Barbell Workouts Are Superior For Getting Stronger

Ultimate Fit Zone, Monmouth County, NJ

There’s a reason why CrossFit athletes are some of the strongest athletes in the world, they do a lot of barbell work. Many strength training experts agree, if you want to get stronger, one of the best tools in your toolbox is the barbell. Compound lifts (multi-joint exercises) can produce impressive results, and traditionally they are performed with a barbell (as with any fitness training however, modifications can be made to work with dumbbells, kettle bells, etc). Compound lifts require work from many different muscles working together but moving in different patterns. This stimulates nerve cells, which is all a part of getting stronger.

A simple barbell push press will activate your legs, core and shoulders. Whereas a traditional press will largely activate the shoulders with some core. Not to say that one is better, they are just different.

For strictly isolating muscles, traditional movements are best, especially with dumbbells where each side of the body must do its own work and can’t rely on the other. For overall muscle training and working your cardiovascular system as well, CrossFit has the right idea with the barbell movements and cardio work.

At our Monmouth County cross training gym, we incorporate the barbell exercises into high intensity workouts that can last anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes. The goal is to increase cardiovascular endurance, increase strength, fine tune skills such as balance and explosive power and of course, build lean muscle tissue.

It’s the high rep count of these cross training workouts combined with the intense cardio (jumping rope, rowing, running, etc) that really produces changes in the body. Combined with the right diet, these are the workouts that will start showing you results in the mirror much faster. You are knocking out strength and cardio in one condensed workout. I always like to add at least 2-3 traditional lifting sessions in each week as well, for isolated muscle targeting. This accelerates strength building and also muscle development.

If you are interested in trying a cross training program, please send us an email or text us at 732-757-7944. You never know what you can do until you try.

Circuit Training Boot Camp Workout

IT 360 is the Circuit Training boot camp workout at the Ultimate Fit Zone gym in Monmouth County. This HIIT workout combines cardio exercises with weight training to burn fat, build lean muscle tissue and give participants that ‘toned’ from head to toe body.

Get nice arms, toned abs, firm legs and a great cardio workout at this multi-dimensional boot camp gym. Programs include more than just circuit workouts. Traditional cross-training programs, personal training, High Energy Athletic Training (HEAT) and holistic nutrition programs round out the offering of services for fitness enthusiasts.

Workouts utilize the latest equipment in the fitness revolution including TRX straps, sleds for pushing and pulling, battle ropes, Concept2 rowing machines, the Rogue Echo Bike, spin bikes, kettle bells and more. As participants work their way through stations, they are constantly challenged in strength and cardio. In just about one hour, the workout is complete and no body part was left to rest. Check out a sample video below.

Ultimate Fit Zone was launched in 2012 by husband and wife fitness professionals, Edward and Stacey Albert. Both long time Monmouth County residents. He is a former body builder with a long list of personal training clients that span from novice to professional athlete to specialized help for individuals with disabilities or movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s Disease). She is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist with a background in Personal Training, Cross Training and Pilates mat training. Together the duo offer results oriented weight loss programs, strength training regimens, detox diets and much more.

Owners Stacey & Eddie Albert

To try your first training session free, text Stacey at 732-757-7944.

CPR Certification at Monmouth County Gym

Ultimate Fit Zone, a large boot camp fitness gym in Monmouth County, is hosting a CPR Certification course on Saturday April 13, 2019 at 12pm. The event is open to the public and the cost per person is $60 paid directly to the company. Your certification will be good for two years.cpr

Learn to save a life! SRD CPR Training is coming back to our gym to certify participants in CPR (adult, child, infant and choking) and AED. Be trained on what to do in an emergency and potentially save someone’s life. Parents, caretakers, fitness professionals, teachers, and even kids who babysit should be certified!

Participants MUST pre-register and pre-pay before the event. There are no refunds. For more information please call or text Stacey at 732-757-7944.

Boot Camp Gym in Monmouth County Moves to Large Warehouse

Ultimate Fit Zone, a cross training and boot camp fitness center in Monmouth County, NJ has moved to a new, large warehouse on Sunset Ave. The gym that previously occupied space in MiddleBrook Plaza moved around the corner and now occupies 3,000+ square feet of a spacious warehouse.

The warehouse offers a large overhead garage door that opens on sunny days, heat during frigid weather, air conditioning when it’s sweltering hot and many more amenities for fitness enthusiasts. With the move the boot camp gym has also added more equipment to their stock pile of gym favorites including more Concept2 rowing machines, expansive line of kettle bells, huge set of dumbbells of all sizes, more TRX training straps, a large rip that can accommodate 16-17 pull up stations, several squat racks and multiple bench stations.

Ultimate Fit Zone was launched in 2012 by husband and wife fitness professionals, Edward and Stacey Albert. Both long time Monmouth County residents. He is a former body builder with a long list of personal training clients that span from novice to professional athlete to specialized help for individuals with disabilities or movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s Disease). She is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist with a background in Personal Training, Cross Training and Pilates mat training. Together the duo offer results oriented weight loss programs, strength training regimens, detox diets and much more.

Monmouth County Boot Camp fitness coaches Eddie & Stacey Albert

Husband and wife fitness professionals Eddie & Stacey Albert

For more information about a weight loss program or their boot camp fitness programs, please email the gym or text Stacey at 732-757-7944.

Kettle Bell Single Leg Ab Crunch On Bosu Ball

If you want to build up your abdominal muscles (for that 6-pack you’ve always wanted), you’re going to have to do more than just crunches. You really need to work those muscles and train them like you would any other muscle group. Adding some weight helps fine tune the results of your traditional ab workout. Using a kettle bell hooked to your foot and balancing on the bosu ball, you’ll engage and strengthen your muscles much more than a traditional bicycle or single leg -up exercise would. Try mixing this in to your regular ab workout using 4 x :20 rounds of work per leg with :10 rest in between. I a using a 13 lb kettle bell hooked to my foot.

HIIT Circuit Boot Camp Classes in Monmouth County

Our IT 360 HIIT circuit boot camp class in Monmouth County is a complete, calorie burning total body strength and cardio workout.  Work your way through circuits and stations that include TRX training, body weight cardio, body weight strength, dumbbell and barbell work, rowing, jumping rope, sled pushing, battle ropes and more.

Our trainers will help you get the high energy, fat burning workout you crave while our Certified Nutritionist on staff will assist you in pairing your workout with healthy meals that help you meet your goals.  We can help you create satisfying diet programs that include high protein/low carb, Paleo, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Pescatarian, Vegan and much more.

When you combine our HIIT circuit boot camp workouts with a goal oriented meal plan, you will see and feel amazing results.

Join the rest of Monmouth County that has jumped on board to lose weight, get toned, get healthy and feel GREAT about yourself.

Click to see our full schedule of HIIT circuit boot camp classes in Monmouth County.

For more information fill out the contact form on the right.

12 Week Ripped Girl Challenge

Have you aways wanted to be ‘ripped’?  Do you want to have a leaner and more muscular physique?  We are looking for women of all ages that want to take our 12 Week Ripped Girl Challenge.

  • We are only accepting applications from individuals who are very serious about changing their bodies
  • You must be willing to follow a high protein, low carb diet for the 12 weeks
  • Commit to training with us at least 4 times a week
  • We will take weigh ins, measurements and photos before and after the challenge
  • All ages and fitness levels are welcome
  • We work around injuries with modifications, don’t let that be an excuse to hold you back

If you want to be a Ripped Girl, please fill out the form below the photos for the 12 week challenge.  We will reply to you with details and pricing.

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21 Day Reboot

Are you ready to make the decision to better your physical, mental and emotional health and well-being?

The 21 Day Reboot is your answer.

The Reboot is a program that cycles for 21 days, than breaks for about 21 days and starts again new for another 21 days, over and over again.  This keeps you in control of your commitments and also allows you time in between Reboot programs to continue what you have learned in the program until the new program starts.  It’s not too short- not too long- it’s just right to hold your attention and keep you accountable with your diet and exercise with all the support and motivation you need.

Purchase on time to ensure you have everything you need for a successful journey!

Our 21 Day Reboot helps people get back on track with clean eating, shed some extra pounds, vegan-detox-cleanselose bloat and wash those junk food toxins out of your system.

You can expect to lose anywhere from 8-11 pounds on this plan if you need to lose weight. This plan eliminate gluten, dairy, sugar and alcohol for 21 days but the meals/recipes are so good you won’t miss any of them at all!.

In addition to my one-on-one unlimited support via email, text and Facebook, you’ll get a new meal plan each week with simple to follow recipes and tips for three weeks.  We also have a private Facebook group for anyone who wants to chat with others doing the program and share your food photos, comments and concerns.

“All of the recipes have been easy to follow and delicious! I feel better and have lost 5 lbs. The rest of my family has been enjoying several of these recipes without realizing that they are eating healthier! Thank you so much Stacey!!!! -Wendy M

For those of you that want to add some at-home workouts to your program, you have the option to add-0n our ‘Flash Workouts’ to the program.  We send you two strength/cardio workouts to do each week.  You can do them in as little as 10-15 minutes with some light dumbbells or mini bands (don’t worry- we can help you order everything from Amazon inexpensively! But hurry and order so you can get your equipment on time!!). If you want more of a workout, all you have to do is double the time.  In addition to that, you get our 5 minute leg and booty blaster workout each week to really focus on your lower body.

I love the combination of meals and workouts. easy to follow. I will stick with this program for a while! – Michelle J

What You Can Expect From The Program

You may experience:

  • Weight loss and reduced sugar cravings
  • Reduced bloating
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved mood and overall sense of wellbeing/happiness
  • Reduced inflammation pain
  • Improvement in skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and psoriasis
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Glowing skin
  • Improved focus and mental clarity


  • 21 Day Meal plan with recipes emailed to you
  • Eliminates dairy, sugar, alcohol and gluten
  • Includes fish, veggies, chicken, fruits, healthy carbohydrates, etc
  • Modifications available for allergies, food preferences, vegetarians, vegans, paleo etc
  • Private Facebook group for support
  • Text and/or email support also available
  • Simple recipes, healthy foods
  • Satisfying sweets too!
  • Optional to add the weekly workouts

Purchase the 21 Day Meal Plan only for $29.95 >>> CLICK HERE

Purchase the 21 Day Plan + Workouts for $39.95 >>>> CLICK HERE

I am really proud of myself for sticking to this plan and not to mention how great I feel from the inside. Thank you Stacey for all of the motivation you have given me and reminding me that I ”don’t need “and that I can “live without something”. Your recipes are fantastic, so simple and filling. If anyone is looking to transition your diet this is a great way to do it.” Priscilla D

Stacey is a wizard in the kitchen! Never thought that I could eat healthy AND love what I’m making! Weight loss challenges supply quick and easy meals to prepare and provide structure to a crazy work week!” Alexa F

Questions? Text 732-757-7944 or email

2019 New Year Weight Loss Challenge in Monmouth County

We are gearing up to start our next weight loss challenge for Monmouth County and we’ve got 1,000 reasons for you to do it!  For the past 6 years, we’ve been transforming the bodies and lives of people all over Monmouth County who take our 90 Day Weight Loss Transformation Challenge.  This is a lifestyle health and wellness program- not a fast fad diet!  We teach you the tools you need to prepare and enjoy healthy and delicious meals in the kitchen while we challenge your physical capabilities in the gym.  Together with sound nutrition counseling, small group personalized training and a team of motivating fitness professionals at your service, participants have shed anywhere from 10-40 lbs over the course of the challenge!

Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County is THE destination to make your New Year’s resolutions come true.  Let 2019 be the LAST YEAR you make a resolution to lose weight and get fit.  Because with the help of our 90 Day weight loss challenge, you WILL accomplish your goals.

We are starting 1/2/2019 with your training and diet program.  We need to get everyone weighed in that week or before then.

How it works/program fees

There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee.  In return you will receive weigh-ins, measurements, ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos and your 90 Day transformation meal plan eBook from our nutritionist.

The group training fee is $130 a month for three months, paid one month at a time (not all upfront).  Your training is unlimited- come as many days a week as you want and work with our trainers on your physical fitness.

What about those 1,000 reasons to do it?

At the end of month one- the person that loses the most ‘pounds’ will receive $100.  At the end of month two, the person that loses the most ‘inches’ will receive $100.  At the end of the 90 days, the person who makes the biggest overall transformation (lifestyle, appearance, fitness, etc) will receive $1,000!

See some before and after weight loss photos of Monmouth County residents who took the challenge!

Questions?  Ready to join?  Fill out the contact form to the right or call or text our nutritionist RIGHT NOW to get started.  Text 732-757-7944 and talk to Stacey about the program.

CrossFit’s Angie Workout Raises Money For Monmouth County Non Profit

A successful fundraiser at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County raised over $1,200 for The Frances Foundation.  The fundraiser coincided with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Participants gathered at the Cross Training gym to battle their way through the infamous CrossFit Angie workout.  The workout consisted of 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and 100 squats.  Smaller, shortened and modified workouts were also offered to cater to any fitness level.

Families that have been helped by the foundation were in attendance as were some of the board members of the organization.  Family members spoke about how the organization had helped their family during their darkest hour, when their child had been diagnosed with cancer.  Frances Foundation helps kids fighting cancer, and their families, through very dark hours.  Whether it be financial, emotion or physical support, the foundation strives to put smiles on the faces of children and their families during a time when it seems almost impossible to do so.

Below are some photos of the event:

Ultimate Fit Zone is a cross training and boot camp gym in Monmouth County. Through diverse and varying fitness training as well as sound and results oriented nutrition support, the NJ gym caters to dozens of clients looking to lose weight, improve health, become more fit and athletic.  Training is available for all levels.

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