Happy Friday! This week we're giving away a spot for our August 2nd Lithe Beach (Lithe's Bikini Bottom workout) class in Avalon! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you want to win! A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Class will be automatically added to the winner's account with normal expiration applied. Thank you, and good luck!
Image of Lithe Instructor Gina Toscano wearing Nike via Dom
It's no secret that Lithe has a reputation. Ask women who Lithe regularly to describe that reputation, and the descriptions often include words like: fun, community, support, challenging, rewarding, and sometimes even addiction. But for some who've never taken a class, Lithe invokes something totally different. Peering into a studio with all of its mirrors, weights, barres, and various bands hanging from the ceiling, and words like intimidating, insane, torture and impossible all come to their minds.
Starting any new workout regimen is a big step! And while I don't mind that Lithe has a reputation for being tough - because changing your body takes work - I do mind when women think they won't be able to do it. Some women see the flow of fit bodies that come and go from our various studios and they think: I couldn't keep up. Or, I will be the only person in the room that's not in fantastic shape. And while I understand their fears, it's important to know that any able-bodied woman, regardless of fitness level or age, can Lithe!
Nobody who Lithes starts with a Lithe body! The women in our studios look the way that they do because they Lithe. There is such a diverse range of women that attend classes, from competitive athletes to women who are brand new to exercise. The best way to start out if you have no background is to take a few of our Lithe 101 classes.
It's important to us that newbies feel supported through every step of your workout. We are here as you take it at a pace that works for you. Most women who begin Lithe are always surprised how quickly they catch on, and how well their bodies take to the challenge! Still leery? Stay tuned for our additional tips on what workouts to take and a video on how to modify!
Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Stella McCartney & Michi via Dom
Watch how Lithe Instructor, Kim Sauer recruits a total stranger during our Lithe Hunt. He's pretty good!
Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins always curates on-point playlists that really push you to your limit. Check this one out - you'll hear it this week!
Image of Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins wearing Motherhood Maternity via Dom
Happy Tuesday! It's cardio day at Lithe, so it’s time to kick up the cardio and sweat it out. Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does it make a difference on the inside (improving your cardiovascular health), but you will see results on the outside, too (especially if you stick to it 3-5 times a week).
I think that one of the toughest aspects of Lithe is getting your cardiovascular stamina up to par or back up to par after some time off. As a newbie, you may find yourself feeling defeated trying to finish our hour-long classes numerous times a week and devoting some time to learning our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting choreography. You can do it! Here are some tips for safe, efficient and effective cardio:
1. Be a 6-7AMer! I suggest doing cardio in the morning before your first meal. Your body is most likely to use fat as the energy source because your glycogen stores are depleted.
2. Protect your feet, but not with sneakers (unless you have a foot injury). We barefoot train at Lithe. Why? It makes you stronger from head to toe and simply builds a better, stronger, leaner body. If you have a foot injury you should wear a studio sneaker and avoid stilletto. You want to work correctly, stay on a mat and NEVER over-bounce on the balls of your feet. Our feet work instinctively, but to prevent stress fractures, shin splints and plantar issues, stay on your mat, use your quads to launch a jump, keep a gentle point to your ankle, and then roll through the forefoot and heel. Your goal is to "sponge" and not bounce. That "up" energy should be an illusion. Your entire body is active, but you're working down into the ground. Work harder by getting low and grounded, rather than bouncing high and beating up your feet.
3. Keep your shoulders open, depressed, and lift your chest. This instantly engages and elongates your abs.
4. Activate your arms. Think about how you punch out those perfect sharp high V's and low V's ... Do this with every movement and feel your heart rate climb!
5. Don't stop as soon as your heart rate starts to really climb. So many people get nervous once their heart rate gets in the zone. Breath, stretch, and shake.
6. If you're DIY, Make a killer cardio playlist on your iPod to get you through the workout. Pick out your favorite songs that you love listening to so you forget about the time.
My favorite Lithe cardio workouts are Rock Steady, Higher Power, Freestyle and Spirit. What are yours?
Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom
We had our Lithe Summer Party (#LitheSummerParty, #LitheSummerHunt) yesterday, and your Lithe Instructors teamed up in the name of fun. Check out Jonathan Cedrone, Jennifer Laucella, Rachel Dore, and Rachael Bridgens doing Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting and an elevator at Race Street Pier. Stay tuned for more videos!
Just in time for the beginning of summer! From August 22-24, join us for three days of Lithe with Lauren specially designed to inspire confidence, reset eating habits, and transform your body (we're talking visible results!).
*Six hours of unique (new choreography!) Lithe with Lauren: 2 two-hour classes at Lithe Rittenhouse and 1 two-hour Lithe Escape workout on Saturday, August 23rd at 10AM at Lithe Beach (location will be announced):
Friday, August 22nd: Rittenhouse Studio from 6-8PM
Saturday, August 23rd: Lithe Beach in Avalon, NJ from 8-10 AM
Sunday, August 24th: Rittenhouse Studio from 3-5:30PM
*Lithe Foods Detox Plan: 3 days of lean, local and seasonal meals & fresh, cold-pressed juice and smoothies.
*1 WKND Spirit Circle meeting on Sunday, August 24th at 5-5:30PM
*Lithe WKND Swag Bag with goodies from our sponsors
Pricing: $425 with Lithe Foods Meal Plan or $200 a la carte fitness only
Reservations & Payment: Call 215-545-5144 to reserve your spot.
Transportation: Transportation is not included; Lithers are responsible for their own transportation to and from Avalon (we recommend carpooling!).
Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing FP Movement via Dom and food images via Lauren
I have yet to take a class with this week's 25 Things subject (or perhaps I've taken 1), so I'm not able to rave about her teaching style, but I am able to say that I am confident she must be a natural. I ran into Cate Rigolout outside of our Lithe lives, in our mutual world of education (see #3). I was helping at the high school graduation of the school where she works, and we both had a moment where we looked at each other and thought: Wait...do I...do you...are we...ohhh hiiiiiiii! It was then that the connection between her Lithe life and work life became immediately clear to me. Who better to be a Lithe instructor than a teacher? I look forward to taking her classes, and after reading her 25 Things, I hope you will too, if you don't already.
Images via Cate and Dom
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