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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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At Merlino Fitness, we feel that we have something to offer everyone; a variety of products and services to help you reach your fitness goals and stick to your program. We have trained a wide range of clients from weight loss to Ironman competitors, teenagers to seniors and people from all walks of life. We know you have many wellness professionals to choose from, so we offer quality-training programs from certified and experienced fitness professionals. You and your goals are always priority number one. We roll up our sleeves, use a "team approach” and give you the instruction you need to get the most out of your workouts and nutrition plan. Check out our various fitness and nutrition services below.

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Are you overweight and have decided to get in shape once and for all? Are you having a tough time starting or sticking to your exercise program? Do you feel like you are not getting the most out of the limited time you have to exercise and stay in shape? Are you an athlete looking to improve your strength, speed, quickness and agility? Then we invite you to train and learn with us. Get started today by clicking on the link below or submitting our new client questionnaire.

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No matter what your fitness and nutrition goals may be, approaching a plan without a blueprint can be self-defeating. Before you hit the training floor, it is important to discuss and formulate a plan that is realistic for your lifestyle and maximizes your chance of reaching your goals.

Our Fitness and Nutrition Consultation arms you with that success plan. After filling out our comprehensive New Client Fitness and Nutrition Questionnaire, we have all of the information that is necessary to design your plan. Certified Professional Fitness Trainer, Michael Merlino, reviews and analyzes your questions, formulates your plan and presents it to you in this 1 ½ hour consultation. We focus on all aspects of getting fit; cardiovascular fitness, resistance training, flexibility, rehabilitation and nutrition.

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Assessing your current physical state of health is very important in determining your fitness goals and strengthening weak links in the body. Our fitness assessment services determine your current strength and endurance, cardiovascular health, flexibility and posture. Knowing where you are strong and more importantly, where weak links lie, is invaluable in designing a fitness program that is right for you.

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We find out literally what you are made of with our body composition services. Before you embark on a training program it is important to get baseline measurements of total inches and body fat percentage so we can measure your results later to determine what you have accomplished and reset goals if needed.

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With two simple tests, which last 30-40 minutes combined, we can determine your unique metabolic profile. These tests are routinely done on Olympic and professional athletes although everyday people can benefit greatly from them also. Using the results from your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test and your VO2/Anaerobic test, you can train scientifically, knowing exactly how many calories per day and how intense you need to work to achieve the goal you want. Whether you are looking to lose weight, improved your cardio fitness, decrease your body fat, or run or cycle faster, these tests can help take you to the next level. Training without your true numbers is like training in the dark, regardless of your fitness goals. These tests are appropriate for all levels of fitness enthusiasts, from the beginning exerciser, to the marathoner, or cyclist.

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Whether you train at home or your local gym, we can put together a written exercise plan specific to your goals. Our workout plans include an exercise summary, detailed information on sets and reps, what muscle groups to work on which days and a weekly workout calendar highlighting weight training, cardiovascular training and cross training recommendations. We also give you a personalized summary of what you need to focus on to maintain your plan and reach your goals.

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Our core business is getting you in shape! Merlino Fitness spends the majority of our time coaching clients on weight training and how to efficiently and safely build muscle and lose body fat. Normally a session is 60 minutes of resistance training using a variety of equipment. We also offer Bowflex training, running coaching, exercise rehabilitation, nutritional guidance and phone consulting. Whether you live in the greater Houston area or the other side of the world, we have a fitness solution for you! Train in a gym environment at the Downtown YMCA, in our private studio or in your own home or office (inside the 610 Loop only). For those outside of Houston we offer phone or Internet-based voice chat consultations.

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We offer a variety of seminars on weight management, nutrition, weight training, cardiovascular fitness and various wellness topics. Merlino Fitness can easily customize a seminar specifically for your group, department or business and include wellness and fitness professionals from our Advisory Board for a well-rounded program. Have fun and cut through the confusion and myths for realistic messages about living a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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Our weight training workshops are an affordable way to quickly arm you with the tools you need to be successful. Learn proper weight training techniques, how to design your own weight training program and how to get the most out of your fitness program. Look for more hands-on workshops coming your way this year. Sign up for our next workshop today. Check out the link below for our upcoming workshop schedule.

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