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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
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
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.
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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.
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!
Retired Lithe Instructor Cat Kiernan wearing Lithe via Dom
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