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We jump roped the McCarren 5K

We had a great time jumping the McCarren 5K on Saturday, May 4. The theme of the race was Star Wars (May the 4th be with you!) so Tim’s dorky hat actually has the image of a Star Wars storm trooper on it but sadly it’s obscured. And Heather is Princess Leah…not.

Okay we’re slowing down quite a bit—who designed the knee joint anyway?—but until we can’t do it any longer we’ll keep jumping 5Ks. And no matter how slowly we go folks on the sidelines are always so complimentary which bodes well for the continued growth of rope jumping. To learn how to “skip” with your rope check out this video.

By | 2019-05-11T11:08:52-04:00 May 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Overcoming adversity to jump rope a 5K

Almost exactly one year ago I had to withdraw from the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K in Philadelphia because of a torn calf muscle. I was extremely disappointed because I had trained hard for the race, was looking forward to it, and the injury seemed to come out of nowhere. I immediately registered for the 2018 race hoping I’d be able to redeem myself. But then the wheels came off the wagon. On November 1, about six weeks after I withdrew from the race, my dad passed away unexpectedly on the heels of my mom passing away unexpectedly. Then a few months after that I started experiencing more lower back pain than usual. An MRI revealed four herniated discs in my lumbar spine. That happy news was followed by an injury to my right knee.

To say I was at a low point would be an understatement of biblical proportions, but I didn’t quit. Through physical therapy, the love and support of my sister and my friends, the powerful effects of Aynsley Kirshenbaum’s #sugarpurge, and the sheer force of will, I was able to jump rope the entire Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K this Saturday with my girlfriend, Heather, and my dear friend and Punk Rope co-conspirator, Shana. The runners and spectators were so gracious and encouraging. We’ve never been cheered on like that before even though we’ve been jumping 5Ks since 2009. I wanted to share this story because I believe we all have the ability to be resilient and bounce back from any misfortune. In the words of the late, great Jim Valvano, “Never ever give up!”

By | 2018-09-17T07:29:51-04:00 September 17th, 2018|0 Comments

No obstacle is too great

If you follow the Punk Rope Instagram feed (and if you don’t we invite you to do so) you might have thought we won our 6th consecutive City Challenge 5K obstacle race on Saturday in Jersey City, NJ. Well that’s actually a bit of an exaggeration although not quite fake news. We did win…in a sense.

With an average age approaching 50, Shana, Lyana, Heather, and I each attempted to conquer 23 “obstacles” ranging from turning heavy jump ropes to scaling inverted barricades to shimmying up climbing ropes to swinging kettlebells to monkeying around the monkey bars to lugging sand bags and cinder blocks to hurdling police cars to carrying a stranger piggyback.

Did we really have the fastest time? No. Do we care? Hardly. Our goal was simply to give the race our all and do our best AS A TEAM. Collectively we tried to solve each challenge that the race organizers tossed our way. Sometimes we were triumphant, sometimes we stumbled, but we never backed down.

I find that obstacle races are a great metaphor for life. You never know what’s going to be thrown at you. Sometimes you’ll get knocked down. But the bigger question is: will you get back up again? So the next time you think about signing up for a traditional 5K or 10K, consider doing an obstacle race with a team instead. It will test your fitness; it will test your mental toughness; it will test your ability to play nicely with others. And it will be a helluva good time.

By | 2018-04-17T22:33:00-04:00 April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Challenge of the Week • 3/12/18-3/18/18

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day you might visualize a grand parade, green beer, and four-leaf clovers, but did you know about the St. Patrick’s Cross and St. Patrick’s Bell? Neither did we. Well in honor of St. Patrick, this week’s jump rope challenge combines the cross, the bell jump, and push-ups. You have 10 minutes to perform as many rounds of the following as possible. Feel free to post your results on the Punk Rope Nation group page on Facebook.

100 crosses
10 power push-ups (perform from knees if necessary)
100 bell jumps
10 power push-ups (perform from knees if necessary)

Check out the videos below to learn how to perform each movement.

By | 2018-03-11T21:21:24-04:00 March 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Beast Workout of the Week

Resisted Hip Flexion (60 sec)
Squat – Frog (60 sec)
Bird Dog (60 sec)
Lunge – raise both arms (60 sec)
Plank – lift arm (60 sec)

6 sets @ 24 sec + 16 sec recovery
1. Sagittal Jacks
2. Bear Crawl in a Circle
3. Scissors Jump
4. Push-up Jacks
5. Squat Jump – Frog
6. Plank Slalom

By | 2018-01-10T13:41:26-04:00 January 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Challenge #1

Some of you have been clamoring for a jump rope challenge for months now. We heard you so here it is! In honor of Heather and Shana who just skipped (as in jump roped) the Rock ‘N’ Roll 5K in Philly, this challenge will focus on rope jumping various distances for time. But you also need to be accurate. For every miss you must add a 1-second penalty to your time. To get the most out of this challenge you’ll need to find a 400-meter track. Many high schools, colleges, and city or county parks have tracks that are accessible to the public. The challenge begins tomorrow (Wednesday 10/18) and concludes on Sunday, Nov 5. You can use any rope you like. We encourage you to use the hashtag #punkrope in your social media posts and feel free to post your times on the Punk Rope Nation Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/punkropenation/) . If you haven’t joined the group yet, we invite you to do so. Check out the links below to learn the moves.

1) 400 meter skip (one turn of the rope for each complete skip.

2) 200 meter straddle jump

3) 100 meter side slide (time yourself from both sides)

Remember, each miss costs you 1 second.

HOW TO SKIP WHILE JUMPING ROPE

LEARN HOW TO DO THE SIDE STRADDLE

LEARN HOW TO DO THE SIDE SLIDE

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:03-04:00 October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Punk Rope Goes Back to School

This past Friday Heather and Tim delivered a 2-hour Punk Rope Challenge workshop to 5 teachers and 4 students at PS 123, an elementary school in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The workshop, which featured an array of rope jumping activities and fitness games, was extremely well-received. If you think Punk Rope would be a good fit for the school where you teach or for your child’s school, please drop us a line. The cost is $500 for a 2-hour workshop for up to 10 participants. Each participant receives a custom-sized jump rope and 3 E-books.

By | 2017-05-09T21:59:16-04:00 May 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Fitness Challenges of the Week | 5/1/17

FITNESS CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK | 5/1/17-5/7/17
Let us know how you did by posting on the group Facebook page.

CHALLENGE #1
Standing Broad Jump for distance.
You’ll need a tape measure to measure the length of your jump. You’ll be measuring from your toes at takeoff to your heels at landing. We suggest 5 attempts. The world’s record is 12 feet 2 3/4 inches held by Byron Jones.

CHALLENGE #2
Rope Jumping Speed for time.
How many jumps (of any type) can you complete in one minute. Set a timer for 60 seconds and have a friend count your successful jumps. The key to doing well is speed and consistency. We suggest 3 trials. The Guinness World Record is 332 jumps in a minute by Beci Dale.

By | 2017-05-01T02:06:24-04:00 May 1st, 2017|0 Comments