LITHE LEERY? 16 Sep 2012
It's no secret that Lithe Method has a reputation. Ask women who Lithe regulary to describe that reputation, and the descriptions often include words like: fun, community, support, challenging, rewarding, and sometimes even addiction. But for some who've never actually taken a class, Lithe invokes something totally different. Peering into a studio with all of its mirrors and barres and various bands hanging from the ceiling and props leaning against the walls, and words like intimidating, insane, torture and impossible all come to their minds.
Of course, I don't blame them. Starting any new workout regimen is a big step! And while I don't mind that Lithe has a reputation for being tough--because changing your body takes work--I do mind when women think they won't be able to do it. Some women see the flow of fit bodies that come and go from the various studios in town, and they think: I couldn't keep up. Or, I will be the only person in the room that's not in fantastic shape. And while I understand their fears, it's important to know that any able-bodied woman, regardless of fitness level or age, can Lithe!
Nobody who comes to Lithe starts with a Lithe body! There is such a diverse range of women that attend classes--from competitive athletes to women who are brand new to exercise. The best way to start out if you have no background is to do our Immersion program (a 3 week course of 2 classes per week) which builds you up gradually to the level of "regular" classes and teaches you our basic principles & form step-by-step).
Once you are "mainstreamed" into non-immersion classes, instructors always make sure to let you know how to modify certain sequences (do lunges with a flat foot, march in place) until your fitness level increases. And anytime you think you need a litle extra help, or want to take things a little slowly for a day, there's always our Lithe 101 classes.
It's important to us that you feel supported through every step of your workout. We are here as you take it at a pace that works for you. Most women who begin Lithe are always surprised how quickly they catch on and how well their bodies take to the challenge! Still leery? Check out these additional tips!
Image of Lithers stretching before Weightless at Old City via Lauren Boggi Goldenberg