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The Hang-Up

A Boulder fitness company takes your workout into the wild.


Just as playground monkey bars build pint-size arm strength, Monkii Bars—a suspension-training apparatus released by Boulder’s the Wild Gym Company in September—develop grown-up muscles even Popeye would be proud of. The year-old company’s first fitness product morphs simple exercises, such as push-ups and dips, into off-the-ground sweat-fests that triple their difficulty. Designed by co-owners David Hunt and Dan Vinson (a former wilderness ranger and firefighter), the aluminum-cored device weighs less than a pound but can support up to 550 pounds of force. These superportable butt-kickers also come with 100 different full-body workouts crafted by Vinson, a certified CrossFit trainer. Which means you’ll never be without your gym again—whether you’re in your house (the Monkii Branch, an accessory to the Monkii Bars, can be used inside a doorframe), camping in the woods (try suspended dips using a tree), or, say, dangling from a hot air balloon doing pull-ups 2,000 feet above Longmont, as Vinson did in October 2013. “We want to help people see the world as their gym,” Vinson says. Maybe just warn others first: Vinson’s stunt prompted four 911 calls before the hourlong “workout” was finished. monkiibars.com

This article appeared in the November 2014 issue of 5280.

Mary Clare Fischer, Assistant Editor

Mary Clare Fischer co-edits 5280’s Compass, Adventure, and Culture sections; writes for multiple sections of the magazine; and blogs weekly about health and wellness for 5280.com.

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