How to Modify The Hand Stand Push Up

The handstand pushup is a fun exercise we do in our Cross Training boot camp in Monmouth County.  This is an impressive exercise that not everyone can do. Besides the fact that they look pretty cool when being performed, this exercise is a major strength builder for the upper body.  With gravity working against you, you are literally turned upside down in a hand stand position (the wall behind you for stability) while your upper body does the work of a pushup.

Why do the handstand pushup? You’ll strengthen multiple muscles including the triceps, shoulders, chest and lats. You’ll engage your core for stability. You’ll improve coordination. Going upside is good for you!  Going upside down, also called an ‘inversion’ provides health benefits for us including increasing circulation, bringing more oxygen flow to the brain, giving spinal discs a brief pause from the normal pressures of gravity, and improving your balance.

A great way to start building the strength to eventually do hand-stand pushups is to do a modified inverted push-up.  You can assist your inversion by doing an inverted pike off of a plyo box or a bench.  You can even go into an upside down ‘v’ on the ground (hands and feet on the ground, hips up in the air to form a bridge) and practice modified handstand push-ups.  You’ll notice a huge difference in the pressure on your shoulders and triceps.  This move can be a major strength builder.

Watch below as Kalyn demonstrates a modified handstand pushup.  Your hands should be slightly in front of your head, forming a triangle between your head and your two hands.  Slowly lower your head to the ground. Keep your head in a neutral position, being careful not to extend the neck.

Video:  Modified Hand Stand Push Up | Boot Camp Monmouth County

 

 

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.

Cross Training Boot Camp Can Help You Be A Better Athlete

Being strong but slow in sports is not ideal.  Top athletes, whether it be running, playing football, baseball, basketball, cycling, etc,  all have one thing in common: they are strong and they can move quickly.  Being strong but slow in most sports isn’t ideal. Being able to produce force rapidly is part of what creates a top athlete.

A cross training boot camp like the one offered at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, combines traditional strength training exercises with athletic performance exercises to create a diverse, multi-dimensional training program that can help athletes excel to the top.

A comparison of a strict strength building exercise with a strength and force building exercise is the strict overhead press and the push press.  The strict overhead press is what many body builders and strength trainers are accustomed to.  It involves isolating the shoulder muscles to push weight over the head.  It is great for building muscle and strength.

The push press is used in CrossFit and cross training programs to help build strength, force and speed.  The push press contrasts the strict press in that it calls on a larger variety of muscles (add in the lower body) to drive, push and stabilize the bar overhead.  This helps build power, speed and stability- things all athletes can benefit from.

Developing this explosive power and speed helps athletes run faster, cycle harder, be more nimble on the field, duck and dodge tackles, exert more force and be more agile.

Many of the cross training exercises in our Monmouth County boot camp gym are based on these principals.  We use a combination of these exercises plus traditional strength movements as well as cardio and body weight bearing movements to thoroughly work and train the muscles in the body not just for strength, but for speed and athleticism.  This program can benefit anyone looking to be more fit overall, even non-athletes.

About Eddie Albert, NJ Personal Trainer

Eddie is the owner of Ultimate Fit Zone and a personal trainer in Monmouth County.  He has a body building background with a mix of CrossFit and personal training.  He designs workouts for individuals of all ages and fitness levels and is the director of training for the boot camp gym and his 24 hour gym, Ultimate Fitness.  Both gyms are in Ocean Twp (Monmouth County).

New Circuit and Interval Training Boot Camp Class

Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County is introducing a new circuit and interval training boot camp class.  The new program, IT 360, combines the highs and lows of interval training with different circuits (or stations) that utilize a combination of body weight movements and light dumbbell and kettle bell exercises. The 30 minute intense classes are perfect for people of all fitness levels, as each circuit or station can be scaled with lighter or heavier weights, depending on each person’s individual fitness goals and capabilities.

The Interval Training boot camp takes place Tuesdays at 7am/8am/9:30am and 4:30pm/5:30pm/6:30pm, Thursdays at 6am/7am/8am/9:30am and 4:30pm/5:30pm and Saturdays at 9am.

Ultimate Fit Zone is a cross training boot camp that utilizes barbell, kettle bell, body weight and plyometric exercises in workouts that challenge the body in both strength, speed and cardio capabilities. Regular Cross Training workouts are held Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with the new interval training workouts taking place in between.

The boot camp gym in Monmouth County offers highly experienced trainers and a Certified Holistic Nutritionist on staff to help clients achieve their personal health and fitness goals.

For information, send an email or text 732-757-7944.

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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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.

 

Fundamentals of Our Boot Camp

There are many different boot camps in Monmouth County but none like ours. Ultimate Fit Zone at the Jersey Shore offers a true cross training experience covering 5 fundamentals of fitness:

  • cardio/respiratory endurance
  • strength
  • flexibility
  • power
  • speed
  • coordination
  • balance

Combining these fundamentals of fitness throughout our weekly workout routines ensures a thorough and varied workout each and every time.  We seldom do duplicate workouts, with the exception of benchmarking our progress.  This means that each and every day you walk into our Monmouth County gym you’ll be doing a new, fresh workout.  We write our workouts on our own.  We do not rely on other institutions or companies to create programming for us.  Eddie, our founder and director of training has 30 years in the fitness industry starting as a body builder, continuing as a personal trainer and presently an active CrossFit athlete.   His lengthy and diverse background is what makes our programming unique and results oriented.

Our training and weight loss programs have been tremendously successful.  Don’t take our word for it though, read our reviews on Yelp (more Yelp reviews here)  and Google and see what others have to say!

The hallmark of Ultimate Fit Zone is our ZONE 360 cross training program.  We use all of the fundamentals of fitness listed above to give you a high intensity, varied workout.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we offer T 360- this is a combination of TRX training plus our ZONE 360 program.  The TRX suspension straps add a unique, gravity inspired element to your fitness program that can’t be achieved through barbells, kettle bells, etc.  This is a great opportunity to incorporate TRX into your weekly routine and not many other gyms in Monmouth County offer it.

For those of you that love HIIT, try our HEAT training with Bonnie.  Heat combines high intensity exercises with light weights and high reps and lots of cardio/body weight movements.

All of these programs are include if you are a client of Ultimate Fit Zone. NO contracts required and we have an excellent beginner’s program.  All levels are welcome.  Text Stacey to come try your first training session free.  732 757 7944.

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.

Early Morning Boot Camp Classes – Monmouth County

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Rise and grind at 6am! Early morning boot camp at UFZ in Monmouth County.

Calling all early birds!  Ultimate Fit Zone’s popular ZONE 360 Boot Camp in Monmouth County will soon be offered at 6am!  Come join us for cross training madness at sunrise with your favorite barbell lifts, dumbbell exercises, kettle bell works, running, rowing, jumping rope, gymnastic moves, plyometrics and MORE.

Our 6am boot camp classes will be kicking off around the second week in September.  We are just finalizing the schedule now.

Ultimate Fit Zone is a cross training fitness facility located in Ocean Township (Monmouth County- next to Oakhurst and nearby Eatontown, Long Branch, Tinton Falls and Deal)

We are owned and operated by husband and wife team, Eddie and Stacey Albert.

Eddie is a renowned personal trainer with more than 25 years experience.  His career started when he became a body builder in the 80s and earned the title of Mr. New Jersey in 92.  Since then he’s helped hundreds of others reach their fitness potential in professional body building, women’s figure, weight loss, strength and more.  Currently Eddie is still personal training.  He is an avid CrossFit athlete and created the ZONE 360 boot camp program based on his love of CrossFit and personal training.  The two combine for a truly unique cross training experience.

Stacey is a lifelong health enthusiast and certified Holistic Nutritionist.  She operates a fitness and nutrition program at Ultimate Fit Zone where members can participate in weight loss challenges, cleanses, nutritional planning and more.  Stacey’s holistic approach focuses on food for health in addition to managing calories, protein, carbs and fat.

If you’re interested in joining team Ultimate Fit Zone for cross training, weight loss or both, please use the contact form over to the right hand side and we will get back to you ASAP!

Transformation Challenge Winner Announced!

Theresa Nowell, 1st place finisher.

Theresa Nowell, 1st place finisher.

We are pleased to announce the top three finishers in our July 2015 Transformation/Weight Loss Challenge at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County.

After 90 Days of eating good, nutritious foods and working their butts off at boot camp, the top three finishers are:

  1. Theresa Nowell: Lost 24 pounds and 21.25 inches
  2. Danielle Evans: Lost 28.4 pounds and 20.5 inches
  3. Shannon Fary: Lost 18 pounds and 13.25 inches

Our 90 Day Transformation Challenge is really unlike any other weight loss challenge.  Mainly because the duration is much longer and the intent is to create attainable, lasting eating and lifestyle habits that can carry participants forward for the longterm.  There is no starvation or deprivation.  All participants receive customized calorie counts for their meal plan based on their individual BMR and requirements. Our Holistic Nutritionist is in touch weekly with all participants for motivation, encouragement, help with their meal planning and recipe ideas.  Challenge participants received the

Theresa Nowell, 1st place July 2015 Transformation Challenge.

Theresa Nowell, 1st place July 2015 Transformation Challenge.

highest form of group training possible at Ultimate Fit Zone from our renowned personal trainers Eddie Albert and Bonnie Cioppa. The program really is all encompassing to incorporate support, motivation, group training and meal planning.

We are so proud of all of our participants for an incredible effort

Danielle Evans, 2nd Place July 2015 Transformation Challenge

Danielle Evans, 2nd Place July 2015 Transformation Challenge

put forth over 90 days. Our participants now understand that being healthy and fit doesn’t end with a challenge.  It’s a life long journey that will always continue but at least they have team UFZ by their side to help them through any obstacles that come their way.

Our next Transformation weight loss challenge starts October 2015.  For more information please fill out our contact form or send an email to our nutritionist Stacey at info @ ultimatefitzone.com

 

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.


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