Climbing Monkey Bars

Climbing Monkey Bars

Climbing Monkey Bars is an exhilarating and challenging exercise that mimics the movements of a monkey swinging and climbing on bars. It combines strength, coordination, and balance to target several major muscle groups all at once. This exercise primarily engages the upper body, including the arms, shoulders, back, and core muscles. Additionally, the constant gripping and hanging motion can also improve grip strength and forearm endurance. When performing Climbing Monkey Bars, you'll be activating your latissimus dorsi (lats), deltoids, biceps, and triceps. These muscles play a crucial role in pulling, pushing, and stabilizing your body as you navigate across the monkey bars. Engaging your core muscles during this exercise helps to maintain stability and prevent excessive swinging. Incorporating Climbing Monkey Bars into your fitness routine not only adds variety but also boosts your cardiovascular endurance. The continuous movement challenges your cardiovascular system and increases your heart rate, leading to improved cardiovascular health and fat burning. As this exercise requires coordination and balance, it can also enhance your neuromuscular coordination and overall body control. Keep in mind that this exercise is more suitable for individuals with a moderate fitness level and a solid upper body strength foundation. If you're new to exercise or have any pre-existing joint or shoulder issues, it's important to start gradually and build up your strength over time. Remember to warm up properly beforehand and stretch afterward to prevent injury and optimize your recovery. Get ready to embrace your inner primate and experience the dynamic challenge of Climbing Monkey Bars!


  • Start by standing in front of the monkey bars with your arms fully extended above your head.
  • Jump up and grab the first bar with both hands, making sure to have a firm grip.
  • Pull your body up, bending your elbows and lifting your feet off the ground.
  • Continue moving your hands and feet along the monkey bars, alternating between each hand to maintain a steady rhythm.
  • Engage your core muscles and keep your body straight as you traverse across the bars.
  • Continue climbing until you reach the end of the monkey bars or until you've completed your desired number of repetitions.
  • When you're finished, carefully lower yourself down and dismount from the bars.

Tips & Tricks

  • Maintain a strong grip on the monkey bars to improve your upper body strength.
  • Engage your core muscles by squeezing them throughout the entire exercise.
  • Practice proper breathing techniques to optimize your performance and prevent fatigue.
  • Gradually increase the duration and intensity of your monkey bar workouts to build endurance.
  • Incorporate hanging leg raises or knee tucks on the monkey bars to target your abs and hip flexors.
  • Focus on using proper form and technique to avoid injuries and maximize your results.
  • Consider using chalk on your hands to improve grip and prevent slipping on the bars.
  • Include pull-ups and chin-ups in your training routine to further develop your upper body strength.
  • Ensure you have a stable surface or mat underneath the monkey bars to protect your joints and prevent injuries.


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