September 2017

Pain Relief Now: Client Review

Pongo Power’s Medical Exercise Program Pain Relief Now helps clients identify and understand their pain, while supplying a positive way to interact with the body’s messages. We teach clients how to exercise safely and effectively. After the program is completed, clients can feel confident in the choices they make for [...]

Exercise After Physical Therapy

Exercise can play an important role in controlling chronic pain. Your doctor may have suggested that you continue to exercise after the completion of your prescribed physical therapy sessions.It is important that you consult with your doctor and get their clearance to exercise, and to get an idea of what [...]

Anticipation of Pain: Worse Than The Pain Itself?

Pain is both personal and subjective. Psychological factors like expectation of pain, play an important role in pain perception. When pain is anticipated, people often report it feels more intense than those who did not anticipate the same stimulus. The Fear of Pain Those who suffer from chronic conditions often [...]

What is Chronic Pain?

Imagine stubbing your big toe. The pain signal starts at tips of nerve cells, travels to, and then up the spinal cord, and into a specific part of your brain. Your brain further disseminates the signal to the portions of the brain controlling touch, emotion, physical reaction, and memory. We [...]

May 2017

Pongo Power is Celebrating One Decade of Being in Business!

Eating fried chicken made by our client, Lyn Stallworth; trainers and clients celebrate together at our first Grand Opening at 402 5th Street, in Park Slope!   On June 17th, 2007 I signed the commercial lease for our first location of Pongo Power at 402 5th Street, in Park Slope. [...]

April 2017

The Importance of Getting a Diagnosis, by Medical Exercise Specialist Karin Meessen

Familiar words. If you've ever experienced pain while exercising with correct form, you may have asked your trainer why something hurts. At Pongo Power, we guide you safely through exercises and teach our clients proper technique from the start. If, despite this, something continues to hurt, or you fear you are [...]

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

4 Handy Tips & 8 Simple Stretches to Help You Feel Holiday-Ready!

As this past Thanksgiving neared, many clients asked how to handle, and hopefully prevent, the pain and tension associated with the demands of holiday prep. This simple guide is packed with quick and easy exercises that will change your holiday experience! Long periods of standing due to cooking, gift wrapping, shopping, and [...]

October 2016

Fitter, Happier | Prioritizing Wellness & Awareness

We all know that we'd like to have a decent level of energy, and that we'd like our doctors be pleased with our blood work. We know we don't want to end up with diabetes, and we'd like our clothing to fit us properly. We all want to be in "good shape"... [...]

July 2016

For Those Living with Chronic Illness: Strength Training and Fatigue Resistance

Pongo Power client, Lara Hogan is back to discuss her experiences with chronic illnesses and the ways in which resistance training have served to strengthen her body and mind! […]