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DRIVING FORCES BY AUDI. 24 Aug 2016

 

Check out Driving Forces presented by Audi, a new off the cuff #AudiLitheStyle series featuring Lithe Founder, Lauren Boggi. 

PHILADELPHIA WEDDING 17 Aug 2016


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SIX CARDIO TIPS! 21 Jul 2016

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Happy Thurdsday! 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.

 

Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom

LITHE & LB ACTIVE (BY LAUREN BOGGI) 12 Jul 2016

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So many of you near and far love Lauren Boggi Active and some may wonder what the difference is between the brands, and why I chose to take LB Active online instead of in-studio. 

Lithe Method was never constructed to be a virtual workout. It's our live, in-studio experience. While Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting is the movement technique that Lithe workouts are based on, it's not what Lithe is. I'm not saying Lithe is more or less, just different! Lithe is 60+ workouts, an entire method and philosophy, a workout key, a teaching style, and an incredible in-person experience and community (some say a cult!?), but I never saw it translating into a virtual experience and frankly have never aspired to that for Lithe. 
 
LB Active is a virtual platform for Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting, not Lithe Method. It's another type of brand powered by Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting. Like a pencil being used to write a novel or hold hair in a bun, CCS is an engine that can power many things. I've always been excited by the idea of taking CCS as a concentrated, core workout and building a new brand solely focused on that as an engine, and then using that to power other things. Similar to Lithe, but maybe not. I'm hoping that Lauren Boggi Active will become the laboratory to fine tune CCS and create amazing things. It will benefit Lithe, but go different places in a complimentary way.

Cheers!

DIG DEEP CHALLENGE 6 Jul 2016

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It's unbelievable what a four-day weekend can do, right? You've worked so hard for months. Don't allow summer to derail you. It's time to dig deep! Be the person who always shows up and never gives up and believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it. We challenge you to take 14 classes in 14 days from July 11 thru July 24, so that you can re-ignite your passion with your health and fitness goals. Sign up today thru Monday, July 11.

Details: 

  • When: Monday, July 11 thru Monday, July 24.
  • The Fitness & Food: Take 14 classes in 14 days and eat clean Monday thru Friday.
  • Hashtag calendar:

    July 11: #LitheResuts, #DigDeep
    July 24: #LitheResults, #DigDeep

  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes the challenge and hashtag calendar wins two weeks of free access to Lauren Boggi Active Studio LB streaming. Studio LB streaming is perfect for Lithers who travel or those who want to vary their routine and increase their results.

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CORA LOVE 5 Jul 2016

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"I was intimidated by the Cora classes, but I got my tax refund, closed my eyes, and signed up. Loved (and hated, haha) every second. The instructors were top tier. The supportive group was small and it felt like seeing friends three days a week, plus I felt like Beyonce every time. I tried to eat healthy during Cora, but I'm human. I ate cookies and drank wine, usually together. Somehow I was still the "biggest loser" for May. I cried when I left the studio that day. I was so happy. If I could afford it, I'd sign up for Cora every month. Also, those Cora bands are incredible. My arms got toned so fast. It was the best experience I never expected to love. Losing 10.5 inches wasn't too bad either." - JD
 
"I loved the Cora community and how the classes made me push myself. The other class memebers helped with the experience and we encouraged and supported one another. Of course, it helps to have someone to make eye contact with when you're absolutely dying. I saw great results after completing Cora. I lost almost 9 inches and 4 pounds. I feel stronger and I'm able to use heavier weights and hang on to weights longer (example the latter half of Armistice!)." - NK
 
"I loved the personal attention that the Cora instructors gave to help us maintain proper form while kicking it up a notch. I also loved the extra resistance provided by the Cora bands. The results were amazing. I took regular classes during Cora, so my muscle definition was great. My overall strength and endurance increased. I'll be back for another round of Cora" - JW
 

BURN, BABY BURN 14 Jun 2016

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What is the best way to lose fat? Cardio, you say? It can be, but that's not always the case. While cardio burns calories and fat (especially when done with our band system), high intensity strength training allows for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) to occur. This term refers to how long your metabolism is elevated 38 hours post-exercise, which enables you to burn fat long after your workout. 

Lift heavier for maximum fat burning: Lifting heavier weights creates a more profound EPOC effect. So if you're able to maintain good form, lifting 8+ pounds is the way to go for greater EPOC. Another reason not to chase cardio and follow our key? When alternating weight training and cardio days, you are more likely to burn twice as much fat than if you were to perform cardio training only.

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AUDI LITHE STYLE 1 Jun 2016

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SHE'S LITHE: JULIA HAVERTY 30 May 2016

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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 beginning my day with Lithe sets me on a trajectory of being more productive, making healthier choices, and starting my day feeling happier than I normally would. On days where I skip the 6AM because I'm too tired (the bedtime struggle is real when you get up at 5:30AM), I have a harder time getting out of bed, feeling motivated, and getting into the groove of my day. I schedule Lithe classes on important days at work, so that I set myself up for success. This included a period of time last summer when I went to Boston for work every week. I hit the 6AM class every Monday, even though I needed to leave by 6:30 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 wine and watching some 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. I've never been consistent with working out. I was the type that joined a new gym, yoga studio, etc. and started out strong, and then fizzled out. This is the only workout that I've ever been consistent with and I consider every morning that I get myself out of 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 is for me. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Pom, because I like feeling a sense of accomplishment. Pom was one of the first CCS classes that I took. I was a new 6AMer and didn't realize that the class was full of veterans who show up 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. That was probably the moment that hooked me. Pom is still my favorite class and I love being able to crush the CCS, especially the sequence at the end when you have to dig deep to finish 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 seeing Lauren F. at Sip 'n' Glow. She looked familiar, but we didn't know each other's names. We had an 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 think of the stunts, but a lot of people think of the cheers. I told them that there were only a few classes with shouting. I usually follow up my description of Lithe Method with one of the CCS videos that Lauren posted a few years back of Rock Steady and Sleeveless. I can't say I've ever demoed any of the moves myself though. 

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