December 2016

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 [...]

September 2016

5 Running Tips From A Non-Runner Who Hates Running

Maybe “hate” is a strong word, but running has never really been my thing. (Unless of course you count the years I spent unsuccessfully trying to run myself skinny, that is.) I’m a yoga instructor and a powerlifter. I find much more satisfaction in hitting a new bench PR (145lbs [...]

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 […]

The Power Of The Buddy System

In this hot and humid summer we’re having, with a crazy schedule, it’s been difficult to fit in my regular amount of exercise. At times when my schedule is more manageable and I’m getting good sleep, I don’t have to think about it. My workouts are written into my calendar like any other appointment. I also enjoy working out. […]

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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

Exercise vs Movement: How To Determine The Best Training Style For YOUR Body

Do you know a Stretchy Stacy? She is flexible, rhythmic and agile. Her training primarily consists of yoga, dance or any other fluid bodyweight movement. Perhaps you know a Powerful Patty? She is strong and capable of moving large amounts of weight. She trains with barbells and free weights, focusing [...]

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. […]