds were skeptical but interested when I gave the the low-down on Lithe, so I made them all come to a class with me. Each one of them were expecting something along the lines of “Zumba meets Yoga” and were blown away at the level of difficulty, the amount of people that were so invested, and how challenging it was. (Not to mention how fit and strong everyone was!) I figured it’s something that needs to be seen to properly understand, and no one has been disappointed yet! 
What was the first concert you went to? When I was 8, my parents took me along to see AC/DC (yeah, I was the kid on her dad’s shoulders) so technically that was my “first” concert, but the first concert of my choosing was Green Day when I was 10. Music was huge part of my childhood, and continues to be!
Who was your celebrity crush? When I was young, I had a huge crush on Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, These days, I’m more of a Robert Downey Jr./Jeremy Piven girl.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three things you’d need to survive? Wine, All of the Harry Potter books, and a hammock, and I would be just fine!


Kit & Ace x Lithe

Join us for happy hour and a Kit and Ace trunk show at our Main Line studio on Friday, July 8 from 5-8PM. Three lucky Lithers that attend will win prizes that total $78, $98, and $468. To RSVP, email philly@lithemethod.com or call any of our studios.

Kit and Ace combines the comfort and durability of athletic wear and the aesthetic of everyday clothing. Together, these elements form a chic and functional clothing line that stands up throughout the day. With a highlight on technical design, its fabrics can take anything you throw at them.

Before our Main Line happy hour next week, we want to give you a sneak peak of its versatile pieces and a chance to win an outfit valued at $300. They recently opened up shop in Fishtown (1424 Frankford Ave.) and specialize in clothing perfect for your studio-to-street Lithestyle. Whether you're sweating it out at Rock Steady or hitting up Sips, you'll look flawless. 

For a chance to win, you'll need to do a little online shopping (sorry, not sorry). Choose your fave top or bottom from kitandace.com, and then leave a comment below telling us which piece you love and why. 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!

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