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Coaching @ Sand & Steel

Sand & Steel Personal Trainers provide personalized attention, professional instruction, and exercise programming to each member to maximize the member’s health, fitness, and wellness goals while providing the highest level of customer service. Join us and discover a dynamic work environment built around helping others maximize their potential, where limitless opportunity is cultivated by the highest in industry standards across training, education, marketing, media and sales.

 We currently have personal training opportunities at our location in Alexandria, VA near Washington, DC.

Personal Trainer Job Opportunity includes:

  • Earning potential of $60K+
  • Flexible hours (work as many hours as you like)
  • Performance-based pay
  • Pay-period, monthly and annual bonus opportunities
  • In-house certification program and training
  • Benefits such as medical and vacation days.*

Personal Trainer Job Description:

  • Scale and customize workout to clients
  • Provide the best client workout experience you can
  • Take clear notes on how the work progresses
  • Provide hospitality to all members.

Why We Are Different:

  • We are team focused.  All clients work with all coaches
  • Sand & Steel is a learning environment, we will teach you to be a better coach
  • We won’t have you train any clients until you are ready
  • Learning never stops at Sand & Steel — we are always improving our craft.

Things We Don’t Do:

  • You don’t have to find new clients (we will do this for you), but you do get bonuses if you do
  • You don’t do any cold calling
  • You don’t have to troll the floor looking for clients
  • You don’t have to compete for clients

Qualifications

  • Focus on helping clients move better and lose weight safely
  • Desire to learn new techniques and skills to teach clients
  • Understand principles of physical fitness and proper exercise technique.

Personal Trainer Requirements

  • A personal training or CrossFit certification; CPR/AED Certification
  • Personal Training Insurance & Experience coaching at least 50 clients
  • Ability to demonstrate powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and kettlebell technique.**
Real Mentorship to Build Your Career
Our head coach Paul has over 10 certifications in Mobility, CrossFit, and Strength Training.  He has trained over 100 coaches and 3000 clients.  If you want to be the best coach you can be, this is where you need to work.
Better Coaching — Better Results
We take the time to certify and mentor every single personal trainer at Sand & Steel.   Sand & Steel is a place where you can change people lives, empower them to overcome obstacles, and help them become the best they can be.  Client results begin and end with us having the best coaches possible.
The Client Comes First
We are the Professional Grade Personal Training Studio in Old Town.  Every client is hand-built a custom workout program based on their goals, fitness, injuries, and mobility.  We get better results for our clients because we work harder for our clients.

CrossFit ♦ TRX ♦ RKC ♦ Yoga ♦ Personal Training ♦ Conditioning ♦ Mobility ♦ Weight Loss ♦ Durability ♦ Rehabilitation

Areas We Service:Washington DC, Shirlington, Del Rey, Cameron Station, Alexandria, VA, Arlington, VA, Landmark, Georgetown, China Town, Dupont Circle, Eisenhower Ave., Thomas Circle, National Harbour.  Personal Training Job Alexandria VA

*Additional Details Apply.  See learn.sandandsteelfitness.com for details.
** Don’t know the basics?  Sign up for our Mentorship program.

Personal Trainer Interview Logistics
The key to doing well on the interview is preparation.  This article highlights how your interviews will go and how to prepare for them so that you get hired.

  • Review: the movements and techniques tested on the interview;
  • Read through the Mentorship Personal Trainer Manual;
  • Wear professional personal training attire and shoes designed for weight-lifting,
  • A cup of coffee for your hard-working instructor (yes I award bonus points for this.)  Plus it lets me know you actually read this material.

Step 2 – In Person Interview

There are six main parts to your first interview:

  1. We will explain how we train clients as a team at Sand & Steel.
  2. We will go over how our mentorship program works.
  3. We will discuss how the Level 1 Certification may be obtained.
  4. We will discuss your background and training experience.
  5. You will take our Programming and Scaling Written Exam.  We will score your exam and go over the results.
  6. We will go over your New Hire Personal Trainer Contract
  7. We will schedule your second interview.

Step3 – Offer and Skills Test

After we complete your Skills Test, we will fill out your contract and make you an offer on the spot.  We only will provide you with 24 hours to accept the contract, so be prepared to make a decision and pay the mentorship deposit.  In addition, you’ll need to determine which hours you’d like to work at Sand & Steel.

Personal Training Schedule

(e.g. when you want to work)

DateTime Window AvailableTotal Hours
Monday (6:00AM-9:00PM)
Tuesday (6:00AM-9:00PM)
Wednesday (6:00AM-9:00PM)
Thursday (6:00AM-9:00PM)
Friday (6:00AM-2:00PM)
Saturday (8:00AM-2:00PM)
Sunday (8:00AM-2:00PM)

The Skills Test will test your knowledge of various Advanced Techniques and Exercises.  We will also test your ability to replicate new exercises, create new exercises with new equipment, mobilize various muscle groups, and isolate individual muscles for correction exercises.  The skills test helps determine which exercises and techniques you know better.  This allows us to customize the mentorship program to you.

SquatSnatchPressDeadliftsSnatchPressKettle BellLungeObject CleansIsolationsTRX Suspension TrainerSandbag
Air Squat
Low Bar Back Squat
Hi Bar Back Squat
Front Squat
Overhead Squat
Snatch Balance
Power Snatch
Hang Snatch
Olympic Snatch
Press
Push Press
Push Jerk
Olympic Jerk
Conventional Deadlift
Sumo Deadlift
Hex Deadlift
Romanian Deadlift
One Leg Deadlift
Stiff Leg Deadlift
Snatch Balance
Deadlift
Power Snatch
Hang Snatch
Split Snatch
Olympic Snatch
Press
Push Press
Thruster
Push Jerk Power Jerk
Squat Jerk
Olympic Jerk
Russian Swing
American Swing
Alternating Swing
Getup
Half Getup
Bent Press
Sumo Deadlift High Pull
Russian Clean
Olympic Clean
Russian Snatch
American Snatch
Overhead Lunge
Step Back Lunge
Walking Lunge
Plyo Lunge
Kamagon Sweeping Plyometric Lunge
Vipr Uppercut Lunge
Lateral Lunge
Skater Lunge
Medball Clean
Sandball clean
Sandbell clean
Tricep
Glutes
Adductors
Rectus abdominus
Transverse abs
Pec Major
Rear Delts
Pushup
Chest Press
Low Rollout
High Rollout
Bicep Curl
Tricep Curl
Squat
Pistol
Plyo Squat
Plyo Lunge
Squat to Row
Alternating Hamstring Curl
Hip Press Atomic Pushup
Pike
Knee Sweeps
Plank
Elbows to Plank
Wrist Taps
Crunch
Body Saw
Side Plank
Side Plank with Crunch
Side Plank Twist Up
Spin Clean
Zercher Clean
Olympic Clean
Clean and Press
Squat Clean
Rotational Deadlift
Situp
Turkish Getup
Halo
Halo Lunge
Good Morning
Shoulder to Shoulder Press
Core ExercisesCorrective ExercisesTRX MobilizationsDharma WheelKamagon & Clubbell DemoExercise Replication
Find exercises to isolate the obliques using the Cross-Core:

  • Isometric Core Twist
  • Knee Sweep
  • Leg Pendulum
  • Side Plank
  • Windshield Wipers
Demonstrate Corrective Exercise for the Serratus
Use the TRX Suspension Trainer to find stretches to mobilize the Q/L
Use the Dharma Wheel to mobilize the Thorasic Spine

  • Standing T-Spine Rotation,
  • T-Spine Extension,
  • Side T-Spine Tilt
Demonstrate some exercises using the Kamagon and Clubbell
Demonstrate Rip Trainer Plyo Pitch Fork and Vipr Plyo Sweeping Lunge
Mentorship Program

Mentorship Program

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
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From: $50.00

We are currently offering a bonus equal to the mentorship cost once you have coached 500 hours for Sand & Steel Fitness. The mentorship will provide you with all the training and experience you need to coach at Sand & Steel. Once you have coached 500 hours for us, you’ll receive a bonus equal to your mentorship cost. That’s like getting training for free.

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Product Description

The Mentorship Program is designed to help you learn how to coach better, increase your retention rate, and show you how to generate new clients.*

We’ll teach you:

  • Complex CrossFit techniques, TRX exercises, and kettlebell moves,
  • Teach you how to program and modify workouts,
  • Mobilize muscles and improve range of motion,
  • Determine correctional exercises to repair injuries,
  • How to speak to clients and coach them better,
  • How to Create Blog Posts and Share Content on Social Media.

You Will:

  • Shadow more experienced coaches to learn how to coach,
  • Co-coach with senior coaches to get better at coaching,
  • Provided with specific materials to improve your knowledge base,
  • Receive direct feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your coaching sessions,
  • Learn how to coach in a team environment,
  • Create a Bio to generate more clients for yourself.

Mentorship Options:

  • Basic– designed for a certified coach with only needs training on our procedures.
  • Starter – designed for a certified coach with a good deal of experience and just needs a little bit of touching up.
  • Foundations – designed for a certified coach with little experience
  • Complete – designed for a certified coach with no experience

* Sand & Steel Coaches are NOT required to generate new clients.  We’ll show how we do it and we award bonuses if you decide to do it.

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Personal Trainer Job – Build Your Personal Trainer Career

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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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The Mentorship Program … Forging the Elite Personal Trainer

The Mentorship Program covers:

Exercise Techniques

  • Barbell Technique (Powerlifting and Olympic Lifting)
  • TRX, Exercise Tubing, Rip Training Technique
  • Kamagon, Surge, and Vipr Technique
  • KettleBell and Dumbbell Technique
  • SandBag, Sandbell, Medball Technique
  • Clubbells and Mace Technique
  • Gymnastics and Body Weight Training

Master Mobility and Corrective Exercises

  • Full modules on the Supple Leapord and MWOD
  • Partner Mobility through the Kit Laughlin Method
  • PNF Stretching Techniques
  • Yoga Poses and Modifications

Personal Trainer Coaching Skills

  • Movement Cuing, Scaling,
  • Biomechanics and Programming, and
  • Anatomy and Corrective Exercises.

The Mentorship Program is designed to help new coaches prepare for and pass our Level 1 Certification. Coaches working at Sand & Steel are offered the opportunity to take the Level 1 Certification after they have been coaching for two months at Sand & Steel. Some of the benefits of passing the level 1 certification include:

  • Hourly Salary Raise.
  • Online Access to all 40 of the XT60 Programs.
  • Library Access.  You can checkout one book at a time from our book collection.
  • You will be featured in a blog post and a newsletter written by Paul.
  • A printed Certification for passing the exam.
  • ​75% off discount code for clients for drinks and beverages (lasts 2 months) — this helps you get more clients because they get a perk with booking with you.
  • You are eligible to retain new clients and receive a bonus. $60 + 25% of the clients first purchase. New clients you retain are clients that you bring in as a result of your marketing or clients that come in specifically to train with you.

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  1. 5 out of 5 Tremendous Coaching Staff and Professional Atmosphere

    Rachel Garmon

    In the time that I have been with Sand & Steel Fitness I have grown more as a trainer than I ever did in a commercial gym. In a typical gym setting there is a focus on sales over clients; Sand & Steel Fitness flips the script and focuses on the client. They teach you to grow from Trainer to Coach to Fitness Professional

    This attention to detail given to each client is given to each and every trainer. The Coaching Certification goes into detail beyond what you will find in a textbook. They focus on real world application of movements. From training cueing to teaching the proper scaling for regressions and progressions. The equipment in the facility is top of the line , meaning you are learning to grow while using the best equipment. Since Sand & Steel Fitness seeks to train clients in the best and safest way possible they have a wide variety of unique equipment to use. I have learned how to implement Kamagons and Viprs into client programs as well as my own programs.

    They train you to be the best well rounded trainer you can be and support your growth. From Professionalism to making adjustments for clients on the fly Sand & Steel will help you grow.

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  2. 5 out of 5 A true whole body experience

    Hannah Drexler

    The coaches here truly go above and beyond with every single client and every single workout they coach. Having gone through the mentorship program and becoming a certified personal trainer by Sand and Steel, I have completely changed the way that I view other training methods that I have experienced. Growing up an athlete I thought I knew a lot about staying fit and active, I have never been more happy to have been proved wrong. This gym and the coaches have completely reinvented the personal training game, taking time to analyze and break down every single fault in a movement pattern and taking the time to correct it instead of brushing it off and letting it happen. They take the time to figure out exactly what is causing this fault and through trial and error making sure that every client knows exactly how their body works and what they can do to help improve their mobility, strength and conditioning. This gym could not provide a more individualized experience and yet that is what the coaches are working to do everyday, bettering their skills and the programs. Sand and Steel is THE hidden gem of Alexandria.

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  3. 5 out of 5 I am truly blessed to have joined this team.

    Jesse WIlliams

    I just started with sand and steel fitness and from the very first day being there it’s been an amazing experience. Paul and Dawn are very welcoming and more then willing to share their knowledge and years of experience in the industry with trainers like myself who have a passion to learn and become better for the clients… I’ve been a few different places, and this by far is the real deal. From the teamwork the wisdom that’s being shared and the real deal personal connections that are made there.. I truly am blessed to have joined this team.

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  4. 5 out of 5 Bringing Personal Training to a New Level

    Chris Willever

    When I came to sand and steel I had years of weight training under my belt yet I wanted more from the work I was putting into my workouts. Learning over the years on how to control my dietary needs is not an easy task, yet i was at a plateau with my lifting career. Little did I know that when I came in for an interview that a plethora of information was coming at me along with several coaches willing to assist in anyway they could about proper execution of the exercises I was doing or coaching other clients on how to perform. Every time I enter the business I learn something new, all the staff are friendly and helpful and are ready to assist you in achieving your fitness goals.

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  5. 5 out of 5 Sand and Steel: Where the client comes first.

    Santos Palma

    My fitness career began about 4 years ago. I come from the sales side of things. Having run 2 global gyms I have a lot of experience working with clients and trainers of all different kinds. After running a big gym for a few years I got tired of the way the corporate offices treated customers. My goal has always been to help people be better, whether getting stronger or losing weight. The goal is to make sure the client is happy. Working for a corporation they goal was to make money, most of the time the client came second. I changed from sales to training and spent a year looking at different gyms in the area. I finally settled on Sand and Steel due to their incredibly high standard. This was the first place that actually tested my fitness knowledge and ability. My interview was not done in a suit and tie but in gym shorts and a t-shirt.

    The standard for coaching here is so high it almost seems absurd. However it is for the benefit of the client. As coaches we can become complacent and that can’t happen in our industry. Fitness is constantly changing and new information about the body is being learned every day. At Sand and Steel the coaches are expected to be up to date with everything about the body, from simple exercise movements to the human anatomy and physiology. I’ve never seen clients get such quick results in such short times and it is all due to the amount of precious put into each individual client and their programming. When you’re a member at Sand and Steel Fitness you can

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  6. 5 out of 5 Best Mentorship Program in DC for Personal Trainers

    Matt Ervein

    Paul has set up an amazing opportunity for new coaches to learn to become professional level coaches. The onramp coaching program is a thorough outline of gym operations and what’s expected of you as a coach. It is a lot of information, but the tests at the end and the ability to access the program even after it’s completed, makes this program a valuable tool that I have used as a reference on multiple occasions.

    Definitely a recommended place to work.

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  7. 5 out of 5 Push Yourself -- It's Worth it

    Daniel Ward

    There isn’t a better place than Sand & Steel in the area. The coaches qualifications go above and beyond to provide quality service and their skill sets can suit any clients needs. Clients are always gracious and thankful for the services provided, which inspires you as a coach to continually improve and sharpen your skills. Whether you want to go from a couch to 5k, get back in shape, or commit overhaul of lifestyle changes, Sand & Steel coaches will provide you every resource to reach your goal.

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  8. 5 out of 5 Top of the Line Personal Training

    Max Rand

    I started my personal training career recently certified through the American Council of Exercise. My first position in this industry was at 24 hour fitness. With little emphasis on body mechanics, functional movement, and mobility, my job was more or less a sales associate. Trainers were more likely to spend time cold calling than perfecting there craft.

    With aspirations of becoming a better trainer, I found Sand and Steel Fitness. Both Paul and Dawn are knowledgeable and experienced in the field of Fitness. Through there combined multiple certifications, research of industry trends, and passion for fitness, they provide a standard for execution that is hard to find in another gyms. If your willing to put in the time and effort to learn to become a seasoned and knowledgeable trainer , this is an excellent opportunity.

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  9. 5 out of 5 More than a gym, a community.

    Brock Flint

    The gym is not only ran and led by great coaches it is a community. Every trainer takes a personal interest in their clients and each other. You receive a friendly greeting when you enter the gym. Not every gym takes a personal interest in their clients, Sand and Steel takes it to the next step, making you truly feel like a part of a community. The Owners take a personal interest in the health and welfare of the Trainers which translates in top quality for the clients. The owners work with and harder than the trainers in the gym.

    The programing is beyond the pale. I have been to more than 6 gyms around the United States with varying degrees of programing prowess. Dawn and Paul take a personal interest in knowing exactly what each movement does and tailor workouts to the client. They have extensive education and utilize it to the max. They are constantly learning new things and providing quality training to the Trainers.

    If you are looking for not just a gym, but also a family, Sand and Steel is for you!

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  10. 5 out of 5 Great training at a great Facility

    Brian Leos

    I have worked in the martial arts and group exercise industry for the past 4 years. I have trained people of all ages and skill levels; everyone from children, working adults, and competitive athletes. I was mostly self taught, but I knew enough to help people safely and effectively achieve results. I knew that I would need to grow my skillset in order to better assist the people I worked with, and when I saw the Mentorship Program at Sand and Steel, I saw an opportunity to do just that.

    The level of coaching here is the highest I have experienced in the fitness industry. Dawn and Paul are both extremely knowledgeable and work to constantly build and improve themselves. The coaches here are insightful, helpful, and hold themselves to a high standard. I have been challenged and learned things that have refined my technique and broadened my understanding of exercise science. As an added benefit, I have also been exposed to marketing practices and techniques that are helping to diversify my skillset in ways that I had not considered.

    I highly recommend the Mentorship Program to anyone looking to enter the fitness industry. It is a great experience for those looking to learn and improve their coaching abilities, or for someone who is looking for a solid beginning to their fitness career; Sand and Steel is a great environment that can help anyone take their fitness career to the next level.

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  11. 5 out of 5 Going Beyond Personal Training

    Brennen Mayes

    The training is very much worth every penny. Recently getting certified with NASM, I thought I was already ready to be a great trainer. But the training from Sand & Steel actually teaches you to really be a great “Coach” and how to actually apply what I learned from studying with NASM. After completing this training, I felt ready to work in any gym, anywhere. This training helps you become a real “Fitness Professional.”

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