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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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Risky Business: Weight Training Exercises You May Want To Think Twice About
Does your weight training routine include exercises that may do you more harm than good? Professional Fitness Trainer, Michael Merlino, explores the expected benefits and the know risk of some risky exercises and gives you a few safe alternatives to add to your workouts.

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Fitness Articles
Check out our collection of general fitness articles including information about personal fitness training, weight training, cardiovascular fitness, weight management and fitness equipment reviews.

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Nutrition Articles
The cornerstone of any fitness program is a solid nutritional plan. Without it you just can’t expect to reach your goals as quickly. Merlino Fitness helps you cut through the myths and gives you realistic approaches to your nutrition. Check out articles on general nutrition, nutritional supplements, food, cooking, grocery store picks and healthy recipes. Use our nutrition calculators to estimate your daily caloric and nutritional needs.

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Sports Articles
We realize that there are lots of weekend warriors out there who are looking for ways to be more active or improve their sport. Browse our sports articles on walking, running, cycling and swimming and learn how to improve your speed, strength, power and endurance.

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Injuries and Rehab
When the aches and pains set in, check out our injuries and rehab articles for ways to avoid that pesky injury the next time or get back on your feet.

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Health & Wellness Articles
Beyond staying physically fit, reducing stress and improving your personal growth can have a big affect on your health. Browse our wellness articles for practical ways to live a balanced life.

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Personal Growth Articles
There is a lot more to staying fit than physical activity and sweating. The mind body connection is alive and well and is being fueled by research showing that stress in our lives in almost any form can have very real and detrimental affects on our health and physical well-being. Whether you are a teenager or 60 years old, it seems like everyone is searching for balance in their lives. Juggling career, relationships, family, exercise and fun and having enough time to squeeze it all in is a daily challenge. Re-thinking, re-arranging, moving forward and figuring out what really makes you tick and gives you a sense of purpose. Our personal growth articles give you ideas on striking a balance in your life.

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Career Development
You may be wondering why you will find career articles on a fitness website. The way we look at it you probably spend 1/3 to 1/2 of most days making a living so any tips we can though your way on maxing out your salary and your career fulfillment are probably worth reading.

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Personal Finances
We believe that staying fit in all many areas is the key to living a long and prosperous life. You can't take it with you so learning how to maximize your wealth and save it for a rainy day is just as important as staying physically fit.

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Check out our entire collection of fitness, wellness and nutrition articles written by Certified Professional Fitness Trainer, Michael Merlino, and an expert panel of Merlino Fitness Advisory Board Members. Whether you need to lose weight, learn more about lifting weights or be a better runner; you now have access to a wealth of knowledge straight from the pros.

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