Cross Training Boot Camp Monmouth County

Barbells and Babes – De-Bunking the Bulking Myth

There’s no doubt that the emergence of CrossFit gyms in Monmouth County has popularized the use of barbell lifts in workouts.  Where women once shunned barbells, now they are embracing them, thanks to the popular sport and the proliferation of women competitors that have emerged from its ranks.

Lifting weights was once thought of as a ‘bulking’ workout or things that just guys do.  There was always (and still is) a big misconception that lifting barbells or any heavy weights will make women bulky.  Any woman that has tried to ‘bulk up’ and become more muscular will attest to how hard it actually is.  It can take hours in the gym, an enormous amount of effort and heavy lifting and a high cross-training-fitness-classes-monmouth-countyprotein diet to accomplish even the smallest gains.  When CrossFit came around though, it definitely glamorized the idea of women being able to lift barbells and compete in such high intensity workouts.  Women began to see weights as a ‘sport’ and an accomplishment instead of seeing them as something used to become very muscular. And the number of CrossFit gyms in Monmouth County (and all over the country) began to flourish.

The fact is that lifting weights will indeed help your body create long, lean and sexy muscle tissue.  Combined with a high intensity workout and a sensible diet, it will also help torch fat from even the most stubborn areas of your body.  The result is that many women are left looking very feminine and sexy with lean muscle tissue, not bulky arms.

When women say that they have lifted weights before in the past and started to ‘bulk’, we usually explain to them that their bodies may have created lean muscle tissue from lifting, but because they had a poor diet with perhaps too many calories, too many carbs and not enough lean protein, they never lost the fat that was already there.  So lean muscle tissue was created but hidden under a layer of fat, which gave the appearance of a slightly larger body part.  Weights don’t bulk women, cupcakes do.  Let’s all get that straight.

Cross Training Gym in Monmouth County

Ultimate Fit Zone is a Cross Training gym in Monmouth County.  What does that mean?  We utilize many of the same barbell, kettle bell, body weight and cardio exercises that have become popularized by CrossFit in our workouts- but we are not a CrossFit gym.  We offer Cross Training as well as an HIIT circuit boot camp where we take a break from the barbells and focus on cardio exercises such as tire flips, sled pushing, battle ropes, TRX and more.  Members get the benefits of both programs to help them achieve their goals.

If you are interested in starting at a Cross Training gym in Monmouth County, Ultimate Fit Zone has an excellent beginners program.  We work with you to ensure your comfort and safety with very short, light workouts to start.  We teach you the exercises and help you perfect the form and technique.  As you begin to come more frequently, we gradually increase the duration of your workouts so that you are comfortable and feel in control the entire time.  Slow and steady wins the race.  There is a lot to learn and even more to accomplish.  You will feel so good about yourself and so proud of all you have been able to do and learn.  It truly is a wonderful sport and we are ready to help you break into it.

Our Nutritionist on-staff is available to help ensure you follow a smart diet to get the most out of your training routine with us.

Call or text 732-757-7944 or email info@UltimateFitZone.com for more information.

 

 

 

The Jersey Shore’s Best Boot Camp Workouts

Boot camp workouts in Monmouth County can be punishing, but they produce results. High intensity training helps fitness fanatics burn more calories, torch fat and sculpt lean muscle tissue.  With so many different boot camp gyms in Monmouth County though, how does one choose?

Ultimate Fit Zone in Ocean Township makes it easy to decide which type of boot camp to try by offering TWO!  The Jersey Shore’s hallmark boot camp gym was opened in 2012 by sought out NJ fitness expert, Eddie Albert.  He combined his passions of personal training, high intensity interval training, CrossFit and boxing to create two unique boot camp programs that cater to everyone’s individual needs.  Both programs can be tailored to suit any fitness level and the gym offers excellent beginner programs for those new to fitness.

ZONE 360 is their Cross Training program that was born out of Eddie’s passion for CrossFit.  Ditching the heavy weights though, ZONE combines lighter weight olympic lifts with body weight movements, cardio and other fun exercises that challenge participants through longer, more endurance challenging workouts.

For those not interested in working with barbells, IT 360 is their circuit style Interval Training boot camp where everyone battles through up to 18 different exercises, circuit style, within one workout.  The format combines high and low intensity circuits including TRX exercises, isolated dumbbell strength exercises, kettle bells, cardio exercises including the Rogue Echo bike, Concept2 rowing machine, jumping rope and more in one pulse pounding workout.

In addition to their training programs, the Monmouth County boot camp gym offers Nutrition focused weight loss programs, led by their Certified Holistic Nutritionist.  During these programs clients can follow customized meal plans, participate in training at the gym and get one-on-on support from their nutritionist.

This success oriented combination of fitness training plus nutrition is why this boot camp gym is so popular and yields the most weight loss success stories.

Weight Loss Programs in Monmouth County

Our weight loss programs combine calorie torching boot camp workouts with real world nutrition programs for long term weight loss success.  Our trainers will guide you through cross training and interval training fitness programs while our nutritionist tailors meal plans to your liking.  We don’t eliminate food groups or give you bland recipes.  Our program is created so people can learn how to make delicious, healthy meals and also learn appropriate portion sizes.

For more information, please CLICK HERE to send us an email.

 

Monmouth County Circuit Boot Camp Gets High Intensity Echo Bike

IT 360 is the high intensity circuit boot camp fitness program at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County.  Participants of the widely popular training program tough their way through high intensity exercises such as battle ropes, sled pushing, kettle bell swings and now, Rogue’s famous Echo Bike.

The Echo Bike by Rogue, also known as a ‘fan bike’ delivers a no impact workout, making it usable by almost anyone. Because users have to engage their upper and lower body, this exercise machine can work nearly every muscle in your body, effectively, in a short amount of time.

Boot camp fitness programs are known for their high intensity workouts, burning the maximum amount of calories in the minimum amount of time.  Although people say workouts can be ‘brutal,’ it’s the quickly seen results that helps the Monmouth County gym develop a cult following of fitness fanatics.

Training programs that include high and low intensity exercises in one workout have been hailed as the best fat burners and best way to lose weight overall.  Ultimate Fit Zone’s unique fitness boot camps, coupled with their nutrition focused weight loss programs, have yielded unparalleled amounts of weight loss success.

The small group training promotes camaraderie and a community-like feel, unlike a polarizing effect at some gyms where members are unsure of which exercises to do, how to do them properly and how to use equipment.  At UFZ, trainers monitor, guide and coach every workout so clients are always under a watchful eye.

IT 360 Boot Camp Fitness in Monmouth County

Memorial Day Murph Fundraiser Raises Over $2,000 For Veterans

The 2018 Memorial Day Murph Fundraiser  at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County for Unbroken Warriors has raised over $2,000 for the organization.  Unbroken Warriors is a local Holmdel, NJ organization founded by a combat veteran who struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder upon returning home from service.  After experiencing first hand how expensive and difficult it was for him to receive treatment, he set up the organization to help others manage their PTSD symptoms and regain control of their lives.

Murph is a popular CrossFit workout named in honor of Lt Michael Murphy of Patchogue, NY.  He was killed while on duty in Afghanistan. The workout, which encompasses a 1 mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and a final 1 mile run, was his favorite.  Ultimate Fit Zone’s fundraiser attracted more than 40 people who came to show their thanks to America’s service men and women with a donation to Unbroken Warriors and participation in the workout in honor of Michael Murphy.

The Murph Fundraiser at the Monmouth County cross training gym will be an annual tradition.  In 2019, the gym hopes to exceed their collected donations and again support Unbroken Warriors.

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 Attack

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

 


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