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Dear Lithe, 
I love before and after pictures.  Whether its a home renovation, a child star then and now, or a fitness success story, seeing progress side by side is a really 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 senior in college, so after I tried a Lithe 101, 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 of this year, while perusing Facebook, I saw a 5 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 there!" 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-(I think)-clean smell, felt the soft, 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 on the couch with a satisfying ache after 4:30 Skinny Mini with Lauren. It's only been 6 months, but I want to explain how much of a difference this time has made.  As you can see in my before picture, I've always been active **yes 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, or meh...
Then May hit.  Then June and and July, co-workers and friends commented, "you looked good" or asked, "have you lost weight?"  My response always 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 different...except Lithe.  
I can only take classes a max of 3 or 4 times a week due to my 12 hour days as a nurse, so it almost 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.  But this we all know- and for those reading this that haven't yet had the pleasure to take a class- trust me.
I do not have an artistic sense, but I truly 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 as 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 these past 6 months. See you tomorrow, Skinny Jeans.


Have you taken Skinny Mini with Master Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins? If not, you're missing out! To be honest, Elizabeth could probably teach without any music at all and her signature blend of grinning and growling would inspire you to push through grapevines, grounded abs, and liberties at the barre for the full hour. Luckily, she made this badass playlist for all of you to sweat it out to during Skinny Mini - enjoy!



For the past almost 12 years, I’ve been at the helm of growing an active empire that strives to support, encourage and motivate people to be their best selves every single day.  About two years ago, I would spent about 4 hours a day writing blog content, working on visuals, and shared everything fit, hip and healthy with over 5,000 loyal daily readers. I shared personal, passionate and uncensored Me On Monday posts about my struggles with multiple miscarriagesrisk, my post-pregnancy body, and montages of things that I loved. 

Two years ago, I decided that I would never blog personally for Lithe ever again. Blogging was becoming a time suck, and doing it all was so overrated.  The blog was becoming more of an emotional dump for me, and a negative feedback system for the Lithe community to stir up drama and tear each other down rather than build one another up.

I was really craving separation, didn’t need the stress and, felt that blogs were becoming a dead, mediocre medium so the time was right for change.  And, the change has been great.  I've been able to spend more time with my family and friends, and support my passion for other entrepreneurial endeavors. 

But, I guess you should never say never, because here I am again.  Today I woke up at 5:30AM, made my coffee, and checked my inbox, like usual. I saw that management had forwarded this YORN (Your Opinion, Right Now) review below that made me immediately want to wash my hands of my job at Lithe (because who needs this shit anyway?), sell the studios...and also write a blog post! We receive feedback all the time and it truly takes a lot to rattle my chain, but it has been a difficult week and I really wanted to speak up for the 50+ amazing, hard-working people that work so passionately for this company, so I'm taking to this platform like I used to.  I hope that this will help Lithers to step out of their comfort zones.

By the way, YORN is great, but the problem with it is that users very rarely request a response so it’s impossible to communicate or get to the bottom of cryptic, mediocre feedback like the one below.  We love and appreciate detailed, specific and useful feedback from our community so that we can improve, but it’s hard to respond to or address issues when it’s a one-way street.  We like to explain why we do the things we do, so here goes.


Dear Anon Lither, I appreciate your passion for Lithe. Nobody gets upset over a workout unless they love it, right?  We're so lucky to have earned the ability to be an integral part of people's lives, and what's super cool about having an amazing, dynamic brand means that we’re able to create content for a variety of people even if it may not hit the mark every. single. time with every. single. person. Having a great brand means being able to make mistakes, and DO overs.  Do you love the new ILLIN?  Do you like the updated HI-TOP?  Some of you loved the Summer Hits schedule in July, August and September, and some were clamoring for the 8-week curated schedules back.

Anon Lither, I ask that you step outside of your Lithe bubble and realize that you’re one type of Lither – the cardio queen. You chase one aspect of Lithe, and don't think about the Lither that loves barre work and avoids more cheer heavy workouts. And then there is the Lither who embraces the Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting in its entirety: she works her ass off and steps up to the challenges thrown her way. She requests sculpting and she also loves cardio. She is in the studio to become stronger and make gains. I know this because she’s at the barre with me and in my sculpting workouts every week. She works in stiletto and fights hard to do her push-ups on her toes, rather than dropping to her knees on the first rep. She knows that our barre is hard, and also knows that it’s amazing ab work, not solely leg work.

Anon Lither, I know that you probably do not want to follow our key to Lithe (Monday is Abs/Core, Tuesday is Cardio, Wednesday is Legs/Core, Thursday is Cardio, and Friday is Arms/Core).  I wish that you'd give the key a chance and really step out of your comfort zone. I just know that you’d be floored with the results, and the balance it brings to your body.

You may like to think that Lithe isn't both cardio AND sculpting, but our sculpting workouts are what gives you that killer definition that you're paying for.  Banded cardio will only take you so far.  Doing both is best.  I feel sorry for you because you don't understand that one to two cardio-heavy workouts per week is really all that is necessary, but two to three sculpting workouts will completely change your body. Seriously, you're missing out, girl!  You're settling for mediocrity at Lithe and you may not even realize it 

Anon Lither, I know that you love what YOU love and that is absolutely okay. Everyone has their favorites and most hated (myself included).  It would be SO incredibly easy to look at our data and play the top 10-15 workouts on repeat.  Literally, life on easy street for the business.  I've thought about it.  I could settle for mediocrity for Lithe. 

Anon Lither, Our classes are absolutely little less full right now versus September.  It's because we're not accepting as many ClassPass users as we once did.  I stand firm on their business practices and feel LITHE should be paid fair value for our services. 

I'm going to sound like a mom defending her children, but, Anon Lither, I absolutely do not have to create new content for Lithe but I do it so that people can continue to change, improve their bodies and feel empowered in a new way once they nail a fresh cardio or sculpting sequence.  There's no feeling like empowerment through movement. 

Lauren Boggi Active is a Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting lab, so to speak.  And, it’s a totally different brand and a completely different workout for at-home exercisers.

Do you know what came first between Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting and Lithe? This is like the chicken or the egg question. CCS is the mother. I created the technique post college while living in NYC and teaching Pilates.  I missed my cheer game and body from college.  Lithe happened after Lithe: A Pilates-Evolved Studio that opened in Northern Liberties in 2005. Basically, I was too much of a chicken to start out with pure CCS in Philly because I knew that I needed to build people's trust via Pilates. 

Lithe is an in-person studio experience.  Lithe workouts are 60-minute workouts that are defined by a core exercise sequence, which fatigues a particular muscle group. The core muscle group then becomes the stabilizer and then we exhaust the muscles through a trademarked exercise series via 30 reps. It’s magic, but you know that already. 

Lauren Boggi Active is a Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting based, non-body part specific, 45-minute streaming workout that attacks multiple muscle groups at once. Sure, you may see CCS exercises on Instagram or Lauren Boggi Active that I make Lithe-friendly in format, sequencing and methodology. It is rewarding to me that people all over the world, and many former Lithers who have moved away are able to try CCS from wherever they are currently. I’ve wanted to do video workouts for a long time, and am so happy to offer CCS on a broader scale.

And, a company built by women (and a few men!) for women, we like to think that we know a little bit about what we’re doing; when we receive this type of feedback from another woman, we could either take it as just a slam, or turn it around as a useful means to communicate with the entire Lithe community.

This YORN started my day off on the wrong foot but it also made me realize WHY I'm here.  I'll continue to do my best to empower you, support and motivate you all to never settle for mediocrity.  I’ve always said that if nobody hates it, nobody loves it. And, as an artist, I realize that I will never make ALL 3,000 or you happy, but I know that I speak for all when I say that I would appreciate it if some would recognize and embrace the hard work that goes into this business to change your bodies, make you smile and hopefully be the best part of your day. Let’s not settle for mediocrity! 

And, hopefully, someday I won't look back and feel embarrassed that I put so much energy and time into this this called Lithe : )

Cheers, LBG

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography


TNT debuted in the studios this week, and you guys are killing that new CCS! It can take a little while to get the sequence down, so I wanted to share the perfect playlist to practice those butterfly jacks on your walk to and from class. 

SHE'S LITHE 5 Oct 2016

Remember Lither, Emmy Shea?  Check her out in this New Balance ad and read her story below! 



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

TNT 29 Sep 2016


It's Lithe dynamite. TNT is equal parts cardio and sculpting with Pom bands and heavy weights for the ultimate burn.  Get it, girl.

       • Born: October 2016
       • You'll need: Gloves & 5-10 lb. weights
       • Coordination level: 3 (on a scale of 1-3)

ILLIN' 28 Sep 2016







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', star jumpin' 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 and wrist bands.
  • Coordination level: 2 (on a scale of 1-3)

HI TOP 26 Sep 2016


You've never worked your abs like this before! Put on your socks and hit the floor. Hi-top is a total-body workout with a focus on the CORE (from the nipples to the knees). We're talking visible abdominal results within 24 hours, post-class.  Don't want to use our loaner socks? DIY with a a pair of thick ski socks.  They will provide a more slippery glide/ride and extra cushion for the ankles, feet, and shins.

  • Born: September 2014
  • You need: Pom bands, gloves and socks. 
  • Coordination level: 2 (on a scale of 1-3)



Ready to be transformed with our 30-Day Fall Challenge and join an amazing movement of women?  Sign up for our Fall Transformation!  Join us from 10.3 - 11.1 as we commit to get fit and get set to turn that burn into power.

We’ll be bringing you tips, tricks and a whole lot of inspiration to help you stay motivated throughout the month, even when the going gets really tough.

The Details:
• Participants must sign up

• The Fitness: Complete 25 Lithe workouts in 30 days
Eating Lithe: We want you eating clean M-F.
Share: Join in and inspire others on social media via our hash-tag calendar.

• Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 25 classes in 30 days, and completes our hashtag calendar will win a Lithe tank!

Hashtag Calendar:
• 10/3: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheResults (Before pic)
• 10/10: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheSquad
• 10/17: #LitheFallTransformation #EatingLithe Recipe 
• 10/24: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheBurn
• 1031: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheOnLocation
• 11/1: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheResults (After pic)


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