Body After Baby

I recently had the chance to meet with Elizabeth Tomkins, Lithe Fitness instructor and new mom.  I love talking to other new moms about their journey through motherhood. These opportunities allow me to share ideas, time saving tips and even new fitness routines with you.  After I gave birth, I was on a search to find a new fitness routine. I loved hearing about the Lithe Method from Elizabeth. Since I am still trying to find the balance between working, spending time with Grey and time on myself, I am always eager to hear about new ways to keep in shape. Right now I am in to yoga and taking walks with Greyson around our neighborhood, because luckily it has tons of lakes and trails to keep it interesting. I’ll even sneak in some yoga stretches at home with Grey and since it’s a game for him, he plays along. This also works as an introduction into body awareness, plus it gives me a few minutes of exercise too.

My routine has definitely changed since bringing Grey into my life, as has Elizabeth’s, and I know that it will continue to evolve. What makes the transition easier is certainly having the right work-out gear, whether you’re getting fit at the gym or jogging at home. Transitioning maternity sports bras, maternity camisoles and maternity yoga pants through to an after birth wardrobe is essential for new moms trying to keep in shape. For me and Elizabeth, since we both nursed, functional nursing apparel is important as well. Elizabeth is wearing our Motherhood Maternity nursing bra and maternity camisole in these photos. She not only looks great, but she also told me how supported and comfortable she felt. Take a peek into our conversation below to learn a little about her fitness routine as a new mom. And keep in mind that whatever and however you decide to keep your mind and body healthy as a new mom, you are doing a great thing for you and your family. Just remember not to stress yourself out about getting back a rigid routine. Working with the time and assets you have available is truly the best thing to do. After reading this, though, you may fall in love with lithe! -OliviaQA_LitheMethod_1-608x482QA_LitheMethod_2-608x690QA_LitheMethod_3-608x1015Tell us a little bit about the Lithe Method and how you got involved in this regimen. I began taking classes at Lithe Method because I was so sick of dragging myself to the gym. I missed the team component of playing sports and I wanted an effective workout that would help my flexibility, balance, stamina, coordination, core strength, and cardiovascular endurance. Lithe does it all. I loved it so much that our founder and CEO, Lauren Boggi and I talked about my training to become an instructor. I took my first class about 4 years ago and I have been teaching for 3 years.

Lithe is Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting® (CCS). CCS utilizes precise cheerleading-based movements to load muscles, produce a high cardio burn, and reduce fat zones.  It targets all three zones of the body — the core, the lower body, and the upper body — so that you achieve a complete total body workout in just one hour.  Most people burn anywhere from 500-1000 calories per class, depending on the workout.  Lithe really does burn fat and sculpt muscle, yielding strong, lean bodies that still have curves.

Our classes are both cardiovascular and sculpting, with a concentration on a strong core. We have over 40 Lithe workouts that are total body, but each one also focuses on a particular area of the body.  Some workouts produce a higher cardio burn, and some emphasize sculpting more, so you can really tailor the kind of program you want, according to your goals.  But you’ll always sweat and the classes are constantly evolving with new additions, props and routines so you won’t get bored or plateau.

Most workouts incorporate our Higher Power Band System® which increases resistance to the core and decreases the impact load on the joints.  We also work on the floor, at a barre and with 3-16 lb free weights, among other wearable props. You can see some of the props on our website, www.lithemethod.com.

As a nursing mom, what are you looking for in your postpartum activewear? I look for support, comfort and style. Actually, your Hannah clip down nursing bra is one of my favorite pieces. It allows me to seamlessly transition from breastfeeding my son at home, to teaching in the studio without an outfit change.  I can get in front of class confident that everything will, ahem, stay in place while feeling that I look good. The cut of the nursing bra is so supportive and flattering, plus it comes in bright colors and a stellar stripe. I’ve even had clients who aren’t moms come and ask me where they can get that bra!

How has your daily fitness routine changed since becoming a mom? I quickly learned (as I’m sure most moms do) once the baby came that my time was no longer my own. The biggest thing for me is to remember to have patience with myself; some days, the workout just doesn’t happen. I believe it is important to make time for yourself, but occasionally, that means taking a nap or reading or doing something else you find fulfilling. Actually, this has made me really enjoy my time in the studio more and find joy in feeling my strength return and just getting my body moving. I used do a little bit of ab work next to my son while he was in the ExerSaucer©, but now he is too big for that and he wants to climb all over me. Looks like I need a new plan…

1 Nursing Sports Bra/ 2 Maternity Sweatshirt/ 3 Maternity Tank Top/ 4 Fiji Water/ 5 Maternity Yoga Pants/ 6 Kind Bars/ 7 Mustela Skin Care

Belly Talk: Find your Perfect Fit

When pregnant, the first item of clothing you’ll notice becoming a bit snug is your pants. Rather than turn to an endless supply of sweatpants and baggy bottoms, our selection of affordable denim, pants, shorts and skirts offer belly panels of all different shapes and sizes that are suited to your desire of comfort.

From full coverage panels and no bellies to fold overs, there’s a belly style you will long to live in. Though our patented Secret Fit Belly®, which offers seamless full coverage and support, is our most popular belly, our helpful Belly Panel Guide offers the information you need to choose the panel you want.

Here’s a snapshot of what we have to offer:secret fit bellyThe Secret Fit Belly® provides full coverage and supports by extending over the entire belly. It can also be folded down to be worn comfortably under the belly, while the smooth, lightweight
fabric maternity panel is soft, supportive and will grow with you. It is great for all three trimesters as well as after the baby is born.under belly The Under Belly sits below the belly. Made with a wide elastic band covered by a soft and stretchy cotton-spandex fabric, this maternity panel contours and supports your belly where you need it most while offering minimal coverage. This belly is ideal for early to mid-pregnancy.fold over bellyOur Fold Over Belly has a discreetly blended maternity panel with a non-maternity look for all day comfort when active and on the go. This belly is ideal throughout your pregnancy. Secret Fit Under BellyOur Secret Fit Under Belly is a constructed waist featuring elastic inside with small gussets that provide a comfortable stretch, and it sits below the belly for moderate coverage. This belly is ideal for all three trimesters as well as after the baby is born. 

For a complete list of bellies, visit our Belly Panel Guide.

Holiday Looks for Now & Later: Part 3

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For our third and final installment of holiday looks for now and later, Online Marketing Manager Michelle Scarpato and Copywriter Leigh Calarco, both slip into an anything-but-basic LBD that is primed for a fabulous holiday or New Year’s Eve party.

Luxe lace adds major drama to the otherwise simple silhouette of this Willow and Clay Elbow Sleeve Maternity Dress with a sexy low scoop back, which Michelle tops with a Drape Front maternity Jacket by Velvet by Graham & Spencer. Chunky gold bangles, gold hoops and super soft Sueded Opaque Tights complete Leigh’s ensemble, while both finish it off black heels.

Holiday Looks for Now & Later: Part 2

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Beyond the festive parties and gatherings with friends, at the heart of the Holidays is family. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, chances are, you will be welcoming the festive season (and the New Year) with your loved ones. While not the time for your sparkling swing mini cocktail dress, a thin, rib knit dress in a longer length and formfitting silhouette will do the trick.

Ultra stretchy and immensely comfortable, Copywriter Leigh Calarco and Online Marketing Manager Michelle Scarpato, both model this closet staple, a ¾ Sleeve Striped Maternity Dress by BCBGMAXAZRIA. From the flattering boat neck to the shape-defining stripes, it’s the perfect casual-yet-still-special holiday wear that can be easily accessorized with a pair of booties and a thin cardigan such as Michelle’s Long Sleeve Open Front Maternity Cardigan.

Flattering while pregnant, and also while not (thank you, rayon/spandex stretch!), it’s a win-win dress with plenty of appeal.

Stay tuned for our final glam approach to pre- and postnatal dressing – holiday edition!

Holiday Looks for Now & Later

maternity dress

Showing off our favorite dresses that can be worn now (while pregnant) and later (while not), two of our gorgeous in-house gals, Copywriter Leigh Calarco and Online Account Manager Michelle Scarpato, model three holiday-perfect looks for the season.

First up from Motherhood Maternity, the ubiquitous stripe trend in a black and gray combo takes center stage. Perfect for the office holiday party, the fitted silhouette of this Long Sleeve Slim Fit Maternity Dress by Jessica Simpson flawlessly accentuates Leigh’s bump thanks to the soft and stretchy material. Equally as flattering on Michelle, she frames her figure with a fitted Cascade Blazer while both add a warm layer of tights, on-trend booties and gold accessories.

Whether you’re expecting now or been there, done that, stay tuned for a glam approach to pre- and postnatal dressing – holiday edition!

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