Monkii Bars Let You Set Up a Gym Anywhere, Even While Traveling
We’re always on the lookout for great Kickstarter projects to support, whether they’re still in the crowdfunding stages or are on their way to being products we can get in our homes stat. When we came across Monkii Bars, we were instantly intrigued. This simple suspension training tool enables you to work out pretty much anywhere you want. Tell us more, Monkii Bars…
Designed by two outdoor enthusiasts, Monkii Bars are mobile, lightweight and require less than a minute to set up. The handy workout tool set is just over seven inches in length and weighs less than one pound. The two bars contain an 18-foot suspension line that you can throw over a door or branch using carabiners and webbing (they’re working on a door attachment kit now), and they’re super compact. This means you can toss them in your suitcase, purse or backpack to take with you wherever you go (you’re no longer off the hook from working out on vacay!).
Even if you’re a pro at finding excuses not to work out, Monkii Bars will change that. Are they portable? Yup. Are they user-friendly? Yup. Are they durable? Yup. In fact, the designers of Monkii Bars wanted to prove just how strong and amazing they are (and make a super awesome promo video at the time time), so they decided to hook a set up to a hot air balloon and try working out on them from there. The result? Designer Dan Vinson got about an hour long workout in, doing as many reps and movements as he could possibly think of, all while suspended from the balloon. Way cool!
Monkii Bars mimic Olympic rings, and allow you to perform exercises like pull-ups, dips, pushups, muscle ups, rows and tons more. Basically, if you’re into improving your upper body strength, lower body strength or even gaining some flexibility, these are basically better than a BowFlex.
The product was successfully funded in April, and you can pre-order your set for $98 right now. Monkii Bars are expected to ship out late this summer (so don’t chuck the BowFlex just yet).
What do you think about this new workout tool? Will you be giving Monkii Bars a go? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or Tweet us @BritandCo.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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