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Leaping over diabetes to inspire others

Laura Brashear is our newest Punk Rope instructor. She's teaching multiple Punk Rope classes in the Harrisburg, PA area. She also teaches boot camp and youth fitness classes and provides a number of other health and wellness services including small group and personal training. I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting Laura in person, [...]

By | 2018-11-11T18:54:18+00:00 November 11th, 2018|inspiration, mind-body connection, motivation|0 Comments

This man chose life and lost 130 pounds

I've been friends with Scott Cancel (above) for nearly a decade. He's one of the warmest, funniest, most talented humans you're ever going to meet. But, like many of us, it wasn't always easy for Scott to make healthy choices and consequently he gained weight and became ill. I was very worried about him so [...]

By | 2018-10-05T10:07:59+00:00 October 5th, 2018|inspiration, mind-body connection, motivation, weight loss|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 [...]

Letting Go of the Outcome

In the photo above, four Punk Ropers are playing a game called Triangle Tag. Emanuel in orange is trying to use his quickness and agility to tag Elizabeth (in the blue top with grey pants) while Elena and Seitu do their best to "protect" her. While everyone is working hard I sincerely doubt any of [...]

By | 2018-07-25T11:37:03+00:00 July 25th, 2018|inspiration, mindfulness, motivation|0 Comments

Great coaches are hard to find. We found one in DC.

If you've been lucky enough to have a great coach in your life, particularly at the middle or high school level, you know full well what a profound impact they can have on your success, happiness, and well-being. Who out there has had a great coach and what was your experience? We met Keino in [...]

By | 2018-05-21T11:45:22+00:00 May 21st, 2018|inspiration, motivation, play|0 Comments

Life’s Like a Jump Rope

Jayne Richards has taught Punk Rope for 10 years. AND WE LOVE HER! We met Jayne Richards on March 1, 2008 at a Punk Rope Instructor Workshop in Franklin, Massachusetts. She was the 865th instructor to complete her Punk Rope certification. Little did we know at the time that ten years later she would still [...]

By | 2018-05-13T11:23:47+00:00 May 13th, 2018|inspiration, motivation|0 Comments

Prison, jump rope, and a new beginning

I've never been incarcerated, but I did work at the House of Detention for Men at Rikers Island as a Prison Legal Assistant from 1982 to 1983, immediately after graduating from college. It was the most challenging and eye-opening job I've ever held and it significantly altered my views about people behind bars. But this [...]

By | 2018-04-30T22:28:43+00:00 April 30th, 2018|exercise anxiety, inspiration, jump rope class, motivation|0 Comments

Jump rope philosophy

The word "spring" makes me think about jumping rope and as the weather warms up here in the Northeast I have certainly been jumping more with the hope of jump roping another 5K in the next several months, but more importantly with the hope of getting back into decent physical condition. But lately I've also [...]

By | 2018-02-28T13:20:40+00:00 February 28th, 2018|meditation, mind-body connection, mindfulness, motivation|0 Comments
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