216 posts categorized " Lithe Instructors "

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

LITHE ESCAPE #LITHESELFIE #SELFIEDELPHIA 24 Jun 2015

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The power of a Lithe selfie! Check us out on the cover of Philadelphia Magazine's July issue. This shot of Lithe founder Lauren Boggi, Lithe instructor Bari Rosenthal and Lither Ilysa Raphael was snapped on our Lithe Escape at Jake's Treasure Beach in Jamaica. Stay tuned to our website to hear about where we're escaping to next!  

Image via Philadelpha Magazine

INSTRUCTOR INSPIRATION 27 May 2015

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These ladies do it ALL. They hold full-time jobs, teach at Lithe, take vacations, and still managed to complete our entire Earned in Winter Challenge. Props to you, Annette and Jenn! So impressed with your dedication and results! 

KASEY PORTER! 12 Feb 2015

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From: Milford, New Hampshire 
 
Favorite City: Boston, MA
 
Favorite Lithe workout: It's a tie between Weightless, All That, and Mercy 
 
Favorite Lithe exercise: Anything and everything Cardio CCS. I love the endurance it involves. It reminds me of being back on the competition mat. 

 

How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team: Kasey is fun, spunky, outgoing, positive, and strong. She pushes you with her infectious energy. Her classes are a chance to get present, get sweaty, and have fun!
 
Other job: Buyer for The Atlas Group 
 
Enjoys: Traveling, being active, red wine, Cape Cod, dirty martinis with blue cheese olives, no shower Avalon happy hours, long days at the beach, my puggle Wes (named after a former New England Patriots player), New England sports, Lithing (I cannot live without it), skiing, being outdoors, dancing, exploring new restaurants/bars, local farmers' markets, fruit, champagne, fashion, all-natural beauty products, my girlfriends, and spending time with family. 
 
What you wouldn't know by looking at her: I cheered competitively my entire life and was a cheerleader for the University of Rhode Island. I am really outgoing but can be shy initially. I double majored in merchandise buying and business while holding a minor in digital art. I love being busy and active. Relaxing is not my strong suit (I love to dance until the point of exhaustion). I tend to be a perfectionist and am extremely detailed-oriented. I love fashion and am constantly putting outfits together and drawing inspiration from magazines, boutiques, and my own closet (even if I have no plans on wearing them!).
 
I am slightly obsessed with my dog Wes and I talk to him as if he were a person. I love traveling back to Boston and I try to go as often as possible. I really believe in positive energy and getting back exactly what you give out. I found this in a book called The Secret which I reread often. I work out mainly for my sanity. Exercise puts me in the best mood. I am the oldest of three. My sister is two years younger and lives with me in Center City. My brother is six years younger. I come from an extremely close family. I love being involved in Lithe and I really believe in everything it stands for.  
 
Temp image of Kasey via Lauren

JESSICA ENDER! 10 Feb 2015

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From: Philadelphia
 
Favorite city: It's a toss-up between New York City and Los Angeles.
 
Favorite Lithe workout: Weightless and All That.
 
Favorite Lithe exercise: CCS Cardio! I could do Lithe Cardio-Cheer sequences all day and night.
 
How she landed a spot on the Lithe team: Jess is strong, fun, outgoing, high octane, and can really command a room. She's form-focused and will push you to get stronger!  
 
Other job: I'm an owner/buyer at Nest and a mom of three girls.
 
Enjoys: Laughing with my girlfriends and alone time with my husband!
 
What you wouldn't know by looking at her: I dance, sang, and cheered my entire life. I eat like a kid (I love cheeseburgers)! I met my husband in fifth grade. We "went out" in sixth grade for a week, kissed in a game of truth or dare in eighth grade, and finally got together senior year of high school. We've been married 13 years in May. When people first meet me they think I'm not nice. I'm actually just choosy, but once I let you in, I'm an open book. 
 
I have an elaborate family story. I'm the only child of my mom and dad, but I have a half-sister, half-brother, stepsister, and two stepbrothers. My parents have been divorced for 35 years, and remain great friends. We all celebrate the holidays together. They made the decision to remain close for me. My girls are Avery (9), Lola (6), and Charlie (3). I started Lithing in November 2011 after I had Charlie. I couldn't imagine how I'd ever get back to myself again after three kids. I turn 39 in March and I am in the best shape of my life.
 
Temp image of Lithe Instructor Jess Ender via Lauren

ANNETTE'S LITHE INSIDE CHALLENGE! 10 Feb 2015

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Check out Annette one year ago!

Well, friends, I did it. I survived turning 40. Somehow I woke up this morning without my face shriveling into a wrinkled prune, my (nonexistent) boobs drooping to my knees, or needing bifocals and dentures. It's really turned out to be a day just like any other day. It's a day where I get to open my eyes and be grateful for the opportunities that lie ahead, be humbled by the strength my body provides me, and awed by what this world has to offer. I think birthdays are just a perfect reminder of what we should be doing that each and every day.

Other than the two cheat days I mentioned at my midway point, I stayed pretty on-point with the diet. I eased up a little bit this weekend, sharing some sorbet with a girlfriend at a pre-birthday dinner, and then fully taking advantage of shared pieces of chocolate cake and Nutella cheesecake as well as an aged Napa cabernet at dinner last night.
 
I am happy to say I surpassed the class goals Lauren and I set for myself. In these past 40 days, I've taught 38 classes, and have taken 52 classes.  I had one "off" day in those 30 days where I wasn't in the studio. Honestly my muscles are fatigued. I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow and a massage, but I'm already signed up for the Summer Bodies Are Earned In Winter Challenge. I figure it's good to keep the momentum moving forward, though I might relax a bit to more of the 80/20 lifestyle with my diet.
 
I can now do triceps push-ups in full plank,  I'm not afraid of 8 pound weights during a bicep series, and I don't hate cardio nearly as much as I did. I don't think I'll ever be able to do teasers though, and still have those days when I don't always tuck enough when I'm in Liberty at the barre.  
 
I am ever so grateful for all of the support I received from the Lithe community. I never considered myself one of the "cool girls," but everyone has made me feel special and encouraged beyond words. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration. I look forward to taking up the mantle with those of you that are going into the next challenge, and I'm just plain excited to see everyone who is present in-studio for your own personal fitness goals in the days to come. You are strong! You are fierce! You are amazing! Woo hoo!
 
Images of Annette via Lauren

 

FREE PEOPLE #FPLETSMOVE & LITHE! 2 Feb 2015

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Check out BLDG 25 for a recap of the Free People #FPLETSMOVE event!   

ANNETTE'S LITHE INSIDE CHALLENGE (1/2 WAY POINT)! 27 Jan 2015

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So, I just passed the halfway point in my challenge to my 40th birthday.  I'm 22 days in.  Since January 1st, I have taken 25 classes, taught 25 classes, and trained to teach three more. My body is a bit fatigued, but overall I feel great. 

I'm amazed by the reserve of untapped strength we all possess. I see it in class when in the last 10 minutes, I challenge Lithers to give it their all, and they dig deep and do. That has been something I hold onto when I am taking class and thinking, "I probably could do 10 more plyos, I just don't want to."
 
I'm doing my best to pick sculpting classes that target different body parts to allow some recovery time, and since I have been teaching a lot of cardio this month, I've been lightening up on those in my own schedule. If you've ever taken one of my classes then you know it's really hard for me to stay on the platform and just watch. I love being down on the floor, sharing the energy and spirit. I definitely bounce around and get my heart rate going. So all of this has been a great lesson in listening to my body, feeling what it's telling me, and trying to adapt as needed.  
 
I've been surprised by how my body is physically responding to all of the training. It was exciting when we got down on our side in Endvy to do clams and I felt the strength in my back as I lifted up through my shoulders and ribcage. It was enlightening when I thought I was going to have an easy time in Floored, and then my muscles started to shake like crazy with every leg lift. It was humbling when I got to the end of Skinny Jeans and my thighs and glutes were burning so bad from the fold-over work that I had to come up for a break. But, it's also rewarding on the days when I make it through one class and realize I just might have enough reserve to push to take another that day. Each day is very different, with its own successes and challenges, and I am muddling through the best I can, looking for the little victories in each.  
 
I am the first to admit that my numbers might be a bit excessive. It just worked out for me that the beginning of the year is a quiet time for me in regards to acting work. I also suffer from the cold weather blues and don't do too well with excessive down-time. I have been focusing my energy on keeping my endorphins pumping.  
 
As for food, it hasn't been nearly as bad as I imagined. Yes, I miss my wine. That is a given. :)  But I'm not too much of a carb craver, so cutting back on the refined carbs wasn't too hard. I have however been eating A LOT, and I mean A LOT, of fruit to satisfy my sweets craving, which has been the toughest for me.
 
I've had two cheat days since I began. The first was New Year's Day as it was the first day of the challenge and I was out of town staying at a friend's house. I didn't plan far enough ahead. I did bring ingredients to make Lithe breakfast quinoa. But, as morning slipped into a lazy afternoon, and then into early evening, my host made us a lovely dinner. It was pretty healthy, but I can't say it satisfied all of the restrictions of the challenge. My other cheat came this weekend while I was at a funeral. Sitting around the table with loved ones, sharing stories and laughs, I realized life is too short not to partake in some of its sweetness (and the four cakes people had baked) every once in a while.
 
It has been easier than I thought to go out to dinner. Most places have a grilled fish or salad which is genuinely tasty with just a little cold-pressed olive oil and lemon.
 
My weight hasn't changed at all which wasn't a goal one way or another. I notice my arms becoming more cut, but my abs aren't necessarily responding the way I anticipated, making me think it's time to reevaluate a little bit and kick it up just a notch for the second half. Maybe subbing a yellow pepper for a mango or snow peas for pears.
 
I realize at this point that it's the little steps and the small changes that are going translate into maintained behavior. I have a 21-year-old California cabernet sitting in my basement waiting for midnight on the 9th. And I am dying for a slice of pizza from anywhere at this point. These things will definitely come back into my life. But I also can see moderation is easier than I thought, and allowing yourself that little bit of grace on the days you need it will do your heart and soul a world of good.  
 
I learned to appreciate modifications! Don't be afraid to modify in class. Right now, you might see me flat-footed at the barre or on my quads for push-ups. But also, find the day you're feeling strong to try and start that ab work on the mat with 5 lbs. You can always drop down to 3 lbs. after the first set if you need to, but at least you got that one set in. And trust me, next time you just might make it through the second set.
 
So much for keeping this short, but I have to say, the best part of the entire challenge has been the Lithe community. Everyone has been so supportive which really means so much. That encouragement has pushed me through the shake and burn to finish each class. I LOVE hearing about everyone's personal challenges that they have taken up in the new year as well. Some of my favorites have been, "I stopped after just one Girl Scout Cookie!" (Seriously WHO can do that with Thin Mints?) Or, "This is only my second class since the new year, but I'm here!" It's everyone's determination and passion that keeps me going strong. Thank you all for your inspiration! It is a gift!!!!
 
As you hear me say in class, "We're already halfway there. It's just a little muscle fatigue. You are SO MUCH stronger then you realize! Keep going!"
 
Annette's "before" image via Lauren

DEAR LITHE (CAT'S RETIRING) 26 Jan 2015

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Hi Lithe,

Even though I am incredibly sad to have to retire from teaching I wanted to write a little Lithe Love Letter to let you, and the Philadelphia Lithers know how much my time as an instructor meant to me.

I’m still suffering from a badly herniated disc in my lower back (L4) that flared up last May.  I’ve been improving over the past few months, and feel great some days, but I don’t feel comfortable committing to teaching all of you only to wake up on the day of class unable to move.

Being an instructor was an amazing and absolutely unforgettable time in my life and has helped me grow in so many ways.  I never thought I was “good” enough, “cool” enough, or confident enough to teach.  I’m naturally a shy person, but being an instructor gave me the confidence to get up in front of a large group of impressive, fit, professional women and make them all “get low,” “see their eyelashes,” and “break it down - one time each!”  Teaching not only gave me confidence on the podium at Lithe, but also helped give me the confidence to speak clearly and commandingly to others in my law profession.  (I still remember the day Lauren asked me to audition – I called my best friend right after and couldn’t stop jumping up and down with excitement).

While I can’t take classes at the moment because of my back, I’m working hard everyday to hopefully be back on the mat soon!  This is the first time in my life I’ve had an injury that has forced me to take more than a couple weeks off from any activity.  While it’s been a terribly painful experience, it has made me come to terms with the fact that I can’t always do everything “100%” and that I’m not a failure if I need to take a little break or modify.  My type A personality has always had me pushing myself beyond my limit, which, I’m learning from this injury, is not always the best choice.  I’m coming to terms with the fact that it’s okay if I have to take a week or two off and I won’t get horribly out of shape, gain weight, or lose my ability to Lithe.  I’m still in physical therapy but working hard with my doctors to get better as fast as I can! 

I absolutely LOVED every second of teaching and would continue to teach for years if I had the chance.  It was amazing to work with so many wonderful other instructors and support staff who all continue to inspire me.  I’m going to miss being a part of such a wonderful team.

Thank you so much Lauren.  For giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to be a Lithe instructor, for creating Lithe Method that has given me so much confidence and joy, and always proving that working out can be silly, fun, and incredibly tough!  I can’t wait to be back!

-Cat

Retired Lithe Instructor Cat Kiernan wearing Lithe via Dom

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