ROAR (RAH)! 28 Aug 2014

Rah

Rah is different. It’s supposed to be. The fact that this evokes such a colorful range of emotions from those who take it makes me giggle with glee! Why?! Because… that’s the point!  We want you to react!

Rah born out of the following paradigms of influence: somatic psychology (the process of using the body to heal), neuropsychology, self-hypnotism, and movement therapy.

The targeted goals of this workout are three-pronged:

# 1: Feel. React to stimuli with emotion. Reflect on your recent past and attach an emotion to it. How do we facilitate that? By giving you an experience that activates this internal process. This is why we use the words we use. It’s supposed to be jarring. It’s supposed to feel slightly uncouth. Did you love the class? Are you incredibly fearful of it now? Did you absolutely loath the entire experience? Doesn’t matter either way because ultimately, the objective has been achieved.

We as a society, but women in particular, are conditioned to keep our emotions at bay… to stuff them down deep inside because “there’s no room for that ‘stuff’ in/ at / during _______(fill in the blank).” We may walk around not fully connected to our emotions. When a colleague asks you, “how are you?” What is your response? Is it genuine? Honest? When you say, “I’m fine, thank you! How are you?!” do you really mean it? 

#2: Affirm. The phrases we use are affirmations, or positive statements that paint a mental picture of how you want your life to be. Specifically, we are promoting self-love. A lot of how we feel about ourselves is held outside of our conscious awareness (it’s actually an adaptive feature of the human psyche). This also means that it is hard to reach! Affirmations, with repetition, help re-program this part of the psyche. This is why we say what we say in class, and repeat it several times.

The science behind this is simple: the body reflects mind and mind reflects body. They are connected. If you work with the mind, you affect the body. This, we know, that’s the usual direction, and pretty much a major premise in psychological science. BUT, what we don’t consider as often is that this process is BIDIRECTIONAL. This means that we can also work with the body to affect the mind! It is a mechanism of mutual feedback. Strong body, strong mind. Happy body, happy mind.

# 3: Empower. This comes directly from a 2009 study by Leseho & Maxwell who set out to answer the question, “what do women want?”  They found that, universally, want to: feel a sense of independence and freedom (“we are powerful!) the ability to cope with stress (“we don’t give a…”),  appreciate their bodies (two CCS sequences instead of one? You’re welcome, ladies…), embrace their femininity (“I’m hot!”), express emotion (“Stop, *****!”) feel whole, and feel grounded.

This class should be a cathartic release that transforms your emotional state to promote health and psychological growth. Not to mention you are getting a crazy good work-out. And guess what? Yelling while you Lithe not only increases your core strength, makes the work-out more intense, but it will, with time, improve your lung capacity.

Are you Rah-shy? Does the thought of “cheering” while you work-out make you want to run for the hills? No! come back! You don’t have to yell! It’s just for fun. It’s optional. Try not to take it too seriously! At the end of the day, this is your hour. Modify! For example, if you are uncomfortable in stiletto at the barre, you work flat-footed. It’s all about YOU and what works for YOU. Just because the instructor cues for stiletto doesn’t mean you have to conform... If a particular chant makes you uncomfortable, try a modification; use a different word! Or, maybe you just choose to double-jump-plyo your heart out and not chant at all. It's all about what makes you comfortable.

One of our missions at Lithe is to challenge you, so that you never stagnate and never plateau. If someone has been coming to class for a while and working flat foot, I might challenge them to try out stiletto. This is how we grow: by pushing ourselves and taking chances. We talk a lot about pushing ourselves physically to get through these work outs. Why? Because that’s the point, and that’s how you see results. Do the same thing for your mind. My personal challenge to you is to push yourself to move beyond your mental comfort zone. Come back and take it again, see how different instructors put their own spin on it. Give it a go. Yell your heart (and lungs) out… what do you have to lose?

So step outside your comfort zone. Really step outside of it. If you can, chill there for a second. You might just find that your comfort zone is bigger than you thought. Above all else, take comfort in knowing that there is a method to the madness. A Lithe Method, to be precise. 

Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom

WE'RE HIRING! 28 Aug 2014

HIRINGWe're growing this fall!  Lithe is hiring for part-time Front Desk Studio Staff.

Part-Time Front Desk Studio Staff Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Provide high level hospitality and customer service to clients
  • Be comfortable with computer database functions and other basic computer skills
  • Have experience handling money and a register
  • Be able to communicate clearly and efficiently via e-mail and telephone
  • Maintain the Lithe Method brand aesthetic and studio appearance
  • Maintain the appearance and upkeep of Lithe’s retail (Lithe Foods & Lithe Wear)
  • Assist Lithe’s Studio Manager in daily studio tasks and projects

What's Required?:

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task independently within a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to initiate tasks independently
  • Excellent communication skills and superior organizational skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills and confidentiality
  • Friendly and professional email and phone etiquette
  • Have a passion for Lithe, healthy living and fitness
  • Be willing to participate in Lithe Method workouts to fully understand the brand
  • Flexible/non-traditional hours:  multiple days per week, including some holidays, early mornings, nights, and weekends

Part-time front desk studio positions will be available at Lithe with the following anticipated hours:

  • Lithe Main Line  10-15 hours per week (including some early mornings, nights, and weekends)

Please submit resume, cover letter, and availability to careers@lithemethod.com

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 27 Aug 2014

Love Letters
Dear Ladies of Lithe,
 
THANK YOU. I finally found a workout/lifestyle that not only challenges me and makes me sweat (a lot), but also makes me feel like "Laura."
 
As a former college and nationally competitive cheerleader and dancer, I've struggled to find a way to stay in shape that's as fun and difficult as the "old days" of rockin' out to counts of 8, throwing 90-pound girls in the air, and flipping all over the mat. I started running a few years back, but was losing motivation. A few friends referred me to Lithe and with my best friend's wedding coming up, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to try something new.
 
Five minutes into my first class (Twiggy with Jen in Old City), I felt a rush of energy and had a big smile on my face. It was the hardest I had worked out, yet the best I felt in years. I knew I was already addicted.
 
I decided to challenge myself, especially after putting on some pounds from a little too much fun this summer and do at least 4-5 classes for the next 6 weeks.  So far, 8 classes in and I'm down 3 pounds and 5.5 inches! I feel confident, happy, and most importantly, EXCITED to work out! 
 
Thank you for creating this opportunity in a great city like Philadelphia!
 
Keep on Lithe-in' on!
 
Laura T.

SCENES FROM THE WKND! 27 Aug 2014

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The final WKND of the Summer was fantastic.  Just looking at these pictures gets me super excited for F/W 2014 Lithe Escape (details coming soon!).  Here are a few shots of our Lithe bikini babes at Lithe Beach doing walking lunges, abs, tilt-a-whirl and the dig.  

Did you miss out on our Lithe Beach workouts this year?  We have one session left on Saturday, September 6th from 8-10AM at Lithe Beach in Avalon.  Email philly@lithemethod.com to register.

Images via Lauren

LITHE FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH MAG 26 Aug 2014

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DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 26 Aug 2014

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS)

Dear Lauren,

When I was little, I thought that one day you woke up, and your body would just be where you wanted it to be.  So as I ate macaroni and cheese and ice cream all through college, I assumed it would work itself out someday, that I would end up how I wanted to look.  But I didn't.  I gained weight from bad habits and lost it by happenstance, never doing anything sustainable or long-term.  I was the girl who went to the gym once a semester and used it as justification for weeks of unhealthy eating.  I had some dance experience and had jogged around a little, but would not call myself "athletic."
 
I was what Louis CK calls "cosmetically overweight."  Nothing was "wrong," I was within normal range, especially because I was really good at hiding my size.  I was careful with what I wore to make sure that no one could really see me.  Last summer, after several half-baked attempts to get into shape, I needed a change.  I saw women leaving Lithe in the Rittenhouse building where I have supervision and saw that they were all in phenomenal shape, and figured there must be something to it.  Most of all, they seemed so confident.  I signed up for 101 and hoped for the best.
 
On a Saturday last August, I went to Old City and had my Lithe 101 - it was just me and Jaime.  She walked me through everything slowly, correcting me as I went, and I remember being out of breath as we did the cardio from Pom, and barely making it through ten of each move at the barre (I thought, "Thirty of each? Are these people insane?!").  After the class, while I downed a coconut water, I asked her if it ever got any easier.  "It will never be easy," she said, "but you are always able to find a new way to challenge yourself within Lithe."  I knew that if even the stretches were hard, that this was the right place to be.
 
Within a couple of months, I could see the difference in my muscle tone, and I could gradually add more classes per week without feeling exhausted.  I used to chase sculpting classes because I felt like I lacked the stamina for cardio, and after a few months I found I didn't need to do that, either.  I was getting stronger.  I was changing.
 
I never set a pound goal at Lithe, or inches, or even a clothing size.  I wanted something tangible, measurable, but I didn't know what it would be.  In January, I counted the number of classes left and the number of days before the end of August to see if I could reach Varsity. There was just the right amount, if I committed every day to coming. I knew that if I committed to achieving 250 classes, then the rest of my desired results would follow, and asked myself, "if not now, when?"  I crossed off a day on a calendar on my wall every day, inching closer to that 250.  I changed my eating during the series of spring challenges, and felt my metabolism and body change in the ways I intended.  It was happening.
 
There were days when I was absolutely decimated from work, feeling drained, when the desk staff, instructors, and community perked me right up and cheered me on, as did accomplishing a new part of a class.  I vividly remember my first set of 30 at the barre, or 10 full see-saws, or making it through all of the jumping jacks without stalling.  If you had told me a year ago that I would voluntarily wake up at 5 am to go work out, I would have told you that you were crazy.  Something had changed - I loved it and always found a way to squeeze it in, every single day.
 
So today, as I sit here, having taken my 250th class today, all I can do is tell you how grateful I am.  Lithe has changed my life.  It has taken me from being someone who hides to someone who embraces herself.  I don't hide behind ambiguously shaped clothing.  A chronic hair straightener, I have even found myself embracing my hair's natural curly texture.  I am more confident, I am a more dedicated person, than I was when I found you a year ago.  
I have met amazing, capable, hilarious women through classes and challenges, and have come to adore this community of supportive instructors who want to see us shine, of other tough ladies, and most of all, you for dreaming this whole thing up.  This group of ladies (and a gent or two) has been there for me and supported me in a way I could have never imagined in this last year, from supporting me on my lowest, most stressful days, to challenging me in the studio to push through just one more rep because I can do it.  
 
I didn't wake up one day feeling this way, I earned it.  And I have to say, the result was well worth the journey.  I cannot thank you enough for the last year, and I'm looking forward to many, many more. 
 
Love,
Rebecca Newman

LITHED-UP FISH TACOS 26 Aug 2014

Lithed Up Fish Tacos
 
I love Mexican food, and when I was in LA I totally fell in love with how tacos were continuously at my disposal. Tacos seem to be the heartbeat of Los Angeles' culinary scene. From the hand-patted tortillas to the ingredients - stews, moles, and seafood - there were endless options of taco greatness.  I came home and immediately asked ex-LA'er Kristy Gilboy for a recipe.  Here's a simple Lithed-Up (but not spartan) recipe that you'll feel good about.  Sorry carb-phobes, the tortillas are non-negotiable! 
 
Ingredients:  Small hand-made corn tortillas (approx 90 calories, 1g fat and 5g protein each), 1 lb. tilapia, olive oil, 1 small container of Fage total yogurt, 2 limes, cilantro, jalapeno, cabbage (or radish) and whatever else you'd like on your taco. 
 
Fish:
Brush tilapia fillet with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Cover baking sheet with foil, broil for 6-8 min, then remove and let cool for a few minutes then take a fork and flake the fillets.
 
Cilantro Crema:
Fage total yogurt (small individual size), 2 limes, 1C cilantro, 1 jalapeño (seeds removed), salt & pepper.  Place in food processor & blend until smooth. 
 
To Do:
Chop up cabbage, and veggies while torillas are heating in your skillet.  Assemble your taco as you wish and top with cilantro crema and fresh cilantro.
 
Image via Lauren

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 25 Aug 2014

AquaFresca

It's back!  Perfect, post-Lithe.

SCENES FROM #LITHETOUR LA 25 Aug 2014

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Check out a few shots of our 9:15AM & 10:30AM classes.  We loved spending time with friends, and west coast Lithers! 

Images of Lauren, Meredith, Lithers, Joy & Co. & Ellen via Katie Kempf

LAUREN BOGGI ON STYLE BISTRO 22 Aug 2014

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Lauren talks to Style Bistro about confidence, diet, fitness, excuses and balance.  

Images via Style Bistro via Dom 

#LITHETOUR NYC! 22 Aug 2014

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Hey NYC, get ready to experience Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting with Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!  Sweat, sip cold-pressed juice, and snag some swag.  September 12th & 13th at 1315 Studios.  Reserve here!

For media inquiries, please contact Jill at pr@lithemethod.com.

Image via Dom

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE {REPOST} 21 Aug 2014

Pumpkin Spice Latte

You know Fall is right around the corner when Starbucks debuts their Pumpkin Spice Latte (today!).  Honestly, I can't resist the combination of coffee, pumpkin and spice, but I try to stay away from the super sugary syrups when I visit my local coffee shop.  Here's a delicious homemade recipe combining pumpkin, milk of your choice, fall spices and pure maple syrup. It's delicious, easy to make and healthy.  For those of you who are looking for a grab-n-go option, Lithe Foods will soon be offering a Pumpkin Spice version of our much-loved Lithe Latte!

Pumpkin Spice Latte 
 (makes 2 cups)

Ingredients:
1 cup almond, soy or regular milk, 1 cup hot brewed coffee, 
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, a dash of cinnamon, 
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or agave)

Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in your Vitamix or high-speed blender, and mix until smooth and frothy.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

INSPIRATION 20 Aug 2014

Never give up!

SAYEH'S LIVING SALAD SHIRAZI! 20 Aug 2014

Sayehll

Despite the chill that's arrived in the air in the morning, and the leaves which are already changing color outside of my window, I refuse to accept that summer is over. We still have a month left, and I need to squeeze every last drop out of it to steel myself against the coats and scarves I'll be wearing before too long. And there's nothing that's more summer on a plate than this simple salad, named after a city in Iran, that's almost more condiment than salad. You can eat it with a hard boiled egg in the morning for a simple, fresh breakfast. Put it on top of a bed of quinoa with chickpeas for a clean, filling lunch, or serve it alongside a cool, greek-style yogurt, basmati rice and chicken kabobs for dinner. Any which way, it will be a reminder that summer is still here and fall can wait. 

Ingredients

2 large, ripe juicy tomatoes

4 small (or 3 medium) Persian cucumbers, or 1.5 English/hothouse cucumbers (don't go traditional, waxy cucumber here--it makes a major difference)

1 small-medium onion (any color works)

A generous splash of olive oil (2-3 tablespoons)

The juice of 2 limes

Dried mint (optional, but delish)

Salt and pepper, to taste

Dice the tomato, cucumber, and onion to a 1/2 inch dice. Top with olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and a generous sprinkle of dried mint and toss well. You can eat it straight away, but I find that it's better after some time in the fridge, left to cool, and for the flavors to really marry, and get into the salad. 

See you in class!

EVERYTHING NICE 19 Aug 2014

Lithe Spice

Are you an Herbigirl?  Eating clean is about to become super easy and really enjoyable in October!  You'll love our delicious and healthy superfood seasoning mix - All-purpose, antioxidant-rich and perfect for spicing up smoothies, water, veggies, salads, soups, and protein without all the fat and additives.  Also works beautifully on the skin as a mask!  Available on-line and in-studio. 

Image of Lithe mix via Lauren

LITHE ESCAPE F/W 2014 19 Aug 2014

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Ready?  Info coming soon...

KELP CHIPS! 18 Aug 2014

Kelp

If you like kale chips give kelp chips a try!  I used to buy seaweed snacks, but I found that it's so easy to DIY, or self-kelp at home.

In moderation, kelp is one of the healthiest foods available to us: It's low in calories, carbohydrates and fat, and high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which are important in muscle and bone growth. The sea veggie also provides zinc and selenium, and many other minerals and amino acids.  Kelp also contains melatonin which enhances sleep.  

Kelp contains Iodine and studies have shown that Iodine is the key to  a healthy thyroid and metabolism.  Iodine is more abundant in kelp than in almost any other plant or animal. Iodine is critical to thyroid function, protects us against radiation, prevents infection, and helps scavenge free radicals. The correlation between sea veggies and cancer rates are pretty interesting - Breast cancer rates are lower in Japan than in western countries, and this may be due to seaweed consumption.

Ingredients:  mild Maine freshwater kelp, olive oil spray and salt 

Directions:  Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, then spray paper with coconut or olive oil  (I used foil just for looks).  Tear or cut kelp into medium-sized strips, sprinkle with salt(optional) and place in oven for 15 minutes.

Images via Lauren

LITHE BRIDAL CHALLENGE! 14 Aug 2014

Lithe bridal challenge

We may be biased, but Lithe Brides are the most beautiful brides!  If you want to feel confident and rock that dress, we have a sweet challenge for you.  Read more about it in Philadelphia Magazine's Local Bridal Guide.

Step 1: Sign up in-studio and provide proof (more than a ring!) that you're tying the knot within three-six months.

Step 2: Take four Lithe workouts per week for four consecutive weeks.

Earn:  20% discount on your next 30 day unlimited package.

Perks: You'll receive a complimentary pre-wedding, private class for you and your bridesmaids, before & after photos and measurements (not mandatory) as well as a non-mandatory Lithe Bride feature on Fit.Hip.Healthy.

Mrs:  Sorry, the Lithe Bridal Challenge program/discount cannot be used retroactively.

Image of Lauren via Kella MacPhee

LITHE WKND! 14 Aug 2014

Lithe WKND

Need a re-boot right before Labor Day?  Join us next weekend for three days of Lithe with Lauren specially designed to inspire confidence, reset eating habits, and transform your body (we're talking visible results!).

What's Included:

*Six hours of unique (new choreography!) Lithe with Lauren: 2 two-hour classes at Lithe Rittenhouse and 1 two-hour Lithe Escape workout on Saturday, August 23rd at 8AM at Lithe Beach (location will be announced):
  
    Friday, August 22nd:  RH Studio from 6-8PM
    Saturday, August 23rd: Lithe Beach in Avalon, NJ from 8-10AM
    Sunday, August 24th:  RH Studio from 3-5:30PM 

*Lithe Foods Detox Plan: 3 days of lean, local and seasonal meals & fresh, cold-pressed juice and smoothies.
*1 WKND Spirit Circle meeting on Sunday, August 24th at 5-5:30PM
*Lithe WKND Swag Bag with goodies from our sponsors

Pricing: $425 with Lithe Foods Meal Plan or $200 a la carte fitness only.  Detox orders must be in by Tuesday, August 19th.

Reservations & Payment: Call 215-545-5144 to reserve your spot. 

Transportation: Transportation is not included; Lithers are responsible for their own transportation to and from Avalon (we recommend carpooling!).

Out-of-Towners:  We recommend staying at Hotel Monaco or The Palomar

Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing FP Movement via Dom and food images via Lauren

#LITHETOUR LOS ANGELES! 13 Aug 2014

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Hey LA, get ready to experience Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting with Lithe creator, Lauren Boggi!  Sweat, sip cold-pressed juice, and snag some swag.  August 15th & 16th on the rooftop of the PalihouseReserve here!

For media inquiries, please contact Jill at pr@lithemethod.com

Image of Lauren Boggi via Dom

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