Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

Day 144 - Tough Mudder Tactics: Funky Monkey

Remember playing on the monkey bars as a kid? Well, it's time to bring out your inner child, because Funky Monkey is here!

Sure monkey bars were easy when you were 5 years old, but you’ll need to hold on extra tight to these. Some have been greased with our finest mixture of mud and butter and if you slip you’ll fall into an icy pond below. Bars are spaced 1.5 feet apart and you will be on an incline upward for the first half of the Monkey and then descending downward for the second portion. Seasoned Mudders keep their arms bent at a 90-degree angle and bicycle-kick their legs to gain momentum.
The explanation above sums things up fairly well. You need to climb your way along the monkey bars, on an incline for the first half of the obstacle, then a decline the second half.

Some folks may find the bars slippery, especially if this obstacle comes soon enough after a muddy one. Having said that, I didn't really have any problems getting through this one at all.

Upper body strength, along with a good amount of core strength are the keys here. If you can, practice your pullups and chinups to build some upper body and grip strength. If you can't do pullups, that isn't necessarily a deal-breaker here, but I would work on your grip strength by doing exercises like "Farmer's Walks"as well as practice some monkey bar work at your local playground.

Also, if you feel like you may fall from the bars while doing this obstacle, have your wits about you, you do not want to land funny in the pool below. I overheard some folks talking about the broken/sprained ankles that occurred from folks landing funny in the water.

Quote of the day:
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great."
~ Mark Twain