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25 NEW THINGS! {BY SAYEH} LITHE EDITION! 19 Dec 2014

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We all know Lauren as the brains (and the body) behind everything Lithe. From the constantly evolving classes, to the clean drinks she creates to compliment them, to the stylish, high performance gear she designs for us to wear during them (and out to dinner after we leave), she has carefully crafted an entire lifestyle for her clients. One that is without gimmick and that gains die-hard converts daily, because of one simple fact: it works. But aside from all of that (and that's a lot), one of the things I l love most about Lauren is the genuine joy she still gets when she watches how Lithe changes her clients' bodies and lives.

I'll never forget when I ran into her a couple of months after my initial Lithe Diving commitment. I had lost another 7 or 8 pounds and toned up quite a bit. She saw me, and just seemed overwhelmed by my results. She had this childlike delight and surprise – almost like she couldn't believe that it was she, herself who had created this thing that had worked so completely. It was a glimmer of something underneath that typically unwavering, fierce vision she has when it comes to Lithe – the almost preternatural confidence she has about what it can do for a woman who commits to it, and how much it will continue to grow. It was a brief flash of that side of her that still cries at every love letter and whose jaw still drops at every before and after picture and endless summer hashtag. The side that kind of still can't believe that her dream is coming true. This week, she brings us 25 NEW Things to share as she continues her constantly evolving journey to better herself, life, love, and Lithe. Like me, I'm sure you'll tip your hat at the screen a bit thinking about her skills, business acumen and the general bad-assery she's brought to our lives.

1. Being a mom has inspired me in so many ways. I'm working on two new projects for 2015 (one food and one fitness) that I think all the mom's out there will love! 

2. I can't believe that I'm saying this out loud ... I've been toying with the idea of possibly having another baby at some point. I've gone from never again, to maybe...

3. I'm developing two new incredible in-studio workouts for 2015 and even more content will be debuted online. For the many displaced Lithers who have been dying for VOD for all these years, we've heard your cries : )

4. I'm never idle. When you don't see me on the schedule, I'm where the business needs me: instructor training, working on my book, Lithe Foods, a project, or another aspect of the businessLithe is so much bigger than me and most days I go from 5AM to 12AM, just trying to chase it!

5. I don't have a favorite studio, but Rittenhouse is conveniently located two blocks away from my house, so to make my life easier, I prefer to teach there. Since having Mars, I've realized that my time is so incredibly valuable. I’ve really learned how to work smarter and not harder, as well as choose quality over quantity.

6. Teaching is my happy place. I'd always rather be teaching. 

7. I've been asked to be a ambassador/sponsor for many companies. I'm taking on my first one this year. The most important lesson I’ve learned when it comes to associating yourself with another brand is to be selective and to align yourself with something that you truly believe in. I believe that it's vital to work with companies that are harmonious with Lithe and myself. By being selective, I strengthen the connection with my fans as well as their confidence in me. At the end of the day, it’s really about authenticity and staying true to yourself and your brand.

8. Lithe is such a small business. We are a team of approximately 50 (and only three studios), but our brand is so much bigger than the business itself. I giggle at some of the things that I hear. Sometimes people assume we have "issues" because it takes us time to install mirrors, for example. It all boils down to being a small business. At our core, we are a workout. We're not a large company (yet!).  

9. At this point in my career, I feel like I have an MBA. I learned it all through experience and that is priceless.

10. When I opened our first studio in 2005, there were no boutique fitness options in Philly. I feel like Lithe (and Lithers!) are the pride of Philadelphia. In my opinion, the rise of the local fitness scene was due to Lithe. We put Philly on the map. The big box fitness brands wouldn't be here if we hadn't built and proved the market. I've enjoyed watching Philly grow and reach its full potential!  

11. Lithe is absolutely amazing. We're working towards a goal and every six months we're stronger and more united. Our current manangement team is phenomenal and I pinch myself every day. I work with such talented, hard-working people.  

12. Pepsi recently asked me what my proudest (business) moment has been so far. Honestly, it has to be having THREE men on the Lithe team. I couldn't be more proud of that and the direction that we're moving in.  

13. I'm striving for Lithe to make it on one of the best places to work list, and someday that will happen. Over the past year and a half we've completely changed our culture. I don't believe in your typical workplace seniority. A very smart business man taught me about the importance of horizontal organization charts.

14. Eventually, I will cut back to only one studio in Philadelphia. I look forward to shifting my focus and scaling the business in a different way.  I'm an entrepreneur at heart. 

15. When it comes to my leadership style, I'm a big believer in hiring great people, and then getting the hell out of their way. 

16. Don't believe everything you think and don't worry about what other people think.

17. Fit.Hip.Healthy turned seven this year! Because I have so many hats to wear, many aspiring bloggers want to know how I continue to blog and support each facet of my business effectively. It all boils down to time management and your team. I changed the type of staff I've had a lot over the past several years. I started with interns during the early days of 2008. Then, I worked with freelance contributors. Then, last year, I decided to go back to blogging by myself and now I only have a few Lithe-specific contributors posting on occasion. I feel like I've found the perfect balance that works best for me. 

18. Progress is impossible without change. So many people are afraid of change and become caught up in failure. Do not worry about failing. Its your failures that inspire you to go out and do something better. Missed opportunities open doors to better opportunities and help you recognize how you can improve in preparation for them.

19. I hate excuses. Our 6AMers have inspired me so much over the years. There's always a way to get your workout in!  When I find myself in a bit of a fitness slump, I realize that the best way to get back on the horse is to stop making excuses. When it comes to working out, we all set our own limitations. The truth of the matter is that if something is a priority, you will make time for it.  

20. Confidence is the key to happiness. Embrace your thighs and measure yourself in strength, not pounds. Allow yourself to be the best version of the person you really are!  

21. Working with 45+ females (and over 1,000 female Lithers) is fascinating. There are so many different personalities to manage and some women tend to be negative and gossip instead of support each other. When I catch wind of something negative that's happening in-studio, it changes the way that I think about that person. This quote has really stuck with me: If those words appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?

22. I still cry over every love letter that I receive.   

23. Yes, send us your before-and-after photos! I never tire of seeing Lithers' progress and results. It totally makes my day and makes me realize why I do what I'm doing. It's a true light bulb moment every time!

24. I'm an eternal cheerleader and I believe that everyone needs one. Whenever I'm overtired or just not feeling 100 percent, I pump myself up by watching this clip of USC's Sandstorm, and then I head out to face the world. Channel your alma mater!  I swear it works. 

25. I highly recommend having a fierce vision when it comes to yourself. There's nothing wrong with being a little egotistical! The best project you'll ever work on is you – the trickle down effect is profound. 

Image of Lauren for Prevention Mag Michi NY, Lithe & Norma Kamali via Dom

 

GIN & JUICE SKINNY HEATHEN 19 Dec 2014

LITHE +AITA Gin & Juice

 

Happy Friday!  At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next up in our 13-week series is Gin & Juice, which is made with Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine and AITA's Sage liquor

 

Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine is a cold-pressed juice made from grapefruit, pear and grapes. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, lycopene (pink and red only!), and has salicylic acid known to dissolve inorganic calcium formed deposits that may build up in the cartilage of the joints, causing arthritis. Pear is a great source of insoluble fiber and reduces the grapefruit's tartness, yet really enhances its tastiness. Although grapefruit is available throughout the year, it is currently in season, and at it's most delish from winter through early spring. Drink up!

AITA's Sage is a refreshing “garden gin” with an intoxicating aroma and woodsy, herbaceous flavor. Instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and sage, it's delicious in both savory and sweet cocktails. Together, this is just like a vodka and grapefruit, but it's sweeter and gin forward. The flavors of this drink — sage, grapefruit, and gin — balance bright and energetic with smooth and herbal.


Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

2 oz. Sage liquor

4 oz. Smile Sparkle Shine

1/2 lime, squeezed

Ice

Lime wedge for garnish

 

Directions

Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in Smile Sparkle Shine, Sage, and lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

Image via Chaucee

 

 

 

 

 

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT 18 Dec 2014

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FROM THE MAT ROOM TO THE BEDROOM... 16 Dec 2014

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Baby, it’s cold outside! As the temps cool down outside, we challenge you to heat things up inside ... We mean in the bedroom, of course. Are you up to it? If so, you and your man will be in good company. Did you know that winter is the season to get it on? A 2008 study found that men are most attracted to women’s bodies in the months of December, January, and February. In particular, December is the most popular month for couples to slide between the sheets.

Before you get it on, come get it on with us first! Why? Because working out actually primes your body for sex. Besides the physiology of increased blood flow (everywhere!), the female body is more responsive to pleasure and physical sensations are experienced more intensely. The take home message: Fooling around isn’t so foolish and your big “O” is even bigger.

Need motivation to step straight from mat to bedroom? Think about this: First, you are putting yourself in the position (pun absolutely intended) to enhance your after-burn: keep busy for at least 30 minutes and you can conservatively add an extra 85-100 calories to your total count (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Second, there is no greater time for a gal to feel better about her body than right after she has just killed it in the studio! Women who feel physically fit think more highly of themselves on levels of sexual attractiveness and performance. When we feel good about ourselves, we’re more confident and less inhibited. This paves the way for spontaneity and creativity …

Third, you already look the part! You know that natural flush in your cheeks after a perfectly satisfying sweat session? This peaks male interest and promotes interpersonal closeness. Lastly, your still-warm muscles and joints allow for increased flexibility and generous range-of-motion. Amen.  

Hurry home, though! Your period of increased sensuality only lasts for about 15-20 minutes post-exercise. On that note, don’t bother showering: your natural sheen gives you a dewy complexion, highlights all the right places, and sends pheromones into the atmosphere that will draw your man to you like a moth to a flame.

Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka in Target via Dom

PHILLY JAWN PLAYLIST 15 Dec 2014

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Philly pride? Check out our Philly Jawn Playlist! It created a lot of buzz today in both Thinny and Waist Not.  

THE CHEERLEADER SKINNY HEATHEN 11 Dec 2014

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At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next up in our 13-week series is The Cheerleader, which is made with Lithe's Pom Pom Punch and AITA's Sage liquor

 

Lithe's Pom Pom Punch is a cold-pressed juice made from carrot, apple, beets, pineapple, orange, and lime. Our red beauty energizes and makes those High V's even sharper. Whether you're tired, hungover, jet-lagged, or under the weather, this vitamin C and beta carotene-rich combo energizes, strengthens the heart and lungs, and eliminates soreness post-Lithe. It's punch-y, but not too earthy (the beets just add a subtle sweetness).  

AITA's Sage is a refreshing “garden gin” with an intoxicating aroma and woodsy, herbaceous flavor. Instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and sage, it's delicious in both savory and sweet cocktails. Together, these two make the perfect blend. The club soda cuts the sweetness of the Pom Pom Punch and the lime adds a hint of tartness. 


Yield: 1 serving

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Sage liquor

4 oz. Pom Pom Punch

1 oz. club soda

1/2 oz. lime juice

Ice

Lime wedge to garnish

 

Directions

Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in Pom Pom Punch, Sage, club soda, and lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

 

Image via Chaucee

 

 

OH SNAP! SKINNY HEATHEN 5 Dec 2014

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TGIF! At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next up in our 13-week series is Oh Snap!, which is made with Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine and AITA's Snap liquor

 

If you're looking for a warming yet refreshing Pennsylvania Dutch-style holiday cocktail, this is it! ATIA took a traditional German “Lebkuchen” and distilled the ingredients into an organic spirit.  What is a lebkuchen? A ginger snap! But not the mass-market, high-fructose type from the supermarket. We’re talking a real Pennsylvania Dutch (which actually means Pennsylvania German) ginger snap made with hearty blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger.

 

Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine is a cold-pressed juice made from grapefruit, pear and grapes. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, lycopene (pink and red only!), and has salicylic acid known to dissolve inorganic calcium formed deposits that may build up in the cartilage of the joints, causing arthritis.  Pear is a great source of insoluble fiber and reduces the grapefruit's tartness, yet really enhances its tastiness.  Although grapefruit is available throughout the year, it is currently in season, and at it's most delish from winter through early spring.  Drink up!

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Snap liquor

4 oz. Smile Sparkle Shine

Ice

Honey (optional)

Lemon wedge

 

Directions

Fill a rocks glass with ice, pour in SSS, Snap, add honey to sweeten, and garnish with a lemon wedge.



Yield: 1 serving

Image via Chaucee

 

 

 

 

RIGHT NOW... 3 Dec 2014

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1. New frames! Warby Parker's Ghostly is back! In celebration of Ghostly International’s 15th anniversary, they're reissuing the Curtis — the smooth-lined pair of sunglasses introduced in last year’s collaboration with the endlessly inventive music and art label. This time around they're offering the head-turning frame in three new colors: aubergine fade, moss, and bourbon tortoise. The frame will also be back in their previously sold-out revolver black! 2. I love how Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath warms the skin and relieves post-Lithe achy muscles. 3.  Butter Elixr softens lips and smells delicious (also available at Cap Beauty and Anthropoogie). 4. Lisa Marie Fernandez's sports bra is great off and on the mat. 5. Converse All Star Chuck '70 Oxford sneaks go with everything. 6. Clare V.'s Moor print flat clutch is perfect for the holiday season and beyond.

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The warmth of the Mustard assists in opening the pores of your skin helping you to sweat out impurities.  - See more at: http://www.bigelowchemists.com/dr-singha-s-mustard-bath-8-oz.html#sthash.QM9fRpUd.dpuf
The warmth of the Mustard assists in opening the pores of your skin helping you to sweat out impurities.  - See more at: http://www.bigelowchemists.com/dr-singha-s-mustard-bath-8-oz.html#sthash.QM9fRpUd.dpu3. Butter lip elixr  4. Lisa Hernandez Jasmine microfiber sports bra  5. Converse All Star '70 Oxford Sneaks go with everything  6. Clare V's moor print flat clutch is 

BLACK FRIDAY SALE! 27 Nov 2014

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Lithe's Black Friday sale opens tonight at midnight and closes on Monday at 11:59PM!  Our 5 class pack, Monthly (1-A-Day) Unlimited, Annual Membership, & Lithe Foods 3-Day Meal Plan specials make the perfect gift!

5 Class Card  $100  $65 
(that's like, $13/class)
Monthly (1-A-Day) Membership $210  $165
(That's like, $5.50/class if you attend everyday)
Annual Membership  $2,200  $1,999
(That's like, saving $521/year if you're a monthly member)
Lithe Foods 3 Day Meal Plan $225 $203
(Eating Lithe made easy. Kick-off with us on Monday January, 5th!)

To purchase, go to our on-line store and choose Black Friday 5 Class Card, Black Friday Monthly Membership, Black Friday Annual Membership & Lithe Foods 3 Day Detox.

*One per customer. 5 class cards expire on 12/31/14. Limited quantities of the Annual Membership available. May not be combined with any other discount or promotion. All Lithe Foods questions should be directed to lithefoods@lithemethod.com

Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Michi NY via Dom

LITHE BESTIES 24 Nov 2014

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Q: How did you meet?
Shana: We met at a party our mutual friend Nicole had, and then recognized each other in class soon after. Our “spots” in class are next to each other and our class schedules are similar, so we started seeing each other frequently and then took our friendship outside of class, too. We both like to reward ourselves with a good cocktail and something yummy to eat (sometimes healthy and sometimes not)

We’ve also now recruited a couple of mutual friends to try Lithe and I think we’ve made a some converts! I just heard one of them say she’s “addicted.” I couldn’t be more happy to have our Lithe crew grow.
 
Kristy: What Shana doesn't know is that I remembered her as the girl who wore the VERY sparkly holiday dress to Nicole’s holiday pony party when we ran into each other at Lithe. I think during our first encounter or two, we were kind of awkward with each other as well. Then, it all came together and we went for drinks post-class. The rest is history. After all of the yapping we have done at dinner parties with our group of friends about Lithe or getting told to stop talking about Lithe, I cannot explain the excitement that they've all come over to our side. I almost cried from excitement, and then I got a hold of myself. But, it really is SO fun to be able to have our whole group plan post-Lithe lunch dates!

Q: What are your favorite Lithe classes to take together?
Shana: This one’s easy, and I know we’d both unanimously agree, Lauren’s Tuesday 12:15PM Freestyle is hands-down our favorite. Always a highlight of my day to take a break from work, get a good sweat, and be pushed to the limit by whatever new trick Lauren has up her sleeve.
 
Kristy: Um ... NO CONTEST on this. It's probably what was our first "Lithe Date" as well. Our "spots" thing mentioned in Question 1 we take super seriously. We have a pact that whoever is there first saves the other's spot. There was this one time I texted Shana to save my spot because I was running late and someone was in it. The pressure was too much and I think accidentally scowled at the girl in my spot. I am really sorry to whoever that was. Though I do still tease Shana that she failed at the task ;)  

Q: How do you motivate each other in Lithe and in life?
Shana: My motto is everything in moderation. We both try live a healthy lifestyle without being too restrictive. I think this is a healthy way to live and limit the binges that might come with complete restriction. We keep each other motivated to get to class and question where the other one was if we miss it. I think we're both equally good and bad influences on each other. So with my math it kind of evens out :)
 
Kristy: Oh it's true. Though I am usually the one that is on the receiving end of the shame texts stating that I saw your name on the class list. Where were you!? Shana is definitely the stronger of the two of us, so I always look to her to push myself for a extra rep or to go for the challenge. I agree with the moderation motto, though I also think we're a bit of work hard/play hard as well. I think she's giving me too much credit on the influence, but I'll take it!

Q: If you're not at the studio, where can we find you two together?
Shana: Sitting at a bar with a bourbon cocktail in hand.
 
Kristy: ALWAYS bourbon, and often at A.Bar. We're also very into Saturday Funday instead of Sunday Funday. It really is a wonderful thing and you don't start the work week dragging. I think there was only one time that we have been together outside of the studio where there wasn't bourbon involved and that was at Franklin institute's Science After Hours. We made toothpaste and lip gloss and drank wine and beer instead. Basically where there is good food and bourbon we go, and often it involves a dinner party at one of our houses with our girlfriends the Ponies!
 
Fun Fact: We share the same birthday

Images via Kristy
 

 

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