18 posts categorized " Up Close With "


Colleen D

Do you have a hidden talent? I'm a professional jazz and hip-hop dancer. *Jazz hands*

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? Waspie because even the most veteran Lithers can tone different body parts. It requires concentration to activate the muscles needed to complete each exercise properly and you can fake your way through if you’re not focused. It's also a great way to stay creative in cueing and adjusting form since we do so many reps of each exercise.  

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? Sometimes I think I'm still going through it, but I'll let other people decide. There was a time when my hair went from super straight to super curly and I didn't deal with the change well. It resulted in a lot of puffy bangs that were like little cotton balls stuck to my forehead. 

Do you have one song that can always pump you up? I don't have one specific hype song, but I use a lot of fun, pop music in class and it gets me pumped and ready to go. Other instructors have told me that they know when a song comes on that I like because I smile for the whole song.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To travel quickly like the Flash, so I wouldn't have to sit in rush hour traffic. 

What is your favorite body part? My arms. I work hard on them, so I'm glad it's paying off.

What is your nickname? Leeny has been my nickname since childhood because my little brother had trouble pronouncing Colleen when he was learning to talk.

You can find Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @doughertyco


Laura T.

What is your favorite body part? I'm going to go with my booty. Thank you, Lithe for making it strong and round all at once!

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? My favorite to teach is Twiggy because it was the class that made me fall in love with Lithe and it's just so fun! The breakdown is the best. 

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? YES! For whatever reason, as a middle-schooler, my idea of a good outfit was pairing my brother's XL Tommy Hilfiger shirts with mini skirts. Plus I had huge soda-can bangs. Awkward is a nice way of putting that phase. 

What is your hidden talent? I consider myself to be a fairly good baker. Some have called my chocolate chip cookies "the best." I find baking to be super therapeutic and stress relieving ... and yummy.

Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up?  100%. "Get Up" by Bingo Players always pumps me up whether I'm teaching, running or cleaning the house 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I wish I could read minds, though I'm sure I'd instantly regret that choice once I had the ability – TMI.

What is your nickname? In high school & college it was L Train but now it's a mix between LT and BabyTro.

You can follow Laura on Instagram @babytro and Snapchat @lady_tro

Image via Antrim + Spruce Photography



What is your hidden talent? I can balance on the tips of my big toes like Kate Winslet in Titanic.

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? I hit peak awkwardness in late middle school and early high school. I've always struggled with my skin, and fighting acne while wearing braces and figuring out the whole makeup thing was not particularly flattering. Fortunately, this was before smartphones. Unfortunately my mom always ordered multiple copies when she had pictures developed, so there are probably some unfortunate reminders of that look floating around.

Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? There are so many! Anyone who has taken class with me has probably noticed that I love to move and dance around to music, especially old-school rock and hip-hop. I make playlists out of songs that inspire me to move, and I keep coming back to "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, so there is probably something to that. Don't judge me.

What is your favorite body part? Either my abs or my butt. Thanks to Lithe and a lifetime of martial arts training, I'm proud of how they look, but the reason they are my favorite is because my strong core and glutes make it possible to do so much of the physical activity that is important to me. I can push myself to get lower in wide second, squats, chair series, you name it because of my strong backside, and my core helps keep me balanced during all of those swivel kicks, etc.

Do you have any nicknames? When I was teaching karate, they called me Mighty Meg or Tonka Truck. That one is kind of weird, but I love it. I am little, but virtually indestructible. My mom calls me Tink or Tinker Bell, whom I resemble less now that I have let my natural dark blonde or light brown hair grow in. Both my brothers call me Meggy, and now that my baby brother towers over me he frequently calls me "little one." He gets away with it because I love him so much.

Find Meghann on Instagram @mightymeg05


Elizabeth Staub

What’s your hidden talent? I am an amazing baker. I’m the first to volunteer to make homemade birthday cake because I have really strong feelings about boxed caked mix. And I love sharing all of the treats I bake. Sometimes I wonder if I missed my true calling and should have gone to culinary school to become a pastry chef.

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? Skinny Mini. It’s such a good blend of cardio, weights, and barre, plus it’s totally accessible for beginners and equally challenging for vets. It pops up a lot on the Main Line schedule on Friday evenings, and I think it’s the perfect gateway into the weekend. Throw in a good playlist and the hour flies by. 

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? There was a giant awkward phase between 13 and 22-years-old. I was definitely a late bloomer. Thankfully, social media wasn’t really a “thing” when I was in high school and most of college, so you will never find photographic evidence. 

What is your favorite body part? My eyelashes. They’re naturally long and curl on their own, but I’m always on the lookout for a new mascara to add length and volume. The more drama, the better (only for lashes, not in real life). Tell me all your favorites!

What is your nickname? I introduce myself as Elizabeth, but friends and co-workers end up calling me Liz. Four syllables are a lot to expect from people. My family calls me Betsy and probably always will.

Find Elizabeth on Instagram @ehstaub.

Image via Dom

UP CLOSE WITH JEN L. 26 Apr 2016

Jen LThis week we get up close with Jen Laucella!

What is your hidden talent?  Whenever I'm at work functions or outside of the Lithe or the dance world, my go-to hidden talent is that I was a professional dancer (retired about a year ago) and teach these awesome cheer-based workouts! Usually, it's a huge hit. A little less of a hidden talent here on fithiphealthy. I even took a Buzzfeed quiz recently to determine my hidden talent (very scientific, I assume) and I got ballet! I guess I'm pretty one dimensional, but I think it's a really fun dimension.

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach?  Skinny Jeans. Hands down one of my favorite to take and also to teach.  I'm a sucker for perfect form so I love that the slower pace allows me to get to everyone and take a little extra time to fix a popped rib cage or misaligned knee. It's the bones of Lithe so it's so much fun to see someone have one of those light bulb moments where everything else seems to make sense. 

Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? Anything and everything Spice Girls. 

What is your favorite body part?  My back. Have you ever noticed that dancers have the most beautifully sculpted backs? I'm super proud of my dancer's back. A lot of hard work went into it. There's so much musculature going on back there that a lot of workouts forget about, but dance (and now Lithe!) help me maintain mine.  [Side note: if you're ever in class with me, you'll hear "shoulders down, lift the chest" about a zillion times. That's no coincidence.]

What is your nickname?  One of my best friends in college was surprised to learn after a few weeks of knowing me as Jen, that my full name was Jennifer.  She got creative and started calling me Nif and it kinda stuck around.

You can follow Jen on Instagram @jlaucella

Image via Dom


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What is your hidden talent? I can draw almost anything. I started taking art classes at a young age and it’s something that’s stuck with me my whole life. I was an Art History major at Penn State and am even certified as an art teacher. These days, I rarely have time to draw except to impress my 3-year-old daughter.

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? I really enjoy teaching any high cardio class, but if I had to choose one it would be Rock Steady, which also happens to be my favorite class to take. No matter which studio or time of day, the energy is off the charts. When everyone is perfectly in sync during the cardio sequence, it always gives me chills and brings back memories of my high school dance team.

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? Ugh. Yes! I sucked my thumb until I was 12. I had extreme buckteeth in front and I had braces – twice! 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I would love to be able to manipulate time. Too many great moments come and go in the blink of an eye. I think everyone has that moment or memory when they wished they could make time stand still.

Image of Julie by Dom



Alicia 2

What is your hidden talent? One of my hidden talents is designing. I love making my own clothes when I have the time! If I wasn't a dance major, I would have continued school for fashion design.
What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? My favorite Lithe workout to teach is Twiggy. It's the perfect mix of cardio and sculpting; you get a little bit of everything!
Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? "Tidal Wave" by EVVY is definitely a go-to jam for me at the moment.
What is your favorite body part? My legs. As a dancer, your legs have to be on-point and I've always worked hard to keep them in shape.
What is your nickname? Some of my family calls me Ali or Lee and my friends have recently started calling me Felicia.
Find Alicia on Instagram @aliciaatom.



What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? Sideline. I'm all about the booty-poppin' cardio! I also love the energy I get from Lithers in this class. Hot Legs comes in at a close second. It is so effective and it brings out my ballet teaching skills. Fabu-legs is on the other end of the spectrum. It is sort of a sleeper class. You spend most of the class on the mat, but leave with shaky legs and super sore glutes. 

Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? There are so many, but here's some of my favorites: "Smash!" by Ummet Ozcan, "Booty Bounce" by Tujam, "Stand Up" by Dirtcap, just about anything by Outkast, and old-school Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Missy Elliot. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I would be a healer. I hate seeing people in physical or emotional pain. Super strength comes in second.

What is your favorite body part? My butt!

What is your nickname? Well, my real name is Kalika. My family and most of my friends have always called me Kaley. My stage name is Ginger Leigh. My brothers used to call me sissy. Many of my burlesque friends call me Ginge or Gingey.

Find Kalika on Instagram at @gingerlika

Image via Dom



We're getting up close with manager of instructors & master instructor Krista DeNofa!

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? I always love a good High Mini. Nothing beats the combination of high energy cardio and intense barre work. My other favorite is Freestyle, which I'm sure is no surprise. Freestyle Lithers always work their butts off and the energy is spot-on. The class definitely requires 'homework' on my end, but it's so worth it. 

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? This is an easy one. With my fifth grade perm, I looked like a Cocker Spaniel. I believe I was also rocking braces with rubber bands at the time and French cuffing my jeans. What a sight. 

Do you have a song that always pumps you up? I don't have a specific one, but Madonna songs usually do the trick. Same goes for songs from the Beastie Boys, Nelly, one-hit wonders, and random dance and electronica songs that I hear in the studio. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I would love to be able to fly. It would make my commute to Lithe much more manageable.

What is your favorite body part? My back. Please refer to Tif's answer on this because I feel the exact same way! She sums it up perfectly.

What is your nickname? Kiki. Please never call me Krissy! 

You can follow Krista on Instagram @kdenofa

Image of Krista via Dom

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