What Is A Cross Training Boot Camp?

Some training equipment for our Boot Camp.

Some training equipment for our Boot Camp.

What is Cross Training boot camp at Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County?   “Cross-training in sports and fitness refers to the combining of exercises to work various parts of the body. Often one particular activity works certain muscle groups, but not others; cross-training aims to eliminate this.” –Wikipedia

When you participate in a cross training boot camp program such as ZONE 360 at Ultimate Fit Zone, you are not training in one particular style (weight lifting, running, high interval, etc), but rather a myriad of different training styles that are constantly varying to improve your fitness level across all planes.

Constantly Varied?

Our programming is different each day, i.e., ‘constantly varied.’  But what does this really mean?  Does this mean we are throwing random workouts together each day just to make you sweat?  NO.

When we say our workouts are constantly varied, we are referring to the intensity level, type of training involved, format of the workout, type of equipment used, energy output required, length of time training, muscles worked, etc.  Our boot camp workouts are written by hand, new, every single morning with a strategic goal in mind; your progress.  We vary our program enough to challenge you and to make it feel random and different,  but in reality, our program is always structured to ensure that each week you are working on and improving your strength, technique in performing certain exercises, short term max energy out put and long term endurance.

We do this with a variety of different exercises and equipment including barbells, dumbbells, boxes, TRX gravity straps, plyometrics, body weight movements, cardio drills, rowing machines, explosive power exercises and more.  The result is a well coordinated cross training program that feels different, but is structured for your success.

Some of the benefits of cross training include

  • improved athletic performance
  • increased strength and muscle tone
  • fat loss
  • increased energy level
  • increased endurance and stamina
  • lower blood pressure


Our ZONE 360 cross training boot camp is directed by long time fitness expert Eddie Albert.  Eddie is the owner of Ultimate Fit Zone as well as our sister facility, Ultimate Fitness Training Center.  He has been in the fitness industry as a former body builder and current personal trainer for more than 25 years.  He is an avid CrossFit athlete and also directs our specialty Olympic Lift program here at UFZ.

Ultimate Fit Zone is located in Monmouth County, NJ at Deal Road and Highway 35.  We are in the Middlebrook Shopping Plaza next to the liquor store.

What Can Boot Camp Do For You?

Zone 360 Boot Camp is a true cross training program that varies itself for athletes of all different fitness levels.  Whether you want to lose weight, improve your cardio conditioning, add muscle, increase your speed or strength, Zone 360 can do any of that for you.

The beauty of cross training in a boot camp style setting is that each individual makes the program what he or she wants it to be.  Want to add muscle and bulk up?  You’ll go through the training sessions with heavier weights, nearly maxing out your capacity each round and performing less overall reps than those working with lighter weights/towards different goals. Want to lose weight?  Grab lighter weights, go for more reps and speed during boot camp to melt fat and burn hundreds of calories.  Looking to add lean muscle?  Grab weights that are challenging for you, but light enough where you can complete each round of boot camp at an efficient pace.

And of course, follow a diet that focuses on lean protein, veggies, Omega 3 fatty acids and plenty, plenty of water.

What Does A Zone 360 Work Out Consist of?

It differs every day.  Each day we target different body parts (upper body or lower body) while adding in the necessary metabolic conditioning to help you shave off excess fat and blast calories.  Our program incorporates TRX suspension training, Olympic lifting like deadlifts, cleans, snatches, and push presses, body weight movements like air squats, burpees, box jumps, pushups and sit-ups, and metabolic conditioning elements like tabata and speed and agility work and some traditional dumbbell work as well.

Anyone and I mean absolutely ANYONE who is serious about getting in shape should get on a regular cross training schedule with Zone 360.  Following the weekly program will help you:

  • Target your entire body with strength training exercises
  • Shave off excess fat from head to toe
  • Torch hundreds of calories each session with our metabolic conditioning programming
  • Feel more confident
  • Look AMAZING
  • Achieve your health and fitness goals


Fill out the form below to take a free Zone 360 boot camp training session with Eddie.  The only thing you have to lose is everything that’s making you unhappy right now; excess weight, poor posture, lack of energy, stubborn fat, feelings of insecurity. You will LOVE the results of Zone 360.

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Upper Body Boot Camp Work Out

boot-camp-monmouth-countyYesterday in Zone 360 Boot Camp we concentrated on upper body exercises.  The incline dumbbell press is a great exercise to shape the muscles of your upper body.  This move primarily works your chest muscles but it also helps to shape and define your shoulders and triceps.

Use a slow and controlled movement to perform this exercise, making sure to get the full range motion by feeling the stretch in your chest as you lower the weights down. As you push the dumbbells up and extend your arms, lock your arms at the top briefly to ensure you have full control.  Lowering the weights should take twice as long as raising them to get the full benefit of the exercise.

Zone 360 Boot Camp in Monmouth County is a high intensity, cross training workout that combines strength training, functional movements. and cardio conditioning for a comprehensive work out. Zone 360 is a multi-dimensional training system  designed to improve your overall health and fitness. Zone 360 daily challenges are approximately 45 to 50 minutes long and you can burn anywhere from 450 to 600 calories.

Thrusters- The Perfect All in One Exercise

Zone 360 boot camp in NJ is created with the understanding that most human beings want to get the maximum benefit out of their work out.  And, ideally, do less work with more results.  Enter compound exercises- movements that work several muscle groups at once, and include movement around two or more joints.  Zone 360 boot camp in Monmouth County focuses on functional fitness, which refers to exercise that simulates real-life activities and uses a wide variety of movements through a wide range of motion. At the heart of these routines are a variety of compound exercises.

Thrusters are on of our favorite compound exercises because the move utilizes nearly every muscle in the body.  Thrusters combine a front squat with an overhead press, giving new meaning to the concept of the compound, multi- joint exercise.

You can use the thruster to develop strength and power by loading up the bar with heavier weight and doing lower rep. For a great High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout, lighten up the load and do higher reps at timed intervals. Either way, you’ll get an amazing total body workout.

 How to Perform The Thruster

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, your lower back tightly arched, and the barbell racked on your shoulders with your hands no wider than the outsides of your shoulders.

2. Keeping your head and chest held high, push your hips back and descend into a below-parallel squat.

3. From the bottom position, explode back to the start position as hard as you can, using your momentum to simultaneously press the bar over your head.

4. Finish in a standing position, with the barbell over and slightly behind your head, then smoothly lower it and descend into another squat in one continuous motion.

Important tips to remember:

Drive through your heels – as soon as you come onto your toes, you have nothing to push off against and instantly lose power.

Use your hips and legs to help generate power to get the bar overhead.

Have active shoulders at the top of the lift and don’t leave the bar in front of you when it’s overhead; pull it back slightly over your head.

For Zone 360 boot camp, we usually use a light bar and go for high reps, going through a boot camp challenge for 5 or 6 rounds.  At the end of the challenge, you may end up doing 120-160 thrusters broken up over the several rounds.  Because Zone 360 is completely customizable for each participant, others may choose to load their bar heavier and complete fewer rounds of the challenge.  It’s entirely up to you and your fitness goals.


Boot Camp Ball Slams


Carrie performs ball slams at Zone 360 boot camp

Ball slams are an explosive upper body exercise that doubles up to work the lower body as well.  This is an exercise that will give you include increased muscular endurance, power and strength. In addition cardiovascular fitness, metabolic rate, fat burning and flexibility can be increased while reducing stress levels.

In Zone 360 boot camp, women typically use the 14lb Dynamax slam ball while men use the 20lb ball.  Starting with the ball held straight up over the head, keep your core VERY tight.  As you begin to squat down, slam the ball against the ground, catching it in your hands as it bounces up slightly.  Immediately stand up straight, thrusting the ball straight up back over your head to the starting position.

Remember to keep your abs very tight. Use the force from your legs, abs and arms to slam the ball down and then thrust it back up above your head again.   This is an exercise we do often in Zone 360 boot camp.  It provides strength training and metabolic conditioning (cardio) at the same time.

Zone 360 boot camp in Monmouth County, NJ is at Ultimate Fit Zone.  The program is a Cross-Interval training program that combines lifting, cardio conditioning, speed training, agility, balance and coordination drills. The program is scalable to ANY fitness level. In fact, our members range in age from their 20s to their mid 60s.


Zone 360 Boot Camp – It’s Worth Every Ounce of Sweat

zone-360-boot-camp-njLisa has been coming to Zone 360 boot camp at Ultimate Fit Zone in NJ for many months now.  She works hard when she comes, pushing and sweating through every challenge we present her with.  This past Labor Day weekend,  she realized just how much her hard work is paying off.  In Lisa’s words:

I ran into a guy this weekend that I used to date about 30 years ago.  He took one look at me and said, ‘You look amazing!’.  I thought to myself, every pushup, every sit-up, every squat, every ounce of sweat I poured in Zone 360 boot camp was ALL WORTH IT!!!


Living a healthy and happy lifestyle is rewarding on many levels. You feel healthier and of course, losing weight and gaining lean muscle are just added bonuses! Your posture is better and overall, you have more confidence.  That’s what we teach here at Zone 360 boot camp.  How to lead a happy and healthy life.  You will be stronger, healthier  and in the best shape ever!

Zone 360 boot camp was created by Eddie Albert an avid CrossFit athlete here in Monmouth County.  Zone 360 boot camp combines the best of Cross Training with calorie torching, high intensity boot camp techniques.

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