Cool Product Pick - The Gym1 Indoor Playground (formerly "Gorilla Gym")

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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This was my kids' favorite Christmas present this year by far! And... they have been fighting over it since. The basic version comes with the pull-up bar, swing, rings and rope ladder. The deluxe version comes with all that AND trapeze bar and climbing rope attachments. So far I've found that my kids have mainly used the basic attachments, but I'd like to try a cocoon attachment also (each of the two straps attaches to one of the carabiner hooks on the gym unit). For little kids, you can attach a standard baby swing to the apparatus and that works just as well!

For younger kids, you may want a mat to go under the gym. (Note - our gym has been moved to a  safer, but not as exciting-looking location in the laundry room since we took these photos.)

For Chase's outfit from the pic above, the shirt is here, socks and pants are also from Boden. All incredible quality per Boden's usual standards!! This is one of my favorite shirts of his, nice thick cotton!

Assembly, for us, took about an hour. My very helpful dad came over, studied the instructions, put it together and hung it up. Once assembled, it only takes a minute or two to hang the Gym1 in a doorway or take it down - and it takes only seconds to change which attachment goes onto the bar. For help with assembly, once you get your Gym1 set, check youtube for some helpful videos!

It doesn't matter how wide your trim is on either side of the door - that is irrelevant. What matters is that you have a molding OVER the door on one side, and that you have clearance in front of and behind the doorway (to give kids room to swing back and forth.) The other dimensions are the width of the door (must be 25 to 36 inches) and the width of the door frame where it clamps on. If you need longer vice grips (in case yours need to extend a lot more than mine shown in the pic below) you can order them here. 

Once the gym is up, you will not be able to close the door to the doorway where it hangs, unless you remove the apparatus.

This isn't only for kids either - with a 300 lb weight limit, my husband or I can swing or do pull ups as well (well okay... I can't actually do a pull up. My 10 year-old can do many however!) Great for burning off energy during those Winter months when it's too cold to go outside!

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