When you think of working out your entire body, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking of expensive gym equipment and complex exercises. The Wild Gym Company’s Monkii Bars are a return to the simplicity of the bare-bone workout: a couple of ropes, a couple of things to grab, and a whole lot of body weight. Oh, and the whole setup fits right in your pocket (assuming your workout spandex has pockets). The whole package, led by their most recent upgrade to the Monkii Bars 2, just helped the company complete two crowdfunding campaigns that raised over $1 million each.
Monkii Bars are best described as being a more versatile and less clunky version of TRX devices. For those unfamiliar with TRX, it’s a popular form of suspension training that enables participants to leverage over 250 exercises from a single pair of straps. Monkii Bars 2 are even more portable, with an Ultralight Kit that includes a pair of Monkii Bars and the accompanying suspension straps. From runners looking to add upper body training, or professionals who want quick breaks outside the office, all the way to anyone looking to convert their living room into a home gym, this contraption packs a lot of muscle in a little frame.
The Adventure Kit turns Monkii Bars 2 into a sleek self-contained home and travel work system by providing users with a universal door attachment. Sized to be as big as a Nalgene bottle, the kit includes removable straps for outdoor use, an integrated phone holder, and an ultralight case with a built-in door attachment.
For those who really take their workouts seriously, there’s the Tactical Kit. This features a black ballistic nylon outer fabric, blacked out grips with Cerakote gun coating, 1800D cordura inner fabric, and matte black hardware and accessories (you’re probably not hardcore enough if you didn’t understand what any of that meant). It also includes a hard copy of the Tactical Training 2 Manual which features intense workouts, challenges, and missions.
The Ultralight Monkii Bars 2 weigh 15 oz, the Adventure version weighs 25 oz, and the tactical version weighs 26 oz. Each suspension strap is 16 feet long and there’s a 250 lb weight limit.
As with many modern fitness devices, Monkii Bars 2 also have a companion mobile app. In order to provide a variety of workouts to users, the mobile app contains a wealth of user submissions. They’re even geo-enabled so that users can find the best locations for each workout.
So far The Wild Gym Company has raised over $1.1M for Monkii Bars 2 on their Indiegogo campaign and they’re still accepting backers. Pricing for the pre-orders on Indigogo starts at $139 + shipping and the estimated shipping date is February 2017. They also raised more than $1.07 million from almost 6,000 backers on Kickstarter. For those interested in the original version, those are selling for $149.00 on the official company website. If you want the new and improved, though, there’s still time to “fit” them in…
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