Punk Rope was created in 2004 by Tim Haft. Tim’s goal was to develop a fun and challenging fitness class in which the music didn’t suck.
Haft made jump rope the centerpiece of the class because of its versatility. After all, jumping rope improves cardio, strength, body composition, bone density, balance, coordination, and much more.
Tim also mixed in fitness games and creative calisthenics because he wanted participants to truly enjoy themselves and feel like kids again.
The finishing touch was adding raise-the-roof music of virtually every genre imaginable.
The mission of Punk Rope is to offer fun, educational, and inspirational classes, workshops, and events that promote fitness and health while building community.
Our goal is to not only get your heart pumping, but to also put a big smile on your face. Working out doesn’t need to be a chore and it certainly shouldn’t feel like punishment. For us, “jump for joy” isn’t just an expression; it’s a way of life. 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. Best of all, it’s free!
In the DIY spirit, Punk Rope classes have been offered in some unlikely places including bars, parks, bowling alleys, breweries, churches, art galleries, prisons, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.