First, a few words from the wild people at monkii.co
Our number one goal here at monkii.co 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 for much less, we decided to help them. We reached out to JakeOfAllTrades for monkii bars 2 and to Cooper over at GarageGymReviews.com for monkii bars Minimalist. Both of whom have 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.
monkii bars 2 - Ultralight Kit DIY by JakeOfAllTrades
Step 1: Understand What You Are Building Do your research on what the product is and isn't. Check out their videos, website, and awesome free training app. monkii bars 2 is a complete suspension system for improving your flexibility, mobility, strength, and endurance. Understand how the product is used and that will help guide you while building your own.
However, I wasn't ready to spend $195 on an (albeit incredibly attractive and well-built) piece of fitness equipment. So, I decided to would adapt this product to meet my own requirements as well as my own budget. I was able to make something very similar to their Ultralight Kit for about $40. Here is how I did it.
Step 2: Materials
Most of the materials for this project were ordered from Strapworks.com. Strapworks is a one-stop shop for webbing, rope, buckles, and hardware. The rest of the materials and tools were bought at my local hardware store or found around my house.
48' of 3/4" polyester webbing
I used 40' (anchor straps) in grey and 8' (handle/foot straps) in green.
Compared to nylon webbing, polyester webbing has higher abrasion resistance, greater water-resistance, and lower stretch/elongation, making it the ideal material for this project.
(4) 3/4" Rounded Metal Sliders
(2) 3/4" Metal Cam Buckles
Always test these ahead of time, sometimes they can be faulty made-in-China parts.
6 feet of 550 Paracord
You really only need the inner threads, you'll be using it for sewing. It has a high tensile strength and increases the max load of this system to about 300 lbs.
Sail Needle ---OR--- a sewing machine capable of sewing through webbing.
(2) 7" Lengths of 1" diameter PVC Pipe
You can cut the PVC with a hacksaw or miter saw.
(4) 1" PVC Pipe Plugs
I had to sand the shanks of these plugs down a bit to make them fit easily into the PVC pipe ends.
(2) Small Quicklinks (make sure they can fit inside the PVC pipe)
(2) Small Metal Swivel Clips
(make sure they can fit inside the PVC pipe)
~32" of VELCRO One-Wrap straps
Cut this into (2)10" straps and a12" strap
12"x6" Piece of Neoprene or similar fabric
Step 3: Bars and Straps
You'll be cutting webbing with scissors, and you'll need to burn the cut ends in order to prevent fraying. Do this is a well-ventilated area.
Measure and cut (2) 20-foot lengths of webbing. These will be your anchor straps.
Next, cut (4) 2-foot lengths of webbing. These will be your handle and footstraps.
Use the scissors, utility knife, or sandpaper to round off the inside corners of the PVC pipe. This will prevent abrasion on the bars and footstraps
When sewing hardware to the ends of your webbing, this is the technique I used. Feed the strap through the hardware about 1-1/2 inches and fold it onto itself. Sew the tag end to the webbing using a running stitch in a "Box-X" pattern along the tag end. This proves to be quite difficult with just needle and paracord thread, so I recommend using a heavy duty sewing machine.
Sew a metal cam buckle on an end of each anchor strap.
Sew a metal slider to each end of the handle strap.
On each footstrap, sew a swivel clip to one end and a quicklink to the other.
Tightly roll up up each anchor strap. Start by rolling the cam buckle first. Secure each wrap with a piece of 10" VELCRO one-wrap. This is how you'll store the anchor straps.
Wrap each PVC handle with a layer of Gorilla Tape. This greatly improves grip and comfort in my opinion.
Step 4: Make the Case
The monkii Bars 2 Ultralight Kit has a very ingenious minimalist case to hold the system together. I had a piece of fabric-backed neoprene from an old tablet case, which I cut up to make a similarly functioning case. If you want to make a case, here's how I did it; or you can use silicone bands to hold everything together.
Lay each rolled-up anchor strap side-by-side in the center of the fabric and trace their outline onto the fabric.
Set the bar side-by-side on top of the anchor straps.
Fold the ends of the fabric straight up to meet the end of the bars. Trace this outline onto the fabric for each bar.
Draw curves connecting the four circles to the outline of the anchor straps in a pattern that you like.
Draw a small circle inside each of the four circles.
Cut out this pattern, and cut out the small circles.
Ensure there is enough fabric left for the outer part of the circle.
Insert a PVC plug facing up into each of the holes you've cut into the fabric.
Ensure the fit is snug, but not too tight.
Step 5: Assembly
Stick the VELCRO-wrapped anchor straps side-by-side on the case.
Roll up the handle and footstraps and stuff them into their respective bar.
Lay the bars on the anchor straps.
Fold the plug ends of the case up and secure the plugs into the handles. This holds the whole package together.
Wrap the 12" VELCRO one-wrap around the center of the assembly to hold everything together tightly.
Step 6: Put Your Gym Where You Want It
To set up your bars:
Find a good spot to anchor your straps.
I like sturdy tree branches, exposed rafters, doorways, car roof racks, and field goal posts.
To set up in a doorway, loop the straps around a broom handle or t-shirt and shut it into the door so that the straps are pulling the door closed, into the doorjamb.
With 20-foot straps, you have a maximum of 10 feet of webbing from bar to anchor.
Throw the anchor strap over your anchor.
Thread the handle strap through the bar and hold the metal slides together so that the slots align.
Thread the tag end of the anchor strap and through this slot.
Thread the tag end of the anchor strap through the cam buckle. Make sure it's threaded from the back side of the buckle, so that the cam engages when you try to pull the strap back through
Adjust the strap through the cam buckle to get your handles to your desired height.
Repeat steps 2–6 for the second strap
If you will be using your footstraps, thread them through the bar and clip the swivel to the quicklink, then feed the hardware back into the handle so that only the strap is exposed.
Step 7: Work out like a monkii
For workout and movement ideas check outtheir FREE monkii training app. It's awesome, it walks you through tons of movements and contains hundreds of programmed workouts.
I hope you enjoyed!
monkiibars Minimalist - DIY by GarageGymReviews.com
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.)
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.
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.
We did not make these tutorials - they were made by normal people who may or may not have engineering, manufacturing, or technical backgrounds. 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.