October 2018

Eat Better, Eat Together

Communal meals are on the decline: a fact that has serious implications for our mental and physical health and well being. Sales of dining room tables have dropped, and the average American eats 1 in 5 meals in their car. People in the UK reported eating as many as 60% [...]

Tacking Childhood Obesity With Exercise

A new study finds that strength training may be a crucial component of tackling childhood obesity. According to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a branch of the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, the prevalence of childhood obesity has been steadily increasing since the early [...]

September 2018

International Friendship Month

September is International Friendship Month, and we have a few great ways to celebrate, while connecting with your friends and working on your fitness goals! Try a New Class Together It’s always easier to do something new when you have a buddy to brave it with you!  Always wanted to [...]

Elizabeth Pongo’s Own End to Chronic Pain

September is Pain Awareness month. I am sharing my story of ending my very own chronic pain. My end to pain came, when I got back into shape. You can read more about ending chronic pain, our pain relief blog series. By Elizabeth Pongo   Everything about my physical path [...]

How Pongo Power Supports My Creativity & Passion

Lifestyle is a tremendous part of personal training. As a personal trainer and an athlete, it is vital for my performance to get rest, proper nutrition, and my own exercise and wellness dialed in. For me, an integral part of wellness includes dance. I dedicate one night a week to going out dancing with friends and dance partners. I show up; and whether I’m solo, with a friend, or a group, I know that I will have a good time, and have an avenue to express myself creatively.

How to Break Free From the Endless Cycle of Weight Gain and Loss

Gaining weight and losing weight is hard, and it doesn’t matter if you’re middle aged, young, old, male, or female. It also doesn’t matter if you’re an American. The fact that I’m even writing this is a testament to the fact that our current society has culturally contrived to keep [...]

April 2018

Our Bodies, Our Earth, Ourselves

What would the world look like if we spent as much time taking care of the earth as we do our bodies? Let’s Start With Plastic   There has been a rapid increase in the production of plastic over the past six decades. Since 1950, over 8.3 billion metric tons [...]

March 2018

Three Insights to Making Lasting Change

1) Say yes to your successes.   Applaud the steps you make, no matter how insignificant you think they are.  It may seem silly to pat yourself on the back for eating breakfast, going to bed early, or making 10,000 steps in a day, but it’s not!  We innately learn [...]

February 2018

Why Do You Need to Change?

When the ball dropped in January, did you use the opportunity to set a few new goals for 2018? Have you followed through?   New Year’s resolutions themselves aren’t inherently bad. Why wouldn’t we strive to improve our health, happiness, and wellbeing? Yet, 92% of people fail to make a [...]

January 2018

What is “Self Defense”?

You may have seen the recent self defense video from Tech Insider with Gabrielle Rubin. You may have seen the backlash from the MMA, brazilian jiu jitsu, and general martial arts community, about how terrible her self defense ‘expertise’ is. In the video, Rubin makes wild claims about what she’s [...]