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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I began lithing in the summer of 2012 with my friends Nikoletta and Stacy and I have never turned back. The amount of weight I lost and the way my body transformed is what motivates me to continue on this journey. 

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? I shop online or meet up with friends for drinks.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The fact that I can use heavier weights in all the sculpting classes and I am definitely stronger because of that.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Walkstar or Hipster because I love the emphasis both classes put on the lower body, which is my problem area. 

Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? I met Dana B. and I have connected with her during classes. 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? My family, lipliner and lipgloss, and my cellphone. 


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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I started in 2009, but then moved to D.C. for work and realized how lucky I was to have Lithe. I tried other classes during that time: Yoga, Pilates, barre, Zumba, jazzercise, spinning, you name it. I didn't find anything as interesting, fun, or effective. When I moved back to Philly, I looked for an apartment near the Old City studio. I'm not a morning person, but I started going to 6AM classes. I don't go every day, but there are a lot of people who do and I find that motivating. I've also found that the less I go, the harder the classes are, so that helps. Going back after vacation is the worst. 

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? The best medicine for me is a few drinks, a good meal, and laughs with my girlfriends.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Taking classes that I was intimidated by when I started, but now totally love. I'm uncoordinated and was afraid of the cardio classes, but decided that I had to trust Lauren's scheduling magic and mix it up. I'm still intimidated by a new CCS cardio sequence, but I've learned that I have to keep going to class and eventually it'll sink in. Also those hammer curls in boat pose seemed impossible when I started. I can't do the full three sets yet, but I think I'm almost at two. Half moons, I'm coming for you next!

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Waspie. It's my all-time favorite. It requires attention to detail and a few tries before it clicks. If you do all of those things, you'll be sore the next day. I also consider myself a bit of an acquired taste. If you're willing to spend the time to dig a little deeper, I think you'll find your efforts will be rewarded.

Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? A few years ago, a new attorney started in my office. I was trying to convince her to come out for happy hour, but she insisted that she had to work out and that she couldn't cancel her class because she'd get charged (smartest thing about Lithe, btw!). We quickly ascertained that we were both Lithers and bonded over our favorite classes and instructors. We'd constantly drive our co-workers crazy talking about new moves and foods and how Bari was obviously trying to kill us (xo, Bari!). I'm pretty sure I (discreetly) demoed the CCS from Sideline for her at Morimoto in an effort to make her realize how much she would love that class. And she does. Right, Miriam?

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? They're surprised when I utter the words cardio-cheer-sculpting since I'm as far from a cheerleader as anyone could imagine. Now that there are some clips on Instagram, I show those to them. 

What is the first concert you went to? My very first concert was the Beach Boys at the Jones Beach Amphitheater with my parents. The first one I chose myself was Debbie Gibson. I believe it was the Electric Youth tour. If I still had a picture of me in the layered denim and patchwork skirt I wore, I would totally submit it.


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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Let's be real, it's the results I've seen over the years. I've always been skinny, so it's easy to feel like I look healthy because of my build. But the truth is, I feel the healthiest and strongest I've ever been, which empowers me. Who would have thought that I would be in my 30s with two small boys feeling better than ever? Not me. And it all started with just showing up to Lithe. I walked into the studio, and then the magic happened. I get my ass whooped at every class and I love it. Now that I've gone off on a tangent, the truth is the confidence, the self esteem boost, challenge, and sheer high I feel after showing up, giving it my all, and leaving all my sweat on the mat keep me coming back. 

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? After a long day, which is just about every day when you have small kids (shout out to all the Lithe mamas), I like to sit outside on my porch, catch up with the hubs, and chat/vent to my bestie. Really long days call for ice cream. Could eat it every day. It's a problem.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? When I am pushed to the point of total exhaustion. Sounds kind of sick, but I know everyone can relate. When I'm doing sculpting work and I find that quiver, then I realize that's how it should feel. We all know when we kill it and when we're not giving it our all. So when I kill it or really try my damndessed, that makes me feel the best. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Since I'm a Libra, decisions can be hard, so I'm giving two answers. I would be Freestyle because you know it's going to be killer. You don't know what to expect, but you're never let down. Then I would go with Thinny because you can only push people so far. Sometimes we all have to find that inner thing that pushes us because we want a good workout, not just one to say, oh I worked out today. I have seen strength in myself with this class. You can skate by, but if you really dig deep, it's super hard.

What is the first concert you went to? I went to Ozzfest when I was in middle school, but I never actually made it inside. The parking lot scene is intense and a lot of people never make it in ... I mean it's Ozzfest. My first actual show was probably Dave Matthews Band or Cypress Hill. 

Who is/was your celebrity crush? Lets start with women crushes: Rihanna, Beyonce, and Margot Robbie (how cute and sexy is she?). And let's not forget JLo. The women is in her 40s, has two kids, and dates 20-year-olds! And yup, I got to say ... all the Kardashians. I can't help it. I'm #obsessed. Who needs to go on to men after that line up? But I will just for fun. Leonardo DiCaprio, good ol' Brad Pitt (he just gets better and better), and Jake Gyllenhaal. And my new crush is Tom Hardy. 



What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Most recently, my May wedding was a major motivator. Leading up to the big day, I participated in the Earned in Winter Challenge and took pictures and measurements before and after each portion of the challenge. Though my schedule as a pediatrics resident prevented me from reaching my class attendance goals, I toned up and lost eight inches, so that was a win even if I didn’t get a tank top! I have been Lithing for four years and you just can’t replicate the feeling after a great Lithe class: Energetic, strong, and ready to take on the world (or at least Philadelphia)!

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Am I allowed to say that I have a glass of wine? But really, other than sweating it out in a class, I love a meal with my husband and friends. Also, a snuggle with my sweet Goldendoodle Riley remedies any stressful situation.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Growing up, I danced and loved the challenge of mastering a new routine. When I explored various fitness classes in Philadelphia, I found that I got bored quickly. Then I found Lithe (thank you, Rue La La). At Lithe, I get to pretend I’m back on the stage during the CCS sequences. And the satisfaction of hitting every move without messing up is hard to beat. In July, my neonatology fellowship training will take me to Hershey, so I won’t get to the studio as much as I would like. However, I am so excited that Lauren has set up LBActive. I will be keeping up with my CCS moves from afar!

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Though I love taking Freestyle with Lauren or Rock Steady with Jonathan, I think I am most similar to Thinny: Grounded, a little complicated, and surprisingly tough.

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? You should see my husband imitate what he thinks I do at Lithe. It involves a high-pitched voice and lots of prancing around, just to give you an idea. Sorry, Mike.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? The first thing I’d have to go with is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I’ve been a devout user since college (maybe even high school). It's silky, a bit shiny, and has SPF 15. I’d also bring a sweatshirt because I am always cold. Finally, I’d pack Tweezerman tweezers because we all know a unibrows still exists even if no one is around to see it.

What is the first concert you went to? Wish I could say it was something cool, but it was NSYNC. It was the '90s!

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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I started Lithing a little over a year ago. I was active, and had a “normal” gym routine, but it was definitely not consistent. With my work schedule and freelance demands, I dedicated less and less time to keeping myself together. Once I began Lithe, I felt like I was home. Within a month, I cancelled both of my gym memberships and started a daily Lithe routine. There are so many aspects of Lithe that keep me consistent: The results, the ever-changing and always challenging class schedules, and simply how much fun I have was enough to get me motivated, keep me engaged and striving to work harder on myself to achieve my personal goals. My goals started out small, but continue to grow as Lithe continues to push me to be the best version of myself.

When you’ve had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? I love taking my dogs for a walk, drawing, sewing or having a glass of wine with the latest scary movie.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I always love when I can finish a full Barre sequence. I feel so strong and accomplished, knowing that it doesn’t matter how many times you do it, it is always a challenge. I also love seeing the results of hard work paying off, and the overall feeling that you get when you leave class. You really do feel like a superhero - like you are on top of the world and can do anything.
If you were a Lithe class, what would you be? I would be Mercy for sure! I am always on the move, and juggling a million hats, but I always give 110% to anything I do, and love to make things challenging- just like Mercy. The quick and fun CCS routine plus the weights is always a challenge, but so rewarding.
What do your friends and family think you do when you’re in the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? They thought it was a dancey-light impact, frilly cardio-girl-thing. A lot of my friends with cheer, dance, and strong athletic backgrounds were skeptical but interested when I gave the the low-down on Lithe, so I made them all come to a class with me. Each one of them were expecting something along the lines of “Zumba meets Yoga” and were blown away at the level of difficulty, the amount of people that were so invested, and how challenging it was. (Not to mention how fit and strong everyone was!) I figured it’s something that needs to be seen to properly understand, and no one has been disappointed yet! 
What was the first concert you went to? When I was 8, my parents took me along to see AC/DC (yeah, I was the kid on her dad’s shoulders) so technically that was my “first” concert, but the first concert of my choosing was Green Day when I was 10. Music was huge part of my childhood, and continues to be!
Who was your celebrity crush? When I was young, I had a huge crush on Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, These days, I’m more of a Robert Downey Jr./Jeremy Piven girl.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three things you’d need to survive? Wine, All of the Harry Potter books, and a hammock, and I would be just fine!


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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Everything from the camaraderie to the way I feel before, during, and after class. And let’s face it, the way it makes me look.

I recently turned 35-years-old (eek!) and my birthday fell on the same day as the Audi Lithe Style event, so I treated myself to a midday class and got my hair blown out at the studio. Getting dressed to go out to dinner that night, I was feeling rather fit, hip, and healthy and decided to rock a new midriff-baring shirt. Walking around the city with my hair did and my Lithe abs out for the world to see, I felt amazing. Thank you Lauren and Lithe Method for giving me that confidence.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? A good sweat is the best stress reliever for me. I also love making a stiff cocktail, but I’ve been doing less of that and Lithe is the perfect substitute for clearing my head at the end of a rough day. A good workout followed by a delicious dinner always hits the spot, too. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I think the most rewarding aspect (in a sick and twisted sort of way) is that Lithe classes never seem to get easier. It’s rewarding to see myself get stronger, and there is always an option to push myself further.

I love going on adventurous, active vacations and Lithe keeps me in shape for whatever crazy trip I take. Last winter, I went on a weeklong backcountry split-boarding trip (translation: hiking up mountains and snowboarding down them). It was rewarding to see my hard work in class help me achieve my goals in the backcountry. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? While my favorite class is a sweaty, dancey Freestyle, I’m a huge planner and like the familiar, so I’d consider myself more of a Skinny Jeans type of gal.  

What movie character do you most identify with and why? Not a movie character, but I so wanted to be a Fly Girl growing up. Lithe lets me live out that fantasy. 

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? Other than the Instagram challenges, I try to keep my Lithe moves under wraps. But a few summers ago I was down the shore and there was a girl demonstrating the Rock Steady CCS to her friend on the beach. The people I was with were laughing and confused about what was going on. I explained that she was just doing some Lithe CCS. I think that was the closest my friends and family will come to seeing me Lithe outside of the studio. And in case you’re wondering, no, I did not jump in to join her in some sort of impromptu flash mob. I probably should have.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? An endless supply of margaritas. And maybe some sunscreen, too. 



What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I like the mind/body balance Lithe has added to my life.  The results I have seen have been great.  The variety of classes keeps me excited and constantly ready to step up to the next challenge.  Also, it is super inspiring to be surrounded by so many strong, fit women! 

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Wine and/or a bubble bath usually do the trick.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I feel strong and centered after each class.   I don’t have a dance or cheerleading background, so originally I was drawn to the sculpting classes.  Lately, I’ve gravitated more to the CCS, because it’s fun and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I finally master a sequence.  I leave the studio ready to conquer the world!        

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Probably Split, because I am constantly on the go.

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 don’t think my friends or family have any idea what I do in the studio, but they know I’m obsessed with going and my favorite class is Twiggy.  Only my cat Chloe has seen me practicing my Lithe moves.  I am selective about my audience. :)

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive?  Sunscreen, coconut water and wine.


What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing?
The ripple effect that Lithe has on the rest of my life is what keeps me coming back. I've been a consistent Rittenhouse 6AMer (shoutout to my #RH6amers!) for several years now, and I've found that beginning my day with Lithe sets me on a trajectory of being more productive, making healthier choices, and starting my day feeling happier than I normally would. On days where I skip the 6AM because I'm too tired (the bedtime struggle is real when you get up at 5:30AM), I have a harder time getting out of bed, feeling motivated, and getting into the groove of my day. I schedule Lithe classes on important days at work, so that I set myself up for success. This included a period of time last summer when I went to Boston for work every week. I hit the 6AM class every Monday, even though I needed to leave by 6:30 to catch my flight.  

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? When I've had a long day, I need to talk it out before I can relax. This usually means talking to my parents, my boyfriend, or some trusted colleagues. Sometimes receiving advice is helpful, but usually I just need to vent. Once that's out, then having wine and watching some renovation show on HGTV is my favorite guilty pleasure. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Every 6AM class I make it to is rewarding. I've never been consistent with working out. I was the type that joined a new gym, yoga studio, etc. and started out strong, and then fizzled out. This is the only workout that I've ever been consistent with and I consider every morning that I get myself out of bed before most of the world wakes up to be a huge victory. I'm confident that anyone who says that they hate working out just hasn't found their workout yet. Lithe may not be the right fit for everyone, but I'm so glad that it is for me. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Pom, because I like feeling a sense of accomplishment. Pom was one of the first CCS classes that I took. I was a new 6AMer and didn't realize that the class was full of veterans who show up every day. These ladies had taken Pom many times before and they were all crushing the CCS. Meanwhile, my head was spinning – round up, down, shimmy shimmy, higher power, punch, punch. It was out of control and moved so fast. Thankfully, Gerri took pity on me and went through each combination with me after class. The next week, when I came back, I was ready! Gerri even noticed my improvement and called it out. That was probably the moment that hooked me. Pom is still my favorite class and I love being able to crush the CCS, especially the sequence at the end when you have to dig deep to finish strong. 

Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? My Lithe bestie stories are hilariously awkward. I remember seeing Lauren F. at Sip 'n' Glow. She looked familiar, but we didn't know each other's names. We had an introduction right in the middle of the juice shop. Most of my other stories are Lithe friendships forged while waiting in the shower line or videotaping workouts together for Lauren's Instagram challenges, because those are totally normal ways to meet people (LOL).  

What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? For some reason, everyone at work thinks that Lithe Method has a lot of shouting in it. When I think of cheerleading, I think of the stunts, but a lot of people think of the cheers. I told them that there were only a few classes with shouting. I usually follow up my description of Lithe Method with one of the CCS videos that Lauren posted a few years back of Rock Steady and Sleeveless. I can't say I've ever demoed any of the moves myself though. 

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