211 posts categorized " Results "

MISSION: LITHE! (KALIKA'S RESULTS) 30 Oct 2014

Kalika

Kalika just completed her nine-day challenge. Check out her before pictures. It's truly incredible what nine days can do! Congrats, Kalika! Mission accomplished.  

LITHE'S ELIZABETH TOMKINS ON DESTINATION MATERNITY 28 Oct 2014

Q&A with E.T. QA E.T & Destination Maternity

You love her workouts, and you've watched her bounce forward phenomenally. Read all about Lithe Instructor, Elizabeth Tomkins on Destination Maternity's blog, Cravings

Images of Elizabeth via Lauren

BECAUSE I'M PERFECT. 16 Oct 2014

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 

THE KEY TO LITHE! 8 Oct 2014

The Key To Lithe

We all know that Lithe is different.  Trying to navigate our studio schedules?  We can help!  Lauren creates workouts and programs the schedule, so that you achieve your best results without overworking muscle groups, or becoming imbalanced and injured.

What is Lithe? Our method is called Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting. CCS utilizes precise cheer-based movement to load muscles, produce a high cardio burn, and reduce fat zones all in a matter of 60 minutes. CCS targets all three zones of the body: the core, the lower body, and the upper body.  In each workout, you’ll accelerate your burn (and results) with Lithe’s Higher Power Band System (which adds 12 to 15 lbs. of resistance), light to medium weights (3 to 20 lbs.), and other Lithe-exclusive props. 

Every Lithe workout is total body, cardiovascular, and sculpting (think: sweaty).  Some workouts produce a higher cardio burn and some are more sculpting (slower and grounded), and everything can be modified and tailored for you.

Some Tips:

  • If you're an every day Lither, just show up – the key takes the guesswork out for you.  
  • If you Lithe less than three days a week, you can pick and choose. Oppositional workouts will be held in our smaller studios beginning November 1, 2014!
  • With CCS, it's best to alternate instead of rest. Alternating body parts keeps your workout moving and your body changing while giving muscles time to rest.  Yes, you should take a rest day (or two) per week. 
  • Begin the week with our most core-focused workouts; it's crucial to begin with the center. 
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, our workouts require a lot of "UP" movement. Our band system also takes you higher and decreases joint stress.  Achieve your best results by working against the bands by sculpting via Lithe's sponging technique.
  • Sculpting is crucial to increase muscle and decrease fat. Achieve your very best results by moving slower with precision a few days a week. 
  • Many of our sculpting workouts also utilize our Higher Power Band System: Waspie, Thnny, Higher Power, High Waisted, Waist Not, and  Endvy.
  • You DO need repetition. If you stop doing our barre sequences you'll see how your body changes!
  • Sore no more even after you've increased to 8 and 10 lb. weights? Good! Try not to use soreness as the gauge of a good workout.  You're in Maintain Mode, and that's a beautiful thing!
  • Beginner?  Returning from a hiatus?  Maybe you've been chasing a particular type of Lithe workout?  Get back to the classics with the movements and workouts that build your Lithe foundation: Waspie, Higher Power, Skinny Jeans/Sculpt, Twiggy, and Pom. 

Image of Lithe Instructor Rachel Dore via Dom

LITHE BRIDE 3 Oct 2014

Lithebride

Hi Lauren & Team,

I started Lithing a few years ago with my sister who said I had to try it, and fell in love.  I had Lithed semi-consistently, but it really became a routine in the past year.  A routine I loved and looked forward to every day.  Lithe has never been a chore to me.  Okay, some early Saturday morning classes after a late night out in the city it may have felt a tiny bit like a chore, but it is the best start to a morning!

After completing the #Earnedinwinter challenge, I knew I could do the bridal challenge….and I was the first Lithe Bride to complete it!!  With all of the stress of planning a wedding on top of work, Lithe was my escape.  It is a detox from the hustle and bustle of a day in front of a computer, conference calls, and social media.  My favorite classes to take pre-wedding were Sculpt and Armistice, as I tried to take more sculpting classes rather than cardio.

I was married on September 5th, 2014 at St. Philip Neri Church in Lafayette Hill, PA.  Dinner and dancing (a LOT of dancing) was held at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA.  Our photographer, Alyssa Maloof, caught these great shots at our reception.  I am thankful for Lithe, for the energizing and fun classes that keep us feeling great.  Lithing doesn’t stop post-wedding or honeymoon, I’ll see you back in the studio soon!

Images of MKF via Alyssa Maloof Photography

LITHE ON BUSTLE! 10 Sep 2014

Bustle

Why we Lithe...

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 27 Aug 2014

Love Letters
Dear Ladies of Lithe,
 
THANK YOU. I finally found a workout/lifestyle that not only challenges me and makes me sweat (a lot), but also makes me feel like "Laura."
 
As a former college and nationally competitive cheerleader and dancer, I've struggled to find a way to stay in shape that's as fun and difficult as the "old days" of rockin' out to counts of 8, throwing 90-pound girls in the air, and flipping all over the mat. I started running a few years back, but was losing motivation. A few friends referred me to Lithe and with my best friend's wedding coming up, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to try something new.
 
Five minutes into my first class (Twiggy with Jen in Old City), I felt a rush of energy and had a big smile on my face. It was the hardest I had worked out, yet the best I felt in years. I knew I was already addicted.
 
I decided to challenge myself, especially after putting on some pounds from a little too much fun this summer and do at least 4-5 classes for the next 6 weeks.  So far, 8 classes in and I'm down 3 pounds and 5.5 inches! I feel confident, happy, and most importantly, EXCITED to work out! 
 
Thank you for creating this opportunity in a great city like Philadelphia!
 
Keep on Lithe-in' on!
 
Laura T.

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 26 Aug 2014

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS)

Dear Lauren,

When I was little, I thought that one day you woke up, and your body would just be where you wanted it to be.  So as I ate macaroni and cheese and ice cream all through college, I assumed it would work itself out someday, that I would end up how I wanted to look.  But I didn't.  I gained weight from bad habits and lost it by happenstance, never doing anything sustainable or long-term.  I was the girl who went to the gym once a semester and used it as justification for weeks of unhealthy eating.  I had some dance experience and had jogged around a little, but would not call myself "athletic."
 
I was what Louis CK calls "cosmetically overweight."  Nothing was "wrong," I was within normal range, especially because I was really good at hiding my size.  I was careful with what I wore to make sure that no one could really see me.  Last summer, after several half-baked attempts to get into shape, I needed a change.  I saw women leaving Lithe in the Rittenhouse building where I have supervision and saw that they were all in phenomenal shape, and figured there must be something to it.  Most of all, they seemed so confident.  I signed up for 101 and hoped for the best.
 
On a Saturday last August, I went to Old City and had my Lithe 101 - it was just me and Jaime.  She walked me through everything slowly, correcting me as I went, and I remember being out of breath as we did the cardio from Pom, and barely making it through ten of each move at the barre (I thought, "Thirty of each? Are these people insane?!").  After the class, while I downed a coconut water, I asked her if it ever got any easier.  "It will never be easy," she said, "but you are always able to find a new way to challenge yourself within Lithe."  I knew that if even the stretches were hard, that this was the right place to be.
 
Within a couple of months, I could see the difference in my muscle tone, and I could gradually add more classes per week without feeling exhausted.  I used to chase sculpting classes because I felt like I lacked the stamina for cardio, and after a few months I found I didn't need to do that, either.  I was getting stronger.  I was changing.
 
I never set a pound goal at Lithe, or inches, or even a clothing size.  I wanted something tangible, measurable, but I didn't know what it would be.  In January, I counted the number of classes left and the number of days before the end of August to see if I could reach Varsity. There was just the right amount, if I committed every day to coming. I knew that if I committed to achieving 250 classes, then the rest of my desired results would follow, and asked myself, "if not now, when?"  I crossed off a day on a calendar on my wall every day, inching closer to that 250.  I changed my eating during the series of spring challenges, and felt my metabolism and body change in the ways I intended.  It was happening.
 
There were days when I was absolutely decimated from work, feeling drained, when the desk staff, instructors, and community perked me right up and cheered me on, as did accomplishing a new part of a class.  I vividly remember my first set of 30 at the barre, or 10 full see-saws, or making it through all of the jumping jacks without stalling.  If you had told me a year ago that I would voluntarily wake up at 5 am to go work out, I would have told you that you were crazy.  Something had changed - I loved it and always found a way to squeeze it in, every single day.
 
So today, as I sit here, having taken my 250th class today, all I can do is tell you how grateful I am.  Lithe has changed my life.  It has taken me from being someone who hides to someone who embraces herself.  I don't hide behind ambiguously shaped clothing.  A chronic hair straightener, I have even found myself embracing my hair's natural curly texture.  I am more confident, I am a more dedicated person, than I was when I found you a year ago.  
I have met amazing, capable, hilarious women through classes and challenges, and have come to adore this community of supportive instructors who want to see us shine, of other tough ladies, and most of all, you for dreaming this whole thing up.  This group of ladies (and a gent or two) has been there for me and supported me in a way I could have never imagined in this last year, from supporting me on my lowest, most stressful days, to challenging me in the studio to push through just one more rep because I can do it.  
 
I didn't wake up one day feeling this way, I earned it.  And I have to say, the result was well worth the journey.  I cannot thank you enough for the last year, and I'm looking forward to many, many more. 
 
Love,
Rebecca Newman

MISSION: LITHE! (LINDSAY'S FINAL RESULTS) 1 Aug 2014

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Check out these final results!  Lindsay was on a bridal mission since May.  I took these pictures two days before her big day.  Lindsay, you look beautiful, fit and strong.  We cannot wait to see you in your dress!  

Images of Lindsay via Lauren

LAUREN FOR PREVENTION! 30 Jul 2014

Lauren Boggi for Prevention

Lithers, here are some moves that you know well!  Check out Lauren's exclusive sculpting workout for Prevention

Image via Prevention

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