VICKI'S ESCAPE TRANSFORMATION 27 Sep 2016

Vicki
 L to R: Lithe Escape day one, eight inches lost on Escape day six, and 12 lbs. lost and lessons learned and a healthier lifestyle six months later.
 
I signed up for Lithe Escape because it was an easy way for me to travel internationally for the first time and I was hoping to get myself on better track with my personal fitness goals. I knew it was going to be a great trip based off of speaking with previous Escapees, but I never expected it to have such a lasting impact. The few weeks leading up to Escape were a whirlwind: I ended a 3 year relationship, I moved, and I was going through a rough patch at work. In fact, the night before we were supposed to leave I almost had to cancel because of all of my work obligations. But thankfully I was able to make it work because I REALLY needed a vacation. 
 
I don't think I ever worked harder in my entire life than I did the 5 days we were in Jamaica, and I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and used to literally get my butt kicked multiple days a week. But despite how much my body protested the heat, the sweat, the squats, the laps, flipping tires... I wanted to keep pushing myself and I woke up each day ready for more. I wholly attribute that desire to drive myself thanks to the amazing group of people I was with on Escape, none of whom I ever would have met if not for Lithe. We cheered each other on, pushed each other to do one more rep, and never let anyone fall behind. Jamaica was beautiful, Jake's was great, but the friendships I made were priceless. 
 
At the end of our 6 day trip I had lost 8 inches!!!! The very next day at work my associates and noticed a difference. However, the best part was how much stronger I felt at my first Lithe class back (Thinny with Jonathan) and being able to get through all of the push ups and seesaws, which I had never been able to do previously. Seeing what I was capable on at Escape really motivated me to keep pushing, and since Escape in May I have continued to loose inches (from a size 4/6 in pants to a 0/2) and lost 12 pounds! Even better than all of the physical changes was the positive impact on my health. I have always had neurological and immune issues that require a lot of medication, doctors appointments, hospitalizations, and is a constant source of stress. Since committing to continuing my healthy journey from Lithe Escape I was able to come off some of my medications (one being an anti-anxiety medication I had been on for years), have not had to make any emergency room visits for migraines, and my doctors have suggested less frequent appointments. I haven't been so healthy overall since high school!
 
I am so incredibly thankful to Lauren, my Lithe team members, and the Lithe community (especially my Escape family!). Thank you for continuing to support me in my progress and continually pushing me improve.
 
Love,
Vicki

SHE'S LITHE: AMANDA WHITE 26 Sep 2016

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What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I first tried lithe after graduating college and moving to the Main Line. I loved it since I was a competitive figure skater growing up with a dance background. I ended up moving to Fairmount and took a break for awhile, but I got back into it when I moved to Old City when I was feeling bored and unchallenged at the yoga studio. It's completely changed my body and my mind! I love workouts where I can feel tough and incredible. I am so proud to say I am a 6am Lither – Lithe has given me the dedication to be able to do that!

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I want to try every class there is! Whenever I feel like I'm bored, Lithe changes it up with a new class, new instructor or sequence. I also still practice yoga and am a yoga teacher and it's made a huge difference in my strength and ability to hold poses. 

What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I love exploring the city: trying new restaurants, seeing live music, and dancing with friends.

If you were a Lithe move, what would you be and why? Bow and arrow jacks! I just feel fierce yet flirty when I do them. My personality is a combination of being fierce but feminine!

What do your friends think you do when you’re at the studio? My friends refer to Lithe as "that weird marionette thing." They think I'm a puppet because of the vertical bands!

What was the first concert you went to? Britney Spears in 4th grade. It was incredible! Still might be my favorite concert! 

FALL TRANSFORMATION 2016 25 Sep 2016

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Ready to be transformed with our 30-Day Fall Challenge and join an amazing movement of women?  Sign up for our Fall Transformation!  Join us from 10.3 - 11.1 as we commit to get fit and get set to turn that burn into power.

We’ll be bringing you tips, tricks and a whole lot of inspiration to help you stay motivated throughout the month, even when the going gets really tough.

The Details:
• Participants must sign up

• The Fitness: Complete 25 Lithe workouts in 30 days
Eating Lithe: We want you eating clean M-F.
Share: Join in and inspire others on social media via our hash-tag calendar.

• Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 25 classes in 30 days, and completes our hashtag calendar will win a Lithe tank!

Hashtag Calendar:
• 10/3: #LitheResults (Before pic)
• 10/10: #LitheSquad
• 10/17:#EatingLithe Recipe 
• 10/24 #LitheBurn
• 1031: #LitheOnLocation
• 11/1: #LitheResults (After Pic)

 

Master Lithe Instructor Bari Rosenthal via Dom

ENDLESS SUMMER CHALLENGE TANK 21 Sep 2016

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Congrats to all who completed the challenge!  This beauty will be in your hands next week. 

SPLIT SCHEDULE (VIA LITHE INSIDER) 19 Sep 2016

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LITHE IN SHAPE 19 Sep 2016

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Check out the October issue of SHAPE Magazine! 

Image via Dom

WE'RE HIRING (ALL STUDIOS) 18 Sep 2016

HIRING
Our steller summer staff went back to school.  Lithe is hiring part-time front desk studio staff for all locations.  

Part-Time Front Desk Studio Staff Roles and 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
  • 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 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:

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

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

8 WAYS TO FALL {REPOST} 18 Sep 2016

 

Fall

Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons. I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September and October are similar to the new year. It’s also just like heading back to school. Like the ebb and flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives and examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?). 

Come September, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and upcoming winter months. 

Here are eight ways to make the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.

1.  Earlier to bed, later to rise
There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add 30 minutes to your usual wakeup time and crash 30 minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest goes a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.

2. Nutrients in, garbage out
Break a sweat every day, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the neti pot, use essential oils, brush your skin, and drink more water.

3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton)
We take care of matching Lithe schedules to the seasons, but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity and frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing two times a day AND running or if you’ve been in the studio seven days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.

4. Breathe, sweat, shake, and wrap it up.
The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice. It not only works the core, but releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins? Wrap yourself up and sweat it out by wearing our calorie trashers during sculpting classes.

5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet
Eat foods that are local and in season. Enjoy your local farmers' market, cook more, and grab Lithe Foods. Go apple, pear or pumpkin-picking with friends and family. Put these fruits and veggies on your grocery list: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash, zucchini.

6. Build your practice
Fall is the ideal time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer? Are you feeling less than motivated? Try your own nine-day challenge to focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit, and see serious results. Can't manage a challenge? Sign up for three classes a week, three weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstances. 

8. Give thanks
We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide, and challenge us. Remember that the grass isn’t always greener and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes right now. 

Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom

UP CLOSE WITH COLLEEN 17 Sep 2016

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

#LITHEONLOCATION 13 Sep 2016

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@Sammyloveslithe is bringing that Lithe spirit to France.  Share where you are! 

MONDAY... 12 Sep 2016

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SHE'S LITHE: EILEEN GIANOS 12 Sep 2016

Eileen

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Since I work at Saks Fifth Avenue and I am on my feet all day, the early class schedule offers me relief from my stressful day.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Because I'm in retail, I am constantly socializing all day. I like to come home and relax with a meal in peace and quiet.

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I feel that the variety of workouts are a big benefit to my overall fitness level and enjoy each and every one of the classes.

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Twiggy due to the fact that it focuses on core and posture which are areas I enjoy working on. 

What movie character do you most closely identify with? Julia Roberts’ characters in Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich.

What is the first album you remember buying? Tapestry by Carole King.

What is your go-to recipe to take to a cookout or potluck? My Greek cookies.

What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? Monte Carlo and the French Riviera.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? A fire-starter, a pot, and a knife.

UP CLOSE WITH LAURA TROIANO 10 Sep 2016

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

LITHE VARSITY 2016-2017 10 Sep 2016

Lithe Varsity
 
Big up to the 69 Lithers who made the 2016-2017 Varsity team! What's our Varsity program? It's for those who give it their all ... all year long. We track your logged Lithe hours each year from September 1 through August 31, and those who log a minimum of 250 classes make the team. Varsity Lithers are listed on the blog, receive a limited edition Varsity tank top, and receive exclusive discounts, specials, and monthly perks throughout the year. 
 
250-274 Classes
Celine A.
Caroline B.
Dana B.
Dana B.
Curran B.
Christina C.
Amy C.
Cheryl C.
Meredith C.
Ali C.
Lauren C.
Carrie C.
Marie D.
Cassandra D.
Katie D.
Jennifer E.
Simona F.
Meredith G.
Anna J.
Annette K.
Darcie K.
Myriah L.
Adrienne L.
Rebecca N.
Amy P.
Rebecca M.
Simone N.
Kimberly P.
Julie S.
Brittany S.
Sarah S.
Maria T.
Emily W.
Diane W.
Tabitha W.
 
275-299 Classes
Sam B.
Kaitlin B.
Laurie C.
Jennifer C.
Jan F.
Deb F.
Kelly G.
Crystal H.
Molly K.
Jaclyn K.
Jennifer M.
Gretchen M.
Nina P.
Franca S. A.
Brooke T.
 
300-324 Classes
Annemarie C.
Shelly C.
Lauren F.
Lynne F.
Eileen G.
Samantha G.
Shana G.
Nari K.
Lindsay M.
Maria P.
Emily R.
Jennifer S.
Manjari S.
Janey S.
Molly U.
 
325+ Classes
Betsy C.
Samantha S.
Suzanne S.

DIVA IN MOTION TRUNK SHOW 9 Sep 2016

Diva In Motion
The Diva In Motion trunk show is at Lithe Rittenhouse this Saturday, 9/10 from 8AM-11AM.  All who attend will receive 10-20% off jumpsuits, and be entered to win $50, $75, & $100 gift cards.
 
Image via Diva In Motion

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 9 Sep 2016

Immersion

Happy Friday, everyone! Today we're giving away one spot in our September 12th Immersion course ($150 value). Want to learn how to Lithe properly, dive deeper into your practice, go beyond Lithe 101, or create a fitness habit in a safe, yet challenging space? We have a team of incredible teachers, and Class One is taught by creator Lauren Boggi. The three-week course begins on September 12th and classes (Mon. & Wed., 8-9PM) are held at our Rittenhouse studio. 

For a chance to win, please leave your name below. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Lithe instructor Kasey Porter via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHE FOODS IS BACK! 8 Sep 2016

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We're sad to see summer come to an end, but fall means that Lithe Foods is ramping up again. This season we're back with new cold-pressed flavors and an expanded green juice line (complete with nutritional info). And for the first time in our six-year history, all of our products are a hundred percent organic. These juices are chock-full of goodness with over 50+ micro-nutrients and two lbs. of produce per average bottle, and you'll taste the difference. Where's the food?  Your favorite bowls, raw oatmeal, raw cheesecake, and a plant-based protein smoothie will hit the fridges when the weather turns cooler. 

We have a new look and our bottles are a bit smaller.  Why?  Being a hundred percent organic comes with a higher price and we'd rather give you a better quality product and the proper serving size. Please be careful when opening your juice, it's filled to the brim so that no oxidation occurs. 

This week:

Green: Apple, kale, lemon, ginger (130 calories, 30g carbs, <1g fat, 5g fiber 1.5g protein)

Greener: Cucumber, apple, kale, spinach, lemon, ginger (110 calories, 28g carbs, <1g fat, 5g fiber, 3g protein)

Greenest: Cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, dandelion, lemon, ginger (60 calories, 12g carbs, <1g fat, 4g fiber, 4g protein)

Glow: Pineapple, carrot, turmeric, lime

Charcoal Lemonade: Purified water, lemon, ginger, agave, activated charcoal

SHE'S LITHE: CHERYL CHEN 5 Sep 2016

Cheryl Chen

What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I’ve incorporated Lithe into my daily routine and usually go to the 5:45 pm classes on the Main Line after work.  
  
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress?  I like to de-stress with Lush bubble baths (Twilight is my favorite… except it always leaves tons of glitter in the tub!) and a good book. 
 
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you?  The most rewarding aspect of Lithe to me is getting stronger.  I get excited when I can do one more push up on my toes or more barre work in stiletto.    
 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Tight End.  The CCS is awesome and sculpting on the tall box is challenging.   
 
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Parmesan truffle fries, Starbucks vanilla latte, and chapstick!  

LABOR DAY SALE 31 Aug 2016

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It's almost Labor Day which means we are in the home stretch of overindulging and drinking too much rosé.  Get back on track, girl.  Fall hits in 22 days.  To purchase, go to our online store and choose the Labor Day five-class card.  


Five-Class Card  $100  $65  
(That's like $13/class)

*One per customer. Five-class cards expire on one month from date of purchase. Limited quantities available. May not be combined with any other discount or promotion.

Elizabeth Tomkins via Dom

SHE'S LITHE: JANEY SNYDER 29 Aug 2016

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