58 posts categorized " Lithe Tips! "

LITHE LEERY? 16 Nov 2015

It's no secret that Lithe Method has a reputation. Ask women who Lithe regularly to describe it and you'll hear words such as fun, supportive, challenging, rewarding, and sometimes even addictive. But for those who have never taken a class, Lithe evokes something different. One peek at the barres, bands hanging from the ceiling, and props leaning against the walls may bring to mind adjectives like intimidating, insane, torturous, and impossible

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 watch the flow of fit bodies that come and go from the various studios around town and 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. From competitive athletes to those who are brand new to working out, there's a diverse range of women that attend classes. The best way to start out? Our immersion program. It's a 3-week course of 2 classes each week that builds you up gradually to the level of regular classes and teaches you our basic principles and form step-by-step.

Once you are mainstreamed into non-immersion classes, instructors make sure to let you know how to modify certain sequences (lunging with a flat foot, marching in place) until your fitness level increases. And anytime you need a extra help or want to take it slowly for a day, there's our Lithe 101 classes. 

It's important that you feel supported through every step of your workout. We are here as you take it at a pace that's best for you. Most people who begin Lithe are surprised at 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



You're not alone. We all find excuses to not exercise. Life gets in everyone's way, but you CAN reach your goals and achieve the results you want. Here are ten tips for when youcan't seem to get your rear in gear, get out of your own head, or stay motivated. 

1. Prioritize. No time because you spend hours on your smart phone? Turn that time into active time. In the long run, you'll be glad that you put your health first. Your body will thank you, too. 

2. Make a date with YOU. Schedule your workout just like you schedule doctor's appointments and dinner with friends and honor that commitment. It's just as important. 

3. Write it down. Tracking your progress and setbacks is eye-opening and effective. Record how long you worked out, what class you took, how you felt after. I always remind myself that I'm only one hour away from a good mood and that always motivates me to just do it on days when I need a boost. 

4. Stay positive. Your body hears everything your mind thinks!

5. Imagine it. Visualize your results! Think about how you will look and feel after one month, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year. Results are the best motivational tool, so be sure to keep up with your own measurements and photos. 

6. Make yourself accountable. Going public with your story keeps you committed. 

7. Don't get discouraged. It's important to make a long-term commitment, even if it means going without noticable results for a week. Remember that you can't go wrong by eating Lithe and working out regularly (especially when it's fun!). 

8. Find a few besties. Spend time with friends who also value a healthy lifestyle. You will benefit from sharing your stories about how fantastic you look, how strong you're becoming, how great you feel, and funny things that happen in the studio.

9. Reward yourself! I'm not talking about junk food. Each week that you accomplish your goals (maybe it's a going to a certain number of classes, taking a particular class with an instructor that you used to avoid like the plague, or becoming a consistent 6AMer or 5:30PMer.

Treat yourself to something that inspires you to stick with it, like a new pair of workout pants or a piece of jewelry. I recommend creating a point system. When you meet your goals, give yourself a point and record it. When you hit a certain amount of points, treat yourself to an activity that makes you feel great, such as a mani/pedi with friends or a massage.   

10. Travel Lithe. If you've Escaped with us, you know that Lithe travels well! Get outside, have fun, and utilize your surroundings. Just make sure to send a Lithe on Location shot to us! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis in FP Movement via Dom


Escape Packing-1589

Now that Lithe Escape is upon us, it’s time for a refresher on minimalist packing. As much as we love feeling ready for anything, lugging around an overpacked bag or checking luggage is no fun. Cutting down on what goes inside your weekend bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, comfortable, and confident.

Wonder what to bring? You won't need much! We'll be in Nicaragua for five days and you'll spend the majority of your time barefoot and in a bathing suit or in exercise gear. We wake, we eat, we Lithe, we chill in the sun, we eat, we chill or walk to town, we Lithe, we eat, and then chill some more (it's heaven).

People are always shocked to learn that Lithe Escape creator Lauren Boggi is a super-light carry-on only packer. She finds it freeing to travel with so little. Here's how she does it: 

  • Think small: Starting with a compact suitcase instantly limits how much I can bring. 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a packing list: The key word here is basic. Sports bras, swimsuits, cover-ups, underwear, socks, workout shorts, loose pants, a warm layer for evenings, a chic go-with-everything maxi dress, and sneakers. Follow your list without exception. It’ll help you not go overboard. 
  • Be reasonable: Ignore the voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need four pairs of shoes, heels, a hair dryer and 12 tops for a five-day trip. You don't and the practical you knows it!
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them: It minimizes wrinkles and frees up a ton of space for other traveling necessities.
  • Be basic: Stick to basic, neutral colors and light fabrics.
  • Essentials: Passport, sunscreen, yoga mat, bathing suits that you can lounge, swim and Lithe in, sunglasses, cover-up, sneakers, flip-flops, a good book, and cell phone charger. 
  • Choose your accessories wisely: Pack a scarf, hat, statement necklace, and a classic pair of flat sandals. When in doubt, these things will come in handy.
  • Recycle: Unless you’ve been hiking all day or rolling in the sand, there’s a good chance you can use certain wardrobe pieces more than once. If you wore your maxi dress and cute espadrilles for dinner, turn that sundress into a beach cover-up for another day. My rule is that every article of clothing should work with at least two outfits. I love tunics that work as cover-ups, dresses, tops and nightgowns. My daytime black tunic often works over leggings, and then I can dress it up with jewelry or a scarf at night. 

Images via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography



Participating in the Earned In Winter Challenge and want to be featured on the blog? Lauren will be taking "before" measurements and pictures tomorrow from 1:30-3PM at Lithe Rittenhouse! 

Confused about taking your measurements? Follow the image above and have a friend help to ensure accuracy.

To Do: Measure the fullest part of the bust, your natural waist (not where you wear you jeans), the high hip (where you wear your jeans; just palpate the hip bone/iliac crest to find the correct spot), low hip/butt (the widest part of the booty), your dominant thigh (approximately halfway between the knee and the hip) and your most dominant arm (approximately halfway between the shoulder and elbow). 

Tips: Wear the same outfit whenever you measure, stand posture perfect, and relax the extremities.   

Image of Lauren Boggi at Lithe Old City via Chrissy Parker


Lauren for You Beauty

In the spirit of the Super Bowl, Lauren gives cheer conditioning tips on Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen's blog, You.Beauty!

Lauren via Dom

BEST OF FHH 2014! 29 Dec 2014


What a great year! Thank YOU for all of your hard work and dedication: We completed 3 challenges, 2 Lithe Escapes, traveled on tour to Seoul, NYC & LA, celebrated a decade in Philly, Welcomed 11 fantastic new instructors (Meredith, Cate, Jen L., Maggie, Jenn B., Annette, Liz S., Kalika, Jonathan, Alicia, Katie B), 3 veteran instructors became Masters, debuted 7 new workouts (Rah, Lithe Beach, Hi-Top, All That, Sideline, Mercy & Lithe Lab), 2 WKND's and have seen the most killer camaraderie and results than ever before!  Here's to 2015!  Check out some of our favorite posts...

Lithe Escape Jamaica, Lithe WKND, Lithe Escape Tulum, Love Letters, Kristy's Before & After, Lithe Tour Philly, Seoul, NYC & LA, Because I'm Perfect, Lauren's Gym Bag Essentials, Beauty Tips for a tired face, 3 Days to Flat Abs, Lauren for Prevention, Breaking the Mom Cycle, Talking biz with Forbes & Jon Oringer, Fall Transformation Results, Elizabeth Tomkins x Destination Maternity, Lithe Foods x Art In The Age Skinny Heathen series, Sayeh's Living Lithe Tips, Earned in Winter Challenge, Results, T-Minus 30 Challenge, Mission: Lithe, Mama Says, Lithe Spice No.1, Meg G. & Lithe on BLDG 25, love from the Press & Eating Lithe,




Many of us are in the midst of Thanksgiving prep, which is always a crazy time of the year. During the holidays my fridge gets out of control really quickly. And when it does, I totally lose track of what I have in there. I also lose a little inspiration to Eat Lithe (Lithed Up salads, smoothies, spa water, etc.) which makes me feel great and keeps my energy levels high. This week is the perfect time to tackle your refrigerator and give it a good makeover pre-holiday. You'll feel better, and it will inspire you to eat healthier too.

1. Clean House. Get rid of limp veggies and check expiration dates on all of your condiments.

2. Prep! Take fruit and veggies out of plastic bags and cut them up so that they are ready. Arrange salads and vegetables so you can clearly identify what you have on-hand.

3. Invest in clear containers
. I like to cut up melon, pineapple, and berries and store them in these. Because glass containers are expensive, I hesitated for years but most of my vegetables and salad greens are neatly displayed in them now. In addition to being freezer, microwave and dishwasher-safe, the thick tempered glass makes them quite durable and chip-resistant, and I love the fact that you can clearly see the container's contents.

When not in use, the containers and lids nest perfectly inside each other, and when they are in use, the square containers fit neatly side by side, maximizing precious fridge/freezer space.

4. Be an Herbigirl! Fresh herbs add so much flavor to salads, soups, smoothies, and are believed to be more beneficial when enjoyed fresh rather than dry. Every week, I try to invest in a few different varieties and store them in pretty glasses in my fridge. Right now, I’m enjoying lemon balm and mint. 

5. Leftovers up front. In the past, leftovers quickly got lost in the back of my refrigerator. Now, I make an effort to keep them in the front (in my glass containers) where my family can see them. I really get creative with my leftovers - I like to double the recipe for quinoa salad with carrots, parsley, and basil and toss it with a baby spinach, make a quinoa frittata, or tuck it into a wrap. 

6. Spa Water. 
Water keeps your body hydrated, your skin glowing, and revs up your metabolism.

7. Organize your condiments. All the different varieties of dressing, mustard, tamari, vitamins and hot sauce were exploding out of my fridge. So, I took a hard look at what I had and considered whether I really used it and enjoyed it. If not, I tossed it.

Image via Lauren



Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally via Dom


Lauren & Mars

Today I'm rapping about body love and words of wisdom from a toddler...

I think my three year old son Mars is soo cute. Like, I could just eat him up. When I ask him why he's so cute, he responds, "Because I'm perfect!" (!!!!?????!!). Now, I've never told him that he's perfect, but he truly believes that he is. And, as his mom, I really feel like I'm doing something right, which is not always the case. You can imagine my reaction when I heard that for the first time. I mean, how fantastic is that? And, he inspires me – my little boy has not one ounce of negativity in his head.  He really loves himself and thinks he's just perfect. We all should have that high level of self-love, right?

Many of us are finishing up our Fall Transformation (myself included), and some of us are just getting back into the studio, post-summer. Recently, there's been a lot of talk about our Stop Bitch moments, body image, what other Lithers do, do too much of, or don't do enough of, and what it means to be healthy and empowered. But behind all of this talk about being Lithe lies the heart of what it means to be healthy: Loving the skin you’re in, treating yourself right, and feeling empowered to question, challenge, and redefine your own self-view of beauty and wellness.  Loving the body you have, and working to improve your health and head is so important. In fact, many of you are already super-confident and intuitive. Here are a few emails that I've received over the past few weeks: 

Being healthy shouldn’t be about appearance, it should be about health.  

I'm all about improving myself and becoming healthy and fit.  Almost everyone I know should spend more time working out, and making lifestyle changes.  It's everything! 

Once I let go of trying to be thin and focused on the idea of loving my body, I became healthier.

This Fall Transformation has taught me so much about myself and my level of commitment.  I've never felt so great about myself.  I feel like me again.  I'm unstoppable!

Here’s what I think about loving your body. As women, we all struggle with self-confidence. There are always those little things we wish we could change about our bodies. Whether it’s wishing we had a six-pack, more defined arms,  or thinner thighs.  My approach has always been accept it, or act to change it. Because of this, I have always used my "imperfections" as motivation to work harder. Over the years I've learned to love and respect my body for what it is because it has been so good to me. It's gotten me through almost ten injury-free years of Lithe and allows me to burn the candle at both ends and work hard when I need to. It has given me my Mars, it takes me on walks every day, helps me sail a 50-foot catamaran every summer, and feels so strong invincible when I Lithe. 

And, in exchange, I treat my body the very best that I can. I live a healthy, balanced lifestyle by staying active and eating well. I let it rest at night, take Epsom baths and stretch to keep it flexible. On the weekends I have fun, give in to my cravings and just let go. 

So, this fall, as you're working towards your best you, remember that it does not mean that you're working to fit into a particular mold. Not a certain weight, size, or shape: YOU are perfect. Make that your mantra! You're working towards building that confidence muscle – which is the best possible way to learn to love the skin you’re in.

Image via Lauren & Mars via Jordan 




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