BY BECKY SCHOLLIAN,
We like to take every opportunity we can to do any type of physical activity with the kids. When it turns to the winter months, our options are limited. But, for the last couple of weeks we have had an opportunity to review a new indoor gym station called Gorilla Gym, and it is the perfect fix for indoor exercise.
The Gorilla Gym is extremely easy to install and is very versatile, while offering the option of storing it all in a small corner or under the bed when you are not using it. There is no need to travel to the gym when you can get a complete workout in your home, and the Gorilla Gym will also work great for those in small homes or apartments because it is so compact and takes up virtually no room.
The Gorilla Gym installs in your doorway with just a couple of quick turns, I would say it took under 2 minutes the first time, and now we can take it down or put it up in about 30 seconds. The main piece attaches to the top of your doorframe and locks in with a couple of twists, the Gorilla Gym site has great videos for the use and installation, it really is simple and easy to do.
My favorite thing about the Gorilla Gym is how many options you have with it. It can be used for general fitness, boxing, yoga and even as an indoor playground for kids:
How fun does that swing set look and can you believe it can hold a motorcycle?!
While Dave and I are the ones who primarily use it, Kora & Logan enjoy getting in on the fitness fun every now and then too. They were happy to demonstrate some of the features in photos for this post.
Fitness: This is the most common use in my opinion, of course it looks like a pull up bar, and certainly works as one, but there are so many more options. The Ultimate Fitness Package comes with something call AirStraps which are awesome. You place your hands and feet into the straps and are suspended in the air which gives you an entirely different workout. Every muscle is used to keep yourself stabilized as you perform your exercises. This is a really unique, fun and tough workout, and you can follow the AirStrap workout video – AirSpeed 11-11. The AirStraps are great for those with bad knees or joints, with the AirStrap workout there is no impact on your joints, and it is a smoother workout experience.
Boxing; This is my favorite, you can hook up the Gorilla Gym punching bag and you can get an entire boxing workout in, consisting of punching and kicking your way to fitness – all in the doorway of your home. There is also a speed bag attachment which we will be getting soon and I know Dave will love.
Being cooped up in the house all winter time can be rough. Especially for kids who need an outlet for their energy. Gorilla Gym is a cool new system designed to be a home gym indoors. Taking up very little room and super easy to install, the Gorilla Gym can act in many different ways. One can use it for exercises, pull ups, yoga, swinging, or add additional components to it to create a boxing station. All of this in the frame of a doorway!
It is super easy to install (we received one to check out) that was installed within a couple minutes from box to door. It can support every member of the family up to 300 pounds! Now the kids can swing or getting their energy out without destorying the house in the process or making you crazy! It is awesome!
You can purchase your own Gorilla Gym online.
Every year my family asks me what my kids want for Christmas. My teen daughter’s requests have morphed over the years; as she’s grown, so have her tastes. We’ve gone from Barney, to Hannah Montana, to jewelry, to sports equipment, to nice shoes and gift cards. Those last two things are on my list too.
Not only is my 11 year old son, who is on the Autism spectrum, a super-slow grower (we just moved into a size 7 slim!), his taste in toys hasn’t expanded much either. He doesn’t play sports, other than an occasional game of golf, and his interest in trains, planes, roller coasters, music, bike riding and video games is about the same as it was when he was a toddler.
Since we are running out of storage bins for train parts, recently I’ve felt the need to step outside of the gift box, so to speak. These are some of my favorite things (his, too) for special needs kids.
1. Gorilla Gym Indoor Swing
The Gorilla Gym is a great gift for the whole family, actually. My daughter loves to box, my husband and I do Crossfit (and the Gorilla Gym AirStraps would give you a great workout), and my son uses all of his earned free time at school to play on the indoor swing. Whenever he needs a break, he can take five or ten minutes to swing and calm himself. This activity has long been part of his sensory therapy and now, even during the cold winter months, he has a place to exercise and refocus.