Lithe Method in Philadelphia Combines Dance Cardio and Resistance Training, and Takes it to a Whole New Level

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From first glance it looks like an Aerial Yoga class, but it is not silks hanging from the ceiling it’s actually resistance bands, which increases the intensity of the class. Photo: Alison Mastrangelo

Lithe Method. What is it? It sounds like a new a new scientific formula. But it’s not! Lithe Method is a cool new workout that incorporates Pilates, cheer-leading and dance.

The great part is that the first class is free and you can register for classes online. The classes are very popular and can have a wait list, but they recommend to check the night before because some people cancel.

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Meredith Steinberg kindly demonstrating a few moves that one could see during a Pom Lithe Method Class. Photo: Alison Mastrangelo

 

Lithe Method clients have enjoyed the classes so much they have become trainers.

“I love Lithe. I started as a client before I started teaching. I found I loved the variety and loved how fun it was. I feel like there is a great community of women here who support each other and it’s such a nice motivating place to be, ” Meredith Steinberg, Lithe Trainer for  4 months said.

One of the main reason Lithe has been so popular is their workouts are always changing so that the clients never get bored.

“There is a lot of variety in the workouts. One day you will have a lot of jumping and sweating cardio and the next day you will be sculpting muscles that you didn’t know that you had, Steinberg explained. The next day you will be at the ballet bar or you could be working your arms using weights.”

Steinberg recommends that everyone come about ten minutes early before class and to make sure that you bring a water bottle and a workout towel. They will supply the mats, gloves, and resistance bands.

If you’re worried about trying it because you have been out of the gym for a while do not worry! Lithe Method is great for women of all ages.

“People who do Lithe have all kinds of backgrounds. There are modifications for everyone, this workout environment is very positive and free of judgment,” Steinberg said.

If anyone has any questions they can go online and read the descriptions of all the different classes or they can call the front desk who is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. There are also three Lithe Method Studios in Philadelphia and one coming soon to New York City.

 

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Lunge + Over head resistance bands = Total Body Workout Photo of Me: Alison Mastrangelo

As usual I tried this new hip fitness class. The Lithe Method staff recommend taking their 101 class to help introduce you to their movements and the choreography that they use. Unfortunately, I could not attend the 101 class, so I tried the Pom class which they said should not be to difficult for a beginner that practices Pilates weekly.  The trainers were right, I could follow along, however, I did  stumble through a few of the beginning choreographed parts but after a few minutes I could follow along more easily and really broke a sweat!

 

 

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Leigh Babiasz: Dancer, Grad Student and Pure Barre Instructor in Haddonfield, New Jersey Explains the New Pure Barre Workout

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Leigh showing one of the many leg burning poses in the class. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

Leigh Babiasz has been a dancer all her life, and earned her BA in dance performance from Western Michigan University. From there she worked as a professional dancer and performer for different jobs and gigs. Babiasz started getting into personal training and got certified through NASM.

Currently she works as a certified trainer and will be starting grad school to study dance/movement therapy at Drexel next fall. Teaching Pure Barre came unexpectedly to her. She moved into the South Jersey area and saw an online ad for a job opportunity for fitness instructors with a dance background. That sounded perfect for her so she answered it and started teaching. Babiasz loves teaching Pure Barre because it gives her a combination of her two favorite things, dance and fitness. Plus, it gives her a different experience working in a group atmosphere compared to working with one on one training.

Q. Explain what Pure Barre is and how it is different to other workouts.

A. Pure Barre is a workout that incorporates the ballet bare and strength training that focuses on small isometric movements. It is a full body workout but it emphasizes working the thighs, seat, and abs. It is different from other workouts because it is a specific technique that takes a couple of classes to catch on. There is a not a lot of big explosive movements compared to other workouts so it is safe for most people to do.

Q. What muscles are you using in the Pure Barre workout?

A. Pure Barre works the full body but we do focus more on the “problem” areas of women. There is a lot of quad, glute, and core action in a class. We also do lots of body weight exercises and work on flexibility to achieve a longer leaner aesthetic look of a dancer.

Q. What makes Pure Barre unique?

A. It’s unique in the fact that the classes are designed so you get a variety of different exercises in each class. No class will be the same so your body can’t adapt and get used to it, so you will continue to confuse the body and thus see the results continuously.

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Some of the equipment used during a Pure Barre Class. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

Q. What should someone wear or bring to Pure Barre?

A. We always suggest to wear long pants and form fitting clothes. Pure Barre also has a line of special socks that have a special grip on the bottom of the foot so there is limited slipping on the floor and that’s helpful to wear in class.

Q. What should someone expect when they take a Pure Barre class?

A. Expect a lot of burning and shaking in the first couple of classes!

Q. Where can they practice Pure Barre and how much?

A. There are Pure Barre locations all over. If you go on the website, they list all the different locations and there are always more studios opening up. A single class is $23 but there are different packages you can purchase as well a new client special. All the prices should be on the website if you click a specific location.

Q. Anything else interesting you would like to add about Pure Barre.

A. Pure Barre is a great positive community of women that are really supportive of each other. I am really proud to be a part of the Pure Barre family!

As usual I had to try this class. I have been taking the class once a week for a few months now. I have to say that I was skeptical of this class when I started. I thought it would not be that hard since I am an avid runner and do other intense boot camps; however, I was so wrong. Every class my legs are shaking and I sweat a lot! I am definitely seeing results from this class just by incorporating it into my workout routine just a few days a week. I recommend it to anyone that is looking to change up their workout and get that long and lean body!

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The relaxing Pure Barre workout room. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

Discover the New Workout: Surfset Fitness at Upper Level Fitness Taught by Corrine Schulthesis

Love surfing but do not get a chance to practice it all year because of the weather? Or have you always wanted to try surfing, but are afraid of the ocean?

Upper Level Fitness in Ocean View, New Jersey started Surfset fitness classes this spring. Corrine Schulthesis is one of the personal trainers who introduced Surfset to Upper Level Fitness and their clients.  The class costs $17 per class or  $150 for 10 classes. Each class is an hour long, all an individual needs to bring is a water bottle, wear comfortable clothes, and enjoy the class.