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    CrossFit Classes help you build strength, lose weight, and improve your overall physical conditioning.  We’ll help you master powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and gymnastics skills so you can bring your fitness to the next level.

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    Our VIP 6-Month Transformation Package features personal training, concierge scheduling, classes, nutrition, and much more.  For those willing to make the commitment, we crank up our training to the highest level.

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At CrossFit Sand & Steel, we believe all people can enjoy a happier life through improving their health and fitness.

Our CrossFit and Specialty Classes provide the training volume and motivation to effect positive change, and our Personal Training provides the training quality and individual customization to transform your weaknesses into strengths, but it is our Fitness and Social Events that provide the community and friendships to ensure you succeed.

We believe a cleaner gym is a safer gym. We believe the vaccine saves lives. We hope you do too.
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    7:30PM, December 3, 2022 right after the CrossFit Class.  We are ordering food from Moby Dicks House of Kabobs such as koobideh and jujeh with rice and vegetables.  Your donation helps pay for the food, tip, and delivery fees.

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About Us: We are a privately owned, small business. Dawn and Paul are the original owners of Sand and Steel Fitness Gym and they work with our members each and every day.  We are joined by an amazing team of Personal Trainers, CrossFit coaches and Yoga Teachers.  

2022 Obstacle Course Races

The Spartan Race: After 3 months of preparation, team Sand & Steel embarked on the Spartan Race. It was the most fun race I have ever done. Twenty-nine brilliant obstacles spread across challenging terrain. Our mettle would be tested like never before.  I am grateful to have had this opportunity to work with all of you and am beaming with pride at seeing how well you have done.

View Our 2022 Race Schedule.

In 2022, we will continue our Trail Running Events as we prepare for The Savage Race, 1/2 marathon trail run, plus the full Spartan Race Trifecta (Sprint, Super, and the Beast).  Join us for grip and upperbody strength training in Arms OCR & CrossFit classes.

And We’ll Do It Together, We Are Team Sand & Steel.

Thank you for the privilege and honor of being your coach,

Paul Roberts

Personal Training

Get in Shape Quickly and Safely with our One on One Personal Training. Great for new CrossFit Athletes!

CrossFit Classes

Professionally Coached CrossFit Classes with scaling for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Level Classes

CrossFit Foundations

CrossFit Foundations methodically teaches you the essential techniques of CrossFit in a safe and exciting format.

Speciality Fitness Classes

Four speciality classes: FireFlow Yoga, Beyond Stretch, the Gun Show, and Butts & Guts

Showers & Towel Service

Plus On-Site Parking, Brand New Restrooms, HVAC, HEPA filtration & Keyless Entry

Open Gym

All Rogue Fitness Equipment. Over 50 Barbells + 8 Squat Racks. Reservation Based.

Rewards Program

Get Free Personal Training, Supplements & Apparel when you Share your Fitness Journey

CrossFit Workout Programming

Get the programming for our CrossFit Workouts, our speciality classes, and our CrossFit Extra Workout programming

When you work with us, you have the advantage of the 20,000 hours of coaching experience that Dawn and I share.  As a team, we have trained more than 10,000 clients and certified over 200 coaches.  We have trained many clients who move just like you. We have worked with people with your injuries and your goals.  We know what works, what’s safe, how to resolve your pain, and what will get you results.   At Sand and Steel, we handle the planning, the programming, the accessory work, mobility training, etc.   We do it all.  Just show up and give us 100%.

Paul Roberts, Biomedical Engineer.  John Hopkins University.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Satisfaction Guaranteed

You are paying for 5-star training experience when you come to Sand & Steel. And we do our absolute best to deliver that experience.  Every. Single. Time.  If we ever fall short in delivering a 5-star experience, we will replace your session free of charge.  Just fill out this form.

A Video is Worth a Thousand Words

Check out our Vimeo channel to see Sand & Steel Training in Action

Paul Roberts – Owner

Paul Roberts – Owner

Certifications and Credentials

  1. Biomedical Engineer: Johns Hopkins University
  2. CrossFit Level 2: Weight loss and Metabolic Training
  3. CrossFit Powerlifting: Strength Training
  4. M|WOD ReadyState Movement and Mobility Specialist: Movement and Mechanics
  5. Kinstretch: Mobility and Flexibility Certification for Group Classes
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Dawn Anderson – Owner

Dawn Anderson – Owner

Certifications and Credentials

  1. Muscle Activation Techniques: Corrective Exercise and Therapy
  2. National Council on Strength and Fitness: Certified Personal Trainer
  3. Yoga SCW Level II Certified: Hatha Yoga,  Yoga for Seniors, Chakra balancing, Inversions, Pranayamas
  4. Feet-Ness Instructor: Feet and Toes Strength and Recovery
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Cindy Moore – Senior Coach

Cindy Moore – Senior Coach

CrossFit and Personal Training Certifications

  1. CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  2. National Strength and Conditioning Association Member/Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
  3. NETA Personal Trainer
  4. Functional Movement Systems Functional Movement Screen Level 1
  5. TRX Suspension Systems and Rip Trainer
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Weight Loss in Alexandria VA | Springfield VA

Top 11 Foods to Avoid for Weight Loss in Alexandria VA

Weight Loss is a challenging journey.  It’s complicated by the fact that every person is different.  Their metabolisms differ, their gut bacteria is differs, their activities levels differ.  There is no single magic pill or template meal plan that works for everyone 100% of the time.  There are, however, some universal principles that apply to everyone in Alexandria VA & Springfield VA.  We are going to go over the 11 foods you should avoid when attempting to lose weight, and why you should avoid eating them.

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Coach Spotlight: Jonathan Cardenas

My Fitness Journey with Jonathan Cardenas at Sand and Steel Fitness by Shelina Merchant. Jonathan and I talk often about how meditation, a positive outlook, and fitness all connect in overcoming pain (both emotional and physical). This helps you become a happier, more self-loving, and more self-confident version of yourself. He’s helped me change my perspective on working out so it’s not a chore, but rather an investment in myself that will pay off in so many ways. Sand & Steel has so many great trainers, but I wanted to take a minute to share with you why I choose Jonathan.

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About Us

New Member Overview: Thinking about Joining Sand & Steel Fitness? Learn more about our CrossFit classes, personal training, and community events.

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CrossFit Gym Alexandria VA

3 CrossFit Scalings for All Classes

New to CrossFit, deconditioned (e.g. very out-of-shape), one more mobility restrictions or previous injuries. Unfamiliar with barbell technique and bodyweight exercises may be challenging.

Familiar with some scaling options, six months or more recent CrossFit experience, in shape, knowledge on how to manage mobility restrictions of previous injuries.

Able to self scale all own workouts, significant CrossFit experience, in shape, mobility restrictions are well managed.

Class levels and Scaling.  We provide 3 levels of each workout — each level works the same muscles, but at different difficulty.  Workouts are scaled or customized from that point to the individual athlete.

Personal Training: we build the workouts to your body and goals.  Then we update the workout in real time as you complete it.

Choose a Better Personal Trainer

Choose a Better Personal Trainer

At Sand and Steel Fitness, we understand that your time is valuable. Our personalized fitness programs and CrossFIt classes are proven to be effective and are customized to keep you safe while achieving optimal health. Benefit from training with team of coaches who share more than 20,000 hours of experience and 120 coaching certifications.

We know what works, how long it should take, and how to help you realize great results. From meal planning, to programming, accessory work, and mobility training, we have you covered -- no matter what shape you are in right now.

Just show up and give us 100%.



A Better Gym in Alexandria VA

As the boutique personal trainer and yoga studio in Northern Virginia / Alexandria we customize every workouts for you based on your needs and requirements. We integrate nutrition, movement, and flexibility into our individualized training plans. We help you achieve all your health and fitness goals, from training for an athletic event, looking better, or improving your overall health and wellness.

Our facility provides the equipment, tools and trainers necessary for a diverse, fun, challenging, and effective workout program. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, our expert personal trainers can help you get in the best shape of your life.

Paul Roberts, Biomedical Engineer. John Hopkins University.

Personal Trainers, Yoga Teachers, CrossFit Coaches

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO … and We Do It Better than Anyone Else. We are Sand and Steel: Professional Grade Yoga Teachers and Personal Trainers.
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