About Elizabeth Pongo

Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College with a major in psychology and a minor in education. Having studied psychology and education, in addition to kinetics and physiology, Elizabeth places a strong emphasis on life-style coordination when training clients and teaching proper form and technique.

August 2015

Eat Breakfast or Die!

"What the f*** do I eat? I just woke up and I am as hungry as a Dead Head after a 9-hour mushroom trip."  We get this question all the time at Pongo Power.  Seriously. Well, you intrepid traveler of the inner cosmos, we will give you some options. The [...]

July 2015

Brainy Balance

In 2010, 13 million Americans reported being injured in a fall, often caused by simple trips on the sidewalk or on the stairs at home. For the over 65s, the figures are worse: One in three in this age group falls every year, resulting in some 250,000 hip fractures and [...]

June 2015

Pongo Power Weighs in on The J Shaped Spine

  From NPR Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultur es May Not Have Back Pain JUNE 08, 2015 3:25 AM ET Back pain is a t ricky beast. Most Americans will at some point have a problem with their backs. And for an unlucky third of the population, treatments won't work, [...]

May 2015

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Our Client!

https://youtu.be/KK56QtqvFOE We all know that it takes a lot of stick–to–itiveness to get into the truly healthy physical shape that we each want to be in.  It is one thing to have ideas about what it would mean to be healthy, strong, and confident; it is fully another to actually be [...]

April 2015

Win & Learn: Say ‘So Long’ to Being Stuck

This Spring, we had the good fortune of working with our neighbor Shira Burstein, LCSW at our team meeting!  Shira discussed how to deal with the emotional blocks that we all encounter in our lives, specifically in regard to achieving results when it comes to our health and fitness. We are honored to [...]

Tips for your First Kettlebell Class

Pongo Power Personal Trainer and Certified Kettlebell Instructor, Julie Petrusak, was featured in Fit Bottom Girls this month.  Read her tips and other advice for your first kettlebell class.  Inspired to try these pointers out first hand? Sign up for Pongo Power's Kettlebell Hell.  Mondays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at [...]

March 2015

Training with the Puppy Using All Three Planes of Motion

Did you know that all movements of the body can be categorized into three planes of motion?  A plane of motion describes movements occurring in the anatomical position.   All three planes of motion are are important to utilize, in order to avoid injury. In this video, our corporate mascot, [...]

Owner of Pongo Power Talks Personal Training, Comedy & More

We were delighted to be featured in this article posted in the Park Slope Stoop.  The interview was conducted by Mary Bakija the evening before the 1st year anniversary, & Grand Opening celebration of our second location: Pongo Power Flatbush. “We need to be able to experience true emotional catharsis [...]

Just for Fun… Just Watch Carson Dean!

Post by Tyler McPeak. It's always fun to have a goal, and to achieve results. Carson Dean clearly set out with the goal of having fun on the treadmill.  Take a look, and you'll see! We're not saying that we'll be asking you to re-create this exercise routine at Pongo Power, any [...]

February 2015

A 15 Minute Sequence: Yoga and Core Strength

If you're looking for a 15 minute yoga sequence to set you on track, you can find one here! Pongo Power Personal Trainer and Yoga Ambassador, Alexandra Mingione was featured in MindBodyGreen, this month. The article, 'A 15-Minute Yoga Sequence To Make You Stronger,' outlines an elegant series, and discusses Ally's [...]