SHE'S LITHE: JULIA HAVERTY 30 May 2016
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? The ripple effect that Lithe has on the rest of my life is what keeps me coming back. I've been a consistent Rittenhouse 6amer (shoutout to my #RH6amers!) for several years now, and I've found that starting my day with Lithe sets me on a trajectory of being more productive, making healthier choices, and generally starting my day feeling happier than I normally would. On days where I skip the 6am from being too tired (the bedtime struggle is real when you're getting up at 5:30am), I find that I have a harder time getting out of bed, feeling motivated, and just getting into the groove of my day. I will actually make sure to schedule Lithe classes on important days at work so that I set myself up for success. This included a period of time last summer where I went to Boston for work every week - I made sure to hit the 6am class every Monday, even though I needed to leave by 6:30 in order to catch my flight.
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? When I've had a long day, I need to talk it out before I can relax. This usually means talking to my parents, my boyfriend, or some trusted colleagues. Sometimes receiving advice is helpful, but usually I just need to vent. Once that's out, then having some wine and watching some sort of renovation show on HGTV is my favorite guilty pleasure!
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Every 6am class I make it to is rewarding to me! I've never been consistent with working out, I was always the type to join a new gym, yoga studio, etc, start out strong, and then fizzle out. This is the only workout that I've ever been consistent with and I consider each morning that I get myself out of my warm bed before most of the world wakes up to be a huge victory. I'm confident that anyone who says that they hate working out just hasn't found *their* workout yet. Lithe may not be the right fit for everyone, but I'm so glad that it's for me!
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Pom, because I really like feeling a sense of accomplishment. Pom was one of the first CCS classes that I took in my Lithe journey. I was a new 6amer and didn't yet realize that the class was full of veteran Lithers who show up consistently EVERY DAY. These ladies had taken Pom many times before and they were all crushing the CCS. Meanwhile, my head was spinning: round up, down, shimmy shimmy, higher power, punch, punch - It was out of control and moved so fast! Thankfully, Gerri took pity on me and went through each combination with me after class. The next week, when I came back, I was ready! Gerri even noticed my improvement and called it out in class! That was probably the moment that hooked me in for good! Pom is still my favorite class to take and I love being able to crush the CCS - especially the 3rd sequence at the very end when you have to dig deep to finish the class strong.
Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? My Lithe bestie stories are hilariously awkward. I remember going into Sip'n'Glo and seeing Lauren F. from Lithe in there. We had a completely awkward moment where we both knew each other from seeing each other in class every day, but didn't know each others names. So we had a strange familiar introduction right in the middle of the juice shop. Most of my other stories are Lithe friendships forged while waiting in the shower line or videotaping workouts together for Lauren's Instagram challenges, because those are totally normal ways to meet people lol.
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? For some reason, everyone at work thinks that Lithe Method has a lot of shouting in it. When I think of cheerleading, I usually think of the stunts, but I guess a lot of people think of the cheers. I told them that there were a few classes with shouting, but no, not really. I usually follow up my description of Lithe Method with one of the CCS videos that Lauren posted a few years back - Rock Steady and Sleeveless. I can't say I've ever demoed any of the moves myself!