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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 Studio Call us at 713.523.2577 to book your test

Are you unable to lose weight in spite of exercise? Are you looking for maximum results? Interested in improving your athletic performance? Have you hit a plateau in your training program? Would you like to take the “guesswork” out of training?

With one simple test that lasts about 20-30 minutes, we can determine the heart-rate range at which you burn primarily fat stores. This test is routinely done on Olympic and professional athletes. Using the results from your test, you can train scientifically, knowing exactly how hard you need to go to achieve the goal you want - whether it is weight loss, improved cardio fitness, decreasing your body fat, or running a faster 10K. Training without your true numbers is like training in the dark, regardless of your fitness goals. This test is appropriate for all levels of fitness enthusiasts, from the beginning exerciser, to the marathoner, or cyclist.

How can I benefit from Anaerobic Threshold - VO2 Max Test?

You will know your VO2 Max.
VO2 max is considered by exercise physiologists to be the ultimate indicator of cardiovascular fitness. Your body consumes a fixed amount of oxygen for every calorie that it burns. The Cardio Coach calculates the amount of oxygen you consume by measuring the volume or air you exhale and the concentration of oxygen in that air. An exercise regimen based on true VO2 max is essential to effective cardiovascular training.

You will know your Anaerobic Threshold.
Your body has an intensity level, or threshold, below which it can supply adequate oxygen to your muscles. This threshold is called your anaerobic threshold, or the threshold above which exercise becomes anaerobic. The higher the intensity you train, (near your anaerobic threshold) and still stay aerobic, the more calories you will burn with a higher percentage of those calories coming from fat. That is why one of the main goals of cardiovascular training is to increase your anaerobic threshold.

You will know how many calories you burn at different heart rate ranges.
The Cardio Coach report includes a table showing how many calories you burn at every range of heart rate during your test. With this information there is no need to rely on crude estimates of calories burned which is usually provided by the treadmill, bike, or elliptical trainer.

You will receive ‘Training Zones’ based on your physiological parameters.
Individual heart rate zones are established for recovery, endurance, and interval training based on your test results and goals. These training zones are much more accurate than the age related heart rate charts we’ve been using for years. Interval training raises your metabolism after a work out and keeps it elevated longer than any steady state work out.

You will receive a printed report with results and your new cardio training program.
Your printed report will include test results, training zones, and a suggested training program. Your Personal Trainer will guide you through your new workouts. For a small fee your cardio training will be monitored via “The FitStop Online Training Center” and a new program will be sent to you every 4 weeks.

Other Benefits:

Systematic training method, which leads to, enhanced athletic performance, faster times, improved recovery, avoidance of over-training, and more effective weight loss training.

Increased motivation to workout as your training sessions will have variety and be results oriented.

Education about how to train “smarter, not harder.”

For more information on both tests, or to schedule a test, please e-mail us at info@merlinofitness.com or call Merlino Fitness at 713-523-2577. Testing fees are $135.00 for anaerobic threshold/VO2 testing and $70.00 for Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test. Save $20.00 and when you purchase both tests for $185.00.

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