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Join the Punk Rope Rewards Program

Here’s how you can participate:
1) Drop us an email to sign up.
2) We create a personalized discount code for you. 
3) The code is worth 11% off our ropes. Give it to your friends along with this link: https://www.punkrope.com/shop/jump-ropes/
4) You get $1 for every rope purchased with your code!
5) Your friends save 11%!
6) We pay you quarterly via Venmo, PayPal, or check. 

By | 2019-10-13T11:04:48-04:00 October 11th, 2019|0 Comments

A Jump Rope With Heart

When I last wrote to you I was staring 58 in the face. My birthday was on December 6 so I made it, but my friend Mary didn’t make it to 33.

On December 6 I attended Mary’s wake and on December 7 I attended her funeral. F*ck ovarian cancer. Mary was the nicest person I’ve ever met. She was also selfless, smart, athletic, funny, genuine, kind, and full of joy.

As Mary was going through treatment she never stopped putting others first no matter how much pain she was in. I wish I could bring Mary back. The world needs Mary. But I can’t and it hurts. But what I can do is try to live a good and decent life, a life inspired by Mary’s example.

After Mary passed away I gave a lot of thought to what the heck I was doing with my life. Much of what I was doing seemed pointless. I was getting ready to throw in the towel on Punk Rope and more, but then I received an email from a good friend of my sister’s. She mentioned that her brother, an elite athlete and world-renowned physician, had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and to “fight back” he had joined a program called Rock Steady Boxing. Apparently there is a growing body of research demonstrating that non-contact boxing training can help to slow the progression of the disease. And as you might expect, rope jumping is part of that training.

I wasted no time in researching Rock Steady and was impressed by what I found. I then reached out to them via email and they responded right away. I’m happy to say that in less than a week a partnership was formed.

We “donated” our jump rope instruction e-book which Rock Steady will now offer for free to all their affiliate coaches. We also created a rope called the Rock Steady featuring the organization’s signature colors of blue and yellow. And most importantly, we decided that for every rope we sell (not just the Rock Steady rope) we will be donating $1 to Rock Steady so that they can advance their mission. We will also entertain the possibility of partnering with other benevolent organizations that use rope jumping to help or heal the people that they serve. While we recognize that our donations will only be a drop in the bucket, I think Mary would approve, and that’s worth more than words can say.

If you’d like to honor Mary, consider making a donation in her memory to the Women’s Lunch Place, a Boston-based organization that provides a safe and welcoming place for women in crisis who are struggling with domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, and homelessness.

By | 2018-12-19T14:10:45-05:00 December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

A gizmo that counts your jumps!

Counting successful jumps is one way to measure progress. Perhaps when you first started jumping rope, 50 jumps seemed liked an unattainable goal. But maybe now you’re aiming for 250 or 500 or even 1,000. Some people can keep a running tally in their head as they jump, but not me. I get distracted pretty easily and I don’t think I’m alone. And for some of those Crossrope challenges (some of you know exactly what I’m talking about) you practically need to be a math major to be able to compete. Well I have good news for you!

Our friend, Tori Boggs—who happens to be one of the best rope jumpers in the world—and a team of engineers, has invented an ingenious product called Tally Jump, that takes the guesswork out of counting your jumps.

The product is currently in development and a Kickstarter was recently launched to help Tori and her team raise the funds necessary to get Tally Jump to market. You can back the project and be one of the first kids on the block to have your very own Tally Jump. I just did to the tune of $74 which is roughly 25% off the retail price. Click below to become a backer:
http://kck.st/2K2yw9p

By | 2018-04-28T10:14:00-04:00 April 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Games IX is coming!

The 9th annual Punk Rope Games will take place on Saturday, September 23 from 11am-2pm at Lowery Plaza, directly under the #7 train in Sunnyside, Queens. This is the first time the Punk Rope Games have been held in Queens. We think the Ramones would be happy about that. Hey ho, let’s go!

This year’s Games are a memorial to Vicky Haft—Punk Rope founder Tim Haft’s mom—who passed away in December 2016. Vicky was a creative spirit who devoted much of her life to sharing her passion for art with children of all ages. For the past several years she volunteered at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and was twice named volunteer of the year. In her honor, Punk Rope is donating 75% of the proceeds from this year’s Games to CMNH. The remaining 25% will be donated to Sunnyside Shines, a non-profit whose mission is to invigorate and enrich the economic life of Sunnyside by creating a safe, welcoming and dynamic commercial district.

2017 EVENTS
1) Costume Contest (team)
2) Long Rope Trading Handles (team)
3) Jump Rope Relay Race (team)
4) Rubber Chicken Toss Relay (team)
5) Me First You First (partners)
6) Spoons (partners)
7) Tower of Power (individual)
8) Wheel of Misfortune (individual mystery event)
9) Rope Skipping Barrel Race (individual)
10) Arm Cross (individual)

GET IN THE GAMES
Everyone is welcome to compete regardless of age or fitness level. The registration fee for a team of 4 is $100; for an individual the fee is $25. Teams and individuals can register at the link below:
http://bit.ly/2ut0MN2

AWARDS CEREMONY
Immediately following the Games and until 5pm please join us for an awards ceremony, the presentation of the Punk Rope Cup, and lots of celebrating!
Maggie Maes | 41-15 Queens Blvd
$5 Stella | $7 Maggies Jamo Mules | $4 PBR tall boys

SUPPORTERS
Maggie Maes
Crossrope
LFOD Apparel
Beaner Bar
Madame Scoville’s Hot Sauce
Spikeball

By | 2018-02-13T17:47:04-05:00 August 1st, 2017|0 Comments

How to Size Your Jump Rope

There are numerous factors that influence what will be the optimal length jump rope for you including your turning mechanics, where you hold your hands, you workout objective (e.g., speed, double unders, tricks), the length of your arms, and the length of your jump rope handles, to name a few. Below are some guidelines to get you started, but to ensure your rope is the proper length we encourage you to seek the guidance of a certified Punk Rope instructor or other rope jumping professional.

  1. Stand on the middle of the rope with one foot
  2. Pull the handles straight up making sure the rope is taut.
  3. For beginners, the top of the handles should reach close to the shoulder.
  4. For experienced jumpers, the top of the handles should reach the armpit or below.
  5. For double unders, the top of the handles should reach the nipple line.
  6. If the handles extend beyond your shoulders, your rope needs to be shortened.
  7. You can temporarily shorten many ropes by tying a knot below the handles.
  8. You can permanently shorten a Punk Rope jump rope using the snap lock mechanism.
  9. If in doubt, it’s better to get a rope that’s too long rather than too short.

Be sure to check out our Rope Jumping Basics videos for a visual aid and to get beginner rope jumping tips!

 

By | 2016-05-26T00:16:26-04:00 April 1st, 2016|0 Comments