Her Results: This picture is my results 3 1/2 months postpartum after my 4th child. I had been Lithing for over a year when I got pregnant with my 4th. Lithe had completely transformed my body. I finally got to the point where I felt I was in the best shape of my life and felt healthier, faster, and stronger then ever before. When I found out I was pregnant again I knew that I wanted to stick with the program and Lithe until the end. I was so worried about losing all the time and hard work that I had put in. I am so glad that I continued. Lithing during pregnancy kept me sane, gave me more energy, and helped keep my weight gain in check. It also kept my body strong and toned which which I was very happy about!
What surprised me most was postpartum. This time, my body started to recover quicker then with any of my three previous pregnancies. Knowing that this was my fourth child and that I wasn't getting any younger gave me serious doubt that I could return to how good I felt. Well, I was wrong. My body even looked better in those first few weeks then it had with any of my other three kids. A few weeks later I was starting to see some of that definition back in my stomach that must have been from the workouts that kept my core strong. This time was definitely the easiest and quickest recovery I have experienced! I know for sure that it was all thanks to Lithe.
Kids: 4 (8 year old boy, 5 & 3 year old girls and a baby girl born in November, 2013)
Her Fit.Hip.Healthy: Lithe has really changed my feelings on being fit and healthy. From classes that seem to be constantly changing and always challenging, to the instructors that are motivating and always approachable. Before I just worked out just to lose weight, now I workout for my body. Having the foods and juices available in the studio has been a bonus for me. Grabbing something after class keeps my diet on track. Even reading the blog helps me stay motivated. I enjoy the class descriptions by Sayeh's living Lithe (when I first started I always checked her description before I tired a new class!).
Fell off the wagon: Since starting Lithe, NO! I only stopped postpartum for about 8 weeks. I did get cleared from my doctor to start exercise at 5 weeks, but did not feel ready.
How I Lithe: I started Lithe in 2012. Before that my exercise routine was running outside and on the treadmill. I felt my body had plateaued though. I had 3 kids and of course my body wasn't the same as before. A friend had told me about Lithe and I decided to give it a try. After my first 101 I was hooked. My first class out of 101 was skinny jeans with Lauren. It was the hardest workout I had ever done. After class when I got home I remember my legs still shaking and I was addicted. Lithe is now an important part of my life. I love being able to disconnect for an hour, its a little mental break!
My schedule now includes Lithing 2x a week, 3x if I am lucky! I also run a little in-between Lithing. Of course I would love to Lithe more if I could. I love to sweat, so some of favorite classes are weightless, spirit, step rally. I also love anything with a great CCS like Barlesque, Rock Steady and Stems. I also love how classes like Higher Power, which emphasizes the arms kills my abs, too. I try to constantly mix it up when my schedule allows me to. Other classes I look to get in are freestyle and split. I like not knowing which classes they will incorporate. While I like all the instructors and have never taken a "bad" class, for some reason Elizabeth's classes really kill me in a good way!
Sculpting is key for her: While I do love cardio and love to sweat, sculpting just works. It really pushes me. After taking a sculpting class I feel like I can see and feel the change, even if its all mental in my head. I also have a love/hate relationship with sculpting at the barre, especially with fold over work. I always try and pick classes that incorporate it; it's so hard and never seems to get any easier! When I started Lithe I avoided heavy sculpting classes, because I used to believe in the "sculpting can make you bulky" myth. I was so very, very wrong. Sculpting is the key to changing your body!
My Diet: Truthfully right now it isn't the best. I do always make the effort to eat and choose healthy things, but sometimes it can be tricky with our family. I stay away from fast food, I snack on fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water. Right now I am focusing on portion control and being aware of how much I am eating. I feel like I pick at my kids food way too much!
She used to weigh in: I have a small frame. When I started doing the Lithe I actually saw the scale creeping up slightly. I chalked it up to muscle that I so desperately needed, so that is when I stopped weighing myself. Personally weighing my self drives me crazy and stresses me out! I usually just go by how my clothes fit. That being said, when I went back for my six week postpartum check up my curiosity got the best of me. I wanted to know how much I weighed before I got pregnant, how much I gained during this pregnancy and of course what I weighed then. I was 110 before I got pregnant. I weighed 134 when I gave birth. At 6 weeks postpartum I was 118. Now I am 3 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight.
She feels: I don't feel that my strength and body is back to where I was before this pregnancy, but I see a difference every week. I know from experience that my body will never look the exact same as it did before, but I know as long as I work hard I am going to see awesome results. I am excited to continue to see my body change from here. Lithe has helped me be much more excepting and proud of my body, even with its flaws. I hope that feeling will rub off on the three little girls I have at home.
Image of Christine H. via Stuart Goldenberg
This week we're featuring Lither Lauren Donnon. Lauren achieved the results above in two months of Lithe. The image on the left was taken in April, 2013 and image on the right was taken in June, 2013. Unfortunately, Lauren is currently "benched" and recovering from a slip and fall on the ice, but she cannot wait to get back in the studio.
Need some inspiration right about now? Well, this oughta do it! Welcome to our "Summer Bodies are Earned in the Winter" series. Every Monday until Summertime, we're celebrating Lithe body diversity, and the real results of women who are toally kicking a** in the studios. These are real, strong women; women who lithe beside you in class. Some may choose to remain anonymous, some will not. Who knows, we may even see some before pictures!
RE: Results: You all see the results of Lithe via our instructors right here on the blog, website and in-studio. I love (to hate) when I hear Lithers saying, "Oh, I'll never look like an instructor because she was an athlete, or a college cheerleader". No, no, no. I repeat: NO! You absolutely can be your fittest! All of our instructors were clients. Most have Lithed religiously for years. Their results are from Lithing, not some other regimen, or sport that they were involved in 10-20 years ago.
For our inaugural post, we're starting off with Lither, Laurie. Laurie chopped her head off here (she's a little camera shy), so we can only see her beautiful body. I've experienced Laurie's amazing transformation first hand. Laurie was NOT a former dancer, cheerleader or athlete. Pre-Lithe, her workout consisted of some walking and the treadmill at the gym. She has a very small frame and was never "heavy", but she was much softer and proportioned very differently with little to no muscle tone. Currently, she is super strong with feminine (she says that she thinks that she appears more "feminine" in person than in the image above) curves and visible muscle tone.
Age: 44.5 years
Fell off the wagon: I recently fell off the wagon over the holidays: Thanksgiving combo-ed with Hanukkah, into party season over Xmas/New Years Eve and weekends at our ski house. It was crazy for a bit. I've been back at Lithe (and eating right) for the past six weeks.
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 :)
Dear Lauren and Team,
Thank you so much for Lithe! I had been debating trying it out for a few years and I am so glad that I finally did. I had been nervous that I would find a competitive, exclusive, cold environment, but it turns out Lithe is anything but. Everyone has been warm, welcoming, and supportive as I stumble my way into Lithe!
Fitness has always been part of my life. I was an athlete growing up, and as an adult I'm always looking to make my workouts more challenging. Even though I work out regularly (a balance of weight and suspension training, pilates reformer, yoga, and cardio) I knew Lithe would be a unique and humbling challenge (let's just say I'm not too stellar when it comes to fast-paced choreography and I've never been a huge fan of group fitness). I was relieved to find that instead of judgment and impatience, I encountered nothing but encouragement from the instructors and other Lithers (bonus: my first non-101 class was Endvy with you- what a workout). I have yet to be on the receiving end of side-eye in the mirror when I mess up and I've come to realize that in this environment it is unlikely that I ever will.
You really have created a culture of respect where everyone appreciates each other's talents and acknowledges that each of us are on our own individual journey to improve our fitness (I WILL conquer CCS choreography!) and love our bodies. Instead of feeling competitive with the other women, I feel nothing but admiration for the way they challenge themselves (we all find different parts of each workout difficult, but we push through it together) and it inspires me to work harder.
Thank you for creating not just innovative and challenging workouts, but for cultivating a positive, uplifting community. If you ever need someone to write about what its like to go from a hopeful skeptic to an enthusiastic supporter, I'm happy to do it. Thanks again!
New Years Resolutions…. I decided to procrastinate this year by musing about this tradition from a social-psychological paradigm. Here are some facts and figures to keep in mind this New Year:
WILL POWER- A real form of mental energy. It can actually be measured! We have a limited supply of it. It actually runs on glucose (sugars released into the bloodstream after we eat), which is one of the major reasons I don’t believe in “dieting” (think about it…) Will-power translates directly to self-control.
SELF-CONTROL- The ability to master competing motivations. A key factor in knowing when / how to exercise personal restraint.
TEN: A study published in 2004 by Dr. John Norcross, of the University of Scranton, suggests that you are ten times more likely to change if you have a formal resolution compared to those who don’t.
SUCCESS RATE- The act of reaching your identified goal. Of course, the goal has to be realistic, but research suggests that a major part of this is accountability.
ACCOUNTABILITY- The more you are willing to put at stake, the better your outcome. Here are some rough numbers (taken from 2012 NYT article:
- 30% : approximate success rate, in general, when you set a goal (ouch)
- 60%- success rate when you hold yourself socially accountable (i.e., reporting to a friend or a support group on progress / setbacks towards goal)
- 80%: Success rate when you include social accountability (see above) AND a financial penalty
READINESS TO CHANGE: this is a key predictor in successfully changing a behavior or lifestyle pattern. It has nothing to do with your desire to change. SO, you can be “ready” to change, even if you don’t totally want to. This is an important distinction to make; I personally find comfort in knowing that I can change things that need to change in my life, even if I’m not enthusiastic about doing so.
OUTSOURCING- The act of drawing on support from others to aid in self-control ***I suggest you go beyond Facebook and Twitter (please!)-- you can find tons of free websites that are designed to help you set goals, track progress, compete against others who are striving for similar goals, etc. Check out: 43things; startaresolution; hassleme; stickk; habitforge; joesgoals. Smart-phone apps are another great resource: track your sleep, calories, budget, blood-pressure, time-management.... you name it, there’s an app for it. Get to clicking, ladies!
Image of Lithe Instructor in training Cate Rigoulot via Dom
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