UP CLOSE WITH JEN L. 26 Apr 2016

Jen LThis week we get up close with Jen Laucella!

What is your hidden talent?  Whenever I'm at work functions or outside of the Lithe or the dance world, my go-to hidden talent is that I was a professional dancer (retired about a year ago) and teach these awesome cheer-based workouts! Usually, it's a huge hit. A little less of a hidden talent here on fithiphealthy. I even took a Buzzfeed quiz recently to determine my hidden talent (very scientific, I assume) and I got ballet! I guess I'm pretty one dimensional, but I think it's a really fun dimension.

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach?  Skinny Jeans. Hands down one of my favorite to take and also to teach.  I'm a sucker for perfect form so I love that the slower pace allows me to get to everyone and take a little extra time to fix a popped rib cage or misaligned knee. It's the bones of Lithe so it's so much fun to see someone have one of those light bulb moments where everything else seems to make sense. 

Do you have a specific song that can always pump you up? Anything and everything Spice Girls. 

What is your favorite body part?  My back. Have you ever noticed that dancers have the most beautifully sculpted backs? I'm super proud of my dancer's back. A lot of hard work went into it. There's so much musculature going on back there that a lot of workouts forget about, but dance (and now Lithe!) help me maintain mine.  [Side note: if you're ever in class with me, you'll hear "shoulders down, lift the chest" about a zillion times. That's no coincidence.]

What is your nickname?  One of my best friends in college was surprised to learn after a few weeks of knowing me as Jen, that my full name was Jennifer.  She got creative and started calling me Nif and it kinda stuck around.

You can follow Jen on Instagram @jlaucella

Image via Dom

SHE'S LITHE: SARAH BLATTNER 25 Apr 2016

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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Hands down, it is the way I feel after I lithe, both physically and mentally. After my usual 7am class, I feel ready to conquer the day and much more alert at work. Never in my life did I go to the gym regularly or enjoy working out until I found Lithe. I am motivated by how great I feel, by the other strong women in the studio, and recently, by the fact that my wedding is less than two months away now!

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? There is absolutely nothing more I enjoy after a long day than coming home to my fiancé and either taking a long walk together or having a glass of wine on the couch. I am also a sucker for mindless television that will make me forget about the stressful day!

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Completing ten hook jumps on each side, for sure! I find that the hook jump series in Pom is total body and totally challenging. I always strive to do ten on each side, and one day, I hope to do the push ups on my toes! The second most rewarding aspect of Lithe is finally being able to do tricep push ups. When I first started lithing, I could barely bend my arms to do a tricep push up, and now (depending on the day) I can almost do ten!

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? If you would have asked me three years ago when I began lithing, I would have said any class that doesn’t involve a CCS sequence. I even remember completing the immersion program and asking someone at the front desk which classes had sequences in them so that I could specifically avoid taking those. Now, I would say any class with CCS! I never played sports growing up and always thought of myself as uncoordinated, and the fact that I can get through All That with no problem is an incredible feeling!

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 don’t think anyone can truly understand what Lithe is unless they have taken a class themselves. The best part is when someone asks me what Lithe is and I tell them that there are “resistance bands from the ceiling and other props”…let’s just say I have gotten some strange looks! Very few people have seen me do a Pom or Tight End sequence, but I did complete one of Lauren’s Instagram challenges so a few friends did sneak a peek at my videos!

Have you met anyone through Lithe that has become a friend, in or out of the studio? I have met several people at Lithe and enjoy the camaraderie among the women that I see every morning. I am proud to say that I have gotten a few of my friends into Lithe, and enjoy working out along side of them- shout out to Dunham and Ange!

TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS 24 Apr 2016

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T-30 begins starts tomorrow!  That means it's time to post your #LitheResuts, #TMinus30 #RootedInSweat "before" photos

Taking great shots is easy. Choose a spot in your home with good lighting and wear your favorite body-skimming activewear (no baggy shirts!) or swimwear. Have someone take photos of you from the front, side, and back, and then share! Over the years we've received images of coffee cups, body parts, flowers, and food, but we (and you) need to see your body to really give this your all. Trust us, it works!  Don't want to blow up your personal Instagram feed with pictures of your hard work? We recommend creating a private account specifically for Lithe challenges. We can't wait to watch you get stronger. 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 22 Apr 2016

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TGIF!  We are all for active wear that is easy, flattering, inspires confidence, allows you to see your alignment and stays put no matter how rigorous your workout may be.  This week's giveaway is one gorgeous Viva black/green jumpsuit (pictured above) and one 25% off gift card from Instructor Sophie Oh's Diva In Motion. Diva In Motion is redefining active wear with the best high-functioning jumpsuits from Brazil, Turkey and Spain that have the perfect look, feel, and performance. 

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you want to win!  Two winners will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter.  Rules:  One entry per person.  Thank you, and good luck!

Jess Ender via Antrim & Spruce Photography

T-30 CHALLENGE 21 Apr 2016

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Six weeks until Summer!  Are you ready to up the ante?  T-30 is the third and final challenge in our Earned In Winter series.  Sign up today through Monday, April 25th.

Details: 

  • When: Monday, April 25-Tuesday May 24th
  • The Fitness & Food: Take 25 classes in 30 days, eat clean M-F
  • Hashtag calendar:

    4/25: #LitheResuts, #TMinus30 #RootedInSweat

    5/2: #EatingLithe, #TMinus30, #RootedInSweat

    5/9: #LitheLife #TMinus30, #RootedInSweat

    5/16 #LitheOnLocation, #TMinus30, #RootedInSweat

    5/24: #LitheResults, #TMinus30, #RootedInSweat

  • Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes the challenge and hashtag calendar wins a limited edition Lithe tank!

UNICORN 21 Apr 2016

 

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It's the total-body tune-up with magical powers.  Unicorn is a powerful blend of our signature matwork with a foam roller; A rehabilitative, shoulder-to-toe rubdown of Lithe-specific spots with knots (talk about a happy hour!).  Foam rolling assists in breaking up trigger points (knots) that limit range of motion, resuming blood flow and function to the muscle.  Releasing trigger points helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain-free movement, and ultimately, enhances performance. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to Lithe at a moment’s notice.  Sound too good to be true?  It's not. 

• Born: May 2016


• You need: weights & a foam roller


• Coordination level: 1 (on a scale of 1-3)

LAUREN'S 7 GAME-CHANGERS FOR RADIANT HEALTH & BEAUTY 20 Apr 2016

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I’ve tried almost everything when it comes to health and beauty, and I’ve adopted a few habits over the years that have become absolutely essential to my everyday.  Many of you guys tell me that I glow, and I know that these little game-changers have made a massive impact on my health and beauty.

Bone Broth is a miracle food. If you’re looking for a natural tonic for total-body health and beauty, bone broth is it. When I started including bone broth as a regular part of my diet, everything improved – my digestion, my immunity, energy levels, my skin, and my joints. I've even passed the ritual on to my mom who has had 7-level spinal fusion three years ago and she's never felt or looked better. 

I use this mineral-rich liquid gold as a base for soups, sauces, and veggies, and I love sipping it straight every morning – usually with a pinch of Jacobson's sea salt, fresh pepper and a pinch of turmeric or Lithe Spice. 

Alphaeon & Val Daily skin care systems have been total game changers for me. In just three weeks my fine lines disappeared. Alphaeon smoothes, plumps, and hydrates without a needle or a laser. It's the only product proven to enter the dermis without an injection. It's fragrance-free and not tested on animals. Sold exclusively at Dr. Bucky's

Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting has transformed my body. I’m stronger, lean, muscularly balanced, more flexible, and less stressed. Movement is my happy place and I love the intense slow sculpting and the empowering high-energy cardio workouts. There's nothing else like it. 

Mindfulness is so powerful. I make sure to take a time out every day, and I always feel a million times better because of it. I use the Buddhify app. It's so easy. Just grab your phone; you’ll be a better partner/mom/employee/boss or friend because of it. 

Eating Lithe goes far beyond weight loss.  Many issues like bloating, fatigue, stress and depression originate in the gut. Eating whole, healthy foods is a game-changer when it comes to boosting your health. Adding superfoods, smoothies, cold-pressed juice, probiotics, and fermented foods (like kimchi and kombucha) keeps me energized and healthy. 

Foam Rolling is a part of my everyday because stretching is never enough. I want to feel fluid, and rolling improves circulation, which preps my body for my workout and helps it recover afterward. Foam rolling also assists in breaking up trigger points (knots that limit range of motion), resuming normal blood flow and function to the muscle.  Releasing trigger points (knots) helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement, and ultimately, enhances performance. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.  

All Girl Getaways are immensely therapeutic. It's the ultimate re-charge. For me, getting away with girlfriends and hitting the reset button is hands down the best way of getting out of a rut. I return with a renewed sense of energy, purpose and independence. The empowering benefits of a girls getaway is what inspired me to create Lithe Escape. The effects and results are deep-rooted and long-lasting.  

Lauren via Antrim & Spruce Photography

UP CLOSE WITH JULIE 19 Apr 2016

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What is your hidden talent? I can draw almost anything. I started taking art classes at a young age and it’s something that’s stuck with me my whole life. I was an Art History major at Penn State and am even certified as an art teacher. These days, I rarely have time to draw except to impress my 3-year-old daughter.

What is your favorite Lithe workout to teach? I really enjoy teaching any high cardio class, but if I had to choose one it would be Rock Steady, which also happens to be my favorite class to take. No matter which studio or time of day, the energy is off the charts. When everyone is perfectly in sync during the cardio sequence, it always gives me chills and brings back memories of my high school dance team.

Did you ever go through an awkward phase? Ugh. Yes! I sucked my thumb until I was 12. I had extreme buckteeth in front and I had braces – twice! 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I would love to be able to manipulate time. Too many great moments come and go in the blink of an eye. I think everyone has that moment or memory when they wished they could make time stand still.

Image of Julie by Dom

SHE'S LITHE: KRISTIN SNYDER 18 Apr 2016

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What motivates you to stay consistent with Lithing? Staying fit! I first found Lithe when Lauren was starting out in Northern Liberties and my friend Kate and I took private reformer lessons with her. I was 60 pounds heavier and reacquainting myself with the inner athlete that I had let slip away. I loved the classes, but life happened, and buying a house, and planning a wedding prompted a tight budget and I had to say goodbye to Lithe. I continued on my fitness journey and dropped the weight, but after reading a write-up on what Lithe had become (new studios, classes, etc.), I knew I wanted to check it out again. That was probably six years ago and I haven't looked back. I love the variety of classes, the challenge, and most importantly, I love the tone that it has helped me achieve. I learned that there will always be a budget, but Lithe will always be in it. 

When you've had a long day, what do you like to do to de-stress? I enjoy simple things like making dinner with my husband and having a very large glass of wine. :)

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Being able to make it through the barre sequences. They are killer! And watching myself get stronger, being able to bump up my weights, and doing all the push-ups on my toes. I might loathe it while it's happening, but I have a sense of accomplishment when it's over. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Any of the rebounder classes. Each one is a serious workout, but have the fun side of being able to jump around on a trampoline like you are a kid again.  

What is the first concert you went to? Neil Diamond. "Forever in Blue Jeans" is still one of my favorite songs. 

Who is/was your celebrity crush? I was convinced that I was going to marry Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block when I was a kid. Still have a soft spot for him. 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 15 Apr 2016


Cora

 

TGIF! This week we're giving away one spot in the May Cora Program ($325 value). For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you'd love to take our Cora classes. 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!

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