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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NJ Personal Trainer to Host Open Gym Sunday October 26th

Eddie Albert, Owner and director of training at Ultimate Fit Zone and Ultimate Fitness Training Center, will host an Open Gym time for UFZ members on Sunday, October 26th from 11:30am – 1:00pm.

Members are encouraged to come to the Open Gym time to work with Eddie on practicing any lifts that are giving them trouble, perfecting their form and workings towards a new personal record on current lifts.

Eddie is a veteran in the fitness industry with over 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, former body builder, and gym owner.  Eddie is a recognized expert in fitness with experience in cross training, powerlifting, olympic lifts, TRX training, kettle bell training and much more.

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Perfect Your Olympic Lifts And Increase Your MAX PR

best-personal-trainer-njEddie is now offering one-on-one or small group Olympic Lift training by appointment.  This is for anyone who wants to perfect their olympic lift technique and improve their max personal records.

Eddie will review proper form, technique and tips for various olympic lifts (of your choice if you are setting a one-on-one personal training appointment with him) and help you achieve greater personal records.

This training is excellent for cross trainers and CrossFit athletes alike.  Sports athletes will also find it very beneficial to learn the proper form and technique for different exercises.  This will help all athletes improve their performance and reach higher goals.

A little about Eddie:

Eddie is from Monmouth County, NJ where he began his career in bodybuilding and fitness in the late 1980s.  He started as bodybuilder, competed and won the title of Mr. New Jersey before putting his own ambitions on the side to help others. He is actively involved in CrossFit, continues to be a personal trainer and coach for individuals of all fitness levels including athletes at all different stages in their athletic career.

Eddie’s expertise in body building, personal training and CrossFit training makes him one of the most sought out personal trainers in New Jersey.

Eddie is the owner of Ultimate Fitness, a 24 hour gym in Monmouth County, as well as the owner of Ultimate Fit Zone and creator of ZONE 360 boot camp, a cross training fitness program that combines his expertise in the above mentioned training regimens.


Tips To Improve Your Overhead Squat

crossfitoverheadsquatThe overhead squat is one of the most challenging exercises for even the heaviest of lifters.  No matter how heavy you can squat, chances are you will struggle mastering the overhead squat. The reason is because unlike a regular back squat, the heaviest demand is not simply getting the weight back up to the starting position, but in maintaining proper spinal position with your arms extended over your head.  Not only will your legs be required to pull a lot of the weight back up, but your delta will be engaged to maintain the bar overhead.  This move calls for incredible stability, core strength and good lower body strength.

One of the easiest ways to improve your overhead squat is to increase the width of your grip.  You need a grip wider than your push jerk.  To set up for the OHS, I recommend people grip the bar the same as they would their snatch- twice as wide as their shoulder width.  Forming a wide ‘v’ when your arms are extended overhead will help stabilize the bar better.

Another tip would be to keep your weight in your heels.  Resist the urge to tilt forward onto your toes when you are trying to power your way back up. You risk falling completely forward.  The power and drive should come through your heels all the way up.  This is where you have the most control and the most stability.

To better stabilize the bar throughout the move, engage your shoulder blades.  If your arms are wobbling trying to maintain the bar, you will fail.  To keep your upper body under control, pinch your shoulder blades (pull them in). This will help stabilize your shoulders and balance of the bar.

Avoid strain on your neck and keep your head in a neutral position with your eyes facing forward.  Where your eyes go, your body tends to follow.  Did you ever notice how much better you can balance if you pick a spot and stare at it?  Keep your eyes facing forward throughout the movement – don’t look around, up or down.

As with most exercises, the best way to improve is to start with a light weight that you can effectively manipulate with the right form.  Gradually increase your form and technique improves.

About Eddie Albert of Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, NJ

Eddie is a long time fitness expert with a diverse and well rounded background in personal training, body building, CrossFit, metabolic conditioning, speed, power, flexibility, weight loss and more. His career started in the late 80s with the sport of bodybuilding. After competing and winning the title of Mr. New Jersey, Eddie turned his focus to helping others achieve their own health, fitness and wellness goals.

Eddie is an avid CrossFit athlete. He combines his personal training and body building experience with his love for CrossFit to create the ZONE 360 boot camp programming. The boot camp is a true cross training workout that provides participants with the most varied workout. Every day is a new workout at ZONE. The daily challenge is always different and includes a variety of different training crossfitoverheadsquattechniques including TRX suspension training, traditional dumbbell work, metabolic conditioning with burpees, box jumps and wall balls, power lifting moves like the dead lift, overhead squat, snatch, clean and more.

Speed and Strength Training for Athletes

olympic-lifting-njMonmouth Regional High School football player Matt Orrico trains with Eddie Albert, owner of Ultimate Fit Zone and long time fitness expert to increase his strength and explosive power as well as improve his speed, balance and coordination.  The Olympic Lifting program at the Monmouth County cross training facility has attracted a number of athletes of all different sports that are looking for different ways increase their skills.

The strength and speed program incorporates a few different training methods that include Power and Olympic lifting, plyometrics, gymnastic moves and others to hone in on an athletes ability to maximize their power and skills on the field, court and ice.

Incorporating Olympic lifting into an athlete’s training program helps to improve their dynamic mobility, an excellent way to increase an athlete’s range of motion and increase sporting proficiency.  The program prepares athletes for a wide range of random movements, similar to what they could potentially face during a game.

Benefits Of Olympic Lifts:

  • Teaches how to explode
  • Teaches how to apply force
  • Teaches to accelerate
  • Teaches how to catch or receive a force
  • Similar to movements found on the athletic fields
  • Ground based and multi-joint movements
  • A high level of proprioception is required
  • Fast moving speeds that address the athlete’s power needs.

For more info or to enroll, give us a call or text at 732-428-2111

Power, Speed and Agility Training

strength-training-njMatt is a high school athlete participating in our Olympic Lift training program in Monmouth County NJ with Eddie.  He plays football and is using the Olympic Lift training to increase his explosive power, overall strength and speed.  Olympic Lifting can accelerate an athletes improvement on many fronts.  Unlike isolated lift movements (bicep curls, tricep push downs, leg extension, etc), Olympic lifting conditions the muscles to work together in multiple planes of movement as they do in sports activity. The lifts learned in our training sessions will activate nearly all muscles at some point in the movement making the exercises more closely related to how athletes will need to perform on the field, on the court or on the ice.

Learn more about how Olympic Lifting can improve your strength, speed and agility.

Learn The Olympic Lifts

Do you want to learn the Olympic Lifts like the Power Clean, Hang Clean, Clean & Jerk, Snatch, Power Snatch, Squat Clean and more?  Eddie Albert, a fitness expert for 25 years and personal trainer, teaches the techniques needed to master Power and Olympic lifts at his Cross Training gym in Ocean, NJ (Monmouth County).

The Olympic Lifting training program consists of a warm up, instruction on how to perfect the power or Olympic lift being featured, a brief exercise to find your maximum weight for the lift, and then a challenging workout incorporating the lift you just learned along with other plyometric, gymnastic, strength and endurance exercises.

This training program is excellent for athletes and anyone who wants to take their strength training to the next level.

For more information, please fill out the form below or call or text 732-428-2111

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Olympic Lifting For Speed & Agility

speed-agility-monmouth-countyEvery athlete’s goal is to enhance speed, quickness, agility, and body control relative to their sport. While linear speed training is important, the ability to change direction and transfer power efficiently and precisely is arguably more important than flat out linear speed.

At Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, NJ, speed development and enhancement is a careful balance and combination of strength training, sport training, skill training, and speed and agility training. Our Olympic Lift program is excellent for athletes who want to improve their performance in all of the above areas.

Olympic Lifting for speed and agility training is the future of athletic training. Leg strength and core strength are both essential for speed. Max strength and the ability to speed-agility-monmouth-countyaccelerate rapidly are very closely related. Power and Olympic lifting develops both of these aspects by conditioning specific strengths while improving acceleration.

Speed and Agility Training For Functional Movements

At Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, our unique speed & agility training using Power and Olympic lifts focuses a lot of time on squats (Front & Back), lunges, and variations of Olympic movements (Clean, High Pulls,  Split Jerk, Push Jerk, Snatch & combination lifts).  These movements are essential for conditioning the Triple Extension (extending the ankle, knee, and hip).  The triple extension occurs in many movements across a variety of sports including during jumping, taking down an opponent, swinging, throwing, track & swimming starts, etc.  We focus extensively on this movement in many of the Olympic lifts we practice.

speed-agility-njOlympic and Power lifts learned at our program for speed and agility can help train muscles based on their function. Single joint movements that isolate a specific muscle (bicep curls) are very non-functional. Athletics is about the integration of muscle groups into movement patterns. Our goal is to help athletes master the form of these unique lifting exercises and then put them through challenging workouts to ensure they can not only master the form, but perform each movement precisely with speed and control.

Our Olympic Lifting training session occur every Monday @ 4pm, Tuesdays @ 7:30pm and Saturdays @ 11:30 am.  We are always expanding and adding to our schedule.  For a complimentary session, please call or text 732-428-2111 or fill out the form below.

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Olympic Lifting Is Great Sports Training For NJ Athletes

Olympic Lifting NJ | Sports Training Monmouth CountyNJ high school athletes are stepping up their sports training from the typical speed and agility work to more intense, functional strength training found in our Olympic Lifting program.

The training found in our Olympic lifting training program for NJ athletes more closely mimics the experiences they will face on the field, on the matt or on the court.  Power and Olympic lifting conditions the muscles to work together in multiple planes of movement and trains athletes to be able to transfer force with speed, precision and form. The lifts learned in our training sessions will activate nearly all muscles at some point in the movement making these types of exercises much more similar to sports activity.

Our Olympic Lifting program at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, NJ also integrates powerlifting moves, gymnastic exercises (pull-ups, muscle-ups, toes-to-bar, etc), flexibility training, balance, coordination and more. Olympic lifts will encourage discipline when training, a skill that is required by any individual wanting to achieve the maximum results from their weight and sports training.

These sports training sessions are currently held every Monday @ 4pm, Tuesdays @ 7:30pm and Saturdays @ 11:30am.

For more info, fill out the form below our call/text us at 732-428-2111.  We’ll get right back to you.

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Next Power and Olympic Lift Workshop at UFZ

Our first Power and Olympic Lifting workshop was a great success and we are excited to announce the date of our next class.

During our first Power and Olympic Lifting workshop, we covered the deadlift and the clean & jerk.  For our next class, Eddie and Chris will teach you the principles of the front squat and the thruster.

Each workshop helps you understand the techniques and skills needed to master the lifts covered.  Additionally, Eddie and Chris will take you through a series of lifts to help you find your one rep max.  Participants learn how to incorporate each lift into a regular training routine to build power and strength.

The Front Squat & Thruster workshop will be held on Saturday 2/22 at 11:30am and 1:00pm.  Click here to register.


Eddie Albert and Chris Marzarella will lead the Power and Olympic lifting workshops