I had a similar experience a few years ago, I couldn't make it all the way across the monkey bars so I ended up doing some assisted pull ups instead. I kept my feet on the platform to take some of the weight off so I could actually do them :)
I had been doing that type of thing for a few years and at Christmas I decided I would like a pull up bar. It was the best present ever! I couldn't do any pull ups and only 2 chin ups when I got it. So I did sets of 8 slow lowers to build strength and now I can do 8 consecutive chin ups and 5 consecutive pull ups. It's amazing how pull ups work the core.
I think I'm going to have to go try those monkey bars again real soon!
Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 7/8/2013 (07:40)
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7/7/13 6:56 P
sounds like it's going to be a goal for a bunch of people, lol
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Funny, I tried to do the same thing the other week and had similar results!
I used to hang upside down and do all sorts of flips... yeah... not anymore. LOL
I guess I am just thankful I didn't fall on my head! I did manage a pull up and a half though!
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You have to have good grip strength (which I don't have) and to a lesser extent, good upper body and core strength.
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Remember those monkey bars from when you were a kid? Well took my friends 2 year old to the park today and decided for old time sakes I was going to play on the monkey bars.
My God I couldn't even do one!
I remember being able to go back and forth a half dozen times sometimes skipping one or two when I was younger (albeit about a hundred lbs smaller). I now have a goal. To be strong enough to do monkey bars again. At least once.
Can anyone else do the monkey bars and if so whats your secret?
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