11 posts categorized " Lithe's Spring Challenge "



Remember our Fall and Spring Challenges?  This year, we're bringing you a Summertime Challenge!  We know everyone is busy with vacations, weddings and the fourth of July, so we've made it accessible to everyone by making it 6 weeks! And you have two options:


- Five classes per week, for six weeks (total: 30 classes).  At least 3 of those must be an outdoor class.



- 36 classes total, at least three of which must be an outdoor class

Instead of trying to get in one outdoor class per week, we're only requiring you to take a minimum of three Hot-stepper or Walk-Star classes throughout the challenge (FYI: We'll be adding a few more outdoor classes to the schedules this week).  Good Luck everyone!

Are you in?  Please email info@lithemethod.com by 6/15 and let us know if you are participating and which option you'd like to attempt.

**Correction to the above image:  The dates of the Challenge are 6/18 to 7/29 (six weeks).

Images of Lithe Instructors, Kelly Wong, Shannon Graham, Brooke Holloway & Kim Sauer wearing Lithe Wear via Dom



Lithe Spring Challenge

xo, Krishna 

Images of Lithe Instructors, Brooke Holloway & Anne Falasco wearing Lithe via Dom/Styled by Nicole Sewall & Instructor, Gerri Trooskin at the barre in Liberty.


Spring Challenge testimonial

Image of Lithe Instructor, Kim Sauer at the barre in Old City via Dom




Click on image to enlarge!  Image of Lithe Instructors Jess Procini & Krista DeNofa via Dom





The following blog entry is meant to be read while listening to MC Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit”. (I’m pretty sure one of his dance moves is the “out-in-out” from High Mini.)

Dear Fellow Lithers,

When I sat down to write my very first Lithe Diving blog, I already knew what song I would choose for my final entry. Well, almost. It was a toss-up between “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” and “End of the Road” by one of my favorite groups of all-time EVER, Boyz II Men. (I’ve seen them in concert 6 times. Most recently at the State Fair of Texas while eating a deep fried Twinkie.) But after this weekend I realized that neither of them make any sense for my final ditty.

It was Saturday morning, and my last class of the challenge: High Mini with Gerri. Her energy was infectious. The music was up and we basically looked like we were making an MC Hammer video (see above link) minus the pyrotechnics and baggy pants. During the last 30 seconds of grueling sprints, I knew I was moments away from a major accomplishment. At a point in class where I would normally be praying to God to put me out of my misery, I put my head down, picked my knees up and went as hard as I could.

When Gerri mercifully called time, I involuntarily did a Molly Shannon Superstar-esque move and screamed, “CHALLENGE OVER!!” and then proceeded to do a little Rocky dance and give Gerri a high five. Yes, I still high five. And yes, everybody was looking at me like a crazy person. A little much for 10am on a Saturday morning, I know, but I couldn’t help myself. I was done--something which I was also yelling.  

Then Gerri said something that brought me out of my delirious happy place. “Well, you’re not done. You’re just done with the challenge.”


I almost fell to my knees and did the whole Whyyyy GOD! WHYYYYYY!  thing, but I controlled myself. It’s not like Gerri was trying to rain on my parade. Clearly, I’ve been writing about all my post-challenge plans on the blog, so this wasn’t news. So why the freak out? I think I can sum it up in one sentence.

Losing weight and getting fit is hard work.

That’s it. It is just hard EFFING work. And I think that also sums up what I’ve learned through this whole Lithe Diving thing. There is no magic pill, no magic diet, no magic weight that shakes and makes you look obscene while it sculpts your arms. No magic anything. It’s straight up hard work. You have to commit to it. You have to make it a priority, and you have to continue to do it...

FOREVER. FOR. E-VER. (Imagine the kid from The Sandlot.) FOR. E-VER.

I used to workout and change my diet with a finite goal in mind. A wedding. A reunion. A number. I would think to myself, I’m going to eat salads everyday for lunch until that thing where I’m going to see my stupid ex-boyfriend. He must see how hot and thin I am and wander the streets for hours afterwards in a sad stupor wishing he never let me go.  I would Lithe 4-5 times a week for the whole month of May only because I needed to be in a swimsuit for Memorial Day.

Once, the event passed or I was down to the weight I had been working towards, I would stop.

Somewhere along the way in life, I got the idea that once I reached a fitness goal, I could stop eating healthy and working out and just maintain. I don’t know why I would think this because it actually makes zero sense. And of course, it never works. Every time, I slowly climb back up to a weight that I’m unhappy with and start all over again. I think that’s called insanity.

The truth is it never stops. This month, I’ve learned to think about food differently. I’ve learned that success isn’t just measured by a scale. And now I’ve really learned what Lauren means when she says that Lithing and eating right are a lifestyle. There is no end of the road. We don’t have to say goodbye.

I know it could be perceived as depressing to think about. No end to working out? Constantly striving to make good food choices? But I think it’s actually kind of liberating. There are no more frantic pushes to some predetermined finish line. No more uphill battles where I race the clock to a big party or goal weight. Instead, my workout and my new relationship with food will be a steady force in my life.

This is my life. My Lithestyle.

I’m not only too legit to quit working out, I’m too legit to quit the blog too! I hope that you’ve gotten a few laughs and maybe read something that’s resonated with you, because over the next few months, I’ll continue showing up in this space once a week. I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing and will be your very own guinea pig--partaking in all things Lithe and sharing my experiences. Next up? The Blueprint Cleanse! I’m going to take it, tell you how it goes and hopefully answer any burning questions you may have, if you’re considering it.

Thank you all so much for following me and supporting me for the last month. Your kind words of encouragement on the blog and in the studio have meant more to me than you can imagine. It’s been an incredible, life-changing experience.

I’ll continue to see you in class and on the blog,


Sayeh's amazing before and afters via Lauren's Canon EOS Rebel.



Bari & Gerri


Congrats to the 54 Lithers who successfully completed the spring challenge! Yes, calories were burned, inches and pounds were lost but most importantly, goals were set (and met) and friendships made.  I loved watching you all cheer Sayeh on, and again, female camaraderie was abundant just like during our fall challenge. I love it and I feel that my mission is being accomplished. 

Now it's time for your rewards!  You are ALL eligible for 20% off of your next Monthly.   Just stop at the desk at Rittenhouse or Old City, or call us (RH 215-545-5144 or OC 215-625-4919) to purchase your month at the discounted rate.

Additionally, we would love for you to send us a testimonial to be entered to win:

1 Free month of 1-A-Day (TWO lucky Lithers)
2 Free months of 1-A-Day (One lucky Lither)

Your testimonial can be about the Spring Challenge or about Lithe in general.  It can be as creative or simple as you want, and you're eligible regardless of what you say - we want the TRUTH about what Lithe is to you! 

You can e-mail testimonials to info@lithemethod.com, or drop them off at one of the studios.  All testimonials must be in by Sunday, May 8th so we can draw the winners.

Images of Lithe Instructors, Bari Rosenthal and Gerri Trooskin via Dominic Episcopo.




The following blog is meant to be read while listening to Jordan Sparks and Chris Brown’s “No Air” and crying into a pint of Haagen Dazs.

Dear Lithers,

There’s something about me that you should all know before our relationship progresses any further. I feel like we’ve gotten close enough by now (you know my bust measurements after all), that I’m ready to tell you know the truth. I’ve debated telling you, because I was worried some of you might look at me differently, but when I saw what Lauren posted on the blog yesterday, I couldn’t ignore the sign. It’s time you know.

I’m head over heels in love with Oprah Winfrey.

I mean it. I love her.

I love her so much that I wish I could recreate the plot of that 80s movie Vice Versa in my own life just to get closer to her. You know the one where Fred Savage and his dad switch places? Both of them touch this weird shrunken head thing and next thing they know, Fred Savage is in his dad’s body, and his dad is in Fred Savage’s body and of course hilarity ensues. (If you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing and put it in your Netflix queue...but then come back and keep reading.) I desperately want to find one of those shrunken head things, and switch places with Gayle King (Oprah’s bff) just so I can be around Oprah all the time.

We could go on cross country road trips together, and talk about how she really feels about her long lost sister Patricia (we’d tell each other everything). We could pop into little towns to surprise ultimate viewers and watch them go bananas. When we want to do something low key, we could sit around at home and make lists of our favorite things and hang out with Stedman.

In the meantime, Gayle would be trapped in my body and be very upset about it. After one High Mini with Tif, she would probably fly to Oprah’s house in Santa Barbara frantically trying to get her body back. Oprah and me would answer the door (we’d always be together), and Gayle King would point at me and say that I stole her body just to be Oprah’s bff.  I of course would deny everything, and would tell Oprah that this person was some crazed fan who writes weird Oprah blogs and we’d just laugh and laugh at this silly girl claiming to be ME, the NEW Gayle King. Muhahahahahahahaha!!!!

Sigh. Dare to dream.

Even if you absolutely abhor her (sniff), you probably know that this is Oprah’s final season, and the countdown has begun. After today, there are only 24 Oprah shows left. 24! How am I going to breathe with no Oprah?? When her final episode airs on May 25th, I might actually freak out. (Seriously. I’m pretty sure my close friends are planning on standing by with defibrillators that day.)

It’s akin to the feeling I’m starting to get now with only 1 week left in my Lithe Diving adventure. When it first started, I was terrified and didn’t know how I would make it through an entire month. Now I’m not only sad that it’s going to be over, but I’m a little scared too. How am I going to breathe with no Lithe Grilled Tofu and Brown Rice Pilaf??

Recently an audience member asked Oprah how she’s feeling as she embarks on this next chapter of her life. Oprah responded that she was most concerned about ending the show because she wouldn’t know what to do with herself (I won’t know to do with all my free DVR space). I’m feeling the same way about the Spring Fitness Challenge (Opes and me have so much in common!) What will I DO with myself, if I’m not going to 5 classes a week? And more importantly, what will I EAT?

WWOD?? (what would Oprah do?)

I think Oprah would set goals for herself. So naturally, that’s what I’m going to do. In the final, upcoming week of Lithe Diving, I’m going to really focus myself on life after the plunge. Going back to ranch dressing and patchy workouts is not an option, so the plan is...to come up with a plan. I look forward to sharing it with you as the week unfolds. Because alas, all good things must come to an end. Even Oprah.

The good news is, at least I’ll still have Lithe.

See you in class,



Week 1 done!

The following blog entry is meant to be read while listening to Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” while continuously looking over your shoulder to see if somebody is indeed watching you.

Dear Fellow Lithers,

I can’t BELIEVE I’ve lost 5.5 inches already! Holy. Guacamole.

After Lauren measured me yesterday, I wanted to do back handsprings down the long hallway in the Old City studio. (Now I really wish I hadn’t quit gymnastics because how awesome would that have been?)

I was happy my hard work is paying off, of course, but mostly I was incredibly relieved. It wasn’t until after I agreed to take on this blog that I started to freak out at the thought of pictures of myself on the Internet--in workout clothes.

At first, I decided getting photographed for public consumption meant simply coming to terms with the fact that I could no longer justify wearing yoga pants with a sizable hole directly in the center of my buttocks (my deepest apologies to those of you who have ever found yourselves behind me while I’m doing the See-Saw wearing said pants). So to prepare for my first shoot and subsequent challenge, I finally broke down and bought a pair of Lululemon pants* (the unofficial Lithe uniform).

*They were so pricey that now every time an instructor asks me to get onto the tops of my quads for push ups, I feel like looking at her and pleading...but this is an Alaia!!

It wasn’t until the night before my first set of pictures went up that I officially hit the panic button. I had a dream that my muffin top was the next viral Internet joke. I imagined the looks on my friends’ faces when they actually saw what I’ve been hiding under my puffy winter coat. But even more than that, I contemplated the utter embarrassment I would feel if I didn’t lose an inch... in front of everyone. I kept thinking... so many people are going to be watching me. What if I don’t lose a single pound? Everyone will think I’m like the dishonest person on The Biggest Loser who sneaks food in the middle of the night.

Obviously, I was being a tad paranoid. I had been Lithing consistently for a few months prior to the challenge and had already seen a major difference in my body--like I always do when I commit to Lithe. What I hadn’t done however, was change my eating habits. I justified certain food choices in hopes that Lithe would defy the tenets of mathematics, and help me lose weight despite my calorie intake.

But when Lauren rattled off my new measurements to me, it was undeniable: regardless of the workout, food matters. A lot. I knew that, of course. Like we all know that. But it was something different to see it in my own life rather than in theory. I haven’t seen results like this since I took Lithe '10' a couple of years ago. They key component then and now? My diet.  

I grew up in Texas and eat like a Texan. Batter it. Fry it. And I will dip it in Ranch and devour it. If there was a bumper sticker that said “I ♥ Mozzarella Sticks”, I’d walk around with it stuck to my forehead. Oh deep fried goodness. For me, biting into a piping hot, crispy chicken tender drenched in honey mustard is akin to the ecstasy I feel when an instructor finally turns on the ceiling fans in class.

Lithe Foods has been quite a departure from that (to put it mildly). In the mornings I’ve had meals like Blissful Breakfast Quinoa or the Lithe Scramble (egg whites with red peppers, onions and mushrooms). The Quinoa is so filling (and seriously delish) that I have to make myself eat lunch at a decent hour. And the egg whites? Literally some of the most flavorful I’ve ever had.

The dressings on the Bikini Salads have been drinkable, and the Butternut Squash Roll Enchiladas (AKA Lithe Roll Ups) have satisfied this Texan’s cravings for some good Mexican in Philly. Some dislikes? The Skinny Skinny Collard Wrap (Lauren’s fave). It was just a bit too green tasting for me and the accompanying peanut sauce was missing a little zip.

The most amazing thing about the food thus far, besides how incredibly tasty it is, is that I am not hungry. I repeat. I am losing inches, Lithing like crazy, and am not hungry. In fact, I’m just the opposite. I couldn’t be more satisfied between meals. And when it’s time to eat, I’m not dying. And let me just put your skepticism to rest here by assuring you that I’ve NEVER been a light eater. I always eat until I’m overfull. It’s a problem I’ve been trying to tackle. So this feeling of clean satiety is honestly so foreign and welcome to me.

So yes, everyone is watching me, but after my measurement session with Lauren, at least some of my terror has subsided. So far it seems I’m not going to need my rehearsed explanations of hypothyroidism or other glandular malfunction to account for my lack of weight loss. Turns out this healthy eating and working out thing works! Does that mean I’m not going to daydream about tater tots at some point during this process? Of course not (mmmm tater tots). Nor does it mean that I’m done waking up in a cold sweat about my progress, but now I’m starting to feel less freaked out about all the people who are monitoring my muffin top. Because so far, with the help of Lithe Foods and classes, it’s illustrating the possibility of healthy weight loss--especially to me.

See you in class,


Images of Sayeh via Lauren via Sayeh's IPhone



This blog entry is meant to be read while jamming out to Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.”
(Ignore the sexual overtones; it really is relevant. Also, let’s say the heavy breathing in the song represents the Lithe breath.)

Dear Fellow Lithers,

The first week is over, and there’s so much to report! The food, the workouts--where do I begin?

This week...wait! Hang on a sec. Let me readjust my ponytail. Typing can get a bit vigorous, and I can’t have hair just falling willy-nilly into my face.

Okay, we’re good. So this week I took High Mini, Walk Star, Skinny Jeans, Thinny and tomorrow I’m taking...oh, hold on. Let me just take a quick sip of water.

Ahhhh. Refreshing. Tomorrow, I’m taking Cinch.

The classes have been rigorous, and the food has been incredible. Blissful Breakfast Quinoa is exactly what its name suggests, and...oh you know what? I should fill up my water bottle real quick in case I get thirsty again while I write this. Blogging makes me really parched.

OK, I apologize for all the interruptions. I know you’re patiently waiting to hear how delicious the Moroccan Body Stew tastes. How the sweet potatoes and carrots have subtly taken on the flavor of the tender apricots and floral ginger, and I’m over here Lithe Stalling.

What’s Lithe Stalling?

You know when you’re taking a class and you want to double over and clutch your chest after just 30 seconds of sprinting in High Mini? You look around in a panic, hoping to lock eyes with someone equally distressed, and are only met with serene faces seamlessly transitioning into the next series?  Well this is when my ponytail, my water bottle, and something on my left big toe all of a sudden captivate and require my immediate attention. A quick readjustment of some kind gives me that split second to catch my breath without looking like a complete wuss.

Lithe Stalling. I’m a pro, but before I began this week, I told myself: no Lithe Stalling. It’s time to push it! No ponytails, no paper towels for sweat dabbing, no stopping to wipe all the spit my forceful breathing has projectiled onto the mirrors. Nothin. Just non-stop Lithe action.

How’d that work out for me? How do you think.

I took High Mini with Liz on Monday, and after 30 Burpies, all bets were off. I took so many sips of water in an effort to get a tiny break, that by the end my stomach was sloshing like the inside of a Slurpee machine.  In Walk Star, I didn’t want to be bringing up the rear of the group, but my stubby legs (I’m 5’2” after an adjustment at the chiropractor) wouldn’t cooperate with me. Everyone was crossing the street while I was stuck at a red light huffing and puffing. I felt like a wiener dog struggling to keep up with her owner. Or maybe a Corgi. Corgis are the ones with short legs and big butts right?

To be clear, I’m not trying to cheat. Tif always tells us, You came all the way here. You might as well do the work. Don’t cheat yourself. And she’s absolutely right. I mean, she’s Tif. Even if she wasn’t, I would say she was because I’m scared of her.

The truth is, I’ve always been flummoxed by this idea of pushing myself. I look at marathon runners and Lithers that buy the Lithe Premium Monthly Unlimited pass* in awe. I wish I could be as motivated. I tell myself: Sayeh, you will get through this ENTIRE lunge series in stiletto. You know how often that pep talk works? I’ve done it exactly one time, on one leg. When it came time to do the other side, I was so tired that I had to keep my foot flat the entire time. If I kept that up, I’d be walking around the world with one super calf and the other one looking like I just got a cast removed.

*I must say I’m not sure Premium Monthly Unlimited Pass people exist. Clamoring to take two classes in a row on the same day? If that’s you, please say hi if you see me in the studio. Because right now, as far as I’m concerned, you’re like unicorns. I want to believe you exist, but also feel like you just really look like someone who takes a class right after you.

When I sat down to write this blog though, something happened. What should have been a simple movement--sitting--instead took five minutes and made my face contort in such pain, that I’m sure passersby thought I was in desperate need of Preparation H. Turns out, I am pushing myself. It wouldn’t hurt to move my pinkie over to the shift button if I wasn’t pushing myself.

So maybe I’m not like the girl in Thinny who didn’t Lithe Stall once. And maybe I’ll never be able to fold myself in half like Melissa, but that doesn’t mean I’m not pushing myself. Week 1 has made me realize that I need to stop looking around the room, and start listening to my own body. What I’ve accomplished this week is definitely pushing it, and if I need to adjust my ponytail or curse under my breath after a particularly grueling series, I’m going to give myself that room. I hope you will too.

See you in class,





April’s a big month for Lithe Method. Our long awaited Old City location will be humming with classes, Lithe Foods will be debuting mid-month, and the spring edition of the Fitness Challenge begins on the 4th. So when Lither Sayeh Hormozi came to me hoping for a life-changing project of her own, we put our heads together and came up with a fantastic idea which we hope will inspire new and veteran Lithe devotees alike.

Starting Monday, Sayeh (rhymes with Maya) will be taking the Spring Fitness Challenge, eating only Lithe Foods five days a week for the entire month, and blogging about it for Fit Hip Healthy. 

A professional blogger for the National Constitution Center, where she works as Senior Manager for Civic and International Engagement (she went to Afghanistan last May), Sayeh’s column, Lithe Diving, will chronicle her total plunge into the Lithe lifestyle.

Lithe Diving will debut next Tuesday and Fit Hip Healthy readers can look forward to a bi-weekly column  written with the laugh-out-loud wit and insight for which her Constitution Daily blog followers have come to love her. Sayeh will share not only her ruminations on life, fitness and pop culture but also photographs and measurements of herself so all Lithers can watch her progress throughout the month.

Stay tuned! 

Image of Lither, Sayeh Hormozi via Sayeh.


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