Punk Rope was created in 2004 by New York City-based personal trainer, Tim Haft. At the time, Tim (then 43 years of age) was looking for a fun and challenging fitness class that could take the place of the sports he loved to play, but that were off limits due to debilitating back and knee injuries.
Jump rope became the centerpiece of the class because it was something Tim could still do pain-free, but more importantly because it’s arguably the best form of exercise on the planet. Next Tim added relay races, fitness games (think recess!), partner conditioning drills, and creative calisthenics because he wanted the class to make participants feel like kids again while improving all aspects of fitness.
And the finishing touch was pairing the workouts with a series of ever-changing themed playlists that include music from virtually every genre you can think of: punk, rock, ska, hip hop, samba, funk, electronica, jazz, 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 class was the start of the Punk Rope Incorporated story, it certainly wasn’t the end. Next came Beastanetics in 2009, then MoshFit, Stretch Happy, and Jump Rope 360. And a slew of amazing events followed including a panel discussion on punk rock featuring Danny Fields, the former manager of the Ramones, and Larry Livermore, a co-founder of Lookout Records. There were also pizza crawls, film screenings, and happy hours galore. And the story is still being written.
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 very high quality jump 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 teamed up with numerous non-profit organizations including:
American Heart Association
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Houston Food Bank
International Rescue CommitteemyFace
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
• Royal Palms Shuffleboard | Brooklyn, NY
• Mammal Gallery | Atlanta, GA
• Otto’s Shrunken Head | New York, NY
• NOLA Brewing Co | New Orleans, LA)
• The Rotunda | Philadelphia, PA
• Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | Cleveland, OH
• Ottobar | Baltimore, MD
• Dreamland Roller Rink | Coney Island, NY
• CB’s 313 Gallery | New York, NY
• Ohio Reformatory for Women | Marysville, OH
• Prince George Hotel (for the formerly homeless) • New York, NY