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LITHE 100 JANUARY CHALLENGE 13 Dec 2016

Lithe100

Join us and soar into 2017 with the first ever Lithe January challenge.  Keeping it 100 means to be YOU, be honest, be true to yourself and the people you love, be unapologetic but respectful at the same time, and be the best at what you do.  The expression comes from "100 percent," but instead of telling you to "perform 100 percent on everything at all times" (which is a mouthful) it evolved into a very simple "keep it 100," and perform as you would if you were aiming to get 100 percent on life.

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Goal: Earn 100 Lithe points
How to win: Take classes, join community events, inspire via Instagram
Prize: Lithe limited ed. tank top
 
Classes:  Every class taken between January 2nd and January 31st is worth three points.
 
Community Events: (15 points each)
  1. Keep it 100 Kick-Off Happy Hour (Monday, Jan. 2nd. 5-7pm All Studios)
  2. Coffee at Green Engine (Saturday, Jan. 7th @ 11am in Haverford)
  3. Dilworth Wintergarden Meet-Up (Saturday, Jan. 14th @ 12-1:30pm Dilworth Plaza) 
  4. Burlesque workshop w/Kalika (Saturday, Jan. 21st @ 12:15pm at Lithe RH
Social Media Posts: (5 points each)
  1. #LitheResults #Lithe100 (Before pic)
  2. #LitheOnLocation #Lithe100
  3. #LitheBurn #Lithe100
  4. #EatingLithe #Lithe100
  5. #LitheResults #Lithe100 (After pic)

NEVER MISS A MONDAY: SARAH 11 Dec 2016

Sarah

The #1 fitness rule is to never miss a Monday workout. Mondays are the real answer to long term success, and research shows that people who get back on track with their fitness regimens at the beginning of the week are happier, healthier and better able to maintain progress over time. The expectations and pace of December can make it difficult to stay fit, sane, and balanced. We asked a few of our own fit, hip, healthy community to share their tips on navigating the chaos staying on track to never miss a Monday! Here's what Lithe staffer Sarah has to say:

I have an embarrassing secret: I love Mondays! I know, so weird… but let me explain!

After recently leaving my long time bartending job, “Mondays” are a bit of a new concept to me. An even newer concept to me is waking up, rather than going to bed, at 5am. I never thought I would say this, but I love it! Being on a normalized circadian sleep schedule has helped me to get quality sleep; eat healthy meals at normal times; and makes it much easier to make time for myself.

With all of that praise being sung, my first few Mondays at Lithe kicked my butt. The day would start at 4:30am with at least one snooze button, followed by fast pacing between the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, finished with a fast dog walk and chasing down a (surprisingly fast) 12-year-old diabetic cat for his subcutaneous insulin injection. I was unorganized, hungry, dehydrated, barely on time, and eventually in desperate need of a mid day nap before heading to night classes in nursing at CCP. After 2 or 3 of these bumpy Mondays, I evaluated and tried to identify my weak spots. I then set a goal for the next week, and I made a plan on how to achieve that goal.

My plan wasn’t some groundbreaking stroke of genius; it was as basic as it gets –

No More Snooze Button

Those nine minutes are extremely valuable when going from the bed to an uber in 25 minutes.

Sunday Prep

For me, this starts as early as Sunday morning. I know if I want to get a good night sleep I need to be mentally and physically tired, which means I can’t nap the day away. Before bed, its time to shower, I choose my clothes for the next day and pack my lunch. All of this Sunday prep helped my shave time off my Monday morning routine, but also made me feel excited for Mondays – I always wear my favorite leggings and pack a breakfast/lunch that I’m excited to eat because it’s nutritious and saves money and time.

Monday Lithe

A Monday Lithe workout is exactly the energy push I need to make it through an extra long day of work, dog walks, and two long, rather boring, lecture heavy, night classes. I started to notice that the Mondays that I was struggling to stay awake were the Mondays that I didn’t take a class, and that a 12:15 with Kalika was better at spiking my energy than a second or third cup of coffee! In addition, I am realizing that I am able to do more push ups than I could last week and am able to make it through all of Rock Steady’s cardio with no breaks. It’s pretty amazing! These gains each week also help me to look forward to the next week, as well as have a positive attitude toward this week.

My original goal was to have a better week by starting off the week with better Mondays. Each week can be difficult in it’s own way, and I never know what this week or next week is going to throw at me. So for me, the best defense has been to prepare for Monday in such a way that I set myself up for success, on the first day of the week.

See you in the studio!

#PERFECTNEVER 7 Dec 2016

Gigi Hadid, Aly Raisman, Zoe Kravitz, Ruby Rose & Lena Dunham spoke in New York at a Reebok event discussing what it means to them to be #PerfectNever.

Watch these powerful, inspiring women from various walks of life speak candidly with one another about redefining perfection, conquering obstacles and becoming stronger in the process.

JANUARY CORA (AT RITTENHOUSE) 6 Dec 2016

CORA

 

Guided by science, backed by spirit. Cora™ means heart in Greek and is the next generation of accelerated strength building and weight loss workouts. Perfect for Lithers who want to push themselves and turn up the intensity. You'll sweat and sculpt rapidly with this whole life, whole body program taught by our veteran instructors. It's our fastest, most effective plan yet! And all it takes is ten 75-minute workouts in four weeks. We've packaged it with our 4-week meal plan.  

 

How it works: Cora compresses cardio and sculpting moves into ten 75-minute rapid-result workouts. The routines are grouped into four progressive cycles that include our hottest studio moves, plus 30-second blasts which are shorter, revved up versions of our traditional interval training to produce targeted results. Like all things Lithe, every segment features our proprietary no-nonsense choreography and band system that continually works your muscles and abs, raises your heart rate, and maximizes the calorie burn. 

 

Week 1 / Cora Cycle 1: Lower impact, lighter weights (3-8 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 2 / Cora Cycle 2: Moderate to high impact, heavier weights (8-12 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 3 / Cora Cycle 3: Moderate impact, mod. to heavy weights (5-10 lbs. + Cora Bands)

Week 4 / Cora Cycle 4: Challenging cardio, heaviest weights (5-15 lbs. + Cora Bands)

 

Cora is held at Lithe Rittenhouse
Evening Course: Tues. & Thurs., 8:05PM-9:20PM & Sat., 12:15PM

Class 1: Tues., 1/10
Class 2: Thurs., 1/12
Class 3: Sat., 1/14
Class 4: Tues., 1/17
Class 5: Thurs., 1/19
Class 6: Tues., 1/24
Class 7: Thurs., 1/26 
Class 8: Sat., 1/28
Class 9: Tues., 1/31
Class 10: Thurs., 2/2

 

10 classes and 4-week meal plan ($325)
Register online

 

Master Instructor Meg G. via Dom

NEVER MISS A MONDAY: DANIELLE 4 Dec 2016

DIW

The #1 fitness rule is to never miss a Monday workout. Mondays are the real answer to long term success, and research shows that people who get back on track with their fitness regimens at the beginning of the week are happier, healthier and better able to maintain progress over time. The expectations and pace of December can make it difficult to stay fit, sane, and balanced. We asked a few of our own fit, hip, healthy community to share their tips on navigating the chaos staying on track to never miss a Monday! Here's what Lithe Instructor and Registered Dietitian Danielle has to say:

When it comes to kicking off a healthy new week, I often tell my clients that Monday does NOT have to be the only day to regain control, because in reality, any day can be a “Monday.” However, chronologically, it is the first day of the week, and thus easily lends itself to a restart mentality. The best advice that I take myself and give to others as a new RD is to not dwell on what is done. Leave yesterday, today is a new day. Whether you had a string of missed workouts, unhealthy evenings, or just a bad day, it is NEVER too late to invest in your health. Remember you’ve only got one body. Feed it well, keep it strong, treat it right. Happy Monday, everybody!

Image of Lithe Instructor Danielle via Dom

4 WAYS TO USE YOUR LITHE BREATH 30 Nov 2016

Kasey

You know that breathing serves as the foundation of your practice in each Lithe workout, helping you power through all 30 reps. But have you considered applications for your Lithe Breath outside of the studio? As the holidays approach and the days become shorter, try to incorporate these tips into your daily routine.

1. Good Morning, Sunshine: It's dark when your alarm goes off. You just know the floorboards will be freezing beneath your toes. And staying in bed sounds better than pretty much anything else at that moment. Before throwing off your covers, try bringing your hands to your rib cage and inhale deeply through your nose expanding your ribs laterally, then exhale like you're breathing through a straw knitting your ribs back together. Aim for five to ten full breaths this way each morning to help start your day on a positive note.

2. Reduce Stress at Work: December brings a unique set of extracurricular activities: shopping for the perfect gift, Ugly Sweater parties, solo viewings of Love Actually. Try telling that to the boss who emails you three minutes before the end of your work day about an urgent project that has to be done, like, YESTERDAY. When an unexpected stressor pops up, your sympathetic nervous system naturally kicks into fight-or-flight mode, your cortisol levels spike, and your breathing naturally becomes shallower. Take one full minute to stand up from your desk, shake out your limbs (maybe a mini-crazy arm series?), and breathe with intention in order to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, reversing the natural stress response so you can tackle work with a calm approach. Colin Firth and Liam Neeson will wait.

3. A Stealthy Commute Workout: When traffic is at a standstill during your commute, it's time for a stealthy ab workout to pass the time. The guy in the next lane may look at your pursed lips strangely, but we all know he was just singing along to Justin Bieber so he really can't pass judgment. Put on your favorite song and try to execute perfect inhales and exhales for the entire song. Alternate working in neutral for 10 breaths, then imprint for the next 10 to really engage your abs. You'll be surprised how effective this is.
 
4. Childbirth! Ok so this one won't be part of your daily routine, but talk to any Lithe Mama and she'll tell you what's up. Breathing in a steady pattern during labor is helpful for pain management, keeping as calm as possible, providing a sense of control, and most importantly for pushing like crazy. Bonus: a strong pelvic floor helps reduce incontinence after birth too!
 
Have you used Lithe's breathing techniques in other areas of your life? Let us know in the comments!

Image of Lithe Instructor Kasey via Antrim + Spruce Photography

BLACK FRIDAY 2016 23 Nov 2016

BF

Our biggest sale of the year begins today and ends on Monday at midnight.  Treat yourself and your people to the gift of Lithe and get ready to move mountains, girl.

 

  5CC

Five classes = $65 (that's like, $13/class).  Perfect for everyone.  Class cards expire 1 month from date of purchase. 

Fall Lithe

Show your pride.  Take 25% off Lithe's fall 2016 line with code BLACKFRIDAY.

 

Immersion

$50 off January Immersion ($100) w/code IMMERSION.  Perfect for new or seasoned Lithers who want to learn Lithe properly, dive deeper into their practice, go beyond Lithe 101, or create a fitness habit in a safe, yet challenging space.  Begins Monday, January 9th at Lithe Rittenhouse.

Cora

$50 off January CORA w/code CORA ($275).  Perfect for anyone who wants a 30-day, total body makeover in a small group setting.  CORA starts on Tuesday, January 10th at Lithe Rittenhouse.

 

ULTD

30 Days = $99 (that's like, $3/class).  Perfect for anyone new to Lithe.  Email Philly@lithemethod.com.  Expires 1 month from date of first class taken.

Images via Dom and Antrim & Spruce Photography

PLEASE RESERVE 29 Oct 2016

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Hey Lithers,
 
Lithe has never been a "drop-in" studio, so let's chat about the importance of reserving your spot in class ahead of time!  We love when you can make it to the studio to drop into class at the last minute whether it's due to canceled plans, or if you're in the hood, but please give us a heads up that you are coming.  While our morning classes often have lengthy wait-lists, our mid-day classes are at risk of cancellation if we don't have enough reservations to hold the group class. 
 
Did you know you can reserve on MindBody or the Lithe app up to 15 minutes before class? We're a lot like a restaurant and it's tough to plan for you if we don't know you're coming.  We try to set up the studio and provide props for the number of Lithers scheduled - with a small padding for a few walk-ins - we love having advanced notice that you're coming our way either via online sign-ups or a phone call to the desk staff.  This way, even if it's just 15 minutes before class starts, we can rearrange mats in the studio to make sure you have a great view of your instructor and plenty of room so you don't fear getting kicked in the face during see-saws. And your instructors really love to know who they are training ahead of time (especially in our FreeStyle workouts). 
 
We want to make sure you have the best experience in each workout, and a heads up that we'll be seeing you is so helpful.
 
See you around the studios,
Lithe
 
Image via Antrim + Spruce Photography

CHALLENGE PROGRESS 27 Oct 2016

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Today is day 25 of 30 in your Lithe Fall Transformation Challenge, and you all are killing it! This week, we've loved seeing your sweaty selfies, step counters, and data from your Fitbits or Apple Watches showing your #litheburn. You're slaying in the studios, banding together with your fellow Lithers, powering through your 30 reps, and that dedication is paying off. After today it's the final five-day push to reach your goal, and we can't wait to see the #litheresults of all of your hard work next week! 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 26 Oct 2016

Dear lithe

Pamela

Dear Lithe, 
 
I love before-and-after pictures. Whether it's a home renovation, a child star then and now, or a fitness success story, seeing progress side by side is an exciting look back in time.  For me, the before-and-after pictures attached are not only exciting, but so much more. They are validation that my decision to come back to Lithe has been more than worth it. 
 
I first heard about Lithe in 2012 from my close friend and co-worker at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Jaime Powers is a former PICU colleague. Hey, Jaime!). I was a college senior, so after I tried a Lithe 101, I was #blessed with a Rue La La and a gift card for classes. I bought an unlimited package, got another Rue La La and when that was up in February 2014, I fell off the wagon. Using money as an excuse, I stopped going and tried to forget about how great I felt after a hard hour on the mat and at the barre.
 
In May, while perusing Facebook, I saw a five-class card for cheap. My favorite kind of post. It shouted at me, "Hello! Lithe is still here! And look it's on sale. Get back here!" Like the obvious bargain Betty that I am, I bought the deal and went to a class the next day. From the minute I walked into the studio and smelled the tea tree oil scent, felt the solid mat under my feet, and started to inhale and exhale to some bumping music, I knew I wouldn't be able to stop.
 
Now, it's October and I'm writing this from the couch with a satisfying ache after a 4:30PM Skinny Mini with Lauren. It's only been six months, but I want to explain how much of a difference the time has made. As you can see in my before picture, I've always been active. I reward myself with beer and other not so Lithe foods, but that hasn't changed. I love to run, and those two-and-half years I wasn't Lithing, I was a gym-goer. But clearly, was in a rut. My weight never seemed to go down, clothes fluctuated between too tight and meh...
 
Then May hit. Then June and and July. Coworkers and friends commented that I looked good or asked if I lost weight. My response was, "I'm trying." Because that's what I've done my whole adult life. Try and try. But something was different this time. I actually DID look good. I actually HAD lost weight. But I wasn't doing anything that differently ... except Lithe.  
 
I can only take three or four classes each week due to my 12-hour days as a nurse, so it feels like I'm rarely there. That's why Lithe has been so incredible. Because of the seemingly instant results. Lithers know that just an hour doesn't mean a short workout. Every single class we work more muscle groups than we realize. And for those reading that haven't had the pleasure of taking a class, trust me.
 
I do not have an artistic sense, but I marvel at Lauren's talent for creating these classes. The brand is addicting for a reason. I'm proud to say that I am hooked. And she's picked equally talented and passionate people to teach alongside her. Thank you to all the teachers who have motivated me, corrected my form, and continued the hype that keeps me coming back. See you tomorrow, Skinny Jeans.
 
Love, 
Pam

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