65 posts categorized " Lithe Goals "

BECAUSE I'M PERFECT. 16 Oct 2014

Lauren & Mars

Today I'm rapping about body love and words of wisdom from a toddler...

I think my three year old son Mars is soo cute. Like, I could just eat him up. When I ask him why he's so cute, he responds, "Because I'm perfect!" (!!!!?????!!). Now, I've never told him that he's perfect, but he truly believes that he is. And, as his mom, I really feel like I'm doing something right, which is not always the case. You can imagine my reaction when I heard that for the first time. I mean, how fantastic is that? And, he inspires me – my little boy has not one ounce of negativity in his head.  He really loves himself and thinks he's just perfect. We all should have that high level of self-love, right?

Many of us are finishing up our Fall Transformation (myself included), and some of us are just getting back into the studio, post-summer. Recently, there's been a lot of talk about our Stop Bitch moments, body image, what other Lithers do, do too much of, or don't do enough of, and what it means to be healthy and empowered. But behind all of this talk about being Lithe lies the heart of what it means to be healthy: Loving the skin you’re in, treating yourself right, and feeling empowered to question, challenge, and redefine your own self-view of beauty and wellness.  Loving the body you have, and working to improve your health and head is so important. In fact, many of you are already super-confident and intuitive. Here are a few emails that I've received over the past few weeks: 


Being healthy shouldn’t be about appearance, it should be about health.  

I'm all about improving myself and becoming healthy and fit.  Almost everyone I know should spend more time working out, and making lifestyle changes.  It's everything! 

Once I let go of trying to be thin and focused on the idea of loving my body, I became healthier.

This Fall Transformation has taught me so much about myself and my level of commitment.  I've never felt so great about myself.  I feel like me again.  I'm unstoppable!

Here’s what I think about loving your body. As women, we all struggle with self-confidence. There are always those little things we wish we could change about our bodies. Whether it’s wishing we had a six-pack, more defined arms,  or thinner thighs.  My approach has always been accept it, or act to change it. Because of this, I have always used my "imperfections" as motivation to work harder. Over the years I've learned to love and respect my body for what it is because it has been so good to me. It's gotten me through almost ten injury-free years of Lithe and allows me to burn the candle at both ends and work hard when I need to. It has given me my Mars, it takes me on walks every day, helps me sail a 50-foot catamaran every summer, and feels so strong invincible when I Lithe. 

And, in exchange, I treat my body the very best that I can. I live a healthy, balanced lifestyle by staying active and eating well. I let it rest at night, take Epsom baths and stretch to keep it flexible. On the weekends I have fun, give in to my cravings and just let go. 

So, this fall, as you're working towards your best you, remember that it does not mean that you're working to fit into a particular mold. Not a certain weight, size, or shape: YOU are perfect. Make that your mantra! You're working towards building that confidence muscle – which is the best possible way to learn to love the skin you’re in.

Image via Lauren & Mars via Jordan 

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 8 Oct 2014

  Sayeh

Welp! It happened. I have officially screwed up the #sexierinsix Lithe transformation. For me it's been more like #sexierinacoupleofclassesandthenohyouknowwhatjustforgetit. I missed a day here, a day there, got hit with an unexpected trip back home to Dallas amid the Ebola scare (no one watch Outbreak right now), and I'm officially back to eating donuts at work and not scheduling myself any Lithe classes. Because as I've thoroughly documented, I can't ramp up the eating if my working out is falling off. Oh no. That would be too sensible. No class means, I'll take the fried chicken instead of the grilled and yes, yes I DO feel like ordering pizza tonight, and no I don't mind if I do eat an entire block of cheese while watching the Real Housewives of Melbourne reunion. 

But, aside from my trip, which would have made it tough to accomplish the challenge, I know there are a few things I could have done better to set myself up for success.

1. Schedule my classes ahead of time.

I usually do this to avoid wait lists and have my schedule set, but work has been so unpredictable lately that I've been racking up late cancellation fees, so I thought...I'll just schedule my classes on the day OF, so I can avoid those fees and the inevitable self-hate that comes along with having the late cancellation on my permanent Lithe record. And while this has helped me to save money, it has made it so that I have no reason to force myself to class. At the end of a long day, even when I get out of work in time to go to class, it's so much easier to go home than get on my app and schedule myself something. I underestimated how much the threat of late cancellation motivates me to Lithe. This is certainly a balancing act during crazy times at work–because I truly can't afford to pay late fees willy nilly, but I also can't afford–for mind and body–to continuously skip Lithe and fall into bad habits all around either. 

2. Clothes, clothes everywhere. 

Although this is cliche because it's on every workout tip list, I found it totally true this challenge go-round.  I need to have multiple sets of workout clothes at my disposal to ensure I'm ready to hit the studio when scheduled. At work, at home and I would have some in my car, if I owned one. I twice walked out of my house in a rush and realized I left my workout bag at the foot of my bed, making it impossible for me to go to class. And on one of the days that I remembered my clothes, I realized I hadn't packed my sports bra! (Thank God I was taking Armistice instead of Rock Steady that day and made it work, but it was touch and go there for a bit in terms of a wardrobe malfunction.) Had I had some clothes at work, I could have grabbed the extra sports bra, or still have gone to class on the days I forgot my bag. Don't get me wrong, I certainly can't afford 7 pairs of Wunder Unders to strew about town, but I do have a few less exciting sets of clothes that I can afford to have around in case of an emergency. 

3. Wake up, wake up, wake up

I KNOW that I have much less control of my afternoon than I do of my morning. I get pulled into 5 o'clock meetings which means I won't make my 5:45pm class, or the cable guy needs to come by and replace my box, or my girlfriends want to meet for happy hour, or I have to attend an event for work...the list goes on. I know that if I wake up early and get my workout in FIRST, then any unforeseen or foreseen circumstance won't bump Lithe down the list. I try to fit my entire life between the hours of 5 and 10pm–spending time with my husband, friends, cooking, working out, fulfilling work obligations, dealing with life in general (And I don't even have kids! God bless all my friends who do all of the above and are raising and scuttling multiple kids to all of their life things.) And it's too much to ask of those 5 hours. I need to add a couple hours in the morning to balance things out a bit. But GOD it's so much easier said than done. I'm a night owl, not a morning person and braving the darkness and the elements in the morning to make it to the studio seems downright impossible to me.

Overall, this has been a good learning experience for me. I'm going to keep on keeping on and will continue to strive to keep my priorities in order and hopefully work on all of the above to create less work and guilt for myself on the other end. I guess the key that I need to keep reminding myself is that doing so takes careful, considered and consistent effort which is ultimately why it's can be so hard to sustain at times.

See you in class!

INSPIRATION 29 Jul 2014

Lithe Inspiration

Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom

REACH FOR THE STARS... 15 Jul 2014

Reach

It's day two of our #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge!  What are your #lithegoals?  Check out our hashtags on Instagram and Twitter to what Lithers are working towards!

Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing FP Movement via Dom

SAYEH'S RESOLVING TO REACH! 22 Jan 2014

Sayeh at Resolve to Reach!
So last Wednesday night, I put on a little lip stick (a nude shade by Hourglass that I'm currently obsessed with), ran my fingers through my hair and tried to zhuzz up my post-work self as best I could and headed to Lithe's Resolve to Reach party, and I'm so glad I did. It's no secret that I'm in need of motivation these days. Motivation to eat better. Motivation to get myself to class. Motivation...in general. 

So when I arrived at the Old City outpost, and was directed to the big studio where I could already see a great deal of hustle and bustle, I got immediately happy to be back on Planet Lithe. It was so nice to see fellow Lithers and instructors--but out of our normal athletic context. Stylish, understated outfits. Long lashes. Lip gloss. Hair down. Everyone looked fabulous. There were hugs. Exclamations of not recognizing one another in our street clothes. We munched on gluten free Pure Fare, checked out Bradamant, and sipped some champy while catching up with some and getting to know others. Walking on the hardwood floor normally reserved for bare feet and mats doused with tea tree oil in my boots felt wrong, but everything else was right. 

A mini photo studio was set up in the back, and we were encouraged to set some goals for ourselves and take pictures with the small signs we made. Goals about anything. Not just fitness. Some resolved to get more sleep. Some resolved to spend more time with friends and family. I resolved, as you can see above, to: eat clean and stop spazzing. Given my donut episode of recent weeks, we all know why the clean eating part. The stop spazzing part refers to...well everything. I am given to the spazz. Not like the spazzing out ON people where I freak out and throw things. When I refer to spazzing, I'm talking the nonstop internal freak out dialogue I have going on with myself. 

Why do I lose everything? Why did I eat that donut? Why can't I go to class as much as I used to? Is this turbulence actually the result of a major failure in modern aviation? Do I have something in my teeth? My lips are really dry. I'm so cold. I think I want to go ombre with my hair. Is ombre out? Is that guy following me? 

You get the idea. So this year, I resolve to get out of my head, be mindful, go easy on myself and allow for the ebbs and flow in motivation that are par for the course when it comes to me and...well everything. And it was so nice to see other people's goals and to feel reassured that I'm not the only person that has struggles. I will be checking in with some of my fellow resolvers throughout the year to see how they are doing in reaching for their goals while I try to reach for mine. 

In the meantime, go go Gadget arms!

See you in class!

RESOLVE TO REACH IN 2014! 19 Dec 2013

R2r-1

You're invited to Resolve to Reach in 2014 with Lithe & Bradamant!

 
Nothing is impossible.  Lithe is all about empowering Lithers and keeping them inspired to reach their goals.  With the new year ahead, we are excited to join forces with Bradamant to cohost a party where Lithers can "Resolve to Reach" their 2014 fit, hip, healthy goals!
 
Lithe Founder, Lauren Boggi, Instructors, and Staff will be on hand to answer questions, motivate, and guide you toward reaching your goals. Exclusive Resolve to Reach Lithe packages and giveaway opportunities will be available only to party goers!
 
Bradamant's bodysuits keep you tucked in and confident all day, so you can leave your comfort zone and aim higher.  Tamar Daniel, Bradamant's designer, will be on site with exclusive preview of Bradamant Spring Styles to view, and the opportunity to preshop spring at discount prices. 
 
You will also enjoy healthy snacks and goodies from Pure Fare throughout the evening!
 
Join us on Wednesday, January 15th from 6PM to 8PM at the Lithe Old City studio for Resolve to Reach 2014! RSVPs are requested by January 8 at pr@lithemethod.com.

LITHE CARDIO TIPS (RE-POST)! 4 Dec 2013

Krista

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 off.  As a newbie, you may find yourself feeling really defeated trying to finish our 1 hour classes, numerous times a week, and having to devote some time to learning some of our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting cardio choreography.  Here are some tips for safe and efficient cardio:

1.  Protect your feet-but not with sneakers (unless you have a foot injury).  We barefoot train at Lithe.  Why?  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 and keep a gentle point to your ankle, then roll through the forefoot, and heel.  Your goal is to 'sponge' and not be bouncy. That 'up' energy should be an illusion:  your entire body is active, but you're working the bands' resistance down into the ground.  You want to work harder by getting low (think: squashing grapes) and grounded, not through bouncing high and beating up your feet.

2.  Keep you shoulders open, depressed and lift from the heart.  This instantly engages and elongates your abs. 

3.  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! 

4.  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, shake.

Image of Lithe Instructor, Krista DeNofa in perfect form via Dominic Episcopo.

INSPIRATION 20 Nov 2013

LITHECHART

PUSHING THROUGH CHANGE 12 Nov 2013

Kelly wearing Lithe

I know that many of you are completing your last few Fall Challenge classes this week...congrats!  Can you believe that you've pushed through 30 classes in 35 days?  That's no easy feat!  Have you noticed that you've pushed and become stronger, or have you noticed that you're still modifying and doing your push-ups on your knees after 3-4 reps? If you have pushed, have you noticed that your body has changed?   

Most women come to Lithe with the desire to change their body and become the best version of themselves.  When developing new workouts, my main goal is to increase your lean muscle mass, decrease body fat in your female fat zones, keep you interested and make you happy.

We focus on increasing your lean muscle mass because that is a major catalyst in decreasing your fat. We achieve this through cardiovascular resistance training via Lithe's Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting®.  And boy, does it hurt at times.  Have you ever heard the saying, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger?”  At Lithe, most of you learn how to push through your (good) pain and allow it to help you gain strength and earn the results that you're striving for. 

Many of you become frustrated, or stop when an exercise becomes painful – not injury pain, but the burn that occurs when you are fatiguing your muscles.  It is SO important that when you feel the burn that you “push through it” by continuing on for a few more reps.  Breathe through it, because it's at that exact moment when you're creating changes in your body.  Your metabolic state begins to increase your lean muscle and burn the fat right off your thighs. 

If you never change your diet for the better and do the same workout everyday (with the same modifications) and never push through the burn or leave your “comfort zone," you will never see change in your body. So, in light of finishing the fall challenge this week, make it your goal to channel that pain and strive to get in 1 or 2 more sets, OR - hold that half plank for one more breath! 

Images of Lithe Instructor Kelly Wong wearing Lithe via Dom

PROGRAMMING TIPS FOR FALL 21 Oct 2013

Getting Grounded

I've heard from many Lithers, when they first start Lithing, that they were already working out every day, thinking that they were ‘fit’ and had just hit that inevitable plateau with their results. Then, they realize, Lithe.Is.Different.

I have specifically designed Lithe around a sculpting regimen and cheer-based cardio (Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting®) that will give you unparalleled results…and I've put a system in place that assures you will never plateau. By constantly updating and adding workouts, customizing classes to the season, and orchestrating the monthly class schedules so you almost can't avoid variety in your workout, you'll never get bored, and never stop seeing results.

To every thing, there is a season...

Just like eating seasonally is important, it’s just as important to work your body in unison with the seasons and what you’re are taking in food-wise.  During the fall, we get back to the basics with the "bones" of Lithe.  Our classic, grounded, sculpting workouts return to the studios in a big way:  Higher Power, Waspie, Hot Legs, Cinch, and Skinny Jeans take the place of summertime's high-energy favorites.  Why?  We turn inward, are more lethargic and tight as the weather turns cooler. Guess what?  Your body knows this, too!  Without even realizing it, you ground your body for colder weather as well as decreasing sunlight and serotonin levels.  Have you been eating processed, starchy food?  Try to stop.  Right now is a crucial time to winterize your diet, balance your body and your blood sugar with more protein (veggie or animal) and nutrient-rich veggies. 

So remember, to get the most out of Lithe right now, embrace the variety (and the classics) and continue to push yourself (hold those bands longer and pick up those 5 and 8lb weights!). You'll love the results! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Cat Kiernan wearing Lithe via Dom

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