Home for the holidaze? It's Superstart time again! Get a head start on 2017 and Lithe your a$$ off (literally) from Dec. 26-31 and beyond with Lithe's Superstart week. Perfect for anyone who wants to undo holiday damage and double (or triple up) during the most indulgent time of the year. You can reserve and take up to three classes per day. Lithe's cancellation policy applies, so please be courteous and remember to remove yourself from classes and waitlists if your plans change. Purchase using links below or call 215-545-5144.
Five-class cards start on the date of purchase and are good for 30 days. If you purchase Superstart, your unlimited classes are valid Dec. 26-31. If you purchase both, Superstart is valid Dec. 26-31 and the five-class card will expire on Jan. 31, 2017.
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My week resembles what is probably typical of your average 30-something working girl in Philly - deadlines, meetings, taking clients to dinner, phone calls, etc. And, mixed in with the business obligations comes another part of being a 30-something in the city…the fun! So, let's be honest. My week typically ends with a killer "Sunday Funday." At the end of that day, which probably includes one too many cocktails, a good party, and a cute, fitted Eagles t-shirt, one might think mild depression may set in as I start to get "back to reality" and face the upcoming work week. But that's truly not the case. Why does the fun have to end? So, rather than mourn the end of Sunday Funday, I choose to keep it going and prepare for MONDAY Funday!
So, "How the heck can one celebrate Monday?" Here's how I do it. When Sunday night approaches, and I face the reality of not staying up way too late, putting down the alcohol, and getting into work mode, a major adjustment to my Monday mindset kicks in. No matter how much I dread the work week, I try to remember that some of the best feelings are those final Rockette kicks in Twiggy or finishing what seems to be one million floor explosions in Rock Steady; it all helps me to never miss a Monday. And, if I can do it, YOU can do it! It's not always so much the workout for me but the positive mood and frame of mind I take away from it. The energy you get from class, the support you get from other Lithers...there's nothing like it! It all helps me tackle my day as a better person and one who is simply more positive and pleasant. And let's be real; when you look better in those jeans, no one's complaining!
We all struggle, to a certain degree, with the extra cold and dark mornings the winter brings. But think about it; where does an extra hour of sleep and skipping a Monday workout get you? You don't feel as good, you don't have the energy you would like to have, you might not make the best decisions when you take an account out for lunch, you probably aren't as fun and witty in group text, and you just feel kind of "blah." So, my advice? Just don't give in; instead, make the time for YOU. By just getting to class so many positive benefits follow: your anxiety or stress of the week will be a little less; you can handle high pressure situations a little more calmly; you will be a more patient friend, partner, and co-worker; and you will simply be more fun to be around. Having a fast-paced hour of nonstop working out doesn't even allow your mind to wander. I look at it like a treat to myself. How lucky am I that I have found something I love and with people I respect? Lithe is one hour of my life that is all for me. It's a Monday Funday!
My tips: Like others have mentioned, I always lay out my outfit, including my matching headband, of course, the night before. My shoes, jacket, water, and lithe props are all packed, so the second I step out of bed, I'm set. Next, I ALWAYS sign up for a Monday class. Signing up holds you accountable, and once I hit "book class," there is no turning back. Having a calendar on your refrigerator, where you write in your classes you want to take for the month, is a huge motivator. There is something so wonderful about crossing off Higher Power class...am I right? Also, I know the snooze button is a nice buffer, but kick that habit. 10 extra minutes won't do anything drastic for your level of tiredness. This might make me sound like an annoying morning person, but, when my alarm goes off, I make myself throw the covers off and pop up. Trust me; once you start doing that, every time your alarm goes off, you'll never have the internal battle about whether or not to get up again. Once you're up, you're good to go.
Lastly, I think it's important to reflect on what makes you happy. What was the best part of your weekend? How much fun did you have? How much did you laugh with friends and family? For me, I have no plans to change my busy social calendar; it's part of who I am. So, in order for me to keep the lifestyle of fun -- dinners, drinks, late hours, and spontaneous getaways -- Lithe is my balance. So, when I'm hitting that "book class" for Monday, I think of it, not as a chore, but as a part of Monday Funday. It may not serve up cocktails, but it fills me up with happiness and health.
What brought you to Lithe in the first place and what was your first impression of Cardio Cheer Sculpting? I started Lithe after buying a Gilt 5 class card, and at the time Lithe Old City was a short walk from my apartment so I decided to try it out. I had heard from coworkers who had tried it that it was “like cheerleading.” I was skeptical. I had cheered on nationally ranked high school and collegiate teams and wasn’t sure how an exercise class could possibly measure up, but after the first class I was hooked. It was equally as challenging as it was fun!
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Lithe is the only thing I have control over during the week. With a hectic school schedule and spending most of my time at the hospital, showing up for Lithe helps me stay accountable for my physical and mental health.
What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I try to make it to Lithe, especially on the weekends since I know I’ll be able to get to class. But other than that I try to see my family and spend quality time with my husband. We really enjoy trying new foods and restaurants together. Currently our favorite is the ramen restaurant in Wynnewood. Also, one of my guilty pleasures is watching YouTube beauty gurus and trying to replicate their makeup looks on myself. I’ll spend hours playing with makeup when I have some time to myself. (Also, Dr. Pimple Popper… not for those with a weak stomach!!)
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Seeing my mind and body transform. I used to be really self-conscious of my athletic build. When I was younger all my friends were fit but slim. I always had bigger legs and a wide upper body. My uncles always used to say that if I were a boy I’d be a great linebacker (way to build up a young girl’s body image!!). I used to try to cover my arms up as much as I could. Joining Lithe has really helped me to be more accepting of myself. I can actually say that I am proud that I have a strong upper body and that I can do push-ups in full plank. I even like catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror during sculpting and seeing ho defined my muscles can look.
If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? Chair squat in stiletto. It’s one of those signature sequences that really makes or breaks you. You’re forced to work through the burn and stare straight in the mirror right into your Lithe soul; it’s mind over matter and on the other side of it you’re not only physically stronger but also mentally tougher.
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? I’ve had the opportunity for my sister and my husband to join me in the studio and I’ve actually taught an entire Twiggy class at home to my mom. They all think its super challenging and are always impressed with me when I call and say, “I’m on my way home from class.” My husband’s always interested to know if I took Skinny Mini or Thinny that day and if Rachael or Elizabeth taught class.
What is the first concert you went to? I think the first concert I went to was O-Town at the Sussex County Fair. I grew up listening to all the boy bands, but was a true BSB fan – Brian was my favorite!
Join us and soar into 2017 with the first ever Lithe January challenge. Keeping it 100 means to be YOU, be honest, be true to yourself and the people you love, be unapologetic but respectful at the same time, and be the best at what you do. The expression comes from "100 percent," but instead of telling you to "perform 100 percent on everything at all times" (which is a mouthful) it evolved into a very simple "keep it 100," and perform as you would if you were aiming to get 100 percent on life.
The #1 fitness rule is to never miss a Monday workout. Mondays are the real answer to long term success, and research shows that people who get back on track with their fitness regimens at the beginning of the week are happier, healthier and better able to maintain progress over time. The expectations and pace of December can make it difficult to stay fit, sane, and balanced. We asked a few of our own fit, hip, healthy community to share their tips on navigating the chaos staying on track to never miss a Monday! Here's what Lithe staffer Sarah has to say:
I have an embarrassing secret: I love Mondays! I know, so weird… but let me explain!
After recently leaving my long time bartending job, “Mondays” are a bit of a new concept to me. An even newer concept to me is waking up, rather than going to bed, at 5am. I never thought I would say this, but I love it! Being on a normalized circadian sleep schedule has helped me to get quality sleep; eat healthy meals at normal times; and makes it much easier to make time for myself.
With all of that praise being sung, my first few Mondays at Lithe kicked my butt. The day would start at 4:30am with at least one snooze button, followed by fast pacing between the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, finished with a fast dog walk and chasing down a (surprisingly fast) 12-year-old diabetic cat for his subcutaneous insulin injection. I was unorganized, hungry, dehydrated, barely on time, and eventually in desperate need of a mid day nap before heading to night classes in nursing at CCP. After 2 or 3 of these bumpy Mondays, I evaluated and tried to identify my weak spots. I then set a goal for the next week, and I made a plan on how to achieve that goal.
My plan wasn’t some groundbreaking stroke of genius; it was as basic as it gets –
No More Snooze Button
Those nine minutes are extremely valuable when going from the bed to an uber in 25 minutes.
For me, this starts as early as Sunday morning. I know if I want to get a good night sleep I need to be mentally and physically tired, which means I can’t nap the day away. Before bed, its time to shower, I choose my clothes for the next day and pack my lunch. All of this Sunday prep helped my shave time off my Monday morning routine, but also made me feel excited for Mondays – I always wear my favorite leggings and pack a breakfast/lunch that I’m excited to eat because it’s nutritious and saves money and time.
A Monday Lithe workout is exactly the energy push I need to make it through an extra long day of work, dog walks, and two long, rather boring, lecture heavy, night classes. I started to notice that the Mondays that I was struggling to stay awake were the Mondays that I didn’t take a class, and that a 12:15 with Kalika was better at spiking my energy than a second or third cup of coffee! In addition, I am realizing that I am able to do more push ups than I could last week and am able to make it through all of Rock Steady’s cardio with no breaks. It’s pretty amazing! These gains each week also help me to look forward to the next week, as well as have a positive attitude toward this week.
My original goal was to have a better week by starting off the week with better Mondays. Each week can be difficult in it’s own way, and I never know what this week or next week is going to throw at me. So for me, the best defense has been to prepare for Monday in such a way that I set myself up for success, on the first day of the week.
See you in the studio!
What brought you to Lithe in the first place? I worked for a woman who was doing Lithe, so I learned of it from her. Historically, I've always hated "working out" but with Lithe it only took a couple of classes before I was hooked!
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I am determined to develop and maintain healthy eating and exercise habits now, while I am relatively young, because I know that it will only get harder with age. That is probably the single biggest motivator for me. I also love the Lithe community. All of the ladies help me stay focused and motivated on the days when it feels really hard. Lastly, my wonderful fiancé is very fitness-oriented, and seeing his tireless regimen reminds me that I've totally got this.
What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I am a singer and a jewelry maker (when I'm not busy being a grad student), and I spend a lot of time doing both whenever I can. I also spend as much quality time as possible with my fiancé, my friends, and my cat. It doesn't matter what we're doing, it's the good company that matters.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? It might sound cliché, but I love feeling like every class counts. I never leave the studio feeling like I didn't get a good enough workout. I always leave feeling exhausted in the best kind of way... like the class kicked my butt, but I kicked its butt right back. Sculpting work is my favorite, and right now I am loving working to master everything that is Hi-Top!
If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? I am totally a "higher power" just because it is my very favorite cardio move!
What movie character do you most closely identify with and why? I'm going with TV character, and it would be Buffy, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was my childhood hero, and I'd be lying if I said she wasn't kinda my adulthood hero too. Why? Because she is tough and strong, and she can handle anything that life throws her way.
Who is/was your celebrity crush? Right now? Definitely Taylor Goldsmith, from the band Dawes.
TGIF! This week we're giving away one spot in the next Cora Program beginning January 10th ($325 value). Perfect for Lithers who want to push themselves and turn up the intensity, you'll sweat and sculpt rapidly with this program taught by our veteran instructors. It's our fastest, most effective plan yet! And all it takes is ten 75-minute workouts in four weeks.
For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you'd love to be a part of our January Cora program. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you, and good luck!
Maria is away for a couple of weeks on a tour of Southeast Asia for her honeymoon. We're swooning over this gorgeous picture of her in wide second with a note that said,
I'm 12 hours ahead of y'all so every night around dinner time I can't help but think I would be in a 6am class if I were at home in Philly (a symptom of withdrawal?) My husband and I visited Angor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia today and he captured a photo of me in wide second in this unbelievably magical place. I thought I would share. See you back in the studio soon!
Keep it simple
Every year like clockwork, I purge and declutter my house and my brain post-Thanksgiving. It completely simplifies my life, since I find that with clutter comes chaos. Disorganization in your home can crowd your mind, and can creep into all aspects of your life. Cleaning out your home of all the things that no longer serve a purpose in your life can be SO liberating. Find you nearest Salvation Army drop off, or check out ThredUp to upcycle your wardrobe!
Loosen the reins
This is so easily said, yet so many of us really struggle with it. It can be frustrating when something doesn’t go as planned, but keep in mind that a past situation has already happened. Acceptance is the key to letting go and moving forward. Likewise, try not to waste your time worrying about something that you can’t control. Try not to fight it. Everything is as it should be. They say that what's best about banging your head against a brick wall is just how good it feels when you decide to stop.
There is nothing better than feeling grateful. Take a moment to look at your life, at your health, all that you have, and the awesome people that surround you. There is always something (or someone) in your life that is your rock. Try not to engage in fat talk, worry about the purse that you want (but may not get), or that rock that's currently not on your finger. Identifying what you are grateful for is incredibly powerful all year round, but particularly during the holiday season.
Make time for you
We’re all so busy with work, completing our to-do lists, and many of us will be juggling a lot without childcare over holidays. Take a moment for YOU, every day. Grab a hot chocolate or glass of wine, meditate, take a hot bath, and just soak in the moment. Slowing down your pace can really help you enjoy the present.
If you're like me, you may feel really wound up. Maybe you haven't worked out in a week or two? I always feel better after I exercise. Try not to skip your regular workouts. Skipping just one can lead to skipping two, three, and so on, bringing guilt later on. If you can't get to Lithe, lithe at home or lock your bedroom door, turn on some music and Cardio-Cheer-Sculpt your worries away (yelling included) your way. Having trouble staying mindful in class? Check out this post by Lithe Instructor Rachel Dore, PSY.D.
Have fun and be present (this ain't no dress rehearsal)
Don’t fret if the family holiday cards don’t go out on time, if you didn't make time to grab that last special something for your kids, or if you couldn't afford that surprise flight to Paris. Things happen. Life isn’t perfect. No one is perfect—and honestly, your idiosyncrasies are why your friends and family love you. Focus on what does go right during the holidays: you're with the people you love, and damn, those cookies you made are tasty. Enjoying the moment is fundamental in learning how to be present. Sometimes we spend so much time on planning, and use so much energy worrying that something will go wrong that we totally forget to enjoy it. Try to remember that you can't rewind or play your life out again, so enjoy it right this moment!
Lithe Instructor Tirsa Rivas via Dom
Gigi Hadid, Aly Raisman, Zoe Kravitz, Ruby Rose & Lena Dunham spoke in New York at a Reebok event discussing what it means to them to be #PerfectNever.
Watch these powerful, inspiring women from various walks of life speak candidly with one another about redefining perfection, conquering obstacles and becoming stronger in the process.
Guided by science, backed by spirit. Cora™ means heart in Greek and is the next generation of accelerated strength building and weight loss workouts. Perfect for Lithers who want to push themselves and turn up the intensity. You'll sweat and sculpt rapidly with this whole life, whole body program taught by our veteran instructors. It's our fastest, most effective plan yet! And all it takes is ten 75-minute workouts in four weeks. We've packaged it with our 4-week meal plan.
How it works: Cora compresses cardio and sculpting moves into ten 75-minute rapid-result workouts. The routines are grouped into four progressive cycles that include our hottest studio moves, plus 30-second blasts which are shorter, revved up versions of our traditional interval training to produce targeted results. Like all things Lithe, every segment features our proprietary no-nonsense choreography and band system that continually works your muscles and abs, raises your heart rate, and maximizes the calorie burn.
Week 1 / Cora Cycle 1: Lower impact, lighter weights (3-8 lbs. + Cora Bands)
Week 2 / Cora Cycle 2: Moderate to high impact, heavier weights (8-12 lbs. + Cora Bands)
Week 3 / Cora Cycle 3: Moderate impact, mod. to heavy weights (5-10 lbs. + Cora Bands)
Week 4 / Cora Cycle 4: Challenging cardio, heaviest weights (5-15 lbs. + Cora Bands)
Cora is held at Lithe Rittenhouse
Evening Course: Tues. & Thurs., 8:05PM-9:20PM & Sat., 12:15PM
Class 1: Tues., 1/10
Class 2: Thurs., 1/12
Class 3: Sat., 1/14
Class 4: Tues., 1/17
Class 5: Thurs., 1/19
Class 6: Tues., 1/24
Class 7: Thurs., 1/26
Class 8: Sat., 1/28
Class 9: Tues., 1/31
Class 10: Thurs., 2/2
10 classes and 4-week meal plan ($325)
Master Instructor Meg G. via Dom
The #1 fitness rule is to never miss a Monday workout. Mondays are the real answer to long term success, and research shows that people who get back on track with their fitness regimens at the beginning of the week are happier, healthier and better able to maintain progress over time. The expectations and pace of December can make it difficult to stay fit, sane, and balanced. We asked a few of our own fit, hip, healthy community to share their tips on navigating the chaos staying on track to never miss a Monday! Here's what Lithe Instructor and Registered Dietitian Danielle has to say:
When it comes to kicking off a healthy new week, I often tell my clients that Monday does NOT have to be the only day to regain control, because in reality, any day can be a “Monday.” However, chronologically, it is the first day of the week, and thus easily lends itself to a restart mentality. The best advice that I take myself and give to others as a new RD is to not dwell on what is done. Leave yesterday, today is a new day. Whether you had a string of missed workouts, unhealthy evenings, or just a bad day, it is NEVER too late to invest in your health. Remember you’ve only got one body. Feed it well, keep it strong, treat it right. Happy Monday, everybody!
Image of Lithe Instructor Danielle via Dom
What brought you to Lithe in the first place and what was your first impression of Cardio Cheer Sculpting? I first came to Lithe in February 2014. I purchased a RueLaLa five-class coupon because I thought it would be a good way to tone up for my wedding that was just three months away. My first impression was that it was different than anything I had tried before and very challenging, but also surprisingly fun. At first I couldn’t believe how difficult some of the moves were, and how some women made it seem effortless. But by the end of my five-pack I was addicted, and got a monthly pass. I loved the variety and element of surprise.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? My motivation comes from just how good Lithe makes me feel when I am able to go regularly. Being a pediatric resident, my schedule doesn’t allow me to always stay consistent. I notice that I am a happier, calmer person when I Lithe. I love the feeling of accomplishment and post-workout bliss after a hard class. I also love the results. Nothing has given me results like Lithe has. When I come consistently, not only do I see physical changes in my body, but my endurance and strength increases, too.
When I started Lithing, I never imagined that I could do 30 full push-ups or complete a CCS sequence without taking a break. I love being able to push myself farther, hold the pose a little longer, and do a few more reps than the week before.
What do you do to de-stress on the weekends? I love trying new restaurants and drinking great wine, so you will find me at a BYOB for dinner. Some of my favorites are Audrey Claire, Raddichio, Dmitri's, and South Helm. I have two adorable dogs (Yorkie-Poos) that I love to go outside and play with. I also love to spend time with my family and friends, so my husband and I are often on-the-go visiting people on weekends.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The most rewarding aspect of Lithe, if I must pick one, is mastering Armistice’s sculpting work. I remember how intimidating it was on day-one, and now I can do it with five-pound weights pretty much right through. Overall though, the most rewarding part is how strong Lithe makes me feel.
If you were a Lithe move, which would you be and why? Press-downs! A simple, classic Lithe move that is just so satisfying for some reason.
What do your friends and/or family think you do when you're at the studio? Have you ever shown them your CCS moves? Friends who don’t know about Lithe are confused when I try to explain it. I’ve brought some with me over the past years and their usual response is, “Oooh, now I get what you were saying!” I’ve done some CCS in public to show friends. Probably the most memorable moment was at a friend's wedding with another Lither.
What was your first concert? Actually, my first concert was the Q102 Jingle Ball when I was maybe in sixth-grade. I went to see my longtime friend and now Lithe instructor Danielle Ingerman open the show.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant. I’ve been wearing it since high school and am fully addicted! Everyone says its my classic scent. Darphin Ideal Resource, a hydrating, yet light moisturizer. And ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, a gentle sleep aromatherapy that smells great and works, too.
Happy Friday, Lithers! This week we're giving away two tickets to the Peek-a-Boo Revue December 10th Holiday Spectacular starring our very own Kalika Fail!
As Philadelphia's longest running burlesque show, they bring only the best in dance extravaganza, classic striptease, and ribald humor. Behind shimmy-shaking beauties and the bawdy emcees is a band of world class musicians known as the Striptease Orchestra. With the sites and sounds hitting you all at once, The Peek-A-Boo Revue will have you primed and ready for the most wonderful time of the year!
For a chance to win, let us know in the comments why winning the tickets will help make your holidays spectacular! The show is Saturday, December 10th at 9pm at the Trocadero. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thanks and good luck!
You know that breathing serves as the foundation of your practice in each Lithe workout, helping you power through all 30 reps. But have you considered applications for your Lithe Breath outside of the studio? As the holidays approach and the days become shorter, try to incorporate these tips into your daily routine.
1. Good Morning, Sunshine: It's dark when your alarm goes off. You just know the floorboards will be freezing beneath your toes. And staying in bed sounds better than pretty much anything else at that moment. Before throwing off your covers, try bringing your hands to your rib cage and inhale deeply through your nose expanding your ribs laterally, then exhale like you're breathing through a straw knitting your ribs back together. Aim for five to ten full breaths this way each morning to help start your day on a positive note.
2. Reduce Stress at Work: December brings a unique set of extracurricular activities: shopping for the perfect gift, Ugly Sweater parties, solo viewings of Love Actually. Try telling that to the boss who emails you three minutes before the end of your work day about an urgent project that has to be done, like, YESTERDAY. When an unexpected stressor pops up, your sympathetic nervous system naturally kicks into fight-or-flight mode, your cortisol levels spike, and your breathing naturally becomes shallower. Take one full minute to stand up from your desk, shake out your limbs (maybe a mini-crazy arm series?), and breathe with intention in order to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, reversing the natural stress response so you can tackle work with a calm approach. Colin Firth and Liam Neeson will wait.
Image of Lithe Instructor Kasey via Antrim + Spruce Photography
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