THE KEY TO LITHE! 8 Oct 2014

The Key To Lithe

We all know that Lithe is different.  Trying to navigate our studio schedules?  We can help!  Lauren creates workouts and programs the schedule, so that you achieve your best results without overworking muscle groups, or becoming imbalanced and injured.

What is Lithe? Our method is called Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting. CCS utilizes precise cheer-based movement to load muscles, produce a high cardio burn, and reduce fat zones all in a matter of 60 minutes. CCS targets all three zones of the body: the core, the lower body, and the upper body.  In each workout, you’ll accelerate your burn (and results) with Lithe’s Higher Power Band System (which adds 12 to 15 lbs. of resistance), light to medium weights (3 to 20 lbs.), and other Lithe-exclusive props. 

Every Lithe workout is total body, cardiovascular, and sculpting (think: sweaty).  Some workouts produce a higher cardio burn and some are more sculpting (slower and grounded), and everything can be modified and tailored for you.

Some Tips:

  • If you're an every day Lither, just show up – the key takes the guesswork out for you.  
  • If you Lithe less than three days a week, you can pick and choose. Oppositional workouts will be held in our smaller studios beginning November 1, 2014!
  • With CCS, it's best to alternate instead of rest. Alternating body parts keeps your workout moving and your body changing while giving muscles time to rest.  Yes, you should take a rest day (or two) per week. 
  • Begin the week with our most core-focused workouts; it's crucial to begin with the center. 
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, our workouts require a lot of "UP" movement. Our band system also takes you higher and decreases joint stress.  Achieve your best results by working against the bands by sculpting via Lithe's sponging technique.
  • Sculpting is crucial to increase muscle and decrease fat. Achieve your very best results by moving slower with precision a few days a week. 
  • Many of our sculpting workouts also utilize our Higher Power Band System: Waspie, Thnny, Higher Power, High Waisted, Waist Not, and  Endvy.
  • You DO need repetition. If you stop doing our barre sequences you'll see how your body changes!
  • Sore no more even after you've increased to 8 and 10 lb. weights? Good! Try not to use soreness as the gauge of a good workout.  You're in Maintain Mode, and that's a beautiful thing!
  • Beginner?  Returning from a hiatus?  Maybe you've been chasing a particular type of Lithe workout?  Get back to the classics with the movements and workouts that build your Lithe foundation: Waspie, Higher Power, Skinny Jeans/Sculpt, Twiggy, and Pom. 

Image of Lithe Instructor Rachel Dore via Dom

SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 8 Oct 2014

  Sayeh

Welp! It happened. I have officially screwed up the #sexierinsix Lithe transformation. For me it's been more like #sexierinacoupleofclassesandthenohyouknowwhatjustforgetit. I missed a day here, a day there, got hit with an unexpected trip back home to Dallas amid the Ebola scare (no one watch Outbreak right now), and I'm officially back to eating donuts at work and not scheduling myself any Lithe classes. Because as I've thoroughly documented, I can't ramp up the eating if my working out is falling off. Oh no. That would be too sensible. No class means, I'll take the fried chicken instead of the grilled and yes, yes I DO feel like ordering pizza tonight, and no I don't mind if I do eat an entire block of cheese while watching the Real Housewives of Melbourne reunion. 

But, aside from my trip, which would have made it tough to accomplish the challenge, I know there are a few things I could have done better to set myself up for success.

1. Schedule my classes ahead of time.

I usually do this to avoid wait lists and have my schedule set, but work has been so unpredictable lately that I've been racking up late cancellation fees, so I thought...I'll just schedule my classes on the day OF, so I can avoid those fees and the inevitable self-hate that comes along with having the late cancellation on my permanent Lithe record. And while this has helped me to save money, it has made it so that I have no reason to force myself to class. At the end of a long day, even when I get out of work in time to go to class, it's so much easier to go home than get on my app and schedule myself something. I underestimated how much the threat of late cancellation motivates me to Lithe. This is certainly a balancing act during crazy times at work–because I truly can't afford to pay late fees willy nilly, but I also can't afford–for mind and body–to continuously skip Lithe and fall into bad habits all around either. 

2. Clothes, clothes everywhere. 

Although this is cliche because it's on every workout tip list, I found it totally true this challenge go-round.  I need to have multiple sets of workout clothes at my disposal to ensure I'm ready to hit the studio when scheduled. At work, at home and I would have some in my car, if I owned one. I twice walked out of my house in a rush and realized I left my workout bag at the foot of my bed, making it impossible for me to go to class. And on one of the days that I remembered my clothes, I realized I hadn't packed my sports bra! (Thank God I was taking Armistice instead of Rock Steady that day and made it work, but it was touch and go there for a bit in terms of a wardrobe malfunction.) Had I had some clothes at work, I could have grabbed the extra sports bra, or still have gone to class on the days I forgot my bag. Don't get me wrong, I certainly can't afford 7 pairs of Wunder Unders to strew about town, but I do have a few less exciting sets of clothes that I can afford to have around in case of an emergency. 

3. Wake up, wake up, wake up

I KNOW that I have much less control of my afternoon than I do of my morning. I get pulled into 5 o'clock meetings which means I won't make my 5:45pm class, or the cable guy needs to come by and replace my box, or my girlfriends want to meet for happy hour, or I have to attend an event for work...the list goes on. I know that if I wake up early and get my workout in FIRST, then any unforeseen or foreseen circumstance won't bump Lithe down the list. I try to fit my entire life between the hours of 5 and 10pm–spending time with my husband, friends, cooking, working out, fulfilling work obligations, dealing with life in general (And I don't even have kids! God bless all my friends who do all of the above and are raising and scuttling multiple kids to all of their life things.) And it's too much to ask of those 5 hours. I need to add a couple hours in the morning to balance things out a bit. But GOD it's so much easier said than done. I'm a night owl, not a morning person and braving the darkness and the elements in the morning to make it to the studio seems downright impossible to me.

Overall, this has been a good learning experience for me. I'm going to keep on keeping on and will continue to strive to keep my priorities in order and hopefully work on all of the above to create less work and guilt for myself on the other end. I guess the key that I need to keep reminding myself is that doing so takes careful, considered and consistent effort which is ultimately why it's can be so hard to sustain at times.

See you in class!

LITHE SPICED SHRIMP 7 Oct 2014

Shrimp

Spiced Shrimp

I love Spiced Shrimp – it's a simple, healthy, and quick dinner that everyone loves and can be paired with any side or tossed into a salad.  Shrimp is a great Eating Lithe option: four ounces of shrimp have approximately 24 grams of protein and only 112 calories. Shrimp also provides selenium, B12 and D vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids, so eat up!

Lithe Spice No.1 (available in-studio on Thursday!) is the secret to this simple dish.  Since the shrimp only cooks for three minutes on the grill,  I plan ahead by prepping my shrimp in the morning. 

Spiced Shrimp:
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Lithe Spice No.1
1 garlic clove, minced
Cooking spray of your choice
 
Preparation
To prepare shrimp, combine 1 teaspoon EVOO, garlic, Lithe Spice No.1, and shrimp in a large bowl; toss well.  Thread about 4-5 shrimp onto each of 6 (8-inch) skewers.  Place skewers on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes or until done.  Don't have a grill?  Sautee shrimp in a pan for 5 to 7 minutes, until they turn pink

Images via Lauren

LITHE FOODS ON GLAMOUR.COM 6 Oct 2014

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Yum!  Our raw, vegan carrot cake oatmeal recipe featured on Glamour.com!  

INSPIRATION 6 Oct 2014

DTB

Image of Sophie Oh via Dom

LAUREN'S HI-TOP PLAYLIST 6 Oct 2014

Hi-Top-Playlist

It's core day at Lithe!  If you're Hi-Topping at home, check out this playlist!

MERMAID CRUNCH TIPS! 6 Oct 2014

 

 

LITHE BRIDE 3 Oct 2014

Lithebride

Hi Lauren & Team,

I started Lithing a few years ago with my sister who said I had to try it, and fell in love.  I had Lithed semi-consistently, but it really became a routine in the past year.  A routine I loved and looked forward to every day.  Lithe has never been a chore to me.  Okay, some early Saturday morning classes after a late night out in the city it may have felt a tiny bit like a chore, but it is the best start to a morning!

After completing the #Earnedinwinter challenge, I knew I could do the bridal challenge….and I was the first Lithe Bride to complete it!!  With all of the stress of planning a wedding on top of work, Lithe was my escape.  It is a detox from the hustle and bustle of a day in front of a computer, conference calls, and social media.  My favorite classes to take pre-wedding were Sculpt and Armistice, as I tried to take more sculpting classes rather than cardio.

I was married on September 5th, 2014 at St. Philip Neri Church in Lafayette Hill, PA.  Dinner and dancing (a LOT of dancing) was held at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA.  Our photographer, Alyssa Maloof, caught these great shots at our reception.  I am thankful for Lithe, for the energizing and fun classes that keep us feeling great.  Lithing doesn’t stop post-wedding or honeymoon, I’ll see you back in the studio soon!

Images of MKF via Alyssa Maloof Photography

LITHE ESCAPE GEAR 2 Oct 2014

Escapegear

Some Lithe Escape essentials brought to you by many of the things that I'm currently lusting over:  1. Ancient Greek Ikaria Wing jelly sandles  2. Shock Absorber Active Zipped Plunge sports bra for high cardio classes in the pavilion, bike rides, and jungle Hot-stepper 3. New Balance 711 sneakers for jungle treks and climbing the ruins  4. Lisa Marie Fernandez Jasmine supportive neoprene bikini for beach workouts.  5. Lucas Hugh League sports bra for sculpting workouts and walks to town  6. Yoga mat  7. Coola mineral sunscreen 8. Fabletics Everyday tote  9. J.Crew tie-dye suit for sun and fun.

Images of Amansala Chica & Tulum, Mexico via brand websites

LITHE SPICE No.1 1 Oct 2014

Lithe Spice

Eating Lithe is about to become even more delicious!  In collaboration with Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boite NY, Lithe Spice No.1 is a grapefruit, lavender, and ginger blend for salads, veggies, and seafood. Available next week. Stay tuned for recipes! 

Image via Lauren

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