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FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 12 Feb 2016

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TGIF!  Ready to move with confidence, evolve your Lithe practice and ditch your mat?  This week’s giveaway is one pair of Studio Skins from NB Women! You may have seen our founder, Lauren Boggi wearing these over the past year, as she personally helped New Balance refine the prototype through Lithe.  We believe in barefoot training; working through the whole foot strengthens the foot and ankle and prevents overuse injuries.  The New Balance Studio Skins will change your Lithe practice with a anti-microbial protection, supportive Fantom Tape technology and silicon cushioning on the balls of the feet for a better workout at the bands and the barre. 

For a chance to win, please tell us your shoe size and what Lithe workout you can’t wait to wear them in. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

WE'RE HIRING (CENTER CITY)! 11 Feb 2016

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Join the Lithe team! Lithe is hiring part-time front desk studio staff for our Rittenhouse and Old City locations.  

Part-Time Front Desk Studio Staff Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide high-level hospitality and customer service to clients
  • Be comfortable with computer database functions and other basic computer skills
  • Have experience handling money and a register
  • Be able to communicate clearly and efficiently via e-mail and telephone
  • Maintain the Lithe Method brand aesthetic and studio appearance
  • Maintain the appearance and upkeep of Lithe’s retail (Lithe Foods and Lithe Wear)
  • Assist Lithe’s Studio Manager in daily studio tasks and projects

What's Required?

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task independently within a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to initiate tasks independently
  • Excellent communication skills and superior organizational skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills and confidentiality
  • Friendly and professional email and phone etiquette
  • Have a passion for Lithe, healthy living, and fitness
  • Be willing to participate in Lithe Method workouts to fully understand the brand
  • Flexible/non-traditional hours: multiple days per week including some holidays, early mornings, nights, and weekends

Part-time front desk studio positions will be available at Lithe with the following anticipated hours:

  • 10-20 hours per week (including some early mornings, nights, and weekends)

Please submit resume, cover letter, and availability to careers@lithemethod.com.

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 10 Feb 2016

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I'm Jaime Powers and I recently celebrated the big 4-0. I'm a nurse coordinator in the Department of International Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Lithe instructor. I'm proud of both of those roles, but if you told me 14 years ago that I would be in either of these positions, I would have chuckled in disbelief.

In 2002, I worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I transitioned into the PICU a year earlier and loved everything about the fast-paced, high adrenaline environment. I was approaching the end of my shift on December 23 and my patient was a little girl with AML, a type of leukemia. She was about 4-years-old and having increasing respiratory distress and we called for a stat chest x-ray. The x-ray tech brought the machine into the room and wheeled it up to the bed. I remember doing what I had done hundreds of times before, placing one hand behind the child's back and one hand under her bottom. I needed to lift her enough so the x-ray tech could slide the plate beneath her. The child's father offered to lift her for me, but of course I refused. I was in a rush and proper body mechanics flew out the window. I didn't lift the height of the bed to my level which caused my weight to be unbalanced between my feet. One second after lifting the child, I felt a pop and my back gave out. The pain was so frightening that I dropped to my elbows on the bed. I remember the child's family being as concerned about me as they were about their child at that moment. I had never injured myself before and had no idea what to do. A fellow nurse thought that I pulled a muscle and tried to massage the "kink" out of my lower back. Thankfully, I was at the end of my shift as all I wanted to do was get into bed. I returned the next day on Christmas Eve, but my body got increasingly tight and I couldn't stand up straight. My rib cage was shifted to the left and I was hunched over. I was sent home midday as the pain was unbearable and my body position was a terrible sight. After a quick occupational health exam, I was told it was a musculature injury. I drove home that afternoon and was unable to get out of the car. I cried until I figured out how to get my feet on the ground. The following week was a blur of physical therapy, muscle relaxers, and tears. Eventually the acute phase subsided, the swelling went down and I began to see the sway in my lower back again.  

As with any chronic pain, you adapt and it becomes your new normal. You're aware of your body position at all times. Don't stand for too long, don't sit for too long, always sleep with a pillow under or between your knees, and forget about sleeping on your stomach. Ice sometimes, heat other times, and lots and lots of Motrin. The bathroom sink becomes a dangerous place. You're always sure to rest your elbow on it as you brush your teeth and if you must wash your face at the sink it has to be one-handed as the other needs to lean on the sink. The one thing that never eased was my inability to have all of my weight on one foot. I was in my late 20s and had to lie on my bed to get dressed every day.

My condition exacerbated whenever Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around. I would stand for too long while baking and end up on bedrest for a few days. This post-holiday slump was particularly bad in 2010. My doctor sent me for an MRI and it revealed three bulging discs and degenerative changes to my spine. It was clear that this injury was not new and the changes had most likely taken place over many years. My neurosurgeon friend reviewed the results and told me it was time to make changes as I couldn't keep living this way as I would end up in a wheelchair. We talked about surgery which I vehemently opposed and thankfully he advised against. The only other option was finding a serious core strengthening program. He explained that if I tightened the muscles around my spine, I would have a chance of relieving the pressure on the discs. A fellow nurse was going to a new exercise studio called Lithe Method. She loved the program and encouraged me to try it. I wasn't into classes and preferred blending into the walls of the gym. Since my usual exercise methods weren't helping, I took her advice and went to an immersion class in April 2010. At first, I was in uncomfortable, but not in pain. Once you experience true pain you always know the difference. I took the classes at my own pace and focused on form. I was petrified of injuring myself and was often behind the rest of the class. I worked up to 4-5 classes a week and focused on the sculpting as it was physically impossible for me to do any jumping. I fell in love with the workout and stuck with it. Over time, I picked up my pace, but I always maintained form as most important. I watched myself gain strength from the inside out and began to understand my body. I can't pinpoint exactly when the chronic pain began to fade away.

After two years of Lithing, one of the instructors suggested that I audition. I was thrilled and proud of the recognition. That was when I reflected on how far I had come and how great I felt. I auditioned and made the Lithe team in March 2012. That same year, the girl who couldn't lift her feet years ago ran the Broad Street 10-miler. All of these accomplishments were new to me since I never considered myself athletic. My pain is mostly resolved with only occasional rainy day aches. Though my injury is still there, I've learned to manage it by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. 

Thank you for the opportunity to encourage others and show them it is possible to achieve relief. Most importantly, we all need to listen to our bodies and take the time to care for ourselves.

UP CLOSE WITH TIF 9 Feb 2016

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If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To be in more than one place at a time. I'll chalk that up to being a mom.

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? Anything high energy like Higher Power, Tight End, Pom, or Stems. Although, now that I am pregnant with my third child, medium tempo classes like Armistice, Waspie, and Skinny Jeans are just fine with me, too. 

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? I was pretty awkward in junior high school. I was on the chubby side and uncomfortable with myself. I think that's why diet and exercise come so easy me now. Both have been a part of my life since high school. That's my normal.

Do you have a specific song that always pumps you up? This might sound weird, but when I run I listen to the '90s hits station on Pandora. Oasis, Everclear, and Green Day songs don't have the fastest tempo, but there is something about that music that I love. 

What is your favorite body part? I've always loved my back and it's the only thing that stays intact when I'm pregnant.

You can find Tif on instagram @tifnork

EARNED IN WINTER 2016 7 Feb 2016

 
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Ready to kick it into high gear again? The Summer Bodies Are Earned in Winter Challenge is the first of three consecutive challenges to get you bikini-ready (and confident!) by Memorial Day. #EarnedInWinter begins on Monday, February 15, 2016. Sign up today thru Saturday, February 13.

 
The Details:
    
•    The timeline: Mon., Feb. 15 thru Thurs., Mar. 10. 
    
•    The fitness: Complete 20 classes in 25 days.  
    
•    The food: We want you eating clean Mon. thru Fri.
    
•    The recipes: Share your favorite #EatingLithe recipe on Fri., Feb. 29.     
•    The prize: Everyone who completes 20 classes in 25 days and participates in our social media hashtag calendar wins a brand new limited edition tank.

 
Social Media Sharing: Complete the hashtag calendar below. Don't want to use your personal Instagram or Twitter account? No worries, many Lithers create an account just for Lithe challenges. Our social media component is a fantastic way to inspire each other, make friends, hold yourself accountable, and stay motivated.
 
Hashtag Calendar:

Mon., Feb. 15 #LitheResults  #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your starting point "before")

Mon., Feb. 22: #EatingLithe #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your current favorite recipe)

Mon., Feb. 29: #LitheLove or #LitheBestie #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat
Mon., Mar. 7: #LitheBurn #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat
Thurs., Mar. 10: #LitheResults #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your results "after")
On Deck:
Lithe Spring Clean Challenge: Mar. 21 thru Apr. 14 (20 classes in 25 days)
T-30 Challenge: Apr. 25 thru May 24 (25 classes in 30 days)
 

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2016 ROOMS/PRICING/GETTING THERE 3 Feb 2016

Lithe Escape 2015

Accommodations at Jake's are double or single occupancy, and almost all double occupancy rooms mean sharing a bed with another Lither. We are happy to help pair you up with a buddy if you'd like to share a double occupancy room. 

 

Ocean View Single, $3,260

Ocean View Double, $2,060

Garden View Single, $2,720

Garden View Double, $1,790

2 Bedroom Cottage Single $2,630 (Reserved)

2 Bedroom Cottage Double: $1,740 (Reserved)

 

The prices include your room accommodations, three daily meals, two Lithe Escape workouts per day, and transportation to and from Montego Bay Airport. Airfare, spa treatments, alcohol, and additional optional excursions and food are not included. 

Want to learn more? Download Jake's Escape 2015 (this is last year's brochure...prices are the same, but please note that the dates are different for this year). Also, check out @lithe_escape on Instagram. 

Ready to book your spot? Email escape@lithemethod.com. Jill, our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, will assist you with flight info and roommate details. If you would like to reserve your spot, we are only taking deposits via check for this trip. The $1,000 non-refundable deposit check can be made out to Lithe Method and dropped off at any studio in an envelope to Jill's attention. We'll collect final payment a month before the trip.

 

Flight Info: Here is the flight info for 5/12 & 5/17 to book in order to take advantage of the complimentary airport transportation: http://goo.gl/flights/kXWe If you arrive later than the group or depart earlier, a private ride to the resort is $135 one way and holds 1-3 people. Treasure Beach is a 3 hour drive from Montego Bay airport so Thursday & Tuesday are very travel heavy generally with one workout late Thursday and an optional bright and early one Tuesday!

Image of F/W 2015 Lithe Escape Nicaragua crew

@LAURENBOGGI IN SELF 28 Jan 2016

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Check it out on SELF!  Follow Lauren and LBActive on Instagram @laurenboggi.   

UP CLOSE WITH SUKEY HENDRIX 27 Jan 2016

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What is your favorite class to teach? I recently started teaching Action Figure and we’ve developed a love affair. This class is packed with amazing material incorporating all of Lithe’s best moves. With cardio, sculpting, and barre work this class has it all. I love the mental challenge it presents to me as an instructor. Learning this class was a challenge- just ask my poor boyfriend. I made him listen to me practicing for days before teaching it for the first time. Having weights on both your wrists and ankles really ups the challenge for Lithers, and I love seeing them get stronger every week!

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? That’s an easy one: I’m still in one. I think I will forever be in an awkward phase. Even as an adult I find myself constantly evolving. Once you think I’ve figured it all out, the next day life throws a curve ball and I’m back at square one. That is the beauty of life! Being a young adult is all about going through awkward phases and learning curves. I’m going to embrace the heck outta them!

What song always pumps you up? Back in the true awkward phase days, aka high school, my mom would have to physically drag me out of bed. When even her strongest attempts failed, she resorted to blaring music on my stereo which made it impossible to sleep. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams was the first song on the CD. Every morning this jam would come on and my little feet would start boogying under the covers. It gave my lifeless body energy and still does to this day. Whenever I need a pick-me-up that song is my go to.

What's your favorite body part? My nose. It is small, cute, and symmetrical. I’ve gotten asked if I had a nose job, but this baby is au naturel.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Having super strength, the ability to fly, or be invisible are great, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have them all? That’s why I want to be a wizard. Literally Hermione Granger can do anything, and that’s a true superpower. I still have confidence the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is real. If anyone has an in with the school, my application is ready to go.

Find Sukey on Instagram @sukeyhendrix 

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography

WALKING XOXO 21 Jan 2016

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Check out Lauren's walking feature in the February issue of Prevention Magazine.

REBEL 13 Jan 2016

Rebel

 

Trans-firm your entire body. Rebel is a revolutionary total body, high cardio Lithe rebounder + bands workout. While Rebel is built upon our classic CCS technique and Lithe Method-ology, it serves up a veritable 'buff'-et of high and low bouncing CCS that gets your heart rate up and encourages dramatic lymphatic drainage (bye bye cellulite). Take it to the max while you clap, twist, turn, and jump on and off the rebounder. Then increase your burn with standing and grounded sculpting mat-work that tones your not-so-hard 'core' areas. It's modifiable and classically Lithe.


• Born: December 2015
• You need: Twiggy bands, wristbands, and a rebounder
• Coordination level: 3 (on a scale of 1-3)

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