224 posts categorized " Lithe Instructors "

UP CLOSE WITH SUKEY HENDRIX 27 Jan 2016

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What is your favorite class to teach? I recently started teaching Action Figure and we’ve developed a love affair. This class is packed with amazing material incorporating all of Lithe’s best moves. With cardio, sculpting, and barre work this class has it all. I love the mental challenge it presents to me as an instructor. Learning this class was a challenge- just ask my poor boyfriend. I made him listen to me practicing for days before teaching it for the first time. Having weights on both your wrists and ankles really ups the challenge for Lithers, and I love seeing them get stronger every week!

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? That’s an easy one: I’m still in one. I think I will forever be in an awkward phase. Even as an adult I find myself constantly evolving. Once you think I’ve figured it all out, the next day life throws a curve ball and I’m back at square one. That is the beauty of life! Being a young adult is all about going through awkward phases and learning curves. I’m going to embrace the heck outta them!

What song always pumps you up? Back in the true awkward phase days, aka high school, my mom would have to physically drag me out of bed. When even her strongest attempts failed, she resorted to blaring music on my stereo which made it impossible to sleep. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams was the first song on the CD. Every morning this jam would come on and my little feet would start boogying under the covers. It gave my lifeless body energy and still does to this day. Whenever I need a pick-me-up that song is my go to.

What's your favorite body part? My nose. It is small, cute, and symmetrical. I’ve gotten asked if I had a nose job, but this baby is au naturel.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Having super strength, the ability to fly, or be invisible are great, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have them all? That’s why I want to be a wizard. Literally Hermione Granger can do anything, and that’s a true superpower. I still have confidence the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is real. If anyone has an in with the school, my application is ready to go.

Find Sukey on Instagram @sukeyhendrix 

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography

MASTER INSTRUCTOR: ELIZABETH TOMKINS 10 Dec 2015

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We're excited to announce that Lithe instructor Elizabeth Tomkins is now a master Lithe instructor! Elizabeth has taught since 2010 and joins master instructors Tiffany Nork (teaching since 2006), Krista DeNofa (teaching since 2008), Bari Rosenthal (teaching since 2009), and Liz Galbally (teaching since 2010). 

 

What makes an instructor a master? They must teach Lithe for at least four years and have taught a minimum of 1,000 classes. The status is something that is earned, not simply given. The Lithe master instructor embodies a commitment to Lithe, instructs with confidence and selflessness, and continues to study the method. Other elements that define this title include maturity and understanding of instructor injury prevention, utilization of voice (instead of body) for energy, total command of a large studio of 25-30 people, and involvement in instructor training. 

 

We all know that Lithe is different and teaching it is the ultimate multi-task. Many assume that teaching Lithe is like teaching a grounded workout that rarely changes such as yoga, spinning, barre, or Pilates. They couldn't be more wrong. Lithe instructors are triple threats and it takes years to become a well-oiled teaching machine. Our instructors are forever in training and constantly learning new workouts.   

Image of Elizabeth wearing Lululemon via Dom

WE WEAR: TEEKI & RVCA 30 Sep 2015

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Check out Lithe instructor Annette Kaplafka rocking these desert babe Teeki hot pants and RVCA crop top on a recent Sexier in Six at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Annette says, "I love the design. So cool and unique. Another Lither was wearing a pair and once I saw them I was in love. Especially after she told me there were made from recycled plastic water bottles, I had to have them. They were a gift to myself after finishing Lithe's #Tminus30 challenge this year. They are lightweight, but still offer great compression and feel great on." 

When you're doing your Sexier in Six this week, find a bench and do ten see-saws on the right and left, 30 triceps dips, and 30 step-up lunges on each side, a la Walk-Star. We promise you'll feel the burn! 

Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography

FALL INSTRUCTOR UPDATES 30 Aug 2015

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Julie Fannin, Gerri Trooskin, Joellyn Fox, D.P.T., and Anna Marie Chang, M.D. are back on the schedule! Ashton Osby, Danielle Ingerman, and Alicia Lai are currently on leave, but will be back late fall. See a few new names?Join us as we welcome new instructors Alicia Tom, Sukey Hendrix, and Meghann Galloway to the team! Stay tuned for their bios.  

Joellyn Fox, Gerri Trooksin, Anna Marie Chang, and Julie Fannin via Dom

WE WEAR: RACHAEL ON SHORTS 12 Aug 2015

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I LOVE shorts, but rarely wear them while Lithing. I never teach in them because I figure no one would appreciate me demonstrating fold-overs in micro shorts! I do however wear them when I take class (as long as I can snag a spot in the back). I especially like shorts for Rock Steady. Wearing them makes me feel like I'm back at cheer camp (oh, the days when I owned a thousand pairs of Soffe shorts in every color with hair bows to match). I also love rocking my shorts for Walk Star with bright Nike sneakers. One of my favorite Walk Star pastimes is guessing what type of sneakers clients will wear, and then being shocked by how right (or wrong!) I am regarding the styles and colors. 
 
Images of Rachael wearing Fabletics & Nike via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LIZ GALBALLY: MASTER LITHE INSTRUCTOR 5 Aug 2015

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We're excited to announce that Lithe instructor Liz Galbally is now a Master Lithe Instructor! Congrats, Liz! She has taught since 2010 and joins Master Instructors Tiffany Nork (teaching since 2006), Krista DeNofa (teaching since 2008), and Bari Rosenthal (teaching since 2009).

 

What makes an instructor a Master? They must teach for a least four years and have 1,000+ classes under their belts. The status is something that is earned, not simply given. The Lithe Master Instructor embodies a commitment to Lithe, instructs with confidence and selflessness, and continues to study the method. Other elements that define this title include maturity and understanding of instructor injury prevention, utilization of voice (instead of body) for energy, total command of a large studio of 25-30 people, and involvement in instructor training. 

 

We all know that Lithe is different and teaching it is the ultimate multi-task. Many assume that teaching Lithe is like teaching a grounded workout that rarely changes such as yoga, spinning, barre, or Pilates. They couldn't be more wrong. Lithe instructors are triple threats and it takes years to become a well-oiled teaching machine. Our instructors are forever in training and constantly learning new workouts.   

Image of Liz wearing Lululemon via Dom

LAUREN ON THE #REALWORLDBRANDING PODCAST! 15 Jul 2015

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If you're in the fitness space or growing a business and want to hear how Lithe founder Lauren Boggi built Lithe (and landed the cover of Philly Mag), check out her podcast with Finch Brands president Bill Gullan! Real World Branding is live on iTunes.

Image of Lauren via Free People

A NOTE FROM MEREDITH! 13 Jul 2015

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Dear Lithe community,

As many of you know, I leave Philadelphia this week to move to North Carolina. My fiancé Ben will be completing a fellowship in sports medicine at Duke University, so we (and our puppy Fergus) are heading to Durham for the next year! I'm excited for the adventure, but will miss Lithe very much.
 
Lithe has been an incredible part of my time in Philly and has completely changed my relationship to health and fitness. I'm stronger, pain-free, and balanced in my body. And more importantly, I have never felt more empowered with the tools to lead a healthy, active, and balanced life. 
 
Thanks to Lauren and the entire Lithe team for being so fabulous to work with and to all of you for being a continual inspiration every time I'm in the studio. It has been my pleasure to be on the mat next to you, to teach you from the platform, and to get to know so many of you. A special cheer for the early morning Rittenhouse ladies who have motivated me to wake up so bright and early. 
 
Happily, I will continue to be involved in Lithe's instructor training program and I will be back to visit soon! Wishing you all a wonderful, fit-hip-&-healthy rest of the summer. 
 
xo,
Meredith

THE WAY SHE MOVES: MEG ON BLDG 25 BLOG 1 Jul 2015

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We love this article and your summer tip, Meg! 

Lithe Instructor & FP Movement Buyer, Meghan Grauzlis via Free People

WE WEAR: RACHAEL'S FISHTAIL BRAID 24 Jun 2015

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Have you heard Beyonce's song "Run the World (Girls)?" That song was written about Main Line studio manager Hannah Williams. She can literally do everything. I'm convinced she missed her true calling as the president of the United States. Girl gets shit done! Hannah is always calm, cool, and chic. She is my Lithe/ real life bestie and has taught me everything I know about the cat eye, wearing lipstick, and the importance of well-groomed eyebrows.

I found out about Hannah's hair skills when I decided to be Elsa for Halloween and was stuck on the braid. I agonized about my options (I'm an indecisive Libra). Hannah got tired of listening to me lament and said "I'm going to do it for you." And the rest is fabulous hair history!

I usually wear a bun or braid while teaching since I hate getting my ponytail caught in the bands. So for this shoot I decided to go with an extra fun braid. Hannah picked the style and when she sent me a snap of this crazy faux hawk fishtail, I died. I whined that it was too edgy for me, but she insisted it would photograph well from all angles. Since I trust her judgement on anything and everything, I decided to rock it. I felt like such a badass and didn't want to take it out. It took her less time to put my hair up than it took Anthony to take it out!

Images of Lithe Instructor Rachael Bridgens via Antrim & Spruce Photography

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