MAMA SAYS 16 Jul 2014

MamaSays

Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5 AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our new column, we'll shine a little light on the mamas that make it happen.

First up is Nicole Andreola, the South Philly mother of two.  

Kids: Nicholas, 2 and Rocco, 11 months
 
Tell us your Lithe story:  After having Nicholas, I needed someone to kick my butt. I heard about Lithe from my friend Colleen McNally - who is now an instructor - and decided to check it out when he was almost 1. Since then, I've been going strong for more than 2 years. I Lithed 5-6 times a week up until my second son's due date (with a 9 pound baby in my belly, no less).  I took a short break when he was born and was back in class about 5 weeks later. I watched my body snap into shape much more quickly after that pregnancy and attribute it to consistently Litheing. I was also much more accepting of my post-pregnancy shape this time around. 
 
How do you fit it into your schedule? The 7 and 8 PM classes are most convenient because my husband can take over after he gets home from work. When I first became a mom, I felt guilty about leaving my baby in order to exercise. Nowadays, I figure that my family has my attention 23 hours out of the day and Lithe is that one hour I have just to myself.  
 
Which Lithe workout has given you the stamina to run after two little boys all day? Well, it's probably a combination of all of them, but if I can get through Hipster after being on the go since 6 AM, I'm pretty proud of myself. 
 
How do you fit it into the budget? Though we're a one income family - I'm a stay-at-home mom - we figure out a way to make it work. Luckily, my husband realizes that I'm happiest when Lithe is in my life. And I always make the most out of my monthly pass. 
 
Clearly, you have a healthy diet, but which of your kids' foods can you not resist? I have a major sweet tooth, so the cupcakes and graham crackers are always tempting. Also, the cookie bar at Whole Foods is hard to pass up.
 
Lithe is where you go to blow off steam. Can you share any local spots where your children love to play? Herron Park sprayground, Seger Park, and the Please Touch Museum
 
Image of Nicole and family via Nicole

LITHE BEACH! 15 Jul 2014

LitheBeach

Looking to fulfill your outdoor workout requirement for the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge? We have a new option!  Lithe's highly-touted beach workout based on our Lithe Escape philosophy is now available on the east coast!  Join Lithe Creator, Lauren Boggi for a 90-minute workout in Avalon, NJ on 61st St.  

When: Saturday, July 19th @ 8AM & Saturday, August 2nd @ 8AM

Where:  61 St. on the beach

Wear: A supportive bathing suit, and sunscreen

What's it like?:  surprising, challenging, empowering, rock-your-world amazing, and fun!

Bring: water, sunscreen, yoga mat (or a towel), a towel for drying off, and a snack

We supply: enthusiasm, inspiration, the workout, and drinking water

Cost: $40

Sign Up: when purchasing on Mindbody, select "Lithe Beach" instead of classes, then schedule on the Rittenhouse scheduler.  

Disclaimer: no public facilities are available before 10AM.  Please utilize a public restroom (Wawa is on 27th St.) prior to class.

Image of WKND Lithers via Lauren

3 DAYS TO FLAT ABS 15 Jul 2014

Flat Abs

We're smack in the middle of Summer, and the best accessory to go along with a bikini is toned, flat abs.  Today I’ll be sharing eight tips for leaning out your middle in just three days, flat. If you're already active and eating Lithe, incorporate these tips into your life and you’ll be confident in that bathing suit in no time!  

  • Do planks, crunches, and standing ab-work  Lithe is core-based, total-body, and all ab work All. the. time.  Why is Lithe so effective?  Our Higher Power band system is a vehicle to bring resistance to your core, while our CCS technique burns the fat right off the muscle.  While you're lithing it up, there are a few things to remember about toning those muscles: While crunches will define your abdominal muscles, planks and standing abs will flatten them.  And, stay tuned for Lithe's up-coming workout, High Top (I promise that you've never felt anything like it)!  As with all things Lithe, mix it up!  Alternate between regular crunches, oblique work, standing abs and planks to keep your stomach toned yet flat.
  • Ditch the processed, refined carbs.  Everything is okay in moderation (remember the 80/20 rule!), but try to steer clear of white bread, Goldfish, snacks, and foods that have bleached flour. I personally try to stay away from anything that is packaged.  A recent study showed that people who incorporated whole grain foods into their diet slimmed out their middle much faster than those who ate refined, processed carbs. Sub in quinoa, oatmeal, and brown rice for the white stuff. 
  • Be Picky!  Choosing the right foods can really fuel short-term weight loss.  When I'm prepping for a photo-shoot or an event, I strip my diet of all things unhealthy (except for dark chocolate) and eat really, really clean - My coffee is black, my water has lemon, smoothies are green, heavy on the cold-pressed juice, a lot of sauteed dark leafy greens and lean protein (fish). 
  • Sautee those greens!  Remember how everyone was eating during our Earned in Winter Challenge?  Our menus included so many servings of sauteed kale.  Kale is a natural anti-inflammatory; it helps reduce bloat and it also revs the metabolism because it is a flavonoid. Also, breaking down the greens by cooking them in olive oil or lightly steaming them makes them easier to digest, as raw greens can make you bloated.
  • Say YES to bananas, watermelon, avocado, lemon, grapefruit, papaya and pineapple!  Potassium helps banish bloating by balancing body fluids. To de-bloat, eat potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocados, watermelon, and pineapple.  As a bonus, eating these foods will replace the potassium and nutrients you lost while sweating it out at Lithe!
  • Make it a LitheStyle! You can do endless crunches a day and still not get the results you want if you’re not living a healthy, active lifestyle. Cardio and weight training increases lean muscle and burns calories, which is super important if you’re trying to make those muscles visible. Our sculpting workouts build up your muscles and create that Lithe body and muscular structure, while cardio and a clean diet will help show them off by burning the fat off the muscle. 
  • Sub still water for bubbles Believe it or not, both soda and sparkling water can bloat you!  Drinking enough still water (add lemon!) a day will keep you from retaining water.  Since water helps remove waste from the body, staying hydrated is key in beating the bloat.
  • Start your day with Lithe Spring Clean Tea!  It's our little secret and it works!  Find on our LSC menus!

Lithe Instructor Elizabeth Tomkins wearing Motherhood Maternity & Lululemon

LITHE INSTRUCTOR AUDITIONS (ALL LOCATIONS) 15 Jul 2014

Movement is a Movement

Lithe is growing this fall!  Become part of a unique, innovative workout and a growing team leading the industry in health and fitness.  We're looking for spirited, outgoing men and women with proficient dance, cheerleading and/or fitness background. 

Learn more about Lithe and attend our Open Call on Thursday, August 7th at 8PM @ Lithe Rittenhouse.  Please email your head-shot and current work resume to Lithe's Manager of Instructors, Kim Sauer: Kim@lithemethod.com for audition details.

Images of Lauren Boggi, Lithers, Lithe Instructors via Dominic Episcopo, Vogue Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Kris Jenner Show, Nic D'Amico, Stuart Goldenberg & Philadelphia Magazine.

 

REACH FOR THE STARS... 15 Jul 2014

Reach

It's day two of our #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge!  What are your #lithegoals?  Check out our hashtags on Instagram and Twitter to what Lithers are working towards!

Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing FP Movement via Dom

WE'RE HIRING! 15 Jul 2014

HIRINGWe're growing this fall!  Lithe is hiring for part-time Front Desk Studio Staff.

Part-Time Front Desk Studio Staff Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Provide high level hospitality and customer service to clients
  • Be comfortable with computer database functions and other basic computer skills
  • Have experience handling money and a register
  • Be able to communicate clearly and efficiently via e-mail and telephone
  • Maintain the Lithe Method brand aesthetic and studio appearance
  • Maintain the appearance and upkeep of Lithe’s retail (Lithe Foods & Lithe Wear)
  • Assist Lithe’s Studio Manager in daily studio tasks and projects

What's Required?:

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task independently within a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to initiate tasks independently
  • Excellent communication skills and superior organizational skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills and confidentiality
  • Friendly and professional email and phone etiquette
  • Have a passion for Lithe, healthy living and fitness
  • Be willing to participate in Lithe Method workouts to fully understand the brand
  • Flexible/non-traditional hours:  multiple days per week, including some holidays, early mornings, nights, and weekends

Part-time front desk studio positions will be available at Lithe with the following anticipated hours:

  • Lithe Center City  10-15 hours per week (including some early mornings, nights, and weekends)

Please submit resume, cover letter, and availability to careers@lithemethod.com

MONDAY'S PLAYLIST 14 Jul 2014

Thinny

Good morning, Lithers! Ready to get this Monday started? Today is abs day at Lithe, and it's also the first day of our #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge.  I'm sharing one of my favorite play-lists for Thinny, which also works for all of our CCS Sculpting ab workouts.  Enjoy!

N.E.R.D. – Hypnotize U
Elliphant – Everything 4 U
Mr. Probz – Waves - Robin Schulz Radio Edit
Miike Snow – Animal - Mark Ronson Remix
Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
Joss Stone – Super Duper Love
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Foster The People – Pumped up Kicks
Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
Empire Of The Sun – Alive
Ed Sheeran – Sing
Rihanna – Pon de Replay
Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison

Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka wearing Pearl iZumi via Dom

LITHE iPHONE BACKGROUNDS! 11 Jul 2014

Wallpapers

Here's a little treat for all of our readers this week...two fresh new phone backgrounds that you can download for free!  If you're kicking off the #LitheEndlessSummer Challenge or need some motivation, these will both inspire you!  Which one will you choose? 

MAINTAINING YOUR LITHE RESULTS! 10 Jul 2014

Jen3

  1. Remind yourself of how far you've come!  Why exactly do you Lithe? One of the most common questions I am asked by new Lithers is: When will I start seeing results? And while I always tell clients that it takes consistent Lithing for 6 months to truly see your body really change, it's important to be mindful of the changes that happen almost immediately (that you can't see) when you make working out a regular part of your life. Breaking a sweat several times a week not only helps us lose weight, but improves our cardiovascular health, increases our stamina and strength, stabilizes our moods, increases our flexibility and bone density, and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure just to scratch the surface. So, if you've hit a plateau or are feeling frustrated that you aren't seeing results as quickly as you wish you could, remember that your body is changing (from the inside) and be proud of what you are accomplishing. I recommend keeping a pre-Lithe (before) photograph of yourself around to serve as a constant reminder of how hard you worked and feel empowered because YOU did it!
  2. Keep Lithing regularly. No excuses here. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it pretty quickly.  Fitness is a lifelong commitment with endless health benefits that go far beyond the way that you look.  Make a habit of hitting the studio at least 3-4 times week. I like to do four days of Lithe (Waspie, Higher Power + 2 cardio sessions) during the week, and then I walk and develop new Lithe content on the weekends. 
  3. Say no to excuses:  Silence that voice in your head.  Speaking of the "I don't have the money" excuse, It doesn't have to cost a thing to move your body. If you can Lithe one-two times a week, your results will happen at a slower pace but you WILL achieve the results that you're looking for.  Is this you?  Stick to the classics!
  4. Break the fast. The benefits of eating breakfast are so amazing.  When you wake up after a long slumber, your blood sugar is at a fasting level; "breaking the fast" is so important - it's your first shot at laying the ground work for a healthy day. Breakfast helps prevent binging and eating too many sweets. Plus, it deters you from making unhealthy food choices because your body is stabilized with the appropriate fuel. 
  5. Eat Lithe. We all love to eat out.  Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to maintain your results when the average portion size at most restaurants is 90% more than we should be eating in one sitting.  Most of us overeat at restaurants because our visual response to the massive portion size is skewed. What do I do?  Stick to whole foods, order an appetizer as my meal, or I tell the server to only give me half of a dinner and box up the rest.  That other half of the meal never makes its way to my plate - or my hips!
  6. Barometer gear.  Invest in a few cute workout pieces ever quarter.  You'll look and feel cute, and your gear becomes your barometer! I find that if you Lithe in old clothing, you will be more likely to accept a few extra pounds.

Image of Lithe Instructor Jennifer Blatstein wearing Lululemon via Dom

WKND CLIP! 9 Jul 2014

Lithers via Lithe TV & Bear Bear Pro

 

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