At CrossFit Sand & Steel, we believe all people can enjoy a happier life by improving their health and fitness.

Our CrossFit and Specialty classes provide the training frequency and motivation to effect positive change, and our Personal Training provides the training quality and individual customization to transform your weaknesses into strengths, but it is our Fitness and Social Events that provide the community and friendships to ensure you succeed.

We believe a cleaner gym is a safer gym. We believe the vaccine saves lives.
We hope you do too.


The Snatch Workshop

Sand and Steel 5418 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA

The Snatch Workshop is your opportunity to work on your Snatch Technique in a small group setting. Six hours of instruction, spread across six days, the Snatch Workshop is a unique opportunity to master your technique and receive professional instruction.

Each Snatch Workshop is two hours long featuring drills to improve mechanics, mobility, filming, and a full workout

Get Tickets $20.00 – $95.00 27 tickets left
Paul Roberts Personal Trainer Yoga Teacher Alexandria VA Springfield VA

Paul Roberts – Owner

Certifications and Credentials

  1. Biomedical Engineer: Johns Hopkins University
  2. CrossFit Level 2: Weight loss and Metabolic Training
  3. CrossFit Powerlifting: Strength Training
  4. M|WOD ReadyState Movement and Mobility Specialist: Movement and Mechanics
  5. Kinstretch: Mobility and Flexibility Certification for Group Classes
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Dawn Anderson – Owner

Certifications and Credentials

  1. Muscle Activation Techniques: Corrective Exercise and Therapy
  2. National Council on Strength and Fitness: Certified Personal Trainer
  3. Yoga SCW Level II Certified: Hatha Yoga,  Yoga for Seniors, Chakra balancing, Inversions, Pranayamas
  4. Feet-Ness Instructor: Feet and Toes Strength and Recovery
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CrossFit (1200 × 1200 px) (2)

2022 CrossFit Games 22.2 Wrap-up

CrossFit prepares us for all of life’s challenges. CrossFit Works for Everyone. We teach good Movement and Mobility. We inspire greatness in everyone. CrossFit takes dedication, commitment and the discipline

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Rowers (1200 × 1200 px)

Concept 2 Rower Donation

Sand and Steel would like to purchase a four more Concept 2 Rowers to improve the quality of our classes. Adding four more rowers would allow us to provide you

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About Us: We are a privately owned, small business. Dawn and Paul are the original owners of Sand and Steel Fitness Gym and they work with our members each and every day.  We are joined by an amazing team of Personal Trainers, CrossFit coaches and Yoga Teachers.  

Obstacle Course Races

All Race Dates are Confirmed.  Join Team Sand & Steel

  • Rugged Maniac.  April 30, 2022
    Rugged Maniac. April 30, 2022

    5K. Petersburg VA. 9:15AM Heat.

  • Spartan Race Beast. May 14, 2022
    Spartan Race Beast. May 14, 2022

    21K. Springlake, North Carolina • Saturday Morning 9:15AM – 12:45PM. 9:30AM Heat.

  • Spartan Race Stadion. May 21, 2022
    Spartan Race Stadion. May 21, 2022

    5K. Washington DC • Saturday Morning 9:15AM – 12:45PM. 9:30AM Heat.

  • Spartan Race Super. July 9, 2022
    Spartan Race Super. July 9, 2022

    10K. Kunkletown, PA • Saturday Morning 9:15AM – 12:45PM. 9:30AM Heat.

  • Savage Race.  September 10, 2022
    Savage Race. September 10, 2022

    6+ Miles. Kennyville, MD. 10AM Heat.

  • BoneFrog. September 11, 2022
    BoneFrog. September 11, 2022

    9+ Miles. Charlotte Hall, MD. 8:00AM Heat.


The Spartan Race: After 3 months of preparation, team Sand & Steel embarked on the Spartan Race. It was the most fun race I have ever done. Twenty-nine brilliant obstacles spread across challenging terrain. Our mettle would be tested like never before.  I am grateful to have had this opportunity to work with all of you and am beaming with pride at seeing how well you have done.

In 2022, we will continue our Trail Running Events as we prepare for The Savage Race, 1/2 marathon trail run, plus the full Spartan Race Trifecta (Sprint, Super, and the Beast).  Join us for grip and upperbody strength training in Arms OCR & CrossFit classes.

And We’ll Do It Together, We Are Team Sand & Steel.

Thank you for the privilege and honor of being your coach,

Paul Roberts

Personal Training & CrossFit Services

Personal Training

Get in Shape Quickly and Safely with our One on One Personal Training. Great for new CrossFit Athletes!

CrossFit Classes

Professionally Coached CrossFit Classes with scaling for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Level Classes

CrossFit Foundations

CrossFit Foundations methodically teaches you the essential techniques of CrossFit in a safe and exciting format.

Speciality Fitness Classes

Four speciality classes: FireFlow Yoga, Beyond Stretch, the Gun Show, and Butts & Guts

Showers & Towel Service

Plus On-Site Parking, Brand New Restrooms, HVAC, HEPA filtration & Keyless Entry

Open Gym

All Rogue Fitness Equipment. Over 50 Barbells + 8 Squat Racks. Reservation Based.

Rewards Program

Get Free Personal Training, Supplements & Apparel when you Share your Fitness Journey

CrossFit Workout Programming

Get the programming for our CrossFit Workouts, our speciality classes, and our CrossFit Extra Workout programming

When you work with us, you have the advantage of the 20,000 hours of coaching experience that Dawn and I share.  As a team, we have trained more than 10,000 clients and certified over 200 coaches.  We have trained many clients who move just like you. We have worked with people with your injuries and your goals.  We know what works, what’s safe, how to resolve your pain, and what will get you results.   At Sand and Steel, we handle the planning, the programming, the accessory work, mobility training, etc.   We do it all.  Just show up and give us 100%.

Paul Roberts, Biomedical Engineer.  John Hopkins University.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Satisfaction Guaranteed

You are paying for 5-star training experience when you come to Sand & Steel. And we do our absolute best to deliver that experience.  Every. Single. Time.  If we ever fall short in delivering a 5-star experience, we will replace your session free of charge.  Just fill out this form.

A Video is Worth a Thousand Words

Check out our Vimeo channel to see Sand & Steel Training in Action

CrossFit Gym Alexandria VA

3 CrossFit Scalings for All Classes

New to CrossFit, deconditioned (e.g. very out-of-shape), one more mobility restrictions or previous injuries. Unfamiliar with barbell technique and bodyweight exercises may be challenging.

Familiar with some scaling options, six months or more recent CrossFit experience, in shape, knowledge on how to manage mobility restrictions of previous injuries.

Able to self scale all own workouts, significant CrossFit experience, in shape, mobility restrictions are well managed.

Class levels and Scaling.  We provide 3 levels of each workout — each level works the same muscles, but at different difficulty.  Workouts are scaled or customized from that point to the individual athlete.

Personal Training: we build the workouts to your body and goals.  Then we update the workout in real time as you complete it.

Choose a Better Personal Trainer

Choose a Better Personal Trainer

At Sand and Steel Fitness, we understand that your time is valuable. Our personalized fitness programs and CrossFIt classes are proven to be effective and are customized to keep you safe while achieving optimal health. Benefit from training with team of coaches who share more than 20,000 hours of experience and 120 coaching certifications.

We know what works, how long it should take, and how to help you realize great results. From meal planning, to programming, accessory work, and mobility training, we have you covered -- no matter what shape you are in right now.

Just show up and give us 100%.

A Better Gym in Alexandria VA

As the boutique personal trainer and yoga studio in Northern Virginia / Alexandria we customize every workouts for you based on your needs and requirements. We integrate nutrition, movement, and flexibility into our individualized training plans. We help you achieve all your health and fitness goals, from training for an athletic event, looking better, or improving your overall health and wellness.

Our facility provides the equipment, tools and trainers necessary for a diverse, fun, challenging, and effective workout program. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, our expert personal trainers can help you get in the best shape of your life.

Paul Roberts, Biomedical Engineer. John Hopkins University.

Personal Trainers, Yoga Teachers, CrossFit Coaches

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO … and We Do It Better than Anyone Else. We are Sand and Steel: Professional Grade Yoga Teachers and Personal Trainers.
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