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Houston
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
Classes
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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Banana Latte Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 Cup Soy Milk
¾ Cup strong brewed regular or Decaf coffee at room temperature
2 Fresh bananas frozen & sliced
6-8 Ice cubes
1 tsp Unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp Ground cinnamon

Directions:
Combine the soy milk and coffee in the blender. Add the bananas, blend until smooth. With blender running, add ice cubes until it reaches desired consistency. Pour into tall glass and garnish with cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Recommended by Amy Carlson, MS, RD, LD
Source: Smoothies. 50 recipes for high-energy refreshment


Turkey Pitas
Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1-1/2 tablespoons non/lowfat margarine
1-1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 red peppers, cut into strips
3 zucchini, cut into strips
1-1/4 pounds smoked turkey, cubed
3 tablespoons water
6 pita bread loaves

Directions:
Boil lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add margine and stir until melted. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, zucchini and turkey and sauté 2-3 minutes. Add water and sauté another 3-4 minutes. Drizzle with lemon margarine. Cut pitas in half and stuff with turkey and vegetables.

Nutritional Information:
Serving size: 1 pita sandwich
Calories: 370
Fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 50 mg
Protein: 30 g
Carbohydrates: 55 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sodium: 850 mg

Recommended by Michael J. Merlino, ACE, BSMI (CPFT, RES), Cooper Institute
Source: Global Fitness Newsletter


Greek Tuna Pitas

Directions:
Mix drained tuna with chopped cucumber, tomato, plain low-fat yogurt and dill weed. Spoon into whole wheat pitas and serve with fresh fruit! (experiment with amounts) Serve it with fresh fruit and you have a great-tasting, healthy meal!

Recommended by Amy Carlson, MS, RD, LD

Parmesan Chicken

Ingredients:
4 Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
fresh squeezed lemon juice
cayenne pepper
1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
1 tablespoon reduced calorie or nonfat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup (1 ounce) fresh grated Parmesan cheese


Directions:
Place chicken breasts in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; drizzle with lemon juice; sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Let stand. In glass measuring cup or small bowl mix yogurt, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and green onion Spread mixture over top of chicken. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour uncovered (until fork tender).

Yield: 4 servings

Recommended by Amy Carlson, MS, RD, LD
Source: Randalls Cookbook by Lori Valencic, MED, RD, LD





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