Last week I talked about the winter blues getting me down, and you guys responded in kind. I think we are all feeling it right now. It's common knowledge February is the worst, and the beginning of March rarely offers any reprieve. And despite some higher (yet soaking) temps for today, we are likely in for another snowy mess tonight, so it's time to tighten our grip on that last shred of sanity we are all holding onto by the very tips of our fingernails. Here are a couple of ideas that occurred to me that just might help evoke the warmth of sunnier days. 

  1. Pump up the jams! I took Waist Not with Jonathan this week, and aside from completely kicking my butt, his play list was ON POINT. After the triple threat of Mariah, Whitney and Janet, I could barely contain myself in wide second. My mood was completely lifted. So, instead of listening to my usual array of podcasts during my walks and while cooking, I've been turning up the music instead. A few of my faves to put a smile on your face?
    • "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" -- Whitney Houston (If you don't get a little pep in your step from this one, perhaps you haven't realized that you got into a car accident on your way to the store, and are now living in a weird miniature model of a city in the attic of the house you used to live in while the creepy new people living downstairs do the calypso with their shrimp cocktail. Beetle Breakfast? Beetle Orange? Forget it.)
    • "Love Will Never Do" -- Janet Jackson (Not only is Janet's 1,000 watt smile enough to brighten up your life in this video, but you've also got young HOT Antonio Sabato "Dimples Like Swimming Pools" Jr. and Djimon "Abs for Days" Hounsu dancing their tuckuses off (tucki?) for you in the searing dry heat of a desert somewhere. Someone check the thermostat, I think it's gonna blow!) 
    • "Dream Lover" -- Mariah Carey (She is frolicking in a field of tall grass and flowers wearing a tied up flannel shirt and jorts. (I used to fantasize about rocking her outfit with Timberlands while driving a white jeep wrangler with all my girlfriends. They would hang out of the sides and holler at a bunch of hot guys in a red convertible. What? I grew up in the 80s.) Otherwise, there's sun, ponies, hot air balloons, dancing, writhing and everything else you'd want in a class summertime jam. 
    • "Summer Breeze" -- Seals & Crofts (To take it way back, this song just does something to me. It makes me nostalgic for an era I didn't live in, and has me wanting to give anything to have a warm breeze blow through Jasmine that's actually blooming anywhere but in my mind.) 
    • "Under the Boardwalk" -- The Drifters (Because can't you just feel the sun and sand and saltwater when you listen to this one? Who doesn't want to be on a blanket with their baby, having some fun?)

       2. Watch a summer movie! Nothing transports you to summer like a good summertime movie. Make a            palette in your living room, or grab a couple of lawn chairs and throw on one of these classics, and you'll            start to smell the sweet scent of freshly cut grass, chlorine and coconut Hawaiian Tropic.  

    •  Sandlot -- This movie has not only become a cultural touchstone, it's synonymous with summertime. Sweaty kids guzzle Coca Cola Classic out of ice cold glass bottles dripping with condensation, ride bikes, swim in the city pool and get mouth to mouth from Wendy Peppercorn. Watch and get nostalgic for a time where you could hang out, outside with your buddies all day long and just shoot the sh*t without worrying about getting kidnapped. Haven't seen it? You're killin' me smalls! Don't be such an L7 weenie! (Oscar Meyer even!)
    • Now and Then-- This is Christina Ricci's finest work (outside of her portrayal of Wednesday Adams in the Addams Family movies, which are ridiculously underrated). Follow this group of girlfriends while they come of age, also ride bikes, uncover family secrets, poke around cemeteries, save each other from flash floods and flirt with Devon Sawa before his Casper fame. If that doesn't appeal to you, let's just say that the soundtrack to this movie might just be one of the best ever assembled, and is the essence of summer in 21 tracks.
    • Dirty Dancing -- No explanation needed. I carried a watermelon. 
    • Stand By Me -- See all the reasons why you should watch Sandlot and add in a dead body, leeches, and feelings that only a Stephen King story can evoke.
    • Do the Right Thing -- It doesn't get much hotter than the non-stop sweat fest that is this movie. Hydrants are pouring into the street, Rosie Perez is rubbing ice cubes all over her body and people in the streets are on the verge of exploding from the heat and tension of summertime in NYC. 

So if we indeed get a big snow day tomorrow, I plan to pump up the heat at the crib, wear bright colors, play some jams, eat pineapple, make myself a tropical drink with a little umbrella in it, (or at least a Corona with lime) maybe make a citrus-soaked ceviche and watch a summertime flick. Fake it till you make it right??

What songs and movies are on your list? 

See you in class!

2015 SATURDAY SERIES! 27 Feb 2015


We’re partnering with Barneys New York for their 2015 Saturday Series Wellness Weekend! Join Barneys NY tomorrow from 1-4pm at 1811 Walnut Street in Philadelphia to shop activewear and enter to WIN a three-class pack from Lithe! While you browse the latest activewear looks from luxe labels like VPL and Live The Process, you’ll also be treated to healthy bites and fresh cold-pressed juices!  

Image via Barneys NY


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Happy Friday! Today's giveaway is from Saint Lucifer! Its spice is a masterful blend of garlic, salt, vinegar and fiery habanero peppers. Together, they work to unleash the hidden pleasures of any food. I love Saint Lucifer on my pizza, healthy hot wings, sweet and spicy nuts, salmon, and Bunny Mary Skinny Heathen.  

We're giving away a bottle to three lucky winners! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what recipe you're going to spice up! One winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, so you have four days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Images via Saint Lucifer


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I had so much fun working with Joy and Ergobaby – check out our baby-wearing workout!

If you're a mom, you know just how tough it is to squeeze exercise in, but our baby-wearing workout makes it a reality when you have an Ergobaby wrapYou guys are familiar with these Lithe moves, but when you're wearing a baby, it takes them to an entirely different level and you really work up a sweat. I recommend tacking these moves onto a 20-30 minute brisk walk.  

While some of the motions may look small or simple, these functional and fat-blasting exercises balance the body muscularly while targeting the core. We're flexing, extending, and rotating, and no muscle is left un-worked. It's really important (and feels good) to extend the spine during this time because new mamas are always hunched over due to nursing and tending to your babe. These particular moves were designed for wearing a smaller baby (less than six months) facing inwards. Coco was so cozy and in a sleepy bliss the entire time!

{Photos by Casey Brodley; fitness consulting by Lauren Boggi of Lithe Method}



Lithe Broth 1

Feeling under the weather?  This is liquid sunshine.  Our veggie version of bone broth is mineral-rich super-broth is a delicious, filling snack that also supplies healing nutrients and alkalizes your system, making it easier to detoxify, lose weight, and feel fantastic. This recipe can be varied according to taste.

3 quarts water
1 large onion, halved
2 carrots, sliced
2 cups chopped kale and parsley
2 celery stalks
1 tsp. turmeric
1 clove whole garlic (don't chop or crush)
Bragg's Liquid Aminos or sea salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fresh dried shiitake mushrooms

Put ingredients into a pot and place on a low boil for approximately 60 minutes. Continue to boil to taste. Cool, strain (I prefer to eat the cooked veggies), and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Re-heat and drink up to 3–4 cups a day.

Nutrition facts per serving 
Strained: 5 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates   
With veggies: 60 calories, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates
Image via Lauren



I don't know about y'all, but this winter's been rough on me. No matter how many folks tell me spring is around the corner, or that this winter really hasn't been that bad, or at least we aren't enduring what the New England area has endured, I still can't help but feel a little bit like we are all characters in that movie Snow Piercer. Circumnavigating the world on a rickety train for the rest of eternity, forced to eat gelatinous bricks of protein and amino acids for nourishment, while the rest of the planet freeze dries during an extinction level snowpacolypse.

I'm slipping on ice. I'm ruining shoes. My back hurts from bracing myself against the wind and cold. I'm cranky. I don't want to cook. Even though I know I should be trying to incorporate foods that are purported to warm me up from the inside, I just don't FEEL like it because all I want to do is crawl under a blanket and complain about how I also don't feel like watching anything available on Netflix. In sum, the struggle is real, and it's time for a vacation to somewhere much warmer than here. In the meantime however, not surprisingly, my motivation levels to get into the studio have been as low as my mood. And that never helps.

I just want to eat MSG-laden dan dan noodles and greasy cumin lamb on top of steamed white rice (hello, Han Dynasty!) I want bechamel covered mac and cheese. I want to eat meatball hoagies on crusty bread that I dip into a plate of spaghetti. I want chili on top of everything. (There's a place in Texas, that I LOVE, that basically serves you ground up chili on top of chili on top of chili with a side of Saltines, and I can't stop thinking about it.) Not only do I want all of these rich, heavy foods, I want them in copious quantities. I want thirds. Pad thai or pad see ew? I'll take both. And throw in some spring rolls and any manner of dumpling you may have on the menu. Danke schoen.

Since good ol' Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow and I know I won't be warm again until mid-April, I realize this is not going to be a sustainable way to live. This means I need to find recipes for meals that stick to my ribs, but not my arteries. I tried to Google "hearty, healthy" meals, but Google assumes that I misspelled "heart" instead of "hearty" and is giving me lists of 25 foods approved by the American Heart Association. Which is all well and good, but not exactly what I'm looking for. (Yes, I know I should've put the terms in quotation marks. Whatever!)

Do you guys have anything you do to keep it together in the winter? Recipes to share? Tips to brave the cold and get to the studio? Or if you're feeling the same way, I'm certainly down to commiserate. Let me know, ladies! I need ya right now!

See you in class! (Tomorrow)



Joy Lauren + joy

I had a great time in L.A. this afternoon working with Oh Joy + Ergobaby. Joy did a fantastic job Lithing it up with baby Coco. Stay tuned for a blog post and a baby-wearing workout!  

Images via Casey Brodley


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Happy Friday, Lithers! Today's giveaway comes from one of my favorite health food brands, Mamma Chia! Add  natural vitality and powerful nutrients into your day with their products (Mars and I are both in love with the Chia Squeeze). All of Mamma Chia's offerings are infused with delicious fruits, and veggies and packed with essential omega-3s, protein, and fiber.  

For a chance to win a fantastic gift pack of Mamma Chia products, please leave a comment below telling us what you look forward to trying! One winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, so you have four days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!



Lither Melissa B. just moved back to Philly from D.C. and she's ready to get back into Lithe shape, 2009 style.  She's been around the block before so we know that she can do anything she puts her mind to. Let's cheer her on!

Melissa via Lauren



Check out Lithe's Lithe on Location series in partnership with Kimpton Hotels: "Staying Fit on the Road" in Travel + Leisure March, 2015.


We're loving this clip of Yoga, Surf/Paddleboard & Lithe! 

KASEY PORTER! 12 Feb 2015

From: Milford, New Hampshire 
Favorite City: Boston, MA
Favorite Lithe workout: It's a tie between Weightless, All That, and Mercy 
Favorite Lithe exercise: Anything and everything Cardio CCS. I love the endurance it involves. It reminds me of being back on the competition mat. 


How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team: Kasey is fun, spunky, outgoing, positive, and strong. She pushes you with her infectious energy. Her classes are a chance to get present, get sweaty, and have fun!
Other job: Buyer for The Atlas Group 
Enjoys: Traveling, being active, red wine, Cape Cod, dirty martinis with blue cheese olives, no shower Avalon happy hours, long days at the beach, my puggle Wes (named after a former New England Patriots player), New England sports, Lithing (I cannot live without it), skiing, being outdoors, dancing, exploring new restaurants/bars, local farmers' markets, fruit, champagne, fashion, all-natural beauty products, my girlfriends, and spending time with family. 
What you wouldn't know by looking at her: I cheered competitively my entire life and was a cheerleader for the University of Rhode Island. I am really outgoing but can be shy initially. I double majored in merchandise buying and business while holding a minor in digital art. I love being busy and active. Relaxing is not my strong suit (I love to dance until the point of exhaustion). I tend to be a perfectionist and am extremely detailed-oriented. I love fashion and am constantly putting outfits together and drawing inspiration from magazines, boutiques, and my own closet (even if I have no plans on wearing them!).
I am slightly obsessed with my dog Wes and I talk to him as if he were a person. I love traveling back to Boston and I try to go as often as possible. I really believe in positive energy and getting back exactly what you give out. I found this in a book called The Secret which I reread often. I work out mainly for my sanity. Exercise puts me in the best mood. I am the oldest of three. My sister is two years younger and lives with me in Center City. My brother is six years younger. I come from an extremely close family. I love being involved in Lithe and I really believe in everything it stands for.  
Temp image of Kasey via Lauren



G'day from across the Pacific! My husband and I are on a five-week honeymoon and we shot this today on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand. What a magnificent place – it's a ski resort in the winter and a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts in the summer (which is now for the kiwis!). We spent our time here zip lining, jet-boating, waterfall repelling, and hiking. All of which couldn't have been possible without the core strength I've gained from Lithe, so I had to hop up on this rock and demonstrate a signature move. The lake is deeper than the Eiffel Tower is high, which I thought was so cool (and kind of creepy)! We are off to Bali right now, and I plan to supplement my Lithe workouts with yoga and surfing until we get back to the States.

Diane Turner (now Begg)


Sayeh's Living Lithe


What you need: Wristbands (for your ankles)! Gloves!
Props: Thinny bands (the ones that Velcro around your ankles).
Clothing Considerations: Long pants make the ankle bands more comfortable. 
Sweat Factor: Very light sheen. You can go to happy hour after or get away with not showering before work. 

When I think of B-sides, I think of the white cassette tapes I purchased in the early '90s when my favorite group would release their newest single. My favorite song was on the A-side and often a not so great song, or an instrumental version of the A-side song would show up on the B-side. I'd usually give the B-side a quick chance, but quickly eject, flip the tape over and listen and rewind and listen and rewind the A-side. More music savvy consumers than I, collect records, the home of the original A and B-side, and there's much debate among collectors about the greatest B-sides of all time. Songs that may have been even better than the A-side that sold the album in the first place. 

I must say that Lithe's B-sides was a mix of this A-side vs B-side question for me. A mix of OH MAN THIS COULD BE A CLASSIC with a little WHAT THE...! I can start by saying if you like Thinny (which I love), I think you'll really enjoy B-Sides. It's grounded for most of the class, like Thinny is, and the bands are around your ankles like they are in Thinny. However, I think the comparisons really end there. B-sides is like a mix of A-List Abs, Waspie, and Stems. Just sculpt city USA.The thing that makes B-Sides a little bit discombobulating is how different it is than those classes too.

Because in addition to the Thinny bands around the ankles, you grab the same bands with your hands too. Not additional bands hanging from the ceiling. You grab the bands that are around your ankles, find a place where you have a little slack and pull them towards you. This resistance is a monster. You have to really engage your core to keep your feet on the ground as you pull them away from you with arms. This is where the discombobulation occurs at first. 

This is a class where you really need to listen to the cues your first few times. If you're a newbie, get to class early (especially at Rittenhouse) and get a mat with a good view of the instructor. Bari was my guide, and her cues were incredibly important. She explained what to do, and more importantly what NOT to do so that you don't accidentally strain your neck or something else as you wobble around at first. 

The other key to this class is PLACEMENT. Placement of yourself right under the bracket in the ceiling where the bands are coming from makes a huge difference. A fellow Lither saw me struggling and encouraged me to scoot my tuckus right underneath the bracket and VOILA, I was a pro! (Kinda.) The next placement to be mindful of? Where you place your hands along the bands. Where you grab the bands will need to change depending on the move. Sometimes you'll need more slack, sometimes less. Listen to cues and remember to move your hands around consistently. This is especially important when doing the standing vertical band work (my new fave). 

I have to say, although I've been a bit of a mess both times I've taken the class (improving every time), I absolutely love it. It's totally different than anything else, which I always welcome and which Lauren is so uncannily good at providing, and it's challenging. It's nice not to have muscle memory for something and have to work hard to get it right. And working hard is what you do. You quake, you shake, you tremble and you WERK IT. 

Sometimes a break from CCS is just what the doctor ordered, especially when you're not sacrificing burn or difficulty level (which I never you think you do with grounded classes but more skeptical folks will likely agree with me for B-sides.) I say take a friend and give it a shot, if you haven't already. Sit next to each other. Shoot each other WTF glances, let go, and get into it. I will make this a weekly staple as long as I can, that's for certain. 

See you in class!


JESSICA ENDER! 10 Feb 2015

Jess E
From: Philadelphia
Favorite city: It's a toss-up between New York City and Los Angeles.
Favorite Lithe workout: Weightless and All That.
Favorite Lithe exercise: CCS Cardio! I could do Lithe Cardio-Cheer sequences all day and night.
How she landed a spot on the Lithe team: Jess is strong, fun, outgoing, high octane, and can really command a room. She's form-focused and will push you to get stronger!  
Other job: I'm an owner/buyer at Nest and a mom of three girls.
Enjoys: Laughing with my girlfriends and alone time with my husband!
What you wouldn't know by looking at her: I dance, sang, and cheered my entire life. I eat like a kid (I love cheeseburgers)! I met my husband in fifth grade. We "went out" in sixth grade for a week, kissed in a game of truth or dare in eighth grade, and finally got together senior year of high school. We've been married 13 years in May. When people first meet me they think I'm not nice. I'm actually just choosy, but once I let you in, I'm an open book. 
I have an elaborate family story. I'm the only child of my mom and dad, but I have a half-sister, half-brother, stepsister, and two stepbrothers. My parents have been divorced for 35 years, and remain great friends. We all celebrate the holidays together. They made the decision to remain close for me. My girls are Avery (9), Lola (6), and Charlie (3). I started Lithing in November 2011 after I had Charlie. I couldn't imagine how I'd ever get back to myself again after three kids. I turn 39 in March and I am in the best shape of my life.
Temp image of Lithe Instructor Jess Ender via Lauren



Check out Annette one year ago!

Well, friends, I did it. I survived turning 40. Somehow I woke up this morning without my face shriveling into a wrinkled prune, my (nonexistent) boobs drooping to my knees, or needing bifocals and dentures. It's really turned out to be a day just like any other day. It's a day where I get to open my eyes and be grateful for the opportunities that lie ahead, be humbled by the strength my body provides me, and awed by what this world has to offer. I think birthdays are just a perfect reminder of what we should be doing that each and every day.

Other than the two cheat days I mentioned at my midway point, I stayed pretty on-point with the diet. I eased up a little bit this weekend, sharing some sorbet with a girlfriend at a pre-birthday dinner, and then fully taking advantage of shared pieces of chocolate cake and Nutella cheesecake as well as an aged Napa cabernet at dinner last night.
I am happy to say I surpassed the class goals Lauren and I set for myself. In these past 40 days, I've taught 38 classes, and have taken 52 classes.  I had one "off" day in those 30 days where I wasn't in the studio. Honestly my muscles are fatigued. I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow and a massage, but I'm already signed up for the Summer Bodies Are Earned In Winter Challenge. I figure it's good to keep the momentum moving forward, though I might relax a bit to more of the 80/20 lifestyle with my diet.
I can now do triceps push-ups in full plank,  I'm not afraid of 8 pound weights during a bicep series, and I don't hate cardio nearly as much as I did. I don't think I'll ever be able to do teasers though, and still have those days when I don't always tuck enough when I'm in Liberty at the barre.  
I am ever so grateful for all of the support I received from the Lithe community. I never considered myself one of the "cool girls," but everyone has made me feel special and encouraged beyond words. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration. I look forward to taking up the mantle with those of you that are going into the next challenge, and I'm just plain excited to see everyone who is present in-studio for your own personal fitness goals in the days to come. You are strong! You are fierce! You are amazing! Woo hoo!
Images of Annette via Lauren




Participating in the Earned In Winter Challenge and want to be featured on the blog? Lauren will be taking "before" measurements and pictures tomorrow from 1:30-3PM at Lithe Rittenhouse! 

Confused about taking your measurements? Follow the image above and have a friend help to ensure accuracy.

To Do: Measure the fullest part of the bust, your natural waist (not where you wear you jeans), the high hip (where you wear your jeans; just palpate the hip bone/iliac crest to find the correct spot), low hip/butt (the widest part of the booty), your dominant thigh (approximately halfway between the knee and the hip) and your most dominant arm (approximately halfway between the shoulder and elbow). 

Tips: Wear the same outfit whenever you measure, stand posture perfect, and relax the extremities.   

Image of Lauren Boggi at Lithe Old City via Chrissy Parker


Newbie Tips

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LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 7 Feb 2015

Lithe Escape

We went to Jake's last year and now we're heading back! From April 30-May 5 2015, we're going to my happy place, Jake's Treasure Beach! Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip; it's the epitome of bohemian luxury.

The backstory: A good friend introduced me to Treasure Beach back in 2008, and I've fallen in love with the area, the welcoming community, and the friends that I have made there. Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast are the antithesis of a tourist trap. It's off the beaten path, but it hasn't stopped me from returning again and again.

Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village and the community there is truly unlike any other in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines, and miles of sweeping savannas—not its white sand beaches or jungle-like rainforests. Treasure Beach is renowned for its warm people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century). 

Full Disclosure: This is the real Jamaica. We'll be almost a three-hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart. 

What is Lithe Escape? Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... a better body, more confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded people. Get excited for girl time and downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food, and a week that's all about YOU

Want to learn more? Download Jake's Escape 2015.

Ready to book your spot? Email Our friendly Lithe Escape concierge will be ready to assist you beginning on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 with flight info and roommate details.

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