MBGs are the only gyms in the nation to integrate full-body skills training for strength, speed and stamina; Eischens Yoga for restoration and healing; and a plant-based diet for the health of people and our planet. Full-body skills training, Eischens Yoga, and Plant-based Nutrition is the MBG3.
To open people’s minds to experience how their bodies truly function. To follow the roots of nature in everything we do – we run, jump, crawl, climb, roll and react like on the playground as children. With a unique type of exercise that engages the entire body and mind we build useable skills along with lasting confidence. Members are empowered to progress in a challenging, non-discriminating environment.
We strengthen ourselves through full body workouts and the foods the Earth provides us.
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Want to get back in shape or train for a marathon? Whether you want to lose weight or enhance your athletic abilities, the Monkey Bar Gym will provide you with a unique fitness experience. Our certified trainers, led by Jon Hinds, will revolutionize how you think about movement and nutrition by teaching you the basics.
At the Monkey Bar Gym we step off of the machines and get away from the mirrors. We teach and train the four, basic functional fitness skills: Running, Jumping, Crawling and Climbing.
Mastering these movements will provide you with the stability, strength and power you need for all of your favorite activities. What’s more, you will never work out alone because in our gym, we’re committed to teamwork, too. Many of our members consider MBG their “third home,” because we are a community of people who work hard and play hard to help you stay fit for life.
Find out what makes the Monkey Bar Gym so special by visiting one of our gyms.
The history of the Monkey Bar Gymnasium began when Jon Hinds was a little boy, playing on the playground or at home. He remembers running after (or away from) friends, jumping on and off obstacles, crawling across the ground or over logs, climbing trees like a little monkey. Parts of these experiences were also spent reacting to others, thrown balls or surprise attacks from his dogs or cats. Fitness came naturally to Jon as a child, because staying active was a natural form of movement that was both instinctive and intuitive.
“No one had to show me the skills from my childhood, I just did them and the more I trained them the better I became at all the games that involved these skills.”
Jon recalls that, “No one had to show me the skills from my childhood, I just did them and the more I trained them the better I became at all the games that involved these skills.” Playing skill-based games was a big part of Jon’s life, until traditional training methods took over when Jon started to play high school athletics. To Jon, he felt that “the skill playing was replaced by a machine and it took one-hundred percent of the natural fun and movement out of the equation. This new way of developing my skills was the norm, all the kids did it, but the goal of staying active had changed as well. Instead of having fun or staying in shape, it was 100% about how you looked, then if it helped you out in your sport, great!”
Jon continued on this new isolated “skill” training path off and on for several years following those early days in the gym. It wasn’t until Jon was training an NBA player named Lucious Harris when he realized he wasn’t having fun working out and he wasn’t getting the results he truly wanted. That experience restored Jon’s focus not only on what defines the phrase “great athlete,” it also forced Jon to re-evaluate what true health and happiness really means. In Jon’s mind, “results” from working out equate to a tri-fold approach that includes an increased skill level, better overall health and happiness.
Since its opening, the Monkey Bar Gym’s mission has been to create a revolution in health and fitness with a primary focus on “function” rather than “fashion” or “trends”. The MBG focuses on intuitive, skill-based movements that do not require any machines and can be performed anywhere, inside or outside a gym. The staff of the Monkey Bar Gym trains members to rely on their instincts for the basics of movements to train. These basic movements include; running, jumping, crawling, climbing, rolling and reacting.
After focusing on the basics, the Monkey Bar Gym challenges its members to increase their skill level to achieve the ultimate performance in strength, speed and stamina. The result of this skills-based training offers all members the chance to achieve success in life and in any sport imaginable.
Incorporated into these sessions, is a natural, restorative means of re-aligning and rehabilitating mind and body with the only form of Yoga in the world that teaches Active poses and partner hands on feedback.
Biology has proven that animals employ their own form of “training”, progressing skills and using regular active stretching to keep their bodies in top physical condition. This type of training has worked successfully with all of the world’s varied species, including humans. When you visit the Monkey Bar Gym, you’ll see for yourself how this unique type of training works for their committed members today.
Through its holistic approach, the Monkey Bar Gym helps its members reach their health and fitness goals to achieve success.