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    The Shocking Truth about Lithe Method

    Lithe Method reviewHi. My name is Julie, and I’m addicted to Lithe Method.

    I’ve witnessed others try this workout since the first studio opened while I was living in Northern Liberties. Lithe Method Studio But I didn’t think it could happen to me.

    As a loyal PSC customer for over 6 years, I checked my attendance record in September. 10. times. total. (in 6 months.) My warmer months were spent running and biking, but I needed something new for the winter.

    I wanted to give the Pilates, Cheerleading and ballet combination of Lithe Method a whirl.

    Lithe Method Trial – My Review

    Lithe ran a promotion for a free 101 introductory class in October, which became so popular they extended it indefinitely. My first intro class was slightly overwhelming with unique terminology, forms and perky instructions. ‘Fish out of water’ was likely an understatement. Upon leaving the class, I was intimidated yet intrigued by the loyalty of Lithers.

    After the initial 101, there’s a New Lither Monthly special (1-per-day) for 30 days at $125. I decided to try all the classes my heart desired for 30 days and then move on to a new Philly fitness studio. Just a trial, right? 

    Admittedly, I’m not the most agile athlete. During my first few classes, I felt slightly out of place: picture a class full of gorgeous ladies in Lululemon attire that rivals some of my cutest Saturday evening outfits. Pom routines lead to flashbacks of my 13-year-old self cheerleading-tryouts-gone-wrong.

    Yet each CCS (Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting®) class pushed my limits and worked out body parts I forgot existed. Props like a blue ball to squeeze between your legs during Skinny Jeans engage several muscle groups, and thigh-high socks (I only wear for a roller disco) during Hot Legs help you glide across the floor.

    As I continued taking classes, my comfort and confidence rose. By my third Pom class, I plowed through the cheer-sculpt routine with ease. Instead of fitting the classes around my schedule, I found myself rearranging meetings and delaying outings with friends to squeeze Lithe in. Of my30 day trial, I made it 23 days (sans one hungover one).

    The shocking result? Although my body hasn’t totally hit bikini season-ready, I gained new muscle definition in my arms, my core is stronger and I break a sweat in every class (my lack of sweating has been a running joke with my BFF for years). Most importantly, I have a blast.

    The instructors are kind, funny and push you to your limits. The classes kick your ass. Women of all shapes, sizes & ages power through Lithe together. When your arms/legs/mind are at the breaking point, one set is complete and another one replaces it.

    Lithe Method: The Cons

    The cons of Lithe are ultimately the cost & popularity of it. Class signup opens 4 weeks in advance and the majority have wait lists. The majority of the wait lists move with ease, but you should try to schedule a few days in advance when possible. If you’re a procrastinator like me, you can always call before class to check on last minute cancellations and get in 95% of the time.

    Lithe ranges from $22 per class to $210/monthly (or 1-per-day), or $2200 for an annual (year-long) membership, varied on how often you attend. Although Lithe can be considerably higher than a monthly gym membership, they offer smaller classes with noticeable results. Plus, discounted promotions do come up periodically, so keep your eyes peeled on their blog or for package deals.

    Lithe Method – The Essentials

    Lithe Method is easy enough – You can buy classes and schedule them (or cancel up to 6 hours in advance) on both the website and convenient iPhone app.

    The 40+ classes to choose from focusing on various muscle groups, cardio or a combination. Class descriptions clue you in for what you’ll be in for.

    Find out more on the Lithe Method’s website.

    Readers, have you tried Lithe? What did you enjoy or hate? Or if you’re a regular lither, what are your favorite or most despised parts of the class?

    **As always, all opinions are my own. Lithe did not compensate me or even ask me to write this blog post. I just wanted to share my new-found addiction. 

     Photo: The Walk Magazine

     

     

     

     

    About Julie Hancher

    Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with eco-friendly wine and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Pounce DeLeon.

    Your thoughts . . .

    • Casey

      I went to a free class with yelp last spring and loved it but the studios are convenient to me so I’ve yet to make the investment. I would love to if there was one closer to me or with easier free parking.

    • Cronmoax

      I am a Lither for life, for sure. i’ve been going for almost 3 years now and I recently moved to Fairmount, so the studios aren’t convenient anymore, but I am still finding ways to get there (I also do it at home). I’ve never gone constantly, as a way to balance out the cost. I think it’s important to mention that there is a reason for that high price – it makes you want to go. Lithe guilt is a real thing. I do think it could be a bit cheaper, however, and still have that same effect ($150 a month please?). It’s the best…hands down. (if you like having fun while getting whipped into shape)

    • http://www.greenphillyblog.com/ Julie

      Thanks for sharing, Cronmoax! I definitely agree with the strategy of not going “constantly” to balance out the cost. I’m trying to get my money’s worth while the snow is covering the streets and will likely continue a lot of outdoor workouts once Philly dethaws.

      Definitely agree that it’s worth the dollars and is a workout unlike the others I’ve tried! (And the guilt motivates me to get there 5 minutes early every time!)

    • http://www.greenphillyblog.com/ Julie

      I hear ya. Although I’m unsure where you live, I definitely bike when I can which makes me work out before and after class too! Let me know if you give it another go!

    • jubeee

      Hey Julie, so glad you finally made it and are as addicted as I am!

    • http://www.greenphillyblog.com/ Julie

      I totally thought I could resist it, but love it so much! Def am going to continue throughout the year as I’m starting to see some more muscle definition.

      BTW – I also enjoy seeing your Lithe tweets & instagrams. :-) Hope all is well!