Punk Rope was created in 2004 by New York City-based personal trainer, Tim Haft. Tim was looking for a fun, challenging, and social fitness class in which the music didn’t suck. Although he found bits and pieces of what he was seeking in certain classes, none of them offered the full package. So in the DIY tradition, Tim created his own class.
Jump rope became the centerpiece of the class because—considering all of its benefits—it’s arguably the best form of exercise on the planet. Next Tim added fitness games, partner drills, creative calisthenics, and relay races because he wanted participants to truly enjoy themselves and feel like kids again. He also wanted them to engage with each other. Since when does working out have to be a chore?
The finishing touch was formulating a series of ever-changing themed playlists that include music from virtually every genre you can think of: punk, rockabilly, ska, hip hop, samba, funk, zydeco, electronica, jazz, country, classical, worldbeat, and more. If you’ve ever tapped your toes, wiggled your hips, or banged your head to a favorite tune you know all too well that music drives movement!
While the Punk Rope group fitness class was the start of the Punk Rope story, it isn’t the end. Other group classes that fall under the Punk Rope umbrella include Beastanetics Boot Camp, Jump Rope 360, Jump Rope HIIT, Jump Rope Boot Camp, MoshFit, and Stretch Happy.
Punk Rope has also hosted a slew of athletic, social, cultural, and charitable events including the annual Punk Rope Games, pizza crawls, film screenings, happy hours, and fundraisers.
The mission of Punk Rope Inc. is to offer fun and inclusive classes, workshops, and events that promote fitness and health while building community and celebrating the power of music to inspire and heal.
At Punk Rope we believe that rope jumping should be accessible to everyone so we offer a line of high quality ropes that are within just about any budget.
We not only want to make the world a healthier place, we also want to make it a better place. To achieve that goal, we’ve offered our expertise and resources to the following non-profit organizations:
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Houston Food Bank
International Rescue Committee
Rock Steady Boxing
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
In the DIY spirit, we believe fitness classes can happen just about anywhere, not just in a gym. We’ve offered classes at:
Asbury Lanes | Asbury Park, NJ
Mammal Gallery | Atlanta, GA
NOLA Brewing Co | New Orleans, LA
Ohio Reformatory for Women | Marysville, OH
Otto’s Shrunken Head | New York, NY
Prince George Hotel (for the formerly homeless) | New York, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | Cleveland, OH
The Rotunda | Philadelphia, PA