Why We Wall Walk

boot camp fitness monmouth county njYou may just think that Eddie enjoys torturing us by putting wall walks in our cross training boot camp workouts, but there are actually huge benefits to performing this exercise.  Besides the obvious- it looks cool- wall walks help build superior strength in your shoulders, triceps and core muscles.

This is an incredibly difficult exercise that we reserve for our more advanced cross trainers at Ultimate Fit Zone.  Performing this exercise is pretty much how it sounds- you walk up the wall.  You can start in a plank position (or with chest flat on the ground for a more advanced start) with the soles of your feet pressed up agains the wall.  Slowly walk your feet up the wall, while you do so, walk your hands in closer to the wall as well.  The end goal is to end up in a handstand position flush against the wall.  To return to the starting position, slowly walk your hands forward while lowering your feet down the wall.

It’s been a long time since most of us have done handstands.  Wall walks are the perfect exercise to jog your brain on how to do them.

Wall walks are just one of the many unique exercises we do in our cross training boot camp, ZONE 360.  When you join our fitness boot camp in Monmouth County NJ you will be trained across many disciplines of fitness including weight lifting, running, rowing, jumping rope, plyometrics, gymnastics and more.




*Do not try these at home without supervision.  Our cross trainers performed this move after instruction from our personal trainers and were under the supervision of a trainer at the time.

The Best Exercise To Help You Lose Weight; Box Jumps

fitness-boot-camp-monmouth-county-njIt seems as though at least 2x a week, Eddie has us jumping on boxes in his ZONE 360 boot camp workouts.  As much as we may hate them, box jumps are an incredible training technique to torch calories, melt fat, improve endurance and help us develop a stronger, leaner physique.

Box jumps are a common exercise in cross training workouts because they offer so many benefits at one time, some of which we listed above.  The primary muscles worked in jumping are the quadriceps (front part of your thigh), but box jumping also engages your core muscles as well as your arms as you use them to propel yourself up.

Overall, box jumping increases your strength and develops muscle tone.   This exercise is very demanding on the fitness-boot-camp-monmouth-countymetabolic system making it a great for maximizing fat loss. Athletes have a lot to gain from box jumps.  This is a great conditioning tool for any athlete that will improve your vertical jump, speed, explosive power, endurance and coordination.

Box jumping can burn 800 to 1,000 calories an hour (compare that to 200 to 300 calories burned per hour while walking). And since high intensity exercises such as box jumps stimulate changes in mitochondria (where fuel is converted into energy), your body will burn fat before carbohydrates— good news for anyone trying to lose weight.

About ZONE 360 Boot Camp in Monmouth County

ZONE 360 boot camp is a cross training fitness program developed by fitness expert Eddie Albert.  Eddie is a CrossFit athlete in Monmouth County NJ with more than 25 years in the fitness business.  A former body builder and Mr. New Jersey title holder,  Eddie is a sought out fitness coach for one-on-one personal training and his high intensity boot camp program.

ZONE 360 boot camp is based on Eddie’s passion for traditional strength training and modern CrossFit style cross-training.  He developed a program that can be scaled for any fitness level and one that would bring his love of both sports together.

TRX Boot Camp Madness

Every Tuesday and Thursday at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County we take it to the TRX straps to combine the best of our cross training boot camp exercises with hard core gravity training on the TRX rig.  The result is nothing short of an intense workout that incorporates suspension training, body weight exercises, olympic lifts, plyometrics and other strength training techniques.

TRX is one of the most amazing ways to work the muscle groups in your body like never before.  The combination of the angles coupled with gravity working against you really activates the muscles and engages them in a way you can’t always achieve with regular strength training.  Plus nearly every exercise performed on the TRX straps engages your core- helping you strengthen those vital muscles and trim away at that waist line.

This past Tuesday’s TRX boot camp at our Monmouth County facility incorporated a number of different shoulder and core exercises.  In between sets, we were on the turf for Clean & Jerks, Snatches, wall balls, burpees and high pulls.  It was an intense 45 minute session that had everyone dripping with sweat.

Below are some of the photos/highlights from Tuesday’s session.  If you’ve never tried TRX before, we invite to to experience our T360 complimentary.  Call, text or email for a free training session.  732-428-2111 or info@ultimatefitzone.com

New Summer Weight Loss Package!

We have a great new summer weight loss package at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County. This is a great way to jumpstart your weight loss- and best of all – there are NO commitments!

You have two options:

Package A) 28 day supply of weight loss meal replacement shakes + all natural appetite suppressant = $129

Package B) Same as above but add 28 days of unlimited Boot Camp and HIIT training at Ultimate Fit Zone (a $125 value) – you pay $189 for EVERYTHING

Don’t delay- this offer is only valid through June 15th so contact us now!  Call or text 732-428-2111 or send an email to info @ ultimatefitzone.com

Outdoor Boot Camp Fun!

outdoor-boot-camp-monmouth-county-njThe great thing about our Cross Training boot camp is that it can be done anywhere- indoors our outside. When the weather gets warmer in Monmouth County, it’s the perfect opportunity to work on our running skills.   Running improves our cardiovascular endurance, which is necessary in all facets of life- especially in cross training.

Improving our cardio and stamina helps us perform better not only in the gym but in many areas of life. How often do you hear parents saying that their kids run them ragged? Or that people want to lose weight so they can play with their children and grandchildren.

nj-outdoor-bootcampLife takes energy- we need oxygen for energy.  When our heart is pumping strong and healthy, it is able to delivery ample amounts of oxygen to our vital organs which helps them function at maximum capacity.   Cardio training helps to make our hearts stronger so that it can effectively deliver blood, oxygen and nutrients to all of our vital organs.

We are looking forward to a great spring and summer full of outdoor boot camp fun here in Monmouth County.

If you’re not a member but would like to experience what our boot camp program is all about, please call or text us at 732-428-2111 and we will set you up with a complimentary training session.

Tips to Improve Your Box Jump

Boot Camp Training in Monmouth County – Box Jumps

The box jump is a staple exercise in our cross training boot camp.  In any given week, you’ll find them in a number of our boot camp training sessions.  Box jumps are a great cardiovascular workout, they help increase your explosive power and can improve certain olympic lifts.

Even though the idea of a box jump may sound simple – jumping from the floor to the top of the box, just like any exercise, your form is key in mastering this move.

Below are a few tips for performing this exercise with the proper form.

1) Don’t stand too far from the box- you will end up sacrificing height for distance (i.e. box bite)

2) Keep feet close together, about hip width apart or less

3) Keep your head, neck and back in a straight line- don’t look down. use your eyes, not your head, to confirm your target

4) To gain momentum, dip into a half squat and use your arms to propel you up

5) When it comes to the landing- you don’t want to ‘stick it’. You should try to land as soft as possible

6) Never land in a full squat- that will put pressure on your knees and spine

7) Upon landing- stand up to a full flexion of the hip- that is how to complete the jump

About Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County

We are a true cross training facility featuring 3,ooo sf of truing space, 25 yards of real turf, two rigs from Rogue Fitness, more than a dozen medicine balls from Dynamax, a giant selection of kettle bells ranging from 18 pounds to 70 pounds, barbells for men and women, an enormous stack of plates, boxes, giant tires, a full dumbbell rack, ropes, sledge hammers, rowers, jump ropes, squat and press stands, and plenty, plenty more..

The cornerstone of Ultimate Fit Zone is our original Zone 360 boot camp workout, a unique, Cross Training boot camp system.

How Protein Can Help You Lose Weight

Whenever anyone starts our 28 day weight loss program, the first thing we do is an assessment of their current eating regimen.  We have them journal 1 full day of meals and snacks to see what their typical habits consist of.  Nearly 100% of the time it’s immediately clear why they are not losing weight or gaining lean muscle – lack of protein.

Every cell in the human body contains protein. It is a major part of the skin, muscles, organs, and glands.  Your body needs protein to keep you healthy, build and repair tissue and make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.  Protein is also the necessary building block of bones, blood, muscles, cartilage and skin.

That alone is reason enough to ensure you are getting enough lean protein in your diet.  But when it comes to losing weight – protein will provide you with many more benefits.

Unlike carbohydrates, protein is harder for your body to break down and digest.  Therefore, after eating a protein based meal, you will feel fuller, longer.  This will curb hunger and cravings by keeping you satiated.

If you’re trying to add on more muscle, protein is your best friend.  After your body breaks down and digests protein, all that is left are amino acids.  Your body will use these amino acids to build new muscle tissue and repair muscle tissue that becomes damaged.  This will also help you recover faster after a strenuous workout.

Protein will also help regulate your blood sugar levels.  Spikes in sugar in your blood causes your body to release insulin which triggers a mechanism for your body to store fat.  When your blood sugar levels are stable, you will have less cravings, be less irritable and have more energy.

A diet rich in protein will help you lose weight and gain lean muscle.  Eating the proper amount is key, as too much protein in your diet can cause health issues.  The average person who doesn’t exercise or participate in a lot of strenuous activity should eat about a 1/2 of gram of protein for every pound that they weight.

Women dieting and exercising to lose weight can increase that to 1 gram of protein for every pound of weight.   Women and men who want to add more lean muscle can eat about 1.5 grams of protein per pound (assuming there is a good exercise program in place with strength and cardio).

If you really want to ‘bulk up’ and put on more protein, about 2 grams of protein per body weight is recommended.  You would have to be following a serious training program in order to utilize all of that protein, otherwise your body could end up excreting it through your skin (acne).

If you want to lose weight and gain lean muscle, inquire about our 28 day weight loss program.  It includes our cross training boot camp, 28 day meal plan and a 28 day supply of our organic, NON GMO meal replacement shake.

**Ultimate Fit Zone is a Cross Training facility in Monmouth County NJ offering boot camp training programs TRX training, Power & Olympic Lifting and High Intensity Interval Training.

Nikki Kills A 100lb Thruster!

cross-training-boot-camp-njEveryone starts somewhere.  When Nikki first came to our Cross Training boot camp in NJ she was using a 50# barbell for most of her workouts.  Then one day during a workout that had a snatch station,  she picked up the bigger barbell, it was 65#.  She snatched it right up above her head- no effort at all.  Everyone was impressed, she was surprised at how easy she lifted it up.  At that point she started to get the idea that she was really much stronger than she thought.

Days turned into weeks and gradually Nikki was getting up the nerve to test her strength.  She went from using the 26# kettle bell all the way up to swinging the 50#kb.  But she wasn’t stopping there.  Her barbell exercises (snatch, clean, thruster) moved up to 75# until just this week when she upped her weight again and hit a 100# thruster for Monday’s WOD.

We’re all thrilled with her progress.  And it’s not about how much weight you lift- it’s about how hard you try, and that’s what makes her story so great.  It’s the effort she puts in to better herself and to push herself to be the person she wants to become.  No one can reach their goals without effort.

Practice Makes Progress

Do we ever really reach a point in our fitness endeavors where we could say ‘perfect’?  We don’t think so.  Instead, we think of it more as a constant evolution of our progress, constantly bettering and perfecting our passion for health and fitness.

This past week we’ve seen lots of progress at Ultimate Fit Zone.  The ladies are really stepping up their game, challenging themselves at the bar and the results are paying off!

Carrie upped her thrusters from 30# to 50#,  Janet went from 65# to 75# and Nikki really knocked our socks off doing Monday’s leg workout with 100# thrusters.  Surprisingly- she CAN walk today.

Everything we do at UFZ is to better ourselves.  To constantly make progress.  We never really achieve perfection because once we tackle one fitness goal- we are always off to tackle another one. And that’s part of the glory of fitness. There’s no end in site.  It’s a journey that keeps evolving as we do- twisting and turning along the way.

We are really proud of everyone who has been coming and giving it 100% effort. There are more names to mention and more milestones to recognize- so don’t think we forgot about you if you weren’t mentioned above.

Keep working, keep trying, keep pushing.  And most important of all, never give up.

Nikki and Barri’s 28 Day Weight Loss Success

Nikki and Barri had great success on our 28 day Fat Buster weight loss program.  Together, these sisters lost a combined 24.5 pounds and 16 inches! The 28 day weight loss program offers you a comprehensive meal plan, coaching, recipes and unlimited boot camp and high intensity interval training at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County.

Don’t delay. You can lose up to 10lbs or more before summer!  Call or text 732-428-2111.

Weight Loss Program in Monmouth County

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