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INSPIRATION 29 Jul 2014

Lithe Inspiration

Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom

MAMA SAYS 29 Jul 2014

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Our next Lithe Mama is Simone Nadav. What makes her awesome? For starters, not even midnight nursing sessions can deter her from getting to classes first thing in the morning. 

Children: Bayla, 3.5 and Lev, 16 months

Tell us your Lithe story:  I was looking around for early morning classes for awhile and knew I didn't want to go to a gym. I Lithed here and there before I got pregnant with Bayla. About 7 months after she was born, I started going 4-5 times a week and continued up until I was 35 weeks pregnant with Lev. 

How do you fit it into your schedule? I always go to 6AM classes. Usually, I can sneak out while my children and husband are sleeping (unless I step on a creaky floorboard). And if I'm really lucky, they're still snoozing when I get back. Plus, I don't have to pay for a sitter. 

Sounds like you're hooked: Definitely. I've considered moving to the suburbs, but I think I would miss Lithe too much. And the 6AM students at Old City are a tight knit group. Many of us have been going for years. 

Anything that you did to really get your body in gear post-baby? The challenge this past October helped me lose that last five pounds. The sculpting classes helped build all the muscles I need to pick my babies up out of their cribs. I'm also a big believer in eating clean and I juice every day. 

So, chicken fingers aren't in the rotation at your house? Luckily, my kids eat whatever I eat. I cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for them. But ... I don't hesitate to eat sweets every now and again. 

Thanks, Simone!

#LITHETOUR LOS ANGELES! 28 Jul 2014

Lithe Tour LA

Hey LA, get ready to experience Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting with Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!  Sweat, sip cold-pressed juice, and snag some swag.  August 15th & 16th on the rooftop of the PalihouseReserve here!

For media inquiries, please contact Jill at pr@lithemethod.com

Image of Lauren Boggi via Dom

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 25 Jul 2014

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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

LITHE LEERY? 24 Jul 2014

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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

SIX CARDIO TIPS! 22 Jul 2014

Liz

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

LITHE INSTRUCTORS TAKE OVER OLD CITY! 21 Jul 2014

 

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

LITHE NEWTRITION (WHAT'S SUP-PLEMENTS?) 17 Jul 2014

Danielle   Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is debunking common food and nutrition myths by giving you facts about sugar, fat—even comfort food—and more, so you can feel good about diggin' the foods that you love.  Danielle is studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions.  Her favorite class is Micronutrient Metabolism, and she's currently interning at CHOP and at a private practice in Trenton, NJ.  I'm thrilled that she's shedding some fresh and passionate "Eating Lithe" insight here on Fit.Hip.Healthy!  Today we're talking suppliments:  

Is it really working or is it simply magic? No I’m not talking about exercise (Lithe is really working), I’m talking about supplements. I sat and watched my mother pour out about 100 different pills in nondescript bottles and finally I asked her what they were for. Surprise, they were for everything. Biotin, ginseng, calcium - the vitamin industry is booming and there have never been more pills to take, ever. After all the outrage surrounding Dr. Oz and his claims around his "magic beans," a lot of focus has shifted to the validity behind what these all natural vitamins really do. Longer life? Hair growth? Weight loss? How much of it is reality and how much is fantasy? It's a very loaded topic.

Although, I'm far from a medical doctor, I do know this about the nutrients in the body: unless you are blood deficient, your body will naturally replenish itself. A wise doctor I work for gently calls it "pissing in the ocean." Your body will only use a predetermined amount and the rest you will usually excrete through urine. Actually, about 90 percent of the nutrients we may lack can be found not on the shelves but … dun dun dun: IN YOUR DIET.

But … don’t some people feel better when taking vitamins? Even if they aren't lacking them as per outline on their labs? Some doctors and dietitians say that it’s a matter of the mind. When we set aside time to actually take these supplements it means we're already making health a priority which may come with many other things. Simply taking supplements may reduce stress and anxiety levels surrounding the issue which may result in let's say a reduction in a hair loss issue. Taking your vitamin C may mean that you're also cleaning up your diet and exercising a bit more, so that you feel better. Most likely it's not the vitamin C, it’s the lifestyle change that's causing the shift. Every body is different and responds differently - I can have an espresso at 9PM and fall asleep by 10PM, yet my mother could travel cross-country in a Flintstones car and still have energy to hit the gym (yes, we spend too much time together). I’m curious … how do my Lithers feel about this? Anyone else warming up the ocean?

Image of Lithe Instructor Danielle Ingerman wearing Lithe via Dom

 

 

 

MEGHAN GRAUZLIS & LITHE ON BLDG 25! 16 Jul 2014

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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

 

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