Ask What You Can Do



What is going on in America, not to mention the world? I realized recently that I see my job being a small business owner as the great big adventure that is my life. Being the boss, coupled with the fact that I ride a Vespa, allows me the freedom that I need to be happy. And what could be wrong with that? I take enormous pride in my personal training studio, in taking good care of the people that I love, in taking care of my body ... but what about taking good care of the world?

Boo, hiss. That seems overwhelming. Take good care of the world? Who got assassinated and appointed me the Robert F. Kennedy of the obesity epidemic? Luckily I don’t need to worry about saving the world, when shows like The Biggest Loser have it all wrapped up. Still, there’s a sensitivity that goes into taking good care of ourselves, which I’m not 100 percent certain the mainstream media handles with all the compassion and emotional intelligence that’s necessary to save ourselves.

While working out at the gym today, I climbed up on top of a machine, and as I mounted the bench, I was reminding of how much I loved playing on playground equipment as a child. Any activity in which I got to move around was attractive to me. I didn’t care if I looked silly. I just knew that I felt emotionally and physically better when I was moving.

Back in the 1980s, I’m fairly certain that only a small number of children had been diagnosed with ADD and that I would have been one of them. I loved tipping backwards on my chair during class, flipping pencils through my fingers, secretly passing notes and basically engaging in all forms of multi-tasking possible while in class. Having figured out it took me only four minutes to run at breakneck speed, but 12 whole minutes to walk, I ran home from school every day. Let’s put it this way: I’ve always had a lot of energy.

But here’s the thing: It wasn’t until I learned all about exercise science and kinetic chain function that I was able to fully leverage all of this energy. It is one thing to want to move around, it’s another to know why you are doing it. Exercise saves lives. Our 80-year-old client has told us, “If it wasn’t for Pongo Power, I’d be in a motorized wheelchair.”

Woman's Hand on Wheelchair

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: There will always be challenges throughout each and every day of our lives. But the one thing that is certain — that you can do — in order to be strong, in order to face all of those challenges, is to exercise. And although it sounds a little hokey, if you don’t have the energy to do it for yourself, for your own body, do it for the people you love. Because later they will thank you for taking good care of yourself.

By Elizabeth Pongo. Original to OwnIt