276 posts categorized " Lauren Boggi "



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




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Image of Lauren & Lithe Instructors via Dom

RIGHT NOW... 3 Dec 2014


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 

FIT. HIP & HEALTHY. 11 Nov 2014


Did you attend Lithe Tour Philly? Last Saturday was fantastic. After teaching two killer classes, hanging out and chatting it up with many of you, I realized that over the past ten years I truly have fulfilled my mission.

My mission through Lithe is to inspire people to be fit, hip and healthy. This is the core of our company and what drives me every day. I live and breathe the concept through our philosophy which is my secret to having a healthy, happy, and inspired life.

My goal has never been to be just fit and healthy, but to also lead a hip and happy life, full of fun and purpose. And I want to inspire all of you to to live your best life, as well. I believe that many of you are! For me, Fit, Hip & Healthy is the driving force of everything that I do and it's a mantra that many of you have adopted in your own life.  Over the past six years (can you believe that the FHH blog is 6 years old!?) many people have asked me what it means to be Fit, Hip & Healthy. 

It starts with Fit. Being fit is the core of Lithe. I move my body every day. 

Next comes Hip. Hip means in the know. Hip does not refer to one specific quality, and what's considered hip is constantly changing.

And finally, Healthy. Being healthy through the food you eat, a positive mindset, and a healthy relationship with yourself is so important. 

All people who Lithe are part of an amazing community that embraces a healthy lifestyle and want to influence others to think the same way. Today my goal is to continue to inspire all of you and spread our message far and wide. I hope that Lithe can become synonymous with active living on a global scale, so that all people can achieve and be their best selves. 

I'm constantly searching for ways that I can do better and feel that it's my responsibility to ensure that Lithe lives up to your expectations. Every workout, food product, and piece of clothing is made to inspire you all to be fit, hip and healthy. At the end of the day, I too am a Lither; I create and design what motivates me to be fit, hip, and healthy and I love inspiring you to do the same! 

Lithe Tour images via Lauren & Katie Kempf

LITHE IN NYC 10 Nov 2014


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I can't believe it, but today is my FIFTH wedding anniversary and this morning Jordan gave me this sweet photo (above) of Mars in a frame. Right before I left for Lithe Escape, the two of them went to Love Park and took this picture. I can't believe that they planned it and that Mars kept it a secret! I love all that it stands for.  

Five years has seriously flown by and I've never been happier and more grounded. Recently, I've been thinking a lot about commitment in all areas of my life: the level of commitment that it takes to sustain a partnership, a business, a healthy body and mind, being a good mom to my son, eating well, and staying fit. To me, commitment isn't about giving up anything – it all boils down to homing in on what you're going to gain in the long run.

Commitment totally goes hand-in-hand with health and fitness and I believe that you need to be committed in nearly every other aspect of your life to be truly committed to your health. We all know that fitness and healthy living (being fit.hip.healthy) takes time and motivation. I'm motivated by knowing that I am doing everything in my power (most days) to stay committed to being healthy. I think that we can all agree that when you love and look forward to your workout, you really don't require the motivation to stay committed.  

If you make your food and fitness fun, it becomes a part of who you are and it will be something that you actually look forward to! For example, my co-workers and I make healthy lunches for each other during the week, so that we stay on track. Since August, I've committed to walking first thing in the morning or during lunch with a friend, so that I can catch up (sexier in six!) with her and cross-train.

One thing that I love to do that translates right down to how we program our schedules at Lithe is map out my own workout and eating schedule for the entire week ahead of time every Sunday. Having a plan keeps me committed and gives me a sense of accomplishment and control. 

What do you guys do to stay committed? 


The crew

It's no secret that I absolutely love Lithe Escape. I've said many times that it's my retirement plan. This trip to Mexico was rushed, but I'd rather throw a small trip together in a month's time than not go at all.

In just four short days, seven strangers completed 15 hours of Lithe Escape fitness, cleaned up their diets (without going hungry), lost more than a total of 40 inches, pushed each other to their physical limits, supported each other, and became fast friends.

Lithe Escape is a heck of a lot of work, but it's some of the most gratifying work that I get to do. Why? It all boils down to the power of positive, authentic people which is truly what Lithe is all about.  Sure, Lithe is a workout at its core, but more so, it's a network of great people who embrace fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. Lithe is all about inspiring and empowering people, lifting their spirits, and cheering them on to achieve their goals. Sure, we've always been all about the pack mentality, but we're also about believing in ourselves, and working hard to achieve our goals individually.  

No matter how driven and confident you are, it's near impossible to achieve your goals if you surround yourself with negative people who make you doubt yourself when the seas get rough. Are there people in your life that attempt to cripple or sabotage your goals? Sometimes it may not even be obvious - you have to look closely - they may completely support your interests while making you doubt yourself at the same time.

All relationships should be built on a real desire to see each other healthy, happy and successful, and if someone important in your life tries to persuade you to give up on your dreams (even if they think they are acting in your best interest), be true to you. It can take some serious self-confidence and determination to ignore their opinions, but it's so important to keep your eye on the prize and release them from your life, and onto their greater destiny.   

In my late twenties I was dating a man that I was very much in love with.  I was teaching at a studio in North Jersey where the owner was a real mentor to me – she let me rent space to train my clients and teach my "Pilates-Evolved" workouts, as I called them at the time. 

After a year of teaching at said studio, I built a real following and I realized that I had started to create something really special. My boyfriend and I moved to Philadelphia to be closer to our families, and I decided to open up Lithe: A Pilates-Evolved Studio right in the middle of the brownfields of Northern Liberties in 2005.  I knew that it was time to turn my passion into a real business and I was dead set on digging my heels in to achieve my dream. 

When I initially told my boyfriend my plans of opening up my own studio, he tried to persuade me not to do it. He thought that my idea was way too risky. He thought that I would make more money (and have far less stress) if I worked for someone else. He gave me all sorts of reasons why I couldn't and shouldn't do my own thing. He would say, "Who is going to trust you teaching this new method?  Why would you want to open a studio in a new city in really sketchy area without ONE customer? "It's too much. What are you thinking?  Why not just work for someone else?"

I was hell bent, of course, and looking back now, I think that he was drawing from his own life, because at the time his company was going through rough times. Even though his doubts were coming from a good (and valid) place, I don't think that he realized that he was absolutely killing my self-esteem.

Thankfully, our relationship didn't work out and about three years ago he messaged me to tell me that he was proud of me, admitted he was wrong, and also apologized for trying to discourage me back in the day. I was happy that he recognized how through my work, I had been trying to inspire others to become the best they can be – and it really has been worth taking many risks.

Fast-forward a few years and now I find myself preaching to everyone to follow their dreams and never give up regardless of what's standing in their way. It's my best friend, business partner (and husband) Jordan that lifts me up and always reminds me to never give up, to never listen to the negative people who doubt me, or don't want to see me succeed. Having an awesome support system from him is what keeps me going, and inspires me to never give up on what's important.  And honestly, it's his incredible positivity that has propelled me forward and allows me to have this amazing, successful brand and wonderful community that I (we) enjoy today.

Surround yourself with authentic, positive people that push you towards greatness and stand by you through thick and thin.  Water always seeks it's own level, you know what I mean? Spend your time with those who inspire you to be your best version of yourself and are willing to tread through rough seas with you.  Don't except anything less. 

Speaking of treading through rough seas together, Lithe Escape always reminds me of the roots of the culture that we've created at Lithe and over the past few days, I've witnessed seven women lift each other up and become the best versions of themselves, and honestly it's SO contagious. I hope you run into a few of them this week. If you do, make sure you soak up some of their radiant positivity!

Image of a few Lithe Escapees, pre-workout at Amansala via Lauren

EATING LITHE L.A. 29 Oct 2014


Whenever I go to the West Coast, I tend to eat my way through the day. There are so many fresh, healthy options! Some of my favorites: Malibu Seafood's fresh fish, Lemonade Venice's casual fast food, L&E's oysters, Moon Juice's cold-pressed juice and nut milk, Alimento's Cali-Italian, Gjelina, anything from True Food Kitchen (the crudites are to die for), and Sugarfish's sushi. 

Do any of you have L.A. favorites? Please share! 



Speaking of Lithe Built body parts. Do you Lithe regularly? If you do, you absolutely have incredibly strong, toned legs! And, some of you have the length that I could only dream of (See Meg, above). If you weren't born with legs for days (myself included), here are a few surprising little fitness and fashion tips that will make your legs next level:

I'm all about comfort, but wearing a heel really elongates your legs. Even just a little lift gives your legs a longer, leaner look. I’m a big fan of kitten and wedge heels. Both are comfortable and make my legs look longer the moment I step into them. Feet hurt?  Slip on a pair of Taryn Rose heels.  I have bunions and wide feet and my feet feel like a dream in them. 

Calf pumps (AKA Cheer Preps) are our signature cardio move that you simply cannot do enough of! Calf Pumps balance the legs muscularly and work every part of the leg, especially around the knee, calves, glutes, and hamstrings.

Nude shoes are timeless and versatile. Not only do they transition seamlessly from day to night, but also from season to season. Wear them with shorts, jeans, pants, skirts, and dresses. I always travel with a pair. Shoes that are the same color as your skintone create the illusion of longer legs because there is no visual break. In order to achieve this super streamlined effect, the pump should blend perfectly with your skintone. Think about nude pumps the same way you would about foundation – find one that works for you and matches your skintone.

Jeans that sit at your natural waist (right at the belly button) automatically give the illusion of longer looking legs. If you're petite and curvy stay away from the super high waisted trend, which tends to make you look wider and squat. 

Black is the magic word. I often live in head-to-toe black because it makes my legs look longer.

Endvy & Skinny Jeans/Sculpt workouts really elongate the legs and build your foundation. 

Glow: If your legs are bronze they immediately look longer. I get spray tanned once a month but you can also DIY at home. My favorite product for glowing legs is Tarte's Brazilliance. Apply it with the mitt provided before you head out and you’ll get a sleek, Summery glow that makes your legs look beautiful! 

Spanks work wonders to smooth out saddlebags and lengthen your legs.  

Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing Free People via Dom



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