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Shop from our Merlino Fitness equipment and apparel store, our Ebay fitness close out Store or our Advocare nutritional supplement store.
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 know you have many wellness professionals to choose from, so we offer you a few reasons why we think we would be a the best fit for you.

  • It's All About You! - You and your goals are 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 your nutrition plan.

  • Everything We Do Is Fitness & Nutrition - Certified Personal Trainer, Michael Merlino, and Registered Dietitian, Amy Carlson, own and operate their own full-time practices. This isn't a part-time gig for us. We live and breathe fitness and nutrition every day and love every minute of it!

  • Credentials - Certified Fitness Trainer, Michael Merlino, currently has 5 fitness and nutrition certifications and spends many hours each year taking continuing education courses to keep up with the latest wellness research and knowledge. Registered Dietitian, Amy Carlson, is armed with a Masters Degree in Nutrition and is a licensed and registered Dietitian who works with a variety of clients from weight loss to special needs like pregnancy, diabetics etc.

  • Support Systems - Michael Merlino learned a long time ago that he cannot be a wellness lone-ranger. To maximize his cleint's success, he has linked up with Houston's best wellness professionals and businesses for a nice mix of support systems to keep his clients on track and sticking to their plan.

  • We Keep You Motivated And Plugged In - Free client e-newsletters and our state-of-the-art web site are loaded up with knowledge that keeps you motivated, on track, and focused on your goals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Coming this summer we will have a "For Clients Only" section of the website for added client support.

  • Been There...Done That - Both Michael and Amy are ex-corporate professionals so we really identify with busy professionals who may struggle at times balancing fitness and nutrition with the rest of their busy lives.

  • Reality Check - We realize that staying fit and in shape is hard work, so we offer up realistic and long-lasting approaches to fitness and nutrition. You won't find any cookie- cutter training programs or fad diets here. Just realistic approaches that have worked well with our clients based on research and tried and true techniques.

  • Quality Fitness & Nutrition Products - We are always searching for the best lines of fitness equipment and nutritional products available. Unique, safe and quality items that you may not be able to find in your local store.

  • We Offer A Full Menu of Choices - No matter what your budget is or how much time you have to invest in your fitness plan, we have something for you. More affordable training options include the workout tuneup, weight training workshops or the popular Fitness & Nutrition for the Busy Professional seminar. Check out the full line of training options and products under the Services link or in the Merlino Fitness on-line storefront.

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