Lower Back and Core Workshop

Core and Lower Back. Strength & Mobility Workshop.

Core and Lower Back.  Strength & Mobility Workshop.  Lower back can be very painful and it’s very challenging to treat.   Saturday June 9, 2018 @ 11:00-1:00PM .  Methods and techniques for improving strength and mobility in the core lower back.  Alignment and Execution of Corrective Exercises and Stretches. Get Ticket

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Personal Trainer Gay Pride Month LGBT

Personal Trainer Pride Month LGBT

If you are a member of the LGBT community, you can save 15% percent with your personal trainer.   15% off with coupon code:  LGBT PRIDE   You can use the coupon on personal training, the Starter Pack, and/or our Pride Powerlifting Seminar.  Sand & Steel is celebrating Pride Month for our Gay and Lesbian clients.  Having a gym and a personal trainer that accepts you for who you are is important to making improvements. This article highlights some of our gay and lesbian clients plus some of our coaches who are part of our LGBT community.

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Shoulder Injury and Rotator Cuff Exercises

Whether you have a shoulder injury like an impingement or need stability exercises for your rotator cuff, the key to helping you get better is strengthening the weakened muscle and mobilizing the relevant fascia.  Here are 10 amazing Shoulder Rotator Cuff Exercises and Stretches that you can do with your personal trainer.

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Robin Strength Training for Triathletes

Robin Marion Strength Training for Triathletes

Certifications

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Health Coach
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • TRX – Suspension Training Certification
  • USAC – Certified Cycling Coach
  • USATF – Certified Track Coach
  • RRCA – Distance Run Coach
Cable Flys Chest Flys Functional Trainer

Cable Flys Variations and Exercise Tips

In this article, we will be discussing the chest fly.  We’ll be covering several variations such as Low to Mid Cable Flys, Neutral Grip Cable Flys, Pronated Grip Cable Flys, and 1 Arm Cable Flys.  We’ll also compare the Standing Chest Fly and Seated Chest Fly.  Finally, we will discuss the role of Pectoris Major and Pectoris Minor in Cable Flys.

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Fitness Assessment: Building Biomechanics for Weight Lifting

The Sand & Steel Fitness Assessment has been constantly developed and refined since we opened our doors in 2014.  We have done thousands of these fitness assessments over the course of five years.  Here’s what we’ve learned and how we use the Fitness Assessment to build client specific programs.

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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.

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MWOD Certification Review

MWOD Certification Review Movement & Mobility 101

The MWOD Certification Review by Paul on Movement & Mobility 101.  Kelly Starrett’s Movement & 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.

If you are a mobility and movement coach, the MWOD Movement and Mobility Certification is a must have. Yes, it will take some work to finish, but it will help you become a better personal trainer.  You will be able to take care of your athletes better and keep them moving safely for years to come.

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Swaying Palm Tree Pose - Tiryak Tala-Vrikshasana (front) Private Yoga Lessons

Standing Yoga Poses Part 2

Standing Yoga Poses Part 2

The Standing Yoga Poses from the Crescent family (indudalasana) may be used to mobilize the obliques and lats.  Single leg variations are also useful for building balance.  The asanas (poses) shown in this article help mobilize the spine both from a side bend and various extensions.

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Rent Massage Space Alexandria VA

Rent Massage Space Alexandria VA

Professional and private massage therapy room available for rent in Old Town Alexandria.  If you are looking to Rent Massage Space in Alexandria VA, this is the place to check out.  We offer free or discounted rents with massage trades, access to our client network to help you get started, plus utilities and taxes included.

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Yoga Adjustment Private Yoga Lessons

Yoga Adjustment to Improve your Health

Practicing yoga is a deeply intimate, personal experience, which is why many people choose to start a home practice. This is where you get to be one with your body. It’s a place to move into the breath and release tension in the muscles that so easily gather throughout your days. To really let go, though, you need a little help from someone else; you need a yoga adjustment.

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Personal Trainer for Seniors

Personal Trainer for Seniors

Personal Training for Seniors and Older Adults Program.  Everyday we work hard for the seniors in Alexandria VA to help them move better and live their life without limitations.  Whether your goals are combating arthritis through joint distraction to preventing bone loss through functional strength training, we are going to build an age-appropriate program for you.  We help clients improve aerobic capacity, increase engagement with neuromuscular activation, and build strength through compound movement patterns.

This articles highlights some of our older adult clients and includes their comments on what they had to say about their custom, one-on-one personal training programs.

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Transformation Story – Giselle

Most Improved Athlete in March

We wanted to congratulate Giselle on all of her surpassing many of her personal records in our Transformation I program.  Her improvement on this workout was about 25% overall in just 4 weeks.  Her tenacious efforts and discipline helped edge out her competitors for our March Athlete of the Month.  Congratulations Giselle!

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Mobility Training vs Personal Training vs Physical Therapy vs Massage vs Chiropractic Care

Mobility Training vs Personal Training vs Physical Therapy vs Massage vs Chiropractic Care  

Heard about Mobility Training?  Not really sure what it is, or whether it’s helpful for you?  Maybe you are considering seeing a physical therapist or a personal trainer?  This article compares Mobility Training to a number of different body mechanics specialties.

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TRX Suspension Trainer Exercises

TRX Suspension Trainer Exercises

An in-depth review of the TRX Suspension Trainer + access to our full database on TRX Suspension Trainer exercises and techniques (over 30 videos). Full comparison against the Jungle Gym and CrossCore 180. 📺 Exercise videos demonstrating Conditioning, Balance, Core, Strength, and Corrective Exercises for the TRX Suspension Trainer.

The TRX Suspension Trainer and the TRX Rip Trainer are essential pieces of equipment at Sand & Steel Fitness.  TRX has done an amazing job on the build quality for these pieces of equipment.  We’ve had TRX equipment in our gym for years, and it doesn’t wear down.  The Suspension Trainer and Rip Trainer are great for conditioning, core, twist, recovery, and mobility.  It’s also very safe for deconditioned clients and makes for excellent scaling of movements like the lunge and squat.  The Suspension Trainer can be used effectively for various stretches and Yoga Asanas.  Between easy portability and a ton of unique exercises, the TRX Suspension and Rip Trainer are a must have for any gym. 

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Balancing Pricing and Coverage on Personal Training Insurance

Balancing Pricing and Coverage on Personal Training Insurance

By Paul Roberts

Attorney at Law and Professional Personal Trainer

If you are like most personal trainers I know, you have probably asked yourself — How much do I really need to pay for personal training insurance to cover my liability?

Individual policies run between $79/year on the low end to $250/yr for comprehensive policies there are lots of options.   Here are some of the options you should consider. 

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Running Surfaces Turf, Street, Grass, Trails, Dirt

Trail Running vs. Street Running

This article compares running surfaces (such as trail running, street/road running, astroturf, grass, etc.) and examines the types of proper footwear to improve running performance.  This street running vs trail running article also discusses some of important musculature of the foot, and examines the kinds of injuries you can get from trail running and street running

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Mobility Nutrition Strength Newsletter

Mobility, Nutrition, Strength. A Newsletter

Welcome to the Sand & Steel Fitness Newsletter

The Sand & Steel Newsletter is written by Personal Trainers for Personal Trainers.  Our articles feature in-depth curated content on Mobility, Nutrition, and Strength.  Our Mission is simple: provide the best written, research based articles on personal training and fitness available.  Newsletter subscriptions are open to current clients, personal trainers, and those aspiring to improve their health and fitness.

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Macro Calculator for Calories Carbs, Protein, Fat

Macro Calculator for Macronutrients

Our Free 🆓 Macronutrient Calculator determines the basal metabolic rate and total daily expenditure using the Harris-Benedict formula.  From there, the calculator determines your macros (total calories, carbs, protein, and fat.)  To use the calculator, you just need to need to know your height, age, height, and exercise frequency.

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Top 50 List Fitness Equipment, Food, and Supplements

Top 50 List Fitness Equipment, Food, and Supplements

Top 50 Accessories and Foods We Recommend for New Clients

Whether you are starting a home fitness regime or working out at Sand & Steel, you’ll find a wide variety of health and fitness products to choose from.  Here are the top 50 products we recommend to our clients.  Sand & Steel tested and approved.

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Functional Strength Training Alexandria VA

Functional Strength Training Alexandria VA 22314

What is Functional Strength Training?

Functional Strength Training involves exercise techniques that mimic movements performed in everyday life, outdoor activities, or in a sport. This training technique involves the use of numerous tools to build the movement patterns such as: Kettle Bells, Viprs, TRX, Barbell, Dumbbell, Sandbags, Sleds, Ropes, Medicine Balls.

 

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Client of the Month- Brad Berkley

Brad wins our Transformation Story of the month.  Losing over 20 pounds of fat lost in just 2.5 months.  Brad began his journey with our Strength and Conditioning program which allowed to lose this weight.  Having the lost this weight, Brad wrestled with the difficult decision of rebuilding an entire wardrobe of clothes (he now wears a slimfit medium shirt. 🙂  Now 20 pounds lighter, we started preparing Brad for his ultimate goal, the Ring Muscle-up.

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Online Workouts and Exercises Program

Online Workouts for Home 🏠 and Travel ✈️

Looking for the best home and travel workouts?  Workouts that you can do at home or in a hotel while you are traveling?  What about workouts in a commercial gym like Planet Fitness or Gold’s Gym? Welcome aboard — you’ve reached the right place.

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Personal Trainer Jobs Alexandria

Personal Trainer Job – Build Your Personal Trainer Career

We are passionate about helping people lose weight and move better.  We help clients improve strength through focused programs in power lifting and hypertrophy.  We improve clients balance and range of motion with our mobility programming.  And we have state of the art programming in weight loss and transformation style workouts.

What we need is you … Sand & Steel is helping more clients than ever, and we need more people on our team.

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Transformation Personal Training

A Look at Sand & Steel from 5 Years Ago

Aside: while doing some routine maintenance on our website, I found this old post in our 2013 archives.  It was the first article we published on our website.  I thought it might interesting to discuss Sand & Steel then and now.   Did we do accomplish what we set out to do 5 years ago?  Or did market forces and new competition like Orange Theory and Fit45 force us to change?

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Burpees on social media basics

Social Media For Personal Trainers

Deciphering Social Media Channels for Personal Trainers

Social Media can be tough to master for Personal Trainers.  That almost sounds like I am joking, but many of the coaches I have hired don’t even have a Facebook page!  So rather than providing a “technical” description of how to post on each channel … I’ve broken it down into a language any personal trainer can understand 🙂  Social Media in the language of the Burpee.

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