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Meet the Trainers: “Little Mike”

If you want to work out with an upbeat and caring guy, Michael Phillips is the trainer for you. Bonus (for some): He looks like James Franco! Michael is affectionately nicknamed Little Mike so as not to confuse him with Michael Luongo, the owner of the studio, but...

The Dogs of BodyRefinery: Meet Milo Luongo

Michael, owner of Body Refinery and Luongo Footwear, has been Milo’s person since early 2013. Milo is a Dogue de Bordeaux, a French Mastiff breed. Milo has a twin brother named Filo. Filo’s persons are friends of Michael’s, so Milo and Filo get to wag their tails...
May Balanced Feet Be With You!

May Balanced Feet Be With You!

Michael was training a new client with a balance and agility focus and a thought came to him – a barefoot thought! This client’s a hiker – a serious hiker. We’re talking major climbs, multiple times a week. Naturally, Michael began the first training...
Ring My Kettlebell!

Ring My Kettlebell!

Training with kettlebells has many advantages over more traditional workouts

Healthy Fat?

Healthy Fat?

Isn’t “Healthy Fat” an oxymoron? Your body needs dietary fat to function properly, and most people aren’t getting it right. Research at the Harvard School of Public Health shows that the total amount of fat in the diet is not linked with weight or disease. What really...
Barefoot (Almost) Training

Barefoot (Almost) Training

“Shoes do no more for the foot than a hat does for the brain.” —Dr. Mercer Rang Michael Luongo, creator of Luongo Footwear, realized he was onto something when he first read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.  How was it that the reclusive Tarahumara Indians could...
Old School

Old School

An Old-School Style Interview with BodyRefinery Owner, Michael Luongo Q: When did you open BodyRefinery? ML: Just over fifteen years ago on April 1, 2001. Q: Tell us about the journey to get here. ML: I worked with a personal trainer, Elliot, when I was in college...

Sun Sun Race

Luongo Footwear Review Luongo Fitness is one of the main reasons I chose to sign up for this year’s Sun Run was to get a chance to test out Luongo Footwear in race conditions. As far as I know, I’m the first person ever to review these shoes for use in racing, and...

Wear and Care Review

Luongo Footwear First impressions: Simple yet cool sleek design, these shoes look and feel very raw, very basic.This makes them very appealing to strip away all mod cons and get a very basic tribal shoe with a modern twist. Being a triathlete and Ultra runner these...
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