Monmouth County Trainer Earns CrossFit L1 Certification

Stacey Albert, the Co-Owner of Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, has earned her CrossFit L1 Certification. The certification program included two full days of hands on and classroom work led by CrossFit Inc professionals. Participants reviewed and studied the Olympic lifts, deadlift, body weight movements and nutritional fundamentals as well.

Stacey and her husband Eddie co-own together Ultimate Fit Zone, a cross training gym in NJ that offers intense workouts for people looking to have fun, work hard and get results.

Their hallmark programs offer a variety of weight loss programs and training that include learning new barbell and kettle bell exercises, participating in calorie torching circuit and Interval Training boot camps and unique HIIT training sessions taught by renowned Monmouth County personal trainer, Bonnie Cioppa.

Stacey is also a certified Holistic Nutritionist and runs the weight loss/Nutrition programs at the gym.

For more information please text 732-757-7944.

At Sixty Years Old, Boot Camp Keeps Him Strong

Monmouth County Boot Camp is home to more than one sexagenarian fitness enthusiast

Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County has a reputation for its punishing cross training workouts that include boot camp circuits and HIIT training sessions. When the workouts are in session, barbells are slamming to the ground, sweat is pouring off of every body in there and metal music is blasting. One might expect to find a bunch of 20 something year olds battling the workouts but the gym is home to more than a handful of fitness fanatics in their 50s and even some that are nearing or just hit the 60 year milestone!

Nick Falcone will turn 60 this August and has been a devout boot camp client at Ultimate Fit Zone since the gym opened its doors in 2012. Staying loyal to the Monmouth County gym over the past 7 years has kept him strong and able to fight off Father Time. Most 60 year olds could not dream of doing what Nick is able to do in the gym. Heck, most 30 or 40 year olds couldn’t! Cross Training is intense and combines cardiovascular exercises such as running, rowing, jumping rope, kettle bell swings, burpees and more with strength training exercises using barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells and body weight movements in one workout. Over the years Nick has honed his skills in jumping rope, pull-ups, Olympic lifts, power lifts, hand stands (yes hand stands) and more.

While many people complain that they are ‘too old’ for certain things, Nick takes each day as a new challenge. Excited to see what else he can do, always getting better and trying his hardest.

Pictured below, Nick Falcone push presses a 115 pound barbell above his head, jumps a 24″ box and swings a 53 pound kettle bell in his recent cross training workout at Ultimate Fit Zone.

Saturday’s HIIT Circuit Boot Camp Highlights!

The Saturday HIIT Circuit boot camp workouts at our Monmouth County gym are always fun and full of energy! This Saturday was no different as we tackled the fireman’s carry with the heavy bag for the first time! Members either had to carry or drag the bag for four :30 rounds. There were two different bags to try, one being a little heavier. It was a lot of fun watching people hoist the bag up with a victory smile! We also did a lot of TRX training, some great strength and resistance work and of course..two rounds of calorie burning Tabata to really get that heart rate going! Check out the highlight reel below!

Ultimate Fit Zone opened its doors in 2012 as a Cross Training and Circuit Boot camp gym in Monmouth County. We offer HIIT workouts in three different formats; ZONE 360, IT 360 and HEAT.

ZONE 360 is our hallmark cross training workout program. This program is based on the method and style of CrossFit training BUT we de-emphasize heavy weight and instead focus on longer, intense workouts. For those that want to incorporate the heavy weights- don’t worry- we offer that too. It’s customizable for any fitness level and we have an excellent beginner program to educate you on the program and ease you into the new workout routine.

IT 360 is our Interval Training circuit workout (check out video above). We cycle through different circuits of timed intervals which bring our heart rate up and down for maximum fat burning effectiveness!

HEAT is our unique program created by our personal trainer and fitness coach, Bonnie. This workout is very high energy- lots of body weight movements (think burpees, squats, pushups) combined with light weight/high rep strength exercises with light dumbbells. Fun music- lots of energy. Don’t miss this calorie burning workout!

See our full schedule of training times online by clicking here: https://ultimatefitzone.com/training-schedule/

Also please text us for more info at 732-757-7944.

Women Dominate Monmouth County Boot Camp Workout

Monday’s ‘911’ Cross Training boot camp workout was dominated by the women! Ranging in age from early twenties to early 60s (!) the women showed up and worked fiercely to finish the long workout!

It was a day of many ‘firsts’ for the cross training women who tackled 2,000 meters worth of rowing, 50 push-ups, 50 butter fly sit-ups, 50 pull-ups and 50 barbell push presses. For several women it was their first attempt at band assisted pull-ups on the rig!

The arduous workout took roughly 27-33 minutes to complete (each woman achieving their own personal time) and targeted every muscle in the body with high repetitions and a true test of cardiovascular endurance. From rowing to pushups, to setups to pull-ups and barbell presses, this comprehensive routine activated muscles from the every part of the body, calling upon thousands of nerve cells to be stimulated with compound movements and a strong showing of physical and mental toughness.

“I think it’s important for women to be strong,” says Co-Owner and Fitness Coach Stacey Albert. “Since the dawn of time women have been viewed as the weaker sex. It’s time to show we can be strong not just physically, but mentally too.”

“The beauty of cross training is that it takes just as much mental acuity as it does physical strength. Pacing yourself. Strategizing the workout. Mentally talking yourself through the fatigue to finish,” she adds.

Ultimate Fit Zone is a Cross Training and Circuit Boot Camp gym in Monmouth County serving men and women of all fitness levels. The program teaches goal setting, strength training, cardiovascular endurance and spirited team and individual camaraderie in a workout setting. The gym is owned by husband and wife fitness team Edward and Stacey Albert. Eddie is a former body builder and long time personal trainer in the NJ area. Stacey is a fitness coach, cross training enthusiast and Nutritionist.

For more information please text Stacey at 732-757-7944 or email the gym.

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.

Interval Training Boot Camp in Monmouth County Starting at $99 a Month

IT 360 is our Interval Training boot camp program at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County.  This program is excellent for people of ALL fitness levels.  We use different stations and circuits to create intervals (or periods) of high and low intensity exercises.  By selecting your own weights and setting the pace for your workout- YOU control the intensity each time.  Our coaches are there with you 100% of the time to help guide you, assist you in the exercises and also help teach you how to pace yourself so that the workout is comfortable yet challenging for you. Fitness is as individual as our fingerprints.  There is  no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

The personal trainers and coaches at our Monmouth County boot camp gym understand the needs of individuals of varying fitness levels.  We work with injuries, ailments, special requests and accommodations.  Any exercise we do here can be modified to better meet your needs.  There is absolutely no reason why you can’t get a great workout at our gym!

Our boot camp works your entire body with a variety of different exercises and principles.  We use kettle bells, dumbbells, barbells, your own body weight, rowing machines, jump ropes and much more to help you achieve optimum physical fitness and personal health.

If you would like to try a free Interval Training boot camp workout, please send us an email by clicking HERE.

You may also call or text us at 732-757-7944.

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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