LAUREN FOR PREVENTION! 30 Jul 2014

Lauren Boggi for Prevention

Lithers, here are some moves that you know well!  Check out Lauren's exclusive sculpting workout for Prevention

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LAUREN'S SKINNY JEANS PLAYLIST 30 Jul 2014

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It's Wednesday, which is legs/lower body day at Lithe!  Check out Lauren's latest Skinny Jeans playlist.  

Image of Lauren via Everlast

25 THINGS! {RE-POST, BY SAYEH} 30 Jul 2014


Lauren

We all know Lauren as the brains (and the body) behind everything Lithe. From the constantly evolving classes, to the clean eats and drinks she creates to compliment them, to the stylish, high performance gear she designs for us to wear during them (and out to dinner after we leave), she has carefully crafted an entire lifestyle for her clients. One that is without gimmick and gains die hard converts daily because of one simple fact: it works. I'm often left in awe of how she manages running this ever-expanding business and everything else a normal wife/mother/daughter/friend does on a regular basis. Every time a new class is added to the schedule or we see another picture of Mars’s darling little punim on the blog, I silently tip my hat to the screen because I have ample free time and get overwhelmed managing my Netflix account.

So, this week, we're reposting from 2009, but next week, as an homage to Lauren's incredible time management skills, business acumen and general bad-assery, we are going to hear 25 Things about Lauren's incredibly productive and transormative 2014 thus far. Prepare to be wowed. 

1. I love driving through Manhattan. I'm really good at navigating and weaving through heavy traffic. The more going on, the better!  I may have been a cabbie in a past life. 

2. It drives me nuts when the studio mats are misaligned.

3. I've never worn deodorant (I've never needed it).

4. I love Stevie Nicks.

5. I blow my nose like an old man.

6. I honk like a taxi driver when I drive.

7. I am terrible at camping.

8. I can’t eat mussels b/c they remind me of baby birds.

9. I was painfully shy as a child. My mom had to push me out the door to play with the neighborhood kids. It still takes me a little time to warm up to people. 

10. I live for reggae music.

11. I can travel anywhere for any length of time and pack all my belongings in 1 small carry-on duffel.

12. I've been told many times that I don't worry enough.

13. At least a few times a week when I'm teaching, I think how incredibly thankful I am to have a healthy, working body.

14. Every Lithe love letter that I have ever received has made me cry.

15. I was baptized Presbyterian, raised Catholic and married a Jew.

16. I'm half Italian and half Dutch. Yep, my dad's side of the family is the Boggi-Milano suit family. 

17. I'm not a math person, but have a photographic memory when it comes to movement. I can remember and repeat every move that I see during a music video, cheerleading competition, skating championship, etc.

18. I'm obsessed with BBC World News. I watch it every night before bed.

19. I trust myself completely. I follow my gut.  It's almost always right.

20. I have a unique family situation. I am an only child and my parents divorced when I was three. Neither remarried, but they remained best friends. They both have significant others of over 30 years. They speak everyday, and we have all gone on vacation together. I'll often call one of them to find them all together at a Phillies game, a play, dinner, or a concert. I consider myself really lucky.

21. It has been noted that trying to change my mind is like trying to turn a cruise ship.

22. I moved 13 times from 1996-2007.

23. I once had dinner with Walter Matthau and had no idea who he was - A total missed opportunity!

24. I'm a world class skier. I've been skiing since I was 3.  My family had a house in Breckenridge, CO for most of my life. I am a silver and bronze Nastar downhill racing winner. I love skiing the back bowls, I've been heli-skiing, and I can attack any (West Coast) Double Black Diamond run with 5-foot moguls, but I haven't skied in years because my feet can't handle the cold.

25. I make a killer homemade ragu and meatballs (pork neck bones included!) but I don't eat pork.


Image of Lauren Boggi in Peeled via Dominic Episcopo

#LITHETOUR 2014 TANK 29 Jul 2014

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Landing in studios (and L.A.) in 2 weeks! 

INSPIRATION 29 Jul 2014

Lithe Inspiration

Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom

MAMA SAYS 29 Jul 2014

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Our next Lithe Mama is Simone Nadav. What makes her awesome? For starters, not even midnight nursing sessions can deter her from getting to classes first thing in the morning. 

Children: Bayla, 3.5 and Lev, 16 months

Tell us your Lithe story:  I was looking around for early morning classes for awhile and knew I didn't want to go to a gym. I Lithed here and there before I got pregnant with Bayla. About 7 months after she was born, I started going 4-5 times a week and continued up until I was 35 weeks pregnant with Lev. 

How do you fit it into your schedule? I always go to 6AM classes. Usually, I can sneak out while my children and husband are sleeping (unless I step on a creaky floorboard). And if I'm really lucky, they're still snoozing when I get back. Plus, I don't have to pay for a sitter. 

Sounds like you're hooked: Definitely. I've considered moving to the suburbs, but I think I would miss Lithe too much. And the 6AM students at Old City are a tight knit group. Many of us have been going for years. 

Anything that you did to really get your body in gear post-baby? The challenge this past October helped me lose that last five pounds. The sculpting classes helped build all the muscles I need to pick my babies up out of their cribs. I'm also a big believer in eating clean and I juice every day. 

So, chicken fingers aren't in the rotation at your house? Luckily, my kids eat whatever I eat. I cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for them. But ... I don't hesitate to eat sweets every now and again. 

Thanks, Simone!

#LITHETOUR LOS ANGELES! 28 Jul 2014

Lithe Tour LA

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

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 25 Jul 2014

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Happy Friday! This week we're giving away a spot for our August 2nd Lithe Beach (Lithe's Bikini Bottom workout) class in Avalon!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you want to win! A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Class will be automatically added to the winner's account with normal expiration applied. Thank you, and good luck!

Image of Lithe Instructor Gina Toscano wearing Nike via Dom

LITHE LEERY? 24 Jul 2014

Sophie

It's no secret that Lithe has a reputation. Ask women who Lithe regularly to describe that reputation, and the descriptions often include words like: fun, community, support, challenging, rewarding, and sometimes even addiction. But for some who've never taken a class, Lithe invokes something totally different. Peering into a studio with all of its mirrors, weights, barres, and various bands hanging from the ceiling, and words like intimidating, insane, torture and impossible all come to their minds. 

Starting any new workout regimen is a big step! And while I don't mind that Lithe has a reputation for being tough - because changing your body takes work - I do mind when women think they won't be able to do it. Some women see the flow of fit bodies that come and go from our various studios and they think: I couldn't keep up. Or, I will be the only person in the room that's not in fantastic shape. And while I understand their fears, it's important to know that any able-bodied woman, regardless of fitness level or age, can Lithe!

Nobody who Lithes starts with a Lithe body! The women in our studios look the way that they do because they Lithe.  There is such a diverse range of women that attend classes, from competitive athletes to women who are brand new to exercise. The best way to start out if you have no background is to take a few of our Lithe 101 classes. 

It's important to us that newbies feel supported through every step of your workout. We are here as you take it at a pace that works for you. Most women who begin Lithe are always surprised how quickly they catch on, and how well their bodies take to the challenge! Still leery? Stay tuned for our additional tips on what workouts to take and a video on how to modify!

Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Stella McCartney & Michi via Dom

OPEN LITHE! 24 Jul 2014

Jonathan

We need approximately 8 Lithers to participate in a complimentary Hot Legs workout today, 7/24 @ 11AM at Lithe Rittenhouse with Lithe Instructor, Jonathan Cedrone!  Call 215-545-5144 or email philly@lithemethod.com to reserve!

Image of Lithe Instructor Jonathan Cedrone wearing Nike via Dom

LITHE INSTRUCTORS TAKE OVER OLD CITY! 23 Jul 2014


Watch how Lithe Instructor, Kim Sauer recruits a total stranger during our Lithe Hunt.  He's pretty good! 

LITHE BEAUTIFUL 23 Jul 2014

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We know that exercise does wonders for your body, but do you know that Lithing can have a positive effect on your beauty, as well?  Here are 8 reasons how fitness improves your appearance...

  1. fit.hip.healthy Healthy people are beautiful. According to a great article on Livestrong, “moderate exercise contributes to a youthful appearance.” So, get Lithe, ladies!
  2. Sweat it out! The next time you Lithe on your lunch break, don't be afraid to get sweaty!  Sweating is great for your skin and your hair.  Since sweat is released through your pores, it cleans out the dirt and oils trapped inside. Perspiration also contains a “natural antibiotic” that helps fight acne—however, it's important to rinse off post-workout or you'll just clog your pores. 
  3. Increased Immunity & Detoxification!  Exercise boosts the immune system by prodding the body into producing more white blood cells, including neutrophils and natural killer cells. More white blood cells mean fewer bacteria and viruses sneak past the gate. Overall effect: You don’t get that horrible sick look that comes from feeling under the weather, and small blemishes and wounds of all kinds heal with the quickness.
  4. Increased circulation = improved skin tone & hair! Improved circulation “floods our skin with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood cells.” This results in a prettier, clearer complexion and increased blood circulation to your scalp promotes hair growth.. In layman’s terms, it’s like a post-Lithe glow.
  5. Reduced bloat and puffiness.  Lithe gets your lymphatic system flowing, which “can help to reduce water retention in our bodies and improve under eye puffiness and dark circles.” Bye-bye, puffy eyes and thighs!
  6. Stronger sex hormones.  Getting fit not only makes you look sexy, it also makes you feel sexy by balancing the body’s sex hormone levels, which in turn can improve the appearance of hair, skin and muscle tone. Although the most studied hormones linked to exercise are endorphins, sex hormones, such as testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH — the same youth-serum substance celebs pay big bucks to be injected with), also get a boost.
  7. Exercise wards off wrinkles. Based on a recent study, “prolonged exercise stimulates collagen and elastin production and improved skin thickness.” Say no more!
  8. Feeling good in your own skin.  Lithe boots your mood and confidence - both of which define beauty and sexiness in our book! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Gina Toscano wearing Nike via Dom

 

ELIZABETH'S WEIGHTLESS PLAYLIST 22 Jul 2014

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Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins always curates on-point playlists that really push you to your limit. Check this one out - you'll hear it this week! 

Image of Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins wearing Motherhood Maternity via Dom

RIGHT NOW... 22 Jul 2014

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Things that I'm wearing (and getting major compliments on), lusting over and saving for:  {1.} Essie Truth or Flare is the perfect Lithe blue  {2.} Clare Vivier Kenya Bag is bohemian, chic, holds everything and helps women.  The purchase of each piece directly contributes to building sustainable businesses for women in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.  {3.} Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics  Matte Lip Tar in Kimber is the perfect summer coral  {4.} Black on Black Monterey Black (Exquisite) Birkenstock  {5.}  Grace Lee Designs Lace Ring  6. Yellow/Gray/Cream Scarf by Heather Taylor Home

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SIX CARDIO TIPS! 22 Jul 2014

Liz

Happy Tuesday! It's cardio day at Lithe, so it’s time to kick up the cardio and sweat it out. Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does it make a difference on the inside (improving your cardiovascular health), but you will see results on the outside, too (especially if you stick to it 3-5 times a week).

I think that one of the toughest aspects of Lithe is getting your cardiovascular stamina up to par or back up to par after some time offAs a newbie, you may find yourself feeling defeated trying to finish our hour-long classes numerous times a week and devoting some time to learning our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting choreography. You can do it! Here are some tips for safe, efficient and effective cardio:

1. Be a 6-7AMer! I suggest doing cardio in the morning before your first meal. Your body is most likely to use fat as the energy source because your glycogen stores are depleted.

2. Protect your feet, but not with sneakers (unless you have a foot injury). We barefoot train at LitheWhy? It makes you stronger from head to toe and simply builds a better, stronger, leaner body. If you have a foot injury you should wear a studio sneaker and avoid stilletto. You want to work correctly, stay on a mat and NEVER over-bounce on the balls of your feet.  Our feet work instinctively, but to prevent stress fractures, shin splints and plantar issues, stay on your mat, use your quads to launch a jump, keep a gentle point to your ankle, and then roll through the forefoot and heel. Your goal is to "sponge" and not bounce. That "up" energy should be an illusion. Your entire body is active, but you're working down into the ground. Work harder by getting low and grounded, rather than bouncing high and beating up your feet.

3. Keep your shoulders open, depressed, and lift your chest. This instantly engages and elongates your abs. 

4. Activate your arms. Think about how you punch out those perfect sharp high V's and low V's ... Do this with every movement and feel your heart rate climb! 

5. Don't stop as soon as your heart rate starts to really climb. So many people get nervous once their heart rate gets in the zone. Breath, stretch, and shake.

6. If you're DIY, Make a killer cardio playlist on your iPod to get you through the workout. Pick out your favorite songs that you love listening to so you forget about the time.

My favorite Lithe cardio workouts are Rock Steady, Higher Power, Freestyle and Spirit. What are yours? 

Image of Lithe Instructor Liz Galbally wearing Lululemon via Dom

LAUREN'S FREESTYLE PLAYLIST 21 Jul 2014

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I've been jamming out to this playlist all weekend.  If you're Freestyling with me this week, you'll hear it!  Enjoy!  

Image of Lauren Boggi wearing Splits59 & Stella McCartney for Adidas via Dom

LITHE INSTRUCTORS TAKE OVER OLD CITY! 21 Jul 2014

 

We had our Lithe Summer Party (#LitheSummerParty, #LitheSummerHunt) yesterday, and your Lithe Instructors teamed up in the name of fun.  Check out Jonathan Cedrone, Jennifer Laucella, Rachel Dore, and Rachael Bridgens doing Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting and an elevator at Race Street Pier.  Stay tuned for more videos!  

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 18 Jul 2014

Krista

Happy Friday! This week we're giving away a Lithe 5 class card!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what you're loving most about the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge!  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Class card will be automatically added to the winner's account with normal expiration applied. Thank you, and good luck!

Image of Master Lithe Instructor Krista DeNofa wearing Splits 59 via Dom

LITHE WKND! 18 Jul 2014

Lithe WKND

Just in time for the beginning of summer! From August 22-24, join us 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 10AM at Lithe Beach (location will be announced):
  
    Friday, August 22nd:  Rittenhouse Studio from 6-8PM
    Saturday, August 23rd: Lithe Beach in Avalon, NJ from 8-10 AM
    Sunday, August 24th:  Rittenhouse 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

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!).

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

25 THINGS! {BY SAYEH} 17 Jul 2014

Cate

I have yet to take a class with this week's 25 Things subject (or perhaps I've taken 1), so I'm not able to rave about her teaching style, but I am able to say that I am confident she must be a natural. I ran into Cate Rigolout outside of our Lithe lives, in our mutual world of education (see #3). I was helping at the high school graduation of the school where she works, and we both had a moment where we looked at each other and thought: Wait...do I...do you...are we...ohhh hiiiiiiii! It was then that the connection between her Lithe life and work life became immediately clear to me. Who better to be a Lithe instructor than a teacher? I look forward to taking her classes, and after reading her 25 Things, I hope you will too, if you don't already.

  1. I am originally from Connecticut. I moved with my now husband, Dave, to Philly after college. That was six years ago. Yikes!
  2. Speaking of my husband, we met during our junior year at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. We are now both teachers at the same school. We teach the same students. We used to share a classroom. It is amazing the path that life can take us on.
  3. My other job is a high school special education science teacher in Kensington. It can be extremely challenging, but I love the kids. Being a Lithe instructor is the Superman to my school teacher Clark Kent. I even get to rock a spandex super suit!
  4. I am an only child, but I do have a big, crazy Italian family on my mother’s side.
  5. The matriarch of the Ferrucci family was my grandmother, Rose. She passed away last year at the remarkable age of 105. She was an amazing woman who lived an incredible life. Hopefully I got those longevity genes!
  6. Vermont is like a second home to me. My family has enjoyed a second house in Stratton since I was four. My dad is an extremely talented handy man, and actually built both my childhood house in Connecticut and our second home in Stratton. When my parents retired (they were both high school teachers – the apple really didn’t fall far from the tree), they permanently moved to Vermont. Vermont is also where my husband and I were married last July. We visit whenever possible. 
  7. My parents raised me as a vegetarian, although we did occasionally eat fish.  Aside from fish, I have never eaten meat in my life. Really never!
  8. Dave and I share our home with two dogs, both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Buddy is 10 and Waverly (Avey) is 1. They are our furry children. We got Avey when we returned from our honeymoon last summer, and decided to name her after the street we live on in Philly.  We’re actually moving to a new house next month, and it’s also on Waverly Street. Go figure.
  9. I started figure skating when I was 6, and became a nationally competitive pairs skater when I was 14. I loved the feeling of being lifted and thrown. I stopped skating at the age of 19 so I could pursue a college degree. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. Every once in a while I strap on the skates and go for a spin. I usually surprise myself by how much I still can do. I was lucky enough to get to take forty 12th graders on a field trip to the UPenn rink this past winter. That was a blast!
  10. Because of skating, I took online correspondence courses for my final 3 years of high school. I was training around 5 hours a day and missed many days for competitions. Thankfully, I still got the chance to go to prom and didn't feel like I missed out on anything.
  11. My undergrad major was environmental science. My thesis research focused on insect chemical ecology. I spent a lot of hours in a lab with bugs, specifically caterpillars. If you ever need a bug dealt with, I’m your girl. But I won’t kill it – just transplant it.
  12. I love to travel. Skating competitions took me to places throughout the country when I was younger. My first trip abroad was when I was 15; I traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia for a month to train. I have been lucky enough to add many places to my list after I stopped skating. My most recent trip was to Wyoming to visit Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. I now have a goal to visit each of the 58 national parks.  So far I have been to five. I have a lot of work to do.
  13. I love the ocean, but don’t usually spend my time lying on the beach. I’m a certified SCUBA diver and can think of no place I’d rather be than under water exploring.
  14. Even though I love to travel, there really is no place like home. I’m a complete homebody and find few things more enjoyable than spending a night in on the couch with my husband, dogs, and some good TV.
  15. I am incredibly shy and socially awkward, especially around people I just meet. I get less shy the more I get to know someone, although I never really lose the awkwardness.
  16. I’m very clumsy - trip over flat surfaces clumsy.
  17. I love to cook and bake. I especially like to try new recipes. Not to toot my own horn, but they usually turn out delicious. Toot!
  18. I’m known for making homemade pizza. I use my great grandmother’s recipe.  I submitted the whole wheat version to a cookbook and it is now published! 
  19. My husband and I love to hear live music. We go to concerts regularly and especially enjoy music festivals.
  20. Bright lights make me sneeze. Apparently, it’s genetic. Get a group of my mother’s family together and have us walk outside from a dimly lit place. Guaranteed we will all sneeze.  My husband didn’t believe me until he saw it in action.
  21. I don’t drink coffee. In fact, I’ve never had more than a sip. Don’t like the stuff. I’m more of a tea person.
  22. Seltzer is my favorite beverage. One of the best purchases I’ve ever made was a Sodastream.
  23. I’m 5’ ½”. That half inch is super important.
  24. Although I often can’t remember what I ate for lunch, I will never be able to forget the lyrics to many late '90s and early 2000s pop and hip-hop songs. Pretty sure I’ll be able to recite Juvenile’s “Back that Thang Up” when I’m 90.
  25. I started Lithe four years ago.  I’m an active person (hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and kayaking) but I hate going to the gym.  Lithe is the only workout that I have ever enjoyed. It has changed my body and my mind. I am so thankful that I found it!

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