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.
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