Product: Jungle Gym XT
Producer: Monkey Bar Gym
Where to Buy: MonkeyBarGym.com
For anyone who loves high intensity training, especially people who enjoy circuit training, you know that nothing slows down the workout momentum like failing a lift, switching weights, or adjusting a strap. Unfortunately for people who like “suspension bodyweight training” (also known as “ring training”), you’ve probably dealt with slow transitions when you have tried to change the height of the handles, and maybe even a limitation of exercises because of a peculiarity of design. With the Jungle Gym XT, both of these issues are solved.
The Jungle Gym XT (JGXT) has several unique features that make it one of the most versatile “suspension trainers” available. Suspension training is defined as any exercise that involves hanging from a set point, this includes pull up bars, gym rings, and other branded products like the TRX, G-Flex, and now the JGXT.
The JGXT combines the best features of ring training and suspension bodyweight training to give you the widest selection of exercises to choose from. Unlike most suspension trainers which only feature a single connection point between the handles and the pull up bar, tree branch, etc., the JGXT is separated into two separate pieces. This allows you to fit in between the straps for dips, muscle ups, and push ups (just like gym rings allow). This separation also allows for individual adjustment of the height of the straps with an easy-to-use clip system. You can rapidly change the exercise from pull ups to mountain climbers in seconds. The straps even feature an end piece that can be connected to the straps to keep them out of the way during the exercise (getting slapped in the face with a hanging strap while you’re busting out push ups gets annoying).
Probably the most innovative feature is the curved “stirrup” that is attached to the handle. If you’ve ever tried to do a floor exercise using a flimsy hanging strap to put your feet through, you’ll love this comfortable, durable piece of plastic. Whether you are wearing shoes or you’re barefoot (my preferred footwear), the stirrup is comfortable on the top of your feet. Better yet, you can put your heels in the stirrup and perform dozens of exercises on your back, such as hip thrusters, leg curls, and runners.
Everything on this piece of gear has obviously been thought out and tested, including the attachment system for hanging the JGXT. In addition to the variety of hanging variations that can be used (V-Shape, Neutral, or Wide-Angle), the design allows you to hang it from any bar, beam, branch, or doorway (I used it hanging from a structural beam in the My Mad Methods loft). All these innovative features combined with the relatively low price earns the JGXT our highest seal of approval and recommendation for people interested in suspension bodyweight training.
See the JXT Suspension Trainer in Action:
This product review was featured in the December 2011 Issue of the My Mad Methods Magazine. "Product Review: Jungle Gym XT" was written by Mark de Grasse. Learn more about the My Mad Methods Magazine by Clicking Here.
Mark de Grasse is the owner of MyMadMethods.com, My Mad Methods Magazine, and My Mad Methods Productions. In addition to being a certified trainer specializing in kettlebells and bodyweight training, Mark is also the chief editor and designer of both the website, magazine, and My Mad Methods Productions DVDs. Find out more.
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