May 2017

Pongo Power is Celebrating One Decade of Being in Business!

Eating fried chicken made by our client, Lyn Stallworth; trainers and clients celebrate together at our first Grand Opening at 402 5th Street, in Park Slope!   On June 17th, 2007 I signed the commercial lease for our first location of Pongo Power at 402 5th Street, in Park Slope. [...]

April 2017

Beginner’s Guide to Lifting | Part One: Why Light Warm-Up Sets Matter When Lifting Heavy

Proper preparation for exercise is critical, and a good warm-up is multifaceted. Later in the series we'll discuss static and dynamic stretching, as well as warm-up exercises some lifters find helpful. The cumulative effects of a proper warm-up lead to increased performance, as well improvement in both joint range of [...]

March 2017

Meet Julie Petrusak, Creator of Rev Up to Run!

I’m here with Julie Petrusak, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Julie is gearing up for the April 19th launch of her new beginner’s running program, Rev Up to Run! Julie, I think a lot of beginners out there, may feel like it’s simply [...]

Celebrating International Women’s Day | Featuring Lara Hogan

We couldn’t be more proud of our clients at Pongo Power, and we consider ourselves unbelievably lucky to work with such strong, inspiring women. This Wednesday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. We are choosing to celebrate one of our loyal clients, Lara Hogan! As Etsy’s engineering director on promoting [...]

January 2017

4 Tips for the Next March!

Several Pongo Power personal trainers attended the Women's March on Washington last weekend. It required hours of transport, followed by hours of standing: Not the kindest conditions for one's body! Most of our friends and family, who are not trainers, had the same physical complaints, both during and after the march. [...]

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 [...]

Alyssa Nastasia, A Trainer’s Journey

I've been an actor since I was 10 years old. When I was a teenager, I decided to make it a career. Being overweight meant that I was being pigeonholed into certain roles, and I wanted to expand my possibilities. Like many in my position, I turned to cardio and dieting. [...]

December 2016

Flow Yo’ Mojo: Brie Helmuth’s Elite Clubbell Training Program

Pongo Power Elite Personal Trainer, Coach Brie Helmuth will lead you through Pongo Power's 36-day Intensive Fitness Program, Flo Yo' Mojo. This protocol balances strength and flexibility training, through circular-strength exercise and Clubbell Athletics. Physical Gains: By the end of the series  will have skills that allow you to feel [...]

Fitness as Self-Care with Stephanie Severe

Fitness as Self-Care I was not active my entire life. I had no connection to movement as a youth, that I remember! My mother has described stories about me, just standing in the middle of the soccer field, watching the soccer ball go up and down. I do remember feeling a [...]

November 2016

Meet Jessica Stone | Committed to Helping You Achieve Your Unique Goals

My mother had me enrolled in some sort of 'activity' for as long as I can remember. I think it's because I've always been a firecracker, full of energy. She needed a break, as well as a way for me to get my energy out in a positive manner! I [...]