At Monkey Bar Gym, we believe in what we like to refer to as “natural training”. Natural training allows you to move your body the way it was meant to move; running, jumping, crawling, and climbing. These are the movements that you will observe children engaging in when playing at a playground. These are the foundation for the movements that we train at Monkey Bar Gym. Natural training is comprised of functional training, bodyweight training, and resistance training.
Functional training involves training the body for activities performed in daily life. It has its origins in rehabilitation. By allowing you to move in more than one plane of motion (functional fitness uses three-dimensional movements), functional training increases strength, improves balance and decreases your risk of injury. Functional training will also improve your proprioception – your ability to sense the position of your body and limbs in space – resulting in better sports and training performance. It increases joint mobility and stability as well as developing more efficient motor patterns.
Bodyweight training is strength training that uses your own weight as resistance in movements or exercises to improve endurance and overall strength. Movements such as the push up, pull up, and sit up are common bodyweight movements. When compared to weight lifting, bodyweight exercises require more flexibility and balance resulting in improved health and fitness. Most bodyweight exercises can also be progressed and regressed to meet every individual’s fitness needs. Bodyweight training targets movement, not muscles. Bodyweight training is considered functional fitness because it requires the body to move in more than one plane of motion and engages the entire body.
Resistance training uses resistance or force to induce muscular contraction, which builds strength and anaerobic endurance. Resistance exercises also help you increase bone density, improve metabolism, and decrease your risk of injury. Bodyweight training becomes resistance training when you add resistance, such as a cable or a weight vest, to the movement.
We use your own bodyweight and some simple equipment such as ropes, medicine balls, cables, and power wheels to complete movements that engage the entire body. We believe in training to play. Considering we live in such a beautiful place, all the training we do indoors is done so that we can participate in all our favorite outdoor activities!