Punk Rope

Created in 2004, Punk Rope is a mash-up of jump rope and recess for all ages and fitness levels. No rope jumping skill is necessary. We’ll teach you what you need to know in less than 5 minutes.

Punk Rope improves cardiovascular conditioning, agility, coordination, strength, power, speed, and rhythm, and burns mega calories. Speaking of calories, don’t believe the exorbitant claims you read from gyms, trainers, and websites. Here’s the truth: a 150-pound person jumping at 145 revolutions per minute will burn 13.4 calories per minute, which is darn good. A heavier person will burn more. A person turning the rope faster or turning a heavier rope will burn more. But try not to get too caught up in calories. They are just one piece of the fitness equation.

Our playful approach will make you smile, which research shows is one of the keys to happiness.

Giving back is important to us. To improve the health and fitness of young and old we’ve partnered with WIC, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Healthcorps, DOVE, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, myFace, City Harvest, the Food Bank, Let’s Move, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and numerous other not-for-profit and charitable organizations.

Education is also important to us! We’ve trained more than 1,100 Punk Rope instructors through more than 100 workshops in 20 states. In addition, we’ve taught more than 25 Punk Rope Challenge workshops at public schools in New York City and have led more than 75 double unders seminars at CrossFit gyms throughout the Northeastern United States.

Punk Rope can happen just about anywhere. Classes have been held at gyms, community centers, bowling alleys, bars, breweries, parks, art galleries, churches, playgrounds, and even the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Any new activity can be challenging at first, but rope jumping is no harder than riding a bike. With a little practice, you’ll develop the necessary skill and timing and in the process you’ll increase your stamina.
The class consists of 14 intervals, which typically range from 90 seconds to 5 minutes. Expect to do three conditioning drills of which one might be a game, five rope-jumping intervals (about 15 minutes total), two relay races, and some core training and stretching.
On the fitness side, Punk Rope improves cardiovascular conditioning, coordination, power, strength, speed, agility, balance, rhythm, and timing. It can also help increase bone density and metabolism. But Punk Rope can also help to reduce stress and raise your happiness quotient.
We prefer a flexible, flat-soled sneaker, however footwear selection is extremely subjective so wear what works best for you.
Assuming you have no orthopedic limitations you should be just fine. Of course your instructor will be happy to offer certain modifications to make Punk Rope as safe and enjoyable for you as possible. That said, Punk Rope is a high-intensity, high-impact class and therefore is not suitable for everybody. If in doubt, reach out to tim@timhaft.com.
If you have an injury, it’s always best to check with your physician before beginning any new physical activity, especially a vigorous one like Punk Rope.
Please click here to visit our list of Punk Rope classes and instructors.
No, ropes are supplied. But if you’re in the market for a rope, ours are fast, durable, adjustable, and a great value. You can snag one here.