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SWEATBANDS 23 Aug 2015

What you need - Sweat Bands

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

Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph, is a bacteria that mostly causes skin infections. - See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/7-grossest-gym-germs#sthash.4sNAcbZO.dpuf If you're new, check out what you need to get started

ILLIN' 17 Aug 2015

 

 

 

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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', seat droppin' 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.

  • Born: September 2015
  • You need: Twiggy bands, wrist bands and 1 or 3 lb. weights
  • Coordination level: 2 (on a scale of 1-3)

A TASTE OF RAH! 14 Jul 2015

 

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.

  • Born: February 2014 
  • You'll need: Sweat bands on wrists and gloves for double banded sculpting
  • Coordination level: Three
  • Modifiy: Omit vocals to reduce cardiac output, remain grounded during high impact cardio and jumps, omit blue bands during double banded sculpting. If you're new to Rah or Lithe, focus on form and march or jog in place until you master the choreography.  
  • Challenge: Don't be shy! Increase vocal strength and yell from the diaphragm, really get into it (with great form and sharp motions) and work low from the hips/core throughout the CCS Cardio to increase resistance. Try doing the push-up sequence on your toes and maintain a full breathing pattern, scapular stabilization, pelvic/spine & head/neck placement throughout the Double Banded Sculpting. 

JULY & AUGUST FEATURED WORKOUTS! 30 Jun 2015

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Welcome to our featured July and August Lithe workouts! For the next eight classes, we want you to focus on mastery. During weeks 1-4, work on learning (or re-learning) the choreography, perfect your form, and complete 30 reps. Then up the ante by increasing your weights during weeks 5-8. 

After 10 years at Lithe, we've learned that eight sessions is both your happy place and ours. Eight sessions of the same workout weekly is best for your body and form, and best for our business. If you're new to Lithe and have taken less than 30 classes, you'll become familiar with the method and really learn the CCS, barre, and muscular phasing. If you're a veteran Lither, re-master the workout for the first month with perfect form, and then increase your weight (fives or eights ... tens are coming!) during the second month. If you're looking for more of a challenge, check out our Lithe Beach or Icon classes! 
 
Tomorrow, we dive into each workout and give suggestions on what to strive for in each. 

ICON CLASS: BUBBLE! 22 Jun 2015

 

 

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Bubble is the first Lithe Icon class. Come check it out on 7/10 @ 3PM. at Lithe Rittenhouse!

Firm, baby, firm! Sagging got you down? Pick up the slack with this advanced toning workout and get immediate results. A fantastic combination of high cardio and core sculpting with our Twiggy bands and proprietary Lithe Firmer prop. This total body workout includes fun, high impact jumps, booty-popping CCS cardio, grounded lower body sequencing, and sculpting. Lithers, we have lift up! 

  • Born: June 2015
  • You need: Sweat bands
  • Coordination level: 3 (on a scale of 1-4)

*All Lithers must take one Lithe Bubble class without the Lithe Firmer, so that they learn the CCS without injury.

ICON CLASS 22 Jun 2015

Lithe Icon

Looking for a new challenge? Step up your game with fresh CCS with Lithe founder Lauren Boggi! Lithers must complete 30 classes before taking an Icon class, so that they fully understand Lithe form and choreography. Icon classes are $25.   

SKINNY JEANS! 17 Jun 2015

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Today we're celebrating what makes us who we are. For ten years this workout has been the core of our method and has never been about a style of jeans – more like, getting into YOUR skinny jeans!  Read re-posts and hear directly from Lauren why this workout is still everything.  

Skinny Jeans, THE classic Lithe sculpting workout, has been our favorite way to tighten, tone, and mold the body since 2006. We always say, if you don't like Skinny Jeans, you don't like Lithe. It's the method at its core and all of our sculpting work builds on this blueprint. If you're not taking Skinny Jeans or one of its variations (Sculpt, High Mini, Split) once or twice a week, make sure you add it to your schedule (we've made it impossible not to). It keeps the body balanced and strong and it's the foundation for all that we do. If you've been avoiding it, trust us, you've forgotten what an amazing workout it (Lithe) is. 

We know that ALL of Lithe's workouts are amazing and effective. So much of Lauren's time goes into choreographing our workouts so that they are fun, make sense anatomically and muscularly, and really change your body with a quickness. 

Skinny Jeans, Sculpt, High Mini, and Split aren't going anywhere. We work on molding your musculature with these sequences during the Lithe 101. Our classic mat work, barre, and band sequences are what sculpts and shapes your lower half, slims and defines your upper body, increases your core strength and cardio stamina, and gives you those Lithe results like no other workout can. 

There's a reason these moves have stuck around for ten years and will never be taken off the schedule. 

Images via Lauren

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! {2011 RE-POST} 17 Jun 2015

 
Skinny Jeans

Lithe Passport. 61 days. 32 classes. My trip has already begun.

Skinny Jeans

What you need: Just yourself.
Props: 3 or 5 pound weights and a blue ball.
Clothing Considerations: Whatever you’re comfortable in.
Sweat Factor: You’ll look like you were sitting front row at a Gallagher show. (Yeah, I pulled out Gallagher. Times are tough in the sweat factor section these days!)

I feel like I went to bed a few nights ago and woke up with autumn upon me. When I left for work, there was such a chill in the air, that I considered running back upstairs to grab a scarf. While taking Walk Star yesterday, I couldn’t believe all the leaves littering the ground.

And although summer’s over, and fall is a harbinger of frigid temperatures to come, I have to admit, I love it. Coming from Texas, we don’t have much of a fall or spring. We go from really hot to pretty cold (seriously), and there’s never much time in between, so I really enjoy Philly’s 4 seasons.   

And for my past 3 years here, I always tell myself that I’m going to get into the fall spirit, but somehow it always seems to pass me by before I get the chance. So this fall I’m making a list and sticking to it!

1.  Carve pumpkins – something I’m absolutely terrible at, but love to do. (Every time I do this, I say I’m going to bake something delicious with all those pumpkin guts – a pie or some pumpkiny spicy cupcakes. And I don’t know why I say this because I don’t bake and have no clue how to make any of the above. Perhaps this year, I’ll just aim for toasting the seeds!)

2.  Apple picking! (Another activity that spurs a desire to bake, but my oven has yet to see the likes of an apple pie.)

3. I want to go to an outdoor festival, walk around in a cozy hoodie, ride a ferris wheel, drink warm cider and eat funnel cake.

4. Make chili! Texas-style chili is no joke and I’m bringing it to Philadelphia this year!

My list continues with things like mulled wine (I love that dangerous stuff!) and soups and stews and tons of other fall related food stuffs--because that’s just how my mind works--but I’ve noticed that in the northeast something else is more fall than pumpkins and apples.

Skinny jeans and Uggs.

The weather drops below 70 degrees, and women everywhere are pulling those bad boys out of the mothballs with the quickness. It’s the same in Dallas with hats and scarves. People are so excited to wear beanies and don their Burberry neck gear that the whole town looks like it’s in the midst of a blizzard when it’s sunny and 68 degrees!

I have to say, I don’t own Uggs. Not because I’m too cool or because I hate them, but because I just never got any. But, I DO get down with some skinny jeans and boots as my go-to fall uniform. And this year, after taking more Skinny Jeans classes than I can count, I’m ready for the trend!

Skinny Jeans is a Lithe staple that’s been around for a long time. It’s a strenuous class which includes the reliable series which make up the foundation of the Method. After 20 minutes of ab work using the weights on the mat, Skinny Jeans spends the remaining 40 minutes at the barre. That means you will be pouring sweat and doing every single leg series you’ve ever done in any Lithe class. Ever.

You’ll be folded over, doing seat work. You’ll be doing Lithe's signature sequence lunges, sumos, curtsies, and the list goes on and on. And just when you think your leg is going to give out from underneath you, you get to do  the other side! It’s a killer. But like with everything else Lithe, it works! Throw this into your rotation and you’ll be ready for fall in no time.

So, I may have to be realistic with myself. I may not get to all of those things on my list. The most fall I get might be going to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice latte, or ordering pumpkin beer somewhere. But at least I’ll feel good in my skinny jeans and boots (and maybe Uggs, if I can’t resist).

Step Rally ( aka, Step Really??)

What you need: Gloves!
Props: Step (like the kind from step aerobics classes); Higher Power band system.
Clothing Considerations: Cropped pants or shorts, so you don’t get tangled or slip on the step. 
Sweat Factor: Go straight home. Talk to no one. Take a shower.

I know full well that I am probably one of only five R. Kelly fans at Lithe Method. His reputation precedes him, so I won’t subject you to two Kelz videos in a row this week, but I must make note that the entire time I was in this class “Step in the Name of Love” was in my head.

Step Rally is certainly another class that will get you in shape for the tight jeans and leggings of fall. It’s not your mom’s step aerobic class to be absolutely sure. There is no grapevining left or right. Although I kinda wish we could wear Reeboks and tube socks.

The Step Rally I took with Melissa was a) nonstop and b) two parts cardio, with an intense sculpting sesh sandwiched in between. This class gets going from the second it begins. You grab onto the blue bands and do a long series of jumping up and down off the step, running over it like you’re walking on hot coals, doing jumping jacks onto it and much more.

The moment you think you might pass out, you take it down a notch and bring your seat to the box. Still holding onto the bands, you do ab and quad-busting moves, while trying to get your heart rate under control.

As soon as you think your tummy can take no more, you’re back on your feet to finish the class with more grueling cardio. Jane Fonda would have a tough time keeping up, but you’ll walk out feeling like you burned some serious calories – which is good because I really do plan on drinking a ton of pumpkin lattes!

Next Up? Higher Power and Sleeveless!

See you in class! 

Images of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally via Dom. 

JUDGEMENT BARRIERS & FITNESS 19 May 2015

Does fear of judgment or shame about your body ever keep you from getting out there and breaking a sweat and becoming fit? One of the biggest fitness/health hurdles for so many people is being judged or feeling shame about their body. Because perfectionism has a strong grip on so many of us, you may feel like you have to be perfect at the studio, too.

So many of us are guilty of this. How many times have you passed on a particular class or instructor at Lithe or on a swimsuit because you're "too fat"? The entire first year after I had my son, I refused to buy clothes until I fit into my old ones! Have you passed on a particular sport because of shame?

Check out the video above. Sport England set its This Girl Can campaign to the classic 2001 Missy Elliot jam “Get Ur Freak On." It was created to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move, and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

LITHE IN SELF (BEST CORE WORKOUTS)! 29 Apr 2015

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