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.

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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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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