March 2017

Why Self Mastery with Azure Rae Works

Some people remember me before my Dad passed away, and many people who are in my life now, only know that I speak of him often. Laszlo Pongo died in 2005, age 80 because he had been prescribed the wrong medication in a hospital in rural Hungary. He had suffered a mild heart attack on his birthday 4 weeks earlier, when he had smoked his second cigarette, to celebrate. I had flown to Hungary immediately following the news, and he told me this lying in bed, “It was the 2nd cigarette, not the first. But the first was so good.” […]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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

4 Fitness Tips for New Moms From a Personal Trainer

Finding the time to exercise. You thought it was hard before you had a kid. Now you look at back on those days and think, what did I do with my time? I was so free! If you have more than one kid, you know that exercise isn’t always a [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Clubbell Training: Circular Strength With Brie Helmuth

  An Introduction to Clubbell Training Do you want to improve your ability to move and flow, like a ninja, through the busy streets of New York City? I work to navigate through the world with awareness, precision, and confidence; strength training with Clubbells has helped prepare my mind and [...]

8 Personal Trainers Answer: “What’s One Thing Every Fitness Newbie Should Know?”

You asked, we answered! All too often people will want to start incorporating healthier habits into their lives, but feel as though they're missing some important piece of the puzzle, or just don't know where to start! The secret is: there is no secret! See what eight Pongo Power personal trainers [...]

July 2016

A Day In The Life: Personal Trainer By Day, B-Girl By Night

Have you ever asked yourself what does it take to be a personal trainer? Sure, maybe you considered the certification test, but have you considered the day-to-day lifestyle of a personal trainer?  I’m going to tell you a bit more. I’m going to get personal, invite you into my average daily routine between work, food, training, and sleep, and offer some advice on preparing for busy work days so you too can live a balanced life. […]

#VulnerableStrong: Triathlon Training & Swimming With Fear

When I quit going to my last therapist, I told her that I was going to start attending Transcendental Meditation meetings and would no longer have money for therapy. I quickly realized that Transcendental Meditation was quite expensive and chose to sign up for the New York City Triathlon.  As it [...]