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Punk Rope Games XI is in the books

The Punk Rope Games took place Sunday, October 27 at Coney Island Brewery on the heels of Wednesday’s final class at the Greenpoint YMCA. Given the horrendous weather forecast I was a little apprehensive, since originally the Games and the scavenger hunt were slated to take place outdoors. But with monsoon-like conditions there was no way that could happen. Fortunately the Coney Island Brewery came through in a big way and allowed us to use a huge chunk of their brand, spanking new indoor space. It was absolutely perfect!

In the end, because of illness, flat tires, and unforeseen obstacles we ended up with 6 teams and 22 competitors including 9 first timers! The Lucky Cats—Seitu, Shana, and Maggie—captured the team championship. Individual champs included: Seitu and Heather (swing swing jump), Shana (double unders), and Joe Katz (crosses). More importantly we donated $1400 to DOVE in honor of Mary Paliouras. We also drank a lot of beer and had a lot of fun. The plan is to do the scavenger hunt in the spring. Stay tuned for details.

By | 2019-10-29T13:00:36-05:00 October 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Punk Rope at Allentown ArtsFest 9/27-9/29

Punk Rope is offering a free jump rope instructor certification and two free jump rope clinics at Allentown ArtsFest in Allentown, PA. These programs are made possible by the generosity of my late parents, Bob and Vicky Haft.​ Details are below.​

JUMP ROPE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
Saturday, Sept 28 • noon-6pm
Rain date: Sun, Sept 29 • 9am-3pm
Space is limited. RSVP to tim@punkrope.com is required.
You’ll learn all the skills necessary to teach anyone—from elite athlete to recovering couch potato—how to use rope jumping to improve their overall fitness and athleticism. After successfully completing the certification you’ll be qualified to launch your own jump rope class or program. Each participant will have their form evaluated via video analysis and will receive an instructor’s e-manual along with a custom-sized jump rope and wrist trainer and CECs from ACE (.7), AFAA (8), ISSA (7), and NASM (.8). Cost: Free (regularly $249).

JUMP ROPE CLINICS
Friday, Sept 27 • 5-7pm
Sunday, Sept 29 • noon-2pm
Learn how to use rope jumping to improve your coordination, agility, speed, balance, and more. We’ll cover a variety of steps including double unders, crosses, the alternating foot step, and many more. All ages and ability levels are welcome. RSVP appreciated but not required. Jump ropes provided.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Tim Haft created Punk Rope in 2004 and has been jumping rope since 1976. Tim is certified by ACE, USA Track & Field, TRX, ISCA, USAFIT, Resist-a-Ball, and Precision Nutrition. Shana Brady joined the Punk Rope team in 2005 as director of training. Shana holds a BS in Exercise Science and is certified by ACSM, NASM, ACE, and FMS. Haft and Brady have certified more than 1000 jump rope instructors worldwide and have presented jump rope seminars at more than 125 CrossFit gyms as well as at numerous public schools. Heather Wagner is a lifelong athlete and black belt in karate and is certified by ACE and Punk Rope.

ABOUT ARTSFEST
Allentown ArtsFest takes place at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown, PA on 9/27 (4-11pm), 9/28 (noon-11pm), and 9/29 (11am-8pm). There will be live music, activities for kids, a skate park, comedy shows, breakdancing competitions, artwork on display, and lots of local food, beer, and wine.

QUESTIONS
Contact tim at tim@punkrope.com or 646-263-9128

By | 2019-08-09T12:14:45-05:00 July 24th, 2019|0 Comments

How to warm up to jump rope

The warm-up is a key component of any intense workout and is especially important for jumping rope to make sure your body and mind are prepared for the more challenging work to follow.

In this video, Punk Rope director of training, Shana Brady, and Punk Roper, Seitu Allen, take you through a full jump rope warm-up, which includes joint rotations, dynamic stretches, and “shadow” jumping (jumping without the rope) to ensure that you elevate your heart rate and break a light sweat before launching your actual workout.

By | 2019-06-27T13:42:01-05:00 June 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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