March 2016

Four Exercises to Help Low Back Pain

National Academy of Sports Medicine trainer Karin Meessen reviews four simple exercises to help alleviate low back pain.

December 2015

You’re Invited! We’re Hosting a Fundraising Party on February 20th!

WHO: You! WHAT: A Fundraising Party for the non-profit Documentary THIS MIGHT HURT.  You can watch the trailer, here. In 2015 our Grand Opening at Pongo Power Flatbush was fabulous.  We'll be hosting a similar type of event this year, with live music, open bar, and comedy to raise money [...]

December 2014

“If You’re Happy and You Know It…”

Recently, I saw a commercial that sang their own words to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know it.” Instead of urging the listener to clap their hands if they were happy, the song went on to say if you’re also bored, lonely, guilty, stressed, ‘if you’re human [...]

The Pongo Manifesto

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines manifesto: 1man·i·fes·to noun \ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō\ plural man·i·fes·tos or man·i·fes·toes Definition of MANIFESTO : a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer If you’ve spent time with our little community, here at Pongo Power you know that health and fitness means the world [...]

Pongology Principals Number One – Helping to End the Obesity Epidemic

If you think you are obese, you are not alone. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states: “More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.” That means, that if you take 3 people and sit them on a subway bench, one of those 3 people will be obese. 68.8% [...]

Pongology Principal Number Two – Making Exercise Fun, not Painful

Franz Kafka wrote, “Self-control is something for which I do not strive. Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence.” Well, it’s true. People associate exercise with self-discipline. Really, though exercise is the one hour that you devote to your [...]

Pongo Principal Number Three – Ending Self Hatred

This can be especially hard in New York City. We’re surrounded by images on billboards, stuff to buy in stores, and food. On top of consumerism, there’s family life, friends, and your career to maintain. Life can be stressful! It is easy to feel like you’re always a little bit [...]

Pongology Principal Number Four – Abolishing Computer Head

If you are not a gym aficionado, it’s not uncommon to feel like a gerbil when running on a treadmill or to be freaked out by gym odors. But often the benefits of exercise, outweigh the discomfort. You don’t need a personal trainer to know that if you exercise, you [...]

Pongology Principal Number Five – Teaching People to Befriend Gravity

Gravity is baring down on your body. End scene. Oh, wait, there’s more. Franz Kafka wrote: “You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely [...]

Pongology Principal Number 6: Liberating Bodies with Sciencey Information

Well, it is no secret by now! We here at Pongo Power love movement science. Not only do we love the study of anatomy and physiology in relation to sports science, but we also love to teach that stuff to people. I enjoyed Slim Goodbody tremendously growing up! And I [...]