325 posts categorized " Lauren Boggi "



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

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



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

SIX CARDIO TIPS! 21 Jul 2016


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


Lauren Boggi Goldenberg

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.




I'm on a nine-day challenge, which means my diet is ultra clean and I'm kicking up the intensity in-studio and taking my workout outside for an extra hour a day. I've been testing our Lithe Spice and came up with a fantastic breakfast lassi that also moonlights as a dessert. 

Indian thandai, literally translated as "something that cools," is a sweet, creamy milk drink flavored with nuts and mixed with rose petals, poppy seeds, and spices such as cardamom and fennel. On Holi, the Indian festival of colors, the refreshment is served with bhang (a derivative of marijuana). Here we've gone dairy, bhang, AND alcohol-free and used our Lithe Spice, which accentuates the nutty, floral flavors of the lassi.  

Ingredients: 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 can coconut milk, 1 large handful of cashews and 2-3 tablespoons Lithe Spice (sub in a pinch of cardamom, pinch of sea salt, fennel, poppy seeds, and edible rose petals or rose water).

To Do: Mix everything in high-speed blender until smooth.

Image of Lauren via Jordan


Lauren Boggi & TSH 3

I’ve tried almost everything when it comes to health and beauty, and I’ve adopted a few habits over the years that have become absolutely essential to my everyday.  Many of you guys tell me that I glow, and I know that these little game-changers have made a massive impact on my health and beauty.

Bone Broth is a miracle food. If you’re looking for a natural tonic for total-body health and beauty, bone broth is it. When I started including bone broth as a regular part of my diet, everything improved – my digestion, my immunity, energy levels, my skin, and my joints. I've even passed the ritual on to my mom who has had 7-level spinal fusion three years ago and she's never felt or looked better. 

I use this mineral-rich liquid gold as a base for soups, sauces, and veggies, and I love sipping it straight every morning – usually with a pinch of Jacobson's sea salt, fresh pepper and a pinch of turmeric or Lithe Spice. 

Alphaeon & Val Daily skin care systems have been total game changers for me. In just three weeks my fine lines disappeared. Alphaeon smoothes, plumps, and hydrates without a needle or a laser. It's the only product proven to enter the dermis without an injection. It's fragrance-free and not tested on animals. Sold exclusively at Dr. Bucky's

Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting has transformed my body. I’m stronger, lean, muscularly balanced, more flexible, and less stressed. Movement is my happy place and I love the intense slow sculpting and the empowering high-energy cardio workouts. There's nothing else like it. 

Mindfulness is so powerful. I make sure to take a time out every day, and I always feel a million times better because of it. I use the Buddhify app. It's so easy. Just grab your phone; you’ll be a better partner/mom/employee/boss or friend because of it. 

Eating Lithe goes far beyond weight loss.  Many issues like bloating, fatigue, stress and depression originate in the gut. Eating whole, healthy foods is a game-changer when it comes to boosting your health. Adding superfoods, smoothies, cold-pressed juice, probiotics, and fermented foods (like kimchi and kombucha) keeps me energized and healthy. 

Foam Rolling is a part of my everyday because stretching is never enough. I want to feel fluid, and rolling improves circulation, which preps my body for my workout and helps it recover afterward. Foam rolling also assists in breaking up trigger points (knots that limit range of motion), resuming normal blood flow and function to the muscle.  Releasing trigger points (knots) helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement, and ultimately, enhances performance. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.  

All Girl Getaways are immensely therapeutic. It's the ultimate re-charge. For me, getting away with girlfriends and hitting the reset button is hands down the best way of getting out of a rut. I return with a renewed sense of energy, purpose and independence. The empowering benefits of a girls getaway is what inspired me to create Lithe Escape. The effects and results are deep-rooted and long-lasting.  

Lauren via Antrim & Spruce Photography


Lauren Boggi

We asked which pieces from Lauren's LB Active videos you loved and many of you mentioned this Strut This crop top and leggings. The custom print was designed by New York-based artist Christopher Lee Sauvé and Lauren loved this set so much that she got it in black and white. It feels fashion-forward and luxurious, but also supportive enough for everything from foldover work to herkies. And the crop top looks amazing outside the studio with a high waisted skirt and fitted jacket. Bandier always finds designers who strike a perfect balance between form and function.

Shop this Look
Strut This Bowie Crop Top and Flynn Long Legging

Image via Instagram @laurenboggi


Lauren Boggi

We have always been big fans of studio-to-street activewear that stands up to the toughest CCS sequence, and then transition to brunch with the girls or on a date after class. The general public is finally getting on board, too. The word athleisure is even being added to the next edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

If you've been following @laurenboggi's LB Active challenges over the past few months, you already know that her workout gear game has been on-point. Many have asked where they can find the looks she's been rocking, so we're making it easy for you. Tell us in the comments if there are certain looks you've been lusting after, and we'll do our best to help you get your Tight End looking stylish in and out of the studio.

Shop this look:

Michi Hype bra

Koral Lustrous leggings

Adidas Women shoes

Image via Instagram @laurenboggi




Check it out on SELF!  Follow Lauren and LBActive on Instagram @laurenboggi.   

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