First, a few words from monkii bars…
Our number one goal here at monkii bars isn’t to sell monkii bars – it’s to get people to be more active. So when we started hearing that a small number of people thought monkii bars were too expensive and that they could make them on their own, we decided to help them. We reached out to Cooper over at GarageGymReviews.com who has some experience making DIY versions of products. So whether you buy monkii bars from us, or make your own, it’s time to get wild.
We did not make this tutorial. It was made by our friend over at GarageGymReviews.com. Follow this tutorial at your own risk. We can’t speak to the strength nor safety of anything you make. Use common sense, following this tutorial and using the device could be dangerous.
A Guide to DIY monkii bars
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to build your own Monkii Bars that can be taken anywhere and are virtually indestructible. This is also, one of the easier DIY projects I’ve ever done for such a useful piece of equipment
The problem for many people however is pretty simple, they don’t want to pay for them. Sure they have what some would view as a pretty hefty price tag, BUT the quality of Monkii Bars is unlike anything you can make out of things you get out of the hardware store.
Although you won’t have the quality of the Monkii Bars on something you build yourself, you can have most of the same features and functionality, in what is essentially, just an uglier format.
- One 1” at least 2 ft. long piece of PVC Pipe
- 24 ft. of 550 Paracord
- Four 1” PVC Caps
- Two Stainless Steel Chain Quick Link’s
- Miter Saw (Alternatives: Hack Saw, Hand Saw, etc.)
- Tape Measure/Ruler
- Measure out two 7 ½” sections of your 1” PVC Pipe and make a mark.
- Cut the PVC pipe along your line using a Miter Saw/Hand Saw/whatever you have that cuts things. (PVC pipe is pretty easy to cut so if you had the fortitude, in reality you could do this with a pocket knife.)
- Grab your paracord, measure out 12 ft. and make a cut with your scissors/knife.
- Using a lighter/match burn all four ends of your paracord lines to keep them from fraying.
- Thread your paracord through one of the Stainless Steel Chain Quick Link’s and tie an Overhand Bow using both ends of the cord. Repeat with the other line of paracord and quick link.
- Wrap up one of your paracord’s and quick links, place inside of your PVC pipe, and place your caps on. Repeat with the other pipe, cord, and caps.
- That’s it!
Total Cost: ~$15-$20
How to use:
- Uncap the handles and place caps to the side.
- Throw your carabiner and paracord over a horizontal support. (ex: field goal, tree, pullup bar, etc.)
- Thread the carabiner through the PVC pipe.
- Tie your untied piece of paracord to the carabiner using a knot of your choice. There are many that can be used, I personally prefer the Buntline Hitch or the Double Overhand knot. If you’re unsure which one, or how to tie them, simply Google them for many different tutorials and options.
- Repeat for the other handle.
The problem in this is ensuring that the handles are at the same height. This will take some time to figure out in the beginning, but after you’ve done it a few times, it becomes pretty easy.
monkii bars are an awesome tool for those that like to train in the outdoors. There’s something really fun about hitting a trail with monkii bars in hand and knowing at anytime you can set up a station for pullups, dips, and whatever else you want to do.
This is such a cheap and easy DIY, there’s little reason to not make them. I think they’re perfect for anyone who travels a lot or likes going on trail runs.
Give it a shot, and more importantly, get outside of the gym more. This is the perfect tool to help you do so.
Stay Strong, Live Long,