Kickstarter of the Week: monkii bars

monkii-barsProduct: monkii bars
Location: Boulder, CO
Link: Kickstarter
Kickstarter End Date: April 6, 2014
Current Pledge: $78,891 of $25,000 (GOAL MET!)

Monkii-BarIt’s probably fair to say that even though most of us identify as a “runner”, running is not all wae do. We do ADAPT training, CrossFit, cross training, or even just pushups and situps to shake things up a bit. This week’s Kickstarter of the Week comes from Boulder, CO and looks like it would be a unique and wonderful addition to your workout repertoire. I sat down with Dan Vinson, one of the creators of the monkii bars, to discuss the product and inspiration behind it.

I love the outdoors and even more so, I love taking my workouts on trail runs, hikes, and climbs.  I spent 5 years as a Wilderness Ranger and Wildland Firefighter, nature had become my gym. monkii bars are the synthesis of years spent training in the wild. Now you can truly bring your workout anywhere.

monkii bars come as a set of two batons with all 18 feet of suspension line stored inside each bar. Pop the plugs and toss the line over a tree branch, swing set, your office door or even underneath a hot air balloon. The vision is for people to use monkii bars anywhere and everywhere, especially in the outdoors.

How to use monkii bars:

1. Head out on your run. Get your engine hot and your mind right.

2. After you feel warm, find a place to set up monkii bars. Preferably, somewhere with an epic view or a place people might not believe that you did a workout there.

3. Do this workout:

3 Rounds:

12 monkii bar pushups (bars set 8” off the ground)monkii-bars-pushup

Sprint for 2 minutes

*Rest for 2 minutes and repeat for 3x total.

While your rest for the final 2 minutes, adjust the monkii bars to the height of your navel.

Part 2:

3 Rounds:

12 monkii bar Rowsmonkii-bars-row

20 Lunge Jumps

*Rest 90 seconds and repeat for 3x total


monkii-bars-lholdAccumulate 3 minutes of a L-Hold or Tuck Hold

We often segment running, strength training, and core. Why not combine them? And why not do so outside? Instead of cross training under fluorescent lights, stay out and do your pullups, rows, pushes, and core work in your favorite location. You have an easy option to train before, after, or during your runs. Plus, monkii bars are sexy.

A $98 pledge on Kickstarter will get you a set of monkii bars delivered to you this summer. You can choose colors for the monkii bars (dark or light finish) as well as the end caps (green or blue). There is also a Tactical model for those with an inner James Bond. The Tactical Training Manual includes 25 extreme workouts that will turn your runs into a full-on adventure.

Beginnings: The idea for The Wild Gym Company started after I spent my first season as a Wilderness Ranger. I had constructed an all-natural gym in the wild and finished that season in the best shape of my life. Concurrently, my best friend and Co-Founder, David was living in Ethiopia as a Peace Corps volunteer. David was paying $2 per month for a membership to an Ethiopian gym with car parts for weights. We both experienced outdoor fitness at its’ very core and we knew we wanted to start a company around the ideal of being wild and using the world as your gym.

Check it out!


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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