January 2017

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

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

Self-Mastery, for You and for Us

What is Self-Mastery? Everyone wants peace, peace for ourselves, and peace for this planet. We want to understand ourselves on a deeper level and we want to know our purpose for being here; but how do we accomplish this? We start with ourselves. We start by mastering ourselves. Self-mastery allows [...]

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 [...]

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"... [...]

4 Fitness Tips for New Moms From a Personal Trainer

Finding the time to exercise. You thought it was hard before you had a kid. Now you look at back on those days and think, what did I do with my time? I was so free! If you have more than one kid, you know that exercise isn’t always a [...]

8 Personal Trainers Answer: “What’s One Thing Every Fitness Newbie Should Know?”

You asked, we answered! All too often people will want to start incorporating healthier habits into their lives, but feel as though they're missing some important piece of the puzzle, or just don't know where to start! The secret is: there is no secret! See what eight Pongo Power personal trainers [...]

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 […]

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. […]