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.

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.

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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Is HIIT and Cross Training the Fountain of Youth?

We slather on anti-wrinkle creams and eat our veggies, all in an effort to age healthily and slowly.  Now there is even more we can do to tap into Mother Nature’s natural fountain of youth; exercise.  Exercise science professor Larry Tucker conducted a study at Brigham Young University that revealed major differences in biological aging in people who do intense exercise (think high intensity training) versus sedentary individuals or those that don’t exercise at all.

The study examines the effects of demanding exercise on telomeres, best described as the protein endcaps on chromosomes within the human body.  They are a symbol of our internal biological clock and are strongly tied to age.  As we age, our telomeres shrink.  According to the study, adults who consistently engage in demanding exercises have telomeres with a biological aging boost of nine years.   The people with the shortest telomeres (associated with aging) were those who lived sedentary lifestyles.  To reap the anti-aging benefits, you must be willing to sweat.  ONLY demanding physical exercise (like the type we do at our cross training and HIIT gym in Monmouth County) was associated with elongated telomeres.  Surprisingly, there was no significant difference in telomere length between those with low or moderate physical activity and the sedentary people.

So, no matter what how old you are or your physical fitness level, starting an exercise program could help you live a longer, healthier life.  At Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, we incorporate high intensity interval training, cross training, TRX training, and more into group oriented training sessions.  We can modify the program for anyone who wants to participate.  Plus, our on-site nutritionist will help make sure you are getting the proper nutrition you need to fuel your workouts and live a healthy life.

Ready to start reversing the hands of time?  Give us a call or fill out the contact form below to get started.

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A HIIT Program With Olympic Lifts and Power Lifts

The spotlight is once again shining on the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT).  A new study from the Mayo Clinic recently found powerful anti-aging benefits of this type of interval training.  Other benefits of HIIT include increased endurance, mega calorie burning, boost metabolism, burns calories long after you leave the gym, great for the heart and blasts fat. If HIIT is one of the healthiest ways to exercise, then one can only assume that adding in two of the most popular types of weightlifting; Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting, can only create a powerful exercise regimen.

At Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, our cross training program combines, HIIT, Olympic lifts and powerlifting to create an exercise program that fights the aging process, dramatically boosts your cardio performance and  helps to create strong, powerful bodies.

Olympic weightlifting may seem like a sport only ridiculously strong men or women can do.  Not true.  Although what we see on TV may portray this idea, ANYONE can participate in a program that includes Olympic lifts. At our HIIT gym in Monmouth County, we’ll teach you the lifts as well as how to perform them safely within the workouts.   The two olympic lifts are the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk.  The benefits of performing these lifts include:

  • Increasing lean body mass and reducing body fat (weightlifting will NOT make you bulky.  Just the opposite.  You’ll see the shape of your body change as you melt fat and sculpt lean muscle tissue)
  • You’ll strengthen and sculpt your back, arms, shoulders and entire core area
  • Better bone health: Weightlifting increases bone mineral density
  • Great brain workout!  Even though it’s your body that’s performing the movement, learning and perfecting the exercises boosts brain activity, concentration, coordination and balance

Powerlifting movements consists of the squat, deadlift and bench.  We incorporate the squat and deadlift into many of our workouts.  Benefits include:

  • Strengthen the muscles of your legs, back and upper body
  • The squat works the muscles of your legs and hips better than many other training alternatives, according to a 2001 study published in “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.”
  • Powerlifting burns LOTS of calories
  • You do not have to lift heavy to get the benefits, we help you choose a weight that’s comfortable and safe for you
  • Increases strength and bone mass, reducing risk of osteoporosis

If you’re looking for an amazing overall strength and cardio workout that combines HIIT, powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting in the Monmouth County area, contact us by filling out the form below and come try a free class.  (*Must have valid, local license for free class trial).

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Kettlebell Workouts That Target Your Whole Body

We use kettlebells often in our cross training boot camp in Monmouth County.  Kettlebell exercises provide superior functional, whole body fitness that can be done by anyone, from a fitness novice to a lifetime fitness junkie. Kettlebell workouts combine strength and cardio training, closely mirroring many real life situations you may find yourself face with.  You may be shaking your head wondering, ‘what real life situations do I face that combine strength and cardio??”

Think about it…carrying your laptop bag and briefcase while you are running to catch the train or bus. How about dragging multiple bags of groceries up several flights of steps?  Cycling on the recumbent bike or walking on the treadmill won’t get you in the shape you need to accomplish these every day tasks.

At our monmouth county boot camp, we teach you and help you execute various kettlebell exercises within our cross training workouts.  Some of these include the kettlebell swing, squat, push press, clean and more.

What Can Kettlebell Workouts Do For You?

From strength and cardio to blasting fat and developing lean muscle tissue, here are some benefits of kettlebell workouts:

  • Fast and effective cardio workout
  • Never boring- this is not your standard run on the treadmill type of cardio
  • Functional strength (to do real life tasks)
  • Varied- there are many kettlebell exercises to learn and we incorporate them into our unique cross training workouts that change every day
  • Knock out your cardio and strength in one efficient workout

Ready to try a cross training workout and learn some new kettlebell exercises at our Monmouth County gym?  Fill out the form below and we will contact you asap.  Make sure you fill it out carefully with NO typos!

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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.