LITHE FOODS ON INSTAGRAM! 14 Jul 2015

Lithe Foods

Lithe Foods provides portable, organic nutrition for people on the go. Our products are formulated to optimize your in-studio results. We believe in eating Lithe (clean) and insist on an organic (whenever possible) locally sourced, plant-rich diet that is fun, fresh, nutritious, and delicious. 

Follow us on Instagram (@Lithe_Foods) to see our organic farm-fresh juices, smoothies, wraps, salads, cleanses, and products up close. And order Lithe Foods on Caviar for delivery right to your door!  

A TASTE OF RAH! 14 Jul 2015

 

Set your Pep Talk to empowerment, join the Spirit Circle for beat-box and sassy, vocal cheer motivation, and Lithe towards transformation and healing. Rah is a great combination of cardio and sculpting with our Twiggy bands and proprietary Double Banded Sculpting with our blue bands.  This workout is a cult classic, and includes vocals (like Rock Steady) and along with fun, high impact CCS: cheer-based, high cardio hitch kicks, herkies, and booty shaking choreography.  

Rah was born out of the following paradigms of influence: somatic psychology (the process of using the body to heal), neuropsychology, self-hypnotism, and movement therapy via Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting.

Don't be rah-shy!  This class should be a cathartic release that transforms your emotional state to promote health and psychological growth. Not to mention you are getting a crazy good work-out. And guess what? Yelling while you Lithe not only increases your core strength, makes the work-out more intense, but it will, with time, improve your lung capacity.  Rock your body, hottie.

  • Born: February 2014 
  • You'll need: Sweat bands on wrists and gloves for double banded sculpting
  • Coordination level: Three
  • Modifiy: Omit vocals to reduce cardiac output, remain grounded during high impact cardio and jumps, omit blue bands during double banded sculpting. If you're new to Rah or Lithe, focus on form and march or jog in place until you master the choreography.  
  • Challenge: Don't be shy! Increase vocal strength and yell from the diaphragm, really get into it (with great form and sharp motions) and work low from the hips/core throughout the CCS Cardio to increase resistance. Try doing the push-up sequence on your toes and maintain a full breathing pattern, scapular stabilization, pelvic/spine & head/neck placement throughout the Double Banded Sculpting. 

A NOTE FROM MEREDITH! 13 Jul 2015

Meredith

Dear Lithe community,

As many of you know, I leave Philadelphia this week to move to North Carolina. My fiancé Ben will be completing a fellowship in sports medicine at Duke University, so we (and our puppy Fergus) are heading to Durham for the next year! I'm excited for the adventure, but will miss Lithe very much.
 
Lithe has been an incredible part of my time in Philly and has completely changed my relationship to health and fitness. I'm stronger, pain-free, and balanced in my body. And more importantly, I have never felt more empowered with the tools to lead a healthy, active, and balanced life. 
 
Thanks to Lauren and the entire Lithe team for being so fabulous to work with and to all of you for being a continual inspiration every time I'm in the studio. It has been my pleasure to be on the mat next to you, to teach you from the platform, and to get to know so many of you. A special cheer for the early morning Rittenhouse ladies who have motivated me to wake up so bright and early. 
 
Happily, I will continue to be involved in Lithe's instructor training program and I will be back to visit soon! Wishing you all a wonderful, fit-hip-&-healthy rest of the summer. 
 
xo,
Meredith

SHE'S LITHE: LIZA BELLO 13 Jul 2015

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This week, we get to know Lither Liza Bello!

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? Last year, I saw a blog post about the upcoming Varsity deadline in August or September, and I figured I would check to see how close I was since at the time I was attending class 5-6 times a week. I had a few vacations planned but thought it could be possible. I wanted to make Varsity at least once, since I knew my life and schedule was about to change once I opened my new business. I needed 57 classes and had 37 days to do it. I had to double and even triple up on classes a few days a week, but I was determined to do it and I did! Let's just say I was in the best shape of my life and was so proud of myself. I flaunted my Lithe body on a well deserved vacation in the British Virgin Islands. 
 
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? My husband and I are huge foodies and enjoy going out to a new restaurant or one of our old favorites and having a nice meal with great wine. If we can't make it out, we enjoy cooking at home and dining al fresco on our deck when the weather is nice. 
 
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? I love any upper body work so Peeled and Armistice are two of my favorites. I am always determined to get through the muscle man sequence in Peeled. I find all of the barre work extremely challenging, so I'm super excited when I make it through all of the lunge/sumo/curtsy combos. This year I'm trying to do more of the barre work in stiletto.
 
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? I would be Freestyle. I look forward to Freestyle classes (especially Lauren’s and Gerri’s) because they're always exciting and you never know what to expect, but know you will work hard and get a great workout. I relate to Freestyle because with my new business I am all over the place and trying to do 100 things at the same time, but I'm always working hard and having fun throughout all of the chaos. 
 
What was the first concert you went to? It was either Debbie Gibson or New Kids on the Block. I can't remember which came first but they were both awesome!
 
What is your signature drink? Prosecco, pinot noir, or Corona Light!
 
If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Burt's Bees chapstick, Kiehl's face cream, and Banana Boat aloe body lotion.

LITHE BEACH! 11 Jul 2015

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 10 Jul 2015

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TGIF! This week we're giving away a summer glow package from master Lithe instructor, CMT, and Rodan + Fields rep Tiffany Nork! Tif is giving away an hour Body Booster ($90 value) and a jar of Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste ($78 value) to one lucky winner!   

Made by the same creators as Proactiv, R + F's Micro-Dermabrasion Paste is an oil-free salt and sugar scrub that increases cell turnover and makes skin glow. This little jar of heaven creates incredible baby soft skin and has been featured in Lucky and Allure
 
This giveaway is more than skin deep. Tif is Lithe's in-house miracle worker and has kneaded away our chronic sore spots, peeled away tight connective tissue, and corrected muscular imbalances with her hands and Lithe Melt mini balls since 2007. Tif's under-the-radar at Lithe, so if you if you're not in-the-know, check out Sayeh's review and Lauren's reccosFor a chance to win, please leave a comment telling us why you need the boost.  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Good luck!
 
Everyone wins!  Book your Body Booster before Sept 2015 and receive 10% off!  To schedule, please email tiffany@lithemethod.com.  

WE WEAR: LAUREN BOGGI ON HIGH SUMMER 9 Jul 2015

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It's high summer and we're excited to kick off a collaboration with my favorite Philly boutique Third Street Habit. Our We Wear series is a style diary that maps Lithers's studio-to-street wardrobes throughout the seasons. Over the next few days, weeks, and months we'll feature our go-to looks. To kick it off, Third Street Habit is offering a 15% discount to all Lithers and FitHipHealthy readers thru July 16. Mention code hiphabit15 in-store or enter it at checkout.  

I'm typically in workout gear all day, every day, so I wear active wear much more than regular clothes. I’ve amped up my non-athletic wardrobe over the past months, so I feel put together during my off hours. Mars is almost 4-years-old now, so I'm not getting spit up or spilled on anymore. Having cute, new clothing is super motivating, so when it's time to head out for the weekend or on a date or girls night, you better believe that I wear exactly what I love. Soft, stretchy, comfy, and versatile. I am obsessed with Rory Becca. I've collected her pieces for years and Third Street Habit always carries her latest and greatest. Liz at Third Street has the talent of a stylist and knows what looks best on my body. She also coordinates the perfect accessories to match. Check out our first look. 

Rory Beca Mayote Dress: Whenever I wear this dress, people stop and ask me where I got it. It’s just the right amount of slouchy and fitted, has a feminine neckline, and is the perfect color. It never goes out of style. I often pair it with a heel or ankle boots. Or I wear it as a tunic with boyfriend jeans and simple flats.

Fortress of Inca Risa Anita HeelThis bootie is everything. It makes my legs look a mile-long and is so comfortable.

Aesa Watch Tower Necklace and Muse Sun Ring: The luminous moonstone and bronze pieces are unique, wearable, and beautiful

Monserat De Luca Noe Petite Bag: A perfect little suede bucket bag. It's cute, soft, and transitions into the fall and winter.  

These photos were snapped in collaboration with Third Street Habit for our We Wear series — a style diary that maps Lithers's studio-to-street wardrobes throughout the seasons. 

Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHE ESCAPE NICARAGUA 2015! 8 Jul 2015

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It’s that time of the year again! Our October 1-6, 2015 Lithe Escape, we head to Aqua Wellness which is on the warm, rustic, and rugged Pacific coast of Nicaragua! Aqua is nestled in a dramatic setting, with stunning treetop villas that literally put you in the center of the action of a tropical rainforest (nothing like a resident sloth to teach you how to kick back)! Villas have outdoor patios and plunge pools with lava rock paths that lead to a private white sand crescent-shaped beach. The resort is located on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, 12 km north of San Juan del Sur, with uninterrupted sunset views of the Pacific Ocean. Aqua is remote, raw, natural, sustainable, local, rustic, and fabulous. Stay in a treetop villa, eat organic detoxifying cuisine, and Lithe twice a day — once on land and once on the beach. 

Details & Rates: Download Aqua Escape

A few of our favorite things: Breathing pure Pacific air, ocean waves, dinner at La Bromelia, the beach, San Juan del Sur, monkeys, Aqua’s adobe oven pizza, turtles, chilling with the girls, private plunge pools, reading by the sea, humidor hunting, yoga at Aqua, the local farm tour, Nacatamales, riding the chicken bus, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, post-workout massages, the Masaya market, dinner and drinks at Mukul Resort, hanging on the deck, the local surf town Gigante, horseback riding, whale watching, taking day trips to Granada, and enjoying sunset cocktails.

Want to learn more? Check out this video and another one from Prana!

LITHE 9-DAY CHALLENGE! 8 Jul 2015

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We hope you had a blast this weekend, lived free, and let loose. If you're trying to get back on track, join us this week for a personal 9-Day Challenge. Check out our Mission: Lithe column for inspiration!
 
Image of Lithe Instructor Rachael Bridgens via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LAUREN'S 9-DAY ON INSTAGRAM 8 Jul 2015

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Follow Lithe Founder Lauren Boggi on Instagram as she completes her Lithe 9-Day Challenge!

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