Cross Training Boot Camp Monmouth County

Brand New Weight Loss Program!

This September we are kicking off a brand new weight loss program! A 3 week jump start package combining one-on-one personal training with our intense group training sessions, spin AND a super-fit meal plan from our Certified Nutritionist.

Summer is over, the kids are going back to school! It’s time to put yourself back on your own ‘to do list’.

Our 3 Week Jump Start Weight Loss package includes: 

  • 2 x 30 min personal training sessions per week for 3 weeks at Ultimate Fitness
  • 2 group training sessions per week for 3 weeks at Ultimate Fit Zone
  • 1 spin class a week at Ultimate Fitness
  • Our popular 21-day cleansing meal plan with recipes. Includes our homemade detox tea recipe and 7-day vegan cleanse!

Working with our personal trainers at Ultimate Fitness in Monmouth County, you’ll get the benefit of one-on-one training which will motivate you to work harder than you normally would on your own.  Plus- you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in two group cross training sessions at Ultimate Fit Zone where you will meet like-minded people who are looking to get back to their best health and challenge themselves to take their fitness to the next level.   During your group training sessions you’ll work with barbells, kettle bells, TRX straps, rowing machines and more.  Plus you’ll learn new exercises and workouts so that you can continue to get great workouts long after your 3-week package ends.

Our Certified Nutritionist will be joining you on your 3 week journey too!  Stacey will help you by supplying you with a 3 week meal plan and being available to you to answer your questions in person, via email or text.

A $369 value for $159!  This is for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Do not delay. This price will NOT last for long.  Call or text our nutritionist to sign up: 732-757-7944 or fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you shortly!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe – Vegan

It’s a no brainer that hot sauce + ranch sauce = mouthwatering delight.  This tasty combination is most often ordered up in the form of chicken wings and provides no nutritional value.  Switching to buffalo cauliflower bites instead of wings packs the same great flavor while providing you with the amazing health benefits of cauliflower.

Check out the recipe below for Buffalo Cauliflower AND a simple vegan ranch dressing.  But, before you do, take a look at some of the top health benefits of cauliflower:

  • Cauliflower is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables
  • Contains the sulfur compound Sulforaphane which improves blood pressure and kidney function
  • Helps reduce inflammation within the body
  • Aids your body’s natural detox

And so many more!  Try the recipe below and let me know how you like it 🙂

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Course dinner, lunch, Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup favorite hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with non-stick spray.

    Put your bite sized pieces of cauliflower in a very large bowl (preferably a tupperware that has a lid but not necessary). In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, water, salt, garlic, pepper. Pour the flour mixture over the cauliflower, cover container with lid and shake vigorously to toss the cauli and coat evenly (set the container aside you will need it again).

    Spread onto baking sheet evenly.  Bake for 15 minutes, flipping half way through.

    Combine the melted butter and hot sauce.  After 15 minutes of baking, put your cauli bites back in your tupperware container and now pour the melted Earth Balance and hot sauce over the cauli. Cover and shake to coat evenly.  Put back in the oven and bake another 25 minutes.  Check to make sure they aren't burning but you want them a little bit crispy. 

    See below for ranch dressing recipe!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is from RealHouseMoms.com

 

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Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mindful Mayo
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • sprinkle salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill-weed I use a heaping 1/4 teaspoon because the dill make it taste amazing!

Instructions

  1. Whisk ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy :-)

Recipe Notes

 This recipe is slightly modified to fit my taste from its original version on TheSpruce.com

 

Stop the Insanity

Stop the insanity of ups and downs with your diet and finally decide for once and all that you are going to commit to being healthy.  Stop binging on junk and alcohol and then trying to justify it yourself and others.  Don’t do it to be skinny, do it to be healthy.  And if you don’t care enough about yourself to do it for you, think of ONE person in your life that NEEDS you to be healthy, and do it for them.

Ceviche Bean Salad Recipe – Perfect for Meatless Monday in Summer

This vegan ceviche bean salad has all of the fragrant flavors of a Mexican summer night.  Fresh lime juice, chopped coriander, red onion, cucumber and more come together to make this simple salad the perfect accompaniment to a Mexican Meatless Monday or any Mexican dish.

 

I’m usually lazy and use lime juice from concentrate- but for recipes like these, it’s completely worth it to use fresh lime juice. It makes a huge difference.  I have one of those little hand-held things that you squeeze together to juice the lime. It’s simple and you’ll love the fresh taste.

This recipe was slightly modified from the original recipe in The China Study Cookbook.

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Vegan Ceviche Bean Salad Recipe

This vegan ceviche bean salad recipe brings together the fresh flavors of cilantro, lime juice, red onion, cucumber and more.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author ultimatezone

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can small white bean Any bean would work
  • 1 small red onion if using a larger red onion, only use about 3/4 of it, or to taste
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or more to taste
  • 1 avocado If you don't have a ripe avocado- omit avocado and instead top salad with a tablespoon of store bought guacamole
  • 2 limes- juiced
  • Pinch pink sea salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine onion, cucumber, tomato and cilantro in a medium sized bowl.

    Mix in beans, avocado and lime juice.

    Add salt and pepper to taste..

    Ready to serve!

Chocolate Beet Protein Smoothie

I was looking for a new way to incorporate raw beets into my diet since I am getting a bit tired of beet juice.  That’s when I got the idea to blend up small bits of beets in my Vitamix along with my Sunwarrior Illumin8 raw, vegan protein powder. Since beets have a very mild taste, the smoothie still tasted great!

The health benefits of beets make them essential to our nutrition intake. Beets contain powerful antioxidants that help cleanse the liver and aid the body on removing toxins. Beets also reduce inflammation in the body which can cause wrinkles, arthritis, bronchitis, pain, infections and more. Beets help our hair and skin look its best while boosting energy naturally. If you want to perform better cardio wise, drink a small amount of beet juice before you work out. The nitrates in beets expand the walls of our blood vessels giving us more oxygen to perform at higher intensities.

Below is the recipe.  If you don’t eat beets often, beware they do change your urine and bowel movements to a pinkish color.

Chocolate Beet Protein Smoothie Recipe

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Chocolate Beet Vegan Protein Smoothie

Packed with organic vegan protein and the super antioxidant powers of beets.  

Servings 2
Author Stacey Albert, Holistic Nutritionist

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen Banana (sliced)
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior Illumin8 Protein Powder (I used the Vanilla Bean Flavor)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (if not using a chocolate protein)
  • 1/2 of a large beet, peeled and chopped small
  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • 1/4 cup purified water

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or other high power blender and blend until smooth. 

 

Getting Strong With the Turkish Get-up

Is it me or does it seem like the Turkish Get-up exercise is creeping its way into our workouts more often?  While it seems like pure torture, there actually are several reasons why this challenging exercise is included in several of our cross training workouts at Ultimate Fit Zone.

The hallmark of any strength building program is a strong core.  Core strength improves our overall body stability, the root of power for olympic lifting and cross training. From head to toe, the Turkish Get-up is a top player when it comes to improving our balance, coordination and strength.

If you want to increase your shoulder stability, mobility and strength, practice the Turkish Get-up.  If you want to develop your core strength and increase your unilateral leg drive- practice the turkish get up.

Because the Get-up focuses on one side of the body at a time, our minds are forced to focus on unilateral awareness and control, something we miss out on from regular bilateral exercises.

This movement is so multifaceted, with a number of different movements required to complete the exercise.  From laying in a supine position to standing up straight, starting and finishing this movement involves many steps.  That is where the strength, stability and mobility come into play.

What makes this exercise even harder at our cross training gym, is that we are often performing the TGU in the middle of different high intensity exercises that tax our cardiovascular system.  When it’s time to perform the TGU, our heart rate is already elevated and we have to control our heart rate in order to precisely perform this movement with balance and strength.

Ultimate Fit Zone is a HIIT and cross training gym in Monmouth County.  We welcome people of all ages, all fitness levels to our open and welcoming gym. We will teach you and guide you through the steps it takes to learn the exercises we perform as well as assist you in building up the physical and cardiovascular strength needed to participate in HIIT workouts.

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White bean, sundried tomato and herb veggie burger

If you’re tired of bland veggie burgers, give this vegan, gluten free white bean burger a taste.  The sundried tomatoes add a touch of sweetness while the parsley and especially thyme add a fresh, herbed flavor.  I had mine on an Ezekiel English Muffin with roasted red pepper vegan mayo spread (I included the recipe for that as well), but you could opt for a low carb option and serve this over a huge green salad with lots of veggies. The Ezekial English Muffin adds an extra 8 grams of protein.

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White Bean, Sundried Tomato and Herb Veggie Burger

Vegan, gluten free white bean burger with sundried tomatoes and herbs. 

Cuisine gluten free, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 95 kcal
Author Stacey Albert, Holistic Nutritionist

Ingredients

  • ½ Vidalia onion , chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes (packed in oil)
  • 1 can small white beans
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons oats (gluten free if needed)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Sprinkle of fresh black pepper
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs (gluten free if needed)

Instructions

  1. Place chopped onion, garlic and sundried tomatoes in food processor. Pulse 5-6 times. Scrape down sides and make sure no large pieces of onion remain. Pulse another 1-2 times if needed.
  2. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT the breadcrumbs. Pulse together until a sticky mix is formed. Be careful not to over-process but it all should be well combined.

  3. Remove mix from food processor and transfer to a bowl. Fold in breadcrumbs gently.
  4. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop out mix and form patties. Cook on medium heat about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Serving suggestion: Top with roasted red pepper mayo spread: In a blender, combine ¼ cup roasted red peppers with ¼ cup vegan mayo of choice. Blend until incorporated.

  6. Approximate calories (excluding bun and mayo)
  7. Per Serving: Cals: 93/ Carbs:18/ Fat: 1/ Protein: 5/ Sodium: 243/ S

Is HIIT and Cross Training the Fountain of Youth?

We slather on anti-wrinkle creams and eat our veggies, all in an effort to age healthily and slowly.  Now there is even more we can do to tap into Mother Nature’s natural fountain of youth; exercise.  Exercise science professor Larry Tucker conducted a study at Brigham Young University that revealed major differences in biological aging in people who do intense exercise (think high intensity training) versus sedentary individuals or those that don’t exercise at all.

The study examines the effects of demanding exercise on telomeres, best described as the protein endcaps on chromosomes within the human body.  They are a symbol of our internal biological clock and are strongly tied to age.  As we age, our telomeres shrink.  According to the study, adults who consistently engage in demanding exercises have telomeres with a biological aging boost of nine years.   The people with the shortest telomeres (associated with aging) were those who lived sedentary lifestyles.  To reap the anti-aging benefits, you must be willing to sweat.  ONLY demanding physical exercise (like the type we do at our cross training and HIIT gym in Monmouth County) was associated with elongated telomeres.  Surprisingly, there was no significant difference in telomere length between those with low or moderate physical activity and the sedentary people.

So, no matter what how old you are or your physical fitness level, starting an exercise program could help you live a longer, healthier life.  At Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, we incorporate high intensity interval training, cross training, TRX training, and more into group oriented training sessions.  We can modify the program for anyone who wants to participate.  Plus, our on-site nutritionist will help make sure you are getting the proper nutrition you need to fuel your workouts and live a healthy life.

Ready to start reversing the hands of time?  Give us a call or fill out the contact form below to get started.

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A HIIT Program With Olympic Lifts and Power Lifts

The spotlight is once again shining on the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT).  A new study from the Mayo Clinic recently found powerful anti-aging benefits of this type of interval training.  Other benefits of HIIT include increased endurance, mega calorie burning, boost metabolism, burns calories long after you leave the gym, great for the heart and blasts fat. If HIIT is one of the healthiest ways to exercise, then one can only assume that adding in two of the most popular types of weightlifting; Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting, can only create a powerful exercise regimen.

At Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, our cross training program combines, HIIT, Olympic lifts and powerlifting to create an exercise program that fights the aging process, dramatically boosts your cardio performance and  helps to create strong, powerful bodies.

Olympic weightlifting may seem like a sport only ridiculously strong men or women can do.  Not true.  Although what we see on TV may portray this idea, ANYONE can participate in a program that includes Olympic lifts. At our HIIT gym in Monmouth County, we’ll teach you the lifts as well as how to perform them safely within the workouts.   The two olympic lifts are the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk.  The benefits of performing these lifts include:

  • Increasing lean body mass and reducing body fat (weightlifting will NOT make you bulky.  Just the opposite.  You’ll see the shape of your body change as you melt fat and sculpt lean muscle tissue)
  • You’ll strengthen and sculpt your back, arms, shoulders and entire core area
  • Better bone health: Weightlifting increases bone mineral density
  • Great brain workout!  Even though it’s your body that’s performing the movement, learning and perfecting the exercises boosts brain activity, concentration, coordination and balance

Powerlifting movements consists of the squat, deadlift and bench.  We incorporate the squat and deadlift into many of our workouts.  Benefits include:

  • Strengthen the muscles of your legs, back and upper body
  • The squat works the muscles of your legs and hips better than many other training alternatives, according to a 2001 study published in “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.”
  • Powerlifting burns LOTS of calories
  • You do not have to lift heavy to get the benefits, we help you choose a weight that’s comfortable and safe for you
  • Increases strength and bone mass, reducing risk of osteoporosis

If you’re looking for an amazing overall strength and cardio workout that combines HIIT, powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting in the Monmouth County area, contact us by filling out the form below and come try a free class.  (*Must have valid, local license for free class trial).

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Kettlebell Workouts That Target Your Whole Body

We use kettlebells often in our cross training boot camp in Monmouth County.  Kettlebell exercises provide superior functional, whole body fitness that can be done by anyone, from a fitness novice to a lifetime fitness junkie. Kettlebell workouts combine strength and cardio training, closely mirroring many real life situations you may find yourself face with.  You may be shaking your head wondering, ‘what real life situations do I face that combine strength and cardio??”

Think about it…carrying your laptop bag and briefcase while you are running to catch the train or bus. How about dragging multiple bags of groceries up several flights of steps?  Cycling on the recumbent bike or walking on the treadmill won’t get you in the shape you need to accomplish these every day tasks.

At our monmouth county boot camp, we teach you and help you execute various kettlebell exercises within our cross training workouts.  Some of these include the kettlebell swing, squat, push press, clean and more.

What Can Kettlebell Workouts Do For You?

From strength and cardio to blasting fat and developing lean muscle tissue, here are some benefits of kettlebell workouts:

  • Fast and effective cardio workout
  • Never boring- this is not your standard run on the treadmill type of cardio
  • Functional strength (to do real life tasks)
  • Varied- there are many kettlebell exercises to learn and we incorporate them into our unique cross training workouts that change every day
  • Knock out your cardio and strength in one efficient workout

Ready to try a cross training workout and learn some new kettlebell exercises at our Monmouth County gym?  Fill out the form below and we will contact you asap.  Make sure you fill it out carefully with NO typos!

 


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