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 [...]

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. [...]

November 2016

July 2016

For Those Living with Chronic Illness: Strength Training and Fatigue Resistance

Pongo Power client, Lara Hogan is back to discuss her experiences with chronic illnesses and the ways in which resistance training have served to strengthen her body and mind! […]

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 [...]

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. […]

December 2015

Intelligent Strength Training

Mission: to share the physiological and psychological benefits of training for strength. I spent a good deal of my life fixated on the way my body was “supposed” to look. I’d often wake up in the morning, weigh myself, and have the number on the scale dictate my mood for the rest of the day. I spent so much time obsessing over something with no real end goal. What’s worse, I never considered what achieving this vague ideal would grant me- the only person living inside of my body, the only person who should decide what my body is made for. My self-worth was tied directly to the scale. Before I began powerlifting, I was ten pounds lighter than I am now, and yet I’ve never felt better. […]