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LITHE BEACH! 15 Jul 2014

LitheBeach

Looking to fulfill your outdoor workout requirement for the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge? We have a new option!  Lithe's highly-touted beach workout based on our Lithe Escape philosophy is now available on the east coast!  Join Lithe Creator, Lauren Boggi for a 90-minute workout in Avalon, NJ on 61st St.  

When: Saturday, July 19th @ 8AM & Saturday, August 2nd @ 8AM

Where:  61 St. on the beach

Wear: A supportive bathing suit, and sunscreen

What's it like?:  surprising, challenging, empowering, rock-your-world amazing, and fun!

Bring: water, sunscreen, yoga mat (or a towel), a towel for drying off, and a snack

We supply: enthusiasm, inspiration, the workout, and drinking water

Cost: $40

Sign Up: when purchasing on Mindbody, select "Lithe Beach" instead of classes, then schedule on the Rittenhouse scheduler.  

Disclaimer: no public facilities are available before 10AM.  Please utilize a public restroom (Wawa is on 27th St.) prior to class.

Image of WKND Lithers via Lauren

MONDAY'S PLAYLIST 14 Jul 2014

Thinny

Good morning, Lithers! Ready to get this Monday started? Today is abs day at Lithe, and it's also the first day of our #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge.  I'm sharing one of my favorite play-lists for Thinny, which also works for all of our CCS Sculpting ab workouts.  Enjoy!

N.E.R.D. – Hypnotize U
Elliphant – Everything 4 U
Mr. Probz – Waves - Robin Schulz Radio Edit
Miike Snow – Animal - Mark Ronson Remix
Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
Joss Stone – Super Duper Love
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Foster The People – Pumped up Kicks
Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
Empire Of The Sun – Alive
Ed Sheeran – Sing
Rihanna – Pon de Replay
Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison

Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka wearing Pearl iZumi via Dom

LITHE-BUILT 24 Jun 2014

Lithe's RB

There really IS a method to the madness.  Build your body with the bones of Lithe: Higher Power, Waspie, Pom, Twiggy, and Skinny Jeans/Sculpt.  It's what we're made of.  Want to get Lithe?  Dig your heels in and repeat...

Image of Lithe Instructor Rachael Bridgens via Dom

 

SAYEH'S LIVING RAH! 11 Jun 2014

Sayeh

Rah!

What you need: Wrist Bands! Gloves!  
Props: Twiggy Bands (velcro around your wrists), Higher Power Bands (blue bands)
Clothing Considerations: Anything goes clothing-wise in this class. If anything, I would consider a tank instead of a t-shirt. There's lots of arm swinging, and you may be more comfortable without sleeves restricting your movement. 
Sweat Factor: Cruella de Sweats-ville. You won't be drenched, but you also won't be pretty. 

Like all new classes when they first pop on the scene, Lithers have been digitally lining up weeks in advance to take Rah. As a result, I've been patiently chasing it around the schedule since its arrival, waiting for an opening, until last night when I finally got my chance to experience the hype first hand. 

I assumed from the name that it would be CCS heavy, but otherwise, I had no clue what awaited. I love this because I find that class goes by so much faster when you don't know what's going to happen next. It's the classes I know well that fill me with dread because I know exactly what awaits me in every series. 

Before we began, Tif gave us a pep talk. Telling us that not only were we about to embark on a nonstop cardio ride, but that we should think of the next 60 minutes as our time to release and basically shout shout let it all out like Tears for Fears. She told us that Lauren wanted us to think of the cheers we would be doing as a way to express our inner voices--and let go of our day and our stress. Having had an incredibly challenging couple of months, I was totally on board for this concept. 

We began the class by doing a Spirit Circle, which includes 30 reps of the typical moves we do in most high cardio classes--jacks, reach and pulls, scoops--the works. I have to be honest and say I usually hate when we do 30 of anything in a row--especially in cardio. Not only is it incredibly challenging for me, but I find it hard to stay focused because the repetition can feel monotonous. But, something about the energy and sequence of the moves in Rah didn't feel that way, despite doing 30 of each before moving to the next. From there, we launched into an incredibly fun and challenging cheer sequence that had us doing jumps, cheerleading arm moves and Sleeveless 2.0-like beat boxing. I was a bit all over the place, but I really liked it and couldn't help but smile during this part. 

From there, we grabbed the blue bands (in addition to the Twiggy bands) and doubled? quadrupled? up on the resistance to do some lunges and sculpting exercises that you'll find familiar, yet uncharted due to the extra effort required by your core to manage all the extra weight. This series also included a move that I'll leave as a mystery. Suffice it to say, it had most of us shaking our heads in disbelief. Something I find happens, at first, when Lauren pushes the envelope with new choreography. A move that inevitably evolves, for me, to become the yard stick by which I measure myself in that class. Something that results in that...Oh Mah Goh I just DID THAT moment--which I live for in Lithe. I'm not sure I'll ever get there with this particular move, but many ladies were killing it around me so I was definitely inspired. I will say that it requires some flexibility and makes you feel like you've been tossed in the air and are striking the pose at the top of a cheer stunt. Which basically rules--if you can get it right. 

Then back to the CCS and the great cheer sequence, this time broken down, and adding the words to the cheer. The curse words. Yup. You CUSS, as we say in Texas. Now, I know some people feel some type of way about cursing. I totally get it. It can be considered offensive and crude. For sure. I have even found myself a little jarred when overhearing a barrage of F bombs dropping between two ladies perusing the same rack as me at Marshall's. However, I'm a total hypocrite, because I simultaneously find little in this world more delicious than cussing. Sometimes nothing quite captures what I'm feeling like a good expletive. Sometimes I just don't feel a release until I just drop some profanity. Call me inelegant. I deserve it. 

So, when Tiff told us the perhaps controversial? words to our cheer,  I felt a combination of mischievous joy and a bit of disbelief. Topped that off with feeling a bit awkward yelling them out (while trying to stay coordinated) in a room full of strangers. But, I went with it, and when I could get it together, I thoroughly enjoyed screaming 'I don't give a SHIT' (my favorite) while I jump-jump plyo'd. 

If you are comfortable in your own skin or really want to get there, this may be just the class for you. Not only will you burn a ton of calories with the nonstop cardio, try movements that are new and challenging, you will (if you let yourself) release some pent up emotions and hopefully leave them behind in the studio. Hope you go for it!

See you in class!

 

 

25 THINGS! {BY SAYEH} 24 Apr 2014

  Coleen

I could write my own 25 things about this week’s feature instructor, Colleen McNally. Among those 25 things I would include that I look forward to her classes, how infectious her energy is, how she pumps me up by getting louder at just the right times, and shouting things like YOU’RE SO STRONG, right when I’m about to give in to the burning desire for a break. I’d include how she always seems to pick the right playlist, how the volume is just high enough to keep things up-beat, and just low enough that I can hear her cues. I’d say that she reminds me of a beautiful elf from a Lord of the Rings Movie (this is a compliment!), and that you can tell she enjoys teaching and how that shows in my new favorite class: Colleen’s Sleeveless 2.0. I hope you enjoy finding out more about as much as I did.

  1. I am 31 not 24. Ladies, you are the sweetest.
  2. I have 2 calendars to keep my life straight. One in the kitchen so I can see it constantly and the one on my phone. I’d be lost without them.
  3. I despise being late. That being said, I’m either really late or really, really early.
  4. I have a son. His full name is Maximillian Ryan McNally. He’ll be three next month.
  5. I delivered my son naturally. Aka no drugs
  6. Nothing makes me feel more strong and sexy than a full plank push-up.
  7. My dream life would be to sell everything I own and move to somewhere warm and tropical near a beach, and to live minimally and shoeless. I hate shoes.
  8. My biggest fear is roller coasters. I went on one once to face my fear. I hyperventilated and threw up.
  9. I have really bad vision. My eyes are a -6.75 and -6.0.
  10. I was in college for 7 years but not because I was failing. I started community college when I was 21 to get some core credits done. I applied to Temple University for Dance my third year and was rejected. So, I decided to keep at it and the following year I was accepted into Temple. Once I got there, they wouldn’t let me take my dance composition course out of sequence. That added on another three and a half years. Even though it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I learned so many different things in those 7 years. Painting, pottery, drawing, art history, psychology, spanish, and dance to name just a few.
  11. I was vegetarian for 12 years, vegan for 2. I started eating meat again in November. Now when I open my fridge, I can’t help but laugh at all the meat.
  12. Some of my favorite movies are Bring it On, Labyrinth, A League of their Own, and Mean Girls. Sometimes I quote them in class to give you ladies a little boost of motivation.
  13. Growing up, I watched a lot of documentaries and National Geographic Shows that explained the cultural or aesthetic reasons behind tattooing and piercing. I was obsessed and my parents knew they were in for it. So, when I turned 18 my mom had the foresight to take me for my first.
  14. When I was a little girl, I would almost always fall down the steps in front of my house around Easter. In most of my Easter pictures, I have a scab on my nose.
  15. I was named by a drunk man. My mother wanted to name me Brooke but her sister took it for her daughter. So my parents were at a loss. My dad wanted to name me Grace Kelly because he thought she was the most beautiful woman alive. My mom didn’t care for it. They were at the VFW one night and one of our family friends said, “Well what about Colleen Grace?” There it was...my name.
  16. I’ve been on a year goal with physical fitness. My main focus is consistency.  I can go really strong for 3 months then I burn out and have to start all over again right when I start to really see results. So i changed my attitude and decided to be more gentle and true to myself. I am a single mother with two jobs and some days fitting in everything is impossible. Do or die is no longer my main approach. Instead, I get more sleep and work consistently toward my best results by the end of the year. It has made all the difference.
  17. Early in my pregnancy, I was crazy about cereal. At one point I looked in my cabinet and I had 6 boxes of cereal. Not the healthy kind, but Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Crunch Berries. Roasted peppers and cooked vegetables grossed me out. My other obsession was ice cream. That one stuck. I am so OBSESSED with ice cream. Cookies and cream is my favorite, half baked by Ben and Jerry’s, anything at Franklin Fountain, Little Babies, frozen yogurt...whatever you name it. Nothing beats that cold, creamy, yummy goodness.
  18. I love coffee. Sometimes I dream about my morning coffee and rush to bed so I can wake up and have it. Last spring I did a 3 week cleanse sans caffeine. At first I wanted cheese, bread, ice cream, sugar, anything. By the end, I almost broke the entire cleanse for that morning cup. All I wanted was that coffee.
  19. I went to Catholic School for 12 years. In that time, I played piccolo and flute, was in the theater department, literary magazine, and a cheerleader.
  20. I also use to play the piano.
  21. I have 14 tattoos in total. When I was younger, I wanted to be reborn as a star. (that’s not a joke ;)) so naturally my first tattoo was the three stars on my back. An owl on my left calf because I collect kitschy owls. Hello Kitty on my right ankle because I’ve been obsessed with her for as long as I can remember. Kuan Yin on the back of my right calf. I went vegan after reading about Zen Buddhism. The flowers on my right wrist are a pretty cover-up. The two on my wrists are Biblical references from the Old and New Testaments. The power lines and windmills because I think they are the two most beautiful man made things. A sketch of my favorite modern dancer, Martha Graham. I have a mantra on the top of my stomach that says “Loka samasta sukino bahvantu.” Finally, Wall-e and Eve.  They are reminders that love should be simple and as humans we make it complicated. The whole movie he just wanted to hold her hand.
  22. I started dancing when I was four. I remember the distinct moment when I was in ballet class and at the barre thinking that there was nothing I could ever love more. I grew up doing tap, jazz and ballet and was finally introduced to modern dance in 2002. At first I thought it was so crazy. Why are these people making me dance like a tree? But I fell in love with it. It is boundless and limitless. You can do anything in modern dance. I couldn’t imagine my life not being a mover.
  23. I’m really shy. Like nervous and anxious at a party-shy. That’s why I really love people who make you feel like you’ve known them for a million years.
  24. I once went camping by myself for four days in Atsion, NJ. I was going through a rough period in my life.  I needed to get away from all human contact. I pitched my own tent, started my own fires, went hiking, canoeing and swimming in the red cedar water.
  25. All things Lithe: My favorite workout to teach is Sleeveless 2.0. The look of determination on your faces from beginning to end is remarkable. It is seriously amazing. I started Lithe in 2012 with my girlfriend, Nicole Andreola. You’ve probably seen her around. Barre is my nemesis. It takes tons of mental motivation for me to get through it. I believe in the saying though, “if you hate it, you probably need to be doing it.” I love Lithe. It’s seriously changeling and fun. It has been the only form of exercise that has been close to my dance training. I love that it can take me back to cheerleading and dance and completely kick my butt.

Image of Colleen in a heel stretch via Dom

NO 101? NO PROBLEM! 9 Apr 2014

101

You've spoken out and we've listened!  Last month we lifted our 101 requirement and adjusted our teacher training program to accommodate newbies in a way that doesn't make them feel frightened or alienated.  If you or a friend have been wanting to try Lithe, but our 101 schedule hasn't worked for you, this is your chance to get Lithe! 

Although the 101 is no longer required, we still believe that our workout is best experienced when you know the basics and our bio-mechanical principles, so our 101 will forever be offered. Guess what? Soon, you'll be able to learn our 7 basic principles and Lithe on-line!

Ready to get started today?  Sign up on-line and create a profile. Select our Complimentary First Class pricing option which is available to all new Lithers and can be used for either a 101 or regular class.  We're here to help, so if you have any questions or concerns please call the studio and they will help you find the right first workout for you so you can have the best experience at Lithe! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Diana Khuu via Dom

SAYEH'S LIVING ENDVY! 2 Apr 2014

Sayeh

Endvy! aka Are you SERIOUS? aka What the f#*^! aka Can I LEAVE?

What you need: Sweat Bands! 
Props: Thinny Bands (the ones with velcro), Heavy Weights, Blue Ball
Clothing Considerations: Long pants--you velcro the bands around your ankles, and they will help to prevent chafing
Sweat Factor: This is one of those classes where you don't jump, but the moves are so intense that your body gets immediately hot, and the sweat shows up on the back of your neck 2 minutes in. You won't be soaked, but you'll be shiny for certain. 

I've been wanting to review Endvy for some time, and now that I've finally been able to take the class, I have a feeling that my relationship with it is going to be a fraught one. Endvy was like, Oh hey. You've been feeling good about your strength and stamina lately? Don't make me laugh, Sandy. Heh heh heh. Then it smacked me down to size in the first 30 seconds (I'm not exaggerating) and had me feeling like a little tiny baby in her first Lithe class.

You begin by standing at the barre, with your right knee raised in a liberty position, but with a twist. You place the blue ball, under your knee and keep it secure by squeezing it between your calf and ham strings. This extra effort on your raised leg, coupled with the normal excruciating pain on your standing leg is a passport to an entirely new world of muscle exhaustion. After hover lunges, static tuck and squeezes, pulses and round of chair sits, where you SLOWLY squeeze the ball between your legs, I actually considered lying down in the adjacent room for a couple minutes. 

Moves that you're accustomed to only doing 10 times--you know the really tough ones--you do 30 times in this class. Then you do fold overwork, incorporating a heavy weight with your upper body, in coordination with the moves on your lower. If we were new to the class, Elizabeth recommended that we focus on our balance and form before we incorporated the weights, so that we could do the moves correctly and avoid injury. I happily obliged. 

You then take it down to the mat, and this is where the Thinny bands come in. Once you strap your legs in, you begin an intense full body sculpting session that includes a move called the Pretzel. All I can say is, it's a doozy, and my rendition was what is referred to in the biz as a 'hot mess'. There's lots of balancing core, where you while on all fours, you extend one arm and do ab and leg work (full body really). After that, you head back to the bar to do it all over again on the left side and then back down on the mat to round out the banded series on that side too.

I really liked how this class was broken up. Super intense barre series sandwiched between sculpting mat work. I felt like despite how exhausted I was, the class went by really quickly. For those of you that want a break from CCS, but stress that you won't burn as many calories in a sculpting class--fear not, Endvy will make you eat your words. (In my experience, it's the sculpting classes that help me see the most difference in my body's shape anyway.) I am going to keep going to Endvy, although I will probably cuss through the whole thing. At least for a while, but I look forward to working on my pretzel, incorporating the heavy weights and getting a little better. As always, Lithe pushes you out of your comfort zone, and if you're game, Endvy can't be beat. 

See you in class!

LITHE ENDVY! 26 Feb 2014

Endvy

My camera and I went out to the Main Line a few weekends ago and captured these great pictures of my favorite Lithers seriously sculpting it out.  Lithe Endvy is a bit like Thinny (it's so easy to cheat!) so you really have to work those bands.  As you can see, these ladies were on fire!

Images via Lauren

SPLIT! 23 Feb 2014

Split-1

I love a good Split.  Since February 2009, Split has been one of our most loved workouts.  Get the best of both worlds with 1/2 bands (30 minutes) + 1/2 barre (30 minutes) that's perfectly programmed so you're balanced and Lithe.  Check out what's on deck this week!  

Image of Lauren Boggi wearing Lithe via Dom

RAH! 18 Feb 2014

  Lithe's Rhythm Tee & Spur Skirt

Ready?  Okay!  What's Rah?  Rah is a raw, total-body, cardio-focused CCS workout utilizing Thinny Bands and our blue, Higher Power bands.  Set your Pep Talk to empowerment, join the Spirit Circle for beat-box and sassy, vocal cheer motivation, and Lithe towards transformation and healing.  Rock your body, hottie. 

*Rah has a back-bone and deep psychological roots. Stay tuned for Lithe Instructor RZD's, PSY.D. write up on it!  You'll need: Sweat Bands  Tip:  If you like Rock Steady, you'll love Rah!

Image of Lithe Instructor Julie Fannin in Lithe's Spur Skirt & Rhythm Tee via Dom

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