71 posts categorized " Dear Lithe {love letters} "

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 23 Jun 2014

Love letter

Dear Lauren and the Lithe Community,

This summer, I wanted to embark on an introspective journey towards self-care. Chronicling my journey through the hashtag, #sexysalubrioussummer, my goal initially was to reclaim a sense of worth. My friend cajoled me to join Lithe after I regaled her with stories about my struggles with vulnerability and courage. Experiencing searing emotional pain from the effects of love and loss, I also wanted to exert and expend my energy into something new. Lithing has not only become a physical exercise, but an exercise that has helped me to embrace vulnerability. My goading anxiety about being the only male in classes most times has slowly diminished because of the inspiring inclusive community. I am realizing how much strength I actually have, and for the first time in years, I can look in the mirror, like what I see and affirm that I have inherent worth. The empowering ethos that is Lithe is incredibly palpable. I always look forward to the conversations with staff, instructors, and Lithe sisters/brother (hi Jonathan!). Lithers exude such grace.

Liz and Marisa, it is always an absolute pleasure to be in your classes. As much as I want to scream expletives because of the burn, your careful guidance and reassurance makes it all worth it. After only about a month of classes, I am noticing my physique is more toned. I am eating healthier, feeling more energetic, and appreciating all that is me.

While I will be moving to Minneapolis this fall to pursue my doctorate, I will still be frequenting Lithe when I can. I am always deterred by the angry personas of fitness that get reverberated by the media. Exercise does not need to be a hyper-aggressive or competitive endeavor. At Lithe, we all attune to the common goal of reaching our optimal selves. Lauren, I can't thank you enough for developing such a graceful and beautiful outlet for me, as Dr. Brene Brown says, to dare greatly.

With so much love and care,

Justin

 

 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 9 Jun 2014

Love letters

Dear Lauren & Lithe,

I feel compelled to write saying thank you!  I have been lithe-ing for about 2 1/2 months and I am seeing results faster than any other work out routine I've tried.  I am getting married in October, but regardless of that I was sick of feeling floppy, weak and tired.  
 
Since I've been taking classes my booty is about 3 inches higher and I feel so much stronger and energized in general.  After my first 101 class I was so sore I couldn't walk for about 3 days, but I was absolutely hooked and kept coming back; each time I felt a little stronger and a little more sure of myself.  I love the variety of classes so I'm never bored and the instructors are so great and encouraging.  I love love love Lithe, and I love my "new" butt and the way I feel.
 
THANK YOU,
KS
 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 4 Jun 2014

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Hi Lauren,

I didn't want to post these on my personal accounts but I've seen great results from Lithe Spring Clean to the end of T-30. I've lost around 5 inches from the 5 points I measured in the beginning; Two inches from my waist and 1 inch from each thigh.  More than the inches lost, I feel more energetic and fit.  I really enjoy the challenge concept; Having fitness goals is really motivating.

Rachel B.

 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 30 Apr 2014

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Dear Lithe,
This past January depression set it. Single, cold, and overweight. I came back from a family vacation and was the heaviest I had ever been and felt like I couldn't even walk a mile. I have been taking Lithe classes on and off since 2011 but as of January hadn't gone in a year and figured Id give it another shot. Since then my whole life as completely turned around and I owe it all to you.

For starters I love my lithe friends. From morning til night we text about what classes were taking and remind eachother what each class entails. I love walking into class and seeing so many familiar faces smiling and waving. Keeps me motivated and excited to workout everyday!

Next, I love the staff. From Lauren to Danielle to Jonathan and everyone in between, everyone at Lithe makes me feel great! Always there to answer questions and listen to me talk about nonsense ( even if they dont care!) Everyone is so passionate and knowledgeable  and they all do their best to make Lithe a welcoming environment.

Finally, I love me. I have never felt more alive and good about myself than I do right now.  I was Lithing 4-5 times a week and since the challenges started I have upped it to 5-6 ( I hit 7 once!) I would have never thought I would actually look forward to my workout but I do every single day. I get stressed if I have to miss a day and try my best to change plans to work around lithe, I have even cancelled dates! There is no better feeling in the world than completing a class especially a barre focused class. Anyone who knows me knows how terrified I was of the barre in the beginning, now I get excited because I know how good it feels when Im done!

I would love to end this with telling you that I have now have a six pack and have lost 20 lbs since January but I cant. I can tell you that I have realized that being happy with my  body is NOT about the number on the scale but about the smile  I give my reflection every single morning. I am so proud of the woman I have become both physically and mentally and I owe it to Lithe. Thank you for being a great boyfriend, an awesome best friend, and a second family. I love you Lithe!


xoxo Jill Horn xoxo

LITHE BRIDE {LOVE LETTERS} 18 Mar 2014

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My Lithe love story starts like many others... I was frustrated with a 15 pound weight gain that crept up on me during graduate school (quite a lot on my petite 5'2 frame!). I would run 2 miles or do the elliptical at the gym and call that my workout. But with the guidance of a nutritionist and increasing my mileage, I was able to healthily loose all that weight. I enjoyed long-distance running -- beating my PRs in each subsequent half marathon and completing my first full marathon in the fall of 2012. But I was totally beat after! The training was a huge time commitment and my body often hurt without enough time to recover my aching muscles each week.

 

A few weeks after the marathon, I got engaged! And I was ready for a new workout challenge... ENTER LITHE! While I had reached my weight goal, I wanted tone and definition, something I had never achieved with long-distance running. I immediately noticed more definition in my back; and after a few more weeks of Lithing, my butt was transforming and was more tight and perky (my fiancé didn't complain!). I reflected on how truly ineffective my past workout regiment had been back in graduate school. I started realizing the benefits of Lithe, and how it simultaneously enhanced my running performance.

 

Then came the fall challenge #lithein35 which literally lead me up until my wedding day. Of course I had to do the challenge -- it was a great final month of motivation, stress-relief, and healthy living! The fall challenge is when I witnessed my real results! My stomach was more slender and cinched; and my arms, finally my arms, achieved that tone and definition I had desired! I completed my 31st class in the #lithein35 challenge just the day before my wedding. Let's just say, I am now hooked on Lithe! Thank you Lithe for helping me feel strong, healthy, and beautiful on my wedding day!
 
-Becky

 

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DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 5 Mar 2014

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Here's a little love letter/segue to Judy's #earnedinwinter feature coming soon!
 
Hola Lithe Sisters,
 
Formerly a size 22/24, I've lost close to 100lbs and am currently a size 14.  Let's just say it's taken me a long time to love this body. Loose skin and stretch marks included.  I've been Lithing about 18 months.  I started at 1-2 times per week and now I'm averaging 3-4 but shooting for 5X.  I work in marketing for Arm & Hammer which is cool, but it means I travel a lot and won't ever get to Lithe Varsity Status. I've appointed myself JV Squad Captain.  Before I found Lithe, I wanted to be skinny - now I value being strong. Thanks for that! 
xo,
Judy

DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS} 20 Feb 2014

Love Letter

Dear Lithe,

I noticed this morning that it was not snowing, icing, or sleeting, and that it was even light out on my way to my 7 am Rittenhouse class. It was this wonderful and unfamiliar experience that inspired me to write you this Lithe love letter.
 
Over what has been a rough winter for all of us, Lithe has been my lifeline to warding off SAD, keeping active, and not letting the endless cold and gray get me too blue. There have been snow days where my only meaningful human contact out of my house was at Lithe where, in spite of whatever was going on outside, everyone was always cheery, happy and grateful just to be there. Lithe provided a small bit of normalcy and routine in what has been a trying few weeks; it was the inspiration to do something good for myself when it seemed like everyone else in the world was giving up, working from home, and filling up on junk food rations. (To those who couldn't make it out, who were trapped at home with no power, for whom Lithing during these wintry bouts just wasn't an option -- I feel for you. It puts in perspective just how lucky I've been through it all.)
 
For resiliently staying open the vast majority of the time when the rest of the city was shutting down, just so we could get our Lithe on - thank you. Thank you to the instructors for bringing it on cold snowy mornings and working our butts off. Thank you to my fellow Lithers for being as dedicated/crazy as me so that there was justifiable reason for the studio to even be open many of these days, and for your camaraderie through it all. And an EPIC thank you to the morning Lithe staff for miraculously always making it to the studio and especially for standing in that cold, dark lobby to open the door to the freezing blasts for us, but always with a smile.
Lastly, thank you for the Earned in Winter challenge and inspiring us from the depths of these winter doldrums to get motivated for summer!
 
With love and gratitude,
anon.

DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS} 19 Feb 2014

Annette's Lithe Results
 
Hi Lithe,
 
My agent recently sent an email asking for me to submit a body shot for a petite modeling gig.  I'm an actor, definitely not a model, but knowing it was just a local catalogue/commercial project, not fashion, and feeling confident about my new Lithe physique, I figured why not snap a few quick pics to go with my head shots for the client.
 
I was not bummed, but flattered, when she got back to say I looked great, but after seeing my measurements, they needed someone a size LARGER! ;)  I guess if I am going to lose a job, being fit, hip and healthy is the reason to do so!  (Also, I have to say kudos to the client for wanting to have a woman with an off the rack size as opposed to the 16year old, double zero gazelles we see walking the runway today!!)
 
My Lithe background:  I was introduced to Lithe in January 2012 for a week.  I began coming sporadically in November 2012 for a few months until I fell off the wagon in April, 2013.  I recommitted in October 2013, Lithing at least 3x a week, and just recently I really upped my game in January, 2014.  When I got back from vacay over the holidays, I made some fitness goals for 2015, and decided I might as well get moving on them now. Since then, my body has really been starting to show results.
 
Thanks!
Annette K.
 

DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS} 6 Feb 2014

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Hi Lauren,

I just wanted to thank you and all your lithe instructors. (As you probably know) I started Lithing around this time last year. I was coming off an injury caused by martial arts and wasn't allowed to train for a minimum 2 months. Lithe gave me a complete workout without compromising my recovery. The core work was incredible- I had never experienced anything like it! Overnight I fell head over heels for everything Lithe. I appreciated the attention you put into all edges of the brand, and it shows. I never took a class I hated, ate something I thought was "bad" or "mediocre", or wore clothing that was uncomfortable. Most of all, I loved being around women who felt the same. I loved the energy of the classes. The dance routines made me feel sexy and strong, something rarely acquired in this society. I smiled at myself in the mirrors instead of having a stare down. I continued Lithe months after my injury had been deemed healed. Lithe put me in touch with myself, the modern day everything woman, and I liked what I found. I bring that new female confidence with me to my current training every day.

I am now back into my mixed martial arts training or "beast mode" as the boys call it. It's quite a shift from Lithe. I train will all very athletic as well as accomplished men, (my coach is a marine), often multiple times a day. They call me "hellcat". I never hesitate to bring them a daily dose of girl power- Thanks to Lithe for reviving the sexy strong woman in me! Just because I'm tough, doesn't mean I can't smile or shake my booty when I train. After all, this is supposed to be fun right?

I hope all is well- I still keep up to date on Facebook and love everything I see! I attached some photos from my fights. I'll be back for Hot Legs and Rock Steady soon :)

Emmy Shea


DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS} 28 Jan 2014

Love Letters

Dear Lauren and Team,

Thank you so much for Lithe!  I had been debating trying it out for a few years and I am so glad that I finally did.  I had been nervous that I would find a competitive, exclusive, cold environment, but it turns out Lithe is anything but.  Everyone has been warm, welcoming, and supportive as I stumble my way into Lithe!

Fitness has always been part of my life.  I was an athlete growing up, and as an adult I'm always looking to make my workouts more challenging.  Even though I work out regularly (a balance of weight and suspension training, pilates reformer, yoga, and cardio) I knew Lithe would be a unique and humbling challenge (let's just say I'm not too stellar when it comes to fast-paced choreography and I've never been a huge fan of group fitness).  I was relieved to find that instead of judgment and impatience, I encountered nothing but encouragement from the instructors and other Lithers (bonus: my first non-101 class was Endvy with you- what a workout).  I have yet to be on the receiving end of side-eye in the mirror when I mess up and I've come to realize that in this environment it is unlikely that I ever will.

You really have created a culture of respect where everyone appreciates each other's talents and acknowledges that each of us are on our own individual journey to improve our fitness (I WILL conquer CCS choreography!) and love our bodies.  Instead of feeling competitive with the other women, I feel nothing but admiration for the way they challenge themselves (we all find different parts of each workout difficult, but we push through it together) and it inspires me to work harder.

Thank you for creating not just innovative and challenging workouts, but for cultivating a positive, uplifting community.  If you ever need someone to write about what its like to go from a hopeful skeptic to an enthusiastic supporter, I'm happy to do it.  Thanks again!

Best wishes,

Vicki Ricart

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