Meet Christina D. She's been Lithing for quite some time now, and I've seen her body (and her skin!) completely change over the past few years. She takes her health seriously and really practices what she preaches. Christina, you look so strong and fit. I love that you are now in Maintain Mode!
Her Fit.Hip.Healthy: Lithe has been my very-own sanctuary over the past 2 years, simply connecting my mind, body, and soul.
Fell off the wagon: I haven’t necessarily fallen off the wagon recently because my passion for vegan cooking has kept me going strong! However, I do enjoy telling women about my weight issues in the past. I feel like when girls first see me… they’re like “skinny girl”, “most-likely never had to watch what she ate in her life”, etc. After my freshman year in college, I weighed 167 (I'm currently 130). I certainly gained healthy muscle while playing collegiate volleyball, but ladies let’s not kid ourselves… I ate and drank like a typical college kid. Over the past four years I lost almost 40 lbs while creating a healthy lifestyle that works for ME… Clean eating and a daily regimen dedicated to sweating! You have to start somewhere.
How I Lithe: Since I’m finishing up my final quarter in undergrad, I am certainly not Lithe-ing as much as I would like. Currently, my goal is to make it to 2 classes a week: this is perfect for “maintain mode” and I’ll go for high-cardio/tone classes (High-Mini, Thinny, Rock Steady, and Cinch).
Lithe's Calorie Trashers are key for her: If I could pick any class to take, I would hands down say Hot Legs WITH the Trashers. I’m also in love with the de-bloat action from the Trashers, it’s certainly the cherry-on-top!
My Diet: Instead of “my diet”… I’ll call this section my Lifestyle! I started exploring the vegan world in early 2013 (due to acne breakouts…interesting right?) and I fell in love with how my body responded. I am not yet a true vegan, but I certainly try to eliminate dairy, meat, and gluten from my diet during the week. On the weekends I say live life! I stick to alkaline-based ingredients and l love sipping my homemade arugula-red pepper juice in the morning… it provides the best AM-energy boost!
She does weigh in: I say I’m 5’9 (it’s really like 5’8 and ¾ of an inch…). I’m currently weighing in at 130lbs. I take full-pride in my larger backside… maybe because I’m an A-cup up top.
Image of Lither Christina D. via Stuart Goldenberg
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Happy Friday! This week we're giving away a Lithe Motivation Pack: three Lithe classes, one pair of Lithe Pearl iZumi gloves and a set of Lithe wrist bands!
For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what you're loving most about the #earnedinwinter challenge! One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. Rules: One entry per person. Thank you, and good luck!
Image of Lithe Instructor Diana Khuu via Dom
I’m turning 28 on Friday!
I don’t love birthdays. I feel forced to take stock of my life and evaluate my general life trajectory. This is the first birthday I have celebrated as not a student. So, by default, does this mean I’m a grown-up?
On one hand, I do feel like I can play that part. For example:
I was appalled at the 8:30 pm start time for the Oscars: don’t people work anymore?
I “rest my eyes” on the daily
I cannot properly use the “self-check-out” line at the grocery store and always need cashier assistance
I get two-day hangovers
At the same time, I feel like such a kid. And, when I think about “grown-up” things, I feel totally fraudulent and question everything in my life.
Should I be married? Shouldn’t I at least be engaged?
When will I learn to properly apply blush?
Why don’t I have children yet, and is it atypical to be uncertain about wanting them?
Will I ever stop locking myself out of the house?
Why can I still not cross the street safely? I have “close calls” all the time (I was recently scolded by a passerby outside Starbucks for my risky moves. In my defense, I was coming to Lithe, and nothing is more important than that)
The clinical psychologist in me takes this to mean that this is a “transitional” period in my life that is inherently confusing. I am young at heart but I also have an old soul; sometimes those two parts of me conflict and make it difficult for me to feel cohesively “mature”.
Dr. Dore: Really, let’s think about this. You express an inclination towards thinking and behaving in ways you did as a youth.
Dr. Dore: But you also express disinterest in many things that your same-aged peers would consider important…
Rachel: I think there’s something wrong with me.
Dr. Dore: You might interpret your thoughts that way, or you might just accept them for what they are: just thoughts…
Dr. Dore: Perhaps you might consider honoring these conflicting parts of yourself. Embrace your multi-dimensionality instead of looking at is as pathological. Who says you can’t be both young and old?
Rachel: You sound annoying. You’re a quack.
Dr. Dore: It might be useful for you to integrate an activity into your daily life that allows you to honor both the “older” and the “younger” parts of yourself.
Rachel: I see. Like if they hang out with each other enough they will become besties
Dr. Dore: Or at the very least better-tolerate each other so that you don’t feel so confused all the time about who you are and what you want.
Rachel: Gotcha. I’ll think about it.
Image of Lithe Instructor Rachel Dore, PSY.D. wearing Lithe's Hot-stepper dress via Dom
…And then it hits me: I’m already there, I already have it. It’s the reason I get up when it’s still painfully cold and dark out. It’s both a proper noun and a verb in my vocabulary. It’s that perfect shade of baby-blue…
Lithe helps me celebrate my youth: I pretend I’m still a cheerleader, I jump holding bands so it feels like I’m flying, I bounce on trampolines, and I feel breathless and speechless post-class just as I used to feel walking in from recess...
BUT, Lithe does not treat me like a fragile child! Lithe embraces my womanhood: I slap my booty in Barlesque, show cleavage during pushups, push for one more set for a total of 30, and work it in stiletto until my legs quiver…
I’m a Lithe Instructor, and damn proud of it. Most people cannot do what I do. And it has nothing to do with strength, age, etc. It has to do with heart and passion. And that extends beyond instructors to all who engage in this rigorous fitness regimen!
Lithers, we are smart cookies. I bet you knew that. But I bet you didn’t know that regular exercise is now proven to slow the aging process and protect us from age-related disease.
Yes, we know that exercise leads to not only longevity in life but also makes the whole aging process less-cruel. But now we finally have data that makes a molecular connection between these two things! Anyone in field of science can appreciate the significance of this UK-based study published last month that proves this connection! Long story short: regular exercise induces the release of a particular hormone, Irisin, which elongates a particular chromosomal marker of aging.
So, every time I teach (or take!) a class, that’s one grey hair that disappears from my future-self. That’s one less wrinkle on my face, one less liver spot, one less blocked artery. That’s one more neuron in my brain that’s free to fire as I sit in my rocking chair with ten cats, engaging in some form of cognitive-exercise game for the Aged that hasn’t been invented yet. That’s one more pump of the heart. That’s one more gaping stare and one more “dang, that lady’s 87?! She walks around like she’s 28 years old!”
And so, on the mat, under the bands, wearing this mic, I am one person again, I am whole, and I am so peacefully happy. And suddenly, one year older is OK. I am OK. And if I am lucky enough, I’ll be writing this very same thing, on this very same day, to post on this very same blog, to be read by the very same people who exude beauty and strength that cannot be tied to a number. We are ageless. On Friday, I hope you will join me in celebrating that.
Image of Rachel Dore, PSY.D.wearing Lithe's Hot-stepper dress via Dom
Ready to cheer these two on? They are on a 9 day MISSION! What's up with the magic of Lithing for nine days straight? Whenever Lithers fall off the wagon, you'll hear talk of The Nine Days throughout the studios. Sayeh did it, too. It's a fact that Lithing nine days in a row (along with clean eating) will get you back on track with the quickness.
This is a bit of an office challenge. When you work for Lithe, you're so focused on Lithers, and all the behind the scenes business that it's just so easy to become derailed. Meet two of my awesome teammates, Assistant Manager, Kristin K. (left) and Director of Client Experience, Chrissy P. (right). Yesterday, Chrissy invited Kristin to join her on a nine day mission. Both Kristin and Chrissy are petite and lean to begin with, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are healthy, and feeling good. I took their before photos, measurements, and spoke to them about what they have been eating. Here is where they are right now...
Kristin: Kristin has been eating high sodium foods like lunch meat, cheese sticks and take-out for dinner every night, for months. Kristin took 4 classes in November & 6 classes in January, and has been really struggling with motivation. She said, "Each year when Winter comes around, I find myself in a serious funk. This year has been especially rough. Seems like any time I'm not at work, I'm at home on the couch wrapped in blankets and catching up on tv shows... literally only getting up if someone is paying me! I've found that exercise is the only thing that has ever effectively helped me keep my moods in check, but even knowing this, there's just something about Winter that completely kills any fiber of motivation. When Chrissy asked me if I wanted to do a challenge I pretty much immediately said yeah, of course! This came as the perfect opportunity to force myself off the couch and into the studio for some desperately needed physical movement."
Chrissy: Prior to falling in love in early fall 2013, Chrissy Lithed just about everyday for two years. She went to Paris in November and then the holidays hit, followed by a very snowy winter, so she's been on a six month bender. She really fell off the wagon, by her standards. Chrissy took 4 classes in January, and 7 classes in February. She said that finding motivation amongst welcomed obstacles like falling in love with a man that can really cook, staying in to cozy up to the eternal winter, and forgoing the lifelong sentencing of a fear of food, have made for a few long months.
Chrissy said, "I didn't immediately realize these personal standard routines of mine existed until, all of a sudden, all rules escaped me. I was used to taking care of my body, inside and out. Month by month, six months later to be exact, I witnessed changes that I was SO not used to. My struggles are not to be taken in comparison but, however, on a personal level that became a big deal for me, weighing on me mentally and physically. Getting soft, in more ways than I was used to, opened my eyes to the element of control that normally existed over my eating habits, exercise routine, and self image. Seemingly overnight, getting dressed was a struggle as nothing seemed to fit and I'd mentally punish myself as a result. Weighing in at an all time high for myself, I'm turning my focus back to the basics: Lithe, for physical and mental health, and reigning in the eating habits that fuel my energy to get through everything life hands me."
Tomorrow, I'll post their measurements along with some recipes that I gave them, and on Thursday, March 13th, we'll check in with how they are feeling and see their results!
Continuing our series of 25 Things! featuring the bright shining faces of the studio staff that greet us, help us with scheduling issues, make sure our studios are set up and that we have everything we need is Manager, Katie Kempf. If you frequent the Rittenhouse Studio, you have seen her tall, long-haired, gentle self standing behind the desk smiling kindly at you. But don't be fooled. Under that seemingly quiet exterior, is a girl who goes HARD. Read her 25 Things to find out that if you mess with her, she may jack you with an elbow, among many other fascinating things!
Here's one of my easy, healthy staples that everyone in my family loves. Jordan says it's awesome, Mars asks for it by name, and I'm addicted. I call it a lithe quesadilla: cheesy, rich and creamy with a crunchy shell - it makes a quick, simple and hearty meal. If you're really watching you can reduce to one shell and make it open-faced. I often utilize leftover eggs from my breakfast, as this is an awesome grab-n-go lunch. It's also perfect for dinner with the addition of shredded chicken and a green salad.
Directions: Scramble egg(s). Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Place bottom wrap in the pan. As wrap is heating up/browning, add cooked scrambled eggs, chopped avocado, sliced tomato and Daiya cheese. Place second wrap on top and flip over to brown that wrap. When the "cheese" starts to stretch, remove from heat! I like to use a pizza slicer to cut into perfect slices.
Image via Lauren
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
Aww, yeah! Great job everyone! We love seeing all your inspiration via Social Media. Hang in there, only 15 days to go and 20 days until Spring! We can't wait to see everyone's results!
Image of Lithe Instructor Colleen McNally doing a heel stretch via Dom
Smile, it's the weekend! Nothing is better than a bright, healthy smile - except coffee, chocolate and wine! You don't have to chose (or drink your coffee with a straw) because REMBRANDT believes that you can have your cake and eat it too.
This week our giveaway is an oral care whitening kit from the REMBRANDT DEEPLY WHITE collection ($40+ value!). One lucky winner will receive one REMBRANDT Deeply White 2 Hour Whitening Kit which whitens teeth three shades in just two hours, and one REMBRANDT DEEPLY WHITE Toothpaste and Mouthwash which can be used daily to visibly whiten teeth and restore enamel. All products feature the same enamel-safe whitening ingredient dentists use, remove surface stains and penetrate deeply to whiten inside and out.
For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what is making YOU smile today. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Good luck!
What's up with the late cancellation/no show fee on the monthly unlimited membership?: Yeah, it’s been a tough challenge to handle for us and we’ve thought hard about the best way to ensure that people take late canceling or no-showing seriously. When someone late cancels it’s really painful for us as a business, but also to the brand’s reputation and client satisfaction as a whole. We lose 2 spots if you think about it, the no-show, but also the Lither who could have gotten into the class and didn’t. Beyond that, there’s the disappointment of not being able to get into a class that would be diminished if we knew the attendance before-hand and weren’t surprised last minute. You'd be shocked at how many people cancel last minute. Believe me, I don’t want to charge a ‘penalty’ but it would be anarchy without it.
We ran a few focus groups of different populations (moms, people who lithe exclusively and people who lithe but also do other exercise methods). With our old policy, we used to take one day off of the monthly unlimited. For example, lets say you are a 6AM'er. IF we had spots in another class later that day (we usually do not!), we would allow you to take that class at no additional charge, but other wait-listed and walk-in clients got first priority. IF we didn't have spots in classes later that day, you would have to pay $22 to sign up for another class.
The late cancellation fee will generally be less expensive than losing a full day on a monthly package. If you take 21 classes per month it works out to $10 per class. If you take 21 classes then the cancellation fee will be the equivalent of losing 1 day on your monthly. However, if you take less than 21 classes each month the cancellation fee would work out to be less than losing the value of 1 day on your monthly package. We found that most people prefer the new way rather than the former. We certainly try and work with people who have to cancel, but I highly recommend that people who cancel often utilize a class card. BUT, with that said, when class card Lithers late cancel, they lose a class from their class card also.
I need people to feel a responsibility to their commitments, both for the business and for all other Lithers’ satisfaction. We are very open to other solutions as this is a constant topic of discussion internally. Right now this is sort of industry standard, and while we aspire to transcend industry standard in everything we do, this is the best way we’ve found so far.
Why did you raise juices by a buck: It stinks. I didn't want to do it but we have a new producer, and a better, fresher, more consistent product. We are constantly working on ways to decrease costs while maintaining quality. Right now, our prices have gone up a bit to produce a high quality juice, and we need to make a profit on this as Lithe is a business not a nonprofit (sometimes!):) Our Lithers want our juices, and we believe they would rather pay $1 more for them, than to not have them at all. That’s really what it comes down to. We want to offer this because it’s who we are and because we should, but it also has to make sense for the business. Like I said, we’re always looking to provide excellent value… price AND quality, and we will never want to waiver on the quality, so sometimes the price is what moves. Read more on why cold-pressed juice is so expensive via Huffingon Post.
Why aren't all of my classes changing every 4 weeks? They still will, but you'll see that we are working in a direction of only offering only the "best of Lithe" every quarter rather than classes that are not 100% loved by a majority of Lithers. Mindbody utilization reports tell us what you all really love. We'll also be debuting our "key" soon which I think that you will all find really exciting. We are most definitely pairing down our options so that we give you a more consistent product. For example, we are slowly removing classes like Action Figure and Wings from the schedules so that the client experience is improved. I know all about those stinky weights : ) We will be selling weights in the future.
Old City: Yes, wait-lists are growing at this location. We have some great plans for Lithe OC that I can talk about in the springtime!
Rittenhouse: The. Studio. Isn't. Complete. Yet. We have dramatically reduced wait-lists and increased client satisfaction. Wait-lists are not 40+ people deep anymore. We still have to install: signage, additional mirrors and barres, additional lockers, fans, and up-grade our locker room.
Image of Lauren Boggi via Dom
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