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Metabolic Testing
RMR, VO2 Max &
Anaerobic Threshold
Whether you are looking to loose weight or increase peformance, metabolic testing can help you reach your goals. Our resting metabolic rate tests rates your metabolism and gives you a gauge of how many calories per day that you need to maintain or lose weight. Our VO2 - anaerobic threshold tests let you know your true heart rate zones to get the most out of your fat burning ability while you do your cardio workouts. Runners and cyclists can also take their sport and racing to the next level by getting heart rate zones to help with realistic heart rate training goals. Check out the links below for more info about both tests and call us at 713-523-2577 if you have questions about testing and how it can benefit your fitness goals.

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New Houston 5K/10K
Training Program
Starts January 20th!

Kick off the new year with a bang as Coach Michael's new In Flight Running 5K/10K program launches on Tuesday January 20th. The 12 week program welcomes walkers and runners of all skill levels and get you trained up for a 5K or 10K goal race in mid April 2015. Whether you just want to get off the couch, run or walk your first race, return to the sport of running after a hiatus or improve your current 5K or 10K time this is the program for you.

Program includes 2 group workouts a week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, online training schedules accessible via a phone app, 10% discount at Fleet Feet sports, training dry fit T shirt, online video running video instruction series, coaches to help lead the way and all the team camaraderie you need to reach your finish line.

Be one of the first 30 to register before January 12th & get a free video gait analysis ($85 value) from Coach Michael Merlino and start the program a week sooner on January 13th..

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Inflatable Fitness Balls

Inflatable fitness balls from Harbinger, Theraband and TKO. Great for abdominal and core body strengthening.

Weighted Fitness Balls
A great alternative to traditional weights, these water-filled rubber balls are great for training core body.
Foam Rollers
Rehab Equipment
Foam rollers are hot and a great way to apply your own myofacial massage. They can also be used for balance, stability and core body training. Check our our full line of foam roller and rehab equipment.
Workout Belts
Stabilize low back and trunk while performing those heavier lifts. We offer a wide selection from Harbinger Fitness.

Harbinger Big Grip
Workout Gloves
Heavy duty gloves for the serious lifter. Available in wrist wrap and non wrist wrap styles.
Outdoor Strength
Boot camps are hot but Michael has been busy designing his own version of outdoor exercise. No army fatigues and screaming in your face while wallowing in the mud here. Just challenging and safe workouts for all fitness levels that will make you fall in love with playing outside again. Each workout involves resistance training and cardio conditioning to get you in shape quick and wondering why you haven't done this stuff since you were 8 years old.

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Weight Training
Wrist Straps
Increase wrist support with our wide selection of weight lifting straps from Harbinger and Grizzly.
Nip Guards
Abrasion Prevention
For Runners
Protect from painful nipple abrasion. A must have product for male runners. Don't run your next long run or race without them.

Run Fast by
Hal Higdon
Whether you are a beginner road racer or shooting for a new personal best, this book does a great job of breaking down training schedules and drills to run smarter and prepare for race day.
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Merlino Fitness was created in September 1997. The company is owned and operated by Michael J. Merlino in Houston, Texas, USA. Michael has been a freelance Certified Professional Fitness Trainer for nine years after 10 years of work as a corporate human resources professional. He trains his clients at his private studio and the Houston Downtown YMCA. On August 1st, 1999, Michael launched MerlinoFitness.com and teamed up with with various fitness, health, wellness and nutrition professionals in the Houston area to share their wealth of knowledge with web visitors around the world. Since then Merlino Fitness has also added two e-commerce stores offering a wide selection of fitness services, exercise equipment, sportswear and nutritonal supplements. Feel free to sign up for our free fitness and nutrition newsletter by entering your e-mail address in the "Join Newsletter" box at the top right hand corner of any page on this website.

Fitness Training & Run Coaching Services
For more information on the Michael's personal fitness training and run coaching services check out his fitness web sites below:

Merlino Fitness
Personal fitness training, nutritional guidance, fitness education, workshops and seminars

In Flight Running
Run coaching, marathon and half marathon training program based out of Houston, Texas.

Fitness & Nutritional Supplement E-Stores
To shop on-line check out our fitness & nutriton e-commerce stores below:

Merlino Fitness Store Front
Fitness training services, fitness equipment, sportswear & more.

Michael's Advocare Nutrition Store Front
Michael's recommended line of nutritional supplements from Advocare. He has been an Advocare Independent Distributor of Advocare products for over 11 years and recommends them to his family, friends, clients, runners, athletes and anyone wanting to benefit from safe and effective superior nutritional supplementation.

Fitness Blogs
Get into Michael's head and get involved in a fitness discussion on the latest fitness, running and nutrition thoughts. This project is still in it's infancy and we need material to talk about so visit us soon.

Fitness Latte
Houston Personal Fitness Trainer, Michael Merlino, serves up a fresh brew of fitness advice, thoughts and experiences.

In Flight Running
Houston Marathon Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer, Michael Merlino, shares and discusses the sport of running. Every runner is welcome here as we offer training tips, discuss and review local and national races and provide other resources to help improve your running.

MerlinoFitness.com was created to simply help people stay fit in all areas of their lives with the primary focus on educating others on the life-long powers and benefits of weight training, cardiovascular exercise and proper nutrition. This site will arm you with practical knowledge and tips from professionals on losing weight, gaining muscle, increasing energy, feeling great and living longer. Our on-line fitness and nutrition store now provides you with some of the most practical and high quality products available.

MerlinoFitness.com shows you how to take command of your own exercise program, nutritional habits and personal growth. Reality is a theme throughout as we tell it like it is and try to do our best to separate fact from fiction so you can do a better job of making your own health choices.

Check us out and let us know what you think by sending us an e-mail from the feedback link at the very top of each page. Merlino Fitness will continue to roll out more content including some fun and interactive ways to learn about health, fitness, nutrition and anything else that we can think of that will help you lead a healthy lifestyle.

Good health to you!
"Train smart...exercise often...build momentum...stay focused...train for life."tm
Thanks again for visiting Merlino Fitness!


Michael J. Merlino
Owner, Merlino Fitness, MerlinoFitness.com
Certified Professional Fitness Trainer
Houston, Texas, USA

"Train for life"


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