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Ekaterina for Lithe Giveaway

TGIF, Lithers! This week we have a giveaway of the decadent Ekaterina Luxury Cream from Sabbatical Beauty. Did we mention 2 ounces retails for $175??

The cream is made of four types of caviar extract, three types of gold and white truffle extract. Caviar is well known for providing essential Omega three oils and has anti-aging properties. The gold in the Ekaterina cream comes in three different forms: colloidal gold (small, microscopic gold particles suspended in distilled water), fermented gold (yeast that has been enriched with gold and then harvested), and real 24 karat gold that both tops the cream and is dispersed throughout the jar. The Ekaterina Cream is part of Sabbatical Beauty's limited edition Fall collection, CRISP.

Sabbatical Beauty was founded by Lither Adeline Koh, Ph.D. Originally trained as a humanities professor, Adeline began researching skin care and making her own beauty products when she was frustrated with existing products on the market. The majority of brands loudly proclaim "active" ingredients on their packaging, but these actives make up only a tiny percentage of these ingredients. She decided to make her own products to really maximize these active ingredients. After seeing the results on her skin, which used to be red, dry and acne-prone, her friends demanded that she make products for them as well. They then overwhelmingly reported about how well the products worked and how quickly--diminishing redness and acne, filling in fine lines and wrinkles, and brightening complexions. Her friends then encouraged her to open up shop, resulting in SabbaticalBeauty.com.
To dive deep into the Sabbatical Beauty community sharing reviews and no-makeup selfies, join their Facebook Group and like them on Facebook! Everybody wins here, too, as Adeline has extended a 10% discount to all Lithers new to Sabbatical Beauty by emailing her at info@sabbaticalbeauty.com.

For a chance to win, please comment which product from the CRISP collection looks most enticing to you. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thanks and good luck! 



For the past almost 12 years, I’ve been at the helm of growing an active empire that strives to support, encourage and motivate people to be their best selves every single day.  About two years ago, I would spent about 4 hours a day writing blog content, working on visuals, and shared everything fit, hip and healthy with over 5,000 loyal daily readers. I shared personal, passionate and uncensored Me On Monday posts about my struggles with multiple miscarriagesrisk, my post-pregnancy body, and montages of things that I loved. 

Two years ago, I decided that I would never blog personally for Lithe ever again. Blogging was becoming a time suck, and doing it all was so overrated.  The blog was becoming more of an emotional dump for me, and a negative feedback system for the Lithe community to stir up drama and tear each other down rather than build one another up.

I was really craving separation, didn’t need the stress and, felt that blogs were becoming a dead, mediocre medium so the time was right for change.  And, the change has been great.  I've been able to spend more time with my family and friends, and support my passion for other entrepreneurial endeavors. 

But, I guess you should never say never, because here I am again.  Today I woke up at 5:30AM, made my coffee, and checked my inbox, like usual. I saw that management had forwarded this YORN (Your Opinion, Right Now) review below that made me immediately want to wash my hands of my job at Lithe (because who needs this shit anyway?), sell the studios...and also write a blog post! We receive feedback all the time and it truly takes a lot to rattle my chain, but it has been a difficult week and I really wanted to speak up for the 50+ amazing, hard-working people that work so passionately for this company, so I'm taking to this platform like I used to.  I hope that this will help Lithers to step out of their comfort zones.

By the way, YORN is great, but the problem with it is that users very rarely request a response so it’s impossible to communicate or get to the bottom of cryptic, mediocre feedback like the one below.  We love and appreciate detailed, specific and useful feedback from our community so that we can improve, but it’s hard to respond to or address issues when it’s a one-way street.  We like to explain why we do the things we do, so here goes.


Dear Anon Lither, I appreciate your passion for Lithe. Nobody gets upset over a workout unless they love it, right?  We're so lucky to have earned the ability to be an integral part of people's lives, and what's super cool about having an amazing, dynamic brand means that we’re able to create content for a variety of people even if it may not hit the mark every. single. time with every. single. person. Having a great brand means being able to make mistakes, and DO overs.  Do you love the new ILLIN?  Do you like the updated HI-TOP?  Some of you loved the Summer Hits schedule in July, August and September, and some were clamoring for the 8-week curated schedules back.

Anon Lither, I ask that you step outside of your Lithe bubble and realize that you’re one type of Lither – the cardio queen. You chase one aspect of Lithe, and don't think about the Lither that loves barre work and avoids more cheer heavy workouts. And then there is the Lither who embraces the Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting in its entirety: she works her ass off and steps up to the challenges thrown her way. She requests sculpting and she also loves cardio. She is in the studio to become stronger and make gains. I know this because she’s at the barre with me and in my sculpting workouts every week. She works in stiletto and fights hard to do her push-ups on her toes, rather than dropping to her knees on the first rep. She knows that our barre is hard, and also knows that it’s amazing ab work, not solely leg work.

Anon Lither, I know that you probably do not want to follow our key to Lithe (Monday is Abs/Core, Tuesday is Cardio, Wednesday is Legs/Core, Thursday is Cardio, and Friday is Arms/Core).  I wish that you'd give the key a chance and really step out of your comfort zone. I just know that you’d be floored with the results, and the balance it brings to your body.

You may like to think that Lithe isn't both cardio AND sculpting, but our sculpting workouts are what gives you that killer definition that you're paying for.  Banded cardio will only take you so far.  Doing both is best.  I feel sorry for you because you don't understand that one to two cardio-heavy workouts per week is really all that is necessary, but two to three sculpting workouts will completely change your body. Seriously, you're missing out, girl!  You're settling for mediocrity at Lithe and you may not even realize it 

Anon Lither, I know that you love what YOU love and that is absolutely okay. Everyone has their favorites and most hated (myself included).  It would be SO incredibly easy to look at our data and play the top 10-15 workouts on repeat.  Literally, life on easy street for the business.  I've thought about it.  I could settle for mediocrity for Lithe. 

Anon Lither, Our classes are absolutely little less full right now versus September.  It's because we're not accepting as many ClassPass users as we once did.  I stand firm on their business practices and feel LITHE should be paid fair value for our services. 

I'm going to sound like a mom defending her children, but, Anon Lither, I absolutely do not have to create new content for Lithe but I do it so that people can continue to change, improve their bodies and feel empowered in a new way once they nail a fresh cardio or sculpting sequence.  There's no feeling like empowerment through movement. 

Lauren Boggi Active is a Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting lab, so to speak.  And, it’s a totally different brand and a completely different workout for at-home exercisers.

Do you know what came first between Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting and Lithe? This is like the chicken or the egg question. CCS is the mother. I created the technique post college while living in NYC and teaching Pilates.  I missed my cheer game and body from college.  Lithe happened after Lithe: A Pilates-Evolved Studio that opened in Northern Liberties in 2005. Basically, I was too much of a chicken to start out with pure CCS in Philly because I knew that I needed to build people's trust via Pilates. 

Lithe is an in-person studio experience.  Lithe workouts are 60-minute workouts that are defined by a core exercise sequence, which fatigues a particular muscle group. The core muscle group then becomes the stabilizer and then we exhaust the muscles through a trademarked exercise series via 30 reps. It’s magic, but you know that already. 

Lauren Boggi Active is a Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting based, non-body part specific, 45-minute streaming workout that attacks multiple muscle groups at once. Sure, you may see CCS exercises on Instagram or Lauren Boggi Active that I make Lithe-friendly in format, sequencing and methodology. It is rewarding to me that people all over the world, and many former Lithers who have moved away are able to try CCS from wherever they are currently. I’ve wanted to do video workouts for a long time, and am so happy to offer CCS on a broader scale.

And, a company built by women (and a few men!) for women, we like to think that we know a little bit about what we’re doing; when we receive this type of feedback from another woman, we could either take it as just a slam, or turn it around as a useful means to communicate with the entire Lithe community.

This YORN started my day off on the wrong foot but it also made me realize WHY I'm here.  I'll continue to do my best to empower you, support and motivate you all to never settle for mediocrity.  I’ve always said that if nobody hates it, nobody loves it. And, as an artist, I realize that I will never make ALL 3,000 or you happy, but I know that I speak for all when I say that I would appreciate it if some would recognize and embrace the hard work that goes into this business to change your bodies, make you smile and hopefully be the best part of your day. Let’s not settle for mediocrity! 

And, hopefully, someday I won't look back and feel embarrassed that I put so much energy and time into this this called Lithe : )

Cheers, LBG

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography


Green Protein Smoothie Mexi-Collard
Raw Oats

Green Protein Smoothie
Our new organic green protein smoothie is the meal replacement that has your back - supporting all of your hard in-studio work with satiating fiber and a whopping 19 grams of organic plant protein made of sprouted brown rice, yellow peas, sacha inchi, and hemp.  Ingredients: Organic banana, spinach, blueberry, lemon, spirulina, plant protein, almond milk, purified water.  Serving size: 16 oz.  $12
Mexi-Collard Wrap
The most perfect way to incorporate our favorite organic ingredients into a solid powerhouse lunch, Lithe Foods style. This rich, filling wrap is packed with fiber, whole-plant healthy fats, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins.  Ingredients: collard greens, walnuts, sun-dried tomato, homemade spice mix, cashew cream, apple cider vinegar, cold-pressed lemon.  Serving size: 2 wraps  $12
Raw Oatmeal
Out with the old and in with the...Our new oatmeal recipe keeps your calories and sugar intake on point, girl.  Ingredients: organic rolled oats, organic almond milk, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, chia seed, salt.  Serving size: 8 oz.  $6

PINK 11 Oct 2016


Pink, a pear-pineapple-ginger-grapefruit-beet cold-pressed juice, hits the studios this week. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one dollar from each juice sale will be donated to BreastHealth.org

According to the team at BreastHealth.org, 50% of breast cancers could be prevented with different lifestyle choices, even if you start at age 50. They also stress that Breast Health is Women's Health: the things you are already doing for your overall wellness like a healthy diet, exercise, and not smoking also benefit your breasts. Basically, Lithe is like extra credit!

SHE'S LITHE 5 Oct 2016

Remember Lither, Emmy Shea?  Check her out in this New Balance ad and read her story below! 



Hi Lauren,

I just wanted to thank you and all your lithe instructors. (As you probably know) I started Lithing around this time last year. I was coming off an injury caused by martial arts and wasn't allowed to train for a minimum 2 months. Lithe gave me a complete workout without compromising my recovery. The core work was incredible- I had never experienced anything like it! Overnight I fell head over heels for everything Lithe. I appreciated the attention you put into all edges of the brand, and it shows. I never took a class I hated, ate something I thought was "bad" or "mediocre", or wore clothing that was uncomfortable. Most of all, I loved being around women who felt the same. I loved the energy of the classes. The dance routines made me feel sexy and strong, something rarely acquired in this society. I smiled at myself in the mirrors instead of having a stare down. I continued Lithe months after my injury had been deemed healed. Lithe put me in touch with myself, the modern day everything woman, and I liked what I found. I bring that new female confidence with me to my current training every day.

I am now back into my mixed martial arts training or "beast mode" as the boys call it. It's quite a shift from Lithe. I train will all very athletic as well as accomplished men, (my coach is a marine), often multiple times a day. They call me "hellcat". I never hesitate to bring them a daily dose of girl power- Thanks to Lithe for reviving the sexy strong woman in me! Just because I'm tough, doesn't mean I can't smile or shake my booty when I train. After all, this is supposed to be fun right?

I hope all is well- I still keep up to date on Facebook and love everything I see! I attached some photos from my fights. I'll be back for Hot Legs and Rock Steady soon :)

Emmy Shea


 Left to right: Lithe Escape day-one, eight inches lost on Escape day six, and 12 lbs. lost and lessons learned and a healthier lifestyle six months later.
I signed up for Lithe Escape because it was an easy way for me to travel internationally for the first time and I was hoping to get myself on better track with my personal fitness goals. I knew it was going to be a great trip based off of speaking with previous Escapees, but I never expected it to have such a lasting impact. The few weeks leading up to Escape were a whirlwind: I ended a three-year relationship, I moved, and I was going through a rough patch at work. In fact, the night before we were supposed to leave I almost had to cancel because of all of my work obligations. But thankfully I was able to make it work because I needed a vacation. 
I don't think I ever worked harder in my entire life than I did the five days we were in Jamaica, and I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and used to literally get my butt kicked multiple days a week. But despite how much my body protested the heat, the sweat, the squats, the laps, flipping tires... I wanted to push myself and woke up each day ready for more. I attribute that desire to drive myself to the amazing group of people I was with on Escape, none of whom I ever would have met if not for Lithe. We cheered each other on, pushed each other to do one more rep, and never let anyone fall behind. Jamaica was beautiful, Jake's was great, but the friendships I made were priceless. 
At the end of our six-day trip I had lost eight inches. The very next day at work my associates and noticed a difference. However, the best part was how much stronger I felt at my first Lithe class back (Thinny with Jonathan) and being able to get through all of the push ups and seesaws, which I had never been able to do previously. Seeing what I was capable on at Escape really motivated me to keep pushing, and since Escape in May I have continued to lose inches (from a size 4/6 in pants to a 0/2) and lost 12 pounds. Even better than all of the physical changes was the positive impact on my health. I have always had neurological and immune issues that require a lot of medication, doctors appointments, hospitalizations, and is a constant source of stress. Since committing to continuing my healthy journey from Lithe Escape I was able to come off some of my medications (one being an anti-anxiety medication I had been on for years), have not had to make any emergency room visits for migraines, and my doctors have suggested less frequent appointments. I haven't been so healthy overall since high school. 
I am so thankful to Lauren, my Lithe team members, and the Lithe community (especially my Escape family!). Thank you for supporting me in my progress and pushing me to improve.



Ready to be transformed with our 30-Day Fall Challenge and join an amazing movement of women?  Sign up for our Fall Transformation!  Join us from 10.3 - 11.1 as we commit to get fit and get set to turn that burn into power.

We’ll be bringing you tips, tricks and a whole lot of inspiration to help you stay motivated throughout the month, even when the going gets really tough.

The Details:
• Participants must sign up

• The Fitness: Complete 25 Lithe workouts in 30 days
Eating Lithe: We want you eating clean M-F.
Share: Join in and inspire others on social media via our hash-tag calendar.

• Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 25 classes in 30 days, and completes our hashtag calendar will win a Lithe tank!

Hashtag Calendar:
• 10/3: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheResults (Before pic)
• 10/10: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheSquad
• 10/17: #LitheFallTransformation #EatingLithe Recipe 
• 10/24: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheBurn
• 1031: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheOnLocation
• 11/1: #LitheFallTransformation #LitheResults (After pic)


Master Lithe Instructor Bari Rosenthal via Dom

8 WAYS TO FALL {REPOST} 18 Sep 2016



Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons. I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September and October are similar to the new year. It’s also just like heading back to school. Like the ebb and flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives and examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?). 

Come September, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and upcoming winter months. 

Here are eight ways to make the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.

1.  Earlier to bed, later to rise
There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add 30 minutes to your usual wakeup time and crash 30 minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest goes a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.

2. Nutrients in, garbage out
Break a sweat every day, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the neti pot, use essential oils, brush your skin, and drink more water.

3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton)
We take care of matching Lithe schedules to the seasons, but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity and frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing two times a day AND running or if you’ve been in the studio seven days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.

4. Breathe, sweat, shake, and wrap it up.
The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice. It not only works the core, but releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins? Wrap yourself up and sweat it out by wearing our calorie trashers during sculpting classes.

5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet
Eat foods that are local and in season. Enjoy your local farmers' market, cook more, and grab Lithe Foods. Go apple, pear or pumpkin-picking with friends and family. Put these fruits and veggies on your grocery list: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash, zucchini.

6. Build your practice
Fall is the ideal time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer? Are you feeling less than motivated? Try your own nine-day challenge to focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit, and see serious results. Can't manage a challenge? Sign up for three classes a week, three weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstances. 

8. Give thanks
We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide, and challenge us. Remember that the grass isn’t always greener and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes right now. 

Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom

LITHE VARSITY 2016-2017 10 Sep 2016

Lithe Varsity
Big up to the 69 Lithers who made the 2016-2017 Varsity team! What's our Varsity program? It's for those who give it their all ... all year long. We track your logged Lithe hours each year from September 1 through August 31, and those who log a minimum of 250 classes make the team. Varsity Lithers are listed on the blog, receive a limited edition Varsity tank top, and receive exclusive discounts, specials, and monthly perks throughout the year. 
250-274 Classes
Celine A.
Caroline B.
Dana B.
Dana B.
Curran B.
Christina C.
Amy C.
Cheryl C.
Meredith C.
Ali C.
Lauren C.
Carrie C.
Marie D.
Cassandra D.
Katie D.
Jennifer E.
Simona F.
Meredith G.
Anna J.
Annette K.
Darcie K.
Myriah L.
Adrienne L.
Rebecca N.
Amy P.
Rebecca M.
Simone N.
Kimberly P.
Julie S.
Brittany S.
Sarah S.
Maria T.
Emily W.
Diane W.
Tabitha W.
275-299 Classes
Sam B.
Kaitlin B.
Laurie C.
Jennifer C.
Jan F.
Deb F.
Kelly G.
Crystal H.
Molly K.
Jaclyn K.
Jennifer M.
Gretchen M.
Nina P.
Franca S. A.
Brooke T.
300-324 Classes
Annemarie C.
Shelly C.
Lauren F.
Lynne F.
Eileen G.
Samantha G.
Shana G.
Nari K.
Lindsay M.
Maria P.
Emily R.
Jennifer S.
Manjari S.
Janey S.
Molly U.
325+ Classes
Betsy C.
Samantha S.
Suzanne S.

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