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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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Register Today!

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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Take the following steps below to start your fitness program.
Please fill out this form in its entirety. This does not commit you to anything other than expressing your interest and possibly setting up a time to meet for an initial consultation. This comprehensive questionnaire gives Merlino Fitness important information about your goals, fitness level, nutrition habits, medical history, and more. All information is kept confidential and helps Michael devise a plan for you before an initial meeting. Please allow about 10 minutes of your time and we will contact you as soon as possible. Thanks and we look forward to talking to you!

A fitness & nutrition consultation is recommended to discuss your goals and present a plan that will help you reach them. If you are interested in personal fitness training you decide on a program and mix of services that is within your budget and fits your schedule. I look forward to having the chance to work with you! Thanks for your interest in improving your life with personal fitness training. If you have any questions at all please call us in Houston at 713.523.2577 or drop us an e-mail at info@merlinofitness.com.

Michael Merlino, Certified Professional Fitness Trainer


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Check out our fitness services and fees
We have a wide variety of fitness and nutrition consulting services and personal fitness training packages available. Discounts are offered for purchasing training sessions in larger blocks. If you don't see a package that fits your needs or budget let us know. We can work with you to put a package together that fits your schedule and budget.


Fill out and submit our new client questionnaire below
This gives Michael the necessary information he needs to design your customized fitness plan and prepare for an initial consultation. Other forms such medical history, a physician's release and others forms may need to be submitted later based on each client's medical history and/or current fitness level.

Michael will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your new client questionnaire. We also ask that you contact us at 713.523.2577 to let us know that you've submitted your questionnaire.

Thanks again for your interest in Merlino Fitness, "Wellness pros helping you stay fit." TM



First Name

Last Name

E-mail Address







Daytime or work phone

Evening or Home Phone

Cell Phone

Fax Number

Best time to contact



Current Weight:

Weight 1 year ago:

  1. How much weight would you like to gain or lose?


  1. How did you find out about Merlino Fitness? Please check all reasons that apply.
    Google search
    Yahoo search
    Other Internet search
    Newspaper ad
    Met Michael in person
    Saw Michael speak at a fitness seminar
    Referred by a Merlino Fitness client
    Referred by Downtown YMCA staff
    Referred by In Flight Running

  2. Please let us know what fitness services you may be interested in? Please check all reasons that apply.
    FREE Advocare Nutritional Supplement Consultation
    30 minute consultation to design a supplementation plan for great results.
    Just purchased training sessions or a fitness service from your on-line store.
    Interested in Initial Fitness & Nutrition Consultation - Map out a plan for success.
    Interested in Body Composition - Body fat percent and total inches measurements.
    Interested in One On One Fitness Training Sessions - With certified trainer, Michael Merlino.
    Interested in Buddy Fitness Training Sessions - 2 people training at the same time.
    Interested in Group Fitness Workshop - Held at Downtown YMCA.
    Interested in New Outdoor Fitness Classes - Outdoor bootcamp style classes held at Stude Park in the Houston Heights.
    Interested in Metabolic Testing - Measure RMR, AT and VO2 Max.
    Interested in Nutritional Supplement Consult - Discover which nutritional supplements are recommended to optimize proper nutrition and reach your fitness goals.

  3. Why are you looking for a personal fitness trainer? Please check all that apply below, or use the box to enter any other reasons.
    Loose weight or fat
    Gain muscle
    Bored with workouts
    Want to learn more about fitness and/or nutrition
    Sports specific training to improve my sport
    Recommended by Physician, Physical Therapist, or other healthcare professional.

    Other Training Reasons:

  4. What is the best time to meet for a fitness & nutrition consultation?
    Weekday morning
    Weekday lunch hour
    Weekday evening
    Saturday afternoon

  5. Check which area of Houston you live in.
    Inside Loop 610
    Outside 610-West
    Outside 610-East
    Outside 610-North
    Outside 610-South
    Outside of the Greater Houston area

  6. Check which employment area of Houston you work in.
    Downtown Houston
    Texas Medical Center
    Greenway Plaza
    Clear Lake/NASA
    North Houston/Kingwood/Woodlands/Spring
    Southeast Houston/Sugarland
    East Houston/Ship Channel
    West Houston Katy
    Outside of the Greater Houston area

  7. Please give a brief description of the health and fitness goals you are trying to achieve or improve .


  1. What time of day is your energy the lowest?

  2. What time of day is your energy the highest?

  3. Do you need more energy or stamina during your workouts?
    Yes   No

  4. Do you get sleepy or lethargic after eating?
    Yes   No


  1. How many meals do you eat per day?
  2. Do you skip meals? Yes   No
  3. If you skip meals, check which ones you skip on most days?

  4. What time do you eat breakfast?
  5. What time do you eat lunch?
  6. What time do you eat dinner?
  7. Do you eat snacks? Yes   No
  8. If you eat snacks, check all snack times that apply?
    Between breakfast & lunch
    Between lunch & dinner
    Between dinner & bedtime
    Middle of the night

  9. What do you normally eat prior to a workout?
  10. What do you normally eat following a workout?
  11. How many times per week do you eat fatty foods, fast foods, or fried foods?
  12. Do you crave sweets or carbohydrates?
    Yes   No
  13. How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat daily? A serving equals 1/2 cup of cooked or raw vegetables; 1 cup of leafy vegetables; 1/2 cup of fresh, frozen or cooked fruit or 1/4 cup of dried fruit.
  14. How many cups of coffee, tea, soda, or other caffeinated beverages do you consume each day?
  15. Are you over sensitive to caffeine?
    Yes   No
  16. Are you lactose intolerant or allergic to any dairy products?
    Yes   No
  17. Are you allergic to seafood or shellfish?
    Yes   No
  18. Are you allergic to soy products?
    Yes   No
  19. List all other food allergies.
  20. Are you currently dieting?
    Yes   No
  21. Are you currently or have you ever taken any product to enhance weight loss?
    Yes   No
  22. Do you have problems swallowing or taking pills or vitamins?
    Yes   No
  23. Would you be interested in working with a licensed Dietitian to help you reach your nutritional goals?
    Yes   No


  1. Do you currently take any over the counter vitamins or nutritional supplements? Yes   No
  2. Check those vitamins that you are currently taking:
    Vitamin C
    Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3 - Omega 6)

  3. List any other vitamins or nutritional supplements that you are now taking below?
  4. Are you currently taking a protein supplement (shakes or bars) to round out your diet?
    Yes   No
  5. Are you currently taking any type of creatine supplement?
    Yes   No
  6. Do you desire increased anti-oxidant protection to reduce your risk of Cancer?
    Yes   No


  1. How is your digestion? Indicate the number of daily bowel movements.

  2. Do you suffer from indigestion?
    Yes   No

  3. Do you suffer from gastro-intestinal problems?
    Yes   No


  1. Are you currently participating in an exercise program?
    Yes   No
  2. Do you currently have access to a gym facility or have an active membership with a health club?
    Yes No
  3. If yes, check the health club below or list it in the "other" box
    Bally Total Fitness
    24 Hour Fitness
    LA Fitness

  4. Please list three of the most convenient times for you to train in order of preference. Please make sure to mention am or pm next to each time.
  5. How many times a week are you doing some type of cardiovascular fitness (walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming etc.)?
  6. Check below the types of cardiovascular fitness you currently participate in.
    Elliptical training
    Stationary bike
    Recumbent bike
    Indoor Aerobics class
    Outdoor class or Bootcamp

  7. Are you currently weight training as a part of your exercise program?
    Yes   No
  8. If you are weight training, indicate what type of equipment you are using.
    Free Weights
    Small Home Equipment

  9. What muscles fatigue quickly while weight training? Check all that apply.
    Quadriceps (thighs)
    Upper back
    Mid back
    Low back

  10. What time do you exercise each day?
  11. Where do you currently exercise?
  12. Please list all sports you are currently participating in.
  13. Do you currently suffer from any joint pain from a previous injury (tendon, ligament, cartilage, etc.) that prevents you from being as active as you would like?
    Yes   No
  14. Do you have problems with muscle cramping during exercise or workouts?
    Yes   No
  15. Do you wish to have faster recuperation following exercise?
    Yes   No
  16. Is there any reason at all (health or personal) that would limit or prevent you from exercising?
    Yes   No
  17. If you have exercise limitations, please list the reasons you cannot exercise below.
  18. Would you be interested in purchasing personalized one on one training, training with a buddy, fitness workshops or outdoor fitness classes from Certified Fitness Trainer, Michael Merlino, to help you reach your fitness goals?
    Yes   No


  1. Do you consider yourself to have a high stress level?
    Yes   No
  2. How many hours of sleep do you get on an average night?
  3. What time do you generally go to bed?
  4. What time do you generally wake up?
  5. Do you suffer from insomnia or have trouble sleeping?
    Yes   No
  6. Do you smoke? Yes   No
  7. If you smoke, how many packs per day?
  8. Do you drink alcohol? Yes   No
  9. If you drink alcohol, how many drinks per week?


  1. Do you have any of the following conditions? Check all that apply
    Hyper thyroid
    Hypo thyroid
    High blood pressure
    Heart problems
    Coronary artery disease

  2. Is your total cholesterol greater than 200?

  3. Do you suffer from weak bones and/or joints?
    Yes   No
  4. Do you suffer from joint pain or any degenerative disease including osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, etc.?
    Yes   No
  5. Do you suffer from fibromylagia or overall aches and pains?
    Yes   No
  6. Do you or your children suffer from attention deficit disorder (ADD)?
    Yes   No
  7. Do you suffer from anxiety?
    Yes   No
  8. Do you ever feel faint or dizzy at rest or during exercise?
    Yes   No
  9. Are you currently taking any prescribed medications? Yes   No
  10. Have you had surgery in the past year? Yes   No

  1. Are you post-menopausal? Yes   No
  2. Do you suffer from hot flashes? Yes   No
  3. Are you pregnant or lactating? Yes   No

Thank you for filling out our questionnaire. Please call us at 713-523-2577 ext. 1 when you submit this form. We will call or e-mail you within 1 business day. Merlino Fitness is a no spam zone and we truly respect your internet privacy. We DO NOT share your information with any other individuals, companies or web sites. All information included in this questionnaire is held strictly confidential.

By clicking on submit below, I certify that I am over the age of 18 and have read and fully understand the contents of the Merlino Fitness disclaimer and agree to its terms and conditions in full.

If I have a medical condition, and/or if I am currently taking prescribed medications, it is recommended that the use of nutritional supplements should be coordinated with my physician or a registered dietitian. Some nutritional supplements may interact with medical conditions or prescribed medications.

Thank you for your time!

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