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.

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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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.