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Punk Rope, Inc. was created in 2004 by Tim Haft. Our mission is to offer fun and educational classes, workshops, and events that promote fitness and health while building community.

Punk Rope—the company’s signature fitness class—is a mash-up of jump rope and calisthenics fueled by raise-the-roof music. Benefits include improved cardio, strength, body composition, bone density, balance, and coordination.

The goal of Punk Rope is to not only get your heart pumping, but to also put a smile on your face. Working out doesn’t need to be a chore and it certainly shouldn’t feel like punishment. And the good news is that jump rope—along with many other forms of exercise—has been proven to be one of the most effective antidepressants known to man.

In the DIY spirit, Punk Rope classes have been offered in some places off the beaten path including Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York, NY; Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ; NOLA Brewing in New Orleans, LA; the Park Church Co-op in Brooklyn, NY; Mammal Gallery in Atlanta, GA; and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

Five years after Tim launched Punk Rope, he created Beastanetics: a high-intensity interval training program that improves cardio, strength, agility, mobility, and flexibility. Beastanetics relies on the best fitness machine ever invented—the human body—and is appropriate for people of most fitness levels.

Punk Rope, Inc. is also the creator of the Double Unders Seminar, the Jump Rope Basics Workshop, the Jump Rope Instructor Certification, and MoshFit (a rock ‘n’ roll-driven fitness class).

We hope to see you at a class, workshop, or event soon!


“Thank you for the unforgettable experience that was Punk Rope at the Greenpoint YMCA! I loved every minute! As a teenager I hated sports and fitness and was only into rock. You found a way to bridge the two. I had so much fun that I forgot I was working out. Your caring and community building is planting seeds that you may not get to see, but it’s paid forward in all directions. Thank you for everything you do.”
—Beatrice Bring

It really was a special night. We were visiting New York from Helsinki, Finland to celebrate our 10th anniversary so we were first thinking of going to a Broadway show or something like that, but then felt like meh. I was so glad I spotted your class. I couldn’t believe it exists! We had so much fun! It was the best fitness class ever and the music was great! So thanks again for creating a special night for us.
—Paivi and Sami

You’re going to sweat. You’re going to sweat a lot. And you’re going to smile the entire time. Punk Rope is awesome. It’s a judgment-free group who enjoy having fun while working their asses off (literally). Tim and Shana are incredibly friendly and supportive while leading a fun, ever-changing list of drills to keep things fun and fresh. You will feel like a kid in kindergarten again, and it feels great.
—Dan Costello

Beastanetics is hands down the best workout I’ve ever done. It makes you fit all around—strength, agility, cardio, flexibility—it’s all in there. It’s an amazing workout that you can build your fitness and good health around. Tim is great. If he were a better businessman he’d charge more for this—but he isn’t—so you get some serious bang for your buck.
—Kevin Moran

Thank you. Beastanetics has really helped me. You have created a wonderful environment that is full of camaraderie and no judgment. Before Beast I still saw myself as the gangly kid with no coordination picked last in gym class. Now, I feel much stronger and am no longer anxious about working out.
—Amira Pettus