Exploring the Magic Behind Our Mobility Training. Got an injury? An unstable shoulder? A painful knee? Here’s our formula for helping you move better, with less pain.
“Monika is a Rockstar Yoga Teacher. Exceptionally talented, and well-educated, Monika is one of the best Yoga Teachers I have had the pleasure to work with. Monika has the ability and knowledge to work with members having various injuries and different abilities.” – Paul. SSF Owner.
Sand & Steel is Proud to announce our Perfect 10 Club. Every month we will feature a prize for our members. Next month’s prizes are worth over $120.
Coach Josh is one of the finest CrossFit Coaches we have hired in the past 6 years. Intelligent, personable, and great customizations.” -Paul Owner SSF
Driving to Sand and Steel Fitness? Walking from or Parking in the Van Dorn Metro? Taking the AT-7 Bus? Review our Quick Guide and Video to Make your Workout Stress Free.
Join Coach Max as he reviews the top six videos frozen shoulder exercises and stretches that can be performed at home. Plus get a sneak peak as we take you through our strategy of tracking down shoulder pain to see if frozen shoulder exercises will help. Finally, you can join Coach Paul as he provides you a live video on his favorite ten cable machine exercises for strengthening the shoulder.
FireFlow @ Aslin Brewery. January 5.
Yoga Brew. A Coffee & Yoga Event. 10AM January 4, 2020
The Coffee: Sand & Steel’s Signature Reusable Tumbler filled Starbucks Winter Blend Coffee.
The Yoga: Light up your Yoga Practice with Paul’s Fireflow Yoga. Fireflow unique design makes it approachable to beginners, while retaining many of the challenges of the Astanga & Rocket Sequences. Learn to float, stretch, and sweat as Paul turns up the heat in Fireflow.
“Marlena is a full time teacher she brings a level or preparation & organization that other Yoga Teachers (RYT) can’t.” -Coach Paul. Owner
Sand & Steel Fitness to offer free CrossFit Classes and Yoga Classes to Team Red White and Blue (TRWB). All TRWB members are eligible, but preference will be provided to veterans.
Yoga Alignment Class @ Aslin Brewery. November 25 and December 8.
Weight Loss is a challenging journey. It’s complicated by the fact that every person is different. Their metabolisms differ, their gut bacteria 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 below that summarizes this whole article.
The Fitness Class, CoreFit, brings an intense, calorie-scortching, workout experience. Master TRX, Bosu & Kettlebell workouts. WOD Kettlebell Leg Workout.
Unlike other classes, CoreFit TRX and Kettlebell Classes are designed for members that have preexisting injuries. From a fitness instructor point of view, this makes building a workout much more challenging. But we are going to go behind the scenes and show you how Paul built this kettlebell leg workout for Larissa. We’re going to break down the alternating swing, Medball Situp, and the Medball step-up to help you find your appropriate scaling. Whether you choose to take CoreFit in a private training or in our group fitness classes, you can always expect a challenge.
Private CrossFit Coaching vs Group Class CrossFit in our Alexandria VA Box. CrossFit classes are super fun and you get to compete with your peers to help you stay motivated. But have you ever tried a Private CrossFit session? Picture it, a custom scaled and coached CrossFit WOD — handcrafted to your goals and unique mobility. Here’s how we build those WODs (workouts out of the day) and how our Private CrossFit Coaching works.
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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Strength Training Alexandria VA. Fundamentals of Proper Technique. Plus 7 expert tips on lifting weights from a certified personal trainer.
Paul’s Workout Programming for the Week of September 15-21. CrossFit, CoreFit TRX & Kettlebell, Powerlifting, Olympic lifting, Mobility, & Yoga.
Rock Blades Graston Scraping IASTM. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: A beginner’s guide to what it is, how it works, and which tools to pick.
Paul’s Workout Programming for the Week of September 9-14. CrossFit, CoreFit TRX & Kettlebell, Powerlifting, Olympic lifting, Mobility, & Yoga.
A Beginner’s Guide to CrossFit. CrossFit® is many things. To Sand & Steel Fitness in Alexandria VA, CrossFit is a system and method of exercises. This 5000 word article breaks down the most important questions about CrossFit. But What is CrossFit? And is it Right For me? How much does it Cost? We’ll answers these questions and more. Read on.
Shoulder Taps CrossFit — a great scaling option for handstand pushups (HSPU). The CrossFit Shoulder Taps build shoulder and hip stability. Videos + Writeup.
CrossFit Front Squats. What they are, why you need them, and how to master them. The Front Squat is a weight lifting gem from Olympic lifting and embraced in CrossFit. It combines convenience, efficiency, and functionality. It’s one of Paul’s 10 essential exercises. Here’s everything you need to know about the Front Squat.
Twelve healthy zero calorie drinks + 15 drinks you should avoid for weight loss. If you’ve been following Sand & Steel’s nutrition channel, you know that water is important for weight loss. But sometimes water gets a little boring. Here are 12 healthy zero calorie drinks to get your healthy and hydrated.
75 Common Foods Analyzed. Get the facts straight without searching for a “nutritionist near me.” Straight-up facts on which foods you should eat, and which ones are better off avoided.
Members ask me “How Much Water Should I Drink a Day to maximize weight loss?” Look no further, here’s how you calculate you daily water requirements.
SugarWOD CrossFit Workout Tracker. SugarWOD is a full-featured workout tracker that allows you access and track your workouts. Learn how to get faster results in your workouts with SugarWOD. Join for Free.
How strong are you really? The internet is full of powerlifting strength calculators and formulas, but none give you a solid estimate of your real strength. Paul’s Strength Powerlifting Calculator compares your lifts against national standards to provide you with a simple score out of 100 points.
The Top 20 Boat Pose Variations used in our personal training and yoga flows in Our Yoga Studio in Alexandria, VA.
Intermediate Yoga Flow Featuring Seated Postures Focusing on Lateral Chain and Hip Openers.
The Deadlift has 20+ variations. Learn which one is best for you in Powerlifting.
Ignite the Fire Book Review. John Goodman promises to deliver the secrets personal training. But does he deliver? Read my review to find out.
Paul shares some insider tips on how to prepare for your first yoga class.
This post is designed for two types of readers. Strength athletes — men and women that want to do yoga to gain range of motion and flexibility. It’s a wake-up call to all those bendy, skinny yoga teachers who struggle working with strength athletes. For my fellow yoga teachers, I’ll warn you that some of comments in this post will be a shock to you. I know you don’t have many people like me in your classes, and you should be wondering why. This post is all about the #blindprejudice some yoga teachers have against strength athletes and powerlifters.
Better Meal Prep in Alexandria VA. On May 28th, we asked Alexandria VA how they can improve the above meal. We offered $100 Sand & Steel Gift Certificates for the best answers. Here’s what you said, and here’s who won.
Huevos Rancheros is the Mexican variation of the traditional American breakfast. Instead of ham, bacon, eggs, and pancakes, huevos rancheros features eggs, tortillas, beans, and salsa. Our recipe removes all of the unhealthy elements, balances out the macros, and makes this a healthy breakfast knockout. Plus it tastes awesome and is super simple to make.
Yoga Classes Alexandria VA. Alignment Class. Master the 88 Most Essential Yoga Poses in our class Alexandria VA. If you want to get strong at yoga, these are poses to practice first.
Nutrition Alexandria VA. We surveyed the top 100 selling diets and compiled the top 10 rules that all diets follow. Featuring a slide deck, infographics, 10 videos, and over 2000 words this comprehensive article will help jump start your weight loss or muscle gain journey.
Nutritionist Alexandria VA – Diet & Nutrition Plans. Looking for a Nutritionist in Alexandria, VA? From Meal Plans to Lowering Inflammation, our nutrition coaches will help you lose weight successfully.
An Amazing Recipe for Ham, Egg, and Squash Cup by Aimee
Wrist Injury: Treating Pain in the Radial Carpi Ulnaris. A Full Treatment Protocol: Workouts, Corrective Exercises, Flossing, Scraping, + More
Our BOSU Core Workout features 4 amazing exercises to leave your burning for days. Learn the moves, scaling, and faults in this comprehensive post.
One of our readers asks “Is the Goal of Yoga to Lose Weight, Get Toned, or to Become More Flexible?” Paul settles the score on this frequently asked question, once and for all.