Illin' is a word that describes something that is "sick" (amazing) and is synonymous with "epic" and "legendary." Illin' is a total-body, high cardio, booty-poppin', star jumpin' hour of fun. This Lithe workout with Twiggy-like phasing serves up a veritable 'buff'-et of CCS that gets your heart rate up and burns calories. Standing and grounded sculpting tones your not-so-hard 'core' areas. It's user-friendly, loved by all, and classically Lithe.
You've never worked your abs like this before! Put on your socks and hit the floor. Hi-top is a total-body workout with a focus on the CORE (from the nipples to the knees). We're talking visible abdominal results within 24 hours, post-class. Don't want to use our loaner socks? DIY with a a pair of thick ski socks. They will provide a more slippery glide/ride and extra cushion for the ankles, feet, and shins.
It's the total-body tune-up with magical powers. Unicorn is a powerful blend of our signature matwork with a foam roller; A rehabilitative, shoulder-to-toe rubdown of Lithe-specific spots with knots (talk about a happy hour!). Foam rolling assists in breaking up trigger points (knots) that limit range of motion, resuming blood flow and function to the muscle. Releasing trigger points helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain-free movement, and ultimately, enhances performance. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to Lithe at a moment’s notice. Sound too good to be true? It's not.
• Born: May 2016
• You need: weights & a foam roller
• Coordination level: 1 (on a scale of 1-3)
Happy April! Summer starts in 6 weeks, and we're ready to run the beach! Spring has sprung, so it’s time to soak up the sunshine, get prepped to rock that Earned In Winter body, and spend time with friends and family. I miss the concept of having a true spring break in my life — taking a week long break from work to reset and refresh (and lay on the beach with margarita in hand).
In honor of my much-anticipated break (and our upcoming Lithe Escape), I'm sharing some bikini tips with you. A fantastic bikini is always the first item I pack when I’m traveling somewhere warm. These Triangl bikinis are my swimwear picks for the season. I love the supportive neoprene fabric, bright neon colors, and fantastic fit.
If you choose to wear a bikini, you should show off your Lithe-earned body in a suit that you feel comfortable and confident in. Any Jane can wear a bikini, but to feel confident in a bikini is another story. Here are some tips so that you can run the beach:
Try EVERYTHING on. Suits look completely different on your body than on the hanger. Untie first – you need to adjust the straps to your body (not the girl’s who tried it on before you) or you won’t get the right look or fit.
Stringin' it? If you have a top with strings, tie it in the back first, and then stretch the cups over your breasts before tying behind your neck. Got a bottom with strings? Tie it so it sits on your hip bone. Don't go too low or even worse, too high. (Hello, David Lee Roth circa "California Girls.")
When a suit fits, you don’t get any “overspill.” Remember that everything has a place — inside your suit. Watch out for super-skinny straps ... Narrow straps are rarely flattering and create back bulge if you have even a little meat on your bones.
Lithe it up! I highly recommend our Essential Workouts. Skinny Jeans and High Mini classes are our blueprint. Both tone your body and build your Lithe muscular structure with a quickness.
Eat Lithe whenever possible. Eating Lithe (eating clean) will not only get you into your bikini, but it also makes you feel Lithe inside. Keep whole food (preferably raw) snacks on-hand at all times to keep energy levels up and hunger at bay.
Lastly, check yourself before you wreck yourself – in a three-way mirror, that is. You want to be sure you look great from all angles. Once you find a perfect fit, take note of the brand. Companies rarely change their fit from year to year. It’ll make next year’s shopping that much easier!
Like Waspie & High Waisted, Supreme is an abs-focused, multi-tasking maestro. She targets the waistline, hips and back with a cardio kick and serious sculpting. This total-body, core-focused workout contains a powerful blend of the 5 classic Lithe Actives that target the abs from every angle. She drops a bomb on love handles, melts muffin top, tames the tummy, blasts back fat and whisks your thighs down a size, so that you're totally satisfied.
• Born: February 2016
• You need: blue bands & gloves
• Coordination level: 2 (on a scale of 1-3)
Check out Lithe instructor Annette Kaplafka on Get Fit Philly!
Flyer is the third Lithe Icon class. Come check it out on October 24 @7:15AM at Lithe Old City or November 8 @7:15AM at Lithe Main Line.
Love Lithe's Spirit? You'll flip for Flyer. It has been in the works for years and we're excited to debut it as an Icon class. Utilizing Lithe's unique rebounder and band concept, we take Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting® to the max with one hour of cathartic cardio, high impact jumps, and superior sculpting on the rebounder. Like all things Lithe, this one strengthens and slims you all over and leaves your body looking perfect.
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
Set your Pep Talk to empowerment, join the Spirit Circle for beat-box and sassy, vocal cheer motivation, and Lithe towards transformation and healing. Rah is a great combination of cardio and sculpting with our Twiggy bands and proprietary Double Banded Sculpting with our blue bands. This workout is a cult classic, and includes vocals (like Rock Steady) and along with fun, high impact CCS: cheer-based, high cardio hitch kicks, herkies, and booty shaking choreography.
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.
Don't be rah-shy! 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. Rock your body, hottie.
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