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18 Bodyweight Exercises Parallel Bars Outdoor Fitness Equipment

The Elite Parallel Bars are part of MoveStrong FitGround product line. This special designed Outdoor Fitness station offers more exercise options than standard parrellel bars. They offer five different handle bar positions to grab that accommodate a wide range of bodyweight exercises. Making the Elite Parallel Bars more versatile and scaleable in exercises from complete off-ground training or ability to regress exercises with feet down making this outdoor fitness station more accessible to all fitness levels.

Below are examples of exercises that can be performed on the different bar positions of the MoveStrong Elite Parallel Bars.

Parallel Bars are a staple calisthenics training. The upper bars allow for all the traditional Parallel Bar exercises like, dips, knee-ups, L-Sits, press-ups, walks, and more

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The lower U-shaped bars at ends near ground are great for push-up and dip variations. Elevating the upper body slightly with feet planted on the ground gives a nice method for scaling variations of push-ups and dips making it less challenging for all fitness levels. And perform more advance exercises like the Kick through with Push-up And Dip for a great upper body and core strength movement.

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The Angled Bars are ideal for regressing exercises like Push-ups so the user can perform in a more upright position making it ideal for beginners or as part of a circuit interval workout when exercises need to be scaled back to make it through the time and intervals of the workout. They also are great for recline rows allowing for pulling exercise with feet planted on the ground.

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Learn Different Methods To Monkey Bars For Upper Body Strength

MoveStrong offers Monkey Bars on most Functional Training Station Models. Here is a tutorial for tips and progressing your strength to take on this challenge. Performed in video below on the MoveStrong NOVA XL

First work on grip strength. It all starts with your grip. If you don’t have the grip strength to hold your bodyweight with one hand, you are not ready. Start with hanging holds and practice by releasing one hand then alternating hands on the same bar.

Work on pull-ups. Pull-up strength develops the shoulders, lats, and arm strength needed to carry over to monkey bars. If unable to do pull-ups, perform the negative, lowering movement of the exercise, along with alternate one hand grip holds.

Start with lateral, side-ways, monkey bar climbs on horizontal overhead bars. Moving laterally can actually be easier and more comfortable for some due to the neutral hand grip position. And allow for arms to be more involved to transition quicker from bar to bar.

Forward climbs are the traditional method. Once mastered the horizontal forward climb, you can perform on a staggered height or incline to decline bars. This requires more strength to reach up with one hand as you climb.

Backwards is another advance options for Monkey Bar climbs. Although t can be easier going backwards with moving up an incline of bars.

All monkey bar options on the indoor MoveStrong Functional Training Station models offered varied height bars. Install your monkey bars at to height options for high, low, or a staggered height position.

WARNING- The Monkey Bars are an advance level obstacle that should only be performed for those possessing excellent skill and strength. If you can not do a strict pull-up, you probably should not be attempting the monkey bars. Always seek advice of a trainer with experience in mastering the Monkey Bars before attempting.

5 Parallel Bar Exercises For Upper body and Core Strength

The MoveStrong Elite Adjustable Parallel Bars are a great functional training tool for upper body strength and core fitness exercises. Here are 5 exercises for Parallel bars that incorporate holds, L-sits, and knee-up variations. Just a few of the many movements that can be done for bodyweight workouts. 

1- L-sit to press
2- L-sit holds
3- Knee-ups
4- Alternate knee-ups
5- Pendulum swings

The adjustability of the parallel bars allow for different height bar settings and allow unlimited amount of functional training strength, mobility, calisthenics, and core exercises.