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meagan kong of kong fit club
Wellness
Published Tuesday Sep 28, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Community Close-up: Meagan Kong of Kong Fit Club

Wellness
Fitness

Ever since she graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Meagan Kong has lived her dream of being a professional dancer in Los Angeles and around the world. She has danced along some of the biggest stars in the world—including JLo, Beyonce, Rihanna, Pitbull, and more. On top of that, she even busted out her acting chops and starred as Devil Girl Maggie on BET’s scripted series “Hit the Floor” and is a regular on CW’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning comedy series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”—one of my personal faves.

Kong spent years constantly yo-yo dieting for photo shoots, auditions, and big performances. After she got tired of crash diets and workouts, she learned to adopt a new and sustainable way of living. When you get a chance, you can read more about her efforts on her blog, You Kong Do It.

She's also the owner of the uber-popular LA fitness facility, Kong Fit Club, where she encourages everyone around her that it’s all being proactive and consistent when it comes to your overall health and wellness. We sat down with Meagan to get to know a little bit more about her mission and what wellness means to her.

Tell us a little bit more about yourself. What inspired you to open Kong Fit Club?

I originally started Kong Fit Club as a pop-up events-based club to help my virtual community navigate the IRL fitness and wellness space here in LA. I find that it’s easier to try new things together and even easier when you have a guide to help weed out the stuff that is just noise. After 80+ free events, I decided it was time to have a space of our own which is now Kong Fit Clubhouse in Hollywood. I curate the Clubhouse schedule based on how I train and who I train with as a professional dancer of 15 years which is a little of everything—weights, HIIT, Pilates, yoga, recovery, dance. I am always throwing special workshops, new modalities, and events onto the schedule to keep it dynamic and exciting to come in.

With movement comes growth which is the ultimate form of wellness.
What motivates you day-to-day? 

I went through so many years of crash dieting and boot camp challenges, it was really exhausting and defeating. I became sick of killing myself while “getting myself ready” for a shoot, event, audition, etc., so I vowed to just create a lifestyle to stay (mostly) ready. I’m motivated by this feeling of freedom! Not tied to a specific diet or workout regimen, just the idea of keeping it moving and doing the best I can most of the time. I feel strong, proud, and the happiest in this state.

What does wellness mean to you?

Since my background is in dance, to me, wellness is movement. Movement doesn’t always mean physically or even with your body—it can be energetic, internal, emotional. With movement comes growth which is the ultimate form of wellness.

If you're in the LA area, you should definitely check out Kong Fit Club to help you advance your wellness routine. You can book classes on the Mindbody app

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.
the kyles of kyle house fitness
Fitness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Community Close-up: The Kyles of Kyle House Fitness

Expert Advice
Mindbody Community
Fitness
Wellness

Kyle House Fitness is Chattanooga’s premier fitness program offering group fitness classes and personal training with the best-certified instructors and trainers in the area. Located on Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, Kyle House Fitness is more than a gym, they pride themselves on building a welcoming and inclusive community. The owners of this gym, Kyle House and Kyle Miller (AKA The Kyles), may sound familiar to you since they recently wrote a blog post for us on how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in the fitness space.

Since they happen to be one of the most influential duos in the fitness industry, we were eager to sit down and learn more about what wellness means to them. Ready to get to know The Kyles better? Let’s dive in.

Tell us about yourself. What led you to where you are now? 

We have always had a love for fitness. From an early age, we were both very athletic (swimming, gymnastics, and cheerleading). Once we graduated, we slowly transitioned into training young athletes and then later started working on our careers. Kyle House started personal training at a large gym and began building a solid career as a personal trainer and groups fitness instructor. Kyle Miller started working in marketing and communications ranging from politics, law enforcement, and tech becoming a leading public relations professional. After working in their fields for about 10 years they decided to combine their love of fitness with their experience and built one of the most successful fitness facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Wellness to us has always been about leading a life that is balanced. It's not all fitness, it's not all work, it's not all fun...
What inspired you to open your business? What motivates you day-to-day?  

During our time working at other gyms and visiting other facilities that many were either missing qualified and motivating trainers, topnotch customer service, or a workout that was balanced and would lead to results for everyone whether they were casual fitness enthusiasts or hardcore athletes. We are motivated on a day-to-day basis by the idea that we can always be better. The experience can get better, the community can grow stronger, and we can continue to show people that fitness is more than just a way to look good, it's therapy.

What does wellness mean to you? Has it evolved over the past couple of years? 

Wellness to us has always been about leading a life that is balanced. It's not all fitness, it's not all work, it's not all fun... it's not all healthy food, it's not just junk food—it's about finding a way to reach your own personal goals while still having a healthy relationship with fitness, friends, family, and food—otherwise known as the four Fs.

If you're in the Chattanooga area, you should definitely check out Kyle House Fitness to take your wellness routine to the next level. You can book classes on the Mindbody app or through their KHF app.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.