Speaking of Lithe Built body parts. Do you Lithe regularly? If you do, you absolutely have incredibly strong, toned legs! And, some of you have the length that I could only dream of (See Meg, above). If you weren't born with legs for days (myself included), here are a few surprising little fitness and fashion tips that will make your legs next level:
I'm all about comfort, but wearing a heel really elongates your legs. Even just a little lift gives your legs a longer, leaner look. I’m a big fan of kitten and wedge heels. Both are comfortable and make my legs look longer the moment I step into them. Feet hurt? Slip on a pair of Taryn Rose heels. I have bunions and wide feet and my feet feel like a dream in them.
Calf pumps (AKA Cheer Preps) are our signature cardio move that you simply cannot do enough of! Calf Pumps balance the legs muscularly and work every part of the leg, especially around the knee, calves, glutes, and hamstrings.
Nude shoes are timeless and versatile. Not only do they transition seamlessly from day to night, but also from season to season. Wear them with shorts, jeans, pants, skirts, and dresses. I always travel with a pair. Shoes that are the same color as your skintone create the illusion of longer legs because there is no visual break. In order to achieve this super streamlined effect, the pump should blend perfectly with your skintone. Think about nude pumps the same way you would about foundation – find one that works for you and matches your skintone.
Jeans that sit at your natural waist (right at the belly button) automatically give the illusion of longer looking legs. If you're petite and curvy stay away from the super high waisted trend, which tends to make you look wider and squat.
Black is the magic word. I often live in head-to-toe black because it makes my legs look longer.
Endvy & Skinny Jeans/Sculpt workouts really elongate the legs and build your foundation.
Glow: If your legs are bronze they immediately look longer. I get spray tanned once a month but you can also DIY at home. My favorite product for glowing legs is Tarte's Brazilliance. Apply it with the mitt provided before you head out and you’ll get a sleek, Summery glow that makes your legs look beautiful!
Spanks work wonders to smooth out saddlebags and lengthen your legs.
Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing Free People via Dom
I have super-sensitive skin and rosacea, so while spa facials sometimes play a part in my skincare routine, I usually save face at home with natural ingredients. In between visits to my aesthetician, I love to experiment with at-home masks and scrubs.
Is your skin changing with the cooler weather? Enter this DIY fall mask. Just like my Killer Scrub, this face mask uses only three ingredients – and you probably already have them in your kitchen! It really ups your glow factor and only costs a few pennies per treatment. Check it out:
If you're using Irish oats, break them down into a fine powder with a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. Then, mix, apply to face and decollete, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and rinse off with cool water.
Some Lithe Escape essentials brought to you by many of the things that I'm currently lusting over: 1. Ancient Greek Ikaria Wing jelly sandles 2. Shock Absorber Active Zipped Plunge sports bra for high cardio classes in the pavilion, bike rides, and jungle Hot-stepper 3. New Balance 711 sneakers for jungle treks and climbing the ruins 4. Lisa Marie Fernandez Jasmine supportive neoprene bikini for beach workouts. 5. Lucas Hugh League sports bra for sculpting workouts and walks to town 6. Yoga mat 7. Coola mineral sunscreen 8. Fabletics Everyday tote 9. J.Crew tie-dye suit for sun and fun.
Images of Amansala Chica & Tulum, Mexico via brand websites
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
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Rah IS different. It’s supposed to be. The fact that this evokes such a colorful range of emotions from those who take it makes us giggle with glee! Why?! Because… that’s the point! We want you to react!
Rah was born out of the following paradigms of influence: somatic psychology (the process of using the body to heal), neuropsychology, self-hypnotism, and movement therapy via Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting.
The targeted goals of this workout are three-pronged:
# 1: Feel. React to stimuli with emotion. Reflect on your recent past and attach an emotion to it. How do we facilitate that? By giving you an experience that activates this internal process. This is why we use the words we use. It’s supposed to be jarring. It’s supposed to feel slightly uncouth. Did you love the class? Are you incredibly fearful of it now? Did you absolutely loath the entire experience? Doesn’t matter either way because ultimately, the objective has been achieved.
We as a society, but women in particular, are conditioned to keep our emotions at bay… to stuff them down deep inside because “there’s no room for that ‘stuff’ in/ at / during _______(fill in the blank).” We may walk around not fully connected to our emotions. When a colleague asks you, “how are you?” What is your response? Is it genuine? Honest? When you say, “I’m fine, thank you! How are you?!” do you really mean it?
#2: Affirm. The phrases we use are affirmations, or positive statements that paint a mental picture of how you want your life to be. Specifically, we are promoting self-love. A lot of how we feel about ourselves is held outside of our conscious awareness (it’s actually an adaptive feature of the human psyche). This also means that it is hard to reach! Affirmations, with repetition, help re-program this part of the psyche. This is why we say what we say in class, and repeat it several times.
The science behind this is simple: the body reflects mind and mind reflects body. They are connected. If you work with the mind, you affect the body. This, we know, that’s the usual direction, and pretty much a major premise in psychological science. BUT, what we don’t consider as often is that this process is BIDIRECTIONAL. This means that we can also work with the body to affect the mind! It is a mechanism of mutual feedback. Strong body, strong mind. Happy body, happy mind.
# 3: Empower. This comes directly from a 2009 study by Leseho & Maxwell who set out to answer the question, “what do women want?” They found that, universally, want to: feel a sense of independence and freedom (“we are powerful!) the ability to cope with stress (“we don’t give a…”), appreciate their bodies (two CCS sequences instead of one? You’re welcome, ladies…), embrace their femininity (“I’m hot!”), express emotion (“Stop, *****!”) feel whole, and feel grounded.
This class should be a cathartic release that transforms your emotional state to promote health and psychological growth. Not to mention you are getting a crazy good work-out. And guess what? Yelling while you Lithe not only increases your core strength, makes the work-out more intense, but it will, with time, improve your lung capacity.
Are you Rah-shy? Does the thought of “cheering” while you work-out make you want to run for the hills? No! Come back! You don’t have to yell! It’s just for fun. It’s optional. Try not to take it too seriously! At the end of the day, this is your hour. Modify! For example, if you are uncomfortable in stiletto at the barre, you work flat-footed. It’s all about YOU and what works for YOU. Just because the instructor cues for stiletto doesn’t mean you have to conform... If a particular chant makes you uncomfortable, try a modification; use a different word! Or maybe you just choose to double-jump-plyo your heart out and not chant at all. It's all about what makes you comfortable.
One of our missions at Lithe is to challenge you, so that you never stagnate and never plateau. If someone has been coming to class for a while and working flat foot, I might challenge them to try out stiletto. This is how we grow: by pushing ourselves and taking chances. We talk a lot about pushing ourselves physically to get through these workouts. Why? Because that’s the point and that’s how you see results. Do the same thing for your mind. My personal challenge to you is to push yourself to move beyond your mental comfort zone. Come back and take it again, see how different instructors put their own spin on it. Give it a go. Yell your heart (and lungs) out… What do you have to lose?
So step outside your comfort zone. Really step outside of it. If you can, chill there for a second. You might just find that your comfort zone is bigger than you thought. Above all else, take comfort in knowing that there is a method to the madness. A Lithe Method, to be precise.
Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom
Are you an Herbigirl? Eating clean is about to become super easy and really enjoyable in October! You'll love our delicious and healthy superfood seasoning mix - All-purpose, antioxidant-rich and perfect for spicing up smoothies, water, veggies, salads, soups, and protein without all the fat and additives. Also works beautifully on the skin as a mask! Available on-line and in-studio.
Image of Lithe mix via Lauren
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