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.

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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No Vaccine — No Service

Effective August 9, 2021, Sand & Steel will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the gym. The policy is simple: No Vaccine — No Service.

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Certifications and Credentials

  1. Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: George Mason University
  2. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS): NSCA
  3. Certified Personal Trainer: NASM
  4. Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200: Yoga Alliance
  5. First Aid/CPR/AED: Certified
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A Year at Sand and Steel Fitness

I’d like to share my transformation journey at Sand & Steel. I started with personal training a year ago to date, and started taking their CrossFit classes a few months later. One year later, I’m now in the best shape of my life and getting stronger everyday. Sand & Steel’s unique approach to personal training worked for me. I’m sure it’ll work for you too.

The 8 Key Mistakes That New Personal Trainers Make When Writing a Strength & Weight Loss Workout Plan

The 8 Key Mistakes that New Personal Trainers Make When Writing a Strength & Weight Loss Workout Plan

If you are a newly certified personal trainer, your first task should be actually writing some personal training programs for your future clients. In the below video, I take you through the process of actually writing two personal training programs: a strength program and a conditioning program. Then we’ll analyze the program together as we focus on correcting the 8 key mistakes that new personal trainers make in their programs.

Start of My Weight Loss Journey at Sand & Steel

The Start of My Weight Loss Journey at Sand & Steel

From the outside looking in, joining CrossFit Sand & Steel was daunting. After 30 days in, I’m happy to say that none of my fears were warranted. I love that Sand & Steel includes everyone, regardless of fitness level, and makes sure we are all trained safely. I just completed my first competition…and I actually enjoyed it. I never thought I could do this, and I wanted to let you know:

YES, YOU CAN DO THIS TOO!!
SHELINA MERCHANT

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Pride PairUp Throwdown Competition & Brunch 2021

June 26, 2021: Pride PairUp Throwdown Competition is our annual team-based Pride Celebration & Competition. You and two other teammates will work together to finish a challenging 35 minute synchronized CrossFit WOD. Then the Top 4 teams will face off in a single-elimination Olympic lifting showdown until one team remains. Trophies go to the top three finishing teams and MVP, a full brunch, beers on Paul, and bragging rights for the whole year.

Hip Thrust with Loop Band

Loops Bands by Kettlebell Kings

Loops bands or hips loops are used for conditioning and strengthening the hips and thighs.  Compared to their rubber counterparts, aka, the mini-band, loop bands are heavier weight and more durable.  Loops bands are also easier to put on than mini-bands.  Alternatively, mini-bands are less expensive and better for lower resistance exercises.  If you are serious about glute training, both should be in your training toolbox.

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