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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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Michael J. Merlino - Fitness Philosophy

I have truly found what I love to do for a living. Having the opportunity to help others improve their health and lives through exercise is what fires me up and gets me jumping out of bed every morning. I look at exercise as a preventative medicine. The evidence and medical research is overwhelming and continues to show that exercise and proper nutrition will reduce your risk of just about every physical or mental ailment known to man. Saying that, it also amazes me that our country is more over weight and out of shape now than ever before with our children showing the highest increase in weight gain and health risks. It would take a large army of trainers like myself to put a small dent in what needs to be done to help others improve their health. My hope is that with a few wellness professionals and friends, I can do my part in improving as many lives as I can as a Professional Fitness Trainer. The Internet and this web site are great tools to help with my cause.

Along with being a fitness trainer, I look at myself as a coach, instructor and most importantly a motivator and self-esteem builder. I provide fun, safe and effective fitness and nutritional programs to my clients, enabling them to reach their goals and make fitness a more active part of their life.

Being an ex-corporate professional myself, I know all too well what most professionals face today in corporate America. The average work day for most is way beyond 8 hours; as many of us struggle with balance as our leisure time shrinks, and finding the needed time to exercise becomes more of a challenge for us all.

Getting in shape and staying in shape takes hard, consistent work but I inject as much fun and variety into each session as I can. Along the way, my clients and I roll up our sleeves, put our heads together, work hard and team up to steer towards personal goals that we identify from the beginning. We reflect on the past, set goals, learn and make needed adjustments along the way and concentrate on the now and the future with not much regard for what you did or did not do in the past. My fitness formula is simple and includes the following:

  • Fun, interactive sessions and instruction
  • The seven dimensions of fitness: resistance training, cardio training, flexibility, psychological well being, rest & recuperation, proper nutrition and nutritional supplementation when needed
  • Planned workouts with your progress recorded every session
  • Ongoing fitness and life schedule planning to help you stay on track with your program
  • Fitness Assessments along the way to set baseline goals, establish future goals and gauge progress along the way
  • Proper form, technique and Biomechanics of all exercise movements for safe and effective training. Simply put, efficiently working muscle while protecting joints and avoiding unnecessary injuries along the way so you can exercise and "Train for life" ™.
  • Rehabilitative exercise when necessary to strengthen your body's weak links and prevent future injuries or rebound from a current injury.
  • Continuous client education on the latest health, fitness and nutrition information during workout sessions, in my monthly newsletter and on the world wide web at www.merlinofitness.com.

Michael J. Merlino


  • 6 years experience training a variety of clients in three personal training studios and the Houston Downtown YMCA. My clients include corporate professionals, business owners, college students, retirees, house wives and athletes.
  • 10 years of experience in corporate Human Resources and Employee Benefits with The Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Lighting & Power (now Reliant Energy Inc.)

Certifications & Education

  • Fitness Instructor; American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Certified, Biomechanics of Strength Training: The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research (CIAR)
  • Certified, Dietary Guidance: The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research (CIAR)
  • Member, The International Association of Fitness Professionals (IDEA)
  • Certified CPR and First Aid: The American Red Cross
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, management major, Stephen F. Austin State University

Specialized Continuing Education Training

  • Personal Training Business Management & Marketing
  • Nutrition & Supplementation I & II
  • Supplementation & Weight Training
  • Back Injuries & Rehabilitation
  • Marathon Training & Injury Prevention
  • Exercise Ball Training: Theory, Technique & Programming
  • Training Obese Clients
  • Advanced Biomechanics
  • Taking applied biomechanics to a new level
  • Systematic T.O.U.C.H Training

Client references available upon request

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