Paul Roberts
Mobility, Strength, and Weight Loss

My Certifications

  1. Biomedical Engineer: Johns Hopkins University
  2. RKC Russian Kettlebell Club: Strength & Conditioning
  3. FMS Level II: Functional Movement Screen
  4. 3DMAPS: 3 Dimensional Movements Analysis and Performance System
  5. Muscle Energy Techniques: Rehabilitation and Mobility
  6. Mobility|WOD Movement and Mobility Specialist: Movement and Mechanics
  7. Y-Balance: Examination of Movement Patterns and Imbalances
  8. TRX Suspension Training: Core and Bodyweight
  9. CrossFit Level 1: Weight loss and Metabolic Training
  10. CrossFit Powerlifting: Strength Training
  11. CrossFit Gymnastics: Bodyweight and Mobility
  12. Precision Nutrition: Nutrition Coaching
Current Areas of Study
Books and Materials that I currently reviewing and studying
  1. Trigger Point Therapy Manual
  2. Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga
  3. CrossFit Scaling Course
  4. CrossFit Spot the Flaw
  5. Kit Laughlin Vimeo Series
  6. NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS)

My Experience
I have conducted over 10,000 of personal training with over 600 clients. I have worked with clients who have had massive surgeries (hip replacements, shoulder reconstruction, car accidents, rifle damage, etc.) to active military and police.  I specialize in weight loss, strength training, and correcting movement mechanics (kinesiology.)
Snake Bite
Paul performing the double kettlebell lateral walking lunge
My Education
I have a bachelors in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers. I choose to be a personal trainer so that I can help people move better and improve the quality of their life. Whether it’s unlocking confidence they didn’t know they had, or changing the way they look at fitness, personal training is my opportunity to help others.
Training Methodology
My formula for training clients is simple. I’ll measure your strengths and weaknesses and design a custom-program around your individuals abilities and goals. Challenging, “special-case” clients are my specialty.
Better Movement
I have 5 Mobility Certifications.  Mobility is all about retraining your muscles and connective tissue to move better.  It enhances all aspects of fitness, because when you move better you can get stronger faster.
Paul Roberts | Owner @ Sand & Steel Fitness

The Top 84 Books on Personal Training, Nutrition & Therapy
I owe much of my success in training clients to the hundreds authors and mentors that have written amazing books on Yoga, Personal Training, Crossfit, Nutrition, etc.  Here are the books and authors that have helped me become the personal trainer I am today.

Bodybuilding Books

  1. The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell.  Rating 9/10
  2. The New Rules for Lifting by Lou Schuler.  Rating 8/10
  3. P90x Videos Series by Beachbody and Tony Horton. Rating 8/10
  4. Bring It! by Tony Horton. Rating 6/10
  5. Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews.  Not Rated Yet
  6. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold SchwarzeneggerRating 4/10
  7. Delavier’s Sculpting Anatomy for Women: Shaping your core, butt, and legs by Frederic Delavier.  Rating 3/10
  8. Bodybuilding Anatomy-2nd Edition by Nicholas Evans.  Rating 2/10
  9. Keys to the Universe by Bill PearlRating 1/10.
  10. Better than Steroids by Warren Willey.  Not Rated Yet

Bodyweight & Gymnastics

  1. The IMPACT! Body Plan by Todd DurkinRating 9/10
  2. Men’s Health Your Body is Your Barbell by BJ Gaddor. Rating 8/10
  3. Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret ContrerasRating 6/10
  4. Insanity Video Series by Beachbody and Sean T.  Rating 6/10
  5. Bodyweight Strength Training by Jay Cardiello. Rating 3/10
  6. Free+Style: Maximize Sport and Life Performance with Four Basic Movements by Carl Paoli.  Not Rated Yet.
  7. Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Training by Ashley Kalym.  Not Rated Yet.
  8. The Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline.  Not Rated Yet.

Clubbell Books

  1. The Big Book of Clubbell Training by Scott SonnonRating 9/10

CrossFit & General Physical Preparedness

  1. By the Numbers by Sean ManseauRating 10/10.
  2. First: What it Takes to Win by Rich Froning.  Not Rated Yet.
  3. Learning to Breathe Fire by J.C Hertz.  Not Rated Yet.

Kettlebell Books

  1. Kettlebell Rx by Jeff MartoneRating 9/10.
  2. Enter The Kettlebell! Strength Secret of The Soviet Supermen by Pavel Tsatsouline.  Rating 6/10.
  3. RKC Book of Strength and Conditioning by Geoff Neupert.  Rating 3/10.
  4. Kettlebell Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline. Not Rated Yet.

Mobility, Stability, & Stretching

  1. Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition by Kelly StarrettRating 10/10
  2. Stretching & Flexibility, 2nd Edition by Kit LaughlinRating 10/10
  3. Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies by Gray CookRating 6/10
  4. Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition by Bob AndersonRating 5/10.
  5. Real Movement: Perspective on Integrated Motion & Motor Control by Adam Wolf.  Not Rated Yet
  6. The Science of Flexibility – 3rd Edition by Michael Alter.  Not Rated Yet
  7. Muscle Mechanics – 2nd Edition by Everett Aaberg.  Not Rated Yet
  8. Relax into Stretch by Pavel Tsatsouline.  Not Rated Yet
  9. The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body by Robert Donald CooleyNot Rated Yet
  10. Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training by Thomas Kurz.  Not Rated Yet


  1. Gourmet Nutrition: The Cookbook for the Fit Food Lover by John Berardi. Rating 10/10
  2. Whole 30 by Melissa HartwigRating 8/10
  3. Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference by Phyllis BalchRating 8/10
  4. The Shredded Chef: 120 Recipes for Building Muscle by Michael Matthews.  Not Yet Rated

Olympic Lifting

  1. Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches by Greg EverettRating 10/10

Personal Training

  1. Strength Training Anatomy Workout II by Frederic Delavier.  Rating 4/10
  2. Ignite the Fire: The Secrets to Building a Successful Personal Training Career by Jonathan GoodmanNot Yet Rated
  3. Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In by Brett Bartholomew.  Not Yet Rated
  4. Attention and Motor Skill Learning by Gabriele Wulf.  Not Yet Rated

Physical Therapy

  1. Muscle Energy Techniques by John GibbonsRating 9/10
  2. The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief.  Third Edition by Clair Davies.  Rating 8/10
  3. The Vital Psoas Muscle by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones.  Not Yet Rated
  4. Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain by Donna Finando.  Not Yet Rated
  5. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, 3e by Thomas MyersNot Yet Rated
  6. Muscle Energy Techniques: 4e by Chaitow.  Not Rated Yet
  7. Therapeutic Exercise for Lumbopelvic Stabilization: A Motor Control Approach… Low Back Pain, 2e by Richardson.  Not Yet Rated
  8. The Athlete’s Shoulder, 2e by Andrews.  Not Yet Rated

Power Lifting Books

  1. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition by Mark RippetoeRating 10/10
  2. Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe.  Rating 7/10
  3. 5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System by Jim Wendler.  Rating 5/10

Running and Endurance Training

  1. Power Speed Endurance by Brian MacKenzieNot Yet Rated.
  2. Unbreakable Runner by TJ Murphy. Not Yet Rated.
  3. Ready to Run by Kelly Starret.  Not Yet Rated.

Strength Training Books

  1. Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic DelavierRating: 10/10
  2. Designing Resistance Training Programs, 4th Edition by Steven FleckRating: 7/10
  3. Advances in Functional Training by Michael BoyleRating: 1/10
  4. Science and Practice of Strength Training, 2nd Edition by Vladimir ZatsiorskyNot Rated Yet
  5. The Purposeful Primitive: Using the Primordial Laws of Fitness to Trigger … Physical Change by Marty Gallagher.  Not Rated Yet

TRX Suspension Training

  1. Suspended Bodyweight Training: Workout Programs for Total-Body Fitness by Kenneth Leung.  Rating 5/10
  2. Complete Guide to TRX Suspension Training by Jay Dawes.  Rating 3/10


  1. Yoga Anatomy, 2d by Leslie Kaminoff.  Rating 7/10
  2. The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown.  Not Yet Rated
  3. 2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel LacerdaNot Yet Rated
  4. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T. K. V. Desikachar.  Not Yet Rated
  5. Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar.  Not Yet Rated
  6. Anatomy for Yoga: An Illustrated Guide to Your Muscles in Action by Leigh Brandon.  Not Yet Rated
  7. The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind by Richard Freeman.  Not Yet Rated
  8. Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson.  Not Yet Rated
  9. Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens.  Not Yet Rated
  10. Hatha Yoga Illustrated by Martin Kirk.  Not Yet Rated
  11. The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions: Learn How to Invert, Float, and Fly with Inversions and Arm Balances by Jennifer DeCurtins.  Not Yet Rated
  12. The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I by Ray Long.  Not Yet Rated
  13. The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II by Ray Long.  Not Yet Rated
  14. Yoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses by Ray Long.  Not Yet Rated
  15. Yoga Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends by Ray LongNot Yet Rated
  16. Yoga Mat Companion 3: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists by Ray LongNot Yet Rated

Rating Explanations and Criteria

All books are read twice cover to cover.  I space the readings at least 6 months apart.  I’ve found that I learn a great deal more reading a book twice because I understand it’s organization better.  I’m also able to understand some of the more subtle points the author is trying to make.

Ratings are based on the following criteria:

  1. Cost of book: more expensive books should be better.  If they aren’t, I lower the rating.
  2. Clarity of illustrations: good illustrations make reading the book easier.
  3. Redundancy: I hate when books waste my time by repeating the same principles over and over.
  4. Organization: Organization of material is very important for learning new concepts.
  5. Worksheets, Charts, Bonus Videos, etc.:  Did the author include quality bonus materials
  6. Best of Breed: Did this book really discuss new research and information.  Does it do something better than other books.
  7. Not Yet Rated.  If I haven’t read the book twice, you’ll see it’s rated as not yet rated.

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