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.  This 3000-word article co-authored by your nutrition experts Mark and Paul, break down the exceptions and explain reasons why these 11 foods should be avoided.

Short on time?  Please find our 57 second video at the beginning of the article that summarizes the whole thing. 

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Before and After Weight Loss Transformation Photos

Welcome to our post about body transformation!  I am going to outline the 7 most important aspects to efficiently complete a weight loss transformation.  You’ll find training tips, programming tips, nutrition tips, and a complete list of all the supplements and foods I recommend. – Paul Roberts | Strength, Weight Loss and Mobility Coach

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Starter Pack Group Training

New Member Package including 4 Group Classes in Alexandria VA | Springfield VA location.  Book any group class including: CrossFit, CoreFit with TRX, Yoga Flow, Yoga Alignment, Powerlifting, Beyond Stretch, Olympic Lifting, and SeniorFit. Not sure which of our fitness classes is best for your goals? Just call or email us and we’ll help you decide. We design our fitness classes so that they are safe for new members. Special attention is paid to fundamentals and quality of movement.

CrossFit for Beginners - Nine Fundamental Exercises

Crossfit for Beginners – 9 Fundamental Exercises

CrossFit for Beginners. The nine fundamental exercises for learning CrossFit. Videos, cues, scaling options, and full technical description.  The 9 Fundamental Movements are key exercises that CrossFit teaches and reinforces in it’s level I and level II training courses.  To CrossFitters, these are your bread-butter exercises.  Here’s how to do these 9 exercises, why you should do them, beginner scaling options, and Paul’s top cues so you can perform them correctly.

The article also explains why one of these exercises probably should be replaced, and which exercise is the most underappreciated.  Finally, Paul finishes with a list of the Top 16 CrossFit that aren’t in the Nine Fundamental Exercises.  Giving you a total of 25 CrossFit Exercises to learn and master.

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Personal Trainer Starter Pack

The Starter Pack is the best package to buy when you starting out at Sand & Steel. In the Starter Pack, we’ll design and implement a training plan based on your specific goals. The Starter Pack includes a consult, assessment, nutrition, personal training, yoga, and more. The Starter Pack is appropriate for all athletes: beginners, varsity athletes, active military, seniors, and older adults. 30 or 40 something and completely out of shape? Perfect … this is the package you need.

Top 7 Book on Fitness, Yoga, CrossFit

Books on Yoga Personal Training Mobility Strength CrossFit

I’ve been reading books on Yoga, CrossFit, and Movement for 10 years. Here is my review of the top 200 books on books on CrossFit, Mobility, Yoga, Physical Therapy, Mobility and Personal Training. Study your craft. Treat personal training as a profession, and your clients will treat you like a professional. There is always more to learn.  

Brute Force Sandbag Exercise Equipment

Brute Force Sandbag Exercise Equipment

An in-depth review of the Brute Force Sandbag Exercise Equipment + access to our full database on Sandbag Exercises.  We’ll be reviewing the Brute Force Brand Sandbag and comparing it to its close competitors Ultimate Sandbag and the Rogue Sandbag.  Our Exercise Database features exercises and techniques (over 15 videos).  Finally, we cover one of our favorite workouts 📺 using the Brute Force Sandbag.

MWOD Certification Review

MWOD Certification Review Movement & Mobility 101

Paul’s Review of the MWOD Certification Review – Movement & Mobility 101.  Kelly Starrett’s Movement and Mobility certification is my fifth certification in mobility.  Here’s my review of the certification, plus a list of new things I learned from the man himself, Kelly Starrett.

Mobility, Flexibility, Yoga, and Guided Partner Stretching

Mobility vs Flexibility vs Yoga vs Stretching

Paul breaks down the differences between mobility, flexibility, yoga, and stretching in careful detail.  Without sufficient mobility you cannot be all that you wish to be.  This applies whether your chosen craft is golf, strength training, CrossFit, or endurance running.  You are not as efficient as a runner, you are more likely to get injured as a golfer, and will be slower in CrossFit. Here’s how to improve your mobility…

Mobility and Flexibility

Sample Mobility Workout Template

Mobility helps improve range of motion of tight joints and muscles, and it helps stabilize and strength areas that have too much range.  This article demonstrates provides two example exercise routines for people needing additional range of motion in the hips, ankles, and thorasic spine.  Plus you’ll find numerous linked articles at the bottom covering all topics associated with stretching, stabilization, yoga, and mobility.

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🍰 Weight Loss Tips and Strategies for Diet and Nutrition Alexandria VA

Sand & Steel’s latest nutrition tips and strategies.  This blog post is dynamically updated as we discuss new nutrition tips and strategies based on the nutrition consultations our clients have at Sand & Steel (so bookmark it with CTRL D).  We cover topics like how much soy is too much?  Is artificial sugar really that bad?  Does the kind of tea I drink affect weight loss?  How to balance macros for improving body composition, etc.  With over 8 years of nutrition and weight loss in Alexandria VA, you’ll this is a very long post.

Muscle Energy Techniques Review Book

Muscle Energy Techniques Review and Video

Muscle Energy Techniques provides techniques for testing joint range and then increasing the range of motion through contract and release stretching with a therapist.  In this short book, MET demonstrates how to test, strengthen, and lengthen some of the most important muscles in the human body.  This review discusses some of the techniques provided, and provides additional detail on alternatives.

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Starter Pack Private Training

The Starter Pack Private is the best-priced package for new members.  You can book 4 Private sessions (mix and match): assessment, nutrition coaching, personal training, private yoga, mobility TuneUp, private boxing, and more. Not sure which types of sessions are best for you?  Call or email us and we’ll help you decide. Our training programs are customized based on your specific goals. The Starter Pack Private is designed for all members: beginners, high school athletes, people with chronic injuries, active military, seniors, and older adults.

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Our comprehensive system that finds faults in movement patterns that weaken performance and create risk of injury. The Sand & Steel Fitness Assessment analyzes: Biomechanics & Muscle Function, Cellular Energy Generation, Fitness Capacity, Mobility and Flexibility, and Proper Execution of Functional Exercise Patterns.

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Functional Movement Systems Review

Functional Movement Systems Book Review

While very detailed in its explanations of movement, this book is tough to finish.  The information is good, but it’s very disorganized.  It will take a lot of work to learn the SFMA and FMS just from this book, but it can be done.  As for the screens themselves, I use them regularly in my practice.  While they aren’t perfect or comprehensive, no other screen is either.  If you make your way through the first five chapters, you will learn some of principles behind safe and effective training clients.

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Get Steel Strong

The Client-Trainer Relationship is the Hallmark of Get Steel Strong. If you are willing to say, “Paul & Dawn, I’m in this. I’m Ready. I’m committed. I want to succeed,” then we will crank up our training and service level to the highest level.  You are our highest priority VIP client. We will make sure you succeed.

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