SHE'S LITHE: LARISSA PRICE 11 Apr 2016

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What keeps me consistent: It all started with Lauren's November 2015 Instagram #buildapeach challenge and my desire to succeed and stay consistent with that. I continued her challenges and didn't start Lithing until the beginning of February. That's when my boyfriend and I changed our lifestyle completely. None of this would be possible without him. We take turns making our meals (we used to take turns ordering out) he takes care of our dogs in the morning so that I can get to class, and he's the one pushing me at 5:45AM when I'm ready to bail on those really tired days. "No way, we cannot afford a $10 late cancel because you want to be lazy!" He is all around so supportive and also very passionate about Lithe. (He doesn't care to admit that part. But he thinks Lithe is awesome.)

Every morning I see the same ambitious and inspiring ladies pushing themselves and each other to be the best they can be. If it wasn't for them, I couldn't stay as consistent.

It also helps that I have awesome results and feel like a bad ass when I know what moves to expect for each class. I used to spend at least an hour at the gym and when I left, I would have no idea of what I actually did. Since I started Lithing and changed my diet, I have lost almost 30 pounds and gained a ton of muscle.

How I de-stress: Lithe is my favorite way to de-stress and I feel like super woman every time I leave. But since that can't be my official answer, de-stressing for me means a hot shower followed by a quick bubble bath. I always anticipate long, luxurious baths and I fill the tub up with bubbles, oils, and lavender Epsom salt. But then I get hot and bored way too quickly. After that, nothing beats snuggling with my dogs, boyfriend, and reruns of The Office.

Most rewarding aspect: The most rewarding aspect of Lithe is my results and how amazing I feel after class and for the remainder of the day. I have always been the type of person who rolls out of bed 5 minutes before work. Now I am up and out of the house by 5:30AM and have a solid workout in before I get to work every day. I actually have an excuse for my hair being a mess. Hallelujah!

If I were a Lithe class: I would be All That. Much like All That, I am typically all over the place and filled with energy. Plus, I love me some boobs and butt! After that I'd be Barlesque because I love shaking everything and acting sassy.

What do my friends and family think I do when I'm at the studio? Most of them have no idea how challenging it is. I show off the moves whenever I get a chance. (Like when I'm at the bar with my mom for instance.) My boyfriend took a class on Valentine's Day and he has definitely given Lithe more credit ever since then. My sister also joined me for Twiggy and even though she said it wasn't hard, I caught her fixing her ponytail for 12 minutes straight. ;)

High school year book superlatives: I was voted the loudest, the class clown (sorry, Mom!), and most likely to be prom queen

LITHE SPRING CLEAN WEEK 4! 8 Apr 2016

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Here's our fourth and final week of #LitheSpringClean, which is also the last week of the second phase of our Earned in Winter Challenge! Good luck everyone, and if you fell off the wagon last week, it's the perfect time to get back in the game! We can't wait to see your #LitheResults!

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FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 8 Apr 2016

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TGIF!  This week we're giving away an Lithe Icon pack: 1 Lithe Icon class and 1 quart of Lithe Foods bone broth.  

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what Lithe workout that you're looking forward to seeing on the schedule!  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter.  Rules:  One entry per person.  Thank you, and good luck!

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BONE BROTH SALE! 7 Apr 2016

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You've been working hard, so stay fluid and give your joints some love. Our Lithe Foods local and organic bone broth is on sale this week for $12.60 per quart. Find it in our fridges and on Caviar. 

With 69 calories, 4g fat, 6g protein, and 0 carbs per cup, this simple superfood is the equivalent of liquid gold. Lithe's bone broth is made from organic grass-fed beef marrow bones, chicken feet, and mirepoix so that it's packed with nutrients. Lauren starts each day with a cup of bone broth and says it plays a major role in keeping her and her family healthy. The amino acids and other healing compounds released in the simmering process also promote joint health, which makes bone broth a smart sip for Lithers. And if you want to feel and look your best, bone broth also helps out in the beauty department. It's rich in collagen, which supports and strengthens the structural matrix of hair, skin, and nails.

The 32 oz. container ($16) has four 8 oz. servings, which is enough to make one large batch of soup. We recommend dividing it into four servings and storing them in the freezer or freezing two servings and keeping the other two in the fridge. Bone broth has a fridge life of 4-5 days, but keeps indefinitely in the freezer.  

Key nutrients in Lithe bone broth and their benefits:

Cartilage: Used as a supplement for treating joint pain and eases inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

Bone marrow: Helps increase blood cell production and strengthens the immune system.

Amino acid:  Key in the production of glucose and enhances gastric secretion of soft tissue and wound healing.

Collagen and gelatin:  Aid in the formation and repair of cartilage, help bone healing, and facilitate digestion and assimilation of proteins. 

Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium: Help sustain healthy bones and muscles; facilitate proper nerve transmission and gland function; generate energy in the body.

UP CLOSE WITH ALICIA T. 5 Apr 2016

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What is your hidden talent? One of my hidden talents is designing. I love making my own clothes when I have the time! If I wasn't a dance major, I would have continued school for fashion design.
 
What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? My favorite Lithe workout to teach is Twiggy. It's the perfect mix of cardio and sculpting; you get a little bit of everything!
  
Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? "Tidal Wave" by EVVY is definitely a go-to jam for me at the moment.
 
What is your favorite body part? My legs. As a dancer, your legs have to be on-point and I've always worked hard to keep them in shape.
 
What is your nickname? Some of my family calls me Ali or Lee and my friends have recently started calling me Felicia.
 
Find Alicia on Instagram @aliciaatom.

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 5 Apr 2016

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Hi Lithe, 

Wanted to update you on my recovery and thank you for making the process faster and smoother than I ever expected. I broke my ankle in late November, had an ORIF surgery in December (one plate and seven screws on the right lateral malleolus), and was non-weight-bearing in a splint or cast until mid-January. During that period, I kept myself sane by doing a mash-up of Thinny, Armistice, and Pilates at home nearly every day. While I was able to exercise, I missed the studio camaraderie and was jealous whenever my friends discussed the latest classes or when I spied videos of Lithers doing CCS on Instagram. 
 
On January 12 my cast was removed and replaced with a boot; I also had a prescription for physical therapy, which I did three times a week for two-and-a-half months. I returned to the studio for my first real class on January 16. For the first week or so, I was on a steady diet of Thinny and Armistice. Then I sprinkled in classes like Skinny Jeans and Sculpt. I was so happy to be back in the studio. I was even happier when I was able to do cardio including jogging in place (that was the last thing to come back). I finished up physical therapy last week, have gone running twice (2.5 miles and 5 miles), and am pretty much 100 percent recovered. I even plan to run Broad Street this year.  
 
I attribute my relatively easy recovery to the shape that I was in pre-injury and the work that I did to recover both at physical therapy and Lithe. The ability to ease into different moves, modify, and reintroduce more motion and impact was incredibly beneficial. And the ability to do so in an environment where I feel comfortable was priceless. My physical therapists told me that if they could copy and paste my recovery process they would be out of business.
 
I smile like an idiot during each and every class because I am so thankful to be dancing, moving, and jumping again.  
 
Many, many thanks!
Jackie K.

SHE'S LITHE: KAREN KILBY 4 Apr 2016

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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? My Lithe experience all started as a result of a fellow Lither Lisa Kennedy. Lisa was persistent about getting me to try a class. My first class was Split and my quads were so sore I had to hobble down the stairs the next day, and knew I wanted that all the time! I was hooked. Working out helps me feel balanced. The variety of classes keeps me engaged and always challenged.

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? Listening to music –like Radiohead, Spoon, Tame Impala- and hanging with my husband, our dog, and my family- especially my nieces and nephews!

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The most rewarding aspect of Lithe to me is when I make it through a cardio cheer sequence without missing a rep and end class knowing I worked as hard as I could. The strength I see in my classmates and instructors is inspiring and makes me want to do better!

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I think I would be Twiggy. I find this class to be rather happy and optimistic since it involves a lot of dance. An optimistic perspective is something I discuss daily with my students and try to focus on generating in my life. 

What is the first album you remember buying? It’s a toss up between "Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block and "Janet" by Janet Jackson. I may have also performed “dances” with girls in my neighborhood to the New Kids tunes. Thankfully, social media didn’t exist then!  

LITHE SPRING CLEAN WEEK 3! 1 Apr 2016

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You're halfway there! Week three is another detox week, but it's not as spartan as week one. You'll notice that your menu is filled with smoothies, green veggies, and muscle-building lean protein. If you're hungry during the day, add in more protein and increase your portion sizes. Good luck! 

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UP CLOSE WITH KALIKA 29 Mar 2016

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What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? Sideline. I'm all about the booty-poppin' cardio! I also love the energy I get from Lithers in this class. Hot Legs comes in at a close second. It is so effective and it brings out my ballet teaching skills. Fabu-legs is on the other end of the spectrum. It is sort of a sleeper class. You spend most of the class on the mat, but leave with shaky legs and super sore glutes. 

Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? There are so many, but here's some of my favorites: "Smash!" by Ummet Ozcan, "Booty Bounce" by Tujam, "Stand Up" by Dirtcap, just about anything by Outkast, and old-school Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Missy Elliot. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I would be a healer. I hate seeing people in physical or emotional pain. Super strength comes in second.

What is your favorite body part? My butt!

What is your nickname? Well, my real name is Kalika. My family and most of my friends have always called me Kaley. My stage name is Ginger Leigh. My brothers used to call me sissy. Many of my burlesque friends call me Ginge or Gingey.

Find Kalika on Instagram at @gingerlika

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