I'm in Utah for the weekend, so I wanted to get these to you early so that you can plan and shop.  I'll post prettier, more perfect versions of these on Monday (please excuse any typos). 

Here's our #lithespringclean menu for week 2!  Just like our Lithe Foods/Lithe Escape food philosophy, you'll notice that our menus are based on lean, local, mostly seasonal and detoxifying, whole foods.  Our menus coincide with our lifestyle of hard work and consistency, so Monday through Friday you'll want to follow the rules.  Moderation is key for long-term success, so Saturday and Sunday are yours to eat as you please!   

Remember to drink 64 oz of water everyday, and Lithe 5-6 days a week.  Stay tuned for recipes and more food, fitness and tip starting on Monday.  We want to see and hear about your results!  Now lets go shopping!





Aveeno & Lithe

Happy Friday!  Lithers love oats, and so do the folks at AVEENO®, Lithe's beloved locker room and shower product sponsor.  Oats are the lead ingredient in many of AVEENO®'s ultra moisturizing products.  Spring is here, we've just completed week 1 of #Lithespringclean and we're ready to bare some skin!  Say sayonara to dry, itchy, flaky skin with AVEENO®'s iconic oat-based products.  My three favorite oatmeal products are also AVEENO®'s best-sellers:

Daily Moisturizing Lotion, formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and blended with rich emollients to soothe and moisturize dry skin.  AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, also formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal, cleanses and nourishes skin while replenishing and locking in moisture.  AVEENO® Soothing Bath Treatment is one of my favorite products!  It's made of finely milled 100% pure ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin.  When dispersed in water, this powder forms a soothing milky bath that works as a natural cleanser, provides temporary skin protection, and relieves skin irritation and itching.

To celebrate Lithe + AVEENO®'s shared love of oats in honor of #Lithespringclean, we're giving away an AVEENO® Oat Bundle ($100+ value) of their most iconic oat-based products for moisturizing and soothing skin! For a chance to win, please tell us your favorite use or recipe for oats! A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday. Good luck!

Product images via AVEENO®.



Image of Lithe Instructor Julie Fannin via Dom

MISSION: LITHE! 3 Apr 2014

Mission Lithe!

Two more of our incredible front of the house crew is doing a nine day challenge! The fabulous Jonathan Cedrone (he's also currently doing his Co-op with Lithe Foods) and Lithe's General Manager, Katie Kempf are on day 4.  Lets cheer them on!  Read about why they are on a mission...

Why did you want to do a 9 day challenge?
Now that I'll be out of school on co-op for the next 6 months, I feel like I finally have a hot second to actually devote to some [much needed] self care. After seeing Kristin and Chrissy's transformations, I was inspired to make a change for myself as well. As part of the extremely rare species known as the "Lithe Boy", I wanted to see if Lithe would affect the male body in the same way that it affects the female, as seen through all of our amazing client transformations! With this new found inspiration and time, I figured the 9 day challenge would be the best way to literally whip myself into shape so that I could take classes more regularly (without nearly passing out in the mat room - I don't know how some of these ladies do it!) and in preparation for becoming Lithe's first male instructor! While losing some unwanted inches of fat, ideally I'd like to gain some more muscle! And what better time to get started than right before summer?! (gasp, shirtless...)
What day are you on?
Today is day 4 of the challenge!
What is your typical diet like?
Living on the budget of an undergraduate who literally pays for everything himself, nutrition is extremely difficult for me. With barely any time available to devote to shopping for healthy groceries and actually cooking, I tend to gravitate towards the already prepared options, and 9 times out of 10, that means bad for you. With that said, I don't fall into the stereotype of the college kid who only eats Ramen noodles, but I definitely don't have enough fruits, veggies, and proteins (read: I eat a lot of pasta). Regarding portions, my diet fluctuates a bit too much as well. When I'm home with my family, I tend to eat portions that are definitely too large; my family is Italian, so that means consistent yelling from Mom and Mommom that I'm "not eating enough" despite the 2 bowls of pasta with meatballs and bread that I just ate. But when I'm on my own at my apartment, portions are too small. I've been needing an overhaul to steer my diet towards a more nutritionally-valuable, middle road!
Did you fall off the wagon?
Technically, I'm fairly new to Lithe classes, so I've never "fallen off the wagon" in that sense. However, my fitness has definitely not gotten as much attention as I'd like recently. I have generally been in good shape since high school because of dance (I was heavier as a pre-teen, thanks to Mom and Mommom, as mentioned above). In high school, dance for me was much more athletically based, especially with my competition team (read: jumps, turns, splits...). Ever since coming to Drexel and joining their company, dance is more focused on performance and the artform itself. However, that meant dance could no longer suffice as my only exercise. But between rehearsals, dance classes, academic classes, homework, work, and social life, finding the time to get in a workout was the last thing on my list. Ever since, I've never been completely comfortable in my own skin (especially on the beach without a shirt), although I know I'm not overweight or completely out of shape.
How are you feeling right now?
Right now I'm feeling much more energetic and happy, despite the soreness! It's only day 4, and I'm starting to see exciting changes in my body: my stomach looks and feels tighter, my chest seems fitter, and my arms are definitely bigger and more defined. With that said, I'm extremely excited to check in next week!



Why did you want to do a 9 day challenge?

I wanted to do the 9 day challenge because I think it will help me recharge.  It's the perfect opportunity to focus on myself for a bit and get ready for Spring.  I'm pretty social person, and I love spending time with my family and friends.  However, between work and life I don't get much "me" time.  Taking a class is my own personal time and it's so important for my mental health.


What is your typical diet like?

My typical diet is fairly healthy when I'm by myself, but I am very influenced by my friends and will feast whenever the opportunity presents itself.  My diet is full of fruits and vegetables...but it's also full of pizza and cookies and brownies.


Did you fall off the wagon?

I didn't completely fall of the wagon, but I have not been able to take as many classes each week as I would like. I used to Lithe 5 days a week and for the last few months I've been averaging 1-3 classes per week. I'm really excited to get back to the level that I used to be at.


How are you feeling?

Today is day 4 and I feel great.  I'm more energetic and already feel more like myself- happier, more positive, and more appreciative about the little things in life!


Images via Lauren




Endvy! aka Are you SERIOUS? aka What the f#*^! aka Can I LEAVE?

What you need: Sweat Bands! 
Props: Thinny Bands (the ones with velcro), Heavy Weights, Blue Ball
Clothing Considerations: Long pants--you velcro the bands around your ankles, and they will help to prevent chafing
Sweat Factor: This is one of those classes where you don't jump, but the moves are so intense that your body gets immediately hot, and the sweat shows up on the back of your neck 2 minutes in. You won't be soaked, but you'll be shiny for certain. 

I've been wanting to review Endvy for some time, and now that I've finally been able to take the class, I have a feeling that my relationship with it is going to be a fraught one. Endvy was like, Oh hey. You've been feeling good about your strength and stamina lately? Don't make me laugh, Sandy. Heh heh heh. Then it smacked me down to size in the first 30 seconds (I'm not exaggerating) and had me feeling like a little tiny baby in her first Lithe class.

You begin by standing at the barre, with your right knee raised in a liberty position, but with a twist. You place the blue ball, under your knee and keep it secure by squeezing it between your calf and ham strings. This extra effort on your raised leg, coupled with the normal excruciating pain on your standing leg is a passport to an entirely new world of muscle exhaustion. After hover lunges, static tuck and squeezes, pulses and round of chair sits, where you SLOWLY squeeze the ball between your legs, I actually considered lying down in the adjacent room for a couple minutes. 

Moves that you're accustomed to only doing 10 times--you know the really tough ones--you do 30 times in this class. Then you do fold overwork, incorporating a heavy weight with your upper body, in coordination with the moves on your lower. If we were new to the class, Elizabeth recommended that we focus on our balance and form before we incorporated the weights, so that we could do the moves correctly and avoid injury. I happily obliged. 

You then take it down to the mat, and this is where the Thinny bands come in. Once you strap your legs in, you begin an intense full body sculpting session that includes a move called the Pretzel. All I can say is, it's a doozy, and my rendition was what is referred to in the biz as a 'hot mess'. There's lots of balancing core, where you while on all fours, you extend one arm and do ab and leg work (full body really). After that, you head back to the bar to do it all over again on the left side and then back down on the mat to round out the banded series on that side too.

I really liked how this class was broken up. Super intense barre series sandwiched between sculpting mat work. I felt like despite how exhausted I was, the class went by really quickly. For those of you that want a break from CCS, but stress that you won't burn as many calories in a sculpting class--fear not, Endvy will make you eat your words. (In my experience, it's the sculpting classes that help me see the most difference in my body's shape anyway.) I am going to keep going to Endvy, although I will probably cuss through the whole thing. At least for a while, but I look forward to working on my pretzel, incorporating the heavy weights and getting a little better. As always, Lithe pushes you out of your comfort zone, and if you're game, Endvy can't be beat. 

See you in class!



Check out these amazing results (fat loss!) in inches from our Escape crew.  I always say that one week will make one strong, but in this case, FOUR days will make one strong.  I had a blast last week and I can't wait to share more pictures of our food, food philosophy, fitness and fun!  Check out #litheescape on Instagram for more pictures!

Images via Lauren


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Okay, here's one of my secrets when I'm craving something sweet but need something low glycemic.  If you know me, you know that I have a killer sweet tooth (I'm a total chocoholic).  While I do have a square of dark chocolate most days, sometimes too much chocolate can be a bit of a gateway drug and I'll only want more sugar. 

My "chocolate covered" strawberries and blackberries are a big hit in my house.  All you need to do is dip washed strawberries/blackberries in Chocolate Pequea Valley yogurt (Brown Cow brand works well).  Place the dipped berries on a plate lined with parchment paper.  Need more chocolate?  Sprinkle them with cacao!  

Image via Lauren


The way we do

Image of Lithe Instructor Marisa Shaaban via Dom



Here's one of my favorite snacks that's also included in our week 1 #lithespringclean menu.  It's so easy!  Slice your avocado in half, remove the pit, then fill it with some of your favorite things like, veggies, protein or even crab! On the left is feta cheese, chopped tomato and Braggs Liquid Aminos.  On the right is my favorite dairy-free version: tomato, nutritional yeast and Braggs.  Eat with a spoon and enjoy! 

Image via Lauren


Lithe Careers
We're looking for a few great people to round out our front of the house team!

Part-Time Front Desk Studio Staff Roles & Responsibilities:

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

What's Required?:

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

Part-time front desk studio positions are currently open at Lithe Method Main Line, with the following anticipated hours:

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

Please submit resume, cover letter, and availability to

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