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

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.

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

 

Weight Loss Wonder: Boot Camp Battle Ropes Burn Calories and Fat

Expert personal trainer in Monmouth County, Edward Albert, talks about the weight loss effect of boot camp battle ropes at his cross training gym in NJ

best-personal-trainer-njAs a personal trainer and boot camp coach, Edward Albert knows how to create high intensity workouts that blast fat, torch calories and help build lean muscle.  The trifecta of weight loss!  If you’ve been to the IT 360 workouts at Ultimate Fit Zone, you’ve seen participants doing some pretty cool stuff like sled pushing, tire flipping, jumping rope, lifting dumbbells and of course- battle ropes.

These specially made ropes can challenge your cardio routine in a way that no other machine or piece of equipment can.  They can help you build lean muscle tissue, burn calories, met excess fat away, increase your cardio endurance, improve your explosive power and more.  Plus, they are a low-impact aerobic exercise making this a great choice for anyone with impact restrictions on joints.

Participants of the IT 360 boot camp in Monmouth County like the efficiency of the workouts.  Many of the exercises, like the battle ropes, work multiple muscles at once.  Tire flipping, kettle bell swinging and sled pushing, to name a few, engage so many muscles from head to toe.  It’s a nice change up for people who need a break from doing stagnant bicep curls and then moving on to isolate the next muscle.  Plus you can get more done in less time.

Battle ropes can work your legs, shoulders, biceps, abs…all you have to do is adjust your stance and rope movement to target muscles differently.

Text 732-757-7944 for a free IT 360 boot camp workout at Ultimate Fit Zone.  All fitness levels are welcome.

About Ultimate Fit Zone’s Boot Camp in Monmouth County

Four different methods of training, one membership at our boot camp gym. Now you can keep your workouts fresh and challenging.  Take advantage of Cross Training (Zone 360), Interval & Circuit Training (IT 360) High Intensity Interval Training (HEAT) and Spin (priced separately). 

Your unlimited monthly membership at our boot camp/cross training gym in Monmouth County also entitles you to one complimentary consultation each month with our Holistic Nutritionist on staff.  Get questions answered about nutrition, weight loss and more.  We have special support for beginners.  For more information about beginner boot camp fitness please give us a call at 732-428-2111.

Boot Camp For Seniors- Proving Age is Just A Number

When you hear the words ‘boot camp’, senior fitness may not be exactly what comes to mind first.  We think of boot camp workouts as ‘punishing’ and ‘high intensity’- the type of workout a senior citizen would probably shy away from.  That’s not necessarily the case at Ultimate Fit Zone.  Our boot camp classes in Monmouth County welcome people of all fitness levels and ages.

While we do run two vigorous styles of boot camp training (Cross Training in ZONE 360 and Interval Training in IT 360), we’ve had tremendous success in customizing the workouts for people with different needs whether it be from an injury, age, medical condition or just someone who’s looking for a great workout at a lower intensity.

Our client Wayne is an excellent example of how someone of any age and fitness level can participate in our program.  Wayne is proud of the fact that he is 64 years old and still working out with people half his age.  The workouts are tailored to his individual fitness level, but that doesn’t boot-camp-senior-fitness-monmouth-county-waynemean that they are easy for him.  He pushes and challenges himself the same as any other person would do, but he does it at a level that is right for him.  We are excited that he is participating in our January 2018 90 Day Weight Loss Transformation Challenge and continuing his work with us in the gym!

Here, Wayne is pictured doing one of our deadlift and burpee workouts.  He hit an all time personal record of 150 pounds for his deadlift!  We are so proud of him.  For his burpees, Wayne does a modified burpee using a small box for support instead of dropping all the way down to the ground.

Our boot camp classes in Monmouth County can be tailored to meet your individual needs so you can achieve your goal at a pace and level that is right for you.  Fitness is NOT a one size fits all solution. We are as unique as our finger prints and our fitness program needs to reflect that.

For more information about working out with us, please fill out the contact form in the sidebar to the right or send us a text message to 732 . 757 . 7944.

About Ultimate Fit Zone’s Boot Camp in Monmouth County

Four different methods of training, one membership at our boot camp gym. Now you can keep your workouts fresh and challenging.  Take advantage of Cross Training (Zone 360), Interval & Circuit Training (IT 360) High Intensity Interval Training (HEAT) and Spin (priced separately).  Scroll down to read descriptions of each.

Your unlimited monthly membership at our boot camp/cross training gym in Monmouth County also entitles you to one complimentary consultation each month with our Holistic Nutritionist on staff.  Get questions answered about nutrition, weight loss and more.  We have special support for beginners.  For more information about beginner boot camp fitness please give us a call at 732-428-2111.

 

If you want to get stronger overall; deadlift

Our cross training boot camp in Monmouth County focuses as much on strength as it does cardio, endurance and speed.  To do any type of sport in life, you have to have a strong foundation.  A strong foundation aids in injury prevention, performance and accuracy.  Strong legs, back and core muscles are key to injury-free sports performances.

One of the best exercises around to strengthen your legs and entire core is the deadlift.  The deadlift will strengthen the entire back and all surrounding muscles.  Core strength supports the body in almost everything we do- even sitting at our desks, driving a car, lifting groceries out of a car or lifting any object off the ground.  With a strong core you can do more every day tasks with greater ease and less risk of injury.  If you don’t care about any of those things- let us appeal to your vanity.  The deadlift will build an amazing ass and great legs on any guy or girl.

In a cross training setting like our ZONE 360 boot camp program, the deadlift is a must since it is a precursor to many of the other lifts we will do.  In order to get your barbell of the ground to do a clean and jerk, it starts with a deadlift.  Even a snatch will start with the basic movements of a deadlift in terms of back position, neutral spine, neutral head, pressing through the heels, etc.  So you really want to learn the proficiencies of this lift to enhance your technique and capabilities to do others.

For guys and girls, the deadlift is going to strengthen nearly every muscle in your body from your back down to your toes. Even your grip strength will improve.  This exercise is also superior at strengthening the lower back and reducing low back pain due to weak muscles.  Deadlifting strengthens the spinal erector muscles which is key to reducing back pain.

If you’d like to learn the deadlift or improve your technique, you can work with one of our personal trainers in Monmouth County or participate in our cross training boot camp program.

For more information please send us an email or fill out the contact form in the sidebar to the right.

About Ultimate Fit Zone’s Boot Camp in Monmouth County

Four different methods of training, one membership at our boot camp gym. Now you can keep your workouts fresh and challenging.  Take advantage of Cross Training (Zone 360), Interval & Circuit Training (IT 360) High Intensity Interval Training (HEAT) and Spin (priced separately).  Scroll down to read descriptions of each.

Your unlimited monthly membership at our boot camp/cross training gym in Monmouth County also entitles you to one complimentary consultation each month with our Holistic Nutritionist on staff.  Get questions answered about nutrition, weight loss and more.  We have special support for beginners.  For more information about beginner boot camp fitness please give us a call at 732-428-2111.

 

 

Building Strong Legs With the Kettle Bell Front Squat

At our boot camp gym in Monmouth County– we use a combination of strength and cardio exercises to create multi-dimensional workouts that provide max benefit in shorter amounts of time than a typical gym workout.  Mixing up strength with cardio really is a highly efficient way to burn max calories while creating lean muscle tissue.

For leg strength, an exercise we love to practice is the front squat.  Different from the back squat- the front squat isolates the weight in front of the body, as opposed to the weight resting on the back of your shoulders and traps.  While both the front and back squat work the legs efficiently, you’ll get greater isolation of your quads and upper back with a front squat (back squats focus more on hips, glutes and your lower back). 

The front squat can be done with barbells, dumbbells and even kettle bells.  If you don’t have the shoulder mobility or core strength to hold a barbell in the front rack position, holding a kettle bell can be a good way to get comfortable with the movement.  The barbell front squat and traditional kettle bell front squat (which uses two kettle bells- one in each hand) are more advanced and require much greater mobility in the wrists and shoulders.  If you’re just trying out the front squat, we recommend holding a kettle bell in front of your chest or hold dumbbells up by your shoulders.

Ashley demonstrates the kettle bell front squat:

 

About Ultimate Fit Zone’s Boot Camp in Monmouth County

Four different methods of training, one membership at our boot camp gym. Now you can keep your workouts fresh and challenging.  Take advantage of Cross Training (Zone 360), Interval & Circuit Training (IT 360) High Intensity Interval Training (HEAT) and Spin (priced separately).  Scroll down to read descriptions of each.

Your unlimited monthly membership at our boot camp/cross training gym in Monmouth County also entitles you to one complimentary consultation each month with our Holistic Nutritionist on staff.  Get questions answered about nutrition, weight loss and more.  We have special support for beginners.  For more information about beginner boot camp fitness please give us a call at 732-428-2111.

Push Your Way to A Great Butt

One of the best butt exercises out there that doesn’t require squatting or deadlifting is the prowler.  Most people refer to the prowler as a ‘sled’.  Whatever you call it- when you start pushing it you will experience an amazing workout for your glutes.

If you don’t like using a barbell to work your lefts- you might just love the prowler.  Pushing the prowler effectively works your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves and will test your cardio boot-camp-monmouth-county-sled-pushendurance at the same time.  At our boot camp gym in Monmouth County, we use the prowler for strength and cardio workouts.  For cardio, the sled will be modestly loaded with weight so we can concentrate on our sprints.  For strength, we pack on the plates, get real low and work those leg and glute muscles to the max.  Either way- you can be sure your legs will feel like jello by the end of the push.

This is definitely an experienced exercise that you need to ease into.  Whenever we have beginners in our boot camp gym we always start them off with very short pushing exercises.  Just a few meters at a time, and then we let them assess their heart rate and breathing.  They can quickly see how just a little push can really get their heart rate up!  Some people think it looks easy and try their first push with a big sprint.  They quickly realize that it was a bad decision.  Rushing into sprinting with the prowler can leave you gasping for air and light-headed.  You have to start off slow, build up your cardio and strength to push the weight and then increase your speed.

We use the sled push often in our IT 360 boot camp workout.  ‘IT’ stands for Interval Training.  This boot camp class in Monmouth County uses stations and circuits of different exercises to mix up cardio and strength training in one workout.  Participants may cycle from bicep curls (strength) to a light sled push (cardio) and then back to another strength exercise such as a kettle bell shoulder presses.  The workouts are varied and different every day to keep things fresh, exciting and challenging.

Learn more about our Interval Training Boot Camp

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, the gym offers intense workouts and nutrition focused meal plans to help improve health, boost weight loss and improve athletic performance.

Ladies- Get Shredded Shoulders With Lateral Raises

I absolutely love working on my shoulders.  Building up the lean muscle tissue completely helps shape my arms and the definition looks amazing in a skinny summer tank. I love isolated strength work with dumbbells, like the work we do in our Interval Training boot camp (IT 360) at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County. It really helps add definition to my arms and legs and is a great compliment to the cross training work we do on the other days.

One of my favorite shoulder building exercises is the lateral dumbbell raise.  I like this because number one- anyone can do this exercise at home or in a gym.  Even if you don’t own dumbbells- you can work with soup cans, soda bottles…anything that adds resistance. You don’t need a lot of weight for laterals- trust me even with light weight you will be feeling the burn after just a few reps.

To perform the movement stand straight with your shoulders back, core tight.  Your feet should have some distance between them.  About hip width apart.  Start with your hands down at your sides. With elbows slightly bent, slowly lift your arms until they are parallel to the floor. Return to starting position.  Don’t forget to breathe!  With your hands at your sides, take a deep breath in.  As you raise the dumbbells, exhale.  Lower to starting position, inhale and repeat.

How to perform the lateral raise

Stacey Albert is a nutritionist based in Monmouth County and a former personal trainer.  Her husband, a sought out personal trainer and fitness expert, co-owns Ultimate Fit Zone with her.  The NJ based gym offers a cross training and interval training boot camp as well as weight loss programs and meal plans.


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