You've never worked your abs like this before! Put on your Hi-Tops and hit the floor. Hi-Top is a total-body workout with a focus on the abs, back, and upper body. We're talking visible abdominal results within 24 hours, post-class.
Are Lithe's Hi-Tops ($25) required to take the workout? No, but we highly recommend them for the best experience and maximum comfort. Our Hi-Top socks were made for the workout. They are thick, slippery, and provide extra cushion for the ankles, feet, shins, and knees while allowing your ankles to breathe (Bonus: they also look great with Hunter boots!). Our Hot Legs socks are available to borrow through the end of September, but their looser, un-padded knit does not allow for maximum comfort and glide. We recommend DIYing with a pair of thick ski socks.
Images of Lauren Boggi wearing Lithe's Hi-Tops & Onzie via Katie Kempf
Be aggressive, lean machine! Take charge of your results this fall with next-level Lithe. Sideline is a total-body workout that is a perfect blend of booty-popping cardio and our signature Vertical Band Sculpting™ CCS with Pom bands. Gloves recommended. Perfect for newbies and vets.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
Image of Colleen in a heel stretch via Dom
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
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