What a great year! Thank YOU for all of your hard work and dedication: We completed 3 challenges, 2 Lithe Escapes, traveled on tour to Seoul, NYC & LA, celebrated a decade in Philly, Welcomed 11 fantastic new instructors (Meredith, Cate, Jen L., Maggie, Jenn B., Annette, Liz S., Kalika, Jonathan, Alicia, Katie B), 3 veteran instructors became Masters, debuted 7 new workouts (Rah, Lithe Beach, Hi-Top, All That, Sideline, Mercy & Lithe Lab), 2 WKND's and have seen the most killer camaraderie and results than ever before! Here's to 2015! Check out some of our favorite posts...
Lithe Escape Jamaica, Lithe WKND, Lithe Escape Tulum, Love Letters, Kristy's Before & After, Lithe Tour Philly, Seoul, NYC & LA, Because I'm Perfect, Lauren's Gym Bag Essentials, Beauty Tips for a tired face, 3 Days to Flat Abs, Lauren for Prevention, Breaking the Mom Cycle, Talking biz with Forbes & Jon Oringer, Fall Transformation Results, Elizabeth Tomkins x Destination Maternity, Lithe Foods x Art In The Age Skinny Heathen series, Sayeh's Living Lithe Tips, Earned in Winter Challenge, Results, T-Minus 30 Challenge, Mission: Lithe, Mama Says, Lithe Spice No.1, Meg G. & Lithe on BLDG 25, love from the Press & Eating Lithe,
Alex and I were married on October 4th on Kiawah Island, South Carolina at the Ocean Course. We met during first week of undergrad at Duke where we both lived in Wilson Dorm. After dating on and off throughout college, we parted ways for awhile while he moved home to Georgia for medical school and I worked in fine art in Manhattan. When he matched for residency in Philadelphia, I followed quickly with my dog Sprout in tow! Fast forward about a year, and Alex proposed to me in the middle of Philly's City Hall on bended knee while tourists looked on and a busker jammed on an electric violin. While we love it here in our adopted home (I'm from Wisconsin, go Pack!), we decided to get married in a pseudo-destination wedding off the coast of South Carolina where we celebrated our first anniversary during college.
Hi Lauren & Team,
I started Lithing a few years ago with my sister who said I had to try it, and fell in love. I had Lithed semi-consistently, but it really became a routine in the past year. A routine I loved and looked forward to every day. Lithe has never been a chore to me. Okay, some early Saturday morning classes after a late night out in the city it may have felt a tiny bit like a chore, but it is the best start to a morning!
After completing the #Earnedinwinter challenge, I knew I could do the bridal challenge….and I was the first Lithe Bride to complete it!! With all of the stress of planning a wedding on top of work, Lithe was my escape. It is a detox from the hustle and bustle of a day in front of a computer, conference calls, and social media. My favorite classes to take pre-wedding were Sculpt and Armistice, as I tried to take more sculpting classes rather than cardio.
I was married on September 5th, 2014 at St. Philip Neri Church in Lafayette Hill, PA. Dinner and dancing (a LOT of dancing) was held at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA. Our photographer, Alyssa Maloof, caught these great shots at our reception. I am thankful for Lithe, for the energizing and fun classes that keep us feeling great. Lithing doesn’t stop post-wedding or honeymoon, I’ll see you back in the studio soon!
Images of MKF via Alyssa Maloof Photography
We may be biased, but Lithe Brides are the most beautiful brides! If you want to feel confident and rock that dress, we have a sweet challenge for you. Read more about it in Philadelphia Magazine's Local Bridal Guide.
Step 1: Sign up in-studio and provide proof (more than a ring!) that you're tying the knot within three-six months.
Step 2: Take four Lithe workouts per week for four consecutive weeks.
Earn: 20% discount on your next 30 day unlimited package.
Perks: You'll receive a complimentary pre-wedding, private class for you and your bridesmaids, before & after photos and measurements (not mandatory) as well as a non-mandatory Lithe Bride feature on Fit.Hip.Healthy.
Mrs: Sorry, the Lithe Bridal Challenge program/discount cannot be used retroactively.
Image of Lauren via Kella MacPhee
Fresh flowers are one of my favorite little luxuries at Lithe and at home. I truly believe that having them in our spaces is part of being a good host. Sure, flowers can be an extra expense, but they don't have to be expensive. I often wish that other local businesses (especially restaurants) placed more emphasis on floral design. Flowers not only bring beauty to a space, but they bring us health and evoke a feeling of beauty and grace.
I leave it up to Sullivan Owen to create amazing floral designs for Lithe, but unless I'm hosting a party, I usually DIY flower arrangements for my home. Sometimes I pick out flowers based on appearance alone, but recently I've been paying more attention to the meaning behind them. Many cultures throughout history have assigned meaning to flowers. Whether you’re decoding the pink roses your boyfriend sent, or deciding which blooms belong at your wedding, the language of flowers is both interesting and surprisingly useful, too.
Right now Sullivan is featuring Peonies in our studios. Peonies have a delicious scent and are so incredibly beautiful. The peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love, and the symbol of the peony is often considered a metaphor for female beauty and prosperity. I had a Caribbean wedding and utilized local flowers like the Bird of Paradise which symbolizes joyfulness, magnificence and also is used to indicate an exciting and wonderful anticipation. If I had a wedding in the states I would have most definitely incorporated the Peony. Do you have a favorite flower?
Check out some of our favorite flowers and their meaning:
Image via Pinterest
My Lithe love story starts like many others... I was frustrated with a 15 pound weight gain that crept up on me during graduate school (quite a lot on my petite 5'2 frame!). I would run 2 miles or do the elliptical at the gym and call that my workout. But with the guidance of a nutritionist and increasing my mileage, I was able to healthily loose all that weight. I enjoyed long-distance running -- beating my PRs in each subsequent half marathon and completing my first full marathon in the fall of 2012. But I was totally beat after! The training was a huge time commitment and my body often hurt without enough time to recover my aching muscles each week.
A few weeks after the marathon, I got engaged! And I was ready for a new workout challenge... ENTER LITHE! While I had reached my weight goal, I wanted tone and definition, something I had never achieved with long-distance running. I immediately noticed more definition in my back; and after a few more weeks of Lithing, my butt was transforming and was more tight and perky (my fiancé didn't complain!). I reflected on how truly ineffective my past workout regiment had been back in graduate school. I started realizing the benefits of Lithe, and how it simultaneously enhanced my running performance.
Images via Christopher Alexander Photography
Happy Friday! This week's giveaway comes to us from BHLDN (pronounced 'beholden' and meaning 'to keep' in Dutch). As the sister brand to Anthropologie, BHLDN was founded in 2011 with the mission of providing each bride with the edit she's been searching for —heirloom-quality wedding gowns, artisanal hair adornments, jewelry, footwear, and decor. They just released their spring collection, which is loosely inspired by the dreamy, sun-bleached seascapes of Greece. The new gowns are very romantic with lots of sheer, airy elements and are enhanced by soft, tonal embellishments, like 3D embroidery and lace, or adorned with cool, soft sparkle and place stonework. If I were walking down the aisle again, I'd definitely wear a dress from their selection.
If you're currently a Lithe Bride searching for your perfect dress, stop by BHLDN's sample sale at the Navy Yard tomorrow from 10AM to 1PM. Gowns will be priced from $100 to $300, so get there early to score a deal on a gorgeous gown.
BHLDN is giving away a Side-by-Side Bracelet ($100 value) plus a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what Lithe class you think is best for sculpting Lithe Brides! A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Good luck!
Images via BHLDN
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