About Shannon Kim Wagner, NSCA-CSCS

Shannon Kim is a powerlifting and strength training enthusiast based in Brooklyn, NY.

June 2016

Small Happy Habits- Part One: Journaling

Over the past few months I’ve introduced a handful of small, happy habits that have served to center my focus and calm my mind. As a result, my productivity, creativity, and sense of peacefulness have skyrocketed. These habits can be introduced incrementally and in small steps in order to cement [...]

Introducing Medical Exercise Training at Pongo Power

A 2007 research report by the Milken Institute found that more than 109 million Americans suffer from seven chronic ailments: Cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary conditions, and mental disorders. […]

Obesity Is Not A Lifetime Sentence

Disclaimer: Marlarie is not a client of Pongo Power.  Her inspiring story about weight loss led us to seek her out for an interview so that we can show everyone what hard work, perseverance, and moderation can achieve. We want the world to realize that they if we want real and lasting [...]

May 2016

How To Make Life A Vacation: Three Things I Learned When I Stopped Trying To Control Everything

I was recently lucky enough to go on a two-week road trip up all over California. The vacation was once-in-a-lifetime, but I'm determined to keep its spirit with me for years to come. The weeks leading up to this trip were filled with stress and fatigue. It seemed I made the [...]

SBWC Spring Classic 2016 Meet Report

On Saturday I competed in my second powerlifting meet – it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I got to lift weights all day and hang out with some amazingly strong and inspiring women. […]

April 2016

Shouldn’t He Be Doing Cardio? Part Two: Why Do You Care?

Some may find part two of this series a bit antagonistic, and I admit it is more opinion based. Sociological curiosity drove me to write these posts and part one was a necessary introduction before making my larger point. […]

March 2016

Shouldn’t He Be Doing Cardio? Part One: The Truth About Fat Loss & Resistance Training

“You know the type of guy I mean…” a friend said to me recently over dinner, with a smirk and an air of superiority. We were debating the merits of free weights: who should be strength training and who should be focusing their attentions elsewhere. “He’s the overweight guy at [...]

January 2016

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail, Part Two: Motivation is Fleeting. Build Better Habits.

People often ask how to stay motivated day in and day out.  Questions abound regarding ways to fit workouts into hectic schedules, tips to eat better, and how to become "healthy" again after a prolonged period of poor nutrition and inactivity. Therein lays the problem. Motivation is fleeting. In part one, I discussed the [...]

December 2015

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail, Part One: Willpower & Habit Formation

Each year, countless people embark on a mission to better themselves. A new year offers hope and the chance to start again. It provides the perfect opportunity to pause and reconsider current habits and mindsets. It’s a spectacular thing that so many are able to identify a goal to work [...]