We need approximately 10 Lithers to participate in a complimentary Thinny workout with Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh on Monday at Lithe's Main Line studio from 8:15-9:15PM. Call 484-416-3323 or email email@example.com to reserve! The first ten people to reserve, win!
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How do I say this? Where do I start? You ladies are incredible.
I got my Lithe Anniversary email when I was in the hospital, just after delivering my daughter in early August. (It's funny to think I took a class with Lauren on July 11th and I thought I was delivering then! Ha!) I remember thinking there’s no way I would feel this amazing postpartum without something like Lithe. I was anxious to get back to the studio but had to wait for my clearance from the doctor. That came just before the start of the Fall Challenge so I had a chance to ease back into Lithe after 7 (long) weeks away.
I told my husband about the Fall Challenge and we (yes, we) decided to do it. Why did I say we when my husband clearly wasn’t coming to Hot Legs? Because this challenge was going to take effort – and not just from me and my drive. It was going to be about him coming home to help with our 3-month old and occasionally using his flex hours to work from home if I couldn’t do the night class. It was about my infant daughter that is still nursing staying on schedule so I could adhere to the class schedule. It took coordination. I’m so proud to say I was able to do 16 days in a row. Yes, 16 days in a row. I wish I could finish the challenge because I know I can but a family emergency has brought me home to Dallas. This situation means I won’t be crossing that finish line in the Fall Challenge but that’s not stopping me from setting a new line. I’ve shown myself what is possible. I’m strong. I’m driven. I’m lithe. When I come back to Philadelphia, I will work to complete those 14 additional classes. I know there is no discount for my new finish line but in this case, as a new mom, the reward is in showing I can do it. I’m bouncing forward and I’m loving the results.
Guys, I'm back to post-wedding real life and I love it. No more delicate threading of twine through place cards and agonizing over what nail polish color I'm going to wear. No. I'm back to doing the things that are really important. Decoding the recently revealed Kardashian Christmas card, for example. Are they in the Illuminati or aren't they?? Did baby Mason keel over from the fumes he's inhaled in that time machine/spaceship parked in the back of a weird movie theater/trash alley they're all in? Am I the only one that keeps confusing Kim for Beyonce now that her hair is blond? Is this a Jay-Z masterminded plot to bring about the New World Order? Where does baby North fit in? Will she dethrone Suri as the reigning pre-pubescent queen of fashion? Will she grow up to have a giant butt? I bite my nails in anticipation!
But all of this readjusting has meant that I'm not back in the studio yet (cracking codes is VERY time consuming). Ever week since we've come back from the honeymoon, I've said: On Monday, I start again. On Monday, I go back. And then Monday comes and it's cold outside and it's dark. And I just want to go home and crawl under a blanket. Plus, I feel like my house is a disaster and neglected since all the wedding mania, and instead of working out, I need to come home and start organizing drawers that are out of hand and do laundry that is piling up and perhaps cook something decently healthy. But instead, I come home...do something with only a slight hint of productivity to it, and then zone out on the couch in front of the tube.
In short, I can't motivate! I was going so steadily before the wedding, obviously with a pretty good motivator, but this happens to me once in a while. I will Lithe 4-6 times a week consistently for MONTHS and MONTHS. And then I just fall off. Usually because I've gone on a trip, or I've missed a few days due to work or some or other diversion, and then it's all down hill until I rally back up again with renewed gusto weeks later. This time, part of me is ok with it because I really feel like I need a break. There was so much stress pre-wedding, that I feel like I'm still recovering. Like there's no room in my brain to coordinate all the things I need to do, so I do nothing.
But the problem is that I don't compensate for that break by eating more cleanly or making other good choices. No. If one thing goes out the window, I chuck everything out along with it. I am eating everything in sight. With no rhyme or reason. I'm not even hungry half the time. It doesn't even taste good. I'm walking around just shoveling things into my gourd. And I can't make it stop. And today...today my underwear is tight (This is my chubby gage. Tight underwear). Straight up. Just one month of living la vida loca, and I've gone from being in the best shape of my life to having tight undies. I texted Lauren to complain and get some advice, and she responded by saying: Oh yeah. You have a case of the Love Bloat. Happens to everyone during the first 3-6 months of marriage. To which I dumbly responded: Wait. Is that a thing? I AM bloated!
The Loooooooooooooove Bloat! I've been diagnosed folks. I have a case of the post-marriage do-nothings which apparently almost always leaves you a little more plush than you'd like. Is it so wrong that I just want to sit on the couch in my flannel pajamas pants that I love so much, while eating take out from a container that is definitely contaminating my food with weird chemicals, while yelling at MJ and Reza for turning into big bullies on Shahs of Sunset. Is it too much to ask to do all of this and not slowly expand in the process?? Come onnnnnn! Cut me some slaaaaaaaaack, laws of physics!
Honestly, I'm also scared of the sore. Scared. Of the sore. I won't be able to walk once I return, and I'm putting that off too. Arghhh. And then you know there was Thanksgiving and then there's all these Christmas parties. Wahhhhh! I need help getting back on the wagon. For now, I'm scheduled for class tonight. But my pajama pants are already calling my name.
I really need to see you in class!
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 really defeated trying to finish our 1 hour classes, numerous times a week, and having to devote some time to learning some of our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting cardio choreography. Here are some tips for safe and efficient cardio:
1. 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 and keep a gentle point to your ankle, then roll through the forefoot, and heel. Your goal is to 'sponge' and not be bouncy. That 'up' energy should be an illusion: your entire body is active, but you're working the bands' resistance down into the ground. You want to work harder by getting low (think: squashing grapes) and grounded, not through bouncing high and beating up your feet.
2. Keep you shoulders open, depressed and lift from the heart. This instantly engages and elongates your abs.
3. 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!
4. 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, shake.
Image of Lithe Instructor, Krista DeNofa in perfect form via Dominic Episcopo.
Like a boss, she's the godmother of all Lithe's glute-based, sculpting workouts. Triple-propped, and always total-body, you have a "Lithe guarantee" to raise your rear and smoothe your hips and thighs in just three workouts. You'll have a ball at the barre: targeted glute toning and fat burning via heavy weights + Lithe's Thinny bands = high and lifted results. The epitome of Endvy™.
Image of Lauren Boggi wearing Lithe's faux Leather Leggings via Jordan
Our new Rittenhouse studio is doubling in size, and our Main Line studio schedule is expanding...
Become part of a unique, innovative workout and a growing team leading the industry in health and fitness. We're looking for spirited, outgoing women with proficient dance, cheerleading and/or fitness background.
Bring it: Saturday, January 11th, 2013 1:30-3:30PM at Lithe Old City. Please email your head-shot (any picture will do) and current work resume to Kim@lithemethod.com to receive audition info.
Ah, the holidays are upon us. While some of us are polishing off the last of our Halloween candy, others of us have moved on to hoarding recipes for cornbread-stuffing and pumpkin pie… then comes the Christmas cookies and egg-nog, not to be out-done by the champagne cocktails with-which we toast to bring in the new year…
Most people indulge during the holidays. They just do. And most people feel bad about it afterwords. They just do! Enter “detoxes” designed to flush out the body of toxins and waste that accumulated during our Holiday Bender.
I believe in detoxing. One of the things I love about Lithe Foods is the Lithe Foods Three-Day Detox. Why? Because it does detoxify the body and can jump-start weight-loss, but in a psychologically healthy way! You still eat meals, you still get dessert (praise the Lithe Gods! Dessert!). The program does not follow a deprivation model—meaning it does not cut out FOOD, it just provides you with the purest, cleanest form of it! Of course, Lauren could have created a three-day juice cleanse without batting an eyelash. But there is a reason that she did not. As you will read in the following post, juice cleanses, for some, can be dangerous: medically, emotionally, psychologically, and otherwise. . .
I’ve heard Lithers freaking out about the Lithe Foods Holiday Vacation (Oh My God, Becky, did you hear!?...) While I will choose to wait ‘till 2014 to get my Detox on, I am aware that many of you will not. I am also aware that the Holidays, although meant to be joyous, are not always so happy. Whatever our vices may be, they tend to intensify during times of stress, and for many of us, the holiday season is extremely stressful. It’s important to keep all of this in mind so that we are able to make healthy decisions.
For these reasons, I thought it might be meaningful to post some excerpts from a recent interview I did for Redbook Magazine Online regarding my thoughts on all-juice cleanses, weight-loss, and how these elements can contribute to disordered eating. Check out the following post for a peak into my discussion with Sunny Sea Gold, freelance writer and author of Food: The Good Girl’s Drug. As a woman in recovery from her own eating disorder (Binge Eating Disorder, commonly referred to as BED), Sunny’s questions where playfully curious yet honest and caring. I really enjoyed my work with her and hope you enjoy it too.
Image of Lauren Boggi at the Pogust Holiday Party December 2012 via Stuart Goldenberg
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