Open Gym Membership

5.00 out of 5
(9 customer reviews)

From $70.00 Per Month

Our Open Gym Membership features specialty barbells & bumper plates for powerlifting and Olympic lifting, kettlebells, dumbbells, rowers, Woodway treadmill, Echo Bike, cable machines, 8 squat racks, Olympic rings, and more. We have Electronic Access, A/C, Parking, & Showers. If you are looking for a open gym membership for powerlifting, CrossFit, or Olympic lifting, you have come to the right place.

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Membership Overview

For Most CrossFit gyms, open gym is an afterthought.  Something they hope to be able to provide, but aren’t really equipped to do so.  Sand and Steel at Eisenhower is the third gym that Dawn and Paul opened.  We know our Open Gym members — they are powerlifters and CrossFitters.  Many are Military officers, and many have owned or managed a CrossFit box.  We built our gym to provide you with the equipment you want, at the times that are convenient for your schedule.  We have unlimited open gym in the mornings with group classes in the evening.  We have air conditioning, showers, convenient parking, and a keyless entry system.

And as important as all of that is, where Sand and Steel really shines is in safety and cleanliness.  We take the COVID-19 threat seriously and have designed our open gym service to keep you as safe as possible.  To learn more about how Sand and Steel is keep you safe, check out our latest articles on COVID-19.


Built For Powerlifting and CrossFit WODS
Reservation Based
Our open gym is reservation based, meaning you have to book a time slot.  We limit open gym attendance to 8 people in a particular hour.  This keeps you safe and prevents overcrowding.
A True Strength Gym
We have 8 powerlifting racks, top of the line Rogue barbells and plates, Oly barbells, Duffalo bars, Hex Bars, barbell chains, and more.
No BS Fees
No Signup Fees and No Equipment Fees.

We have ample parking in front of the gym, plus the Van Dorn metro is less than a 2 minute walk away.  Our Open Gym Membership includes access to all of our advanced strength training equipment from companies like Rogue Fitness and TRX.  Fitness gear designed for strength training and CrossFit.  We even have a monolift, Duffalo bar, Rowers, and more.

State of the Art Equipment

We have advanced strength training equipment from companies like Rogue Fitness and TRX.  Fitness gear designed for strength training and CrossFit.

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9 reviews for Open Gym Membership

  1. 5 out of 5


    Looking for a well equipped gym? Look no further! From strength training racks to Cross Fit constructs to cardio to yoga supplies, it’s all covered here. When I first came in for the tour I wasn’t necessarily looking for a trainer per say, I’ve been at this for sometime by myself, but I was impressed with how much equipment and space there was in a space not normal to the traditional size you would expect of a gym. The atmosphere of Sand and Steel was super inviting and when they mentioned the option of open gym, I certainly had some questions about what I could use, where I could use it but when they said open gym, they meant open gym, of course as long as you weren’t disturbing other gym users. (always be mindful of your other gym goers.)I’ve already signed up for being able to use the open gym which means I go on my time and do what I want with the help of the many useful tools they have to provide for gym users.
    Whether you’re new to the gym scene or you have been doing this a while, like I have, this is a perfect place to help you achieve any goals you may have. From trainers that are expertly trained and care for your goals, to those of us who have been doing this a while and having the many tools to help you achieve your own goals, this is the place to workout.

  2. 5 out of 5


    I was just looking for a simple gym with great equipment. I feel safe and well equipped every time I come to Sand and Steel. I’m an avid gym goer so I can tell they are most equipped for almost any situation or style of exercise that you want to do. Flexibility of times is awesome, ease of access in and out. Quick tips are always helpful if you happen to catch a trainer there while you’re there. All the trainers are super nice and helpful, all very knowledgeable in different exercises and equipment. I’m even thinking of trying some of the training sessions at some point. Over all, I definitely recommend the open gym though. Great equipment to use and all kept in really great condition.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Overall, great equipment, great space and great atmosphere. Looking forward to continuing at Sand and Steel.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Great price for my budget plus awesome space and equipment. I was worried when I saw the location from the outside, but like the old phrase goes, “It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside”. So much to work with inside. I love this gym!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah J.

    Great price for a college student budget. I’ve been into fitness for years since middle school. This is a great open gym to be a part of. Very well equipped, great staff if I ever have questions. It’s a very inviting atmosphere in here and I feel very secure while I’m working out. Easy access into the building if no one is here. It’s also nice because at times I get the gym all to myself. Always respectful of course which everyone is encouraged to be while you are in any gym. Highly recommend this package if you’re just looking for a good way to get a good workout. Easy location to get to, it’s right next to the Van Dorn metro station. No really you walk outside and it’s right there. Love overall!

  6. 5 out of 5


    Awesomely equipped gym. Anything you need to get a good workout in is more than likely here. You need yoga equipment, it’s here. You’re a bodybuilder, the equipment is here. Most of the time I will get the gym privately to myself. Basic house rules apply. Keep you’re station clean and treat the equipment and space with respect. Very well maintained gym. Great location and so much ease of transportation methods.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim R.

    I am a mom of two so being able to find a gym that is affordable and easy to access is such an awesome combo for me. Location is awesome to get to (right next to Van Dorn metro station) , flexibility of time frames to work out, scheduling to use the gym is super easy as well. You simply schedule a day you want to come in and then choose what time you want to come in during that wide open slot of time. Love this pack so much for the ease of so many options. I have also been interested in maybe trying out some of their training session, they look like a really challenging but fun time. We shall see, I’ll keep everyone posted!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Devin R.

    So many gyms near by to Sand and Steel but what got me interested in Sand and Steel was the equipment. So much to choose from, usually pretty quiet while you’re here, other than good, invigorating music playing while working out. Getting in is super easy especially when no one is here, it’s set up on an electronic lock system. As long as your scheduled you are good to go. Scheduling is super easy as well, ease of access right from your phone. Choose what day you want to come in, book it and come in when it works well with your schedule. I’ve happened to come across some of the private training sessions as well and they look pretty awesome. I’me debating on trying some out soon when I’m feeling good and ready.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aurelia Gracia

    Open gym is great because Sand and Steel allows members to sign up using a reservation system so the gym isn’t over-packed making it hard for people to use the equipment. Access into the gym is done through an electronic system on your phone and it’s easy to get signed up through the website. The gym offers a variety of equipment, cleaning products, supplements, and more. You have everything you need there.

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You must attend an Open Gym Consult before you may attend Open Gym.  Follow the instructions on our Let’s Get Started Page.

Free Guest Pass:

Members may obtain a free guest pass for your friends.  Please fill out our guest pass form.

COVID-19 Policies

  1. Please Review our Face Mask Policy
  2. Stay 10 feet away from other members.
  3. Clean all surfaces you touch.
  4. Make sure all metal surfaces are bone dry after your clean them (we don’t want equipment to rust.)
  5. If you want a gym mat, you must bring your own.  Please do not use any mats at Sand & Steel until further notice.
  6. For safety purposes, we will not provide chalk to share.  You are welcome to bring your own block chalk (pure magnesium carbonate).  We do not allow liquid chalk, powder chalk, or chalk balls.  If you’d like to buy a block of magnesium carbonate, we have some available for $5 each.  Be sure to pick up a zip lock bag with your chalk purchase.

Safe Barbell Handling Policy

Please Review all 10 Videos on Safe Barbell Handling

Please observe good barbell etiquette while you are at Sand and Steel Fitness.  Our barbells and plates are very expensive.  In order to keep our prices low, we need everyone to take care of our barbells.

Open Gym Rules

  1. Book your classes online. Open gym sessions are two hours long.  Trainer Rentals are one hour long.
  2. You must register for every session you attend. You must attend every session you book. You must check-in on the app for every session you attend. No show fees are $10.  It does not matter if you were really there or if you signed the COVID-19 Safety Declaration.  If you don’t check-in on Zen Planner, you’ll be automatically assigned the no-show fee.
  3. Booking Window: 1 hours to 2 Weeks before the session.
  4. Cancellation Window: 2 hours to 2 Weeks before the session.
  5. Clean all Chalk and all surfaces before you leave. Replace all equipment you have relocated to its original position. Wipe bars, plates, handles, everything. Keep the gym clean and hygienic for everyone. Make sure all equipment is returned exactly as you found it. All Rack attachments must be attached to the rack if you remove them. Replace benches where you find them.
  6. If you are the last person in the gym, turn off the main lights, and all lights in bathrooms and changing rooms.
  7. Do not allow people into the gym who don’t have access. Hand them a business card, which is on the front door.
  8. If you’d like to listen to your own music in open gym, you must bring your own headphones.  Don’t adjust the stereo, try to change the music, or try to play your own music through any speakers.  As a commercial gym, all of our music is licensed through ASCAP.
  9. You may not use any Sand and Steel Fitness computers. Don’t adjust or touch the cameras.
  10. Don’t slam any medicine balls into the floor or walls. Sandballs may be slammed on the floor. Don’t drop dumbbells or Kettlebells. Don’t drop plates on Cybex cable machine.
  11. You may not use any gym mats.
  12. You’ll need a dedicated pair of sneakers for the gym.  We recommend Nobulls, Metcons, Nano, Innov8, Chucks, Yoga Socks, or similar.  Please make sure your shoes are clean when you enter the gym. This policy is designed to keep the gym clean, and your knees and ankles safe.
  13. Respect the weight limits of the cardio equipment, where posted.
  14. Do not relocate TRX Trainers.
  15. InBody Scans are NOT included with your open gym membership.
  16. Absolutely no horse-play of any kind will be tolerated. Do not throw any objects in the gym.
  17. No boxes under pullups bars.  Do not kick boxing bags with shoes on.
  18. Please do not drag Bikes, Benches or other equipment across the floor as it will mark-up the floor.  If you do not know how to move any of this equipment, please speak with a coach before attempting to move it.
  19. Please let us know if any members aren’t following these rules.  If you see any damaged equipment, please let us know.
  20. Please keep all personal items (water bottles, masks, phones, bags, keys, etc.) in a cubby.  We do not allow members to leave their bags on the floor or on equipment.

6 Step Open Gym Process

Follow this process every time you attend Open Gym.

  1. Book Your Sessions Online;
  2. Wash Your Hands when you arrive;
  3. Sign the COVID-19 Declaration;
  4. Check-in on the app;
  5. Clean your station: replace equipment; carefully remove all chalk, & clean all surfaces;
  6. Turn off the lights when you leave

If you do not follow the 6-Step Process, your account will be suspended or terminated.  Open gym works when everyone follows the rules.

The following terms and conditions apply to all packages.  Buying a training package of any type constitutes acceptance of the below Membership Policy.

1) Zero Tolerance Policy for Discrimination, Bullying, or Creating a Poisoned Workout Environment.

We accept no justification for ANY Discrimination, Bullying, or Creating a Poisoned Workout Environment.  Any member or employee found to be in violation of this policy IN OR OUT OF SAND AND STEEL FITNESS will have their membership canceled or employment status terminated.

Discrimination: treating people differently, negatively, or adversely because of: race, color, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or physical or mental disability.

Bullying: attacking and diminishing another by subjecting a person to unjustified criticism and/or trivial fault-finding, humiliating the recipient (especially in front of others), and/or ignoring, overruling, isolating, and excluding the recipient.

Poisoned workout environment: is behavior that creates a hostile or offensive place to workout. Examples include sexual, racial or religious insults or jokes, or abusive treatment of a member or an employee.

2) COVID-19 Policies

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine is Required for All Members

  • All personal items water bottles, phones, masks, etc. must be kept in cubbies.  You may not put them on the floor or on equipment.
  • Disinfect all equipment after use.

3) SSF Sick Policy

You may not train with any cold symptoms whatsoever, including but not limited to:

If you have had potential exposure to Covid-19 in the last 14 days;
Have a fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or a sense of having a fever;
Have a new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition;
Have new shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition;
Have new chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition;
Have a new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition;
Have new muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise);
You may not train at Sand & Steel for 14 days from the first onset of any of the above symptoms.

Policies When You Are Sick: To protect all clients and trainers, we won’t train you if you have visible symptoms of being sick. It doesn’t matter whether you are contagious or not. Exception: you have symptoms and a Dr.’s note that says you are not contagious. It’s impossible to sterilize every surface you might touch. Because we have a responsibility to our other clients, we will turn you away if you come to the gym sick or display any symptoms of being sick. You might say, “I’m not sick… it’s just allergies.” If it’s just allergies, take some Claritin and you won’t have any symptoms. Symptoms = no workout.

4) Checking In

Checking in: you are required to check in with your personal trainer, through the app, or online at our member connect portal. While coaches may remind you, it is ultimately your responsibility to check in. If you do not check in, the session will be counted as a no-show, even if you were in fact present.  It doesn’t matter if you sign the COVID-19 log either.  If you do not check-in, you will be assigned a no-show fee.

For the sake of any ambiguity, you should only check in to a session that you actually attend.  From time to time we encounter a member that tries to bypass our check in policy by checking into a session that they do not actually attend.  The first time this happens you’ll be issued a warning.  The second time, you’ll be charged a $50 false check-in fee.  Do not attempt to frustrate our check-in policy by checking into sessions that you did not attend.

5) Booking Policy

A) Personal Training

  • Personal Training Sessions may be booked 6 hours to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Early Cancellation is 24 or more hours before your scheduled session. Early cancellations are done through the website or app. Early cancellations have no cancellation penalty.
  • Late cancellations will result in you losing your session unless it’s for an emergency.

B) Group Classes

  • Group Classes may be booked 2 hours to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Early Cancellation is 2 or more hours before your scheduled session. Early cancellations are done through the website or app. Early cancellations have no cancellation penalty.
  • Late cancellations will result in a late cancellation fee $5 unless it’s an emergency (within 2 hours of the scheduled time).
  • No Show: you will be charged $10 as a no-show fee for taking another member’s spot and not attending the session.

C) Open Gym

  • Open Gym may be booked 1 hours to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Early Cancellation is 2 or more hours before your scheduled session. Early cancellations are done through the website or app. Early cancellations have no cancellation penalty.
  • Late cancellations will result in a late cancellation fee $5 unless it’s an emergency (within 2 hours of the scheduled time).
  • No Show: you will be charged $10 as a no-show fee for taking another member’s spot and not attending the session.
  • Open Sessions are one to two hours long.  Some sessions are front of the gym only.  Some are back of the gym only.  Most of them are full gym.  Just check the schedule for availability.  You cannot come in early (e.g. at 9AM when you book 10AM) or leave late stay until 1PM when you book your session at 10AM.)  It’s not complicated, book the time slot that you want to come into the gym.  You only need 1-hour notice to book your session online.

6) Membership Early Cancellation Policy

Your Membership Agreement will specify the duration of the membership.  If you need/want to cancel your membership early, you’ll need to provide 3 Months written notice via our cancellation form to cancel.  Requests to cancel the membership earlier than three (3) months will not be honored.  Once you provide your cancellation notice, we will adjust your account so that it terminates three months from the date we receive your cancellation notice.  Prepaid Memberships cannot be cancelled early for any reason.

Membership Renewal: After the initial membership Term has expired, this Agreement shall automatically renew at the same Term at the prevailing membership rate, which is subject to change, until I submit a request to cancel at I understand that there is no other way to cancel, and that I am responsible for all charges billed or incurred prior to cancellation. I further agree that my membership benefits are exclusive to me and are in no way transferable to anyone else. I understand that the terms and conditions of this agreement apply to any renewed membership.

No Time Extensions or Rollovers: There are no time extensions and there are no rollovers.

CrossFit Workout Plans: After your discounted first month, the membership will renew at $49/month until cancelled.

7) Reserved

8) Accidental Renewal / Refunds

Although we have explained how our autorenewal process works, on occasion, some members forget the above information and request a refund after their membership has renewed. If you request a refund after your renewal has been processed, you’ll be presented with an option to apply 100% of the renewal amount as a store credit (which doesn’t expire and can be used to purchase a future membership) or receive a refund minus a 20 % administration fee to cover the accounting, administrative, and credit card transaction fees involved with your return. Processing membership returns is very time consuming and expensive, which is why most gyms don’t offer refunds for any reason whatsoever.

9) Late Cancellation Form & Policy

If you would need to cancel your reservation within the time window, please review our Late Cancellation Policy and fill out the requisite late cancellation form.

10) Late Reservation Form & Policy

If you would like to reserve within the time window, please review our Late Reservation Policy and fill out the requisite late cancellation form.

11) Memberships

  1. Combo Unlimited includes: Unlimited CrossFit Classes, Unlimited Open Gym, Unlimited Specialty Classes, Free or Discounted Events, and 4 Free Private Sessions.  Combo Unlimited has a three-month contract.
  2. CrossFit 12 includes: 12 CrossFit Classes.

12) Time Extensions

We allow members to request an extension of time on Personal Training 5 Pack and Personal Training Pack 10 only. Requests for extension of time for other membership types will not be honored. Sessions do not Rollover over on Personal Training Memberships or Combo Memberships.

13) Hold Form & Policy

If you would like to put your membership on Hold, please review our Membership Hold Policy and fill out the requisite hold form.  Holds cost $20 unless you meet one of the exceptions (injury, illness, or military orders.)

14) Open Gym Rules

The Open Gym Rules available at apply to this agreement.  For everyone’s safety, you are required to follow these rules at all times.

15) Session Length

  • Personal Training is approximately 45 minutes long.
  • Group Classes are approximately 1 hour long – you can only book one group class session per day.
  • Open Gym is 1 hour long and you can book two classes per day.

16) Sneaker Policies

You’ll need a dedicated pair of sneakers for the gym.  We recommend Nobulls, Metcons, Nano, Innov8, Chucks, Yoga Socks, or similar.  Please make sure your shoes are clean when you enter the gym. This policy is designed to keep the gym clean, and your knees and ankles safe.

17) Personal Items

Do not leave any personal items in the gym after you leave.  Sand & Steel is not responsible for any items you leave in the gym.  Due to safety issues associated with COVID-19, Sand & Steel does not maintain a lost and found.  Items left in the gym after it closes will be discarded.
All Personal Items like Water Bottles, Keys, Phones, Masks, etc. must be kept in the cubbies in the gym.  Please see our social distancing article for more information.

18) Photography

A) Dawn and Paul, occasionally take photos and videos of clients in the gym. We use these photos for marketing and fostering an environment of positivity for all clients. We also share the photos with you during the session to make sure they like them. Photos that coaches take are uploaded to our smugmug account: We take care not to publish unflattering pictures, we’ll provide you a copy of the pictures, and make sure you look good to inspire others. If you don’t want your picture taken, just remind your coach during the session.

B) We do not allow personal trainers or members to video or photograph themselves in classes or open gym for commercial purposes such as: the promotion of their own training/nutrition service, a third-party fitness/nutrition service, and/or related fitness or nutrition products.  For members looking to take photos and/or videos of themselves for commercial purposes, a special commercial use license must be obtained prior to taking any photos or videos.  The cost of the special commercial use license depends on the nature of your use and products/services you are promoting.   Please contact us to request the appropriate form so we can provide you with an estimate.

19) Cancellations of Memberships

Cancellation of Memberships: from time to time, Sand and Steel Fitness discontinues certain types of memberships.  Generally, we cancel membership based on changes in the economy and/or global member preferences.  We may, at our discretion, cancel your membership at any time.  If we cancel your membership, we will determine the value of the unused portion of your membership (by the remaining time in the month and/or number of sessions.)  We place the value of this unused portion into your account as an account credit.  Account credits do not expire, and they may be used to purchase any membership type.  You will be emailed with screenshots of your account so that you understand you are being adequately compensated for the unused portion of your account.

20) General Items

Merger Clause: I understand that this Agreement and the Informed Consent document are the final, complete and exclusive statement of the agreement between the Sand & Steel and the Client with respect to the transactions contemplated herein, and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements with respect to the subject matter hereof are merged herein.

Membership Updates: Sand & Steel reserves the right to update this membership FAQ from time to time.  Any major update to our membership policy will be distributed via newsletter and updated on this document.

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