How to Do Monkey Bar Jumps

Monkey jumps is a very advanced move when you’re attempting monkey bars. This is a movement that takes many years of practicing doing the monkey bars one hand at a time until you build up that strength to do it I would not really advise attempting it until you have the strength in your shoulders to do so. It’s a very shoulder intensive exercise and you want to take great care when doing this.

What you want to do is you want to approach the bar, you want to grab the first bar. You want to hang, you want to slightly bend your elbows and what you can do, a little tip, you can get some momentum going with your hips, swing, and then once you get to the apex of that little height you want to hop your hands to the next bar. So you kind of buck your hips and swing and grip that bar. Just like that.

Swing those legs, hop, and grab that next bar until you can get a rhythm going. Hop. Buck. Hop. Keep that rhythm going. And hop. Just like that.

When doing this exercise, a couple of pieces of advice, take great care in doing it. Again, it’s a very shoulder intensive exercise. You don’t want to pop that shoulder out of the socket. You don’t want to tear any ligaments or lebrem in there. So take great care and really practice and focus on your form when doing this.

You don’t want to swing too much, you want to swing just enough where you can get that momentum where you can pop your hands off that first bar and land on the second one.

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