Starter Pack Private Training

5.00 out of 5
(8 customer reviews)


Your personal training program in Alexandria VA will be designed according to your goals and fitness level.   Your Starter Pack comes with 4 sessions.  We will customize your program to help you move better, lose weight, build strength, etc.   We build our programs to improve your health first.  Looking better is a byproduct a healthy, good-moving body.  We specialize in helping people with mobility restrictions and previous injuries such as retired military.  Weight loss programs, powerlifting, strength training for runners, we do it all.

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Intro Personal Training Package

The Starter Pack Private Training includes 4 Private Personal Training Sessions.  Each session is 60 minutes long.  The sessions will be customized to your unique goals and movement capabilities.  Your first session will be a complete fitness assessment, where we will work with you to design you a new program.  We’ll also include a free InBody 570 Composition Scan to determine what kind of programming is best for you.

The Starter Pack Private Training is designed for you to try out our services (personal training, nutrition, and private yoga sessions.)  Starter Pack Private Training has no term commitments outside the sessions that you are purchasing.  After you complete your Starter Pack, you’ll have the option to purchase additional sessions to continue your training.  The Starter Pack is eligible to new clients only.  Sessions expire 60 days from the date of purchase if not used.  Limit 1 Starter Pack Private Training per member.   After you purchase the Starter Pack, please fill out our new client intake form.

The Sand & Steel Formula for Success

Sand & Steel builds new programs around your goals and their movement patterns.  We customize the training to your fitness levels (beginner to expert).  We mobilize the parts of your body that don’t move well.  We even customize your program for how you are feeling that day.  With a personal trainer, you get one-on-one customization and attention.  The result … a safer program that delivers faster results than the group model.  It costs more… because it delivers more.

That’s Who We Are … Real Coaches Who Train Real Clients

Personal Training and Therapy
Owned and Operated by Certified Personal Trainers

Personal Trainer Starter Pack Alexandria VA 22314

Certified Personal Trainer Specialties:

Strength, Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, Kettlebells, Mobility & Movement (FMS & M|WOD), Flexibility, Private Yoga Sessions, Running Coach, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Boxing, & Senior Personal Training.

Who We Are

Core and Lower Mobility

We are a boutique personal trainer studio. We handcraft and customize every workout. We integrate nutrition, movement, and flexibility into our personal training sessions. You only get one body, keep it safe, and make it the best you can.

We are Sand and Steel, Professional Grade Personal Trainers

Our Secrets to Success

Study your craft, take as many certifications as you can, and develop expertise in your specialization. Treat every client with respect and individualize every workout. There are no shortcuts to developing talent or getting referrals.

Love What You Do … and Do It Better than Anyone Else

How Sand & Steel Competes with Group Class Companies

There are many challenges to running a business.  Pricing pressure from inexpensive group class companies has forced us to improve.  We are an authentic personal trainer studio.  We deliver on the boutique gym experience and all the results associated with having your own personal trainer.  Think custom-made Italian Handbags – not massed-produced backpacks. While the rest of the fitness industry can sell memberships based on promises — we are real people and we have to sell results.  That is the way we started… and it will always be the way Sand & Steel is run.

Personal Trainer for Seniors
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We train many clients who are 50-80 years old. For our older adult population, we build you a custom program considering your balance, range of motion, and previous injuries.  Your individual program will feature age-appropriate exercises designed to help you stay mobile, improve range of motion, increase strength, and decrease chronic pain.

Clients Recovering from Injuries

Paul Mobility and Corrective Exercise

We work with clients who have nagging injuries and chronic pain:

  • Injuries from Military and Air Force Tours
  • Old sports injuries like soccer and football
  • Group fitness injuries from CrossFit & Orange Theory
  • Scope-wise we work with people with chronic knee pain, neck problems, spinal reconstructions, shoulder issues, etc.

If you can get yourself to the gym, we can train you.

Integrated Weight Loss and Strength Training
For people looking to lose weight, move better, and get stronger, we offer a fully integrated system.  Many of clients start out having to lose 50-90 pounds to get to their ideal weight.  Regardless of where you are starting from, we’ll build a custom personal trainer program for you. Check out the Get Steel Strong Package for more details.
Experts in Mobility and Flexibility
We have built hundreds of custom stretching, balance, and mobilization protocols for clients.  Our Mobility and Flexibility training is designed for people who are prone to injury, naturally tight, or having trouble with balance.  Move better with less pain.
Power Lifting, Kettlebells, and Olympic Lifting
We love being strong and helping clients get strong.  We have strength and conditioning programs featuring the kettlebell, clubbell, vipr, and TRX Suspension Trainer.  Or step up to the barbell with our custom Power Lifting and Olympic Lifting Programs.  Learn the clean, the snatch, the jerk, front squat, deadlift, and swing with our Strength and Conditioning programming.

If you are looking to get a home workout plan, we recommend that you buy the Starter Pack and a Personalized Workout Plan.  The Starter Pack itself doesn’t include a client copy of a workout plan we build for you.

However, many clients opt to purchase the Starter Pack and add 5 personal training sessions and just write down the workouts they do in a notebook. This way you can do the workouts that were professionally scaled for you at home.  If you do that, you won’t need to purchase the personalized workout plan.

If you want us to type the workout plan for you, then you’ll want to purchase the personalized workout plan.

The Fitness Assessment will determine strength, conditioning, recovery, mobility, stability, body awareness, and flexibility. You’ll perform various fitness and mobility tests:

Fitness Assessment

  • How fast you can row 500M
  • How much flexibility is in your shoulders
  • How much weight you can safely deadlift
  • How healthy are your ankle and hips, etc.

You’ll work up a good sweat from this benchmark so bring water and towel. We’ll use the data collected from this fitness assessment to write your first programmed workout. We’ll do that workout in your next personal training session.

Intro Nutrition Consult

Nutrition, Diet & Weight Loss Plan

Intro Nutrition consult includes:

  • Creation of target calories, protein, fats, and carbs daily
  • Setup of your myfitnesspal account, enter your target goals
  • Explain how to take photographs of your food.
  • Discuss timing associated with protein powder, BCAAs, Electrolytes
  • Explain how to Apply 5 Elements Rule to your meals
  • Draft a sample meal

While we do provide custom meal planning, coaching on specific supplements, diets using carb cycling, intermittent fasting, grocery lists, custom applications of Adkins, Zone, Paleo, etc., we don’t provide this level of service in the Intro Nutrition Consult (you’ll need to purchase the full BluePrint Weight Loss and Meal Plan service.)

8 reviews for Starter Pack Private Training

  1. 5 out of 5


    Paul has been my personal trainer for a little while now. At first I wasn’t sure if I would be able to work out with him without feeling self-conscious, but his easy going, friendly personality created a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. He makes each workout challenging, creative and most importantly, fun! Paul is passionate about fitness and it shows through the energy and enthusiasm he brings to every session. He also places a high value on correct form with each exercise, and he motivates me to push past my perceived limits to get results. I really like his diverse training methods, individualized exercise programs; challenging yet achievable goal setting. His professionalism, extensive knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to his work and clients provide the perfect scenario for success and sets foundations for a new healthier lifestyle. My friends and co-workers have really noticed a difference and I’m feeling better about myself every week!

  2. 5 out of 5


    Upon turning 30, I decided it was time to add some strength training to my life (apparently you lose a 1/2 pound of muscle each year after 30… Seriously, google it!). I’m an avid power walker & enjoy some light yoga, so I was pretty intimidated by going to a strength training gym but read all the great reviews and decided to try it out.

    From my first session, I was impressed with the non-judgmental & welcoming atmosphere… Great for busy professionals to work hard. Unlike other gyms I’ve been too, you get a full hour of personal training.

    My schedule fluctuates often, but Sand & Steel has great electronic booking software. I’ve trained with all the different coaches, Dawn, Brian, Max, and Paul … all are great in their own ways. They aren’t competing with each other for business, so they encourage their clients to switch it up… Which I highly recommend considering.

    For the first time in my life, I can actually do a push-up. My clothes are loser & things are a lot more toned. An unexpected benefit? My posture has seriously improved…. I do a lot less slouching & I’m at least a 1/2 inch taller! Oh, and I haven’t had to untag myself in a picture on Facebook in months 🙂

  3. 5 out of 5


    Paul Roberts is THE BEST! I’ve only been with Sand & Steel for 2 months, but it’s had a significant positive impact on my life. I didn’t think 2 hours a week could make such a big impact. It’s the best two hours I spend each week. I also greatly appreciate how Paul is able to explain the scientific, biological, and physiological basis of the exercises that we do as well as all the nutrition questions that I ask him. Knowing the why behind everything helps.

    Here are the physical and mental benefits that I’ve experience in just 2 months:
    Physical Benefits – lost weight, lost inches around my waist, arms, and legs, cholesterol went down to a healthy level, and I have more energy. What more could you ask for???

    Mental Benefits – I started to see Paul when I was extremely stressed and twigged out and in 2 short months I’m able to see the stress slowly melt away.

    This started off as a physical thing for me and the physical benefits have been great, but the mental benefits is what keeps me going. The endorphins are flowing and it feels great!

    Paul is beyond awesome and I couldn’t have asked for a better personal trainer.

  4. 5 out of 5


    There is no one like Dawn! She is an incredible trainer and one of the most wonderful people on the planet! I’ve been working out with her for almost 9 months and my body is changing in ways I could have never imagined. I feel so strong–it’s amazing! It’s the most fun workout and time flies. She changes things up all the time so you’re challenged and works within any physical limitations you may have–she has so many different exercises and modifications that you always feel safe and she sets you up for success (and she does lots of the exercises with you) 🙂 She will push you and you will LOVE it!! There is no one more supportive and encouraging and just awesome! I walk out of the gym after working out with her always feeling accomplished, with a smile on my face. She is the BEST!! Training with Dawn has changed my life and I’m so grateful to her.

  5. 5 out of 5


    I’ll be honest, I was a little intimidated watching everyone training with Dawn and Paul. Eventually I decided to try Sand & Steel and am so thankful I did. Paul and Dawn write unique custom workouts for me and all the other members. People of all fitness levels can walk away from the training session feeling as though they got a great workout in and wanting to come back for more. I’ve had trainers who are constantly on their phones and not making sure you have proper form to trainers who are attentive and pay attention to their client. Sand & Steel is a whole new level of organized Professional training. If you’re a newbie or have been exercising for years, I highly recommend Sand and Steel!

  6. 5 out of 5


    Trainers are competent, cheerful and know their stuff. Haven’t been going long, but so far so good!

  7. 5 out of 5


    I have been going to Sand and Steel now for about a year and I couldn’t be happier. When I first started I took advantage of this starter pack because it was a great way to get an intro into the gym and see what they were all about. Not gonna lie I was a little intimidated to work with one of the owners, Dawn or Paul, but while I was in this starter pack I ended up trying out both and I couldn’t have been happier. Both definitely have a different approach in their training styles but both also work really well in tandem with each other. You can tell that they have put a lot of effort into making sure your workout is not only effective but challenging. I always leave with a sweat. This starter pack. as I mentioned, was a great way to get a feel for how the personal training sessions worked and how effective they are. I have been coming for more ever since I started over a year ago and I plan to continue coming from here on out

  8. 5 out of 5


    One of the best experiences I have had when working out in a gym. All of the coaches, yes I said ALL, are very attentive to what your body is saying. Constantly checking in to make sure your not feeling something you shouldn’t be while doing a workout. I have a few issues with my hips and lower back and they been helping me try and either find ways to correct my hip issues and also strengthen my lower back so I don’t feel as much pain. Each exercise, even when I had purchased this starter pack, was effective and I even noticed a difference from just the first four (4) workouts I did at Sand and Steel. I highly recommend giving this pack a try, you won’t regret this choice at all.

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