What is your favorite class to teach? I recently started teaching Action Figure and we’ve developed a love affair. This class is packed with amazing material incorporating all of Lithe’s best moves. With cardio, sculpting, and barre work this class has it all. I love the mental challenge it presents to me as an instructor. Learning this class was a challenge- just ask my poor boyfriend. I made him listen to me practicing for days before teaching it for the first time. Having weights on both your wrists and ankles really ups the challenge for Lithers, and I love seeing them get stronger every week!
Did you ever go through an awkward phase? That’s an easy one: I’m still in one. I think I will forever be in an awkward phase. Even as an adult I find myself constantly evolving. Once you think I’ve figured it all out, the next day life throws a curve ball and I’m back at square one. That is the beauty of life! Being a young adult is all about going through awkward phases and learning curves. I’m going to embrace the heck outta them!
What song always pumps you up? Back in the true awkward phase days, aka high school, my mom would have to physically drag me out of bed. When even her strongest attempts failed, she resorted to blaring music on my stereo which made it impossible to sleep. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams was the first song on the CD. Every morning this jam would come on and my little feet would start boogying under the covers. It gave my lifeless body energy and still does to this day. Whenever I need a pick-me-up that song is my go to.
What's your favorite body part? My nose. It is small, cute, and symmetrical. I’ve gotten asked if I had a nose job, but this baby is au naturel.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Having super strength, the ability to fly, or be invisible are great, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have them all? That’s why I want to be a wizard. Literally Hermione Granger can do anything, and that’s a true superpower. I still have confidence the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is real. If anyone has an in with the school, my application is ready to go.
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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? I grew up with an active lifestyle and played soccer and field hockey my whole life. But I have a dirty little secret. I always wanted to be a cheerleader. I mean who doesn't wish they could contort their body into a scorpion? At Penn State, one of my roommates was on the cheerleading team and when she was at practice or class, my other roommates and I would put on her uniforms and strut around our apartment making up our own cheers. Ha!
After college I got lazy about exercising. I came up with every excuse to get out of going to the gym. And when I did go, I didn't enjoy it. Last summer, a friend suggested that we try Lithe. I passed the Main Line studio on the way to work for four years and was curious, but never looked into it. I am so grateful for that nudge because I fell in love. I'm getting to (sort of) live out my dream of cheerleading. I see a difference in the way my body looks, my clothes fit better, and I feel healthy. The challenges also motivate me as I am competitive by nature. It also helps that I work about a block away, so I can walk to the studio when the weather is nice. To make a long story longer, there are so many motivators, but all in all I just love it – the classes, the instructors, the people, and the products.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? This may sound cheesy, but Lithe is the way I unwind. I have a stressful job with long, odd hours, so Lithe is my escape. I also like to read, watch home improvement shows, cook, and bake.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Without a doubt it is mastering the cardio sequences. I can't say I'm the most coordinated person, but I'm a perfectionist at heart. When I hit those sequences without messing up, I do a little internal cheer (insert SNL's Mary Kathryn Gallagher's "Superstar"). I'm not going to lie, I have gone home and practiced some of them after class.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rock Steady or Rah because I feel most like a cheerleader and both push me past my comfort zone.
What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? My husband is from New Zealand and I look forward to going back there every few years. I don't know if I'd call it exotic, but it's such a beautiful country.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? A toothbrush (bad teeth freak me out), sunscreen (that's just practical), and my husband (is he considered a product?). If my husband doesn't count, then chocolate, specifically Lindt Milk Chocolate Lindor Truffles.
What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? No matter how tired I am, I always feel better after a good sweat. Plus I love how Lithe challenges me and never gets boring. How can you get bored when your muscles are on fire?
When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? I like to read trashy magazines and drink a glass or two of red wine.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Being able to do the chair squat series without passing out.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? That is a tough question. I would choose Spirit because I never stop moving.
What is the first album you remember buying? Something embarrassing. Probably Tiffany or New Kids on the Block.
What is the most exotic location you've ever visited? One of the coolest places that I have been to is Hawaii’s national park on the big island. My husband and I hiked near the active volcano and saw the lava flowing into the ocean.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Coffee, wine and Adam Levine. I know he is not a product, but we are talking about survival.
There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with Lithing and getting in two servings of fruit and vegetables before 10AM. Our superfood Green Detox Bowl is a nutritional powerhouse. With a combination of fresh spinach, bananas, local honey, hemp seeds, goji berries, and coconut, this smoothie bowl is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It's fresh and creamy and perfect for breakfast or lunch.
This soup is everything. The combination of miso*, roasted mushrooms, and bone broth is savory, earthy, rich and soul-soothing. Mushrooms are fantastic immune boosters, help prevent cancer, promote weight loss, and lower cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Bone broth is liquid gold and adding medicinal mushrooms to it kicks it into high gear and gives you an extra boost of immunity during cold season.
*Miso and roasted mushrooms have a strong, savory flavor. You may want to shake your soup and add a little bit of water to mellow the flavor.
Our Carat Bowl is solid as a rock. Organic black lentils, roasted squash, kale, and kimchi dressed with a tahini sriracha sauce. We love this bowl because it's delish, filling, and protein-packed (17.9 grams)! Low calorie lentils and kale are rich in iron which helps oxygen flow through the body and set your metabolism on fire. Needless to say, they're perfect for keeping you energized and lean.
Kimchi is a low-calorie, low-fat, nutrient-dense source of vitamins (especially vitamin C and beta-carotene), minerals, fiber, important phytochemicals (including beta-sitosterol, sulfur compounds, and capsaicin), and numerous probiotic strains (including Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus brevis). Researchers compare kimchi to yogurt and consider it a vegetable probiotic food.
TGIF! Did you get something sparkly this holiday season? Congratulations! This week we're giving away a 1.5 hour engagement shoot* with Antrim + Spruce (value $250) and a bridal makeup trial with Sam Hamilton of The Parlour (value: $125). If you're a bride-to-be and need to get started on your save-the-dates or finding a photographer and makeup artist, then this giveaway is for you.
Photographer and Lither Celia Ragonese launched Antrim + Spruce Photography last year. (You've seen her work on Fit Hip Healthy.) Celia uses natural light to capture candid moments with an editorial vibe. To ensure brides look amazing, she teams up with makeup artist Sam Hamilton of The Parlour in Fishtown.
Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens says, "Celia is so caring and invested and goes above and beyond. Her attention to detail is unparalleled and she always seems to be ten steps ahead and prepared for anything. Type A ladies take note: If you work with Celia you can relax. She's already thought of it. She maintains professionalism at all times, while managing to make the shoot fun."
For a chance to win, please tell us why you want/need to win. 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!
*Approximately 20-25 high-resolution digital images. Must be used before May 31, 2016
Trans-firm your entire body. Rebel is a revolutionary total body, high cardio Lithe rebounder + bands workout. While Rebel is built upon our classic CCS technique and Lithe Method-ology, it serves up a veritable 'buff'-et of high and low bouncing CCS that gets your heart rate up and encourages dramatic lymphatic drainage (bye bye cellulite). Take it to the max while you clap, twist, turn, and jump on and off the rebounder. Then increase your burn with standing and grounded sculpting mat-work that tones your not-so-hard 'core' areas. It's modifiable and classically Lithe.
• Born: December 2015
• You need: Twiggy bands, wristbands, and a rebounder
• Coordination level: 3 (on a scale of 1-3)
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