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 [...]

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 [...]

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

4 Tips for the Next March!

Several Pongo Power personal trainers attended the Women's March on Washington last weekend. It required hours of transport, followed by hours of standing: Not the kindest conditions for one's body! Most of our friends and family, who are not trainers, had the same physical complaints, both during and after the march. [...]

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

Your Body is Your Best Teacher

  2016, Wow! Just, Wow. So Many Endings and Beginnings 2016, what a year you've been! This year I found out that not everyone knows the story of my body. As a personal trainer of 15 years, I had lazily begun to believe that most people knew at least a [...]