Paul Roberts is the head coach and personal trainer at Sand & Steel Fitness where he provides the programming for all the personal trainers at Sand & Steel. Paul’s specialty is in weight loss, injury rehabilitation, core strengthening, and strength building. Paul is well known for employing constant variation in his programs, plus helps many clients with rehabilitating shoulders, hips, and back injuries. He is a certified personal trainer, Crossfit certified, TRX STC certified and many more certifications. Paul holds a B.S. of Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University.
What makes your teaching style unique?:
His unique classes, ZombieFit and SteelFit draw upon Paul’s many years of personal training with Sand (Brute Force Sandbags & Hyperwear Sandbells) Hydro Inertia Technology (surge, slosh, ballast, kamagons), CrossFit Barbell movements, Kettlebells, Maces, Clubbells, and Vipr’s.
Tell us a little about the classes you teach. Who are they geared toward?:
Our classes are very diverse and are catered towards every type of fitness. Whether that's building strength, weight loss or Crossfit, we have a program tailored for anyone at every level of fitness.
If you could change one behavior you see in class participants, what would it be?:
Proper weight loads and rest periods are absolutely necessary for building strength in group setting. A lot of group workouts don’t build muscle because they are focused on getting as many people as possible into their workouts, rather than showing the right technique to lift more weight safely.
Briefly describe your weekly workout schedule. Is it seasonal? How many rest days do you take each week?:
I train 5-6 days per week (3 days on 1 day off). I cycle between a strength building program and our in-house weight loss program, XT60.
How do you recover from a tough workout?:
I use protein, bcaas, creatine, and ZMA. In the morning I take Oat Builder so I can avoid soreness.
What is your favorite Washington D.C. area outdoor activity? Share a favorite hike or run.:
I love the local competitive obstacle course runs (like Savage Run), and regional fitness competitions.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal? :
Whole Foods by far. Their desserts are always my go-to on cheat days.
What do you like most about teaching fitness classes?:
Empowering people. I love showing showing them that they can change their body, helping them gain confidence.
Where and when can folks come take a class with you?:
Sand & Steel Fitness: 109 S. Alfred St. Alexandria, VA. 6:00AM-8:00PM M-F, and Saturdays 7:00-3:00PM. 571.257.7007