July 2017

The Scales of Justice (Part Two)

I have memories of looking at photos of celebrities in magazines. I’d compare parts of my body to theirs, and wonder if I was close enough to the ideal I thought they represented.  Sometimes I would have a gratifying moment, where I’d think “Her thighs look as big as mine. [...]

The Truth About BMI

You may have heard of the Body Mass Index (BMI). It’s a calculation widely used to determine if someone is in a ‘healthy weight range.’ Divide a person’s weight by his or her height and voila!  The truth though, is that BMI is not an accurate estimation for many people. [...]

The Scales of Justice (Part One)

Normal Scale FluctuationsAn incredibly stressful part of trying to lose weight is when the the numbers on the scale jump up suddenly. You weigh yourself one day and feel great, then the next day weigh again and see you’ve gained 4 pounds?! It seems unfair, unjust, maybe makes you think, [...]

3 Easy Breakfasts to Grab and Go!

Breakfast is so important! You’ve got to put gas in the tank. Below are three easy recipes that you can make ahead of time, so you can start the day off right. Just grab and go! About the Author  Judy Jerome, Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist by The National [...]

How Keeping a Food Journal Can Help You Drop a Size

Understanding Patterns with The Food JournalOne of the most helpful tools in the Drop A Size program is the use of a food journal. The purpose of the journal is to unearth patterns in everyday eating. There we can see where small, yet powerful adjustments can be made.   HabitsSo [...]

June 2017

Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, & Stroke with Just One Hour of Resistance Training per Week

Think you need to spend hours a day at the gym in order to experience the health benefits of exercise?  A new study demonstrates just the opposite. Research suggests that a mere one hour of resistance training per week, may reduce your risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome refers [...]

May 2017

New Research: The Importance of Finding Joy in Your Exercise

Pongo Power personal trainers are diverse in our specializations. Although every trainer must be certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the ongoing continuing education chosen by our staff differs greatly and often highlights the type of exercise or fitness modality we find joy in. This is one of [...]

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

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"... [...]