A Head to Toe Workout On Your Gym’s Rowing Machine

If you’re looking to get an amazing workout from head to toe, increase your cardio respiratory fitness and do it all with little or NO impact on your body- look no further than the rowing machine at our Monmouth County gym.

Tucked towards the back of our cardio deck at Ultimate Fitness is the rowing machine.  This unassuming piece of equipment can provide you with one of the most comprehensive workouts in a very short amount of time.  Simulating the movement and resistance of being on the water, this exercise requires you to engage multiple muscles in your upper body, lower body and your entire core.  At the same time, you are greatly enhancing your cardio respiratory fitness with absolutely NO impact on your joints.

It is estimated that you can burn around 600 calories per hour rowing.  Plus- rowing is one of the few non-weight bearing sports that exercises all the major muscle groups.  The primary muscles worked are the quadriceps, the large muscles of the thigh.  However your lower and middle back, hamstrings, calves, glutes and biceps will all be engaged to perform this movement.  Basically you’ll feel the burn from head to toe.  Running on the treadmill can’t compare to the workout you get from rowing- plus you avoid the impact on your joints. 

If you would like to incorporate rowing into your daily exercise regimen, you can request an appointment with one of our personal trainers in Monmouth County to teach you the proper way to use the rowing machine.  Your half hour session will not only include instruction on how to use the machine but the proper form and technique to maintain while doing this exercise as well.

Instructional sessions are just $25 per half hour. These are not personal training sessions.  They are instructional and educational.  For more information please email UFTrainingCenter1540@gmail.com

Watch this slow motion video of Laura exercising on the rowing machine at our gym in Monmouth County.

About Ultimate Fitness in NJ

We are a 24 hour gym in Monmouth County owned and operated by sought out personal trainer, Edward Albert.  Eddie is the director of all training at Ultimate Fitness and also co-owns Ultimate Fit Zone, a cross training & boot camp gym in Monmouth County, with his wife.  Both gyms offer nutritional meal plans and weight loss programs with one-on-one personal training or group boot camp training sessions.

97 Year Old World War 2 Vet Does TRX Training in Monmouth County

If you’ve ever thought you’re just too old to get fit, take a look at Jerry.  He is a 97 year old World War 2 vet that believes in the power of fitness and nutrition.

Jerry is working with Monmouth County personal trainer, Gary Gresko, of Aging Greatly Now.  Gary is in his 70s and works with other seniors who want to get fit but are too intimidated by gyms and gym atmospheres to do it alone.

Jerry follows a vegetarian diet and does plenty of exercise to keep his mind and body feeling young.  He loves walking around NYC and doing is training sessions with Gary and friends. Jerry is an example of how proper health and nutrition can not only extend your life, but add to your quality of living as well.

Boost Cardio with the Jack and Press Exercise

If you’re searching for calorie torching exercises that blast fat and help sculpt lean muscle, don’t overlook the Jack & Press!  This is a variation of the traditional jumping jack that incorporates a weighted med ball or dumbbells to up the intensity.

Eddie Albert, a sought out personal trainer in Monmouth County, gives you the run down on the Jack & Press:

The Jack & Press is a great exercise to include in your cardio routines as well as your strength routines.  If you want to get your heart rate up a little on lift days, add a set of 10 Jack & Press reps in between sets to keep blood flowing and the metabolism burning up calories.

In addition to being a great cardio workout, this move helps define the shoulders and is also great for coordination. Another aspect we really like about this exercise is that it can be done anywhere and zero fancy equipment is needed.  If you don’t have a med ball or dumbbells, use anything that has some weight to it.  A kettle bell, a gallon jug of water…get creative.  This is an exercise you don’t need the gym for.

To do the Jack & Press start by holding your weighted object in front of your chest with your feet together.  Then simultaneously jump and spread your feet apart (as you would do in a jumping jack) and push the weighted object over your heat.  Return to starting position and repeat for 10 reps. The heavier you go, the harder it will be.  For strength use a higher weight, for a good cardio boost use a lower weight and knock out more reps.

Watch the Jack & Press:

 

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-oriented 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.

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.

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.

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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