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MAMA SAYS 29 Jul 2014

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Our next Lithe Mama is Simone Nadav. What makes her awesome? For starters, not even midnight nursing sessions can deter her from getting to classes first thing in the morning. 

Children: Bayla, 3.5 and Lev, 16 months

Tell us your Lithe story:  I was looking around for early morning classes for awhile and knew I didn't want to go to a gym. I Lithed here and there before I got pregnant with Bayla. About 7 months after she was born, I started going 4-5 times a week and continued up until I was 35 weeks pregnant with Lev. 

How do you fit it into your schedule? I always go to 6AM classes. Usually, I can sneak out while my children and husband are sleeping (unless I step on a creaky floorboard). And if I'm really lucky, they're still snoozing when I get back. Plus, I don't have to pay for a sitter. 

Sounds like you're hooked: Definitely. I've considered moving to the suburbs, but I think I would miss Lithe too much. And the 6AM students at Old City are a tight knit group. Many of us have been going for years. 

Anything that you did to really get your body in gear post-baby? The challenge this past October helped me lose that last five pounds. The sculpting classes helped build all the muscles I need to pick my babies up out of their cribs. I'm also a big believer in eating clean and I juice every day. 

So, chicken fingers aren't in the rotation at your house? Luckily, my kids eat whatever I eat. I cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for them. But ... I don't hesitate to eat sweets every now and again. 

Thanks, Simone!

SIX CARDIO TIPS! 22 Jul 2014

Liz

Happy Tuesday! It's cardio day at Lithe, so it’s time to kick up the cardio and sweat it out. Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does it make a difference on the inside (improving your cardiovascular health), but you will see results on the outside, too (especially if you stick to it 3-5 times a week).

I think that one of the toughest aspects of Lithe is getting your cardiovascular stamina up to par or back up to par after some time offAs a newbie, you may find yourself feeling defeated trying to finish our hour-long classes numerous times a week and devoting some time to learning our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting choreography. You can do it! Here are some tips for safe, efficient and effective cardio:

1. Be a 6-7AMer! I suggest doing cardio in the morning before your first meal. Your body is most likely to use fat as the energy source because your glycogen stores are depleted.

2. Protect your feet, but not with sneakers (unless you have a foot injury). We barefoot train at LitheWhy? It makes you stronger from head to toe and simply builds a better, stronger, leaner body. If you have a foot injury you should wear a studio sneaker and avoid stilletto. You want to work correctly, stay on a mat and NEVER over-bounce on the balls of your feet.  Our feet work instinctively, but to prevent stress fractures, shin splints and plantar issues, stay on your mat, use your quads to launch a jump, keep a gentle point to your ankle, and then roll through the forefoot and heel. Your goal is to "sponge" and not bounce. That "up" energy should be an illusion. Your entire body is active, but you're working down into the ground. Work harder by getting low and grounded, rather than bouncing high and beating up your feet.

3. Keep your shoulders open, depressed, and lift your chest. This instantly engages and elongates your abs. 

4. Activate your arms. Think about how you punch out those perfect sharp high V's and low V's ... Do this with every movement and feel your heart rate climb! 

5. Don't stop as soon as your heart rate starts to really climb. So many people get nervous once their heart rate gets in the zone. Breath, stretch, and shake.

6. If you're DIY, Make a killer cardio playlist on your iPod to get you through the workout. Pick out your favorite songs that you love listening to so you forget about the time.

My favorite Lithe cardio workouts are Rock Steady, Higher Power, Freestyle and Spirit. What are yours? 

Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom

MAINTAINING YOUR LITHE RESULTS! 10 Jul 2014

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  1. Remind yourself of how far you've come!  Why exactly do you Lithe? One of the most common questions I am asked by new Lithers is: When will I start seeing results? And while I always tell clients that it takes consistent Lithing for 6 months to truly see your body really change, it's important to be mindful of the changes that happen almost immediately (that you can't see) when you make working out a regular part of your life. Breaking a sweat several times a week not only helps us lose weight, but improves our cardiovascular health, increases our stamina and strength, stabilizes our moods, increases our flexibility and bone density, and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure just to scratch the surface. So, if you've hit a plateau or are feeling frustrated that you aren't seeing results as quickly as you wish you could, remember that your body is changing (from the inside) and be proud of what you are accomplishing. I recommend keeping a pre-Lithe (before) photograph of yourself around to serve as a constant reminder of how hard you worked and feel empowered because YOU did it!
  2. Keep Lithing regularly. No excuses here. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it pretty quickly.  Fitness is a lifelong commitment with endless health benefits that go far beyond the way that you look.  Make a habit of hitting the studio at least 3-4 times week. I like to do four days of Lithe (Waspie, Higher Power + 2 cardio sessions) during the week, and then I walk and develop new Lithe content on the weekends. 
  3. Say no to excuses:  Silence that voice in your head.  Speaking of the "I don't have the money" excuse, It doesn't have to cost a thing to move your body. If you can Lithe one-two times a week, your results will happen at a slower pace but you WILL achieve the results that you're looking for.  Is this you?  Stick to the classics!
  4. Break the fast. The benefits of eating breakfast are so amazing.  When you wake up after a long slumber, your blood sugar is at a fasting level; "breaking the fast" is so important - it's your first shot at laying the ground work for a healthy day. Breakfast helps prevent binging and eating too many sweets. Plus, it deters you from making unhealthy food choices because your body is stabilized with the appropriate fuel. 
  5. Eat Lithe. We all love to eat out.  Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to maintain your results when the average portion size at most restaurants is 90% more than we should be eating in one sitting.  Most of us overeat at restaurants because our visual response to the massive portion size is skewed. What do I do?  Stick to whole foods, order an appetizer as my meal, or I tell the server to only give me half of a dinner and box up the rest.  That other half of the meal never makes its way to my plate - or my hips!
  6. Barometer gear.  Invest in a few cute workout pieces ever quarter.  You'll look and feel cute, and your gear becomes your barometer! I find that if you Lithe in old clothing, you will be more likely to accept a few extra pounds.

Image of Lithe Instructor Jennifer Blatstein wearing Lululemon via Dom

#LITHEENDLESSSUMMER CHALLENGE SIGN-UP! 7 Jul 2014

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Ready to kick it into high gear with another 20 classes in 25 days during the second most induglent time of the year?  The #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge begins on Monday, July 14th 2014!

Sign up today through Saturday, July 12th.  How will we keep you motivated?  Doing what we do best - Banding together in true Lithe fashion!  We'll keep you inspired with a Spirit Circle, weekly emails, our social media hashtag calendar, more video content via LitheTV, before & after measurements and photos, recipes, and tips from Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!

The Details:

  • Sign up for the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge today through Saturday, July 12th.  The challenge runs 25 days: Monday, July 14th through Thursday, August 7th
  • Not a here in Philly?  No problem, you can join in and show us how you're getting Lithe! 
  • The Fitness: Lithers must complete 20 classes in 25 days.  One of those classes must be outdoor (Hot-Stepper, Walk-Star or Lithe Beach - stay tuned, these options will appear on the schedules by the end of this week!), and one class must be Restorative: Rare Form or Melt. 
  • The Food: Eat Lithe!  We want you Eating Lithe (clean) Monday-Friday.  Utilize your Lithe Spring Clean menus, or do your own thing. 
  • Recipe Share:  Inspire each other!  Share one recipe on social media (FB, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram) showing us how you're #EatingLithe on 7.19.14!
  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 20 classes in 25 days, and participates in the social media component (our hashtag calendar) will win their own personal set of Lithe "High Tops" for our super unique, upcoming fall workout, High Top, debuting the week of 8.11.  Winners will also get first priority to experience High Top with Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!
  • The Ultra Lithe Grandprizes:  We want to see your progress!  Lithers who complete the calendar (posting everyday!) and share their before & after #LitheResults on social media using the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge hashtag on 7.14, 8.1 or 8.7 will be entered into the Ultra Lithe Bonus drawing: TWO people will win a Lithe WKND (date TBA), and one winner will win a one-day, Lithe Instagram account takeover! 

 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 23 Jun 2014

Love letter

Dear Lauren and the Lithe Community,

This summer, I wanted to embark on an introspective journey towards self-care. Chronicling my journey through the hashtag, #sexysalubrioussummer, my goal initially was to reclaim a sense of worth. My friend cajoled me to join Lithe after I regaled her with stories about my struggles with vulnerability and courage. Experiencing searing emotional pain from the effects of love and loss, I also wanted to exert and expend my energy into something new. Lithing has not only become a physical exercise, but an exercise that has helped me to embrace vulnerability. My goading anxiety about being the only male in classes most times has slowly diminished because of the inspiring inclusive community. I am realizing how much strength I actually have, and for the first time in years, I can look in the mirror, like what I see and affirm that I have inherent worth. The empowering ethos that is Lithe is incredibly palpable. I always look forward to the conversations with staff, instructors, and Lithe sisters/brother (hi Jonathan!). Lithers exude such grace.

Liz and Marisa, it is always an absolute pleasure to be in your classes. As much as I want to scream expletives because of the burn, your careful guidance and reassurance makes it all worth it. After only about a month of classes, I am noticing my physique is more toned. I am eating healthier, feeling more energetic, and appreciating all that is me.

While I will be moving to Minneapolis this fall to pursue my doctorate, I will still be frequenting Lithe when I can. I am always deterred by the angry personas of fitness that get reverberated by the media. Exercise does not need to be a hyper-aggressive or competitive endeavor. At Lithe, we all attune to the common goal of reaching our optimal selves. Lauren, I can't thank you enough for developing such a graceful and beautiful outlet for me, as Dr. Brene Brown says, to dare greatly.

With so much love and care,

Justin

 

 

T-30 BEFORE & AFTER! 23 Jun 2014

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Check out Lithers Holly and Carolyn before and after the T-30 Challenge. Holly really upped the ante with healthier food choices and increased studio time.  Carolyn is a mom of three who never "worked out" prior to Lithe, and although we can't see her truly amazing results becuase she was so heavily clothed, she was swimming in her clothes (look at the way her pants are draping on her legs!).  Twenty Lithe workouts in 25 days + eating Lithe = amazing results.  Congrats, ladies!  

Images via Lauren

T-30 BEFORE & AFTER! 18 Jun 2014

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Check out petite powerhouses Lauren, Rebecca, and Lindsay after the T-30 Challenge. Twenty Lithe workouts in 25 days + eating Lithe = amazing results.  Congrats, ladies!  

Images via Lauren

A LITHESTYLE CHANGE! 17 Jun 2014

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Lither Maya emailed me about being posted on the blog for a new type of challenge.  After hearing her story, struggles, and goals, I knew that it would give her all the accountability that she needed to succeed in making a  real lifestyle change.  Today Maya is kicking off a ONE YEAR challenge toward health, strength, and well-being.  One of her long-term goals is one that we can all relate to: she says that she knows it will be a long time before she truly has a "summer body," but she wants it this time next year.  
 
After hearing about Lithe via (retired) Lithe Instructor Brooke Holloway, she combed the blog prior to taking classes. In May 2012 she completed 4 Immersion classes and her first regular class was 7 months later in December, 2012.  Then, she went from taking 23 classes a year in 2013, to 20 classes in 25 days in 2014.  What changed?  The #EarnedInWinter, #LitheSpringClean & T-30 challenges gave her a goal, motivation and accountability.
 
Maya says that she has learned so much about herself during the first challenge; Her focus was no longer the number on the scale, but how she feels: strong, energized, empowered, and on her way to a healthier life.  She says that her day isn't complete without Lithe - We can all relate to that!  We'll be checking in with Maya on a monthly basis.  Lets cheer her on! 

Age: 32
 
Kids: 1 boy, age 7
 
Her Fit. Hip.healthy: Prior to my car accident 8+ years ago I enjoyed dancing, lifting weights, Pilates & martial arts. I've been limited to physical therapy and swimming until Lithe. I discovered lithe through a previous Lithe Instructor (friend of a friend). I read about Lithe on the blog before trying Immersion in 2012. I was out of shape and in lots of pain from my car accident. I barely made it through four of the six classes during those first three weeks. Fast forward to Jan '14. I agreed to have a rhizotomy (procedure that heated the nerves in my lower back). For the first time in eight years, my back pain was greatly reduced. I was able to workout! I committed to the #EarnedInWinter challenge. I went from 4 classes in 3 weeks to 4 classes in one week. I went from 20 classes in one year to 20 classes in 25 days (some double classes too!). I went from not being able to do a modified push up to attempting those clapping push-ups (on my knees). Three challenges down and I can finally pull up from lying down to balancing on my sitz bones (this frustrated me as I did Pilates many moons ago). I really needed these challenges, not just for commitment, but for myself. I'm happier, stronger, and have less back pain when I Lithe.
 
Fell off the wagon: Yes and no. I honestly wasn't really on the wagon until Jan of 2014. I did immersion in May of 2012 but didn't come back for several months. I purchased a few deals on LivingSocial and Rue LaLa. Classes were few and far between until January 2014. Since January, I have taken, at most, a week off between challenges. I hated it, but I have knee issues and I needed the rest.  I find that my pain increases if I take more than 2 days off. 
 
How she Lithes: My goal is 5 times a week. Sometimes less, sometimes more. It hasn't been easy. I have to stop during class pretty often due to my back pain. I check my form constantly, modify, stretch, or take a breath. I look forward to the day I don't have to do this, but for now, I do what my body will allow. 
 
What is "key" for her: Finding a balance between being a Mom, taking time for myself, and managing my injuries. All three of these need my attention. 
 
Her Diet: I'm currently doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox. I did it back in January and it was life changing. After this I plan to transition to a Paleo/Primal type "diet." My goal is to eliminate all processed, chemical laden foods. No judgement if you choose otherwise. I just can't stop myself when I eat those foods. 
 
She does weigh in: I try not to worry about small fluctuations. I often weigh in daily, so I know how my weight fluctuates. It helps me keep perspective. On the other hand, I keep all my NSV (non scale victories!) in mind. Weighing in is only part of it. 
 
She feels: Content, grateful, and happy. I'm happier than when I started, that's for sure! I have a long road ahead of me but I'm excited for the future. I look forward to all the positive ways my life will be changing. I am grateful that the rhizotomy I had earlier this year has allowed me to get to this point. Without it, there's no way I would have been able to complete the three Lithe challenges. 
 
Images of Maya via Lauren
 

T-30 BEFORE & AFTER! 16 Jun 2014

LAUREN STARLETLIZA

Check out Lauren, Starlet & Liza: clothes are fitting differently, faces are brighter, and muscles are clearly defined!  There really IS something about going public on the blog that really gives some people that extra push to achieve their goals.  This week, I'll be featuring a few Lithers who wanted to be measured and featured on FitHipHealthy so that they were held accountable during the T-30 Challenge.  Congrats, ladies!  

Images via Lauren

BOUNCING FORWARD FITSPIRATION! 12 Jun 2014

Elizabeth & Lithe Bouncing Formward

Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins seven months post-baby via Dom

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