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LITHE LEERY? 24 Jul 2014


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

SIX CARDIO TIPS! 22 Jul 2014


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 offAs 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 LitheWhy? 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


Lauren's Freestyle playlistjpg

I've been jamming out to this playlist all weekend.  If you're Freestyling with me this week, you'll hear it!  Enjoy!  

Image of Lauren Boggi wearing Splits59 & Stella McCartney for Adidas 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!  

LITHE WKND! 18 Jul 2014

Lithe WKND

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!).

What's Included:

*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

25 THINGS! {BY SAYEH} 17 Jul 2014


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.

  1. I am originally from Connecticut. I moved with my now husband, Dave, to Philly after college. That was six years ago. Yikes!
  2. Speaking of my husband, we met during our junior year at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. We are now both teachers at the same school. We teach the same students. We used to share a classroom. It is amazing the path that life can take us on.
  3. My other job is a high school special education science teacher in Kensington. It can be extremely challenging, but I love the kids. Being a Lithe instructor is the Superman to my school teacher Clark Kent. I even get to rock a spandex super suit!
  4. I am an only child, but I do have a big, crazy Italian family on my mother’s side.
  5. The matriarch of the Ferrucci family was my grandmother, Rose. She passed away last year at the remarkable age of 105. She was an amazing woman who lived an incredible life. Hopefully I got those longevity genes!
  6. Vermont is like a second home to me. My family has enjoyed a second house in Stratton since I was four. My dad is an extremely talented handy man, and actually built both my childhood house in Connecticut and our second home in Stratton. When my parents retired (they were both high school teachers – the apple really didn’t fall far from the tree), they permanently moved to Vermont. Vermont is also where my husband and I were married last July. We visit whenever possible. 
  7. My parents raised me as a vegetarian, although we did occasionally eat fish.  Aside from fish, I have never eaten meat in my life. Really never!
  8. Dave and I share our home with two dogs, both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Buddy is 10 and Waverly (Avey) is 1. They are our furry children. We got Avey when we returned from our honeymoon last summer, and decided to name her after the street we live on in Philly.  We’re actually moving to a new house next month, and it’s also on Waverly Street. Go figure.
  9. I started figure skating when I was 6, and became a nationally competitive pairs skater when I was 14. I loved the feeling of being lifted and thrown. I stopped skating at the age of 19 so I could pursue a college degree. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. Every once in a while I strap on the skates and go for a spin. I usually surprise myself by how much I still can do. I was lucky enough to get to take forty 12th graders on a field trip to the UPenn rink this past winter. That was a blast!
  10. Because of skating, I took online correspondence courses for my final 3 years of high school. I was training around 5 hours a day and missed many days for competitions. Thankfully, I still got the chance to go to prom and didn't feel like I missed out on anything.
  11. My undergrad major was environmental science. My thesis research focused on insect chemical ecology. I spent a lot of hours in a lab with bugs, specifically caterpillars. If you ever need a bug dealt with, I’m your girl. But I won’t kill it – just transplant it.
  12. I love to travel. Skating competitions took me to places throughout the country when I was younger. My first trip abroad was when I was 15; I traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia for a month to train. I have been lucky enough to add many places to my list after I stopped skating. My most recent trip was to Wyoming to visit Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. I now have a goal to visit each of the 58 national parks.  So far I have been to five. I have a lot of work to do.
  13. I love the ocean, but don’t usually spend my time lying on the beach. I’m a certified SCUBA diver and can think of no place I’d rather be than under water exploring.
  14. Even though I love to travel, there really is no place like home. I’m a complete homebody and find few things more enjoyable than spending a night in on the couch with my husband, dogs, and some good TV.
  15. I am incredibly shy and socially awkward, especially around people I just meet. I get less shy the more I get to know someone, although I never really lose the awkwardness.
  16. I’m very clumsy - trip over flat surfaces clumsy.
  17. I love to cook and bake. I especially like to try new recipes. Not to toot my own horn, but they usually turn out delicious. Toot!
  18. I’m known for making homemade pizza. I use my great grandmother’s recipe.  I submitted the whole wheat version to a cookbook and it is now published! 
  19. My husband and I love to hear live music. We go to concerts regularly and especially enjoy music festivals.
  20. Bright lights make me sneeze. Apparently, it’s genetic. Get a group of my mother’s family together and have us walk outside from a dimly lit place. Guaranteed we will all sneeze.  My husband didn’t believe me until he saw it in action.
  21. I don’t drink coffee. In fact, I’ve never had more than a sip. Don’t like the stuff. I’m more of a tea person.
  22. Seltzer is my favorite beverage. One of the best purchases I’ve ever made was a Sodastream.
  23. I’m 5’ ½”. That half inch is super important.
  24. Although I often can’t remember what I ate for lunch, I will never be able to forget the lyrics to many late '90s and early 2000s pop and hip-hop songs. Pretty sure I’ll be able to recite Juvenile’s “Back that Thang Up” when I’m 90.
  25. I started Lithe four years ago.  I’m an active person (hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and kayaking) but I hate going to the gym.  Lithe is the only workout that I have ever enjoyed. It has changed my body and my mind. I am so thankful that I found it!

Images via Cate and Dom



You know her as the girl who kicks major butt in the studios, but if you want a glimpse into Lithe Instructor, Meghan Grauzlis's LitheStyle, check out About A Girl on the Free People BLDG25 blog!  When I think of Meg, I think bohemian beauty, flexibility, freedom, fun, Free People, music, and the energy, (and killer playlists) that she brings to Lithe.  Thanks for sharing, Meg! 

Images via Free People.  Meghan is wearing: We The Free Circle In The Sand TeeRuffle Rib Shortie , Greenwich Thigh HiMovement Capri LeggingMovement Crop TopAll In One Tank and the Net Tee


LITHE BEACH! 15 Jul 2014


Looking to fulfill your outdoor workout requirement for the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge? We have a new option!  Lithe's highly-touted beach workout based on our Lithe Escape philosophy is now available on the east coast!  Join Lithe Creator, Lauren Boggi for a 90-minute workout in Avalon, NJ on 61st St.  

When: Saturday, July 19th @ 8AM & Saturday, August 2nd @ 8AM

Where:  61 St. on the beach

Wear: A supportive bathing suit, and sunscreen

What's it like?:  surprising, challenging, empowering, rock-your-world amazing, and fun!

Bring: water, sunscreen, yoga mat (or a towel), a towel for drying off, and a snack

We supply: enthusiasm, inspiration, the workout, and drinking water

Cost: $40

Sign Up: when purchasing on Mindbody, select "Lithe Beach" instead of classes, then schedule on the Rittenhouse scheduler.  

Disclaimer: no public facilities are available before 10AM.  Please utilize a public restroom (Wawa is on 27th St.) prior to class.

Image of WKND Lithers via Lauren

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