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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.

7 STEPS TO OVERCOMING JUDGEMENT BARRIERS 19 May 2015

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1. Your body is your ally
Our bodies change through aging, pregnancy, illness, weight loss, weight gain, the list goes on. One thing we must learn to do is love our bodies before, during, and after. Be loyal to your body and love it. It’s the only one you have! Use it to help you win battles, not create them. The sooner we conceptualize our bodies as allies instead of enemies, the sooner we learn to mend the split between what we want and aspire to be, versus what and who we are. 

2. Choose love not fear
Don't let the fear of not being perfect or accepted hold you back from living the life you want. Instead, live your life by loving yourself and others. Going to the studio and popping your hips might feel embarrassing, but fear isn't running your show anymore because you love yourself, right? Six months from now, you'll be surprised how quickly you started Lithing up a storm. You'll also be amazed at your strength and stamina and it’s all because you said goodbye to fear.

3. Don’t let others tell you how much you’re worth
So many of us have a habit of letting other people’s opinion run their feelings and choices. Can you relate? Here’s the thing though: those people don’t know your story. They can never know the depth of your journey or the beauty of your mind, body, and spirit. If people try to tell you otherwise, walk away. When your best supporters tell you that you're awesome, believe it.

4. Slow and steady wins the race
One of the things that can trip you up while getting fit is lack of patience. We do not like to wait for things. You want to give up because it seems too difficult. Try to remember that the course of our life is not a straight path, but a winding one. We all make wrong turns and double back on ourselves. The best thing we can do is not beat ourselves up, but believe that we are worth it. Then just put one foot in front of the other. A Lither recently told me that she started Lithing a few minutes at a time, then 20 minutes, then 60 minutes. Three weeks ago, she completed her first 6x/week since she started three months ago. And it’s all because she stepped into the studio. Set a small goals and try to work at it in small ways every day. 

5. Ignore the Competition
It seems counterintuitive, but when setting up for your sweat session, plop your gloves and props down near a mat in the front of the room (you don't have to be in front of the instructor). This helps you focus on YOU instead of others in the room. 

6. Character matters
Our bodies take so many shapes during our lifetime. It is our character that matters the most! 

7. Chat up your instructors
Let your instructor know that you are nervous, don’t know what to expect, etc. What you perceive as a weakness is actually strength. Asking for help when you need it is hard, but that's how you learn and grow which will improve your practice and break down barriers.

Of course, now the question must be asked — does fear of judgment or shame about your body ever keep you from getting out there and breaking a sweat for your health? Let’s talk about it!

Lithe Instructor Diana K. via Lauren

SHE'S LITHE: CLAIRE ELLIOTT 18 May 2015

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This week, we get to know longtime Lither Claire Elliot!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? The 6AM class has become a pretty non-negotiable part of my daily routine. No matter how crazy my schedule gets throughout the day – work, travel, girlfriend hangouts, dates – that early bird time slot is always available. There’s no excuse not to sweat! My proximity to the studio (two blocks) doesn’t hurt either. I am so proud to be a part of the Old City 6AM crew. Talk about some bad*ss chicks!

When you've had a long day, what do you do to de-stress? A stack of magazines, some hot mint tea, my pajamas, in bed. That’s pretty much heaven. If it has been an especially stressful day, then swap out the tea with wine. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Lithe is so unique because it NEVER gets easy. Yes, you learn the moves and nail down your form, but you always sweat, your muscles always shake, you always challenge yourself to get to the next level. That consistent push, the lack of “plateau” in terms of inner and outer strength, is what makes Lithe unlike any other work out I’ve done. I agree with Molly who mentioned the barre chair series being the most killer moves of all time. When will I be able to complete the whole set?

And … one of the most geeked-out Lithe moments I’ve ever had was doing singles of the entire All That lineup, from Twiggy straight through to Sideline. Jonathan taught the class. It was 7PM in Old City. I smiled the entire time. There was Whitney Houston blasting and I could not believe I did it. Ah, magic! 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Freestyle. I love trying out new clothes, shoes, lipstick, etc. Freestyle is the Lithe version of “outfitting.” The workout is always fun and keeps you on your toes, just like a pedicure with a new Essie polish!   

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? I was fairly certain that I was going to marry Prince William. I guess I’ll have to settle for Prince Harry.  

What was the first concert you went to? Celine Dion when I was 11. My older cousin took me because her boyfriend (shockingly) did not want to go. I cried when she sang “My Heart Will Go On” (I mean Titanic? Leo? Come on!). I thought I had died and gone to heaven. 

WE WEAR 13 May 2015

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If you're a Rittenhouse or Old City Lither (or, if you went on Lithe Escape!) you've met our special projects/PR manager, Jillian Crean. Jill is detail-oriented and awesome at planning ahead. She always looks spectacular, even at 5AM. Over the next few weeks we'll show you how she gears up for Lithe!

Workout: Thinny

Gear: blue Under Armour leggings; blue Calvin Klein sports bra; Lithe Tour Tank; walk to studio w/Snarkitecture Beats by Dre

Oh, Mondays. After a lifetime of the "Sunday Scaries" (Definition: when all of your happy weekend vibes are replaced with a sudden sense of impending dread at about 6 o'clock Sunday evening), Lately, however, I've started looking forward to Mondays because I know there is most likely a Thinny class in my future. Since the beginning of 2015, I've developed a happy Monday routine of turning Pandora to either the Sam Smith or Camera Obscura station, throwing on the airiest top I can find, and heading to Thinny with Lauren, Sophie or Elizabeth. By the time we get to clockwork, I've completely forgotten my Sunday Scaries. And once we're gripping the blue bands and kneeling in a low hover, I'm actually kind of pleased that it's the beginning of the week (and doubly pleased that my pants match the bands)!

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

LITHE IN SELF (WORTH THE WEIGHT) 8 May 2015

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LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 RESULTS! 7 May 2015

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We're back! Fifteen out of 21 Escapees had their before and after measurements taken. Measurements aren't the only measure of success on our escapes, but they sure are telling. I always say that one week will make you strong, but in this case, THREE FULL days will make you strong. I had a blast last week and can't wait to share more pictures of our food, fitness and fun. Check out @lithe_escape on Instagram (#litheescape) for pictures. 

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WE WEAR 7 May 2015

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If you're a Rittenhouse or Old City Lither (or, if you went on Lithe Escape!) you've met our special projects/PR manager, Jillian Crean. Jill is detail-oriented and awesome at planning ahead. She always looks spectacular, even at 5AM. Over the next few weeks we'll show you how she gears up for Lithe!

Workout: Waspie

While my true favorite color is and always has been "sparkly," pink ranks at a very close second. My phone case is pink, my iPad cover is pink, and my toenails are perennially pink too. It only makes sense that my gloves to grip those killer blue bands follow suit! The magenta Victoria's Secret VSX sports bra's support may not be necessary for Waspie's waist rotations, but I definitely appreciate it when we get to candy canes, around-the-worlds, and half moons. And I'm a sucker for printed leggings – they can (kind of) distract me from the inevitable burn of holding wide second during Waspie!

Gear: Yo Lithe tank + Pink Victoria's Secret VSX sports bra, grey check Under Armour leggings + pink Pearl Izumi gloves.  New Balance 711 + Frends headphones

Image via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

SHE'S LITHE: DANIELLE BARRY 5 May 2015

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We may recognize a fellow Lither's trendy embellished flats near the door, how low she can go in wide second, and whether she uses 3, 5, or 8 pound weights for candlestick pulses, but what do we know about her outside the studio? In our new series She's Lithe, we'll get to know a bit more about her!

What's your secret to consistently incorporating Lithe into your schedule? I sign up for classes in advance and put them on our calendar at home. If it's on the calendar than I make myself go and I always know I have someone to watch the baby.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? When I am stressed and can make it to a class then that is all I need! On days that I am not able to make a class, I love to veg out in front of the TV, take a walk with my family, shop, or try a new restaurant with friends.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I think the most rewarding aspect has been the transformation I have seen in my body. I started Lithing regularly after I had my baby about a year ago and I feel stronger now than I did pre-pregnancy. The most challenging aspect of Lithe has been learning the cardio cheer sequences. When I started taking classes I avoided the ones that were high cardio because I am not the most coordinated person and the cardio scared me. I finally forced myself to try Higher Power and I instantly fell in love with the class! It is my new fave and I try to take it as much as possible.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? If I were a Lithe class, I would be Thinny. It keeps me grounded, focused, and makes me leaner and stronger. These are things that I strive for every day!

What's your signature drink? Vodka on the rocks with a splash of water and lots of lemon.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Luke Perry. I was obsessed with Dylan McKay. He was the ultimate bad boy. 

FOLLOW LITHE ESCAPE ON INSTAGRAM! 30 Apr 2015

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We've been escaping and achieving mind-blowing results since 2009. Imagine one week to focus on yourself. A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), and unparalleled results. See what we're up to and where we're going next @lithe_escape!  

ESCAPE PACKING TIPS! 29 Apr 2015

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Now that Lithe Escape and summer is upon us, it’s time for a refresher on minimalist packing. As much as we love feeling ready for anything, lugging around an overpacked bag or checking luggage is no fun. Cutting down on what goes inside your weekend bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, comfortable, and confident.

Wonder what to bring? You won't need much! We'll be in Treasure Beach for five days and you'll spend the majority of your time barefoot and in a bathing suit or in exercise gear. We wake, we eat, we Lithe, we chill in the sun, we eat, we chill, we Lithe, we eat, and then chill some more (it's heaven).

People are always shocked to learn that I'm a super-light carry-on only packer. I find it freeing to travel with so little. How do I do it? 

  • Think small: Starting with a compact suitcase instantly limits how much I can bring. 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a packing list: The key word here is basic. Sports bras, swimsuits, cover-ups, underwear, socks, workout shorts, loose pants, a warm layer for evenings, a chic go-with-everything maxi dress, and sneakers. Follow your list without exception. It’ll help you not go overboard. 
  • Be reasonable: Ignore the voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need four pairs of shoes, heels, a hair dryer and 12 tops for a five-day trip. You don't and the practical you knows it!
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them: It minimizes wrinkles and frees up a ton of space for other traveling necessities.
  • Be basic: Stick to basic, neutral colors and light fabrics.
  • Essentials: Passport, sunscreen, yoga mat, bathing suits that you can lounge, swim and Lithe in, sunglasses, cover-up, sneakers, flip-flops, a good book, and cell phone charger. 
  • Choose your accessories wisely: Pack a scarf, hat, statement necklace, and a classic pair of flat sandals. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
  • Recycle: Unless you’ve been hiking all day or rolling in the sand, there’s a good chance you can use certain wardrobe pieces more than once. If you wore your maxi dress and cute espadrilles for dinner, turn that sundress into a beach cover-up for another day. My rule is that every article of clothing should work with at least two outfits. I love tunics that work as cover-ups, dresses, tops and nightgowns. My daytime black tunic often works over leggings, and then I can dress it up with jewelry or a scarf at night. 

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

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