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Try Lithe Method for a unique, eco-friendly workout

Tired of your typical exercise routine? Looking for a workout that appeases your green cakncl8tconscience? Lithe fitness studios in Rittenhouse Square, Northern Liberties (and now Ardmore) are a perfect antidote.

Why the Lithe Method?

The Lithe Method incorporates some elements of Pilates, Yoga and Dance. But it’s no ordinary workout.  I’ve taken Pilates – Trust me, this is BETTER. Why? You get a total body workout in 55 minutes and can choose from a variety of classes with clever (and appropriate) names like Skinny Jeans, A-List Abs, Action Figure and plenty more. Lithe instructors switch up the moves  every 6 weeks so you never get bored.

The classes are small enough that you get individual attention on form and you know it’s money well-spent when you can feel it the next few days. I started taking classes a few months back about twice week & I’m hooked.

Lithe owner,Lauren Boggi, a former cheerleader and dancer developed the Lithe Method a few years back.  She opened her first studio in Northern Liberties at Liberties Walk in 2005 and her business took off – leading to a Rittenhouse studio in ’07 and a 3rd studio which opened in Ardmore, PA this month.

Eco-friendly practices at Lithe

Beyond the killer workout and unparalleled results , I was impressed with a few environmentally-conscious initiatives at Lithe including:

  • No plastic or paper cups for the water jugs. Lauren says the studio used to go through 120-200 cups a day – equaling a minimum of 43,800 cups a year! “Lithers” bring their own reusable water bottles, cutting down on major waste.
  • Unike a lot of other fitness studios/centers, they don’t sell bottled water or sports drinks either… Pretty commendable considering the extra profit such products could bring in.
  • Lithe uses eco-cleansing products : Lauren makes an eco-friendly mat cleanser from water, tea tree oil and all natural anti fungal drops.
  • At Lithe you’re using your body as your primary “tool”. Classes incorporate light hand weights, a ballet barre and resistance bands. You’ll save a significant amount of energy by choosing a Lithe workout over the treadmill, elliptical, row machines  or other electricity-draining exercise.

Check out Lithe’s site for more information on current programs and classes. Your body will thank you – big time.

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Beth is a Health and Wellness expert who believes sustainability goes hand-in-hand with self care. She’s the girl whipping up kombucha cocktails at parties, and extolling the benefits of canning vegetables to anyone who will listen. View all posts by Beth Funari

4 thoughts on “Try Lithe Method for a unique, eco-friendly workout

  1. Beth,
    Lithe sounds like a great alternative to the traditional gym – and what great names for the classes… really speak to people’s goals!
    It’s nice to see a fitness studio using innovative ideas to be “green” and bringing that idea to the minds of its clients by encouraging them to bring their own reusable bottles and take classes that don’t involve machines that use so much energy.
    I always enjoy fitness classes more than the treadmill anyway!

  2. This is so great : ) I actually never added up the amount of cups per year (WOW).

    Beth, thank you so much!

  3. These classes are great! They keep me interested and are very challenging. As always, its great to make that green connection.

  4. my sister does pilates 3-4 times a week. i will let her read this blog. thanks for the information!

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