Paul Roberts – Owner

Paul Roberts

Strength, Conditioning, Mobility, and Yoga

Hello, and thank you for checking out my bio. As the head coach and chief of member relations, I’m available to you whenever you need my support. My phone number is 703.854.9960, and you are welcome to contact me whenever you need my assistance.

I am a Strength & Conditioning Coach with vast experience in yoga and mobility. I’ve written over 150 articles, published 1000 videos, and designed more than 100 workout plans for Sand and Steel. As a coach, I’ve trained more than 200 new personal trainers and well over 5,000 clients.

I work with members one-on-one, and I also teach five key classes for Sand and Steel Fitness. More than that, I supervise and edit personal training programs and class workouts at Sand and Steel. I’m in charge of training integrity, safety, and quality.

CrossFit, Yoga, Mobility, and Personal Training Certifications
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Paul Roberts | Owner Sand & Steel Fitness

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10 Years of Experience. Hired and trained over 200 Personal Trainers.
Worked with over 10,000 members in Strength, Mobility, and Weightloss

How Strong Am I and Does it Really Matter?

Yes, these are all my 2021 numbers at 41 years old

Max Hip Thrust 465lbs

Max Back Squat: 415lbs; 5-Rep Max 330lbs

Max Deadlift: 375lbs

Max Sumo Deadlift: 387lbs

Max Bench Press 315lbs

Max Split Jerk 235 lbs

Max Push Press 225 lbs

Max Clean: 215lbs

Should It Matter to You?

Yes, but only to some degree. My Big Three Lifts (squat, bench, and deadlift), put me at 1117 pounds. But would I “better” coach if my big three was at 1350 pounds? Maybe … it’s proof of concept to be sure. But there is also genetics and steroids to consider. Some people can lift more weight genetically, just like some people can run faster. Lots of professionals use drugs to increase how much they can lift too. So yes, I think you should consider how strong your coach is, but there is way more to coaching than simply how much to can lift.

Such as what?

Experience and Certifications Mostly

If you want to hire the best coach you can find in your area, choose the coach with the most certifications. I have hired and trained over 200 coaches for Sand & Steel. Invariably, the coaches with more years of experience and more certifications are better than ones with less. To be honest, I don’t find that it matters how shredded or muscular the coach is. Sure it helps on Instagram, but does it help with coaching real people like you? Not so much

When you look a coach’s certifications, you can learn what they are passionate about.

My Personal Training & CrossFit Certifications

  1. Biomedical Engineer: Johns Hopkins University
  2. Juris Doctorate: Rutgers Law School
  3. Yoga Inversions and Arm Balances Workshop
  4. Yoga SCW Level II Certified: Hatha Yoga,  Yoga for Seniors, Chakra balancing, Inversions, Pranayamas
  5. Functional Range Conditioning (FRC): Improve Flexibility and Strength at the End of Range of Motion
  6. Kinstretch: Mobility and Flexibility Certification for Group Classes
  7. Functional Aging Specialist (FAI): Specialty Training For Older Adults and Seniors
  8. 3DMAPS: 3 Dimensional Movements Analysis and Performance System
  9. Muscle Energy Techniques: Rehabilitation and Mobility
  10. M|WOD ReadyState Movement and Mobility Specialist: Movement and Mechanics
  11. RockTape FMT RockBlades Basic & Advanced: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Graston, and Scraping to Alleviate Pain and Improve Mobility
  12. RockTape FMT Performance and Basic: Functional Movement Techniques & Advanced Kinetic Taping
  13. RockTape FMT RockPods Cupping: Cupping to Improve Tissue Regeneration and Release Entrapped Nerves
  14. RockTape FMT RockFloss: Voodoo Bands and Occlusion Band (RockFloss) Therapy to Loosen and Mobilize Tight Fascia
  15. Y-Balance Testing: Examination of Movement Patterns and Imbalances for Functional Assessment
  16. FMS Level II: Functional Movement Screen and Corrective Exercise Techniques
  17. Road Runner Certified Coach: RRCA Certified Coach
  18. Starting Strength Seminar: Powerlifting Certification by Mark Riptoe
  19. TRX Suspension Training: Core and Bodyweight Training Techniques
  20. TRX Group Training Certification: Specialization in teaching TRX Suspension Training in Group Classes
  21. TRX Functional Training: Specialization in Multi-modal Techniques Combining TRX with Other Training System
  22. RKC Russian Kettlebell Club: Strength & Conditioning Through Kettlebells
  23. CrossFit Level 2: Weight loss and Metabolic Training
  24. CrossFit Powerlifting: Strength Training
  25. CrossFit Gymnastics: Bodyweight and Mobility
  26. CrossFit Scaling Course: Progressions and Regressions for Weight Lifting
  27. CrossFit Lesson Planning: Effective Techniques for Structuring Workouts
  28. CrossFit Pose Running: How to Spot Faults in Running Technique
  29. CrossFit Spot the Flaw: How to Spot Faults in Gymnastics and Weight Lifting Technique
  30. Precision Nutrition: Nutrition Coaching, Meal Planning, and Diet
  31. Certified in First Aid and CPR/AED National Foundation: Basic First Aid and CPR

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“What My Clients Say About Training With Me”

It’s worth mentioning that unlike many other websites, these are real review from real websites like Yelp and Facebook.  These reviews are all from active clients … real people you’ll meet at Sand & Steel.  People that want to meet you and join you in your journey to improve.  View all Reviews.

“My coaching style is all about customizing the personal training session to your goals, fitness level, and biomechanics.”

I scale personal training sessions through progressions and regressions so that they are safe and effective for you.  Yes, I’m a big fitness nerd with my fancy graphs and conjugate periodization programs. I like working out to 80s music by artists like Jefferson Starship and Jim Josef. I own that. But make no mistake, you will be drenched in sweat, and you’ll feel sore in muscles you never knew you had. You are only as strong as your weakest links… so train the smart way… with better mobility and stronger biomechanics. Let’s create a foundation for real strength training. Yes, it’s going to be hard, but it will be scaled to you safely. And in the end … I’m going to get you in the best shape of your life.

Better Movement
I have 8 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 train better.  My training sessions focus on providing athletes with exercises that they have sufficient range of motion and control to execute safely. By integrating mobility into all personal training sessions, we reduce injury rates and help clients break through strength plateaus.

Personal Training Methodology

Whether your goals are based in performance, bodybuilding, weight loss, or rehabilitation, improvement begins and ends with proper mobility and exercise mechanics.

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