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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
How to Be Financially Successful as a Personal Trainer
Paul discusses the 10 key traits that the successful personal trainers have in common, plus common pitfalls that can sink your career before it starts.
Looking to Hire the Best Trainer in your area? Download Sand & Steel’s free eBook on what questions to ask your next 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
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.
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.
Sand & Steel customizes and builds workout programs according to each clients unique goals and movement patterns. Here are sample some programs we have created for current clients.
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.
The Barbell, Dumbbell, Kettle Bell, Sand Bell, and Club Bell go head-to-head in this strength training equipment showdown. Download our decision chart, and buy the right piece of equipment for your budget.
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.
Fat Analyzer Showdown. InBody Body Composition Scanning
The Kettlebell Windmill is an excellent hamstring range of motion exercise, improving mobility through the motion. Here’s How It’s Done.
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
Cable Machine versus Crossover Symmetry Bands versus Exercise Tubing. Learn which one is for you.
Personal Trainers, CrossFit, TRX, Boxing, and KettleBell Coaches
Sand & Steel is looking for the best trainers and CrossFit coaches Northern Virginia has to offer.
- Full Time / Part Time – Hourly Employee Position
- Open or Close Monday – Friday and Saturday 8AM – 2PM
- Flexible hours range from 20 – 40 hours/week
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
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.