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SWEATBANDS 23 Aug 2015

What you need - Sweat Bands

We're updating our band system at all the studios during the month of September (Rittenhouse is just about complete). With our cushiony and comfy new Twiggy/Thinny attachments, sweatbands will be mandatory for hygienic purposes.  We know that some of you don't like to use them, but we must keep our shared props sanitary so that you have a healthy, happy and safe experience with us. We go to great lengths to keep things clean at Lithe, but we need your help. 

There are several things that you can contract from shared sweaty props made of fabric including E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph, which is a bacteria that causes skin infections. Sweatbands prevent the spread of these icky diseases. Rest assured that these common germs are easily avoidable and much less frightening than they sound. So please remember to change out of your sweaty threads (and sweatbands) post-Lithe and wash your hands before you leave the studio, so you don't have to worry about these microscopic critters. It's also good to get into the handwashing habit since cold and flu season are around the corner. 

There are a few loaner pairs at each studio if you forget yours, but we do recommend purchasing your own. You'll find them at Lithe, City Sports, Target, and many other places. And if you're new to Lithe, check out what you need to get started.

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography

Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph, is a bacteria that mostly causes skin infections. - See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/7-grossest-gym-germs#sthash.4sNAcbZO.dpuf If you're new, check out what you need to get started



Dear Lithe,

It’s been two years since we separated and I still often think about how you made me feel and how I felt when I had you in my life. You’ve given me confidence and physical and emotional strength. I see that you’re spreading your wings and I can’t help but be happy knowing that more people can share in my love for you. Please keep doing what you’re doing. And if you ever feel like coming to where I am, I would love that.

I promise to visit when I’m in town.


Dear Lauren,

I’ve been meaning to write this love letter ever since I left Philly but it was a little painful. I realize how ridiculous that sounds. I guess I felt that if I wrote this love letter, then the good-bye would be official. And I just wasn’t (and still am not!) ready to say good-bye. I know a lot of people write in to tell you how Lithe has changed their lives and how much healthier they are. I am writing to express the same and more.

Lithe has changed a part of me that I wasn’t expecting. It changed me mentally. It was the first time that I witnessed myself doing the impossible. (Tight-end? That’s like at least 100 reps on one leg alone, right?? ) The physical and mental training that we had in Lithe has carried over to other parts in my life. So often in class, I would see an instructor demo a move that I was sure was physically impossible. Though I never got through those reps un-interrupted, I attempted it. That’s more than I would’ve done, pre-lithe. That’s the mental toughness Lithe gave me. I don’t know that I would’ve gotten this on my own. For that, I am forever grateful.

Physically- well, you already know. I now scoff at other workouts (cocky, I know).  I push myself more. I test my limitations. I don’t quit. I’ve found the coveted muscle-shake. I walk into other workout classes with an inflated sense of confidence knowing that I have the best form and breathing technique. All this, I’ve learned from Lithe and the instructors.

I’m learning how to get to the next physical level because I’ve had the physical training from Lithe to push me there, no matter what I’m doing.

I know you hear it all the time, but, we love Lithe. We know you pour your heart into it. We feel it with every 2.0 class, with every new Lithe drink, and seasonal Lithe challenge.

If you ever need a moment of clarity, just remember that you’re changing lives in so many ways other than in the physical sense. You’ve transcended a mere “workout” into something that permeates into all other aspects of our lives. THIS is why we can’t live without it.



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XO Lithe is our second Lithe Icon class. Experience it on Saturday, Aug. 22 @8:30AM at Lithe Rittenhouse, Sunday, Aug. 30 @7:15AM at Lithe Main Line & Saturday, Sept. 12 @7:15AM at Lithe Old City. 

Lithe hearts you, but XO Lithe has nothing to do with kisses and hugs. In Hong Kong, and in every Jay Z song, cognac is a status symbol, and the name XO (extra-old) is used to leverage the prestige and panache associated with the "XO," brand. Have you ever had XO Sauce? It's the world's most baller condiment. It's delish, makes everything better, has class, credentials, and everyone wants it. XO Lithe is our esteemed, proprietary mat and barre CCS blueprint taken to the highest level.  This total body workout includes core work on the mat and at the barre. It's what makes Lithe, Lithe - and we've never seen anyone look this good in their skinny jeans.   

  • Born: August 2015
  • You need: Ball and heavier weights: 5 or 8 lbs. 
  • Coordination level: 1 (on a scale of 1-3)


Rain 6AM OC 1 6AM OC 2 6AM 5 6AM OC OC7 OC8

Most of you have heard stories over the years about the 6AMers at our Old City studio. The group above is one of the toughest, most dedicated group of Lithers across all three studios. They're in the studio every day regardless of what life (or Mother Nature) throws at them. Celia dropped by on a rainy Wednesday Sculpt workout to snap a few shots of this badass crew with master Lithe instructor Bari Rosenthal.  

Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography


Lauren Podcast

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 TASTE OF RAH! 14 Jul 2015


Set your Pep Talk to empowerment, join the Spirit Circle for beat-box and sassy, vocal cheer motivation, and Lithe towards transformation and healing. Rah is a great combination of cardio and sculpting with our Twiggy bands and proprietary Double Banded Sculpting with our blue bands.  This workout is a cult classic, and includes vocals (like Rock Steady) and along with fun, high impact CCS: cheer-based, high cardio hitch kicks, herkies, and booty shaking choreography.  

Rah was born out of the following paradigms of influence: somatic psychology (the process of using the body to heal), neuropsychology, self-hypnotism, and movement therapy via Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting.

Don't be rah-shy!  This class should be a cathartic release that transforms your emotional state to promote health and psychological growth. Not to mention you are getting a crazy good work-out. And guess what? Yelling while you Lithe not only increases your core strength, makes the work-out more intense, but it will, with time, improve your lung capacity.  Rock your body, hottie.

  • Born: February 2014 
  • You'll need: Sweat bands on wrists and gloves for double banded sculpting
  • Coordination level: Three
  • Modifiy: Omit vocals to reduce cardiac output, remain grounded during high impact cardio and jumps, omit blue bands during double banded sculpting. If you're new to Rah or Lithe, focus on form and march or jog in place until you master the choreography.  
  • Challenge: Don't be shy! Increase vocal strength and yell from the diaphragm, really get into it (with great form and sharp motions) and work low from the hips/core throughout the CCS Cardio to increase resistance. Try doing the push-up sequence on your toes and maintain a full breathing pattern, scapular stabilization, pelvic/spine & head/neck placement throughout the Double Banded Sculpting. 


We hope you had a blast this weekend, lived free, and let loose. If you're trying to get back on track, join us this week for a personal 9-Day Challenge. Check out our Mission: Lithe column for inspiration!
Image of Lithe Instructor Rachael Bridgens via Antrim & Spruce Photography


PicsNext up? Varsity Lither Starlet Heckard. She's moving to San Diego this week! Starlet, we'll miss you to pieces!  

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? Although the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement is a wonderful way to get Lithers into the studio, it wasn't the main motivating factor for me. I’ve gone to Lithe for more than five years and there are a few things that motivated me prior to Varsity. First, I was motivated by the instructors. I wanted to have perfect form at the barre like them, beautiful Rockette kicks, and effortlessly powerful jumping lunges! Also, I’ve been motivated by fellow Lithers. I love working out with women who are strong, focused, and powerful. I love the energy in the studio when everyone is moving together and the breathing is synchronized! It’s magical!

Finally, I was motivated by myself. I had a nasty late cancellation and no-show streak. I challenged myself to eliminate them and was successful for about two years until I overslept for a 6AM workout. I was in a seriously DEEP sleep! I was annoyed and cranky when I woke up and disappointed in myself. I got over it (eventually). Actually that’s not true I still get annoyed when I think about it. TWO YEARS!

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Tweet! I love venting on Twitter after (or sometimes during) a tortuous day. Live tweeting is the best. I should pay attention during early morning meetings, but ...

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I'm not sure that there's just one. My top two are perfecting my form and incorporating all of the classes into my schedule. I love working at the barre, on the mat, and using bands and props. I love focusing on which muscles in my body are working. That lets me know that I am moving properly.

I try to take every class that hits the schedule at least twice before putting them in my nightmare closet. I even take classes that force me out of my comfort zone (Hello, Hotstepper! I see you, Cowgirl!) I’m neither a runner nor a hooper, but I managed to survive both classes. If I feel frustrated while learning new CCS I try to “run” the choreography in my head as I’m walking home. I'm sure I've entertained a number of drivers while I'm waiting for the light to change. Wait, what was after the triple jack combo?! Clam diggers? Reach and pull? Boobs and butt?! Gargh! What am I forgetting?!?!

Wait, hold on...how about top three? I think it's cool to see the changes in other Lithers. Like, damn! She looks great! Maybe I shouldn't have fries for dinner! $&@! I really want fries for dinner!

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? That's a tough choice, but I think I'll say Barlesque! It's the perfect blend of classic and sassy (like me). We begin at the barre for serious sculpting and cardio (Hey, jumping lunges! How are ya?), and then move to the bands for funky fresh dance moves. In one class we got to yell "whoooooooooo!" That's probably the first time I vocalized in a class. 

What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? I'm not ashamed of anything I watch on Netflix. When the weather is funky, I sometimes have a Netflix bad movie marathon. I should be ashamed of my new addiction to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. I didn’t watch the show when it was on the air, but now I can’t get enough of their shenanigans. The family is rather disgusting, but they fascinate (and nauseate) me. Disclaimer: The first three seasons of it were the best. Season 4 is kinda dull.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in middle school? Jake Ryan! He’s not real, but sheesh. Sixteen Candles came out before I was in middle school, but when I saw it ... Zack from Saved from the Bell is a close second. My true celebrity crush is Smokey Robinson. I’ve had a crush on him since I was 5-years-old. Oh, Smokey. When you sang to the letter ‘U’ on Sesame StreetSWOON!

And a little lagniappe: I would love to have my own TV show (although I'm kinda shy, so that might not work, but a girl can dream)!

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