Cross Training Boot Camp Monmouth County

The Best Summer Body Exercise

Everyone is already counting the days until they will be in a bathing suit again at the Jersey Shore.  When this time of year rolls around, people tend to hit the gym harder, hoping to get beach body ready in a short amount of time.

Performing compound muscle exercises (exercises that stress a broad array of muscle groups that function across numerous joints in the body) is a way to get more bang for your buck out of your workout and accomplish more in less time.  While an isolated muscle exercise like the bicep curl only works the bicep muscles, a compound exercise, such as the Sumo Deadlift High Pull, works  many muscles including the biceps, shoulders, glutes, hamstrings, quads and others.

Compound movements like the Sumo Deadlift High Pull (SDHP) are popular in boot camp and fitness classes in Monmouth County. These workouts combine intense metabolic conditioning (cardio) with compound exercises to pack an enormous amount of calorie burning and strength training power into one short workout.

The Sumo Deadlift High Pull is a great exercise to help you get that summer body because it works the areas people often want to improve on the most- the arms and legs.  The deadlift portion of the exercise really strengthens the glutes, hamstrings and quads while the high pull portion works the upper body muscles of the shoulders, biceps and traps and also the spinal erectors, which rung along your spine.

This exercise can be done with a barbell or a single kettle bell.  Precise form is a must to ensure safety and accuracy when doing this exercise.  Below is a video of the SDHP in action.  It starts with feet spread apart wide, toes pointed slightly out.  The hands grip the barbell inside the knees, about thumbs distance apart.  A strong deadlift off the ground initiates the movement and then transfers power to the upper body which is responsible for the high pull- the elbows lead the way and the bar or kettle bell comes just under the chin.

Along with proper diet and exercise, the Sumo Deadlift High Pull can be a great addition to your workout to shape and build muscle in your legs and arms and get your summer body ready to hit the beaches of the Jersey Shore!

To learn more about boot camp and fitness classes in Monmouth County, please fill out a contact form on the right side of the website or send us an email to info@UltimateFitZone.com

About Ultimate Fit Zone

We are a cross training and circuit training boot camp in Monmouth County, NJ.  Our two programs, ZONE 360 and IT 360 are exclusive to our gym.  All of our workouts are written by owner and lead personal trainer, Eddie Albert.   He is a 40 year fitness veteran with a body building, personal training and CrossFit background.  Together with his wife Stacey, a Holistic Nutritionist and trainer, the gym offers intense workouts and nutrition focused meal plans to help improve health, boost weight loss and improve athletic performance.

Learning Pull Ups with Assist Bands

One of the things we value most about our cross training program at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County is our ability to not only give people an awesome workout, but we have the opportunity to teach people new skills, help them achieve new goals and make them feel good about themselves.

When people seek out fitness classes in Monmouth County, we believe we have something more to offer them than just a great workout.  The skills and new exercises you learn in our gym boost your fitness-classes-monmouth-countyconfidence, push you to do better each time and help you set new goals for yourself.

Learning pull-ups with the assist bands is an example of learning and mastering new skills.   The majority of people who come to our fitness classes have either never done pull-ups before or have tried to do them- but can’t. Learning to use the assist band (also called a resistance band) helps you do pull-ups by off-setting some of your weight to make it easier for you to pull your chin up to the bar. The bands come in a series of colors which progressively give you less support, making you rely more on your own strength than the band to complete the exercise.   At first, we start you with the band that gives you the most support while you get comfortable with the movement. After you master the first band, we move you down the progression to the next color.  We keep moving you down through the colors until you are able to do pull-ups without any band at all.  It is a process that doesn’t happen over night.  But, if you stay with it and keep trying, you will see results and progress sooner than you think.

Ultimate Fit Zone is a cross training boot camp gym in Monmouth County.  Our programs are highly varied- meaning you’ll never get bored or tired of the ‘same old routine’. There is no ‘routine’ at our gym.  You are constantly being challenged in different ways, learning new exercises, achieving new goals and getting an amazing calorie burning workout.

We offer excellent programs for beginners to help you slowly work your way up to full-length workouts.  We teach you the skills you need and work with you at your pace to ensure your confidence.

For more information, please CLICK HERE to email the gym. Stacey will respond to you shortly.

Dairy Free Vegan Cashew Queso

This is the most delicious cashew cheese sauce I’ve ever made.  I’veVegan-Cashew-Queso made plenty of dairy free ‘cream’ sauces before to go over pastas (as a garlicky cream sauce), on top of veggies or over Mexican style dishes, but this one really takes the cake.

I admit, it’s been a few years since I’ve had a typical queso cheese sauce, but I think this dairy free recipe is authentic as it gets. I was literally licking it off the spoon.  And the best part is that it comes together in minutes.  You do need a high speed blender for this. If you don’t have a very powerful blender, just soak your cashews in HOT water for 10 minutes prior, drain and then they are ready to go.

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Dairy Free Cashew Queso Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author ultimatezone

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup Salsa I used Wegman's Santa Fe Black Bean & Corn salsa which was AMAZING
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 6 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast Wegman's sells this in a dispensable bin behind the flower section so you can buy as much or as little a you want
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon Smoked Paprika (optional) I literally just put a few sprinkles in but if you don't have it don't worry

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until ALL the cashews are pureed.  I then poured the sauce into a small sauce pan and heated it on LOW for just a few minutes to warm it up before pouring it over a veggie stuffed baked potato.

Kettle Bell Front Squats – Why Work One Muscle When You Can Work 3 or 4?

One of the reasons why people love our HIIT boot camp gym in Monmouth County is because we incorporate a lot of compound exercises into our workouts, like the kettle bell front squat.  In most gyms, you’ll find people performing isolation exercises.  So what’s the difference?

A compound exercise involves multiple joints and more than one muscle group. Isolation exercises are exercises that isolate a single muscle group only such as the tricep or bicep.   Because compound exercises uses more muscle groups at ones, they create the greatest change in body composition in the shortest time.

The squat is one of the single most effective compound exercises for lower body development (notice we said ONE of the…there are others but the squat is excellent). Squats target your thighs, hamstrings, quadriceps, and glutes in particular, helping you to shape and define these areas. Because balance is necessary, squats can also engage your core.   When you add to that the weight of a kettle bell on one arm, you open up the exercises to working both lower and upper body muscle groups. The one arm kettle bell squat also increases your calories burned by using multiple muscle groups. So if your goal is weight loss or fat loss- you’ll want to add compound movements into your daily routine.

By resting the kettle bell on the ‘V’ that is formed when you hold the kettle bell handle in your fist up to your collar bone, you are also engaging your core (your obliques have to work hard to prevent you from falling over to the side bearing the weight) and your shoulder which is helping to hold the kettle bell up so it doesn’t pull you over.  So in addition to shaping your glutes and thighs, adding in the one arm kettle bell transforms this lower body exercise into an upper AND lower body workout.

Kettle Bell Front Squat

Our cross training boot camp in Monmouth County offers workouts that use both compound and isolation exercises.  Our ZONE 360 boot camp is where you’ll find HIIT workouts that incorporate compound exercises with barbells, kettle bells, dumbbells, etc.  Our IT 360 HIIT circuit boot camp is where we isolate muscle groups more intensely.  The result is a comprehensive workout that burns major calories, sculpts lean muscle, greatly increases your endurance and ups your stamina.

Athletes, runners and cyclists will love the boost these workouts offer them and anyone wanting to lose weight will see that this is the best way possible. Multiple studies show that boot camp workouts are the best way to lose weight.

In addition to helping you through tough workouts, our nutritionist is on staff to ensure you’re following up your calorie burning sessions with foods that will fuel your weight loss and give you energy all day long.

Fill out the contact form on the right or send us a text to 732-757-7944 for information about our weight loss programs, boot camp workouts or nutrition plans.

Ultimate Fit Zone is located in Ocean Township:

1466 highway 35 South

Ocean, NJ 07712

 

How to Make A Beef and Cheese Lasagne That Won’t Give You A Heart Attach

Lasagne.  Mmmmm….those Sunday Italian dinners with beef and cheese lasagne, garlic bread, salad…who wouldn’t want to sit down for a plateful??  While lasagne is a favorite comfort food, it’s also food that is high in cholesterol.  Too much cholesterol in our diets raises blood cholesterol making heart disease, heart attack and stroke a greater risk.

One average serving of beef and cheese lasagne has about 45 mg of cholesterol.  But- be honest, most of us have about 2 pieces..raising the cholesterol intake to at least 90 mg.  The RDA total intake for lasagne is about 300 mg per person–IF you are healthy and already have low blood cholesterol. For someone with elevated cholesterol the RDA limits you to 200 mg.  Let’s say you are healthy with low cholesterol.  You’re probably thinking that consuming 90 mg of cholesterol for dinner isn’t so bad then for those two pieces of lasagne.  Well- we have to take into consideration what you also ate earlier in the day.

Maybe 1 egg for breakfast? That’s 187 mg of cholesterol.  1 chicken breast over salad for lunch? A 6 oz. serving of skinless roasted chicken contains between 140 mg and 160 mg of dietary cholesterol. Did you have a cup of coffee with creamer?  Add another 12 mg of cholesterol to your daily intake.  So far, without the lasagne and estimating modest food portions, you may have already consumed well over 300 mg of cholesterol.  And we have’t even gotten to snacks or dinner yet.  You can start to see why diet related diseases (heart disease, stroke, etc) are now the leading cause of death in the US.  This is all preventable.  Take better care of yourself and your loved ones by making simple changes.

Vegan-beef-and-spinach-lasagne-smallerTry this cholesterol free beef and cheese lasagne for a family dinner.  Don’t tell anyone that you made it differently or that it’s healthy.

What you’ll need:

  • Oven ready lasagne sheets
  • 1 bag Beyond Meet Beefy Crumbles (Dean’s health food store in Ocean, NJ sells in their freezer)
  • 1 bag Daiya Mozzarella Shreds (you can also find this in Dean’s in their refrigerated section)
  • 1 bag frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 package of firm tofu (find this in Dean’s as well in refrigerated section or in Wegman’s nature’s market refrigerator)
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • Seasonings: Nutritional yeast (optional.  Wegman’s and Dean’s both sell.), lemon juice, dried garlic, dried basil, dried onion powder)

How to Make Cholesterol Free Beef and Cheese Lasagne:

  1. Sautee entire bag of beef crumbles with frozen spinach over low to medium heat for 5 mins and set aside
  2. While that is cooking, make ‘ricotta’ cheese using your tofu, seasonings and a food processor (see recipe below)
  3. Layer your lasagne: Cover the bottom of your lasagne baking dish with some non-stick spray and then a layer of sauce. Add 3-4 sheets of lasagne noodles (depending on size of noodles and size of dish), it’s ok if they overlap. Spread another layer of sauce over the noodles and half of the beef and spinach mixture.  Sprinkle Daiya mozzarella shreds. Add another 3-4 sheets of lasagne noodles on top of that. Add half of the ricotta.  3-4 more noodles. More sauce and the remaining beef and spinach mixture and a sprinkle of the Daiya mozzarella shreds.  3-4 noodles and the remaining ricotta mixture. 3-4 noodles and cover WELL with tomato sauce.  Cover with tin foil and bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes (***NOTE–check your lasagne noodles as they may have different baking times). After 40-45 minutes check to make sure noodles on top are soft.  If they aren’t, add more sauce, cover and bake another 5-7 mins.  When they are soft, remove tin foil, add mozzarella shreds to the top and put back in the oven just a few minutes to melt the cheese.  Let stand for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe for Tofu Ricotta:

In a food processor place 1 package firm tofu, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic, 1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder, and 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (if you have).  Pulse until everything comes together and it looks like ricotta.

Weight Loss Programs in Monmouth County

If you want to learn to eat healthier and make delicious meals like this, join our 6 week weight loss challenge at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County.  You’ll get meal plans with great recipes from our Nutritionist and 6 weeks of unlimited group boot camp training at our gym.  Text our nutritionist for more info: 732-757-7944

Why Proper Nutrition is So Important After Exercise

We’ve all heard the expression before, ‘You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.’ Meaning, no matter how much we exercise, if we still eat junk we will not see any results from our hard work in the gym.  On top of  not seeing health benefits such as weight loss, development of lean muscle tissue, reduced blood pressure or reduced cholesterol, you could actually be doing your body more harm by exercising vigorously and continuing to eat a diet rich in saturated fat, processed sugars and dairy.

Vigorous exercise is a form of stress on the body.  Think about it.  Your heart rate is up, more oxygen is needed to various muscles for your workout.  Your body temperature is rising- your body releases sweat to cool itself down. And that feeling of post-workout soreness? Tiny, microscopic damage to muscle fibers are created when muscles are required to work harder than normal or in a different way than usual.  That’s a lot of stress on the body!

Add to that the standard American  diet which is rich in foods that cause inflammation within our system, raise our blood sugars and raise our blood pressure.  Inflammation from food can cause high glucose levels, digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea, weight gain and skin issues like eczema, redness, itchy or dry skin.  Wow. It really seems like our bodies are under attack.  And think about it, we are the ones attacking it by the food choices we make.

If you are working out and causing stress to the body, and following that up with foods that cause stress on the body, in the long run, you may actually be making things worse.

Common foods that cause inflammation in our body include: sugar, red meat, any dairy product (cow’s milk does NOT do a body good), deep fried foods, alcohol, food preservatives, dyes and additives (found mostly in packaged foods).

Common foods that FIGHT inflammation in our body include: green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale), broccoli, bright colored berries and citrus fruits, nuts (almonds and walnuts), beets (peel and chop up a raw beet, place 1/2 of it in a high speed blender with your protein powder for a quick boot root smoothie), wild caught salmon and hemp seeds (you can find these in the sports nutrition aisle in Wegman’s, also called Hemp Hearts- add them to smoothies and oatmeal).

In addition to these foods, we also have to address muscle soreness caused by working out.  We need to help our muscles recover and repair the tears.  Our body does this on its own using amino acids from protein that is found in our food.  Protein is abundant in many foods- not just animal flesh.  Whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, etc contain protein as well as lean animal flesh like chicken breast and fish.  Additionally- the SunWarrior protein powder contains all 9 essential amino acids (as well as others) and the three Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) that help burn fat and build lean muscle.  So the shake is a great snack to add to your daily diet to help your body recover from your intense workouts.

If you’re going to work out to get healthy, it only makes sense that you eat foods that support that same goal.  In addition to losing weight and adding lean muscle tissue, you’ll be doing your body a tremendous health benefit by eliminating or greatly reducing some of the foods that are common causes of stress and inflammation on the body. Continuing to choose foods that are harmful to yourself is like waging a war on your own body.  In the end, you will win the war because your body will break down and give up.

For help losing weight and getting healthy, join one of our weight loss challenges in Monmouth County.  We offer healthy and holistic weight loss meal plans and offer group training at our boot camp gym.  Fill out a contact form on the right hand side or text our Nutritionist for more info: 732-757-7944

 

Results From Our 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge

We just wrapped up our 90 Day weight loss challenge at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County.  Congrats to everyone who pushed through their limits and really challenged themselves for the duration of the program.  We have great results from our top five finishers to share with you.

During the weight loss program participants took part in high intensity cross training at Ultimate Fit Zone which uses a combination of cross training and circuit training to burn fat, create lean muscle tissue and transform the body to be more physically fit, muscular, more defined and healthier overall.

Weight Loss Boot Camp in Monmouth County

Our boot camp workouts use barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells, TRX gravity straps, rowing machines, jump ropes and body weight exercises to train the body in the disciplines of multiple training types.  With this method we keep each workout new and exciting and the body never gets complacent with the workouts and always burns max calories.

To complement the hard work we do in the gym, our Certified Holistic Nutrition gave the participants nutrition focused meal plans to help teach everyone how to prepare healthy meals that taste great and are also easy to prepare. This winning combination is what helps people achieve and maintain lasting weight loss.

Here are the results from our most recent weight loss challenge:

1st: Bridget Schleich: Bridget lost an incredible 32.2 pounds (18% of her original body weight) and 20 inches.  How??? She took advantage of ALL Ultimate Fit Zone has to offer…not only coming to Eddie’s boot camp but getting extra cardio with Bonnie during HEAT and Spin class (down at Ultimate Fitness) and also took time to do extra running either indoors at the gym or outside. She followed a strict diet, consuming a TON of vegetables and vegetable based meals with healthy carbs like quinoa and grain breads.

2nd: Kemba Johnson: Kemba lost an amazing 30 pounds (15% of her original body weight) and 17.5 inches! Kemba followed a clean diet of lean proteins like chicken and fish, salad greens and SunWarrior Protein Shakes to keep her full while the pounds melted away. She also made extra time at home to run on the treadmill on days she wasn’t able to get to the gym.

3rd: Aracely Lopez:  Working full time, battling back pain, being a mom and a Grandmother (!!)) didn’t get in her way of getting to the gym nearly every single day (except the days she was too sore) to complete her workouts. Her hard work paid off and she melted away 12.4 pounds (8%) of her body weight and 14 inches.

Our boot camp gym in Monmouth County offers 4, 6 and 12 week weight loss programs.  We offer them year round in groups or you can start one at any time on your own.  For more information please text our nutritionist and trainer, Stacey, at 732-757-7944.

Boot Camp Is Best Weight Loss Program – According to Science

If you’re looking to get in shape, lose weight and be healthier overall, boot camp workouts are most effective, according to science.  During a recent study, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) looked into the effectiveness of different workouts for weight loss and strength and found boot camp to be one of the best group exercise options.

Researchers measured oxygen consumption, caloric burn, and heart rate of six men and six women, all between the ages of 19 and 29, during a 40 minute boot camp workout.  The study highlighted key benefits of boot camp including:

  • Weight loss: Participants burned an average of 7.8 calories every minute.  Because these workouts also incorporate strength training, you can burn more calories and see greater change in body composition (fat to lean muscle ratio).
  • HIIT Effect- the High Intensity Interval Training of boot camp is proven to help you both lose weight and build muscle.
  • Functional training- Boot camps that involve functional training like body weight movements help train your body to get through your daily activity with greater ease and strength.

Ultimate Fit Zone in Ocean, NJ offers two different types of boot camp programs.  Our ZONE 360, our hallmark workout, focuses on strength and intense cardio.  Strength components include barbell, kettle bell and body weight movements while cardio exercises can consist of running, rowing, jumping rope, body weight exercises and more.  Our second program, IT 360, is an interval training HIIT boot camp that focuses on stations and circuits to mix up and vary your training day.  IT 360 strength exercises consist of more isolated movements such as bicep curls, shoulder presses and tricep extensions using dumbbells, TRX straps and kettle bells.  Cardio exercises can include boxing, body weight movements, running, jumping rope and more.  The gym has been operating our of Monmouth County since late 2012 and also boasts successful weight loss programs led by personal trainers and a Certified Holistic Nutritionist.

Circuit and HIIT Boot Camp For Weight Loss in Monmouth County

Boxing Classes Coming to Boot Camp in Monmouth County

Ultimate Fit Zone, a cross training and circuit boot camp training center in Monmouth County, will introduce cardio and strength boxing workouts to their popular IT 360 program.  IT 360 is an interval and circuit boot camp program that takes participants through various strength and cardio exercises that range from high intensity battle ropes to low intensity dumbbell exercises.  The boxing station will add to the boot camp program’s already popular cardio workout.

Cardio boxing is an excellent total body conditioning workout that increases stamina and overall strength. Boxing can also help tighten and tone the muscles in your arms, shoulders and back.  The core muscles also come into play to stabilize the body during punches and impact.   The boot camp gym will add squats, burpees and other exercises to the boxing stations so that participants utilize all muscles of the upper and lower body during this circuit.

Boxing Boot Camp In Monmouth County

Ultimate Fit Zone offers two distinct boot camp workouts, IT 360, as mentioned above, as well as their hallmark program, ZONE 360.  ZONE is exclusive to UFZ, created by the gym’s owner and lead trainer, Eddie Albert.  As a lover of CrossFit and a former body builder, Albert’s original programming fuses together strength exercises from barbells, kettle bells, body weight movements with lots of cardio coming from rowing machines, jump ropes, outdoor running and more.

The boxing circuit will take place during IT 360 which is Tuesdays 7am, 8am, 9:30am and 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, and Thursdays 6am, 7am, 8am, 9:30am and 4:30p and 5:30pm as well as Saturdays at 9am.

ZONE 360 workouts take place Mon, Wed, Fri at 6am, 7am, 8am, 9:30am and 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm (except Friday) as well as Saturdays at 8am.

For more information about joining, please text Stacey at 732-757-7944 or send an email by clicking <<HERE>>.

6 Week Slim Down – Summer Sale!

Summer is coming, and we know many of you really want to lose weight by then.  To help you accomplish your goals, we are holding a flash sale on our 6 week slim down weight loss program.  We will be starting April 23 and ending the weekend of Memorial Day– just in time for you to flaunt your new figure on the beach with friends.

With 6 weeks of high intensity boot camp training, a meal plan and guided nutritional counseling from our Holistic Nutritionist, we are ready to give you all the tools and support you need to lose up to 20 pounds by summer!

Our 6 week slim down weight loss program is regularly $299.  If you register and pay by April 4th, you’ll pay just $219- that’s nearly 40% off of our regular price.

Register and pay the sale price now! <<  Click here >>

Here’s what you get:

  • 6 weeks of unlimited boot camp training at Ultimate Fit Zone including:
    •  IT 360- our High Intensity Circuit Training Boot Camp
    •  ZONE 360- our Cross Training Boot Camp
    • HEAT- High Energy Athletic Training- light weights, lots of cardio, lots of reps, lots of sweat!
    • Boot camp classes are held 7 days a week, with morning (6am, 7am, 8am and 9:30am) and evening (4:30, 5:30pm, 6:30pm) classes available. We are open on weekends too!
  • 6 week membership to Ultimate Fitness, our 24 hour sister gym, where you can do extra cardio workouts on the treadmill, elliptical or recumbent bikes at ANY TIME of day
  • Weight Loss and Nutritional Counseling
    • Meal plan written by our Holistic Nutritionist
    • One on one nutrition support with our Nutritionist
    • Starter container of our Warrior Protein Shakes- organic, vegan and NON GMO
    • Starter case of craving killer protein bars- organic, vegan and NON GMO

We want to help you lose up to 20 pounds by summer! Are you ready to get started?  Fill out the form below.  Be sure to carefully input your phone number if you want our Nutritionist to call or text you right away.  The sale is only available for one week- after that our 6 week weight loss program goes from $219 to $299. Remember, register and pay now to take advantage of the sale price.  The 6 week program starts April 23rd and we will do weigh ins, measurements and ‘before’ photos the week before.

******  Register now to pay the sale price:  CLICK HERE ******************

Once you register, we will reach out to you via email, or reach out to us using the form below.

Fill out the form below to have our Nutritionist call or text you right away.  Input your details CAREFULLY!

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