About Karin Meessen

Medical Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer and Senior Fitness Specialist by National Academy of Sports Medicine | Karin has been a long-time health and fitness enthusiast. She knows what it takes to go the distance, having completed two NYC marathons and numerous long-distance, multiple-day road cycling events. She believes strongly in the connection between mind and body to promote overall well-being. Pairing an emphasis on balance and stability, with development of core strength; Karin helps her clients to improve all areas of their lives, through safe and enjoyable workouts.

May 2017

How Pain Relief Now! Differs From Pongo Power Personal Training

If you have lately looked at Pongo Power's program offerings, you have come across Pain Relief Now! You may have asked yourself, how does this program differ from conventional one-on-one personal training? During which, the results of my initial fitness assessment and my body's unique (hi)story are put into context, [...]

April 2017

The Importance of Getting a Diagnosis, by Medical Exercise Specialist Karin Meessen

Familiar words. If you've ever experienced pain while exercising with correct form, you may have asked your trainer why something hurts. At Pongo Power, we guide you safely through exercises and teach our clients proper technique from the start. If, despite this, something continues to hurt, or you fear you are [...]

January 2017

Five Simple Steps to Pain Relief Now!

If you are currently experiencing an acute and/or debilitating episode of back pain, your doctor will likely prescribe a form of passive pain relief in form of medication and/or manual therapy. Following a brief rest to decrease muscle spasm, exercise will serve an integral role in providing relief. The ultimate [...]

April 2016

5 Exercises to Active Your Glutes & Build a Better Butt

What is, 'muscle activation,' and why is it important?   You can think of activation as a warm up for a muscle group,  when you are about to exercise.  To activate a muscle means to wake it up, so that it is primed it for a specific movement. This is [...]

March 2016

Four Exercises to Help Low Back Pain

National Academy of Sports Medicine trainer Karin Meessen reviews four simple exercises to help alleviate low back pain.