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Personal Trainer Certification: 9 Mentorship Lessons

One of the greatest values I can provide you as a mentor is the ability to see ahead what you cannot.  To help prepare you for the challenges that lay ahead.  To set you on the right course so that you may improve.  To be a source support when you make mistakes.  And to be Relentless is demanding that you improve.

Senior Fitness and Senior Exercises

Senior Fitness Assessment For Senior Exercises

At Sand & Steel, the majority of my clients are in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Most people start feeling the effects of aging in their mid-thirties, but by age 50 they really start to notice a change.  It becomes harder to lose weight, injuries heal slower, and energy levels generally decline. If you are going to be working with clients in this age population, you’ll need to know how to perform a senior fitness assessment.  Here’s how it should be done.

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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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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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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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Personal Trainer Resources Strength and Mobility Kettlebell

Personal Trainer Resources

Overview. The following article and linked resources are useful for a personal trainer or someone looking to hire a personal trainer.  I’ve been a coach and personal trainer for over 10 years. I’ve seen amazing personal trainers, and I’ve seen coaches that have no business training anyone. 

Declaring yourself a personal trainer and having knowledge and experience to be successful are two different things.  Here’s the formula I use, and some of the best articles on personal training I have written.  I hope they are helpful for you:

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Powerlifting Back Squat Stength

Powerlifting Alexandria VA

Powerlifting is a strength based program focused on the Bench, Squat and Deadlift. In a powerlifting program, the athlete is focused on gaining strength using the prime moves of Deadlift, Bench, and Squat.  By adding in variations on the main lifts (Sumo Deadlift, Romanian, or Front Squat, Incline Bench etc) and adding accessory moves (Dumbell press, Pull ups, Tate Press etc), you quickly and consistently gain overall strength.  This article discuss several powerlifting programs in detail as well as how to perform several of key powerlifting exercises.

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Core Glutes Mobility Workout

Glutes Core Mobility Workout Zero2Fit

Glutes and Core Mobility WOD:

Brand new fascia release and strength WOD for our Zero2Fit Program.  Zero2Fit is our Mobility and Weight Loss Program that is designed for people that haven’t worked out in a while who need to lose weight and build range of motion.

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Body Weight Exercise Program Progressions To Do Anywhere

Body Weight Exercise Program: Exercises You Can Do at Home

The Lunge, Pushup, and Warrior 3 Pose.  Sand & Steel breaks down these movements and shows you how to do them right.  Sample Workout Included with Videos

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Squat Warmup Routine Mobility and Flexibility Kettle Bell Pistol Squat

Squat Warm-up Routine

Squat Warm-up Routine:

Warming up is essential to have a productive workout, and to limit injury risk. Their are many different styles of warm-ups, but today we are going to focus on a squat warm-up routine for mobility and flexibility. Before you get to the barbell or kettlebell it is important to get the body ready for action. You may not feel that you have any tight adductors or groin muscles, but they still could be holding back you squats. If you have the classic Butt Wink or limited squat depth then something is tight or not firing. Take the time to warm up and get your body set for squats. Squats a a great strength move and proper execution is key.

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Hire Personal Trainer Poor Mans GHD with Rachel and Morgan

10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

As the holidays gear up and you look towards New Year’s resolutions- can you benefit from a trainer? The answer is probably yes.

There are many reasons that hiring a Personal Trainer could be beneficial both for short term and long term periods. A personal trainer can do anything from teaching proper movement patterns to motivation. We break down the top 10 reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

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Transitioning From Exercising to Training

Is your workout routine really working for you?  Are you conflating getting sweaty with getting results (e.g. an exercise routine vs training program)?  Here are some tips to help you transition from simply working out, to building yourself a real workout program.

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Strength Training Foundation Movements

Strength Training Foundation Movements

There are 8 basic strength movements: the Squat, Lunge, Hinge, Push, Pull, Arc/Hollow, Twist/Resist Twist, and Gait.  We’ll cover these techniques and discuss the proper form to do them safely.  We’ll also discuss various techniques to test muscle function by selecting members from the audience, and demonstrating how to test for proper neural control of muscles, and how to utilize strength training to restore and improve muscle function.

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Orange Theory Vs CrossFit Heart Rate Zone

CrossFit Vs Orange Theory: Battle of the Orange Heart Rate Zone

CrossFit Versus Orange Theory Programming

Did you know that both brands of fitness use the Orange Zone in their programming? Did you know that sports like soccer and basketball do too?

Do I need to be in the Orange Zone?

Orange Theory didn’t invent the orange zone, the heart rate monitor, and isn’t even the first company to use it.  They did (in the Author’s opinion), however, present one of the best marketing approaches towards convincing customize that exercising in the Orange Zone is necessary or most efficient to improve overall fitness.

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Personal Trainer: Tax Deduction, Insurance Coverage, and The Letter of Medical Necessity

Getting a Tax Deduction and Health Insurance Coverage for your Personal Training

Wondering if you can deduct personal training sessions a taxable deduction?  What if you could actually have your insurance cover it?  Step one is to use our Online Letter of Medical Necessity Generator.  You’ll also find a sample PDF of Letter Medical Necessity to hand to your doctor.

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Personal Training Vs Group Fitness Class

Personal Training vs Group Fitness Class

Personal Training vs Group Fitness Class

When it comes to deciding between personal training and group training one needs to consider a client’s main purpose. If fun, socializing, and exercising for the sake of exercising is your priority, group training is the way to go. However, if the client is really looking to improve body composition, improve strength and mobility, and/or decrease risk of injury — personal training is far superior

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Bench Press Progressions

What’s the Best Exercise for Developing a Strong Chest?

Bench Press.  That’s the answer.  Yes Dips, pushups, ball pushups, flys, etc. are good too.  Nothing works faster or better than bench press, but it’s also a source of frequent injury.  Be deliberate and slow on increasing weight.  A tear in the tendon of clavicullar head of the pectoris major is more common than you think.  Be patient with raising the weight, just be cause you can lift the weight, doesn’t mean your tendons can.

Breaking through plateaus

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Bodybuilding Alexandria VA

Tips on Bodybuilding in Old Town Alexandria, VA

 

Making a commitment to your bodybuilding routine is crucial to seeing results, but there may be other issues stopping your body from progressing in the right direction. The trainers at Sand & Steel Fitness are the experts in bodybuilding around Old Town Alexandria and would love to give you some tips on how to continue your bodybuilding journey.

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Parallette and Surge Intermediate Movements and Progressions

If you own a pair of parallettes, you’ve probably discovered that they are an excellent source of instability for your shoulders, and your feet if you stand on them.  When you loop in a Surge (a water filled tube with handles), then you have instability in your core and shoulders as the water sloshes around.  When combined, they make for a truly grueling duo.

Make sure you check out the bonus videos at the bottom.  It’s a very original movement designed to provide an important progression for the pistol squat.

Movement 1:

1 Leg Glute Bridge 8/10.  The parallette offers a very stable platform to work from.  The only piece of equipment that’s better is probably the medball for doing 1 leg glute bridges.

Movement 2:

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Advanced Parallette Movements Part for Core and Shoulder Strength

The Parallete

The parallette: a small, simple looking training tool that can deliver massive results in the areas of core strength and mobility. You won’t find parallettes in many gyms (other than Sand&Steel and some Crossfit boxes), so for the majority of you reading this post, I’m guessing you’re considering buying a pair.

Anytime, we purchase new equipment, we ask a few basic questions:

  • Does is it have versatility to create a large exercise movement library: Yes.
  • Can another piece of equipment duplicate what it offers? No.
  • Is it the best piece of equipment for certain movements? Yes
  • Will it break under heavy usage? No (at least not the ones we picked up from Rogue Fitness).
  • Can it be scaled in complexity and difficulty? Yes
  • Can it get you Sand&Steel Strong? Definitely.

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