76 posts categorized " She's Lithe "

SHE'S LITHE: NICOLE CLOTHIER 17 Dec 2016

Nicole clothier

What brought you to Lithe in the first place and what was your first impression of Cardio Cheer Sculpting? I started Lithe after buying a Gilt 5 class card, and at the time Lithe Old City was a short walk from my apartment so I decided to try it out. I had heard from coworkers who had tried it that it was “like cheerleading.” I was skeptical. I had cheered on nationally ranked high school and collegiate teams and wasn’t sure how an exercise class could possibly measure up, but after the first class I was hooked. It was equally as challenging as it was fun!

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Lithe is the only thing I have control over during the week. With a hectic school schedule and spending most of my time at the hospital, showing up for Lithe helps me stay accountable for my physical and mental health.

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I try to make it to Lithe, especially on the weekends since I know I’ll be able to get to class. But other than that I try to see my family and spend quality time with my husband. We really enjoy trying new foods and restaurants together. Currently our favorite is the ramen restaurant in Wynnewood. Also, one of my guilty pleasures is watching YouTube beauty gurus and trying to replicate their makeup looks on myself. I’ll spend hours playing with makeup when I have some time to myself. (Also, Dr. Pimple Popper… not for those with a weak stomach!!)

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Seeing my mind and body transform. I used to be really self-conscious of my athletic build. When I was younger all my friends were fit but slim. I always had bigger legs and a wide upper body. My uncles always used to say that if I were a boy I’d be a great linebacker (way to build up a young girl’s body image!!). I used to try to cover my arms up as much as I could. Joining Lithe has really helped me to be more accepting of myself. I can actually say that I am proud that I have a strong upper body and that I can do push-ups in full plank. I even like catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror during sculpting and seeing ho defined my muscles can look.

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? Chair squat in stiletto. It’s one of those signature sequences that really makes or breaks you. You’re forced to work through the burn and stare straight in the mirror right into your Lithe soul; it’s mind over matter and on the other side of it you’re not only physically stronger but also mentally tougher.

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? I’ve had the opportunity for my sister and my husband to join me in the studio and I’ve actually taught an entire Twiggy class at home to my mom. They all think its super challenging and are always impressed with me when I call and say, “I’m on my way home from class.” My husband’s always interested to know if I took Skinny Mini or Thinny that day and if Rachael or Elizabeth taught class.

What is the first concert you went to? I think the first concert I went to was O-Town at the Sussex County Fair. I grew up listening to all the boy bands, but was a true BSB fan – Brian was my favorite!

SHE'S LITHE: LEELA EHRHART 10 Dec 2016

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What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I worked for a woman who was doing Lithe, so I learned of it from her. Historically, I've always hated "working out" but with Lithe it only took a couple of classes before I was hooked!

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I am determined to develop and maintain healthy eating and exercise habits now, while I am relatively young, because I know that it will only get harder with age. That is probably the single biggest motivator for me. I also love the Lithe community. All of the ladies help me stay focused and motivated on the days when it feels really hard. Lastly, my wonderful fiancé is very fitness-oriented, and seeing his tireless regimen reminds me that I've totally got this.

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I am a singer and a jewelry maker (when I'm not busy being a grad student), and I spend a lot of time doing both whenever I can. I also spend as much quality time as possible with my fiancé, my friends, and my cat. It doesn't matter what we're doing, it's the good company that matters. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? It might sound cliché, but I love feeling like every class counts. I never leave the studio feeling like I didn't get a good enough workout. I always leave feeling exhausted in the best kind of way... like the class kicked my butt, but I kicked its butt right back. Sculpting work is my favorite, and right now I am loving working to master everything that is Hi-Top!

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? I am totally a "higher power" just because it is my very favorite cardio move!

What movie character do you most closely identify with and why? I'm going with TV character, and it would be Buffy, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was my childhood hero, and I'd be lying if I said she wasn't kinda my adulthood hero too. Why? Because she is tough and strong, and she can handle anything that life throws her way. 

Who is/was your celebrity crush? Right now? Definitely Taylor Goldsmith, from the band Dawes.

SHE'S LITHE: WINNIE CANTOR 3 Dec 2016

Winnie Cantor

What brought you to Lithe in the first place and what was your first impression of Cardio Cheer Sculpting? I first came to Lithe in February 2014. I purchased a RueLaLa five-class coupon because I thought it would be a good way to tone up for my wedding that was just three months away. My first impression was that it was different than anything I had tried before and very challenging, but also surprisingly fun. At first I couldn’t believe how difficult some of the moves were, and how some women made it seem effortless. But by the end of my five-pack I was addicted, and got a monthly pass. I loved the variety and element of surprise. 

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? My motivation comes from just how good Lithe makes me feel when I am able to go regularly. Being a pediatric resident, my schedule doesn’t allow me to always stay consistent. I notice that I am a happier, calmer person when I Lithe. I love the feeling of accomplishment and post-workout bliss after a hard class. I also love the results. Nothing has given me results like Lithe has. When I come consistently, not only do I see physical changes in my body, but my endurance and strength increases, too.

When I started Lithing, I never imagined that I could do 30 full push-ups or complete a CCS sequence without taking a break. I love being able to push myself farther, hold the pose a little longer, and do a few more reps than the week before. 

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I love trying new restaurants and drinking great wine, so you will find me at a BYOB for dinner. Some of my favorites are Audrey Claire, Raddichio, Dmitri's, and South Helm. I have two adorable dogs (Yorkie-Poos) that I love to go outside and play with. I also love to spend time with my family and friends, so my husband and I are often on-the-go visiting people on weekends. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The most rewarding aspect of Lithe, if I must pick one, is mastering Armistice’s sculpting work. I remember how intimidating it was on day-one, and now I can do it with five-pound weights pretty much right through. Overall though, the most rewarding part is how strong Lithe makes me feel.

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? Press-downs! A simple, classic Lithe move that is just so satisfying for some reason.

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? Friends who don’t know about Lithe are confused when I try to explain it. I’ve brought some with me over the past years and their usual response is, “Oooh, now I get what you were saying!” I’ve done some CCS in public to show friends. Probably the most memorable moment was at a friend's wedding with another Lither. 

What was your first concert? Actually, my first concert was the Q102 Jingle Ball when I was maybe in sixth-grade. I went to see my longtime friend and now Lithe instructor Danielle Ingerman open the show. 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant. I’ve been wearing it since high school and am fully addicted! Everyone says its my classic scent. Darphin Ideal Resource, a hydrating, yet light moisturizer. And ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, a gentle sleep aromatherapy that smells great and works, too. 

SHE'S LITHE: NIKKI KOVITCH 27 Nov 2016

Nikki Kovitch

What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I started coming to Lithe after participating in Lauren's LB Active #buildapeach challenge. I loved the daily moves Lauren presented and the community of women was amazing, so I thought this can only be better in studio. I took Immersion in December of 2015 and have been Lithing consistently ever since. I loved the whole idea of Cardio Cheer Sculpting as I had done ballet from ages 3-18, and loved some of the dance-y aspects of it and the sculpting at the barre, but oh my god in the beginning I had no idea how I was going to make it through class. It really challenged me in a new way.

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Lithing has done wonders for my body and mind and that's what makes it easy for my to stay consistent. It is now just a part of my daily routine. Lithing really helped me through a tough break-up and the hour spent in the studio really allows me to not think about outside stuff, I just focus on nailing the choreography or my form at the barre and try and push myself a little harder each class. That is probably the biggest reason why I go daily. Then, of course there are the amazing results. I love being able to feel confident in a form fitting sheath dress or a pair of skinny jeans and not have to worry about sucking it in.

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? Lithe is my #1 de-stresser, but I also like to watch mindless TV or have a glass of wine. Going out with friends and trying new restaurants or bars is another way I keep balance in my life and try to keep myself as stress free as possible. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The most rewarding aspect of Lithe is the amazing community of women I get to see every day. Yes, the classes are amazing and effective, but I enjoy coming to the studio because of the fabulous instructors, front desk staff, and fellow Lithers. It's such a supportive group who encourages and praises each other regularly. Second most rewarding aspect is nailing the CCS sequences! I love when you have a good class where everyone is in sync, it really changes the energy in the studio.

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? If I were a Lithe move, I would be curtsy lunges because on the surface they are not a tricky move, but to do them well you need focus and strength. 

Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? I have met a lot of great people at the studio, and I love seeing the 5:45 Main Line ladies in class every day. I also met my friend Emily Risser through Lithe, we've had a lot of fun going out, or just meeting up in class together. 

Who is your celebrity crush? My longest celebrity crush has been on Leonardo DiCaprio. I'm talking back to 5th grade when I saw Romeo and Juliet - definitely without permission - at my friend's house. Then it just continued from there, especially after seeing Titanic. I think there's a "my heart will go on" joke in here somewhere.

SHE'S LITHE: STEFANIE ODETT 20 Nov 2016

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What brought you to Lithe in the first place? My friend Stephanie told me about Lithe five years ago. She said she could picture me in each class and LOVING it because I was a dancer and cheerleader in high school. My first class, after Lithe 101 was Weightless, which is a great mix of bands, barre and simple CCS. I was immediately hooked. 

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Lithe is solace for me. I find so much peace when I walk into the elevator, and then out onto the wooden floor, take off my shoes, smell that tea tree oil, and see the logo. There’s never a day I don’t look forward to class. Life has ups and downs, and I either celebrate good fortune on some days by coming to Lithe or get over bad days by leaving everything I have on the mat and I walk out with a smile with my shoulders back and head high.  

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I love hiking. There’s a different workout in changing elevations and having unpredictable terrain in front of you. I also enjoy finding little boutiques around the city (especially on Third Street after class in OC!). I’m a sucker for a good binge watch - most recently The Crown on Netflix. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Hands down keeping my arms up for the arm sequence in Skinny Mini and the candlestick series with five-pound weights. I feel like I can do anything when I complete both of those.

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? I look forward to the Full Round Up in Pom. I feel like I’m flying! It’s like you finish the awesome CCS sequence, but then you do this big move and start it all over again. I love when it shows up in Freestyle, too. 

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? Most think I’m nuts and part of a cult. But I know they are all a bit jealous that I've found something I love so much. Whenever I’m talking to my mom on my way to or from class, she says, “you’re so good.” They indulge me when I need pictures for challenges, know they can always buy fitness clothes as gifts, and have even attended a class when they are in town.  My sister and I do the arm sequences when we take walks in Florida visiting my grandmother. We’ve done the “at home” sequence on the blog in the backyard and laughed together. Lithe really brings out the best in you.

What is the first concert you went to? I think my dad took me to Jethro Tull. I decided I wanted to play the flute in elementary school after that concert. 

Who is/was your celebrity crush? Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto!)

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? The Harry Potter series (that counts as one thing, right?), sunnies, and a hammock.

SHE'S LITHE: ELIZABETH CAMPBELL 9 Oct 2016

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What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I’ve been Lithing since 2008. I was working out with a trainer and was bored with the gym, so I checked out Lithe after reading a review online. My first impression was that the workouts were tougher than I expected and the class variety was spot-on for hitting the perfect combination of cardio and sculpting throughout the week. I keep coming back for the challenging workouts (no easier more than eight years later!) and the community of women.

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Different life factors over the years, including staying fit through my pregnancies and then trying to get back to pre-baby fitness levels keep me consistent. Most recently, my monthly membership. It keeps me hitting my weekly and monthly goal for total classes, which inspires me to get enough sleep (and not drink too much wine on weeknights!) to get to the 6AM classes.

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? Hanging with my daughters and husband and our awesome group of friends, going to the local farmers' market, trips to Brigantine, and organizing my life. Starting the week with my life in order is the best de-stresser I know.     

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The results. And committing (mostly) consistently over the past eight years.

If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? Side planks – and right now, I’m loving the side balance work in Thigh High. Those moves take strength and balance, which are motivating factors in my life.

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? My daughters say that I go to the Lithe to get strong. I agree! They love to side plank and plyos.

What is the first concert you went to? Cindy Lauper. My sister and I wore side ponies and leg warmers. It’s one of my favorite pics ever!    

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive?  My electric toothbrush, sunscreen (I’d have third degree burns in a matter of minutes without it), and my iPhone, with a solar charger and service, of course. 

SHE'S LITHE 5 Oct 2016

Remember Lither, Emmy Shea?  Check her out in this New Balance ad and read her story below! 

SHE'S LITHE: AMANDA WHITE 26 Sep 2016

  Amanda white

What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I first tried Lithe after graduating college and moving to the Main Line. I loved it since I was a competitive figure skater with a dance background growing up. I took a break for awhile, but got back into it when I moved to Old City and was bored and unchallenged at the yoga studio. It completely changed my body and my mind! I love workouts where I feel tough and incredible. I am proud to be a 6AM Lither. Lithe has given me the dedication to be able to do that. 

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Whenever I'm bored, Lithe changes it up with a new class, instructor, or sequence. I also am a yoga teacher and it's made a huge difference in my strength and ability to hold poses. 

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I love exploring the city, trying new restaurants, seeing live music, and dancing with friends.

If you were a Lithe move, what would you be and why? Bow-and-arrow jacks. I just feel fierce, yet flirty when I do them. 

What do your friends think you do when you’re at the studio? My friends refer to Lithe as "that weird marionette thing." They think I'm a puppet because of the vertical bands.

What was the first concert you went to? Britney Spears in fourth-grade. Still might be my favorite concert. 

SHE'S LITHE: EILEEN GIANOS 12 Sep 2016

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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Since I work at Saks Fifth Avenue and I am on my feet all day, the early class schedule offers me relief from my stressful day.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Because I'm in retail, I am constantly socializing all day. I like to come home and relax with a meal in peace and quiet.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I feel that the variety of workouts are a big benefit to my overall fitness level and enjoy each and every one of the classes.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Twiggy due to the fact that it focuses on core and posture which are areas I enjoy working on. 

What movie character do you most closely identify with? Julia Roberts’ characters in Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich.

What is the first album you remember buying? Tapestry by Carole King.

What is your go-to recipe to take to a cookout or potluck? My Greek cookies.

What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? Monte Carlo and the French Riviera.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? A fire-starter, a pot, and a knife.

SHE'S LITHE: CHERYL CHEN 5 Sep 2016

Cheryl Chen

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I’ve incorporated Lithe into my daily routine and usually go to the 5:45 pm classes on the Main Line after work.  
  
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress?  I like to de-stress with Lush bubble baths (Twilight is my favorite… except it always leaves tons of glitter in the tub!) and a good book. 
 
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you?  The most rewarding aspect of Lithe to me is getting stronger.  I get excited when I can do one more push up on my toes or more barre work in stiletto.    
 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Tight End.  The CCS is awesome and sculpting on the tall box is challenging.   
 
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Parmesan truffle fries, Starbucks vanilla latte, and chapstick!  

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