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THE CURE 5 Feb 2014

Lithe Escape




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Dear Lithe (love letters)

Dear Lauren & Lithe,

I figured it’s about time I send a long overdue love letter to you. I’ve been lithing since July of 2011, and although it took me a while to get fully “hooked,” I’ve been a devoted Old City 6am-er for some time now.
I remember coming to the first few classes and feeling quite intimidated by all the fit women and crazy energetic teachers. I recall (many) times when I’d be sore for days, unable to walk or sit like a normal human.  Thankfully, I still get sore on occasion, but the intimidation factor has subsided altogether. The Old City 6am crew is truly a friendly, happy and badass group of women.

I am so grateful to Lithe. When I decided to really commit and start forking over $200+ per month, I expected (and consistently got) an amazing workout every day. It really has been so much fun, despite the occasional hint of pure physical torture. What I didn’t expect was to get so much else from Lithe, namely several amazing friends. Lithe brought us together, and while we still all go to class most every day, we do SO much more together. Even our husbands have become friends!

This brings me to the underlying motivation for finally writing this letter. Come October 15th (give or take a day), my husband and I are setting sail. We’ve decided to take a leave from our jobs for one year and move on board our sailboat. Are we crazy? Maybe. We plan to sail south to Florida, and then on through the Caribbean, South and Central America, before finally returning to Philly and picking up where we left off. We’re excited, stressed and even a little scared, but we’ve been planning The Adventure for years and feel ready for what comes our way.

The closer our departure gets (18 days, eeeeks!), the more it hits me how much I’ll miss everyone, and of course how much I’ll miss Lithe. I still haven’t quite figured out where the best place for suspending resistance bands on the boat is, but it’s on the “to do” list. ;) It’s going to be a real challenge to motivate myself all year, especially without my favorite ladies by my side. Luckily, I’ve learned lots of crazy moves and CCS sequences these past couple years. Maybe after a year of witnessing all my Lithing, my husband will get hooked on Lithe too (ha)!

I will miss you all so much. Thank you to Lauren, all the great instructors (I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shoutout to Gerri, Joellyn, Elizabeth and Bari since they've been with me since my start), and all the lovely ladies who work for Lithe and greet us bright and early each morning!

Thank you again for everything. Please save me a spot in 6am classes when I get back!


P.S. My husband has started a blog should anyone want to check in on our shenanigans at sea: www.saileventyr.com



I've been meaning to post some shots from our recent trip to Santa Monica for the Kris Jenner Show {clockwise}: The beach, Danielle and Rachel indulging in some post-show chocolate cake (on Rachel's face) from Shutters and burgers and fries at Umami Burger at Fred Segal, a camera-ready Rachel D., Lauren in makeup at Lowe's, our limo ride to the show, Danielle doing toe-touches on the rings and Danielle's fruit from the farmers market.  I'll share more next week!

Images via iPhone and Lauren's Canon EOS Rebel


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Check out Lither Adrienne Lucus doing Attitude in Low V in Murchison Falls National Park, Northern Uganda! The water behind her is the White Nile, one of the two major rivers that join up in Sudan to form the Nile that flows north to Egypt. Adrienne said that earlier in the day she was doing Twiggy on her balcony (with hippo audio accompaniment), wearing more appropriate lithe attire, but couldn't get anyone to take a picture of it.  This is amazing Adrienne!  We'll have to talk more about the Hippos...I'm fascinated/scared to death of them!
Image via Adrienne



I think that I've found my other happy place.  While I was on vacation in North Captiva, I decided to go ocean kayaking.  And now I'm obsessed.  Like, for the past 24 hours I've been scouting out kayaks and all the gear for this summer.  I've been kayaking a few years back and for whatever reason, I just didn't dig it.  Now, I'm pretty sure that you just may see me on the Schuylkill.  Maybe this time was different because I was in a great mood and Jordan was making me laugh, or because there were dolphins three feet from our kayak, or because I could see the sea bottom, but wow, what a thrill (and what a challenging workout). 

Sometimes I feel like I'll never "get into" anything (workout-wise) more than Lithe.  After all these years, very few activites can hold a candle to it.  Nothing can challenge my mind and my body like Lithe can.  This kayaking experience made me think about how important it is to give things second chances.  If I would have decided not to go based on one prior experience, I would have never known just how happy I'd be in a kayak.  I can't wait to do it again.  Any of you ever fall in love with a sport after not liking it and giving it second chance?

Image of LBG in N. Captiva via Jordan



While Lither Lily Mark was recently road-tripping up the west coast, she got down to sculpting business in front of the "Painted Ladies" in San Francisco and Fleury Vineyard in Napa Valley, CA between beautiful rows of grape vines!  Great form Lily, I love these shots.  Very fit, hip and healthy!

Images via Lily Mark



I'm late again, but I have a good excuse.  This past weekend I traveled down to Florida to spend some time with family in Highland Beach.  I have to tell you that I didn't realize just how tightly wound I was until I was three days into my vacation.  On day three, I got off my butt, traded in my bikini top for my sports bra, and worked it out on the beach, Escape style.  It brought back a lot of great memories.  I can't tell you how much I miss Lithe Escape: R&R, fabulous food, fitness, friends, fun and RESULTS

Since 2009, Lithe Escape has been a big part of my life; something that I really look forward to every six months.  I haven't been able to pull myself away all that much since Mars was born, but now that he's 18 months old, I'm ready (I promise, post Lithe NYC opening!). 

I've heard through the grapevine that some of you are dying to go again, as well.  I have some ideas in my head but I'd love to know where you would like to go!  We could revisit some of the beautiful and luxurious villas and small boutique hotels that we have been to already (Bolt House, Highland House, La Luna & Hibiscus Hill House, Harbour Island, but I'm always game for something new and exciting.  I'm taking requests and I'm all ears!

Images of LBG Lithing on the beach in Highland Beach, FL via Jordan


Lithe on Location

Lithe Instructor Melissa Weinberg was recently Lithing and swimming at sunset (Lithe Escape style!) on vacation in Turks and Caicos.  After doing push ups and see-saw, she kicked up into a handstand and a friend captured the moment.  Melissa, maybe I'll try your spin on our see-saw in Thinny!

Have you been Lithing on Location? Send us your pics to blog@lithemethod.com.



This week's Lithe on Location comes to us all the way from Istanbul! Lither and Fit Hip Healthy columnist, Sayeh Hormozi, did some barre work on the Bosphorus, Reach and Pulls at Topkapi Palace (former Ottoman palace and current museum), and some Method Abs in front of the Blue Mosque. 

Have you been Lithing on Location? Send us your pics to blog@lithemethod.com. We can't wait to see where you Lithe for the holidays!

Images of Lither, Sayeh Hormozi, taken in Istanbul, Turkey via Drew Magaziner 

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