10 Benefits of Monkey Bars for Adults: Get in Shape While Having Fun

Monkey bars, often reminiscent of childhood playgrounds, aren’t just for kids anymore. As adults, we may overlook these simple structures, yet they offer a plethora of health and fitness benefits. Let’s explore how incorporating monkey bars, a key feature of SwingSesh playsets, can add some fun variety to your fitness routines, and highlight 10 benefits of adult monkey bar workouts for both physical and mental health. 
Adult Monkey Bars

Outdoor Monkey Bars for Adults: From Kids' Play to Adult Fitness

Traditionally, monkey bars have been seen as a playground fixture, primarily designed for children. However, as fitness trends grow in popularity for obstacle course races like the Spartan Races, Tough Mudder events, or Ninja challenges, adults training on monkey bars has become increasingly popular. Monkey bars offer an excellent upper-body workout, engage core muscles, enhance grip strength, and improve overall agility and coordination. This shift from child's play to adult fitness equipment is not just about physical benefits; it also taps into brain development with new skill learning and the positive psychological aspect of blending play with exercise, making workouts more enjoyable.

Let’s get specific about the benefits of monkey bars for adults, so you can see exactly how they can aid you in achieving better physical and mental fitness.

10 Benefits of Monkey Bars for Adults

  1. Upper Body Workout: Monkey bars provide a comprehensive upper body workout. They engage multiple muscle groups, including arms, shoulders, core, and back through a unique range of motion and rotation that activates stabilizer muscles. This type of functional exercise improves overall strength and muscular endurance and offers increased joint protection.
  2. Enhancing Grip Strength: Regular use of monkey bars significantly enhances grip strength. This is crucial not only for better performance in various sports and fitness activities but also for daily tasks that require hand strength. Grip strength has also been shown to correlate to overall health.
  3. Boosting Core Stability: Navigating monkey bars requires considerable core engagement. This strengthens the abdominal and back muscles, leading to improved posture, reduced back pain, and a stronger core.
  4. Improving Coordination and Agility: The act of swinging from bar to bar requires a combination of coordination and agility. Learning these skills helps the brain build neuro muscular connections that improve both gross motor control and fine motor control. Over time, this enhances these skills, and is important for overall physical fitness and injury prevention.
  5. Stress Relief and Mental Clarity: Physical activity on monkey bars can be a form of moving meditation, helping to clear the mind and relieve stress. The focus required to traverse the bars allows for a mental break from daily worries. This type of exercise stimulates production of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) a protein that helps grow new neurons.
  6. Confidence and Achievement: Mastering the monkey bars can be a significant confidence booster. The sense of accomplishment from achieving a physical feat translates into other areas of life, fostering a positive mindset.
  7. Adaptable Workouts: Monkey bars offer versatility in workouts. They can be used for a variety of exercises, including pull-ups, leg raises, and even more advanced moves like muscle-ups for those seeking a challenge. Adding a simple resistance band increases accessibility for those new to monkey bars and functional fitness, and resistance bands add more exercises options to your equipment.
  8. Accessible Fitness: With the inclusion of monkey bars in SwingSesh playsets, adults have easy access to this effective workout tool right in their backyard. When combined with the other fitness equipment SwingSesh provides, it eliminates the need for a gym membership or excessive specialized equipment.
  9. Encouraging Family Fitness: Having a SwingSesh playset with monkey bars at home encourages family fitness. Adults can model healthy habits for their children turning workout sessions into fun family activities.
  10. Spend More Time Outside: We all need more excuses to get outside more often! Fresh air and sunlight boost mood, Vitamin D, and overall mental health.  

There’s no doubt that monkey bars provide a platform for both a vigorous workout and playful experience that has both physical and mental health benefits.

The question remains then: Where can I get the best monkey bars for adults? 

Let’s look at how SwingSesh’s unique line of fitness playsets provide a versatile monkey bar playset that has both high-quality workout equipment for adults and standout playset features for kids. SwingSesh offers a variety of monkey bars for adults, from standalone monkey bars, to an obstacle course training rig, to our signature fitness playsets.

Why SwingSesh Adult Monkey Bars?

In the quest for a healthier, more active lifestyle for the whole family, SwingSesh created a playset for kids that doubles as outdoor fitness equipment for adults. An option for most of SwingSesh sets are high-quality monkey bars that are perfect for both workouts and family fun. Let’s look at how SwingSesh’s exercise swing sets cater to both adults and children, with a special focus on the features of their monkey bars.



Dual Functionality: Fitness for Adults and Fun for Kids

A Family Fitness Solution:

SwingSesh offers a comprehensive solution that caters to the fitness needs of adults while providing a playground experience for children. This dual functionality ensures that while kids enjoy some much needed play time, adults can engage in serious workouts, all in the comfort of their backyard.

Encouraging Active Family Lifestyle:

With options like swings, slides, and climbing structures, SwingSesh playsets encourage kids to be active and explore. Simultaneously, adults have access to fitness features like pull-up bars, dip bars, and most uniquely the monkey bars, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for the entire family.

The Superiority of SwingSesh Monkey Bars

SwingSesh Adult Monkey Bars Workout

Adult-Friendly Design:

What sets SwingSesh's monkey bars apart is their adult-friendly design. Unlike traditional playsets, these monkey bars are constructed with a span of nearly 7 feet and a height of 7.5 feet, making them accessible and challenging for both adults and children.

Robust Construction:

The monkey bars are made of 2.5-inch square tube steel with 1.3-inch diameter rungs, ensuring a sturdy and safe experience. This robust construction can support adult weights comfortably, allowing for a variety of exercises without any safety concerns.

Enhanced Grip and Comfort:

The rungs of the monkey bars are designed with user comfort in mind. The diameter is optimal for a comfortable grip, reducing strain on the hands while ensuring a secure hold, crucial for both rigorous adult workouts and safe children's play. The premium thermoplastic coating on the metal frame creates a non-slip grip that provides a thermally protective layer to keep the rungs cool in the summer sun and warmer to the touch in the winter cold.

Versatile Workout Options:

These monkey bars are not just for traversing from one end to the other. They are versatile enough to support a range of exercises like pull-ups, hanging leg raises, and even more complex calisthenics movements, making them an excellent tool for full-body workouts.

Product Specifications: A Closer Look

Dimensions and Durability:

The monkey bars span nearly 7 feet in length, with rungs positioned at a height of 7.5 feet, ideal for both kids (recommended for ages 5 and older) and adults. Heavy-duty steel construction ensures longevity and resistance to wear and tear.

Safety and Maintenance:

Safety is a paramount concern for SwingSesh. The monkey bars, along with the entire playset, are coated in a durable, weather-resistant finish, ensuring they are safe from rust and degradation. Premium, low-maintenance materials means more time for fitness and fun, and less time worrying about upkeep.

Customization and Add-Ons:

We understand the diverse needs of families, and our SwingSesh playsets offer a lot of customization options. This includes the choice of equipment configurations, additional fitness attachments, play features, and color options, tailoring the product to fit perfectly into any family's lifestyle.


Whether training for your first Spartan Race or playing with your kids in the backyard, monkey bars offer a multitude of benefits for adults and children alike. They provide a unique combination of physical and mental health benefits, promote family fitness, and add an element of fun to workouts. By integrating monkey bars into your routine with a SwingSesh playset, you're not just exercising; you're embarking on a journey to better health, greater happiness, and a more connected family life.

Discover the joys and benefits of adult monkey bars with SwingSesh – where fitness meets fun in your backyard!


Naomi Leeman

Naomi is co-founder and COO here at SwingSesh. With years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design, Naomi enjoys helping people make their spaces functional and beautiful! When her husband Brad had the idea to combine a home gym with a backyard playground, she was on board immediately and hasn't looked back since!

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