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.


Lithe & AITA'a Mamacita


Happy Friday! The final cocktail in our 13-week Skinny Heathen series with Art In The Age is The Mamacita, a combo of Lithe's Spicy Lemonade cold-pressed juice and AITA's Snap liquor.

Lithe's Spicy Lemonade is a raw juice blend with cold-pressed lemon, cayenne, coconut nectar, and filtered water. It's spicy, hydrating, and immunity-boosting. Plus, it restores your body's healthy alkaline balance. AITA's Snap is inspired by traditional German lebkuchen (gingersnaps!), but not the mass-marketed sugar-laden kind. Pennsylvania Dutch gingersnaps are made with hearty blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger. This cocktail can be served on the rocks, but it's especially delicious warmed in a crock-pot or on the stove, hot toddy-style. 

1 serving


2 oz. Snap

2 oz. Lithe Spicy Lemonade

1 oz. apple cider

Cinnamon for garnish



Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in Spicy Lemonade and cider. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.


Image via Chaucee



Happy Friday, Lithers! This week's giveaway comes to us from The Flwry! The first local, year-round flower subscription service in Philly is run by Lithers Nicole Rossi and Nicole Paloux. I'm a big believer in flower power and when I heard about the 150 memberships, I signed up with a quickness. It's the perfect gift for a friend or yourself.  

How to Become a Flwry Member: Sign up for once or twice a month pickups of fresh-cut, locally grown flowers, which are delivered to your favorite Philly spots! Just flash your Flwry membership card at pickup. 

The Flwrs: Twenty-four seasonal stems (think hydrangea, dahlia, anemone, coneflower, scabiosa, peony, and sea holly) — cut fresh that very morning by local farmers and wrapped in Flwyr's lovely, signature paper.

When: The service launches in June, though you can pre-order now. 

Cost: Full membership (two deliveries per month), $74/month. Half membership (one delivery per month), $37/month.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, The Flwry is releasing a few early memberships for Lithers. They'll also give away a half membership to one lucky Lither! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us your favorite flower by Monday, February 9th. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person, please. Good luck!

Image via The Flwry

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 5 Feb 2015


The cure for anything is salt water, sun, sweat, and the sea. Details will be released on Saturday!


Sayeh's Living Lithe


What you need: Gloves!
Props: Pom Bands
Clothing Considerations: Whatever you're comfortable in.
Sweat Factor: Ice Bucket Challenge Status

I'm going to be bold and proclaim something big right now. Sideline is the new Lithe class that will change your entire body. Fast. We all know the staples like Waspie, Skinny Jeans and Higher Power will whittle you into shape, and we take them religiously. Add Sideline to the list, sister girls. Add Sideline to the list.

It kicked my ever-loving butt in a thousand ways. Unlike its title may convey, this is not a class where you can hang out on the fringes and observe. You are in high gear from the jump, and don't let that intimidate you. It was the perfect mix of high-intensity CCS, but also slower-paced sculpting interspersed throughout using Vertical Band Sculpting. This is where you stand up and step on handles of the Pom bands instead of holding the handles with your hands. You then push and pull on the bands that now have incredible resistance since you are holding them extremely taught with your feet. (Where you place your feet matters...up too close to the ball of your foot, and you'll be in pain quick...go back towards your heels.)

The Vertical Band arms sequence in this class might be the most challenging arms sequence I've yet to encounter at Lithe. My shoulders, biceps and back were on FIRE. During the cardio sequences I was praying for them to be over, so we could cool it down with the sculpting, but the arms and back stuff was so intense, that I was quickly praying for the sculpting to be over so I could get back to jumping around (and I'm not a cardio lover). 

If you're trying to get your arms and back on point for any reason (wedding dress, just to be a badass) take this class. From butt to thighs to calves to waist to fingertips--you are working it out in Sideline. As I left, a fellow Lither and I agreed that taking that class on a consistent basis would whip us into shape in no time. 

See you in class!

Image of Sayeh Magaziner via Dom




Lithe's Tight End is one of our two featured glue-based workouts for Jan-March 2015.  Born late 2011, it combines our core cardio sequence with tall box work with Pom bands that make for a fantastic total-body workout with an emphasis on tightening and lifting that booty!  Here's a re-post from Sayeh: 

What you need: Gloves!
Props: Lithe’s Higher Power Band System (Pom Handles), Tall Box (from Hipster)
Clothing Considerations: Long pants (You place the pom handles around your ankles at one point.)
Sweat Factor: Imagine you are standing on a corner on a rainy day, and a giant SUV plows through a puddle near you, and mercilessly splashes you without so much as slowing down. Now, do that 10 times...and you might be close.

Growing up in Texas, I was a pretty big football fan. The Dallas Cowboys were winning Super Bowls, and I was going to my high school football games every Friday night. I fancied myself pretty knowledgeable about the sport. But, as the years have passed, I’ve become almost completely disconnected from what’s happening in the NFL. Eagles fans heckle me about another embarrassing Cowboys loss (as if they can talk, oooh buurrrrn), and I just shrug my shoulders because I haven’t the slightest clue what they’re talking about.

But in recent weeks, a phenomenon has swept the nation, and has brought football back into the forefront of my mind. Two words: Tim. Tebow. This man has single-handedly brought prayer back into public schools. Kids everywhere are having Tebow flash mobs--meaning they all take a knee simultaneously in some predetermined location, and feign ardent prayer. (Somebody oughta tell these kids that Rodin’s Thinker has been sportin this pose a century before Timmy hit the scene! DUH kids.) PRAYING flash mobs? Hopefully the trend will hit Philly soon, where the very mention of the term flash mob has shopkeepers and restaurant owners on South Street reaching for their baseball bats.

For those of you whose Facebook news feeds haven’t been inundated by Tebow-related attempts at comedy, Tim Tebow is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Extremely open about his religious beliefs, he is given to taking a knee on the field during games to say a quick prayer. Inevitably, it seems that despite his poor performance throughout these games, once he prays--things turn around and the Broncos come back and win in dramatic fashion. Case in point, last weekend when the Broncos ousted the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs. Tebow miraculously threw an 80-yard touch down pass to bring the score to 29-23 in overtime. The real crazy part? He threw for 316 yards that game. 3:16, Tebow’s favorite bible verse, which he often writes into the shoe polish under his eyes. Go fig.

And it’s because of all this Tebow mania that I almost fell to a knee to say my own prayer in Tight End last week. I was in so much pain that I almost pulled the girl off the box next to mine to make her kneel and chant with me: Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly fah. Fah fah away from here. Tight End is KILLER. Imagine that Weightless, Hipster and Sweet Cheeks got busy and made a little Lithe baby. That would be Tight End.

You begin the class by grabbing onto the pom handles and doing a cardio sequence similar to the fun, dance-cheer series in Weightless. The dance moves themselves are different, but super fun, and equally intense. Then, once your heart rate is pounding and your sweat is forming into little beads all over your body, you incorporate the tall box. Using the bands for support, you do a quad and glute-murdering series of squats, lunges and kicks.

Once you’re legs are giving way, and you’re considering consulting your lord above for support, you get down and go straight into another high octane cardio series. Once you can shake your rump no more, you get back on the box for some inverted work--a la Sweet Cheeks. Here you place the pom handle around your ankle and use the resistance to tap and lift your leg in a zillion different directions. The real crazy part? Lauren kept telling us that she was merely introducing us to Tight End basics--that soon the class will attempt to actually murder us with a lot more moves on the box, and a more ramped-up dance series during the cardio segments.

Tight End is a must-take for anyone looking to kick it up a notch and get their serious sweat on. And when you’re legs are quivering and the sweat is dripping off the end of your nose, just channel your inner Tebow, have faith...and believe. And hey, if you need to say a quick prayer to get through it, go for it. It’s working for the Broncos!

See you in class!

Image of Master Lithe Instructor Tif Nork via Lauren



Hey, mama. We know that you need YOU time. We have you covered every day of the week! We're offering safe, certified, and insured babysitting in our small, child-proofed studio Monday-Friday 9:45AM at Lithe Rittenhouse. Our babysitting service is BARE BONES, which means we'll watch your child for one hour and provide fun and toys, but we will not feed your child or administer medicine. Here are the details:

What: Lithe Babysitting!

Who: CPR-certified sitters Ruth, Mary, Kristin, and Lystra.

When: Mon.-Fri., 9:45AM classes

Where: Lithe Rittenhouse small studio

Drop Off/Pick Up: Arrive as early as 15 minutes prior to class. Pick up immediately after class. 

Reservations: First-come first-served. To reserve, call 215-545-5144.

The latest you can reserve: The day of class by 7:30AM.

Cost: $7/hour CASH ONLY 

Maximum Capacity:  10 children per class

Ratio: One sitter to 5 children

Structure/Rules: Feeding and naps are not provided and medicine will not be administered. Our service is BYO. If your child needs a blanket, lovey, pacifer, particular toy, iPad, etc., please bring it with you. Lithers, we encourage you to not leave class to "check on" your child. It is disruptive to YOUR hour, the class, and your own child. No sick children, please. We reserve the right to come get you in class if your child has fallen ill or is uncontrollable.

Image of Lithe Instructor (and Lithe mama!) Julie Fannin via Dom



Remember how much fun we had last year? Ready to kick it into high gear again? The Summer Bodies Are Earned in Winter Challenge is the first of three consecutive challenges to get you bikini-ready (and confident!) by Memorial Day. #EarnedInWinter begins on Monday, February 9, 2015!  Sign up today thru Saturday, February 7.

We'll keep you inspired with weekly emails, video content via LitheTV, before-and-after measurements, recipes, tips, and we'll also feature Lithers along the way!
The Details:
    •    Sign up Mon., 2/2 - Sat., 2/7. The challenge is 25 days: Mon., 2/9 thru Thurs., 3/5
    •    The Fitness:  Lithers must complete 20 classes in 25 days. 
    •    The Food:  We're Eating Lithe! We want you eating clean Monday-Friday.
    •    Recipe Share:  Share your favorite #EatingLithe recipe on Fri., 2/20. 
    •    Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 20 classes in 25 days, and participates in our social media hashtag calendar wins a brand new limited edition Lithe Wear tank!
    •    The Ultra Lithe Grandprizes: We want to see your progress! Lithers who complete the calendar and share their #LitheResults on social media using the #EarnedInWinter Challenge hashtag on Mon., 2/9 and Thurs., 3/5 will be entered to win. TWO people will win a Lithe Instructor-style photo-shoot (date TBA). The photo-shoot will take place at the end of the Earned in Winter series which ends right before Memorial Day!   

Social Media Sharing: Complete our hashtag calendar (below)! Share your progress on social media or in-studio via our challenge board.  Don't want to use your personal Instagram or Twitter account? No worries, many Lithers create an account just for Lithe challenges.  Our social media component is a fantastic way for you to inspire each other, make friends, be held accountable, and stay motivated.

Hashtag Calendar:
Mon., 2/9 #LitheResults (Your starting point "before")
Fri., 2/20 #EatingLithe (Your current favorite recipe)
Thurs., 3/5 #LitheResults (Your results "after")


Building 25 Blog FP @Lithe FPMovement-Lithe-32

Check out BLDG 25 for a recap of the Free People #FPLETSMOVE event!   


Lauren for You Beauty

In the spirit of the Super Bowl, Lauren gives cheer conditioning tips on Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen's blog, You.Beauty!

Lauren via Dom

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