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!

 

Get Your Cardio and Strength Training in One Boot Camp Workout

The days of going to the gym on separate days for cardio and strength are over.  Our cross training boot camp in Monmouth County efficiently blends your daily dose of intense cardio with a strength training routine to leave you more time to do what you love outside of the gym.

Boot camp workouts are intense, but worth it.  Our beginner program will ease you into this new fitness regimin. Lots of cardio, barbell lifts, kettle bell exercises, body weight exercises such as squats, pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups, etc) running, rowing, jumping rope…we cover it all.  Whatever you don’t know, we will teach you.

Every boot camp workout at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County is new and different.  We write all of our own programming, integrating exercises and training methods from numerous styles of fitness including many exercises you may see in CrossFit, TRX, high intensity styles such as P90X and more.

What’s even better is that we have our own nutritionist on staff to help you understand how to get the proper nutrition you need to lose weight, create lean muscle tissue, improve your performance in the gym, have better energy, improve your mood, cleanse your system and more.

 

Biggest Weight Loss Challenge In Monmouth County

The biggest weight loss challenge in Monmouth County is about to happen again!  The 90 Day Transformation Challenge, which offers a $1,000 incentive to lose weight, only happens twice a year in NJ.  Our first challenge of 2017 begins April 1st!

Participants have 90 days to lose weight, burn fat, create lean muscle tissue, learn more exercises, master cross training workouts and change their diet and lifestyle.  With the help of Monmouth County’s best personal trainers and a holistic nutritionist on staff, the program is broken down into 3 mini 28 day challenges, with a reward given to the biggest loser at the end of each month.

After the first 30 days, $100 is given to the person that has lost the most pounds.  At the end of month 2, another $100 to the person that has lost the most inches, and at the end of the 3rd month, $1,000 to the person that has made the most inspiring transformation!

Since starting the popular weight loss challenge in 2015, Ultimate Fit Zone, their trainers and nutritionist have helped area participants to lose hundreds of pounds.  A photo gallery below includes some of the most recent success stories and the full program description, as well as more before/after photos can be seen on the official weight loss challenge page.

If you are interested in being a part of the April challenge, call or text Stacey ASAP as registration closes 1 week before the challenge begins.  Text 732-757-7944.

Before/After Photos of Real Monmouth County Residents who lost weight during the challenge:

 

Welcome Coach Jerry Baker

Coach JerryUltimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County is pleased to welcome Coach Jerry Baker to our team.  Jerry is a certified Concepet2 rowing instructor, an experienced, long time CrossFit athlete and a marathon runner as well.   Jerry has competed at various CrossFit events throughout Monmouth County and is a current CrossFit athlete.  He also is an avid runner, having just completed the Marine Corps Marathon.

Jerry is knowledgable and experienced in the olympic lifts you will find in many of the workouts at Ultimate Fit Zone.   His knowledge in rowing on the Concept2 rowers will help you become stronger and more efficient at your rowing. His love of CrossFit and cross training in general is an asset to our gym and we know you will enjoy learning technique and form with Coach Jerry.

Summer Boot Camp at the Jersey Shore

Take advantage of summer boot camp memberships at the Jersey Shore at Ultimate Fit Zone.  No contracts and one low monthly fee of $125 gets you unlimited training with owner and director of boot camp training, Eddie Albert.

Eddie is the creator and director of Monmouth County’s only cross training boot camp, ZONE 360.  As a personal trainer and CrossFit athlete, Eddie puts together a truly unique, constantly varied program that incorporates strength, cardio, speed, agility, plyometrics, endurance training and more.  Hone your skills in barbell lifts, pull-ups, squats, sit ups, running, rowing, jumping rope, rope climbing and more.  The program is all inclusive for ALL fitness levels and can be scaled for anyone’s capabilities by simply lowering weight, reducing speed or making any other modifications that are necessary.

From the novice to the fitness pro, there is a spot for everyone in Eddie’s ZONE 360 boot camp in Monmouth County.

To try a free class give us a call at 732-428-2111.  Stacey will take your call and schedule you for a free training session with Eddie.

No Contract Boot Camp Memberships

Calling all commitment phoebes!!!  Ultimate Fit Zone in Ocean, NJ (Monmouth County) offers no contract boot camp memberships!  You can choose to purchase 1 month of boot camp training at a time or you can go on automated monthly billing that YOU can cancel anytime!  No gimmicks, no higher prices.  $125 a month is our training fee- unlimited, whether you choose to pay monthly or go on automated billing.  Either way- you can cancel at any time.

We want our members to be happy and to feel comfortable about making the decision to train with us.  You shouldn’t be worried about long-term commitments because as we all know- life changes.  And when life changes, your gym membership can too.  It’s that easy.

We serve the greater Ocean, Oakhurst, Eatontown, Long Branch and Asbury areas.  Our workouts include all methods of cross training including barbell work, dumbbell exercises, kettle bell training, body weight movements, gymnastic movements, running, rowing, jumping rope, TRX gravity training and much more.  All workouts can be scaled to ANY fitness level.

Ultimate Fit Zone is owned by Eddie Albert and Stacey Albert.  Leading group and personal trainer Bonnie Cioppa directs all HIIT training with her HEAT and Plyoga fitness programs.

Eddie directs all boot camp training.  He is a former body builder and former Mr. New Jersey title holder.  He is a personal trainer, an avid CrossFit athlete and also owns Ultimate Fitness a 24 hour gym a few doors down from UFZ.  Eddie has spent a lifetime in the health and fitness industry. He is experienced in working with clients with injuries and can scale any workout to a client’s needs.

Stacey is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for food that tastes good and is good for you.  She creates health and weight loss meal plans for clients that align their fitness goals with delicious meals that benefit the body.

 

 

New Morning Boot Camp Classes Added

They say the early bird gets the worm, well, if you come early to one of our Boot Camp training sessions at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, I don’t know if you’ll get a worm – maybe an inch worm though!

We have added two new ZONE 360 boot camp classes to our boot camp class schedule. Starting October 2nd, we will have 7am boot camps on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  So we now have 7am training times Monday-Friday.

Tuesday and Thursday are typically the days for our T 360 program (TRX + Boot Camp), but by popular request, we are making the 7am time slot ZONE 360.

Owner and lead personal trainer, Eddie Albert, will be leading the 7am boot camp training sessions.

Here are some photos of our ZONE 360 boot camp in action:

Benefits Of The Bear Crawl Exercise

When it comes to body weight training- many of these exercises look much easier than they actually are.  Take, for example, the bear crawl.  This is an excellent body weight training move used by the likes of MMA fighters, wrestlers, fighters, martial artists, cross trainers, etc.

Women's weight lifting glovesAt our Cross Training boot camp in NJ, the core of our program is body weight exercises.  We also use barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls and kettle bells, but when it comes to conditioning- your body is the best machine you can possibly use.

Bear crawls will humble even the most fit person. It can condition your body in so many different ways, making it ideal for any sport you are training for.  After about 20 seconds of bear crawls, you’ll be happy to take a break.  This is not a cardiovascular exercise.  You don’t want to bear crawl for long durations.  This is an exercise to improve your performance, Men's Reebok Workout Glovesflexibility, strength and speed. Nearly every muscle in your body is worked during the crawl.  There is a great emphasis on the shoulders and you’ll also feel the burn in your legs.  But make no mistake about it – plenty of other muscles are working hard!

Bear crawls aren’t an exercise that get much attention – but they are excellent for building strength and toning your entire body.

Below are directions on how to do bear crawls.  We definitely recommend wearing a good pair of workout gloves to protect your palms.

How to do bear crawls

*The following content and photo is from Alive.com

Begin in push-up position, but with hands and feet wider apart than usual. Keeping the distance between limbs, walk your left hand and right foot forward at the same time. Place them on the ground and then do the same with your right hand and left foot. You need some space for this one, so once you reach the end of the room, turn around and continue on the way back.

Photo source: Alive.com

Photo source: Alive.com


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