Community Close-up: Meagan Kong of Kong Fit Club
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.
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.