December 2016

4 Handy Tips & 8 Simple Stretches to Help You Feel Holiday-Ready!

As this past Thanksgiving neared, many clients asked how to handle, and hopefully prevent, the pain and tension associated with the demands of holiday prep. This simple guide is packed with quick and easy exercises that will change your holiday experience! Long periods of standing due to cooking, gift wrapping, shopping, and [...]

November 2016

September 2016

Tyler Sussman | Food Fight: Expanding Children’s Experience With Food Through Harmony & Local New York City Farms

I met Tyler Sussman about 7 years ago. He is unlike anyone else I’ve ever met; talented, kind, thoughtful, and with an awareness of the world that is unusual to find in New York. He is an unapologetically unique individual who always has an aura of serenity about him, almost as though he is operating on a different wavelength from the rest of the world.  He continually inspires the people around him to think about the world, their place in it, and the responsibility that we have to the world and to each other. -Pongo Power Personal Trainer Sarah Arikian-Coe […]

August 2016

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Healthy: New York City Farm Programs For Children

I’ve been thinking a lot about food lately. Well, fruits and vegetables, that is.  As a kid in Virginia, I grew up with corn growing down the road from my house, apple trees in my yard, and a local farmer’s stand where you could get produce right away from the neighborhood farmers. With parents who loved any excuse to take a drive to the farmer’s market, I was well acquainted with the wonders that are Hanover tomatoes and Virginia peaches in mid-summer. […]

Meal Prep | Simple, Delicious & Healthy Recipes To Cook In Bulk

Hi Pongo family! As promised from Brie’s last blog, here are a few simple and healthy recipes to get you started with meal prep! […]

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… […]

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 [...]

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

Confessions of a Protein Bar Addict

  It’s just twelve minutes into my first Whole 30 challenge and I’ve already convinced myself to quit several times. […]

November 2015

Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

Food! Food, everywhere! Heading into the holiday season, food tends to be a large focus in our lives.  In the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s there is a ton of opportunity to eat and drink. […]