About Elizabeth Pongo

Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College with a major in psychology and a minor in education. Having studied psychology and education, in addition to kinetics and physiology, Elizabeth places a strong emphasis on life-style coordination when training clients and teaching proper form and technique.

March 2017

Why Self Mastery with Azure Rae Works

Some people remember me before my Dad passed away, and many people who are in my life now, only know that I speak of him often. Laszlo Pongo died in 2005, age 80 because he had been prescribed the wrong medication in a hospital in rural Hungary. He had suffered a mild heart attack on his birthday 4 weeks earlier, when he had smoked his second cigarette, to celebrate. I had flown to Hungary immediately following the news, and he told me this lying in bed, “It was the 2nd cigarette, not the first. But the first was so good.” […]

November 2016

Your Body is Your Best Teacher

  2016, Wow! Just, Wow. So Many Endings and Beginnings 2016, what a year you've been! This year I found out that not everyone knows the story of my body. As a personal trainer of 15 years, I had lazily begun to believe that most people knew at least a [...]

Ask Pongo: What Do You Love About Being a Personal Trainer?

This month's Ask Pongo comes from a reader who wants to know what our trainers love about their job!

October 2016

Fitter, Happier | Prioritizing Wellness & Awareness

We all know that we'd like to have a decent level of energy, and that we'd like our doctors be pleased with our blood work. We know we don't want to end up with diabetes, and we'd like our clothing to fit us properly. We all want to be in "good shape"... [...]

August 2016

Vulnerable Strong | Part Two: Elizabeth’s NYC Triathlon 2016 Results!

Simply put: I loved every moment of competing in the NYC Triathlon 2016. The excitement and exhilaration of jumping in the Hudson River, and the support of all the people as we lined up to do it! The bike ride up and down the West Side Highway, through the Toll Plaza and up into the Bronx! The run around Central Park. I did it and I loved it. I didn’t know that this would be the case. I was pretty terrified and somewhat miserable, right up until I woke up at 4 a.m. to get myself up to the bike coral… […]

July 2016

#VulnerableStrong: Triathlon Training & Swimming With Fear

When I quit going to my last therapist, I told her that I was going to start attending Transcendental Meditation meetings and would no longer have money for therapy. I quickly realized that Transcendental Meditation was quite expensive and chose to sign up for the New York City Triathlon.  As it [...]

June 2016

Introducing: Ask Pongo!

Got a question about fitness or nutrition? Ask Pongo! As National Academy of Sports Medicine trainers every Pongo Power team member has extensive knowledge of human movement science, kinesiology and functional movement patterns. In addition to ensuring consistency with training, this strong foundation enables us to build upon our base [...]

Pongo Power Is Hiring!

Pongo Power is hiring! If you're passionate about helping others reach their health & fitness goals then we want YOU to join our team!  At Pongo Power, the opportunity to learn and grow is enormous. As a team member, you'll be working in a fun and supportive environment that will teach [...]

March 2016

How to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor: A Review of the kGoal

I was so happy that my colleague Sarah came to my office to mention her project about strengthening pelvic floor muscles. Here was a person who I could trust, offering me a possible solution to several mysteries that have tortured me from age 18 to 41! Mysteries to be Solved: [...]

February 2016

Client Testimonial: Lara Hogan’s Triumph Over Chronic Pain through Exercise and Neuroplasticity

Pongo Power client Lara Hogan joins us in this guest post detailing her recovery from chronic pain and the symptoms of Crohn's disease. As many as 1.6 million Americans are affected by inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. These life-long conditions can be treated, but not cured. [1] [...]