47 posts categorized " Lithe Brides "




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.


Then came the fall challenge #lithein35 which literally lead me up until my wedding day. Of course I had to do the challenge -- it was a great final month of motivation, stress-relief, and healthy living! The fall challenge is when I witnessed my real results! My stomach was more slender and cinched; and my arms, finally my arms, achieved that tone and definition I had desired! I completed my 31st class in the #lithein35 challenge just the day before my wedding. Let's just say, I am now hooked on Lithe! Thank you Lithe for helping me feel strong, healthy, and beautiful on my wedding day!


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



So enough with talking about the wedding! Since I've dragged you all along with me in all of my wedding worries for the past year--to register for a food mill or not to register for a food mill--that is just one of a million burning questions! (LAWD!) I figure it's only fair to let you see how it all turned out. It truly was as people told me it would be...all worth it in the end.  A beautiful night that I will never forget. 

We had a Jewish wedding ceremony on Thursday October 24th at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, where Drew's parents and grandparents were married, and where both he and his brother were Bar Mitzvah'd. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony with only our closest friends and family as witnesses, in a grand and beautiful room which only underscored how our marriage was not just about the two of us, but about something much bigger--a joining of families, communities and traditions. The next night, we were married AGAIN ( What can I say? The man liked it, and put multiple rings on it! Ya heaaaard me? Up top!) in a mix of Jewish, Western and Persian traditions. The wedding party danced down the aisle to none other than my ultimate fave, Michael Jackson, where I'm told that one of the groomsmen did an incredible split in the center of the aisle and bounced back to standing. Not to be outshined, my sister and the best man did an incredible robot. Folks were clapping, laughing, and the party was started. I walked in to a little ditty by none other than the ultimate R&B diva herself, Mariah Carey. It was pretty epic. I'm told there's video somewhere. 

We then did some Jewish prayers, circled each other as is also the Jewish custom, said our vows and then went to sit at the Persian Wedding Table or Sofreh. The Sofreh comes from Iran's Zoroastrian roots, established in the country over a thousand years ago, and has changed little despite the advent of other religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) in the country today. Each item symbolizes something different that the couple hopes for in their marriage. Incense to ward off the evil eye and protect the couple, a book of ancient Persian love poems (some couples opt for a Koran or other meaningful book), eggs to encourage fertility, bread to ensure prosperity, pastries and honey to ensure a sweet life are among many other objects displayed. My family in Iran scrambled far and wide to find all the items I needed and somehow get them to me in Philadelphia in a logistical effort that would have made UPS proud, and for which I will be forever grateful. One that culminated in a surprise courier--my grandmother--who helped to raise me, whom I hadn't seen in 5 years since she returned to Iran, whom I was devastated wouldn't be at my wedding. She made the multi-continental journey alone with 10 suitcases at 88 years old. The first of many wedding gifts bestowed upon me by my incomprehensibly wonderful human of a groom. (Now I've SEEN the video of that surprise reunion, and I challenge anyone not to cry watching it.)

Then, in my favorite part of the ceremony, in keeping with tradition, we invited the married women in our lives--the ones whose marriages we admire--to hold a canopy over our heads (much like a chuppah). Each woman, in turn rubbed two cones of sugar together over us, sprinkling their happy marriage energy and good love juju in a shower of sugar and sweetness on our heads to give us some light and positivity as we begin our own foray into marriage in line behind them. Finally, we were pelted with Persian candied rice, hugged and kissed all our loved ones and the partay started. One that was full of loud singing, dancing and nonstop group hugs.

Thank you for being with me week after week this year, as I waxed philosophical on all things Lithe and love and marriage. I am grateful for all your encouragement and kind comments over the past 2.5 years of Sayeh's Living Lithe. I look forward to continuing to chronicle every other chapter in my life--in all our lives--with you as they come. 

See you in class!



Dear Lithe—

I’ve been looking forward to sharing my love of Lithe for quite some time.  I decided that waiting until after my February 17th wedding, was the appropriate time to tell you just how important a part of my life you’ve become.

I’ve been a dedicated exerciser for many years, not only for the physical benefits, but also for the mental benefits; that natural high you feel when walking away from a super-sweaty workout.  When I belonged to a regular gym (please note the past tense), I always enjoyed the group classes above everything else.  Then I transitioned my love of outdoor cycling to spinning and became pretty obsessed with a local spin studio.  When my co-worker encouraged me to check out Lithe, I thought it would become something I mixed in with my other workouts, but boy was I wrong!!  Lithe was a game-changer. 

I immediately fell in love with the whole Lithe vibe. The smell of the studio, the variety of the movements, the energy of the teachers, the amazing mix of classes, the music, the bands, the BLOG, you name it.  Next thing I knew I was logging on to the Lithe website first thing in the morning, to register for a class three weeks away, before I’d even showered or made myself a cup of coffee.

I felt results after every single class.  I felt strong.  I felt challenged.  I felt a sense of accomplishment.  But then I saw results.  Lithe changed my body in a way that no other workout ever has.  I lost inches around my thighs, my arms and shoulders were toned in a way that I didn’t think was possible.  My posture changed.  I would see my butt in the mirror and do a double take because I didn’t even recognize the booty I was sporting.   I was long and lean and strong.  I was Lithe.  

As the wedding drew closer and the planning intensified, I found that my time at Lithe was sacred.  It was an uninterrupted hour I could dedicate to myself, where I could clear my head, release my stress, have fun, sweat it out and do something amazing for my mind and body.  My husband, Michael, had to come to terms with my Lithing.  He could tell how much I loved Lithe and it was hard for him to accept that I was so in love with something that he couldn’t really be a part of.  Let’s just say he got over it once he realized he benefitted from it as well… J

I want to thank the amazing instructors at Lithe (especially Elizabeth and Bari) for enabling me to look and feel my absolute best on my wedding day.  I felt strong, confident and beautiful and I’m so proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish physically since Lithe became a part of my life.

Carrie Feinberg


LITHE BRIDE! 10 Sep 2013

Lithe Bride

Hi there,

I thought I would send along some photos from my wedding at the Please Touch Museum this past May.  Our photographer (Love Shack Photo) captured me goofing around and showing off Lithe's Crazy Arm Series while my patient bridesmaids attached my veil--I couldn't resist sending those photos, along with some others.  Proud to be a Lithe Bride!
Many thanks,
Liz Baill


Betty Kim Lithe Bride

Dear Lithe,

This letter is way overdue, but I guess a wedding would finally motivate me to write my love letter! I started lithing more than four years ago (before Lithe Food, Lithe Old City, 6am classes...yes, there was a time when none of these were around!). I was always a runner and was never one to strength train in fear of bulking up. But, all this changed when I dabbled in a few lithe classes in 2009 (my first class was Skinny Jeans with Bari!), which then soon escalated to a full blown addiction. Lithe was even factored in when I was deciding on PhD programs :).

Lithe has not only transformed my body, but has changed the way I view working out. I now embrace strength training and getting stronger, and have realized the importance of changing it up! Lithe instructors have inspired me to train harder and continually improve on my practice (how can you not want to work harder when watching Krista during hot legs or Danielle during Peeled). I didn’t realize how much Lithe has changed my body until I saw an old picture of me from right before my first Lithe class (purple dress).

Lithe has also been my outlet during some big life events – applying to grad school, starting a PhD program, getting engaged, qualifying exams and now getting married. Lithe classes helped me to relieve stress, keep my sanity, and balance out my sometimes hectic life. More importantly, when it came to start getting body ready for my wedding, I didn’t change my routine that much. I didn’t have to! I didn’t feel the panic or the need to search for the magic plan to “get ready for the dress” even though I was having a beach wedding! I just continued what I had been doing for the past 4 years and kicked it up a notch!

I cannot thank Lauren and the other instructors enough. Thank you so much for inspiring and motivating me to work harder, get stronger, and to love and need consistent exercising! Lauren, Carrie, Bari, Krista, and Tiff: I am forever grateful to you guys for your encouragement and motivation when I was a newbie many years ago. It has also been wonderful to watch Lithe grow and flourish over the past years! Once again, thank you so much for keeping my body and mind healthy in the last 4 years!



LITHE BRIDE! 29 Jul 2013


The beautiful Maria Ferzola on her wedding day at One, Atlantic City, NJ.  Absolutely gorgeous, Maria! 

Images via Kay English


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Lithe Bride

Dear Lauren,

I would like to share my Lithe story with you as my journey sadly will be coming to an end when I move to Los Angeles this upcoming weekend.  I started Lithing in March 2010 after my friend who was visiting from NYC for the weekend suggested that we try Lithe.  We were unable to go together because she did not have time to complete the Immersion course, but I was so intrigued by what I had read online that I decided to try it out for myself.  Three years later, I can honestly say that Lithe has changed my life.  I was never an athlete or a dancer, and although I had joined various gyms over the years and stayed committed for a few months at a time, I always felt bored and would quit cold turkey.  The variety and quality of classes at Lithe is unparalleled, and the instructors keep me motivated and push me through each class.

I have to admit that my initial hope was simply to lose some extra weight.  I figured that I would try something new and, if it happened to work out, I would stop once I had reached my goal.  I had always viewed working out as a chore, but I knew as soon as I started Lithing that this time would be different.  It did take me awhile to get used to working out several days a week, and the first year was tough.  Although I noticed an improvement in my strength and energy level, I was not losing any weight because I had not changed my poor eating habits.  My turning point came one weekend in February 2011 when some of my husband's friends from California came to visit us in Philly.  We must have stopped by every cheesesteak shop in town, and by the end of the weekend, I had an epiphany and decided it was time to make a serious change.

I started what I like to call a "raw" foods diet and made all around more healthy food choices (including Lithe Foods which became my new obsession).  In addition, I committed to Lithing 5 to 7 days a week, every week (my record is 18 days in a row!).  I lost 20 pounds in about 4 months and have a newfound love and appreciation for working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  I never look at Lithe as something that I have to do.  Instead, I find myself changing my schedule just so that I can fit in a workout every day if possible.  I truly enjoy going to class.  Sure, there are the days when I have had to "late cancel" because I have just not felt up to it, but I never allow myself two days in a row of "not feeling like it" days that are within my control. 

I got married this past July, and I truly felt like I was in the best shape of my life for the happiest day of my life.  My husband moved here from LA a few years ago, but I have lived in Philly my entire life.  I keep telling everyone that aside from my family and friends, the thing that I will miss the most about Philly is Lithe and everything that goes along with it.  I have tried similar workouts and barre classes every time we are on the West Coast, but nothing compares.  I hope to find something that I will come to love, but one thing that Lithe has taught me is the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Thank you for creating such an amazing workout.

I will definitely be back during my visits home.  Hopefully you are considering bringing Lithe to the West Coast sooner rather than later, and I will be eagerly waiting at the front door on opening day. 


Image of Lither Michelle C. on her wedding day via Michelle


Sayeh's Living Lithe

I recently got engaged (please, please hold your applause), and am still getting over the shock that someone is willing to deal with ME and my hypochondriacal, overly dramatic self FOR LIFE. So when Lauren asked on the blog this week: what is motivating you this spring? My answer was easy. Wedding Dress! Wedding! Pictures that will last a LIFETIME! And BEYOND!

I’ve always considered myself a practical girl. Down to earth and easy-going. I watch (and love) the crazy TLC wedding shows thinking how can you possibly say yes to a $20k dress with giant roses on the ass? How?? David Turtera’s show where he takes some bride’s crazy wedding theme like: Mermaids Living in the 1920s, and somehow turns it into a crystal-dripping centerpiece extravaganza under the sea used to make me shake my head in disbelief. How can people be like that over a wedding?? 

But now that I have stepped into this crazy wedding world where reality ceases to exist, and people tell you outrageous prices for silly things with straight faces and ask you questions like, “Do you want an ice sculpture?” totally un-ironically, I’m starting to understand how some people become like that

I’ve never imagined my wedding. And while I’ve often wondered why, I know now it’s because I’m too indecisive to have that kind of vision and foresight. I get anxiety when it’s time to order at a restaurant. After turning a server away 3 times with the request of just 1 more minute, I almost ALWAYS end up yelling to my friends: You go first! I’ll decide by the time he comes to me. But I never do—decide by the time he comes to me. I ask him things like: What’s YOUR favorite thing? Then the server inevitably says Everything’s good here. Which makes me want to punch him in the face. And when I finally do decide on something, I immediately regret it as the server walks away. And sometimes even get up the courage to run him down at his computer as he’s punching in the orders to say Wait! I actually DO think I want the chimichanga!! 

This does NOT translate well when it comes to wedding planning. I don’t have a vision board which includes a color palette and images of dream weddings. I don’t have a binder neatly organized with tabs that has everything I’ve collected since my engagement to provide inspiration for my florist or my caterer. I got nothing. 

Left and right people ask your colors and your preferred silhouette and the feel of your wedding. So many decisions. So many deadlines. Why do I need to decide on my wedding dress 8 months before my wedding. WHY? And while I COMPLETELY recognize that these are some serious First World problems, that’s a long time to feel good about a fashion decision prior to its debut! And on top of all of that, we ladies have to navigate our own hopes and fears for this day and our families’ and friends’ expectations WHILE fearing being pegged as a bridezilla--the inescapable stereotype which suggests we all become insanely mean and selfish the moment a rock is slipped onto our fingers.

To combat this greatest fear of mine (becoming like that), I find myself being careful about talking about my wedding much/at all. Sometimes acting like it’s just another day--that I’m not secretly staring at my left hand during meetings, tilting my ring this way and that to see it sparkle (I forget people can see me). I've convinced myself that my friends think being a bridesmaid is a pain-in-the-ass (which it totally can be), and felt bad asking them to be one (they've repeatedly told me I'm nuts for this). I've gone to floral appointments by myself where I'm so overwhelmed that I cry on my walk home, soaked to the bone from the non-stop rain and crappy weather.

But, a few cries after that lonely walk...cries about the guest list, missing my mom and sister who are at home in Texas and aren't here to help and everything else I could cry about..I had to admit to myself that although a wedding is just 1 day (as I've said many times in my life), it DOES matter and it IS a big deal...to me. That talking about it and asking my friends' opinions on things doesn't make me a dreaded bridezilla of TLC fame. That although this type of thing--making decisions, picking colors, planning a giant party, etc. doesn't come naturally to me, it doesn't mean I can't have fun giving it a go with some help from anyone willing. (Turns out lots of people are willing! Especially recently married women. They are going through wedding planning withdrawal and totally want to help and talk wedding wedding wedding. Thank God for them.)

Ultimately, perhaps all of this is doubly tough for me to admit, not just because I don't want to be a bridezilla, but because I have always secretly judged the newly-engaged myself. How I sort of scoffed at the diamond ring club. How out-of-perspective their wedding worries seemed. How, to be completely honest, all the showers and gifts and travel just added up and stressed me out. And now it's me. I'm the one asking people to do what I once struggled doing for them. Never unhappily, but often struggled. It's a tough thing to reconcile. It's given me perspective, understanding and kindness for the girl who's excited to show off her ring and for the girl who sobs because she's realized that throwing a wedding in the woods costs money too. And for me. The girl who didn't know that she would be the girl who really cares that everything look beautiful and turn out as near perfect as possible on her wedding day. 

And if I can't have THAT, I will happily settle on looking amazing, hot, bangin, dewy, glowing, fit ta death, wearing the right dress for my body with not too much train action and maybe a plunging v, sporting thick lashes, just the right amount of tan, incredible flowing Beyonce meets Kim Kardashian locks (I might need a fan for the proper effect), and rocking some Michelle Obama arms by the time I head down the aisle. For that dream, I'll happily become a Lithe-zilla and shout it from the rooftops! 

See you in class!



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