New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge

Are you making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight in 2018?  Are you looking for a motivating weight loss program in Monmouth County where you can work with skilled personal trainers AND a nutritionist to help you lose weight and reclaim your health?  Our sister facility, Ultimate Fit Zone (just a few doors down from us in the same shopping plaza), is doing just that.

Ultimate Fit Zone is a boot camp gym in Monmouth County.  They are the home to the ORIGINAL 90 Day Transformation Challenge- a weight loss program that gives you great workouts with personal trainers combined with the assistance of a nutritionist to help you re-learn your relationship with food and how to eat good foods that steer your towards your health and wellness goals.

Lose Up to 30 Pounds With The Transformation Weight Loss Program

Past participants of the 90 Day Challenge at our Monmouth County gym have lost upwards of 30 pounds or more!  The program is not about an extreme diet or eliminating food groups like carbs.  Just the opposite.  Our nutritionist writes meal plans that show you recipes, portion sizes and tips for eating very delicious foods but with a healthy twist.  Recipes include low fat baked chicken parm, crocpot buffalo chicken, avocado deviled eggs, smoothies, oatmeal muffins and more.  This weight loss challenge is about making long-term changes that can have a lasting impact on your health.

To learn more about the 90 Day Transformation weight loss challenge and to see before and after photos of past participants, visit our official Transformation Weight Loss Challenge page.

Deals on Personal Training in Monmouth County

With January 2018 right around the corner, more people are thinking about those New Year’s resolution- and the majority of Monmouth County residents have or will set a resolution to better their health.  A Personal Trainer can help you do that and we have some special holiday deals for you!

Bonnie’s Spin + Personal Training Package:

(5) one-on-on, half hour personal training sessions with Bonnie AND (5) spin classes with Bonnie. That means you’re getting 10 opportunities to be motivated, encouraged and pushed to work your hardest by one of the best trainers around. 10 workouts for just $159.

Spin classes take place Mondays at 6pm, Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 9am at Ultimate Fitness gym in Monmouth County. The one-on-one personal training sessions will be scheduled between you and Bonnie at mutually agreeable times.

To purchase this package, stop in to Ultimate Fitness during staff hours: Monday/Wednesday 5p-8:30pm and Tuesdays/Thursday from 9am-12pm.

You can also email us or call 732-531-3586 and ask for Bonnie.

Train with Chris OR Greg for just $25 per half hour session

Both personal trainers, Chris Oliveras and Greg Vilme, are offering a reduced price on packages of 10 half hour sessions.  Through the holidays you pay just $250–regularly $350.

You can buy these personal training specials for yourself or for someone else as a gift.  If you visit the gym during staff hours (Monday/Wednesday 5p-8:30pm and Tuesdays/Thursday from 9am-12pm) someone can write up a gift certificate for you.

Gym Membership Discounts and Specials

We have other gym deals and personal training specials for the holidays.  Click ‘gym deals monmouth county‘ to learn more.

About Ultimate Fitness Gym in NJ

Ultimate Fitness is a 24 hour gym in Monmouth County.  The gym is owned and operated by fitness expert and sought out personal trainer, Eddie Albert.

Why All Men and Women Should do Lateral Shoulder Raises

As a personal trainer at the Jersey Shore (Monmouth County) you can believe that I work with a lot of men and women who want to improve their physique and look good on the beach.  For men AND women, that means reducing some excess fat on the body and building up some lean muscle tissue.  One of the first places I start is with the upper body.  The shoulders really catch your attention on someone if they are shaped nicely.  For men- shoulders not only help fill out your t-shirts but they broaden your silhouette and give the appearance of a strong upper body.  For women, adding some lean muscle to your shoulder area actually helps shrink the appearance of your waist and lower body.

The lateral raise is a great exercise to build up the outer portion of the shoulder and give some more of that hour glass look.  For men, it will give you a broader silhouette and also helps with shoulders that slope downwards.

The Lateral Raise primarily works the lateral deltoid, which is the middle portion of the deltoid muscle. The anterior (front) deltoid, posterior (back) deltoid, and upper traps will activate as well.

How to Perform the Lateral Raise

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Slightly bend hips and knees. Hold dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing in. Bend your elbows slightly.
  2. Holding your core tight, raise the dumbbells to your side until your upper arms are  shoulder height (do not exceed shoulder height).
  3. Lower the dumbbells to the starting position.

 

About Eddie:

Eddie is a sought out personal trainer in Monmouth County, NJ. His body building back ground mixed with his present day CrossFit training is what helps him create workouts that can taylor to any fitness level, any age, and any results-oriendted individual.  Eddie owners Ultimate Fitness, a 24 hour gym in Monmouth County and Ultimate Fit Zone, a cross training and boot camp gym in Monmouth County as well. He is the director of training at both gyms.

Build Shoulder Strength: Behind The Neck Strict Shoulder Press

Having strong shoulders doesn’t just look good physically, it can help you with better posture, greater overhead strength, greater control and strength with certain Olympic lifts (barbell clean, snatch, etc) and increased strength in your upper back. One forgotten muscle building exercise for shoulders is the behind-the-neck shoulder press.  The most common shoulder press exercises are the military press and the dumbbell shoulder press.  Both excellent for building muscle and strength…along with your lateral and forward raise dumbbell exercises as well. But behind-the-neck press offers some additional benefits that make it worthwhile to incorporate into your workout routine.

Probably the biggest benefit from the behind-the-neck press is that it engages more of the shoulder muscles than the traditional military, and really hits the posterior delt well.  The barbell press from the front works more of the front deltoid.  If you’re bench pressing, you’re also getting front deltoid work- so why not switch things up every now and then and broaden your workout tool box?

Behind the neck is also great for strengthening the upper back.  If you also enjoy olympic lifts, this will help with your strength and stability on the snatch, push press and jerk.

NJ Personal Trainer Demonstrates Behind The Neck Shoulder Press

 

Is Behind The Neck Press Safe?

Generally, most of us can safely do a behind the neck press.  If you have rounded shoulders (kyphosis) you should not do the behind the neck press just yet.   The kyphosis generally means you have weakened and tight shoulder muscles as well as upper back muscles.  As a personal trainer in Monmouth County, if one of my clients has rounded shoulders, I work on developing the muscles in the back, shoulders and even chest to help strengthen the muscles and aid in posture correction.

If you have poor shoulder mobility- the behind the neck press will be difficult for you and could possibly injure you.  You should work on your mobility first and then attempt behind the neck presses with very light weight.  Again- if your shoulders are tight- don’t force the position. Work on mobility first.

In conclusion, for building strength in the shoulders and upper back, try incorporating the behind-the-neck shoulder press into your routine.  You should work with a personal trainer or have someone spot you to minimize risk of injury if this is your first time attempting the lift.  Always start with a lighter weight than you would use for a front of the neck press until you get comfortable.

About Eddie:

Eddie is a sought out personal trainer in Monmouth County, NJ. His body building back ground mixed with his present day CrossFit training is what helps him create workouts that can taylor to any fitness level, any age, and any results-oriendted individual.  Eddie owners Ultimate Fitness, a 24 hour gym in Monmouth County and Ultimate Fit Zone, a cross training and boot camp gym in Monmouth County as well. He is the director of training at both gyms.

 

Russian or American Kettle Bell Swing? Which is Right For You?

The kettle bell craze of the fitness industry is not going away any time soon.  Kettle bell exercises are such a great way to combine strength training with cardio output for workouts that really blast fat and target lean muscle building.  As a long time personal trainer, I’m always looking for ways to get the most out of any workout for my clients.  Using Kettle Bells is a great way to get people of all fitness levels into better shape.

The Kettle Bell swing is one of my favorite exercises because it targets so many muscle groups, including the core, and requires cardio output.  So you’re getting more bang for your buck…or bell :-)

In my personal training workouts and especially in the Cross Training boot camp I run in Monmouth County, I incorporate kettle bell swings often.  Depending on the client, we may either do a Russian Swing or the American Swing.   If you’re trying to decide which type of swing is best for you- you should know that the answer largely depends on your personal mobility in addition to the goals you have for the workout.

The Russian swing stops at about mid chest with the arms extended straight out in front of you. It’s better to choose a heavier weight for this swing and let your lower body force drive the kettle bell up to your chest.

The American kettle bell swing brings the bell all the way up above your head, so at the top of the movement the kettle bell is directly in line with your spine.  It requires a little more force from your lower body, and for that reason you should swing less for an American than you can normally do for a Russian.

Is the American Swing safe?

It’s a complicated question.  First- if you have strong shoulders and good shoulder mobility, the American kettle bell swing is generally safe for you. I say ‘generally’ because every person is very unique and we can’t look at fitness as a one size fits all situation.  The danger people point out in the American swing is that having the arms extended all the way above the head, bearing weight down on the shoulders while the hands are in a close grip position can be unstable for the shoulder joint.  If you don’t have strong shoulders or good mobility (or in some cases, even if you do), you could injure yourself.  Now, that doesn’t mean we should never do American swings.  Like anything else in life, it means we practice with proper form, caution and with appropriate weights for our ability. It also means we don’t over use the shoulder joints by performing American KB Swings several times a week and at high repetitions.

Whenever I’m personal training anyone with shoulder joint issues, we work on a Russian swing. If my client or my boot camp clients are capable of doing the American swing, then we work with the American.  Fitness is very unique to you as an individual and that’s why you need to seek out a gym or personal trainer in Monmouth County that can accommodate  your personal needs.

American Kettle Bell Swing

Here is an example of one of our clients doing the American Kettle Bell Swing.  You can see force is generated from the lower body and the Kettle Bell travels all the way up above her head.  She happens to have excellent shoulder mobility, more than most people, and very strong shoulder joints.

 

I hope I was able to shed some light on the topic of kettle bell swinging.  For information about our Cross Training boot camp in Monmouth County, visit our sister website UltimateFitZone.com.

Are Kipping Pull Ups Easer Than Strict Pull Ups?

Being a former body builder, presently a personal trainer in Monmouth County, NJ and now having done CrossFit for so many years, I often hear the argument of kipping pull-ups versus strict pull-ups.  If you aren’t familiar with kipping pull-ups, I have included a video below.  The basic movement involves swinging your legs and doing a hip snap to help propel the body up and get the chin above the bar.  Whereas a strict pull-up the body hangs perfectly still and only the upper body is used to pull the chin up to the bar.

The argument is that a kipping pull-up is ‘cheating’.  First – what is it cheating?? The movements are different and can be used to accomplish different goals. It depends on the individual and the individual’s fitness goals.

Because strict pull-ups require more upper body strength, they are better for isolating the back muscles and building muscle as well. People who are involved in CrossFit and cross training that want to work on speed and be able to do more reps use the kipping pull-up.  I will say that before you do kipping pull-ups, you should first work on strict pull-ups.  You want strong muscles around the shoulder before you start doing speed movements like kipping pull-ups.  This will reduce your risk of injury as you will be better able to control the movement at the top and bottom.

There are benefits to doing kipping pull-ups besides speed.  First, more muscles are used to perform the move.  The leg swing and hip snap work lower body muscles in addition to the upper body pull.  Because more muscles are being used, more cardiovascular output is needed.  This can help improve your cardio performance while working on more total body conditioning.  You will build strength as well.

A good workout idea is to do some strict pull-ups to isolate the back muscles, then as you fatigue, crank out a few kipping pull-ups to end the set.  You should learn to do kipping pull-ups from a qualified coach and practice them often to reduce your chance of injury.  This move involves a lot of pull on the shoulder at the bottom.  Having a strong strict pull-up and being able to control the movement at the top and bottom will reduce this risk.

Video: Kipping Pull Ups

About Eddie:

Eddie is a sought out personal trainer in Monmouth County, NJ. His body building back ground mixed with his present day CrossFit training is what helps him create workouts that can taylor to any fitness level, any age, and any results-oriendted individual.  Eddie owners Ultimate Fitness, a 24 hour gym in Monmouth County and Ultimate Fit Zone, a cross training and boot camp gym in Monmouth County as well. He is the director of training at both gyms.

Gym Deals in Monmouth County

Hey everyone!  Looking for gym deals in Monmouth County?  We are introducing a brand new gym membership option.  Our new two year fitness plan i just $16 a month!

We are a privately owned gym with personalized service.  We strive to create a friendly and inviting atmosphere where anyone can feel comfortable working out.  No throwing heavy weights around, no crashing barbells into the ground.  We want everyone to get a great workout and be courteous of one another.

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Eddie Albert, owner of Ultimate Fitness

Ultimate Fitness is located on Deal road at the corner of Highway 35 South in the Middlebrook Shopping Plaza.  We offer our members convenient 24 hour access to the facility.  You can inquire about joining by calling or stopping in during our staff hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday staff are there 5pm-8pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday staff are there 9am-12pm

For a faster response, you can also send an email to us by click here.

We have personal trainers on staff as well as a massage therapist.  These services are available for an additional fee. You can email or call to inquire about pricing.  Personal training pricing is available on our website.

Ultimate Fitness gym in Monmouth County is owned by Eddie Albert.  Eddie is a sought out personal trainer and fitness expert leading the industry for more than 30 years.  His career began as a bodybuilder and led to him earning the title of Mr New Jersey in 1992. After that, he made it his life’s mission to help others achieve health and wellness.  From teens to senior citizens, Eddie has worked with people of all ages and fitness levels, and has specialized in training individuals with movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.  Eddie also runs a cross training boot camp a few doors down from the gym where he leads high intensity workouts and offers nutrition and weight loss programs.

Learn more about how we can help you.  Send us an email and get started.

Need to Detox? Try Our 21 Day Meal Plan

The best way to detox your system is to stop eating the chemicals, synthetic hormones, antibiotics and other additives that exist in our food chain.  It’s been said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so to help you do this, we’re introducing our 21 Day Reset Meal Plan.

Our Certified Holistic Nutritionist has created a three week detox meal plan to help you flush your body of toxins while providing your system with health promoting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more.

This meal plan will take you through three stages of cleansing:

  • Week 1: Lots of fruits and veggies, some animal protein (chicken, fish, turkey, eggs), fiber rich grains
  • Week 2: Lots of fruits and veggies, limited animal protein (fish and eggs), fiber rich grains
  • Week 3: Lots of fruits and veggies, plant based protein (no animal food sources this week), fiber rich grains.

Our meal plans can be customized to work with special dietary needs such as gluten free, anti-inflammatory, diabetic needs and more.

Click here to purchase the 21 Day Reset Meal Plan.

You can contact the nutritionist directly by emailing: stacey.berlin @ gmail.com

Ultimate Fitness is a 24 hour gym in Monmouth County, NJ.  We offer personal training and nutritional based meal plans.  We can work with clients all over the country for our healthy meal plans.  Just contact our nutritionist or purchase your 21 Day Reset Meal Plan to begin working with her.

Sculpting a Sexy Back

Are you ready to bring sexy back?  Do you want to work with a Monmouth County personal trainer to sculpt lean back muscles? Our trainers incorporate a variety of training techniques to burn fat and help you develop lean muscle mass.  From dumbbells to kettle bells, barbells and body weight movements, our NJ personal trainers create diverse training routines to keep your workouts fresh and exciting.

Our personal training sessions keep you moving to help you burn as many calories as possible.  From high intensity interval training sessions to body sculpting strength training, our trainers will give you the maximum workout in just 30 minutes.

We offer packages of 10 personal training sessions for $350.  For more information or to meet with a trainer to discuss your needs, send us an email to UFTrainingCenter1540 @ gmail.com or fill out the form below:

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21 Day Jumpstart Personal Training Program

Our new 21-day Jumpstart personal training program is just what you need to get your health and fitness goals back on track.  It’s been studied that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.  So how about spending the next 21 days with the personal trainers at Ultimate Fitness gym in Monmouth County?  Our personal training weight loss package includes:

  • Two x half hour personal training sessions a week for three weeks (six total sessions) at Ultimate Fitness
  • Two group boot camp workouts a week for three weeks (six total) at Ultimate Fit Zone
  • One spin class a week at Ultimate Fitness
  • Three week holistic health meal plan from our nutritionist

This is a $369 value.  First time participants can purchase this weight loss package for just $159 during the months of September and October only.  Beyond that this program is priced at $209.

For more information, please send an email to UFTrainingCenter1540 @ gmail.com

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