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DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 26 Oct 2016

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Pamela

Dear Lithe, 
 
I love before-and-after pictures. Whether it's a home renovation, a child star then and now, or a fitness success story, seeing progress side by side is an exciting look back in time.  For me, the before-and-after pictures attached are not only exciting, but so much more. They are validation that my decision to come back to Lithe has been more than worth it. 
 
I first heard about Lithe in 2012 from my close friend and co-worker at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Jaime Powers is a former PICU colleague. Hey, Jaime!). I was a college senior, so after I tried a Lithe 101, I was #blessed with a Rue La La and a gift card for classes. I bought an unlimited package, got another Rue La La and when that was up in February 2014, I fell off the wagon. Using money as an excuse, I stopped going and tried to forget about how great I felt after a hard hour on the mat and at the barre.
 
In May, while perusing Facebook, I saw a five-class card for cheap. My favorite kind of post. It shouted at me, "Hello! Lithe is still here! And look it's on sale. Get back here!" Like the obvious bargain Betty that I am, I bought the deal and went to a class the next day. From the minute I walked into the studio and smelled the tea tree oil scent, felt the solid mat under my feet, and started to inhale and exhale to some bumping music, I knew I wouldn't be able to stop.
 
Now, it's October and I'm writing this from the couch with a satisfying ache after a 4:30PM Skinny Mini with Lauren. It's only been six months, but I want to explain how much of a difference the time has made. As you can see in my before picture, I've always been active. I reward myself with beer and other not so Lithe foods, but that hasn't changed. I love to run, and those two-and-half years I wasn't Lithing, I was a gym-goer. But clearly, was in a rut. My weight never seemed to go down, clothes fluctuated between too tight and meh...
 
Then May hit. Then June and and July. Coworkers and friends commented that I looked good or asked if I lost weight. My response was, "I'm trying." Because that's what I've done my whole adult life. Try and try. But something was different this time. I actually DID look good. I actually HAD lost weight. But I wasn't doing anything that differently ... except Lithe.  
 
I can only take three or four classes each week due to my 12-hour days as a nurse, so it feels like I'm rarely there. That's why Lithe has been so incredible. Because of the seemingly instant results. Lithers know that just an hour doesn't mean a short workout. Every single class we work more muscle groups than we realize. And for those reading that haven't had the pleasure of taking a class, trust me.
 
I do not have an artistic sense, but I marvel at Lauren's talent for creating these classes. The brand is addicting for a reason. I'm proud to say that I am hooked. And she's picked equally talented and passionate people to teach alongside her. Thank you to all the teachers who have motivated me, corrected my form, and continued the hype that keeps me coming back. See you tomorrow, Skinny Jeans.
 
Love, 
Pam

DEAR LITHE {LOVE LETTERS - REPOST} 5 Oct 2016

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Hi Lauren,

I just wanted to thank you and all your lithe instructors. (As you probably know) I started Lithing around this time last year. I was coming off an injury caused by martial arts and wasn't allowed to train for a minimum 2 months. Lithe gave me a complete workout without compromising my recovery. The core work was incredible- I had never experienced anything like it! Overnight I fell head over heels for everything Lithe. I appreciated the attention you put into all edges of the brand, and it shows. I never took a class I hated, ate something I thought was "bad" or "mediocre", or wore clothing that was uncomfortable. Most of all, I loved being around women who felt the same. I loved the energy of the classes. The dance routines made me feel sexy and strong, something rarely acquired in this society. I smiled at myself in the mirrors instead of having a stare down. I continued Lithe months after my injury had been deemed healed. Lithe put me in touch with myself, the modern day everything woman, and I liked what I found. I bring that new female confidence with me to my current training every day.

I am now back into my mixed martial arts training or "beast mode" as the boys call it. It's quite a shift from Lithe. I train will all very athletic as well as accomplished men, (my coach is a marine), often multiple times a day. They call me "hellcat". I never hesitate to bring them a daily dose of girl power- Thanks to Lithe for reviving the sexy strong woman in me! Just because I'm tough, doesn't mean I can't smile or shake my booty when I train. After all, this is supposed to be fun right?

I hope all is well- I still keep up to date on Facebook and love everything I see! I attached some photos from my fights. I'll be back for Hot Legs and Rock Steady soon :)

Emmy Shea


VICKI'S ESCAPE TRANSFORMATION 27 Sep 2016

Vicki
 Left to right: Lithe Escape day-one, eight inches lost on Escape day six, and 12 lbs. lost and lessons learned and a healthier lifestyle six months later.
 
I signed up for Lithe Escape because it was an easy way for me to travel internationally for the first time and I was hoping to get myself on better track with my personal fitness goals. I knew it was going to be a great trip based off of speaking with previous Escapees, but I never expected it to have such a lasting impact. The few weeks leading up to Escape were a whirlwind: I ended a three-year relationship, I moved, and I was going through a rough patch at work. In fact, the night before we were supposed to leave I almost had to cancel because of all of my work obligations. But thankfully I was able to make it work because I needed a vacation. 
 
I don't think I ever worked harder in my entire life than I did the five days we were in Jamaica, and I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and used to literally get my butt kicked multiple days a week. But despite how much my body protested the heat, the sweat, the squats, the laps, flipping tires... I wanted to push myself and woke up each day ready for more. I attribute that desire to drive myself to the amazing group of people I was with on Escape, none of whom I ever would have met if not for Lithe. We cheered each other on, pushed each other to do one more rep, and never let anyone fall behind. Jamaica was beautiful, Jake's was great, but the friendships I made were priceless. 
 
At the end of our six-day trip I had lost eight inches. The very next day at work my associates and noticed a difference. However, the best part was how much stronger I felt at my first Lithe class back (Thinny with Jonathan) and being able to get through all of the push ups and seesaws, which I had never been able to do previously. Seeing what I was capable on at Escape really motivated me to keep pushing, and since Escape in May I have continued to lose inches (from a size 4/6 in pants to a 0/2) and lost 12 pounds. Even better than all of the physical changes was the positive impact on my health. I have always had neurological and immune issues that require a lot of medication, doctors appointments, hospitalizations, and is a constant source of stress. Since committing to continuing my healthy journey from Lithe Escape I was able to come off some of my medications (one being an anti-anxiety medication I had been on for years), have not had to make any emergency room visits for migraines, and my doctors have suggested less frequent appointments. I haven't been so healthy overall since high school. 
 
I am so thankful to Lauren, my Lithe team members, and the Lithe community (especially my Escape family!). Thank you for supporting me in my progress and pushing me to improve.
 
Love,
Vicki

SIX CARDIO TIPS! 21 Jul 2016

Liz

Happy Thurdsday! 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.

 

Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom

CORA LOVE 5 Jul 2016

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"I was intimidated by the Cora classes, but I got my tax refund, closed my eyes, and signed up. Loved (and hated, haha) every second. The instructors were top tier. The supportive group was small and it felt like seeing friends three days a week, plus I felt like Beyonce every time. I tried to eat healthy during Cora, but I'm human. I ate cookies and drank wine, usually together. Somehow I was still the "biggest loser" for May. I cried when I left the studio that day. I was so happy. If I could afford it, I'd sign up for Cora every month. Also, those Cora bands are incredible. My arms got toned so fast. It was the best experience I never expected to love. Losing 10.5 inches wasn't too bad either." - JD
 
"I loved the Cora community and how the classes made me push myself. The other class memebers helped with the experience and we encouraged and supported one another. Of course, it helps to have someone to make eye contact with when you're absolutely dying. I saw great results after completing Cora. I lost almost 9 inches and 4 pounds. I feel stronger and I'm able to use heavier weights and hang on to weights longer (example the latter half of Armistice!)." - NK
 
"I loved the personal attention that the Cora instructors gave to help us maintain proper form while kicking it up a notch. I also loved the extra resistance provided by the Cora bands. The results were amazing. I took regular classes during Cora, so my muscle definition was great. My overall strength and endurance increased. I'll be back for another round of Cora" - JW
 

LITHE ESCAPE FALL 2016 26 May 2016

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Lithe Escape is heading back to Jake's November 3-8, 2016! Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip. It's the epitome of bohemian luxury.

The backstory: A good friend introduced Lauren to Treasure Beach in 2008, and she fell in love with the area, the welcoming community, and the friends that she made there. Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast are the antithesis of a tourist trap. It's off the beaten path, but it hasn't stopped her from returning again and again.

Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village and the community there is truly unlike any other in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines, and miles of sweeping savannas — not its white sand beaches or jungle-like rain forests. Treasure Beach is renowned for its warm people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century). 

Full Disclosure: This is the real Jamaica. It's almost a 3-hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart. 

What is Lithe Escape? Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... a better body, more confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded people. Get excited for girl time and downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food, and a week that's all about you

Want to learn more? Check out our video or download last year's Jake's Escape 2015 brochure. (The prices are the same, but the dates are different.) 

LITHE ESCAPE: ROOMS/PRICING/GETTING THERE 26 May 2016

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Accommodations at Jake's are double or single occupancy and almost all double occupancy rooms mean sharing a bed with another Lither. We are happy to help pair you up with a buddy if you'd like a double occupancy room. 

 

Ocean View Single, $3,260

Ocean View Double, $2,060

Garden View Single, $2,720

Garden View Double, $1,790

Two-Bedroom Cottage Single $2,630

Two-Bedroom Cottage Double: $1,740

 

The price includes your room accommodations, three daily meals, two Lithe Escape workouts each day, and transportation to and from Montego Bay Airport. Airfare, spa treatments, alcohol, and additional optional excursions and food are not included. 

Want to learn more? Check out our Escape video or download last year's Jake's Escape 2015 brochure. (The prices are the same, but the dates are different), or check out @lithe_escape on Instagram. 

Ready to book your spot? Email escape@lithemethod.com. Alicia, our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, will assist you with flight info and roommate details. If you would like to reserve your spot, we are only taking deposits via check for this trip. The $1,000 non-refundable deposit check can be made out to Lithe Method and dropped off at any studio in an envelope to Alicia's attention. We'll collect final payment in October.

 

Flight Info: 
The following flight includes complimentary airport transportation: http://goo.gl/flights/xO60

 

If you choose to take different flights, you'll need to book private transportation. A one-way ride is $135 and holds 1-3 people. Treasure Beach is a 3-hour drive from Montego Bay airport, so Thursday and Tuesday are very travel heavy with one workout late Thursday.

Images via Lithe Escape

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 10 Feb 2016

Jaime
I'm Jaime Powers and I recently celebrated the big 4-0. I'm a nurse coordinator in the Department of International Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Lithe instructor. I'm proud of both of those roles, but if you told me 14 years ago that I would be in either of these positions, I would have chuckled in disbelief.

In 2002, I worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I transitioned into the PICU a year earlier and loved everything about the fast-paced, high adrenaline environment. I was approaching the end of my shift on December 23 and my patient was a little girl with AML, a type of leukemia. She was about 4-years-old and having increasing respiratory distress and we called for a stat chest x-ray. The x-ray tech brought the machine into the room and wheeled it up to the bed. I remember doing what I had done hundreds of times before, placing one hand behind the child's back and one hand under her bottom. I needed to lift her enough so the x-ray tech could slide the plate beneath her. The child's father offered to lift her for me, but of course I refused. I was in a rush and proper body mechanics flew out the window. I didn't lift the height of the bed to my level which caused my weight to be unbalanced between my feet. One second after lifting the child, I felt a pop and my back gave out. The pain was so frightening that I dropped to my elbows on the bed. I remember the child's family being as concerned about me as they were about their child at that moment. I had never injured myself before and had no idea what to do. A fellow nurse thought that I pulled a muscle and tried to massage the "kink" out of my lower back. Thankfully, I was at the end of my shift as all I wanted to do was get into bed. I returned the next day on Christmas Eve, but my body got increasingly tight and I couldn't stand up straight. My rib cage was shifted to the left and I was hunched over. I was sent home midday as the pain was unbearable and my body position was a terrible sight. After a quick occupational health exam, I was told it was a musculature injury. I drove home that afternoon and was unable to get out of the car. I cried until I figured out how to get my feet on the ground. The following week was a blur of physical therapy, muscle relaxers, and tears. Eventually the acute phase subsided, the swelling went down and I began to see the sway in my lower back again.  

As with any chronic pain, you adapt and it becomes your new normal. You're aware of your body position at all times. Don't stand for too long, don't sit for too long, always sleep with a pillow under or between your knees, and forget about sleeping on your stomach. Ice sometimes, heat other times, and lots and lots of Motrin. The bathroom sink becomes a dangerous place. You're always sure to rest your elbow on it as you brush your teeth and if you must wash your face at the sink it has to be one-handed as the other needs to lean on the sink. The one thing that never eased was my inability to have all of my weight on one foot. I was in my late 20s and had to lie on my bed to get dressed every day.

My condition exacerbated whenever Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around. I would stand for too long while baking and end up on bedrest for a few days. This post-holiday slump was particularly bad in 2010. My doctor sent me for an MRI and it revealed three bulging discs and degenerative changes to my spine. It was clear that this injury was not new and the changes had most likely taken place over many years. My neurosurgeon friend reviewed the results and told me it was time to make changes as I couldn't keep living this way as I would end up in a wheelchair. We talked about surgery which I vehemently opposed and thankfully he advised against. The only other option was finding a serious core strengthening program. He explained that if I tightened the muscles around my spine, I would have a chance of relieving the pressure on the discs. A fellow nurse was going to a new exercise studio called Lithe Method. She loved the program and encouraged me to try it. I wasn't into classes and preferred blending into the walls of the gym. Since my usual exercise methods weren't helping, I took her advice and went to an immersion class in April 2010. At first, I was in uncomfortable, but not in pain. Once you experience true pain you always know the difference. I took the classes at my own pace and focused on form. I was petrified of injuring myself and was often behind the rest of the class. I worked up to 4-5 classes a week and focused on the sculpting as it was physically impossible for me to do any jumping. I fell in love with the workout and stuck with it. Over time, I picked up my pace, but I always maintained form as most important. I watched myself gain strength from the inside out and began to understand my body. I can't pinpoint exactly when the chronic pain began to fade away.

After two years of Lithing, one of the instructors suggested that I audition. I was thrilled and proud of the recognition. That was when I reflected on how far I had come and how great I felt. I auditioned and made the Lithe team in March 2012. That same year, the girl who couldn't lift her feet years ago ran the Broad Street 10-miler. All of these accomplishments were new to me since I never considered myself athletic. My pain is mostly resolved with only occasional rainy day aches. Though my injury is still there, I've learned to manage it by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. 

Thank you for the opportunity to encourage others and show them it is possible to achieve relief. Most importantly, we all need to listen to our bodies and take the time to care for ourselves.

10 TIPS FOR LONG-LASTING LITHE SUCCESS 30 Oct 2015

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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

LAUREN BOGGI'S #BUILDA🍑 CHALLENGE 25 Oct 2015

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Not a Lither? Lithing from afar? Traveling during the holidays? On Sunday, November 1, Lithe creator Lauren Boggi hosts her own public Instagram challenge Build a Peach (#buildapeach #builda🍑). This is a great opportunity for Lithers and non-Lithers who will be traveling during the month of November or for those who want to kick their Fall Transformation results up a notch.

Share with friends and follow @laurenboggi on Instagram for all of the details. This challenge is open to the public and is a great chance to team up with friends and get serious on-the-go results during the holidays. It requires little to no equipment and can be done anytime and anywhere! 

Image of  Lauren Boggi via Philadelphia Magazine/Nic D'Amico.

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