Our Team

When a new member joins Sand & Steel for personal training, they always ask me who is going to be their coach. And I always tell them the same thing — we are all your coach. No one coach is better than the aggregate knowledge and wisdom we share as a team. Sand & Steel works because we are united in our quest for safer movement, healthier bodies, and acceptance of all people and cultures.

Sand & Steel Coaching is many things, but at its heart lies a commitment to teamwork for the betterment of each other and our members. Teamwork is working together to build and secure a common vision. It is the coordination of individual efforts to benefit our members and our gym. Our teamwork-first culture is what provides us the ability to offer a level of personal training service unmatched in our industry.

So, yes, we are all your coach. We are all your team. And yes … you should book different coaches for your personal training so that you can benefit from the combined experience and certifications we all share. Learn from everyone, absorb everything you can, so that you can become the best you can be.

Coach Paul of Sand & Steel

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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Cindy Personal Trainer CrossFit

Cindy Moore – Signature Coach

CrossFit and Personal Training Certifications

  1. CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  2. National Strength and Conditioning Association Member/Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
  3. NETA Personal Trainer
  4. Functional Movement Systems Functional Movement Screen Level 1
  5. TRX Suspension Systems and Rip Trainer
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Past Coaches

Some of our Favorite Coaches that Have Moved to Open Their Own Gyms and Studios

Coach Flavio Kettlebell Sport Girevoy Sport Weightlifting Powerlifting Strongman Alexandria VA

Flavio Spaducci – Kettlebell Strength and Conditioning

🌟 Sand & Steel All-Star Coach.  July 2018

Flavio’s Personal Trainer Certifications

  1. Kettlebell Sport Coach Level 2: Exam passed with highest marks, certified by Oleh Ilikia, World Kettlebell Sport Federation president, multiple time world champion and Guinness Record holder
  2. Strongman Instructor: Certified by Francesco Gioia, Italy’s strongest man
  3. Crosslifting: A new sport born in Russia by combining all of the strength sports together. Spent a week in a Russian Olympic facility, training with Klokov, Berestov, Koklyaev and Denisov
  4. Weightlifting Instructor: Certified by Giles Greenwood in London, UK
  5. Functional Training Instructor: Certified by Italian Boxing Federation

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Robin Marion Bodybuilding Figure Competitor

Robin Marion Strength Training for Triathletes

Strength Training for Triathletes Certifications

  1. American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer
  2. American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Health Coach
  3. American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Strength & Conditioning Coach
  4. American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Nutrition Certification
  5. TRX – Suspension Training Certification
  6. USAC – Certified Cycling Coach
  7. USATF – Certified Track Coach
  8. RRCA – Distance Run Coach
  9. Les Mills – Body Combat & CXWORX Certification
  10. Strong By Zumba Licensed Instructor
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Matt bio Overall Fitness

Matt Ervien
Overall Fitness

Overall Fitness is a passion. Strength and conditioning that will effect your everyday, whether it is related to work or recreational sports. Better fitness will allow for more energy throughout the day helping you excel at whatever you are doing.

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Rachel Garmon
Weightlifting and Mobility

My Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Weight-Loss Specialist, USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach, ISSA Kettlebell Certified

“The greatest feeling is watching a client achieve that which they thought impossible. Challenge yourself and challenge your body.”

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Jenn Starter Pack

Jenn Morrow Powerlifting

Jen’s Personal Training Certifications

Level 1, Junior Personal Trainer

  1. NPTI National Personal Training Institute: Kettlebell Certification, Nutrition Certification
  2. LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
  3. P-DTR Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex
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Monika Yoga Teacher eryt-500

Monika Ljungquist Yoga Teacher

Yoga Teacher ERYT500

Yoga Teacher – Various Disciplines: Hatha, Recovery, Vinyasa

  • Ashtanga yoga primary series: 2010 David Svensson, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Yinyoga teacher training: Ann Arnesson, 2010, Sweden
  • Pre and postnatal yoga training: Karin Bjorkengren Jones, Båstad, Sweden
  • Swedish massage and trigger points treatments: 2010,Friskvårdsgruppen, Lund, Sweden
  • Bachelor in nursing science, registered nurse in Sweden: 2013 Lund University
  • Yoga teacher ERYT 200 Yoga Alliance 2012: Alan Finger, Sarah Platt-Finger, Ulrica Norberg and Katrina Repka, Stockholm, Sweden
  • DOULA training: 2013 Goteborg, Sweden
  • Teacher training in restorative yoga: (2014, Stockholm)
  • Ayurveda lifestyle coaching certificate: 2015 Markaryd school, Sweden
  • ERYT 500, ISHTA yoga: Training taught by Alan Finger, Sarah Platt-Finger, Ulrica Norberg and Katrina Repka, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Integrative nutrition health coach: 2019-2020
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Yoga Teacher and Spine Specialist

Paris Yoga Teacher and Spine Specialist

Yoga Teacher

Yoga Teacher Certifications

  • 200Hr RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)Kripalu Yoga Center
  • Chiropractor Assistant Cert: Maryland Chiropractic Board
  • First Aid and CPR: American Red Cross
  • Reiki Degree Level 1: Shabach Yoga Studio
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Kim Ruiz Yoga Teacher

Kim Ruiz Yoga Teacher

Kim- Registered Yoga Teacher RYT 200

Yoga Teacher – Alignment & Vinyasa

  • Vinyasa Yoga RYT-200
  • Zumba Basic 1,
  • Zumba Basic 2,
  • Zumba Gold and Zumba Toning
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
  • CPR/AED
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Kati Gunn

Kati Gunn Personal Trainer

Personal Training Certifications

  • Bachelor’s of Science – Exercise Science from University of North Carolina
  • NASM Personal Training Certification
  • NASM Group Personal Training Specialist
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified
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