King of All Lifts – The Deadlift

The CrossTrain crew at UFZ perfects the deadlift exercise in between a series of sprints

The CrossTrain crew at UFZ perfects the deadlift exercise in between a series of sprints

The deadlift is commonly called the King of All Lifts and that’s because it works an unprecedented amount of muscle groups in your upper and lower body and those in between.  Unfortunately, not many people incorporate this highly beneficial movement into their workout routine.  Most have either never been taught how to perform a deadlift, or they have performed it wrong in the past which resulted in injury.

The deadlift is an important move to master, not only for the sake of building muscle mass, but also for every day function as well.  If you’ve ever tried lifting something heavy off of the ground and hurt your back before, you’ll know how important it is to to strengthen the muscles in your arms, legs, abs and back.  Not only can the deadlift be an impressive tool in your fitness routine, it can also help prepare you for heavy lifting in every day life.

The deadlift works a variety of muscle groups from head to toe including:

  • Spine
  • Forearm
  • Gluteus Maximus (Butt)
  • Quadriceps
  • Calves
  • Hamstrings
  • Trap muscles (middle and upper)
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Abs
  • Obliques

Many people feel that the deadlift is a dangerous move that can result in injury.  Truth be told, we feel more injuries could be avoided if people would add the deadlift into their fitness routine.  Using excessive weight and improper form during this exercise can certainly result in injury, same as any other exercise.  That’s why at Ultimate Fit Zone we keep our group training sessions small, so we can give individual attention to everyone.  Mastering the deadlift will not only help you gain strength in your upper and lower body as well as muscle, it will also help you perform every day activities with greater ease.

For more information about group training and boot camp training at Ultimate Fit Zone in Ocean NJ, call 908-338-1175.

Kids Fitness Program in Monmouth County

kidsfitnessmonmouthcountyCheck out the fun obstacle course set up for the kids fitness program at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County!  Various obstacles such as floor ladders, mini trampolines, and sprinting drills help develop a child’s speed, agility, coordination and endurance.  Ultimate Kids Zone takes the basic principals of the facilities popular Zone 360 boot camp for adults, and applies them to younger fitness fans.  Their unique approach teaches Kids Zone participants not only how to perform exercises, but also how to support and encourage one another in a team environment.

Each Zone session presents kids with a challenge to complete.  Kids do not race each other, but rather perform at their own pace, with the support of our Kids Zone coaches and fellow teammates, to complete the challenge to the best of their ability.

To learn more about the kids fitness program at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, please visit

Kids Boot Camp Fitness Program Starts March 12

Ultimate Kids Zone, a 5 week kids fitness program in Monmouth County begins March 12th at Ultimate Fit Zone.  The 5 week program encouraged kids ages 9 and up (age range is flexible) to develop speed, endurance, coordination and agility.  Additionally, kids develop leadership and teamwork skills.

Before the kids fitness program begins, each child will meet individually with our Kids Zone coach for an overall fitness assessment.  A few benchmark tests will be performed at that time (sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc) to determine their fitness level.  Parents are encouraged to come to provide additional information for each child.  During the next 4 weeks, Kids Zone participants will work on improving their bench mark scores with a series of drills, exercises and fitness protocols.  For the 5th week, each child will come back to meet one-on-one once again with their coach to re-do the bench mark drills and see where they have improved.

Cost per child is $79 for the 5 week program. Siblings of any child enrolled may join at a reduced rate of $59.

For more information, please visit our kids fitness page.

The Renegade Row

As usual, Bonnie is cranking up the intensity in her popular HEAT class.  Bonnie likes to perform moves that work multiple parts of the body at one time, and the renegade row does just that.  Using a combination of weights and your own body weight, the renegade row is one of the most comprehensive core exercises that also tones and develops muscles of your upper body.

The renegade row forces your body to engage your stomach muscles for stability, sculpting lean and defined abs in the process.

To perform the renegade row:

Place two dumbbells on the ground shoulder width apart.  Go into a plank position, hands on the dumbbells.

Hold your body steady as you lift one dumbbell off the ground, keeping your arm close to your body as your elbow draws back.  Lower that hand and repeat on the other side.



Turning Up the HEAT at Boot Camp

The HEAT group training class is a comprehensive part of our boot camp program in Monmouth County.  Our boot camp is very unique in that it offers many different types of group training sessions.  From TRX to Zumba to Zone 360 and HEAT, your membership gives you the largest selection of group training regimens so you NEVER get bored with your training routine.

HEAT is a very popular training class at Ultimate Fit Zone. It is high intensity, high energy, and FUN.  You’ll sweat like crazy, burn massive amounts of calories, torch away the fat and most importantly–sculpt lean muscle.

Some photos of HEAT in action are below. To learn more about the class, visit the HEAT group training page for more photos and class videos.

Burn Massive Calories With Zumba

Want to burn massive calories, have fun, lose weight and tone up?  Then Zumba in Monmouth County is the best class for you!  Sure you dance and have a great time, but this hour long workout burns hundreds of calories–we’re talking 600-800 calories depending on the person, plus helps you get in the best shape of your life!!!

Zumba at our Monmouth County group training facility is a dance-based fitness class that incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included–it’s a total body workout!!

Are you thinking to yourself, “Oh, I could never do that!”. Well you’re wrong–you can.  Zumba is meant for fun and to get you in great shape.  It’s not a race of a competition.  You show up to class and work at YOUR fitness level. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know all the moves or any of them.  You’ll still be burning calories as you learn the ropes and routines.  Just have fun with it and you’ll love the results–we promise.

Check out a short video clip from one of our Monmouth County Zumba classes at Ultimate Fit Zone.  You can see the full schedule of classes by clicking here.

Zumba Classes in Monmouth County

Zumba Monmouth County

You’ve been dying to try Zumba so come see what all the fun is about! Zumba burns tons of calories while getting you into the best cardio shape of your LIFE! Not to mention it’s FUN FUN FUN!!!! Don’t worry about not knowing the moves or what to do…just come and join a class and have a good time. You’ll get to know the moves eventually but that will never happen until you TRY!

Heat: Cardio and Weight Training

This is the ultimate cardio and weight training boot camp in Monmouth County. HEAT blends high intensity cardio moves with light to medium weights to burn fat, sculpt lean muscle and tighten every part of your body.  Don’t worry if you’re a beginner to the fitness world, HEAT Coach Bonnie Cioppa will customize your HEAT workout to your fitness level.

Here are some videos of HEAT in action.  For more information or for questions, email UltimateFitZone @

HEAT- Boot Camp Training in Monmouth County



Turn Up the HEAT!

Turn up the heat with this high intensity interval class. Through the use of light to medium weights this circuit training full body class will literally torch calories.  Click to learn more about HEAT!

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