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FALL INSTRUCTOR UPDATE 30 Aug 2015

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Who's back on the schedules and who's temporarily on leave? Look out for Julie Fannin, Gerri Trooskin, Joellyn Fox, DPT & Anna Marie Chang, M.D. as they are back on the schedules!  Ashton Osby, Danielle Ingerman and Alicia Lai are currently on leave, but will be back late Fall.  See a few new names on the schedules?  Join us as we welcome new Instructors: Alicia Tom, Sukey Hendrix and Meghann Galloway to the team! Stay tuned for their bios.  

Joellyn Fox, DPT, Gerri Trooksin, Anna Marie Chang, M.D. & Julie Fannin via Dom

THIS WKND: LITHE BEACH AVALON & MARGATE! 29 Aug 2015

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Our highly effective summer beach workout based on Lithe Escape's fitness is coming to a close this weekend! Join instructors, Meg (above) and Jess for the last three Lithe Beach classes. All are welcome, so bring your friends!

When: Saturday, September 5th from 8:30-9:45AM in Margate & Friday, September 4th from 8:30-9:45AM in Avalon

Where: Margate: Exeter Ave & the beach.  Avalon: 61 St & the beach

With: Lithe instructors Meghan Grauzlis and Jess Ender

Wear: A supportive bathing suit and sunscreen. 

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

Bring: Water, yoga mat (or towel), and a towel for drying off.

We supply: Enthusiasm, inspiration, and a$$-kicking moves.

Cost: Single class ($27); five-class card ($125).

Sign up: Lithe Beach classes are available to purchase. When purchasing on Mindbody, select "Lithe Beach" instead of classes, and then book your class on the Rittenhouse scheduler.

Please note: No public facilities are available before 10AM. Please use the restroom before class.

End of Summer Schedule:
Saturday, September 5th:  Margate, Jess
Friday, September 4th:  Avalon, Meg

Image of Lithe Instructor Meghan Grauzlis 

LITHE-UP YOUR METABOLISM! 27 Aug 2015

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Image of Lithe Instructor Jonathan Cedrone

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 20 Aug 2015

DEAR LITHE

Dear Lithe,

It’s been two years since we separated and I still often think about how you made me feel and how I felt when I had you in my life. You’ve given me confidence and physical and emotional strength. I see that you’re spreading your wings and I can’t help but be happy knowing that more people can share in my love for you. Please keep doing what you’re doing. And if you ever feel like coming to where I am, I would love that.

I promise to visit when I’m in town.

 

Dear Lauren,

I’ve been meaning to write this love letter ever since I left Philly but it was a little painful. I realize how ridiculous that sounds. I guess I felt that if I wrote this love letter, then the good-bye would be official. And I just wasn’t (and still am not!) ready to say good-bye. I know a lot of people write in to tell you how Lithe has changed their lives and how much healthier they are. I am writing to express the same and more.

Lithe has changed a part of me that I wasn’t expecting. It changed me mentally. It was the first time that I witnessed myself doing the impossible. (Tight-end? That’s like at least 100 reps on one leg alone, right?? ) The physical and mental training that we had in Lithe has carried over to other parts in my life. So often in class, I would see an instructor demo a move that I was sure was physically impossible. Though I never got through those reps un-interrupted, I attempted it. That’s more than I would’ve done, pre-lithe. That’s the mental toughness Lithe gave me. I don’t know that I would’ve gotten this on my own. For that, I am forever grateful.

Physically- well, you already know. I now scoff at other workouts (cocky, I know).  I push myself more. I test my limitations. I don’t quit. I’ve found the coveted muscle-shake. I walk into other workout classes with an inflated sense of confidence knowing that I have the best form and breathing technique. All this, I’ve learned from Lithe and the instructors.

I’m learning how to get to the next physical level because I’ve had the physical training from Lithe to push me there, no matter what I’m doing.

I know you hear it all the time, but, we love Lithe. We know you pour your heart into it. We feel it with every 2.0 class, with every new Lithe drink, and seasonal Lithe challenge.

If you ever need a moment of clarity, just remember that you’re changing lives in so many ways other than in the physical sense. You’ve transcended a mere “workout” into something that permeates into all other aspects of our lives. THIS is why we can’t live without it.

Love,
Irene

WE WEAR: PUMPED-UP KICKS 20 Aug 2015

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Sneakers are the perfect accessory for an active summer. They support us to and from the studio, when we're on the run, and look great with Michi leggings, Splendid tank dresses, and Mother denim. Nike, Adidas, Converse, New Balance, Mizuno — you name it, we've been wearing it. 

Everyone has their favorite brand depending on personal fit and style. Lauren Boggi loves New Balance's 711 Mesh Trainer because it's cush and great for running (and Lithing) with its flexible forefoot. Master Lithe instructor and avid runner Tiffany Nork prefers the Mizuno running shoe because it feels like clouds.

Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens is obsessed with Nike's colorful and lightweight sneaks. She's worn Nike forever and loves how colorful and lightweight they are. She ran Broad Street for the first time in May and after a lot of knee and foot pain accepted that she needed to get a pair of sneakers with supportive soles. She now owns (and loves) New Balance, but it took her awhile to get used to the chunky sole. She blames it on barefoot training at Lithe since she likes to feel her feet touch the ground. For shorter runs or cross-training, she's in lightweight Nikes all day, every day. 

Rachael also loves the Nike Dunk Sky Hi because it's a blend of casual and cool and the ultimate studio-to-street accessory. She says, "When I wear it I feel like such a bad-ass, but a laid-back, approachable bad-ass. I can also actually run in it and this pair is perfect for catching the train or making a flight. I like bright, funky things and feel like I am constantly walking the line between Katy Perry and a 3-year-old. Hi-tops give me a legitimate excuse to go crazy with prints and colors. They make me feel like an off-duty Victoria's Secret supermodel. Add aviators and a faux leather ball cap and I'm channeling Alessandra Ambrosio casually dropping by La Colombe."

Images via via @rachelle_pinksole, @nbwoman, adidaswomen & Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens wearing Nike via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHE IN GLAMOUR 17 Aug 2015

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Lithe Instructors via Dom

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)

SHE'S LITHE: SELINA ZAPATA BUR 17 Aug 2015

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This week, we learn more about Varsity Lither Selina Zapata Bur. 

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement motivated you to get to the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? In January 2014, when I found out I was going to be a mama in October, I saw Lithe as the best way to have a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy. I also knew that once the baby arrived, it would be more challenging to get to the studio and to juggle an often demanding work schedule, so making Varsity became an important goal for me. Before Lithe, I had never tried exercise classes and wasn't one to hit the gym or wake up early in the morning to work out. I wanted to challenge myself. Because Lithe is so much fun, it was easier than I thought it would be. 

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? I love to cook. A glass of wine or beer while I'm cooking doesn't hurt either. I love making simple (and often one-pot) recipes that use fresh ingredients. My husband Andres grows fresh veggies on our roof deck, so we often incorporate those. Now that our son is almost 10-months-old, I can usually take whatever we're having and chop it up for him, too. It's a win-win!

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? That the one hour is "me" time and I allow myself to stop worrying over my to-do list or the stress of the day. Then when I leave, I am better prepared – physically and mentally – to face those things.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rock Steady is my favorite class. I love the CCS (especially floor explosions), sculpting, and shouting. It was the class that intimidated me the most when I first read the descriptions, but it turned out to be rewarding and fun.

When you were in high school, what would you have been "Most Likely to..." in the yearbook superlatives? It was so long ago that honestly I don't remember. I was the biggest nerd and choir geek, so it was probably something conventional like "Most Likely to Succeed."

What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? I will preface my response by saying that I've hardly watched any TV in the last few months. Pre-baby, you could pretty much guarantee I was binge watching something. I did I binge watch The Mindy Project right after my son was born to keep myself awake during middle-of-the night feedings.

WE WEAR: RACHAEL ON SHORTS 12 Aug 2015

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I LOVE shorts, but rarely wear them while Lithing. I never teach in them because I figure no one would appreciate me demonstrating fold-overs in micro shorts! I do however wear them when I take class (as long as I can snag a spot in the back). I especially like shorts for Rock Steady. Wearing them makes me feel like I'm back at cheer camp (oh, the days when I owned a thousand pairs of Soffe shorts in every color with hair bows to match). I also love rocking my shorts for Walk Star with bright Nike sneakers. One of my favorite Walk Star pastimes is guessing what type of sneakers clients will wear, and then being shocked by how right (or wrong!) I am regarding the styles and colors. 
 
Images of Rachael wearing Fabletics & Nike via Antrim & Spruce Photography

TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS 9 Aug 2015

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Our Endless Summer Challenge starts tomorrow. That means it's time to post your before #LitheResults #LitheEndlessSummer photos.

Wear the same activewear or swimwear for your before and after (Sept. 3) shots. Have someone take photos of you from the front, side, and back, and then share! Over the years we've received images of coffee cups, flowers, and food, but we (and you) need to see your body to really give this your all. Don't want to blow up your personal Instagram feed with pictures of your hard work? We recommend creating a private account specifically for Lithe challenges. We can't wait to watch you get stronger. 

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