3 posts categorized " A LitheStyle Change "


Sayeh's Living Lithe


What you need: Gloves!
Props: Pom Bands
Clothing Considerations: Whatever you're comfortable in.
Sweat Factor: Ice Bucket Challenge Status

I'm going to be bold and proclaim something big right now. Sideline is the new Lithe class that will change your entire body. Fast. We all know the staples like Waspie, Skinny Jeans and Higher Power will whittle you into shape, and we take them religiously. Add Sideline to the list, sister girls. Add Sideline to the list.

It kicked my ever-loving butt in a thousand ways. Unlike its title may convey, this is not a class where you can hang out on the fringes and observe. You are in high gear from the jump, and don't let that intimidate you. It was the perfect mix of high-intensity CCS, but also slower-paced sculpting interspersed throughout using Vertical Band Sculpting. This is where you stand up and step on handles of the Pom bands instead of holding the handles with your hands. You then push and pull on the bands that now have incredible resistance since you are holding them extremely taught with your feet. (Where you place your feet matters...up too close to the ball of your foot, and you'll be in pain quick...go back towards your heels.)

The Vertical Band arms sequence in this class might be the most challenging arms sequence I've yet to encounter at Lithe. My shoulders, biceps and back were on FIRE. During the cardio sequences I was praying for them to be over, so we could cool it down with the sculpting, but the arms and back stuff was so intense, that I was quickly praying for the sculpting to be over so I could get back to jumping around (and I'm not a cardio lover). 

If you're trying to get your arms and back on point for any reason (wedding dress, just to be a badass) take this class. From butt to thighs to calves to waist to fingertips--you are working it out in Sideline. As I left, a fellow Lither and I agreed that taking that class on a consistent basis would whip us into shape in no time. 

See you in class!

Image of Sayeh Magaziner via Dom




Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is debunking common food and nutrition myths by giving you facts about sugar, fat—even comfort food — and more, so you can feel good about diggin' the foods that you love.  Danielle is studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions.  Her favorite class is Micronutrient Metabolism, and she's currently interning at CHOP and at a private practice in Trenton, NJ.  I'm thrilled that she's shedding some fresh and passionate "Eating Lithe" insight here on Fit.Hip.Healthy!  Today we're talking maintenance:  

I’ll admit. Deep inside, I have definitely fallen victim to it. The crunch-time mentality. When you’ve eaten like a preteen for weeks and realize your friend's wedding, your vacation, your son’s bar mitzvah (had to throw that in there) is lurking around the corner and it's time to hit the gym and diet track HARD. Ya know - we all do it. Heck, in the diet and exercise world we analyze behavioral patterns and trends all day long. It tells us peaks and lulls in business. Here’s the thing though- it’s a slippery slope, this mentality and I’ll tell you why.

One of the biggest things we preach as (future) dietitians is maintenance. When a client comes in and says “I want to lose x pounds for x event,” heads always shake left to right. Setting a goal is great and encouraged, but the goal of that goal is to stretch it out as far as possible. Did you know that in most cases of successful weight loss the goal is 1 pound or less per week? Gradual weight reduction has been found to improve weight loss outcomes solely because the weight stays off. Think about it: the more time you take, the more you expose yourself to improvements in diet and exercise - the stronger you get. New changes turn into better habits and the easier it all becomes.  Once you lose the weight, shed the inches, and change the diet (the hardest part), remember the secret to success is ... maintenance.

While you pack away your swimsuits as fall approaches and start thinking that sweaters will blanket our bodies and we can "let go" - stop. Because it’s not about one short-term goal. It’s the long haul we’re worried about. So what happens if work gets crazy, the kids' schedules pick up, it's cold, it's raining, and on and on? What if you only get to 2-3 classes one week, or cook dinner once, or friends come in from out of town and you decide to take them to every one of your favorite spots to eat? IT'S OK! Some weeks are better than others. Our goal is to not let the bad ones derail us. We steer this train, Lithers!  Too overwhelmed to cook? Keep a tighter watch on takeout orders and portion sizes. Feel like an hour of a class is more than you can commit to today? Go for a walk, do some crunches and push-ups in your living room. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. WE define what throws our train off the tracks. The goal is to never give up on your health- it’s YOUR decision. Maintain, maintain. That’s the name of the game.

Image of Danielle Ingerman wearing Lithe via Dom


Lither Maya emailed me about being posted on the blog for a new type of challenge.  After hearing her story, struggles, and goals, I knew that it would give her all the accountability that she needed to succeed in making a  real lifestyle change.  Today Maya is kicking off a ONE YEAR challenge toward health, strength, and well-being.  One of her long-term goals is one that we can all relate to: she says that she knows it will be a long time before she truly has a "summer body," but she wants it this time next year.  
After hearing about Lithe via (retired) Lithe Instructor Brooke Holloway, she combed the blog prior to taking classes. In May 2012 she completed 4 Immersion classes and her first regular class was 7 months later in December, 2012.  Then, she went from taking 23 classes a year in 2013, to 20 classes in 25 days in 2014.  What changed?  The #EarnedInWinter, #LitheSpringClean & T-30 challenges gave her a goal, motivation and accountability.
Maya says that she has learned so much about herself during the first challenge; Her focus was no longer the number on the scale, but how she feels: strong, energized, empowered, and on her way to a healthier life.  She says that her day isn't complete without Lithe - We can all relate to that!  We'll be checking in with Maya on a monthly basis.  Lets cheer her on! 

Age: 32
Kids: 1 boy, age 7
Her Fit. Hip.healthy: Prior to my car accident 8+ years ago I enjoyed dancing, lifting weights, Pilates & martial arts. I've been limited to physical therapy and swimming until Lithe. I discovered lithe through a previous Lithe Instructor (friend of a friend). I read about Lithe on the blog before trying Immersion in 2012. I was out of shape and in lots of pain from my car accident. I barely made it through four of the six classes during those first three weeks. Fast forward to Jan '14. I agreed to have a rhizotomy (procedure that heated the nerves in my lower back). For the first time in eight years, my back pain was greatly reduced. I was able to workout! I committed to the #EarnedInWinter challenge. I went from 4 classes in 3 weeks to 4 classes in one week. I went from 20 classes in one year to 20 classes in 25 days (some double classes too!). I went from not being able to do a modified push up to attempting those clapping push-ups (on my knees). Three challenges down and I can finally pull up from lying down to balancing on my sitz bones (this frustrated me as I did Pilates many moons ago). I really needed these challenges, not just for commitment, but for myself. I'm happier, stronger, and have less back pain when I Lithe.
Fell off the wagon: Yes and no. I honestly wasn't really on the wagon until Jan of 2014. I did immersion in May of 2012 but didn't come back for several months. I purchased a few deals on LivingSocial and Rue LaLa. Classes were few and far between until January 2014. Since January, I have taken, at most, a week off between challenges. I hated it, but I have knee issues and I needed the rest.  I find that my pain increases if I take more than 2 days off. 
How she Lithes: My goal is 5 times a week. Sometimes less, sometimes more. It hasn't been easy. I have to stop during class pretty often due to my back pain. I check my form constantly, modify, stretch, or take a breath. I look forward to the day I don't have to do this, but for now, I do what my body will allow. 
What is "key" for her: Finding a balance between being a Mom, taking time for myself, and managing my injuries. All three of these need my attention. 
Her Diet: I'm currently doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox. I did it back in January and it was life changing. After this I plan to transition to a Paleo/Primal type "diet." My goal is to eliminate all processed, chemical laden foods. No judgement if you choose otherwise. I just can't stop myself when I eat those foods. 
She does weigh in: I try not to worry about small fluctuations. I often weigh in daily, so I know how my weight fluctuates. It helps me keep perspective. On the other hand, I keep all my NSV (non scale victories!) in mind. Weighing in is only part of it. 
She feels: Content, grateful, and happy. I'm happier than when I started, that's for sure! I have a long road ahead of me but I'm excited for the future. I look forward to all the positive ways my life will be changing. I am grateful that the rhizotomy I had earlier this year has allowed me to get to this point. Without it, there's no way I would have been able to complete the three Lithe challenges. 
Images of Maya via Lauren

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